Are you easily condemned by the things you do or who you are?
We often feel condemned because we “missed it” in some way, or we do not have “enough faith,” or perhaps we do not “measure up.” We compare ourselves with others who seem to be more successful, and we feel that we may never attain to their status. Does an ant feel condemned because he is not an elephant? God created an ant just to be himself and enjoy life as God created him to be; therefore, he does not feel doomed, but contented how God made him.
When we live a life of faith, things may go very well for us or they may not go so well. We even may end up in great difficulties. This should not make us feel condemned, for no condemnation awaits us when we know Jesus, even when we question His ways with us or when we sin. Convicted about our shortcomings? Yes. Condemned? No.
Remember the woman who was caught in adultery? John 8:1-11 Jesus told her she was not condemned before she was told not to sin anymore. Jesus even called her “daughter”–the only time Jesus called someone “daughter.” Imagine, an adulteress, and yet He called her daughter. What grace!! Oh…don’t you just love Him? Do you think she ever went back to her former life? I truly doubt it.
In Hebrews we read about people of faith who had to go through huge trials, but never felt condemned as if they had done something wrong. They knew about the principles of Jesus never condemning any person…ever. Instead, He loved them and told them that they were forgiven…let off the hook, if you will.
Hebrews 11:36-38: “Others suffered mockery and whippings; they were placed in chains and in prisons. 37 The faithful were stoned, sawn in two, killed by the sword, clothed only in sheepskins and goatskins; they were penniless, afflicted, and tormented. 38 The world was not worthy of these saints. They wandered across deserts, crossed mountains, and lived in the caves, cracks, and crevasses of the earth.” These precious people were called “people of faith.”
Jesus desires us to place our baggage of condemnation on Him, for He carried that curse to the cross. Even when we blow it and fail Him by disobeying the Holy Spirit, He is in the restoration business.
We have a picture below of a person placing his burden on the shoulder of Jesus. I hear Jesus say, “My daughter, My son, you are free to live for Me, for I paid for your shortcomings, your hate, your pain and your confusion. My arms are open wide to receive you into My love. You have not been able to trust anyone, but you can trust Me. My heart aches for you and longs for you come into My rescue. Come. Come.”
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Brushed by God .
This book gives a refreshing look at inspirational art ( prophetic art) exposed in church, to individuals, on the streets and in parks. The book shares many experiences on how almost any body can do prophetic art for people you love or want to reach for Christ. This book is for every one and a delight to read. See side panel for details. If you live outside the USA you need to add $5.00 extra for shipping by air.
Drawn by God
This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
The book will make you hungry to know more of Who God is and answers questions like, “Does He really care about the small stuff in my life? How can I give Him first place when I feel like I am losing it and I feel He does not love me anymore? Do we need conflict in our life? What about generational blessings? How far will He go with me? What about impossible situations? How do I ever attain to living a life that is bathed in God’s rest?”
The book also shares personal examples of how the author faced tremendous difficulties in her own life. How in her youth during the war in Holland they were hiding Jews right under the nose of the Nazis who occupied a castle next door. The pain she experienced in her broken youth when she felt like no-one even realized she was around. How God became her Father and her Mother when she herself was just a young mother, longing to be free from much bondage.
The book is based on spontaneous prophetic art and how God wants to speak to each one of us not only through His precious word, but through anything that comes our way
Spontaneous Prophetic art is practiced in some churches where the artist steps forward as the worship starts and asks God for a spontaneous picture for the congregation. After the worship, the artist explains the meaning of the picture and shares what she or he senses God wants to say to the people at that point in time.
Most of us have heard the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We may try a hundred word-related ways to comprehend a truth, but somehow, pictures engrave the heart. When the picture matches the words well, the reader is more deeply impacted.
Each devotional highlights an aspect of life – a challenge, a question, an irritation, a potential decision – and offers biblical truths in a practical, encouraging voice. See sight panel how to obtain this reviving book. Orders outside the USA pleas pay an extra $5 for shipping by air.
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