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He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…Isaiah 53:5

I saw this article in my devotional and thought I would share it with everyone.  When you study the painting of the crucifixion by the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt, your attention is first drawn to the cross and to Jesus. Then, as you look at the crowd around the cross, you are drawn to the faces of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes drift to the edge of the picture and catch sight of another figure—almost hidden in the shadows. This, we are told, was a self-portrait of Rembrandt, for he recognized that by his sins, he helped nail Jesus there!

Someone has aptly said, “It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sin of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sin!”

Think again of Rembrandt’s painting. If you look closely, you will see that in the shadows you, too, are standing. Christ bore the penalty for your sin. He was wounded for you. __H.G.B.

Calvary reveals man’s hatred for God and God’s love for man.

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rose colored glasses

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Yesterday at our Wednesday night bible study, our pastor taught a beautiful lesson that has reminded me once again that God does indeed wear glasses. Glasses? Why would you think that God Almighty would even need glasses? He’s All Powerful, All Knowing,  and All Present. He sees everything, so why would He wear glasses? Pastor stated that when God looks on His children, He does not see us as the sinful beings we really are. But rather, He sees us through His blood. By nature, we are all depraved and sinful. Jeremiah 17:10 states that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. But when Jesus died on the cross, He shed His precious blood for our sins. When we are born again of the water and the Spirit, His blood covers us and cleanses us (I John 1:7). Because of this, when God looks at me, he doesn’t see the old Karen. He is looking at me through His blood. An old Wayne Watson song came to mind last night as I was praying.

Rose Coloured Glasses
By: Wayne Watson

Heavenly Father–Have You got a moment
There’s something I don’t understand
How from Your window–Watchin’ Your children
You hold back the wrath of Your hand
Does Your window pane–Bear a lasting stain
That a sinful rain can’t wash away

Chorus

His gaze always passes thru rose coloured glasses
Everytime He looks on my heart
And thru love’s forgiveness
Thru purity’s fire
I am my God’s desire

Heavenly Father–Just one more question
I don’t mean to take so much time
But tell me–How much did it hurt You
To give from Your garden
The most lovely rose from Your vine
When the petals fell–When the colours ran
Was it then and there You first saw me holy

Chorus

His gaze always passes thru rose coloured glasses
Everytime He looks on my heart
And thru love’s forgiveness
Thru purity’s fire
I am my God’s desire

So you see, I think God does wear glasses, and I’m so thankful that He does!

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Bloom Where you’re Planted

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

Spring has sprung in northern California, and for the past few weeks, we have been anticipating and enjoying the re-birth of many of our plants, both in our front and back yards. It never ceases to amaze me how a plant that is shriveled up and left for dead can burst forth a few months later into new life!

The other day as I was walking the pathway to the front door of our home, I noticed that a small stem of a plant was growing out of one of our large ornamental rocks in the front yard. This is another phenomenon that is amazing to me as well. How can anything spring up from a rock, which is dry and apparently lacking in soil and nutrients that are vital to a plant’s growth? Whenever I see something like this, I am reminded that if a plant which God made, can survive under the direst of circumstances, then we too can bloom where we are planted.

Too many times I’ve seen people (myself included) say to themselves that they would be more successful or happier in life if only their circumstances were different. The apostle Paul stated: …”For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil 4:11) No matter the situation in our lives, we can grow and flourish when we abide in God.

So let’s remember that if God can cause a lily to grow out of a rock, then He can allow you to bloom wherever you are planted.muscari.jpg

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