His Presence

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His presence. There are no human words to express the decadent, rich, fulfilling, beautiful, holy, pleasurable presence of God. It makes everything in this world melt away. Only God can flood you with a supernatural peace not dependant on any single circumstance. He assures you that you’re loved by Him. He assures you that He’s in control, and He’s so concerned about every single thing in your life. That we need not worry, because the One who made us is incredibly committed to us. He’s compassionate, and he feels deeply for us. He’s ready to reign down His peace on us the moment we cry out to Him. He loves when we cry out to Him in need and want. It moves him. He is a God who is powerfully moved by our love towards Him.

When He comes and overwhelmingly fills us with his presence, it strengthens us, edifies us, gives us unworldly joy, deepens our hearts to His love, and so much more. A relationship with Jesus isn’t one-way. It isn’t us humans serving a distant God and following rules. Oh no, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s responsive, tender, close, intimate, intertwined, all-consuming, and sweeter than anything. It’s full of love and even divine discipline at times, but always in love. His mission is to grow, shape, strengthen us, mould us more and more into the beauty of Jesus Christ. Preparing us for glory.

Having Him as our God, our Saviour, our Lord, our everything…we can count on knowing that we will never be left alone.

This truth alone floods my whole being with joy. I sometimes can’t contain it! Because I don’t want to be left alone in this uncertain world. I want my Saviour. I want Him more than anything, and having Him, I won’t let Him go for all the riches in the world.

Once you experience the presence of the living, powerful, Almighty God, you will never again look to anything else to be fulfilled. He is it. He is more than enough to give us everything we could ever need.

And He delights in doing this.

 

{Song of Songs‬ 7:6}
“Oh, how beautiful you are! How pleasing, my love, how full of delights!”
{Song of Songs‬ ‭6‬:‭5‬}
“Turn your eyes away, for they overpower me.”
{Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭20‬}
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
{Romans‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬}
“He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he
shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.”
{Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬}
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

His Treasured Possession

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When you belong to Him you become His posession. His prized, treasured, adored possession. You are His inheritance. He values you beyond measure and views you as a gift to Himself. He sees you as a beautiful and as a precious gem. A royal crown that He holds in his hand. You are His. And the majestic God of Heaven is yours. He bought you with the highest price; He bought you with His own blood.

It’s the kind of love, the kind of romance that is almost unbearable to handle in our human state. Yet, tasting this exquisite love of His pulls out our heart’s deepest cry to Him, fainting for more. When a person is truly God’s bride, nothing – and I mean nothing – other than God himself, will ever be able to satisfy again. Experiencing God is the ultimate pleasure and it completely nullifies all other little faulty worldly pleasures–pleasures that will always leave us empty. He’s the one who truly fills and leaves us overflowing and satisfied. That is because we were made for Him. We were made by Him for HIS pleasure, and we will never find true pleasure until we come into contact with His pleasure. 

He guides us to Himself by putting in the human heart a craving and a void. Many will seek other pleasures to fill the void that God put in our hearts. That’s why addictions are real. Why sensuality is saturated in our society. Why the buzz of the television won’t quit. Why we latch on to people and material things for personal security. And so many other things. Because we have a real void that we recklessly chase to fill our whole lives. We search for things that might give us pleasure for a moment but always leave us painfully aching. But the void is within us because we’re meant to crawl to Him and find true filling, true life, true pleasure, and true satisfaction. Only He can give it. Once it’s found in Him, the need to fill our souls with any and every other thing in this world melts away and disappears.

He fills us with His beauty, with His love, with His glory. And we become His crown, His joy, His treasure.

We are the object of the King’s love.

{Deuteronomy 7:6}
“For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.”
{Song of Songs‬ ‭4‬:‭9-10‬}
“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.”
{Song of Songs‬ ‭6‬:‭3‬}
“I am my lover’s, and my lover is mine.”
{1 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭23‬}
“God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.”
{Psalms‬ ‭149‬:‭4}
“For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.”
{John‬ ‭4‬:‭14‬}
“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Your Worth in God

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Let your worth be found in the God who made you. There is a God, and He formed your body inside of your mother’s womb. He made you because He thought of you in His beautiful mind and He wanted you. You’re here because you are wanted. And you’re beautiful because you came from the mind and heart of God, and He only creates beautiful things.

This world and all its offences to the human soul will shred our worth, because its foundations are on worthless things. It’s foundations are not on the only worthy One: Jesus. When the world around you is built up on worthless things, you are susceptible to feelings of worthlessness because us humans are naturally a part of this fallen world. There is not an angle that this world doesn’t pierce a person’s very worth. And with every pierce, more of that person’s worth is broken off. This world is not forgiving. But you know who is?? God. And once you feel His forgiveness and His fiery love seep into your heart, you are not only made new, but built back up. He puts all the worth back into you that this world has taken away. What’s more, because you are His child, your worth becomes immeasurable because GOD came in human form, was beaten and tortured and PIERCED, just to give you Himself and the most valuable inheritance: Heaven with Him, forever.

That’s true worth. The only true worth. All other worth is worthless.

You have so much worth in Him.

God is Within Her

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When you belong to God, you are HIS. He claims you as His very own. When you belong to God, nothing and nobody could ever detach you from Him. Not even yourself. Once you’re His treasured possession, there’s not a thing you can (or can’t) do that will end your relationship with Him. He will never turn His back on you. That’s because His love isn’t based on performance. It’s based on Him and His perfect loyal love and faithfulness. We as humans will always be imperfect, and at times, unfaithful, even though our heart may love Him so deeply. But once you are His, He never looks at a single flaw in you again. You are FREE.

And when you find true freedom in Him, it’s like you’ve been holding your breath your entire life and you can finally breathe.

Humans are enslaved until they become free in Jesus. He frees us from everything. He frees us from our sin. He frees us from the punishment of that sin. And even though belonging to Him, we will mess up all the time, there is no guilt or condemnation.

{Romans 8:1-2}
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
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The regenerated, Holy Spirit filled Christian is flawless, holy, sanctified, cleansed white as snow, and pure in the eyes of God, even in the midst of our sin.

{Song of Songs 4:7}
O my love, you are altogether beautiful and fair. There is no flaw nor blemish in you!

My friends, those are His words to those who belong to Him. That’s because when you come to Him, every sin you have ever or will ever commit has been applied to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. You are free in God. He looks at His bride with SO much love, so much devotion, so much loyalty, so much favour, mercy, care that it actually leaves my heart ravished. There is no more need to feel guilty once you are His, because He wipes it all away. He is tender and sweet, never angry with us, because His anger was exhausted on Jesus.

He’s the perfect Knight in Shining Armour that every love story aches over but never truly finds in real life until it is found in perfect love Himself.

Alive and Thriving

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I take so much pleasure in putting good things into my body. Food is graciously given to us by God to sustain us, grow us, heal us, strengthen us, energize us, refresh us, fill us, and satisfy us. His plants are abundant in nutrients and vitamins – everything our bodies could ever need are found in them.

For Christians, our bodies have the living Spirit of Jesus Christ inside of us. That’s pretty intense, and it wasn’t until after I came to Jesus and was filled by Him spiritually that I started to make sure I was filled by goodness physically. When you put into your body alive and thriving foods, your body thus becomes alive and thriving. 

{1 Corinthians 6:19}
Or 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? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Here I made a delicious and vibrant carrot juice! A bunch of carrots, green apple, and fresh ginger thrown into my juicer. SO GOOD.

The energy this juice gives is astounding. Food is so incredible, and it’s not by accident. We’re extravagantly cared for by the most beautiful Being we could ever love.

The Love of God Never Ends

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When my eyes feast on beauty like this, I fall in love with God even more. I didn’t think I could love Him any more, yet I go deeper. And that’s because His love never ends. You know what that means? Never-ending love is just that: never-ending. One will never find the end to His love. Never find a limit. Never find a wall. It goes on forever, and it’s a love that never tires. It’s always fresh, always new, always true. It takes you by surprise, it fills you in new ways, it compels you to love Him with everything in you. His love is stronger than death. It’s multifaceted. It always goes deeper. It overcomes and consumes and turns your insides into fire.

He IS love. Real love.

Not the fake love that society is saturated with, but real love. Love that never gives up, never runs dry, never abandons. Love that is fierce, protecting, and shielding. Love that is caring, tender, and compassionate. Love that never requires anything from the other in order to love. Love that never hurts, never acts selfishly, and never lies. Love that stands the test of time, and passes into eternity. Love that seeks, pursues, allures. Love that romances, enchants, and dazzles. Love that respects, is loyal, and attached. Love that does whatever it takes to look after the betterment of the other, no matter the cost. Love that is so powerful, death seems like nothing. Love that makes the heart beat faster, the pulse race, and breathing quicken. Love that overcomes all obstacles. Love that will never die. Love that lasts forever.

The love of God, and His Bride returning that love back. That’s true love. Jesus is love. And when a soul loves Him back…no words can fully describe it. It’s beyond this world.

His love is absolutely inexhaustible. If you don’t have it, don’t you want a love like that? It can only be found in God.

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride.
{Isaiah 62:4}

He Drowns our Fears

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There are so many reasons to be afraid in this world. This world can be a scary, uncertain, miserable place sometimes. And it’s easy to be tossed by the wind of difficulties and trials. Experiencing these things without being close to God can leave us unstable and hopeless. Angry and confused. And worst of all, scared. That’s how our soul is without Him: in constant turmoil and shifted with each storm that passes through our short life. Dependant on circumstances.

It’s not the way we were meant to go through this life. We were meant to be connected and have a relationship with the God who made us. We need Him more than we need our next breath. He’s the one who gives our next breath! When we begin a relationship with Him, our lives are turned around. They go from upside down chaos to straight and at peace as our hearts sink deep into His love–the love of the One who made us.

Before I came to Christ, I was scared. I didn’t know what giving my heart to Him meant for my life. Coming from a purely human and limited perspective, I thought it was going to be hard. Yes, walking closely with God, you face many challenges in life. But I in no way ever could have fathomed that having a real relationship with God meant I would be overcome by love so strong I almost couldn’t take it. That I would go through my days being intimately close with the Creator of the One who made the stars. That I would feel His presence, that I would be so overcome with joy inside of my chest that I literally thought I would explode. That I would receive a peace so beyond this world and any of my circumstances. That I would fall in love with Him and learn about how STRONGLY He is in love with me. That I would be His. Forever.

But that’s what faith is. He wants our faith extended to Him, and it’s not until we offer it that He fills us with His whirlwind romance. He is the most trustworthy, unchanging, protective thing that we could put our soul’s trust in. He will guard our hearts, spirits, souls until the end of time.

God is perfect, and He protects those who are His. He drowns our fears. 🔥

God is Personal

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Our God is personal. Very personal. All you have to do is think deeply and meditate on how our bodies are made. Our brain, so complex that science will never be able to fully understand. Our hearts, beating steadily and continuously our entire lives. Our lungs, our eyes, our veins, our fingers, our tastebuds, teeth, eyelashes, stomach, bones, blood, and all of the intricate and harmonious parts that hold us together. It’s incredible, and shows us that we are made with love, care, wisdom, desire…and it’s personal. We didn’t just appear here out of nowhere with no supreme intelligent love behind it. Just look at our ability to analyze, think, perceive, feel, love, cry. Feel sadness, hurt, pain, sorrow, anger. Feel joy, excitement, humour. Experiencing laughter. Mental capacities, rationalizations, solving problems, and ability to feel deep emotion does not evolve from a blob in the water. 

We are elaborately made, complex beings, created by an immeasurably intelligent, complex God. When we start become aware of this, our eyes become open to the reality of who He is. We fall into our true human purpose – to be in a loving relationship with our Creator. Outside of this, everything else is chasing the wind until we’re gone forever. He is worth knowing and worth loving.

He is great. Incredible. Magnificent. Beautiful. Majestic. Good. Thrilling.

Personal. Look at His creation.💛🌻

He Loves Me

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Swoon. Have you ever meditated on the luxurious thought that the Creator of all that exists: He who made sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, storms, butterflies, flowers, fruit, colour, scents, animals, bees, rain, humans, earth, fire, lightening, oceans, starfish, hearts, lungs, eyes, feeling, emotion, breath…the Creator of all of this extravagant, incomprehensible, complex, lavish and heart-quickening beauty and life, loves us? Not just loves us, but when you have a relationship with Him, He loves you so much that He will never let that relationship end. Ever. From death to life, you become one who will never die. 

Romans 8:38-39: And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

He loves us with a wild, jealous, beautiful, intense love and it’s the kind of love that fills us in exuberant satisfaction and makes our heart feel like it will explode. He is our Warrior-God, rescuing us from everything, alluring us into His romance with His love, protecting us like a Knight in Shining Armour, and keeping us for all eternity. Not only did He make the most majestic mountain, but He places Himself in a humble position, allowing himself to FEEL deep emotion for us.

Song of Songs‬ ‭4‬:‭9-10: 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.

This makes me swoon like nothing else can. Those are His words to those who belong to Him. When we love God, it’s not a bunch of rules. That’s a lie. It’s a hot, fiery love that drastically changes our lives and melts our hearts. It’s a love that makes us alive, and it’s a love that makes His divine heart beat faster as we love Him back. He is a beautiful God worth all of our love. He is our Lover. He is our Rescuer. He is our Warrior. He is the King. And He loves us. And the thought of this stops my heart.

Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17: For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” 
‭Psalms‬ ‭91‬:‭14-16‬: The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

It’s a Divine Romance with your Maker. Nothing can compare. Nothing ever could compare, and nothing ever will compare to a love-filled, passionate, holy love with God Himself.

God is Limitless

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We human beings are SO limited. But our limitations draw us to the one who is limitless in all of His ways, the one who is infinite in glory and abounding in deep love. Our limitations speak of our need for a perfect Saviour, a perfect God who can fill all our holes, heal us completely, forgive us endlessly, and make His power known and perfected in our weaknesses! There is no satisfaction like that of a soul falling in the arms of their Maker. He has no limitations and when we’re His, He loves us completely and fills all our jagged edges and cracks with his bright light, making us vessels of His beauty. There is nothing like Him!! Being close to God is the closest thing to bliss one can experience on this earth.