Illustrated Faith - The Word and Being Still - Isaiah 55:11 and Exodus 14:14

[My word] shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:11

I think that this was the second page I ever painted in my Bible. I have fallen in love with gold, and love the translucency in creates on the pages. This verse says so much to me. It shows the importance of the Word, even the Old Testament books, which I often see people neglecting in favour of the 'easier' New Testament. The laws that are set out in the Old Testament have been overcome with the new covenant brought by Jesus, but I don't think that means that they need to be forgotten or abandoned. They still hold as big of an importance today as they did thousands of years ago. It's these laws that enable us to fulfil the law of the New Testament. That is the explanation of this verse. The word of the old testament will accomplish the teachings of Jesus. 

I encourage you to dig into the Old Testament. If you don't know where to start, study the Ten Commandments (find them in Exodus 20:1-17). It's these commandments which will teach you to totally love God, and to be able to love your neighbour.

The LORD will fight for you and you have only to be silent. - Exodus 14:14

I'll give you a little hint about being scared to paint in your bible. Paper and glue can cover mistakes! In the post above, you can see that there's a lighter yellow paper that I've written "and you have" on it, and that's because I somehow messed up the spelling when I was writing on the darker yellow piece of paper. Thankfully, it just adds to the dimension of the page. I am NOT a scrapbooker, and try as I might, glueing things together is definitely my weakness. Let me slap on some paint, and draw my letters, and I'm good to go. Try to use paper to build layers, and get those letter stickers on straight and even...I feel like I'm just no good at it. But you know what? I just don't care. I'm using this process to focus on the Word, dig in deeper, and help with studying and learning. I encourage you to not worry about being perfect, making everything look nice. You'll have days where you make a beautiful page that you love, and you'll have days when you don't. Brush it off, shake off the dust, and move on. God knows that we aren't perfect in any other aspect of our lives, so why do we need to believe that He'll be disappointed in us if we have spelling mistakes or pages that aren't stunning. 

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