God is L O V E

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And apart from Him there is no love at all – only a phony substituted version of love that will never satisfy our hearts and always leave us restless. But in God’s love, we find t r u e rest for our hearts. How can there be real love outside the God who created everything into existence? The One who actually stitched your heart together and is making it beat this very moment?

Pause and take a moment to feel your heart beat inside of your chest. He’s the One making it beat.

He‘s the One who defines love, and therefore there’s no possibility of finding love, real love, outside of Him.

If it isn’t His love, what is it?

It’s good emotion but is tainted with personal desire, lust, and selfish motive. Even in our best efforts our love is stained with sin.

But Jesus Christ showed us true, pure, real love in while we were yet sinners, He died for us in the greatest sacrifice that has ever touched man. And this great sacrifice is the free gift of salvation. Jesus took the penalty of your sin, if we accept Him as our Lord and ask forgiveness. He endured what we should have received from a righteous, just, holy God.

This God is true love, but in perfect unity He is also perfectly just and wrathful towards our sinful nature. But, if we turn to Him and cry out to Him for salvation and forgiveness, you will receive this beautiful gift.

Won’t you accept True Love today?

Once you taste the real thing, you’ll never settle for plastic.

{1 John 4:7}
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.

Jesus is my King

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No matter what goes on in my life, Jesus Christ is my King.
No matter what storm, what trial, what tribulation, distress, pressure, heartbreak, or failure I face, He’s my King.
No matter what fears I have inside of me, He’s my King.
Whether I’m victorious in life or I can’t walk any longer, Jesus is my King.
Confusion may overwhelm me at times, but one thing is for certain – the Rock is my King.
I may get discouraged, but Jesus is my King.
I may not understand, but Jesus will always be my King.
No matter what adversity wants to get ahold of me, my Jesus is my King.
No matter what type of darkness that tries to subdue me, Jesus is my beloved King.
Whatever I go through in life, I’m carried under the everlasting arms of King Jesus.
No matter who rules the world or what kind of power they have, Jesus is the King of Kings!
No matter which president they elect, Jesus is Lord of Lords.
Jesus is the King over rulers, nations, authority.
Jesus is King over the entire earth.
Of my entire life, my soul, my spirit, my mind, my being, He is my sweet King and I want no one else.
Of my heart, Jesus is King, forever and ever and all eternity.
JESUS IS MY KING!


{Deuteronomy 33:26-27}
There is none like the God of Israel,
Who rides the heavens to your help,
And through the skies in His majestic glory.
The eternal God is your refuge as dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
He drove out the enemy before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’
So Israel dwells in safety and security.

His Love!

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His love, oh His love. I could sing about His love all day and all night.

His love makes me exhale into a warm puddle and it makes my heart want to burst all at the same time.

His love is so perfect that it has the power to calm our fears, give us perfect peace in every situation, make our chest flutter with joy, heal us and make us whole. His love is that powerful.

His love is powerful enough to save us from hell and gentle enough to whisper sweet words of comfort in our ear.

His love is rich enough to satisfy the human soul altogether, with all our cravings and longings.

His love is the ultimate treasure to those He loved before the foundation of the Earth. We were loved by Him and existed in His mind before we were e v e r conceived. Before our parents and grandparents and ancestors were conceived. And when a human heart falls deeply into His love, His heart becomes the ultimate of treasures.

His love is powerful enough to remove our sin and the consequences of it if we come to Him. His love is powerful enough to save us from Himself and His wrath.

His love calms our fears. His love makes us alive. His love frees us. His love lifts us up. His love carries us through this life and into Heaven.

His love is so intense that He was compelled to come to this earth from the throne of majesty and endure torture, beatings, ripped flesh, and blood poured out. For us.

There is no greater love than the love of God.

If you haven’t yet, will you accept His love? If you already have His love, never cease to treasure it more than your own life because it is more worthy than your own life.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength.

This is the purpose of our existence. Nothing else will ever matter. This is the reason you have breath.

I Become less, He Becomes More

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When we are in Jesus, His strength is perfected in our weakness.

We become less. He becomes more.

I remember weeks following the special moment that I gave my life to Jesus Christ, there was this strange new feeling within me.

I was dying to self.

I was becoming less, and He was becoming more. It was very new and unfamiliar to me, because I had spent all of my entire life trying to be m o r e of me. In perfect unity, He was spiritually circumsicing me and giving me a new heart. From a hard heart to a tender heart.

In this, the sinful calloused, fleshly nature in me was being removed by the hand of God. In His refining fire, He was burning away the person previously known as Tanya for the past 29 years.

At first, this new feeling was u n c o m f o r t a b l e.

Because I wasn’t acquainted with being less of me so God could be more in me. I was used to always trying to be m o r e of me. But more of me without God is an ugly thing. Jesus completely reversed this within my new heart:

Selfishness to selflessness, vanity to humbleness, greed to giving, hate to love.

I knew what was happening was good, and I desired it. But in my new baby believer’s mind, dying to self was also just a little bit painful. I could f e e l it. I was a w a r e of it. It was an awareness through my entire being – mind, heart, and soul, that He allowed me to experience. My spiritual outer layer was full of dirt, defilement, and darkness, and it was being removed to reveal my t r u e identity as a daughter of the King.

When I came to Christ, I was transformed into a new creature. I went from dead to alive. Mortal to immortal in Jesus. The old had passed, and the new had come.

With the Holy Spirit freshly in me, I had to learn that more of me is bad, and less of me is so so so good. Because less of me means more of Him. And more of Him means more of His strength and power made perfect in my weaknesses.

It means my weaknesses can be used for His purposes and made into strength by His power.

Though ecstatically full of joy in the Lord, this discomfort I felt at the beginning of my relationship with God was my fleshly carnal nature being cut off of me.

But I’m so glad it did. And I’m so thankful that I’m s t i l l being refined. That I’m
s t i l l dying to self. And that I’ll a l w a y s be sanctified. Because He has become m o r e in me. And more of God is a very wonderful thing.

 

{Deuteronomy 30:6}
And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants [that is, He will remove the desire to sin from your heart] so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul, so that you may live.”

‭‭{Colossians‬ ‭2:11-14‬}
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

{2 Corinthians 12:9}
Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation]; for My power is perfect in your weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may completely enfold me and may dwell in me.”

{Ezekiel 36:26-27}
And I (God) will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

{Romans 6:11}
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

{Luke 9:23}
And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

{Galatians 2:20}
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

{Ephesians 4:22-24}
In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

{Isaiah 64:8}
Yet, oh LORD, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter,
And we are all the work of your hand.

Jesus is Salvation

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Worship the Lord of glory! Praise His beautiful, Holy name. Jesus is our God. The One God. The only God. There will be NO other, never has been another, and never will be another God.

He’s my Creator, and He’s your Creator. He gave us breath, and the most significant thing we can do is give our breath back to Him by praising Him and honouring Him. Loving Him and obeying Him. Seeking Him and laying down our lives for Him. He’s so perfect and majestic and mighty and wonderful.

Look at this beautiful things He has made by His hand and respond in adoration. He is the o n l y God, the only way to salvation, and He is breathtakingly glorious.

Jesus Christ is the seen image of the invisible God who offers the only way out of this meaningless existence on earth. He’s the only freedom we have. When you turn to Him, your life can have meaning and you can be set free! Without Him, you will be imprisoned and your life will have no meaning because you are separated from the very One who made your heart beat and gave your lungs air.

He’s the One your soul craves, yet you do not realize this. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Tell Him you want His love. You will experience meaning and purpose and you will begin living a supernatural life with the presence of the Most High God living inside of you and surrounding you. Don’t you want the favour and mercy of God poured on your life?

Jesus Christ isn’t just my God because I love Him. He’s your God too, even if you hate Him. He’s the atheist’s God, the Muslim’s God, the drug addict’s God, the alcoholic’s God, and even the satanist’s God – even though these people worship evil things and deny the very One who created them. There isn’t a million ways to Heaven, there is only o n e way.

One way.

Just because someone doesn’t believe in Him does not mean that person will not have to face Him when they die on earth. And when you see Him, if you have rejected the truth all of your life, you will cry in utter terror at what you chose instead of Him. You’ll see the King in His majestic perfect splendour and you’ll scream in shame and horror because you’ll want Him but it will be too late. You have time today to choose Him. Tomorrow you may die.

Please choose the beautiful God who spoke you into existence. Speaking from experience, He is so worth it. Now that I have Him, there isn’t a single thing I’d give Him up for. All I want to do is express my love to Him all my days until my last breath.

I belong to King Jesus, and I will never get over Him.

J E S U S

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved, for God has provided no alternative for salvation.”
{Acts 4:12}

Have You Ever Tried Chocolate?

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Once you become deeply acquainted and intimate with God — once you begin a relationship with Him and saturate yourself in His Word — once you seek Him and actually find Him — you will fall powerfully in love with Him. He is impossible not to love, once you taste His own love for you. He is so loveable in every way, even in His passionate jealous anger. He’s irresistible to the soul that was made for His pleasure.

But you won’t know this until He supernaturally fills you with his Holy Spirit, which for to happen, you must open up your heart to Him. You must turn to Him, and ask him to forgive you and be your life. Your God. Your Saviour.

When it truly happens, you’re in for more than you can ever fathom. He fills you with His passionate love and you’re consumed by Him.

Thus begins the greatest romance a human being could ever experience. 

If you grew up never tasting rich, good quality, velvety chocolate, you would never have an appetite or craving for it. Never tasting it, you don’t realize what you’re missing. The same is for God Himself. He’s the most rich, decadent, luxurious, satisfying thing that anybody could ever experience. But you won’t know realize what you’re missing until you first taste His incredible love.

But once you do, game over. You’re His. You’re done with everything else and you are His.


{Psalm 63:1-8}
O GOD, You are my God;
With deepest longings I will seek You;
My soul thirsts for You,
My flesh longs and sighs for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have gazed upon You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises to You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

 

I Will Love You Forever.

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When you come to Christ for salvation, He becomes your first love. He’s not an add-on to your life, He IS your life. He’s not someone you love, He IS your love. He’s above  a l l  other loves.

Salvation isn’t an act of a person deciding one day to go to church and maybe teach Sunday school. Salvation is a supernatural work of God that transforms a soul’s heart radically and brings that person’s spirit to true life.

He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He does it all, it’s all in Him.

I thought I was alive before I met my God. I thought I was out having fun, “living life”, doing my thang. But it wasn’t until the love of God came rushing into my heart that I had realized I’d been dead for all of my life. You think you’re living until you actually meet LIFE Himself. The One who created life.

The One who is the Resurrection the Truth and the Life.

When I look back, I realize I was a zombi walking this earth. Emptiness on the inside, every day I took a step closer to eternal death. But He saved me from death. And now the power of the life giving Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead now lives in me.

And it’s so delightful and good. It’s so intimate and real and unfathomably beautiful.

Now, the fear of death is nonexistent in my life. Because when I die, I’ll be with the One whom my soul loves. I’ll be with my first love. Forever.

But until then, I’ll keep writing and proclaiming to the world how amazing He is.💕


‭‭{John‬ ‭14:6‬}
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

‭‭{Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬}
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

‭‭{Romans‬ ‭8:11‬}
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

‭‭{Philippians‬ ‭1:21-24‬}
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.”

Just a Tiny Snowflake…

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Oh! The beauties of God’s creation testifies of His love and supreme creativity. How He can create something that is so tiny, to where human beings can’t even see with our naked eye, yet so complex, intricate, unmistakably designed….

It makes my heart beat faster for Him.

The true devastation is that we humans take this for granted. We don’t give Him the praise for His creation as He deserves. We were born and grew up into a world full of beauty and grace, breath and love.

So to our foolish eyes, it has become c o m m o n to us. Such a misfortune when we walk about this world our entire lives, without really basking in the beauty of creation from the hand of our Creator.

This tiny microscopic snowflake right here is proof of a Creator. Yes, proof. Look at it, let your eyes feast on it. How did this come from nothing, without a Designer? There is absolutely no way. This should be enough for the human heart and mind to be settled that there is a God. But not any God – this one little bit of beauty displays God’s own divine beauty in His character and His attributes.

Here are just a few that I could come up with in my limited mind. This one snowflake displays His….

Love: because a God who didn’t love wouldn’t take the time to make something so glorious. Care: because the winter season gives the soil rest and makes way for new life. Creativity: because look at this. Sustenance: water needed for life. Endless glory: because there are no two snowflakes alike, and think about all the snow on earth from the beginning of time until now. Grace, tenderness, exquisiteness, majesty, power, mercy, devotion, commitment, sweetness…this one snowflake says so much about Him!

The God who made each and every snowflake also gave you each breath that you’re breathing this very moment. Give Him the breath that He so lovingly gave you back to Him in praise. Love and adore Him. He is so worthy of our honour and praise. He is so beautiful and holy.


‭‭{Isaiah‬ ‭55:6-11‬}
Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
‭‭{Psalms‬ ‭147:15-18‬}
He sends his orders to the world— how swiftly his word flies! He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes. He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold? Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

‭‭{Romans‬ ‭1:19-20‬}
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

A Father’s Love

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Ever ponder the thought that the only reason we creatures can love is because He who created us, He who dwells in Heaven, I S love? Have you ever wondered how – if there is no Creator, no CREATion, no love behind all that exists – how we even have the ability to love, ourselves? Have deep affections? Know morality? Know tenderness, thanksgiving, embracing, protecting, caregiving, nurturing, if they weren’t all given to us by the hand of He who d e f i n e s these wonderful qualities?

The only reason we can possess these attributes is because God IS all of these attributes, and He made us in His image. Otherwise, if we had come from premadorial soup, we’d be emotionless and without the ability to know love. Know right from wrong.

All of these beautiful qualities in humanity are the communicable attributes of God – He has gifted humanity with attributes like His, although ours are tainted with sin and He is holy perfection.

Let your mind picture this:

A child, knowing she is perfectly loved and accepted by her daddy. That no matter how much trouble she gets in, her father will love and protect her. Pick her up when she falls, clean her up when she gets messy, and comfort her when she’s scared. Everything he does, even disciplining, is for the good of this little girl. He loves her so much that he would die for her. Picture this sweet girl, innocent, hair in ringlet ponytails, pink dress and all, outside in a beautiful park. The moment she sets her eyes on her daddy, she drops everything – she runs towards him with arms wide open, big smile on her face. Her father is full of joy, he takes so much delight in his child. He opens his arms wide to receive her. There’s not a doubt in her mind that he won’t pick her up, embrace her, and swing her around, hugging and holding her.

This is where she’s safe. This is where she’s loved.

How does a father feel all of this for his own child without it being handed down to humanity by a God who feels this for His own children, but so much more strongly and intensely?

There is no way this beautiful picture of a father and daughter relationship can exist if we came from a blob of chemicals in the water, that just started growing legs, a brain, a heart, and crawling onto land for no reason whatsoever other than the fact that it’s a blob of chemicals. There is no way this beautiful picture of love and affection in humanity came from random chance explosion.

No, this came from our Creator. It’s time we open our eyes, and run into His arms. He’s waiting and He desires to be loved. He wants to embrace us, like an earthly father does, yet so much more. Just like an earthly father desires to be loved by his child. And just like this child, we need our daddy. Our Father. Our loving and personal Creator.

Without Him, we’re alone, in danger, and lost, without protection, and without the love our hearts truly need.

‭‭{Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬}
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”


‭‭{Isaiah‬ ‭64:8‬}
“And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.”


‭‭{Isaiah‬ ‭46:3-4‬}
“I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”

Being Loved by God

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We, as human beings, were created to love and be loved. Females especially have this ache in their heart, as we were given nurturing instincts by God. Many girls grow up thinking they are unlovable, not good enough, not beautiful enough, not ‘quiet’ enough, not this or that or anything else–enough. Look at magazine ads we are saturated with and you’ll see that those false images of the perfect female completely devalues our self-worth…IF we don’t have God’s deep love in our hearts.

Before I became a Christian, I was hungry for true love that I thought could only be found in a man. My self-worth was dependant on it and I never truly felt good enough or that I could be fully loved completely. I didn’t think I was good enough to be loved, and I saw myself as too flawed. For hours everyday I would plaster on makeup and creams and try to be perfectly appealing to others, never feeling comfortable just being me. I wouldn’t allow my weaknesses to show and did everything I could to make myself look perfect to others.

But there’s only One who is perfect. And I am unconditionally loved by Him even in my weaknesses, even when everything in my heart is laid out before Him, exposed and vulnerable. My most bare self is beautifully loved by Him.

Not some of me, but all of me. Loved by Him. And because of He loved me first, now all of me loves Him.

His love c h a n g e d me.

When God whisked me off my feet that one wintery night in December two years ago, I literally became a new woman. For the first time in my life, I was wholly and perfectly and fully and divinely L O V E D. By Him who is perfect, God Himself. My longings to be good enough and pretty enough for another person melted off of me like wax, revealing my true identity for the first time. My true identity in Christ. All of my attention-seeking habits fell off of me, one at a time, (and still are!) as He has so lovingly taught me that He sees me as altogether beautiful. That my love ravishes the heart of GOD. That my love for Him delights Him and brings Him pleasure. That He’s passionate for me. I’m loved by Him, and because it’s so perfect, I’m not desperate for love from others.

When you are personally and intimately loved by the Creator of the sun and moon and stars, you are completely whole. It’s what humans are made to crave, yet the majority of humanity tries to fill that gap of needing perfect love with imperfect love in other humans. And it leads to brokenness and pain.

This is not to say love from other humans or a significant other is bad; it’s good and beautiful and a gift from God. But when you look to those people to love you perfectly, and not find it in God first above all other loves, it leads to a huge void and gap in our hearts.

He’s our first love. He’s our divine lover.

We were made by Him and for Him and until a soul realizes this, life will never make sense.

{Song of Songs 4}
“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride.
You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,
With a single jewel of your necklace.
Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride.
Your love is better than wine,
Your perfume more fragrant than spices.
Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride.
You are my private garden, my treasure my bride,
A secluded spring, a hidden fountain.”
The bliss and pleasure of being loved by Him is out of this world.