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Pictures Can you see them in Scripture?

Pictures Can you see them in Scripture? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

I see the Bible as pictures more and more. Because I have been making colouring pages and painting in my Bible, scripture is coming alive. I’m able to memorize passages.

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On Hope Stream Radio yesterday I talked about this. You can see the show notes below or listen to the podcast How I see Pictures in Scriptures.

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Here are the show notes:

Hope Stream Radio How I See Pictures in Scripture.

The three scriptures we reviewed last week on Word of God Speak were 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Isaiah 40:8; Hebrews 1:10-12.

All three point to eternity with God. They remind us how temporary our lives are here in this world.

Being an artist I see pictures in scriptures. (Tweet this)

Listen to this one:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I see light and momentary troubles as balloons. (click to tweet)

They will be gong – either float away, deflate or be punctured.

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As I picture what I see as troubles I put them in balloons, I can release them – and watch them go. If they are worries I can stab the balloons with a pin.

Peace comes when I can see all earthly things as temporary. (click to tweet)

To fix my eyes on the unseen – on Jesus – helps me to remain in this peace even when the seen feels powerful and unyielding. The peace of Jesus can overpower the troubles.

Isaiah 40:8 talks about how grass withers and flower fall. I can picture the seasons – the grass withering in winter, and the flowers falling. But I also know that spring comes next and with it new life. I see this and I know it. And the new life will in me and it will never end when I trust in Jesus.

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Hebrews 1:10-12 talks about creation. But it says that all that all will perish but God will remain and His years will never end.

I see creation as formed by God. I see God’s work. But I know that this will change too. God will always be the same but He will wrap creation up like a robe and then bring forth a new creation, like He did with me. God will remain the same but He will change you and me.

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Where do you need to change? Ask the Lord to show you.

I have loved reviewing these passages and painting pictures and making colouring pages to help me memorize God’s Word. Join me on Facebook Called Word of God Speak Community.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we know we need to change in order to be more like You. In each of the areas we need change, please show us so we can work and pray to make ourselves have a closer connection to You. Thank You for being unchangeable. You are our Rock. We are eternally grateful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, bask in the thought of God’s promises, and how His Word will never change and never fail us. Be in the Word.

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Joy and Peace – Hope Stream Radio

Joy and Peace – Hope Stream Radio

This week on Word of God Speak I looked at three scriptures in review. One about joy and peace, kept surrounding me. Joy and peace. Lovely words. I called my podcast How God’s Word Can Fill You and Overflow to Others.

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Watercolour Bible painting Romans 15:13

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You can listen to my podcast at Hope Stream Radio. Or if you want to read instead of listen, my show notes can be found below.

Here are my show notes for Joy and Peace:

As I study God’s Word and work on memorizing verses I am astounded how God uses this to bless others. This morning I came across a fellow believer who felt weighed down in grief. One of my memorized verses came to mind. I wrote her to give her God’s Word:

From 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.

This became a healing balm to her troubled spirit and a starting point for recovery. That’s one little verse. Such a powerful impact with God behind it.

Can you picture this verse? As we read His Word and pray, God pours out joy and peace into our hearts. Then that joy and peace continue to fill us, and we overflow so others may see God in us. The Holy Spirit works in our lives, for us and for others.

God is able to work in our lives if we allow Him to. (tweet this)

Listen to Philippians 2:13

For it is God who works in you to will and act in order to fulfill His good purpose. 

I see God working in my life. I study the scriptures; He fills me; He sends me to those in need; He fills them with the Scriptures and they overflow. Others are filled.

Or I stumble; He sends His Word from others who read the scriptures; I take them to my heart; I heal; I overflow and give to others.

Is God calling you? What have you learned from His Word this week? I would love if you shared your journey with God with me. Drop over to janiscox.com and send me a note.

Two songs spoke powerfully to me in church this Sunday. The words come from the Scriptures:

In Christ Alone

by Natalie Grant

He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

Here is the music for In Christ Alone by In Christ Alone…Passion 2013..Singer : Kristian Stanfill

This is the way we sang it on Sunday. Even with the oh oh ohs.

And Cornerstone
from Hill song

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

Here is the music for Christ Alone Cornerstone by Hillsong

We can hear God Speak if we listen to His Word. If you haven’t asked Him to reveal His Word to you – first open your Bible, then pray for God to open His Word to you. Then read and listen. It’s that simple.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, in all we do, say and think, in all our lives, we ask you to fill us with Your hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. As we open our hearts to you, worship You and read Your Word, may we not only be filled but may we overflow with Your hope so others may come to know You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next week, may Christ be Your Cornerstone. May you have a week filled with His love, mercy and power. May you open His Word and let Him speak to you.

blessings,

Janis

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Review is Important – Take the Time

Review is Important – Take the Time

This week on Hope Stream Radio my podcast is called Make Sure to Review. Review is important.

Review is Important

 

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Since October 31, I have studied one scripture each week using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.  I have tried to memorize that scripture. I think we have done 11 scriptures. I needed to stop and take stock.

Which ones did I study? Where did I study them from? Can I remember?

Honestly the scriptures kept coming. God kept bringing them to me. They came from Hebrews, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, 1 Peter.

To remember. It’s important. God talks about that in scripture. (tweet this)

Of course the best example is what we now call communion – to remember to obey Christ at all times. “This do in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19)

Chuck Swindoll wrote,

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

Here are the show notes from my broadcast on Hope Stream Radio.

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Make Sure to Review  (this is my 45th podcast)

Click here to listen to the podcast.

This has been quite a week. I’m sure you’ve had them too. I am grateful that God showed me how to slow down my pace this week as other things have filled up my time.

Listening to God has become my top priority. Before taking on any additional projects I sit with Him and hear what He says. If I sense a strong YES I will say yes too. If I sense a hesitancy in my spirit – then I say, maybe. If I sense a big NO, then I will say no.

On my blog this week I knew I had to stop studying and memorizing a new verse for this week. I knew it was time for a review.

Review is important in our lives.

Whether we sit down and review what we are to do today; or look at our year and see what were the challenges and what were the successes; or before we go to bed review what went on during the day – review is important.

God talks about remembering many times in Scriptures. This year I have begun a two-year study of reading through the Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying reading through Genesis. Those stories are starting to become more real to me every time I read them. I also noted that Abraham in his travels always erected a remembrance to God, and named each one.

This week there are three scriptures I am reviewing from my study:

John 1:14 I believe this scripture is crucial to our understanding of the incarnation.

And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I wanted to commit this to memory so that I could say – He made His dwelling among us. And because of His sacrifice He made His dwelling in us when we have said Yes to following Him.

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Jesus answered, “No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I know personally how I felt when I accepted Jesus. Certainly His Spirit worked in me. And when I was baptized I felt a different elation, a joy of submission and acceptance.

The third one I am reviewing this week is:

2 Corinthians 9:8 This is also my verse for this year.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that you may in all things and at all times and having everything you need, you will abound in every good work.

My Word for this year is abound. This verse reminds me that God is behind everything. He will give me everything I need for His purposes.

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

Podcasting for Hope Stream Radio has allowed me to do some breaking forth. I thank you for listening to my podcast.

Have you taken time to review your year, your week, your day? If not, stop now and see where you are headed. Is there something you need to change? Are you heading in the direction that God is calling you?

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we need time to review and remember. Help us to stop, and take stock of our lives. Help us to review our days, our weeks and our years. As we review help us to hear Your words to us. Are we to move forward, stay still or change direction? Help us too learn Your Word – help us to dig into scripture, ask You questions, and hear You speak. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Until next time take a look at your life, your day, your week, your year – review, talk to God and be in the Word.

 

 

God Remains the Same

God Remains the Same – Hope Stream Radio

On the show Growing Through God’s Word at Hope Stream Radio today, I look at how God remains the same. I change but He does not.

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You can listen to my podcast by clicking on Hope Stream Radio – Growing Through God’s Word Janis Cox.

Or you can read my show notes below:

We can see in our scripture today which is Hebrews 1:10-12 that we will change but God remains the same.

God Remains the Same

Reading from Hebrews 1:10-12

 

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”

 

This is the scripture at Word of God Speak this week. I have said it over and over as I try to memorize it.

Hebrews 1:3 says:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Jesus sustains it all. Everything.

I think about the intricate creatures God has made – like hummingbirds. They are totally amazing. They flap their wings about 80 times a second – yes 80 times per SECOND.

They can fly in all directions including upside down. They only use their feet for perching not to hop or walk.

What an awesome God we serve to have created such a fascinating creature.

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I’ve had a hummingbird stop right in front of my face for a few seconds – seeming to stare right at me – then whoosh – it’s gone.

According to our Scripture today all will be changed. God will roll everything up like a robe, then change it all.

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I do hope the hummingbird remains.

God remains the same. (click to tweet)

I love the permanence of that statement. That’s how I feel about God’s Word. It is truth. We can grab hold of this truth. It will not change like fads of this world.

Not like shag carpet, or typewriters or VHS tapes.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we are grateful that You do not change – ever. In our changing lives holding on to Your unchangeable qualities puts us at peace. Your permanence gives us assurance Your Word promises life everlasting for those who acknowledge You. Thank You Jesus. In Your name. Amen.

Until next time, as you look about you see all the things than can and will change over time and remember that God remains the same and the Word of our God endures forever – Isaiah 40:8.

 

Change is on the Horizon for 2016

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – Change is on the Horizon for 2016

On this week’s podcast I talk about change and how we are called to change while God stays unchangeable. Change is on the horizon.

by Janis Cox

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Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly (AW Tozer)

Join me on my podcast at Growing Through God’s Word – How Must I Change?

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Here are my show notes for my Podcast. I would love you to listen to my podcast and tell me what you think.

Change is on the Horizon – Podcast for Hope Stream Radio

Each day we walk our little dog Snowball around the man-made lakes in Arizona. As she sniffs and runs, sometimes she will suddenly stop and stare. It takes us a few seconds to see why. One time a Christmas tree had been put out for the garbage lying on the sidewalk where she would walk. Another time there were chairs out on a porch where before the porch had been empty. Snowball notices changes. She is secure in her little world and reacts quite strongly to new situations or circumstances.

As we head in to 2016 I think about change. Are we ready to adapt to changes? Am I able to transition from where I am now to where God wants me to be this time next year?

This year I have chosen the word abound – abound to me is filled with change. It means planning but it also means listening to the Holy Spirit.

I made an acronym for the word PLAN

– P – is for prayer – prayer is so essential to everything we do.

L – is for listening. If we pray and only talk and don’t listen we are not getting full communication with God.

A – is to Act – When I do hear from God, and He tells me to do something, I had better ACT. There are many stories of people in the Bible who act and those who don’t. When we say we “can’t” do something, God comes back with the answer, “no –but I can”.

Finally in my acronym I have the letter N – to me that means Never stop. Never stop praying, never stop listening and never stop acting. And then repeat the PLA over and over again.

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This week our memory work scripture is from Hebrews 1:10-11.

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”[
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It reminds me that God never changes. I am the one who will change.

I have been reading AW Tozer. In his book, Pursuit of God. He says:

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly.

Do you feel sometimes like you are stuck in a rut? You are doing the same things over and over but getting no traction. I would suggest you try my PLAN method. Spend time with God in prayer. Study His Word. Listen to what He is telling you through prayer, through His Word, through other people, through circumstances. Then ACT – make the decision not to let fear, or inability stop you. Do it because you know He can act with you to make it happen.

God does not change. I need to remember that. I can find everything I need to know about Him and His character from His Word. But I need to work at it. I need to adjust my life so I can learn more about Him, listen to Him and act when He speaks.

May I pray for you and me,

Father God, we know you are unchangeable. We know that we must change to know you more. Help us to make the changes necessary to glorify you, to help others and to strengthen our belief in You. Change isn’t easy. Please be close to us as we strive to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time I hope you have found your word for this year. And I hope you know what changes are necessary for you to achieve where you believe God wants you to go. Remember to be in His Word.

 

Hope Stream Radio – My Word For 2016 and how I figured it out

Hope Stream Radio – My Word For 2016 and how I figured it out

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This past Saturday on Word of God Speak, I revealed my Word for 2016. It was a complete surprise to me but when I looked at the thoughts that had been coming to me it made perfect sense.

I talk a little more on my podcast about how I found my Word and what it means to me.

Tune in to Hope Stream Radio – My Word for 2016

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Hope Stream Radio – Six Things I learned from the Magi

Hope Stream Radio – Six Things I learned from the Magi

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Today is the Feast of the Magi or Epiphany.

From December 25 until January 6th we celebrate the twelve days of Christmas. I have found this year that these days have been an amazing time of reflection and prayer. Today is the day we take down our Christmas decorations. We will think about the magi and their coming to visit the child – Jesus, bringing gifts and being in wonder of all that God has shown them.

I don’t know about you but it was only a couple of years ago that I knew that the Magi did not arrive at the same time as the shepherds. Our Christmas pageants have made that connection and it sure fooled me.

However, on reading through the Scripture, Matthew 2:1-18,  it is very clear that they are two separate events.

This week on my podcast at Hope Stream Radio I talk about the magi and what I learned from them.

I hope you drop over to listen. You can listen directly to my podcast on my Page at Hope Stream Radio.

HopeStreamRadio is a Christian internet radio station that provides daily programming to English‑speaking Christians around the world to encourage them in their relationship with the Lord and inform them about the work God is doing around the world.

Listen anytime – HopeStreamRadio’s unique programming loops continually throughout the day. My podcasts loop on Tuesdays.

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – How Can you PACE yourself this Christmas?

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – How Can you PACE yourself this Christmas?

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Today on Hope Stream Radio I talk about How Can I Find Peace This Christmas?

I also talk about everything hinging on your PACE.

I have never been so confused with the order of the advent candles. When I researched it tonight it was all over the place. So I am going with PEACE for the fourth Sunday even though my pastor said it was JOY. So confusing.

As we walk toward Christmas let’s let the Holy Spirit speak into our lives and find the peace we need at all times.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Luke 11:28-29, ESV).

Merry Christmas everyone!

I will see you on the weekend with the next Word of God Speak.

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Hope Stream Radio Podcast – Expectancy, heading to Christmas

Hope Stream Radio Podcast – Expectancy, heading to Christmas

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This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about our Scripture of the week -2 Corinthians 3:17

The Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

Having the Spirit of the Lord – can that bring a freedom? Can it change lives?

Please listen in to my podcast at Hope Stream Radio Where the Spirit of the Lord is There is Freedom.

Let’s open our eyes to the possibilities of freeing those trapped in slavery and hopefully teaching them the salvation that comes from Jesus.

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Hope Stream Radio – How to Find the Unseen

Hope Stream Radio – How to Find the Unseen

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This week on Hope Stream Radio I am still focusing on 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. This time I looked at TIME. I talked about how to get closer to God for this time on earth.

God can change us – if we let Him. We can become closer to Him – if we let Him. (click to tweet)

Check out my Podcast – under 4 minutes. Tell me your thoughts.

It’s called Finding the Unseen.

Here are some more pictures about the Unseen. click to read my posts.

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