Where Is Your Treasure?

For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give, in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26 ♥️

We can’t take anything in this life with us to the grave. Material possessions are so worthless when it comes to what’s really important in life. The only thing we will be taking with us is our soul, which is more precious than all the riches in the world. In this world, people spend their lives acquiring, buying, spending, and reaching higher and higher on the ladder. They are striving for that “American dream” for their lives on this earth, yet not even giving a second thought to the condition of their soul. All these things that we human beings spend our life working for and acquiring will literally mean nothing once we’re dead. We came into this world naked, and we will return to the grave naked.

Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return tither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Job 1:21 ♥️

We’re taking nothing with us – not our education, our job title, our prestige, our money, our possessions, not even our family. In fact, once we die it’s only a matter of time before even our own descendants will forget us. For instance, do you know the name of your great great grandmother? Sadly, I don’t. Your life is but a vapour and will vanish. There’s one, and only one thing that will remain: your soul.

For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 9:5♥️

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

James 4:14 ♥️

The beautiful thing is that your soul is precious to God, and God knows the hairs on your head. You are valuable to God. But you must realize that this time on earth is spent in vain if it is not spent trusting in the LORD. Because at the end of the day, we will die and nothing will matter except if you put your faith in Him for salvation. Your soul is the one thing you will take past this grave and it will either end up in heaven or hell. Your treasure be in either one of two things: it will either be in things that will perish and be completely useless and non-existent after you die, or your treasure will be in heaven.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 ♥️

The Lord Jesus mentions that we’re more valuable than many sparrows. Material or earthly treasures will vanish but spiritual treasures will remain eternal. All the treasures are found in Jesus Christ! 👑 And if you put your faith in Him, your soul will be in safe keeping even past death. And that’s more valuable than anything this world has to offer.

“(Jesus), In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2:3 ♥️

My Weakness, His Strength

The other day I was having a rough morning and it seemed like my weakness and sin shined forth and I was acting in the flesh. Tired and drained from a great deal of fiery arrows coming my way, I had no strength.

Frustrated, I began walking outside in the winter rain. I felt horrible. Even if nobody else noticed my sinful shortcomings, I did, because it was all in my heart. Not only was I overcome by my weakness, but I knew God knew it even more than myself.

Shuddering, with a sorrowful and repentant heart I sighed a tearful groan and weakly whispered, “I’m sorry…I wish I was better, I don’t deserve you’re love, I’m not good enough.”

While on the bus, wet and cold, I began listening to worship music accompanied by reading continuous bible passages. One scripture stood out to me and it was as if this passage covered me like a soft warm blanket. I wasn’t cold any longer.

“But he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

This simple passage spoke to me more than an hour long sermon would.

His grace. His strength.

He told me to come, find rest for my soul. I’ll never be good enough, but He is. I’ll never be strong enough, but He is. I’ll never be able to hold myself up, but He carries me. I’ll never be able to be sinless, but He was without sin. I’ll never be perfect, but He wants me to rest in HIS perfection.

And He wants you to rest in Him too. Come to Jesus, and find rest. Don’t rely on yourself, rely on Him. His grace is enough to cover every ounce of your weakness, sin and flesh.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:28-29

Fall into the arms of the only One who can hold you up. The One whose grace is enough.♥️

Get Close to God

Never let any single thing, human or otherwise, be closer to you than your Maker is. Your union with Jesus must be a union untouched by outside hands – it must be so deep and strong and high and wide and all-consuming and first and foremost above all other relationships, that nothing on the outside can penetrate it. Jesus is your Saviour, your God, and your first love. Your relationship with Him will set the foundation of your entire life and all of your relationships – none of which should ever be more important or close to you than Jesus Himself. Get close to God, deepen your bond with Him. Love Him more than anything this world has to offer. Be satisfied in Him above all else. Be willing to serve Him unto death if He so desires. Jesus is a jealous God and wants all of you.

Make Him your everything, because He is your Maker.♥️

{Revelation 2:4}
[Jesus said], “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

{Hebrews 12:29}
“For our God is a consuming fire.”

{Exodus 34:14}
“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.”😍

The Words of Christ

The very words of Jesus.

F u l l of wisdom.

F u l l of truth.

F u l l of grace.

His words fill our souls and calms our restless hearts and convicts us. His words are alive, they are powerful, and they are eternal.

How blessed we are to have a God so gracious and intimate that He would actually dwell with us humans. So tender and compassionate that He would smile at us, embrace us, walk with us,  t a l k  to us.

This God! The majestic God of heaven did this–for us!

How  l o v e l y  is He.

How  w o r t h y  of praise.

Let’s meditate on His words.♥️

Deeper in God 

This is my heart’s cry: Father, Abba, my Saviour, the One Whom my soul loves! Take me  d e e p e r.  I desire to go deeper into the depths of your love. I want to drown in your living waters, your rivers of delight. You are such a precious God and I want n o t h i n g more than to serve you and glorify you and love you and lay at your perfect feet.

Let me go deeper into fellowship with you, deeper into communion with you, deeper into trusting in you, deeper into walking with you, deeper in my obedience to you.

D e e p e r.

D e e p e r.

M o r e.

Brothers and sisters in Jesus, let us never reach a point where we’ve had enough of God. Let’s stay burning hot for Him all of our days! He is so worth our passionate devotion and our hearts on fire for Him.

If we abide in Him, we will be delighted in Him. Because we can’t be delighted in Him without abiding in Him! And when we abide in Him, we go deeper with Him. When we are delighted in Him, we are on fire for Him. So let’s delight and abide.

He’s so  w o r t h y,

He’s so  w o n d e r f u l.

The depths of His love are
i n c o m p a r a b l e.

Let’s drown in His warm embrace and go deeper.

{Psalm 36:8}
They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

‭‭{Psalms‬ ‭42:1-2, 7-8‬}
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Victory in Jesus 

What a magnificent God we serve. He made the beauty of snow-laden forests yet He is so concerned and compassionate about our lives. He is dedicated to our victory over the darkness of this world. Nothing goes unnoticed by Him. He sees it all – the hurting, the pain, the weariness, the frustration, the brokenness – and oh, He cares.

He is so active in every detail of His saint’s life that if we r e a l l y knew the magnitude of His care for us, we would never have an ounce of worry, fear, or anxiety again.

Never mistake His invisibility for inactivity.

He wants and desires our faith during our walk with Him on this earth despite not being able to see Him. He promises that those who have faith in Him yet cannot see Him will be blessed.

Our faith is what grows us, strengthens us, matures us, sanctifies us. He does it all, but it’s through our clinging to Him tightly in faith and hiding under His protection during every season in life is what makes us victorious. And it is nothing of our own strength and power, but all through His.⭐️

In Jesus Christ there is V I C T O R Y.

‭‭{John‬ ‭16:33‬}
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

‭‭{John‬ ‭20:29‬}
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

{1 John 5:4-5}
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

‭‭‭‭{Romans‬ ‭5:1-5‬}
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

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Worship God and Only God

Worshiping and loving Jesus edifies our soul and fills our hearts.

Many who are disconnected from their Creator do not realize this, but loving God h e a l s us. Because we were made for Him and we were made by Him. We need Him.

Refusing to worship Him and love Him actually damages us. Why? Because human beings were made to worship; and, if we’re not worshiping our Maker, we’re worshiping  s o m e t h i n g  else. Something that is unworthy of the worship of our hearts. Something that we should not be worshiping.

Alcohol, money, fame, possessions, attention, family, excitement, beauty, drugs, work, sports, food, comfort, hobbies, education, intellect, sex, self, other human beings, false gods and idols made of human hands.

These are just a few things that humans will latch on to if they aren’t clinging to the One who breathed the breath of life into their lungs.

Worship is  a n y t h i n g  that takes the highest precedence in our minds and hearts. And if it’s not God, then it is something created, which will ultimately damage us in greater ways than we can imagine.

But He heals us. He makes us whole. He forgives us. He makes us new.

We’re broken without Him. There’s no way around it. No matter how good and full one’s life looks like on the outside, we are utterly broken and lost if He do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only one who is truly worthy of our worship and praise.

Go to him and find true fullness and wholeness and healing and love.

When you find Him and experience true freedom, you won’t be able to do anything b u t worship and praise the majestic, delightful, worthy God of heaven.

{Exodus 34:14}
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

{Matthew 13:15-16}
For this the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

{Genesis 2:7}
The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

God Wants Us

He has everything, He made everything, He owns everything. Yet…

He still. wants. us.

He doesn’t need us, but He wants us.

If you have a relationship with God, thank Him for His loving desire to be in an intimate relationship with you. Thank Him that He loves and wants you so much that He endured abandonment, torture, sorrow, loneliness, pain, heartache, mockery, blasphemies, maliciousness, unjust treatment, wrongful murder and left His glory in heaven because…

H E . W A N T S . Y O U.

So if you ever feel unloved, alone, or like nobody cares, don’t. Because Someone greater than all others loves you, is with you, and cares.

What a loving, tender, caring God we have.✨🌸💓

{Psalm 27:10}
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”

‭‭‭‭{Isaiah‬ ‭43:2-5‬}
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

The Glory of God

✨Worship our Maker this morning and reflect on His glory! He is a glorious King and so deserving of our praise. Don’t let this day pass before you magnify His greatness in your hearts. He knows when you notice Him. When you pause to soak in the beauty of His glory and majesty. When you delight in Him just for who He is. And it moves His divine heart.

Sing to Him in your hearts and praise Him for His:

M e r c y
L o v e
G r a c e
G o o d n e s s
T r u t h f u l n e s s
T r u s t w o r t h i n e s s
G e n t l e n e s s
K i n d n e s s
F o r g i v e n e s s
P at i e n c e
F a i t h f u l n e s s
T e n d e r n e s s
S e r v i t u d e
L o n g s u f f e r i n g
W r a t h
C a r e
J u s t i c e
S o v e r e i g n t y
J e a l o u s y
B e a u t y
E x c e l l e n c e
P u r i t y
F la w l e s s n e s s
I m m u t a b i l i t y
H u m b l n e s s
R i g h t e o u s n e s s
M a j e s t y
P o w e r
P e r f e c t i o n
H o l i n e s s
W o r t h i n e s s
S a l v a t i o n

Praise and worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. For He is glorious in all of His ways.✨

K I N G . J E S U S . F O R E V E R

‭‭{Psalms‬ ‭96}
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord!
He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty surround him;
strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before him.
Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
He will judge all peoples fairly.
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.

Worship Jesus Christ!

How does this beautiful God give us so much?! How does He even allow us to be intimate with Him and close to Him?! How does He let us know Him, experience His mercy, His tenderness, His lovingkindness, His salvation?! How does He even allow us the gift of loving Him?! The only reason we’re even able to love Him is because while we were  s t i l l  sinners, the Son of the living God died for us. He is so precious and incredible!

He deserves so much more than we are capable of giving Him, yet He accepts and delights in the worship of those who have been bought by His blood. Nothing could ever compare!

If you have been saved by Him, never take for granted that you are privileged and favoured to be allowed to enter into His throne room, experience His presence, and even call on His name. It’s a privilege beyond reason to be able to fall to our knees before Him and pour out our hearts to Him, crying “Abba! My Father!”

Never allow His goodness and grace that we undeservedly receive from Him become commonplace in your heart. You have everything in Him.

His love the greatest gift, and He has given it to those who place their hope and trust in Him.💞

W O R S H I P   J E S U S   C H R I S T.

‭‭{Ephesians‬ ‭1:3-14‬}
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”