Friday, June 26, 2015

Paint Party Friday: Promise Keeping God!

 "Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock." Matthew 7:24
When we build a house, first we have all these ideas and an architect will try to translate our ideas and puts the plans on paper for us to approve. On paper, those plans may be beautiful, but what is more important is the land we build it on. Is it solid ground? In the city where I live there is what is known as the Marikina Valley faultline and there are around 70 villages and subdivisions that can be found along this line. The house we build could be attractive to other people, but if it is built on that faultline, that would be very dangerous in a strong earthquake. If it is build on low ground, then it could be life threatening during floods.

 Jesus said that on Judgement Day, we will be surprised because some people who "look good" to us, because they are religious, or preach magnificently to thousands, or have healing gifts, perform miracles, will not be let into heaven! I may paint on my Bible every day, and meditate and post on Facebook and Instagram, but that will not bring me into heaven. We may look good on the outside but it is very clear that what is essential is we read His Word and OBEY it! In Matthew 12:50, Jesus said, "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." Do we want to be part of Jesus' family?

 "You and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages." Genesis 17:9
Covenant. What is a covenant? It is an agreement, a commitment, a pledge. When Abraham was 99 years old, God told Abraham that He was El-Shaddai. He invited Abraham to walk with Him, and be trustworthy. And God, the Creator of the Universe, gave many amazing promises to Abraham. Kings will come from his line. Land. Blessing.

If we search the Bible, there are many promises that we too, as children of Abraham, may claim. As Paul writes to the Galatians in Chapter 3:7, "Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham." "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal. 3:9) We are heirs, and as heirs, we have an inheritance we can claim. The term "gold digger" has a negative connotation, but if we mine the Bible for promises we can lay hold on, we are like gold diggers. The only difference is, we are sure to find treasure! We don't want to be "strangers from the covenant of promise" (Eph. 2:12), do we? But that is exactly what we will be if we are without Christ. The promise to Abraham of universal blessing is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. It is amazing if we are able to fully grasp that when God invited Abraham to walk with Him, we were in God's mind and heart as well. God said, "I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God." (Gen. 17:7) How wonderful that we have a promise-keeping God!


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  1. Beautiful post, Patsy. This is the first I've seen of painting on Bible pages. Is it pencil or watercolor?

  2. Gorgeous paintings, Patsy. I was happy to see that you used Patrick Stewart as one of your inspirations. I am a Star Trek fan. :)

  3. Fantastic creations! Have a blessed day! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)


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