Art Tutorial: Matthew 19:26 All Things Are Possible for God

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This  verse is so wonderful, so encouraging, just ….so.  I love that we can apply it in many ways, but when we look at it in direct context it has the most power of all–it shows just how connected we are to our God, it shows just how much He loves us.

I use the Oxford Annotated New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.  I got it 20 years ago as the required version for a history of the Bible course and intro to the Bible in college.  And I have used it ever since.  I do reference other versions often, but for me, this version is easily understood.  When I opened it up to this verse to do the devotion, my wording was slightly different.  I loved the way it distinguished us as mortal and God as immortal and all powerful, omnipotent, and I used that version.   This piece has a lot of symbolism that you can read about in the tutorial.

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Matthew 19:26 All Things by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

This lesson I have lots of information for you!  And I made a couple videos as I went–lots of tips on watercolor this week and a peek at my tools, and I will talk you through most of the process.

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO ALL THREE VIDEOS ON YOU TUBE:

Part One                    Part Two              Part Three

Let’s start:

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  1.  Draw the feather/string of hearts down the side.  This doodle reminded me of stretching to heaven, flying up but also a string of just how much God loves us.  Start by drawing the line from the top of the paper down curving it slightly.
  2. Then you can create the hearts two ways:  just draw the hearts (top half of photo), or make the bumps down one side and then go back on the other side and draw the connecting and corresponding side (bottom half of photo).
  3. Add the chain down the right side of the paper.  I also liked this doodle for how it illustrates our connectedness to God.  This is just overlapping circles.
  4. Add the top and bottom lines connecting the feather and chain–draw two parallel lines, but add hash marks going all different angles–these symbolize our brokenness and sin.
  5. Write in the verse.  This lesson’s artwork fonts are just simple printing.
  6. Add the color with your favorite media.  For me the feather went red and then I added blue skies of the heavens and the grass of the world.
  7. Add extra doodle/scribbles for emphasis, shadows, and highlights.

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OVERCOME The ENEMY !!!!

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John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

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History Behind The Verse

It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse.  In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare.  Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused.  Jesus is aware of what is about to occur.  Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them,  they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them.  He is stressing to His disciples of God’s (and our) ultimate victory in the endJesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends’ reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.

Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus’ disciples today.  The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12.  We are Jesus’ disciples!  We will sometimes be tempted to run!  We mustn’t! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!

What exactly is a disciple?

http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm

Disciple:

The original word in the New Testament wasn’t the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.

mathétés: a disciple

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil
Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.

mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, afollower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).

What is an apostle? 

After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.

http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-apostles-disciples-12.html

The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?

One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:

There can be no discipleship without relationship.

Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.

He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.

He desires the same with each of us today!!!

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Key Word

Overcome

Overcome:  to carry off the victory, come off victorious

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Connection to Us

In this verse Jesus isn’t literally saying that He defeated the world (meaning the earth)  …   He is figuratively stating that He had defeated the ruler of the world (Satan). Jesus actually FOUGHT for each one of us and WON!!! To overcome an enemy- a fight or battle of some sort must take place. The battle between Jesus and Satan appeared to be one sided (if your eyes only looked at the blood shed by Christ Jesus) but, one can not always look at physical wounds to determine a victor! Every drop of blood which dripped from Jesus’ body meant another soul was being released from Satan’s claws!!!!  As a result of Jesus temporarily losing His life that day on Calvary, Satan was eternally losing His power over all of us Christians!!!

The eternal war for our souls is over, but the battle on our bodies and minds continues to take place daily. There is an exact time when the devil will be sentenced for his crimes and locked up to account for his actions, but that time has not yet come. Satan knows he has little time left. He knows he already lost the war, but that does not stop him from still battling. Satan knows how much Christ loves each one of us.  He also knows that Jesus does not want any of us to suffer.  Because of this, Satan does anything in his power to cause SUFFERING in each one of our lives.  The good news is that these battles are temporary. The next time you are in the midst of one of these difficult times- you can actually remind the devil of this!  Let these words come out of your mouth-

Satan, you have already lost the war for my soul!  You were overcome by Jesus that wonderful day on Calvary! You can mess with my mind and my body, but you CAN NOT touch my SOUL!!!  

STICKS AND STONES MIGHT BREAK MY BONES, But YOU, SATAN will NEVER HAVE ME!!!!!  

I am going to visualize Satan as a spoiled and angry little boy.  He can’t have what he wants (my soul), so like a little spoiled brat, he chooses to throw rocks at me as I pass him by!  Those rocks will sometimes hurt me, but they do NOT change the ultimate outcome for MY LIFE!!!!

Thanks to Jesus who OVERCAME my enemy for me …. I AM now FOREVER a part of the WINNING TEAM!!!!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

GOD’S RIGHT HAND

do not fear

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Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

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History Behind this verse

The book of Isaiah is full of God’s righteousness: both His warnings against those who sin and worship false gods and His hope for those who worship and follow Him as the ONE TRUE GOD.

Verse 10 contains promises given to God’s children that HE will ultimately save those who turn to Him!! 🙂

The book of Isaiah was written by Isaiah himself. The name Isaiah means: “salvation of the Lord” or “the Lord is
salvation.” Isaiah was chosen by God to be a prophet. As a prophet, it was his role to be God’s messenger.

God spoke warnings and promises to Isaiah and in turn, Isaiah delivered those messages to the Israelites. Just as Christians of today are God’s children, the Israelites in Biblical times were God’s children. Because we are still God’s children, the warnings and promises given in the book of Isaiah are still very much relevant to us today. Like the Israelites, we will sometimes be fearful of our futures. We will be tempted to place our faith in our own hands or worse yet place our faith into the wrong hands. God wants us to place our faith and trust in HIM alone.

During the years that the book of Isaiah was written, the Israelites were living in exile in Babylon. God had allowed this exile of His people as a way to punish them for their sins and bring them back into fellowship with Him. The Israelites had brought their captivity in Babylon on themselves, and it was now time for God to save them. Everything that happened and was about to happen to the Israelites was in God’s control. From the beginning of their existence, the Lord had established the Israelites as His chosen people. Because of this He would always protect them. As different kingdoms began threatening to overpower Babylon, the Israelites began to fear and doubt their safety. They did want to be freed from their bondage, but they were fearful about their future. They did not want to escape one bad situation only be placed in a worse situation. They feared falling into the control of a man named Cyrus. Cyrus was the king of the Medo-Persian empire and he was the one powerful enough to defeat the Babylonians. The problem was that Cyrus was not a nice man. God’s children were worried that they would be freed from Babylon only to be taken into captivity by Cyrus. Because they were not fully trusting in the Lord, they were tempted to turn to idols for their salvation. Depending on the Lord and not on man-made idols was vital for God’s children. God could save and restore them if they would trust in Him! The upcoming fall of Babylon to Cyrus would take place according to God’s plan. God was going to use Cyrus as an instrument for His PLANS. God knew that Cyrus would restore the nation of Israel and that he would recommission the rebuilding of their temple. The Israelites had nothing to fear! God was and is ultimately in control of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE… even those people who do not call themselves HIS. All can be used by God in HIS ultimate plans and for HIS Glory! To reassure the Israelites, God sent one of His prophets to speak to them about their situation. The Lord needed His children to TRUST Him. He made a promise to their father, Abraham that they would become a great nation. God would fulfill that promise. He alone would protect them and ultimately save them from their enemies, but they must only worship Him. It was vital for them to turn to Him and not to turn to useless idols for their security. God needed them to realize that their idols could not protect them or save them. God was warning them not to rely on false gods or idols for their salvation. God alone can save!!!

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Key Words:

Righteous

Right

Hand

Righteous–   morally good

Right–  of, relating to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the east when the subject is facing north (opposed to left ).

Hand–  the end part of a person’s arm beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb.

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Connection to Us

But,  What do the three words (righteous, right, hand) mean to us when used together in the Bible?

Let’s look at the clues from  another verse in the Bible:

Mark 16:19  says, After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.

Notice in this verse who sits at God’s right hand… JESUS!

Jesus sits or stands at God’s right hand, and HE is the righteousness of God.  

This is SO AMAZING!!! First in this week’s scripture, God promised us himself, his presence, his strength, his help, and now, towards the end of the verse he also promises us Jesus!

We have God’s right hand, JESUS,  with us at all times!

 Read this week’s verse again with this new realization in your mind. Isn’t is incredible just how much God truly loves each one of us!!!

We have God’s RIGHT HAND MAN personally holding us UP and keeping us from falling!!!

right-hand man
noun
  1. an indispensable helper or chief assistant……
    JESUS!!!!!

Be Not Dismayed!!

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Be Not Dismayed

Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

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History Behind this verse

The book of Isaiah is full of God’s righteousness: both His warnings against those who sin and worship false gods and His hope for those who worship and follow Him as the ONE TRUE GOD.

Verse 10 contains promises given to God’s children that HE will ultimately save those who turn to Him!! 🙂

The book of Isaiah was written by Isaiah himself. The name Isaiah means: “salvation of the Lord” or “the Lord is
salvation.” Isaiah was chosen by God to be a prophet. As a prophet, it was his role to be God’s messenger.

God spoke warnings and promises to Isaiah and in turn, Isaiah delivered those messages to the Israelites. Just as Christians of today are God’s children, the Israelites in Biblical times were God’s children. Because we are still God’s children, the warnings and promises given in the book of Isaiah are still very much relevant to us today. Like the Israelites, we will sometimes be fearful of our futures. We will be tempted to place our faith in our own hands or worse yet place our faith into the wrong hands. God wants us to place our faith and trust in HIM alone.

During the years that the book of Isaiah was written, the Israelites were living in exile in Babylon. God had allowed this exile of His people as a way to punish them for their sins and bring them back into fellowship with Him. The Israelites had brought their captivity in Babylon on themselves, and it was now time for God to save them. Everything that happened and was about to happen to the Israelites was in God’s control. From the beginning of their existence, the Lord had established the Israelites as His chosen people. Because of this He would always protect them. As different kingdoms began threatening to overpower Babylon, the Israelites began to fear and doubt their safety. They did want to be freed from their bondage, but they were fearful about their future. They did not want to escape one bad situation only be placed in a worse situation. They feared falling into the control of a man named Cyrus. Cyrus was the king of the Medo-Persian empire and he was the one powerful enough to defeat the Babylonians. The problem was that Cyrus was not a nice man. God’s children were worried that they would be freed from Babylon only to be taken into captivity by Cyrus. Because they were not fully trusting in the Lord, they were tempted to turn to idols for their salvation. Depending on the Lord and not on man-made idols was vital for God’s children. God could save and restore them if they would trust in Him! The upcoming fall of Babylon to Cyrus would take place according to God’s plan. God was going to use Cyrus as an instrument for His PLANS. God knew that Cyrus would restore the nation of Israel and that he would recommission the rebuilding of their temple. The Israelites had nothing to fear! God was and is ultimately in control of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE… even those people who do not call themselves HIS. All can be used by God in HIS ultimate plans and for HIS Glory! To reassure the Israelites, God sent one of His prophets to speak to them about their situation. The Lord needed His children to TRUST Him. He made a promise to their father, Abraham that they would become a great nation. God would fulfill that promise. He alone would protect them and ultimately save them from their enemies, but they must only worship Him. It was vital for them to turn to Him and not to turn to useless idols for their security. God needed them to realize that their idols could not protect them or save them. God was warning them not to rely on false gods or idols for their salvation. God alone can save!!!

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Key Word

Dismayed

Dismayed:  Disheartened (made less hopeful or enthusiastic) ; deprived of courage; to feel as if you are broken down

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Connection to Us

Unfortunately, most of us have or will experience a horrible life changing event sometime in our lifetime.  Whether that be a financial hardship, loss of a loved one,  problems with a relationship, or some other terrible thing, experiencing any one of these events has the potential to break us! If we allow the event to break us- we are essentially lying down in the pain and giving up.  By doing this, the pain never eases and we never heal.  Isaiah 41:10 is written specifically for times of uncertainty or tragedy. This verse is written to reassure us.  We do not need to feel broken.  We must understand that feeling “dismayed” in  this verse does not mean the same as sadness. There is a difference between feeling sadness and feeling broken (dismayed).  Feeling sadness can be a natural and healthy emotion, but feeling dismayed is not.  When a person feels dismayed they feel as if they can’t go on.  They have no enthusiasm about their future and lack the courage to even try to move forward. God does not want this for us!  HE IS OUR GOD!  HE LOVES US!  HE IS WITH US!!!  We must not lie down in our sorrow or fear!  We must TRUST God to help us through it…  and we MUST KEEP MOVING!!!!  🙂

Our Hearts are MAGNETS!!!

 

 

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Psalm 37: 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Delight  yourself  also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

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Context of This Verse

Psalm 37 was written by the prophet David later in his life. One duty of a prophet was to explain the laws that were given to Moses and God’s people. Many people were questioning the outcomes they were witnessing for people who did follow God’s laws. God’s people were confused as to why some evil people seemed to be receiving blessings while some followers of Christ seemed to be suffering for their faith. David wrote this psalm to explain God’s providence. Unlike David’s other psalms which are written as devotions, this one is written as a sermon.  The lines of this particular psalm contain imperative sentences.  David is giving us direct statements to follow in order that we can live a happy Christian life. God created each one of us.  He knows what will TRULY make us happy and satisfy us. This psalm is written to help us realize that if we look to God to fulfill us and if we long for MORE GOD instead of more “stuff”- then we WILL be happy! We should not feel jealous of those people who obtain lots of “stuff” and riches by doing evil things. They are not truly satisfied.  They will keep needing more and more “stuff”….  their happiness is focused outwardly and dependent on their circumstances. We, on the other hand, can have inward true  happiness.   True happiness is constant and not dependent on any outward circumstance. David is telling us that we can have constant joy and peace if we place our longings inward!  We will be satisfied and happy if we depend solely on the source of our true happiness ,OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, to fill us!!!  The Lord will provide for us with what we TRULY need to be happy! The more of HIM we accept the FULLER we will become!!!

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Key Word

Heart

Heart– noun

Original Word: καρδία, ας, ἡ

Transliteration: kardia

kardíaheart;  our “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are.

Heart (kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, “heart” is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]

Heart– noun

the central or innermost part of something.

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Connection to Us

There is a huge difference between surface wants and deep desires.  This week’s verse is referring to our innermost longings. ANYTHING OR ANYONE who brings us in CLOSER relationship with our Heavenly Father is a part of our INNERMOST LONGINGS.  Our heart (kardia) was created for a connection with God!  Think of your heart as a magnet- it is drawn to anything metal.  Magnets can be great when they are attached to the correct object, for example when they are used to post your child’s artwork on your refrigerator.  But, the strong pull of magnets can also be hurtful, even deadly! Take for example an MRI machine. There are warning signs posted all around the areas of  these machines because they have such a strong magnetic pull.  If a person enters one of these machines wearing something metal, it could be catastrophic for them and the machine! Our hearts are just like these MRI machines! Each one of us is created to have a strong pull just like the magnets of the MRI machine! We must be careful to attach to the right metal!  Things or people who will ultimately lead us closer to Christ is what our hearts truly desire! Anything or anyone who leads us away from the Lord should be seen as a potential “deadly” pulling force to our hearts!  We need to be able to know the difference between good pulls and bad pulls so that we can  avoid  painful heart catastrophes!

Love Must FLOW!!

LOVE MUST FLOW!!!

The BEST way to study God’s Word and REALLY Absorb it is to somehow allow it to flow THROUGH You as you read!!

LOVE is a verb- it is ACTION…  it is not STAGNANT!!!

Consider for a minute the difference between the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Life does not exist in the Dead Sea, yet The Sea of Galilee THRIVES.  What is the major difference between these two bodies of water….  The Dead Sea has NO outlet!!!

We must remember this fact and apply it whenever we spend time with the Lord!

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Bible Stories from the Heart Doodle

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A Gathering of Two

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A Gathering of Two!

https://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/a-gathering-of-two/

Two or More used with permission IBible Verses

Come together with one another,
love all for who they are
confess your own faults
seek those who wander far.

Bear your brother’s burden,
take your sister by the hand
carry one another
pray against evil, all will stand.

Give service where it’s needed,
teach the Word where you can
encourage one another
be kind to all of man.

Comfort the sick and hurting,
show all hospitality
enlighten one another
use your God-given ability.

Restore to one their faith,
forgive one and all
caution one another
pick up the ones who fall.

Have fellowship with one another,
and Jesus will be there too . . .
it doesn’t take a whole congregation
just the gathering of two!

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Matthew 18:19-21
King James Version

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree
on earth concerning anything that they ask,
it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them.”