Washi Tape Idea – Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 19
Hello Everyone! Welcome to week 19 of my Bible Art Journaling Challenge! This week I am excited to share with you a washi tape idea for your Bible art journaling! Several of you have asked me to share a video tutorial on using washi tape and I think this one will offer you a springboard for coming up with new solutions on how to make use of it in your Bible. I’ve also kept most of my teaching for this week, right here on my blog post which I REALLY hope you’ll take time to read. This topic is so good! And, the video further below is so amazing too.
A woven story
As I mentioned in my video, the story of which I am focusing on in the Bible this week, is woven through the whole Bible in a major way. In reality, the whole Bible is a big love letter to us and is a full story when put together. All the books, inspired by God, tell a larger picture when put together. We can get glimpses of the full story, when we read sections of the Bible. In some cases, we can read small snippets and gather all the information we need to start to understand what God must have wanted us to learn about that topic. At other times, we need to read more in order to gather enough information about what He wanted us to understand.
This week, I wanted to share with you one of those topics that is only done justice when more scripture is read with it. And because of how these books weave stories together into one big book called the Bible, we need to skip around to see what different writers recorded in various places. Hang with me. It is brief but hang with my trail. I won’t even begin to scratch the surface on this wonderful topic and encourage you to study it more for yourself.
If you’re new to studying the Bible and not sure where to begin, let me know in the comments below if you’d like me to do a blog post or two, and/or video about how to study the Bible. I hope to at least whet your appetite to understand today’s topic more fully. This is good stuff!
In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, there is an incredible display of God’s glory filling the temple. The Israelite’s had endured the wilderness and come in to the promised land, all while carrying the Ark of the Covenant. This is where the presence of God dwelt until Jesus came, died on the cross, raised from the dead and left the Holy Spirit with us to dwell in us. After Jesus had paid the price for our sin, God no longer needed a place to dwell on earth. He could dwell in His people.
How? Because Jesus made it possible for us to once and for all be freed from sin, which is the barrier that seperates us from God. Once we invite Him into our life by asking forgiveness of that sin, we gain access to having Him live in us! The bonus of this is that we get to have access to a moral compass, a friend, comforter and guide.
King David had left plans for a temple to be built and His son Solomon was able to go on and complete the plans. When the temple was finished, the Ark of the Covenant had a resting place again. It no longer had to sit on the shoulders of wandering people. Here is what happened when King Solomon finished praying a dedication prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 says,
“1 Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. 3 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
What an incredible display of God’s glory filling the temple. And what a foreshadowing of what would come when Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (which refers to a time after Jesus died and rose again for us), tells us that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in us. We were bought with a price which Jesus paid on a cross for us and then were given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us! We no longer have to go to a temple somewhere to get a glimpse of the glory of God. He can dwell in us!
“19…do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
Who is God anyway?!
I need to assume for the sake of time today, that you understand God has three parts of Himself which He describes and talks about in the Bible. The Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. They are the same God with three aspects to Himself. It is often referred to as, “the Godhead”. This can be hard to understand, but this is part of having faith and recognizing we just have to trust Him without understanding everything. After all, we are not God, (thankful for that!) and don’t need to know everything.
If we can have faith in an unseen God, (like we talked about last week) then we can also choose to be satisfied without needing all the answers to the mysteries before us. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is all of them and each of them, all at once. 🙂
What has God done for us?
In week 5 of this Bible Art Journaling Challenge, I talked with you about John 3:16 which I love in the New Living Translation particularly. It says,
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
So, we understand that God loved us so much that He gave his Son Jesus to die on a cross and be raised from the dead, so we could have eternal life. His death and resurrection on our behalf was the final sacrifice which we can accept freely to have eternal life. You can learn a bit more about that from my Bible Art Journaling Challenge week 16. But… there is MORE than just eternal life!
What Luke the Doctor reported
After Jesus died on the cross, He was resurrected from the dead and the Bible says He appeared among people for a period of time before going to Heaven to sit by His Father on the throne. Jesus had always perplexed people with His various parables. But in Luke 24:44-45, you see Jesus is with the disciples after appearing in their midst, (post being raised from the dead). Jesus had proven to them that He was in fact appearing in the flesh and not as some spirit. And then He says to them,
“…These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”.
There it is. Finally they would be able to understand what He had been speaking with them about, concerning scripture for those 3 years they’d been together! The veil of mystery had been lifted! The scripture that had been written and was available to them at the time was much of what we see in the Old Testament. That section of books was and is, full of scriptures which prophesied and told of what we’re talking about today. Until Jesus opened their minds to understand, it was a mystery to them. Then they saw clearly.
John the beloved recorded it this way
We’ve seen some of what Luke wanted to record happening in that moment. Lets look at what John (another of the disciples), wanted to record of that same moment. Follow me here. Luke was a doctor by trade. He just stated the facts quite often. John was a much more eloquent writer in my opinion. And, perhaps a more emotional guy. He liked to record the details of things which were happening.
In John 20:21-22 he recorded what appears to be the same part of the conversation in which Luke said that Jesus opened their minds. It says,
“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
So, Jesus had opened the minds of the disciples to understand the scriptures and also breathed on them, thus filling them with the Holy Spirit. Who is that? Very simply put (for the sake of time today), Holy Spirit was the part of the Godhead which was left to dwell in us when we receive God into our lives. He is the part of God who helps us to grasp the fullness of living out our destiny and calling as followers of Him.
More from Doctor Luke
This week’s scripture is found in this same section of Luke chapter 24 in verse 49 which says,
“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Well, Jesus couldn’t help Himself. He liked to speak in ways which require us to dig deeper to understand. He doesn’t hide things from us. He hides things for us to find. What was this promise of His Father which Jesus spoke about? And what does it mean to be clothed with power from on high? Thankfully, Jesus opened the minds of the disciples to understand the scriptures. So, when they went to write the books I am quoting from today, they were able to clearly spell it all out for us! 🙂
The Fathers promise
So, Luke recorded that Jesus told the disciples to stay in the city until they were clothed with power from on high. By now they had received the Holy Spirit but He had not yet come upon them, to clothe them with power.
In Acts 1:4-5 Jesus tells the disciples about the promise of the Father which had been foretold about in the Old Testament.
“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Jesus goes on in Acts 1:8 and says,
“…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”
We all receive God when we invite Him into our lives. The same is true of the Holy Spirit. We receive Him too. Just like we do Father and Jesus. He is one in the same. But that is just the part where we secure eternal life. There is MORE! We also get the promise of the Father, which Jesus said is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. That is the part when we are clothed with power from on high. That is the part where we are filled with His Spirit, (Holy Spirit) and get access to live in the more of the Kingdom of God. We can get to heaven without this filling but why would we?
You can read more about all that took place when the Holy Spirit came upon them and clothed them with power, over in Acts chapter 2 and beyond. There was a sudden shift in the life of the disciples and key followers of Jesus. Where before they had sought to understand Jesus and followed Him around learning, they now understood what the scriptures meant and were endued with power from on High to do what they were called to do. They moved forward with the power to do what Scripture commands us all to do.
I’ll share a glimpse of Acts chapter 2, verses 1-4.
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting… And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…”
Pentecost is what that day was called when they were given the promise of the Father to be baptized with the Holy Spirit with that evidence of being clothed with His power.
Some argue that the Holy Spirit was only needed and useful until the disciples had died and the Church was established. The truth is, the Bible gives NO indication that this is even remotely true. The Bible never says that one third of God would be irrelevant after a period of time. All of God has always been relevant and part of the bigger picture. All of God is useful and needed today. Revelation 1:8 sums this point up when it refers to all parts of Himself from the beginning and end of time.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come…”
So, why do we need this power of the Holy Spirit and what is the point of it? Rather than use more words to explain this beautiful thing God has given us to spend ourselves on His purposes for our lives, I’d like to share this REALLY cool video with you. See for yourself with this little object lesson, how this works.
Let’s ask God to baptize us with His Holy Spirit, with the evidence of being clothed with His power if we have not already. What is the moral of this part of the bigger Scripture story? God has more for us than just getting into heaven. The Father had a promise that God has left us the Holy Spirit to endue us with power, to fulfill His destiny and calling on our lives. The great news is, that promise remains true for you and I! What a beautiful thing!
Let us not be satisfied until we live in the fullness of His purposes for our life which are beautiful, effective and world changing. That may seem huge to you but we aren’t supposed to save the world! That was and is God’s job. Ours is to be a world changer in our corner of the world and we do that through the power of the Holy Spirit who can dwell in us.
Bible art journaling with washi tape
On that note, I really don’t have anything else to add to the washi tape tutorial I gave in my video. It feels very straight forward and easy to do. If anything feels confusing to you about it, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer your questions!
I would love you to try any of the techniques I’ve shared in my process with you today if you’re interested in them. I also want you to feel free to gather inspiration for this scripture in other places and create right on your page if you want. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all Bible art journal for this weeks challenge! You can find answers to most any question you may have about the Bible Art Journaling Challenge over on my Challenge page found in the top navigation. It also has a full archive! Be sure to head over to our Facebook group and/or Google+ Community, to chat about this weeks Bible Art Journaling Challenge and get started on your own page!
Bible Art Journaling Supplies
As promised, here are the supplies I featured in this weeks video which you can click on to view or purchase. I hope it helps you find anything you may want to try out. I receive a small percentage of each purchase when anyone clicks on my art supply links, to go get supplies I use like you see below, or on my YouTube videos. This has no effect on you and makes a real difference for me! I am excited for you to get great deals on supplies anywhere, so you can join in on your budget. When you find deals which I’ve searched for and recommended below, I get supported. Thank you, I so appreciate your support which helps me provide these free tutorials for you!
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Bibles Ideal For Bible Art Journaling
There are several wide-margin Bibles I’ve seen recommended for art journaling, including large print versions. I’ve created a linked collection here to make your choice easier when looking for a Bible to art journal in. If you click on any of the Bibles, you will often be able to look inside to see the pages for yourself before purchasing!
- I really like the ESV Journaling Bible with faint lines in the 2 inch wide margin and cream paper color.
- I love my imitation leather, NASB Note-Taker’s Bible (top left Bible below), which is free of lines in the wide and bottom margin with white paper.
- All give extra room for creativity.
- You can also join in with a Bible you already have, or even an art journal like the art journals I recommend.
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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB unless otherwise noted.