Who Are You In Christ? Art Journal 1:15

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I think there are far to many Christians living without knowing who they are in Christ Jesus. Understanding who we are in Christ makes a huge difference in how we view ourselves and others.

To get a proper perspective on who we are in Christ Jesus I believe it’s helpful to clearly understand who we are without Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2 is the best resource for this. It’s not pretty or pleasant to read, study, and ponder, but it will give you a greater perspective of the finished work Jesus accomplished for each of us on the cross.

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Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
The Father has poured out the spiritual blessings of Heaven upon all who have put their trust in Jesus. Every spiritual need has been met, every spiritual blessing has been fulfilled, and every grace given.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption deliverance and salvation through His blood, the (remission) forgiveness of our (offenses shortcomings) and trespasses, in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,

God the Father out of his great love predestined those who would believe to be adopted as his children through faith in his son, Jesus. It’s only through faith in Christ we have a new relationship as the children of God and in that relationship we have a new position. Our relationship gives us right and ownership to the riches of our Heavenly Father. Our position give us privileges related to being part of His family.

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Our Heavenly Father did spare Jesus (His only begotten Son) from death through His resurrection. This same power of God is available to us to keep us from suffering the same and all the other situations that Satan tries to defeat our spirit with in this life. Even in death we know that we will be raised with Christ into our eternal home. This is the power Paul wrote about in Romans 8:31-39. If God be for us, who can be against us? Who will bring any (defeating) charge against those whom God has chosen. No one, Christ who died for our sins and is risen from the grave and who sits at the right hand of God The Father intercedes for you and I! Hallelujah (praise The Lord)! Nothing in this world or in the spirit realm can separate us from the love of Christ! We will face trials and suffer troubles in this world because sin is in the world, but we are more than over-comers through Christ. It’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to plug into our Savior (our Redeemer and strength) and by His power we will have wisdom, strength, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to overcome all that the ruler (Satan) of this age throws at us.

Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

We all to often allow others in the world to mark us for something. We do it to ourselves as well. Jesus came, died, and rose from the grave so that you and I could live on this earth and in our eternal home Heaven marked solely by Him and for Him. When we surrendered to Him by faith in Jesus as the only begotten son of God we were marked with the seal of God, the Holy Spirit. It’s the only mark we need. In Christ we are set free from others labels that have been put on us.

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Love This Life!

LOVE THIS LIFE! That is what I try to do every day. It’s a conscious choice to love my life. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have my moments where I am not “loving” the stress or temporary bad times, but overall I am making a choice moment by moment to love the life that I have been blessed with.

Yesterday morning I was inspired to use a piece of scrap that was on my Scrapin Island and today I am going to share with you what I created. I started by using my PC Cuttlebug and some Nestabilities dies to cut out as many tags as I could get from this scrap of Kraft card stock.

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I started with one of the larger die cuts and a Close To My Heart stamp set called Baroque Borders.

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I used some Marvy Caribbean Blue ink and did some pre-stamping as its my first use of this stamp set and I wanted to get a feel for how it stamped. I really like the versatility of this stamp set.

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Next I added some text which is actually an older background stamp from Stampin’ Up called Blessing (I think). It’s the Irish Blessing written in script font. I adore it! I used Vintage Photo Distressed Ink for this stamp.

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I inked part of this large stamp and then laid my tag face down on it. I covered it with a piece of scrap copy paper and rolled it with my roller. It makes getting the perfect image on these large stamps so easy.

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I decided to distress the edges of my tag using the Tumbled glass Distress Ink by Ranger and Tim Holtz.

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I opted to use a Stamp In The Hand fish stamp and some clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder). I used VersaMark ink and my heat gun. I love the effect of UTEE but I went a little over board with my layers and ended up damaging the fibers in my tag so much so that I could not use it for my card, but I finished it anyway and used it as a magnet!

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After the last layer of UTEE I added some gorgeous micro beads to the hot melted UTEE.

20130420-220415.jpg let this sit and dry and pour off the excess beads to use for another project.

20130420-220550.jpg I added a medium size flat pearl for his eye from my stash.

The last touch was a title of sorts. One of my go to stamp sets is a special stamp set from Close To My Heart called It’s Your Day. I have a good friend that loves fish and anything ocean/beach related and sensed that she needed a pick me up. I think this little magnet will brighten her day. The stamp says I (heart) this life! I used my large piece of scrap and stamped the stamp on time and fussy cut the heart out. I used a pop dot and then stamped just the words ‘this life’ on one of the smallest tags I cut yesterday morning. I layered my title and called it done.

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The finished project had to become a magnet as there was no way it was going to get it flat enough to use on my card. I added a few magnet strips (purchased at Michaels) and called this project done.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s project as I certainly had fun using my scraps and stash of stuff. Be blessed today and Love This Life!