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Five Minute Friday: Regret

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This week the writer’s prompt from Five Minute Fridays is REGRET. We have 5 minutes to write what comes to us — quickly. Little editing. Just write.

Go: Clock is ticking

This post first published on Medium.com

I will admit I hate that word — regret. It has a negative tone and I am a positive person.

As I looked through Scripture I think God feels that way too. We are told many times to look forward, not behind. We press on, not look back. Even Lot and his family were told not to look back. Lot’s wife did — and she didn’t continue on.

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26, NIV).”

Therefore if we aren’t to look back what should we do? Look forward of course.

Consider this passage:

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13, NIV).

Do you hear that?

Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.

That’s the way our walk with Christ should be. We won’t always do the right thing.

But we will continue on the path set before us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).”

But how can we throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that entangles us?

And God shows us how. We know when we feel that aching in our souls when we know we are convicted of a sin. Don’t stay there. God is speaking to you. He will make you regret something and it must be cleansed immediately.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).”

One of my first Bible art — Bible journaling.

When we feel that conviction of our spirits we need to act.

And to act is to ask forgiveness for our sins. Don’t stay there stuck in the muck thinking about it. Do something.

A prayer of repentance is the door out of regret.

Knowing that Jesus died for our sins makes us realize that we have been forgiven and don’t need to wallow in the past. We have to let the past go. It doesn’t help us in our walk with God at all.

Jesus said: “It is finished.” He didn’t mean almost done, ready to be done or will be done.

He said, “It is done.”

Therefore are you letting regret grab hold of your life? Are you mulling around all the should haves? Well, STOP it right now. Jesus has paid the price and you are not thanking Him by thinking of the past.

Go on. Move forward.

Here is a prayer for releasing regret.

Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins. I am so grateful that I can hardly understand it. You have washed away all that from my past and have wiped the slate. The tape is erased. I am new because of You, Jesus. Help me to move forward, beyond this moment of time into Your presence of light and joy. Help me be at peace because You have made the way for me to be free and live eternally with You. And today I know that there is something still I need to confess. I confess it now before you. …………………………….In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

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Bible painting – Lesson 2 – Can you do this? Yes you can.

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Do you want to learn how to do Bible painting? Some people call this Bible Journaling. I hope today to show you it is not as intimidating as it sounds. Stick with me and I will try to show you why.

I love to do Bible painting. (tweet this)

We will continue to review the scriptures we have studied. Last week I found the review helpful. I hope you did too.

Bible painting - memorizing scripture

When I have a word, thought or picture to go with a scripture I am more likely to remember it. (tweet this)

I am trying to type the words in this blog rather than cut and paste. I find cutting and pasting does not help me to learn the scripture.

And of course painting – this helps solidify where in the Bible the scripture comes and as I paint I repeat the words. The pictures are in my mind.

This week we will look at my Bible painting for three scriptures (you can click on the links to find my thoughts and study for each scripture:

Romans 15:13 – How can we find peace this Christmas?

Bible painting Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

My life application:

I see a revival, a passion for hope, love, joy and peace in this world.

Nothing can stop God from moving in His people – NO THING.

 

Luke 11:28  Word of God Speak (my first one)

Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.

Bible painting - Hebrews 11:28

 

My life application:

So OBEY has been the word I heard clearly today.

Hebrews 4:12 – Word of God Speak – Cut to the Quick

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Bible painting Hebrews 4:12

My life application:

I think what I am learning is that the Holy Spirit makes God’s Word come alive. Any passage will help me with instruction or correction. And God will ensure that he leads me to the passage I need to study for that day.

Tips for being able to do Bible painting.

  1. Outline first in pencil.
  2. Then use micron pens. I use number 01.Bible painting
  3. Use watercolour pencils to colour in where you want colour.
  4.  Here is a quick post that explains a watercolour pencil technique.
  5. Use water after you have finished with the watercolour pencils. A tiny bit goes a long way.

I would love to see your results. The whole idea is to learn scripture. I purchased Bibles from the thrift store when I started, before I purchased my journaling Bible. They work well. I also keep forgetting to add the date to the page when I paint.

Have you tried this before? What were your thoughts? Did you find any problems? Do you have questions? I would love to hear from you.

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Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – How To Make God’s Word Living and Active

Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – How To Make God’s Word Living and Active

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As you can see from my posts this week, my mind has been focused on learning about making God’s Word become more living and active in my life. The verse of the week is Hebrews 4:12.

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I wrote that by memory so if you see any error please tell me. Tonight I noticed something else – what is the importance of the little words, “for”, “any” and “even”?

My Thoughts:

“For” I think means “because”. The whole conversation before this verse is about hearing God’s word, and entering into a rest with God.

Today if you hear His voice – be ready to listen, because God’s Word is living and active.

“Any” seems to mean “every” or “all”.

“even” seems to mean “as far as”

So we have:

When we hear His voice we need to listen Because God’s Word is living and active. Sharper than every double-edged sword, it penetrates as far as dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.

To me it sounds very deep and as I said on Sunday “to the quick”.

Listen to my Podcast about how important it is that we let God speak and hear His Word. How to Make God’s Word living and active.

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Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day

Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day

Hebrews-4-12

What a busy week! Lots of new interesting things on the go.

This week I started a new group called Word of God Speak Facebook Group to go with my postings on the weekend. We will be learning God’s Word through many different methods. We go deeply into a verse, its context, meaning and listen to God speak. Then we learn the verse. One way to commit a verse to memory is to paint it.

This week our verse of the week is Hebrews 4:12

Trying it from memory:

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than a any double-edged sword it penetrates into even to dividing the soul and spirit, the joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

As you can see I made a few errors. I will work on those this week.

I looked up pictures of double-edged swords. They can cut in either direction. That’s sharp. When I think of soul, spirit, joints and marrow – that’s all of me. We see that God judges us – right to the core of our being. God is all-knowing and all-seeing so He can do that – go right into the depth of our being.

This time I did a very simple picture of a double-edged sword.

But because it is Remembrance Day on November 11, I wanted to find God’s Word about Remembrance Day. I found John 15:13:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I have a tutorial based on Remembrance Day (Veterans’ Day for those in the US). Please click on the link to see the video.  This is not part of our memory work for this week – but is always worth remembering.

The Poppy

Between the crosses it stands
A symbol of life
Laid down for friends and family.
by Janis Cox 2015

My first picture looked like this:

poppy John 15-13

Then someone suggested that I might try a little lighter so the words don’t get covered.

Here is my next try:

Remembrance-Day-2015

I love Romans 5:7-8

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Prayer:

Lord thank You for inspiring us to learn your word through art. As we read your word this week let it penetrate to our soul, spirit, joints and marrow. Keep our eyes fixed on you Who has saved us. You are truly amazing!. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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