I am God’s Artwork

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When I was a child, I always wondered about the human body and the way it’s made. In my eyes, even as a little one, I acknowledged that our human bodies are perfect in form and structure. I would contemplate and analyze different alternatives: eyes near the chin and mouth on the forehead? Feet at the end of our arms instead of hands? A mouth on our neck? Ears on our cheeks? Legs flailing around at the side of our hips? I would sit there and examine this as an 8 year old child. It happened often. It was my mind wondering if this human body of ours really is random evolution from a chaotic boom, or was this designed? Is this body of ours, in all of its complexities, the way it is on purpose? With creativity? Intelligence? Wisdom? Care? Are our bodies perfect just the way they are made? 

Everytime I would meditate and ponder this in my mind, the answer was always, always, always a resounding and overwhelming YES. Overwhelmingly. No other way works. No other form works, nor structure. Our bodies are designed in perfect function, way, form and beauty just the way God made it.

As you look into the science of how every single little part of our bodies function, such as toes or eyelashes or little parts holding us together on the inside, it’s evident that we were created by a Maker and we’re made so well and beautifully!

We were made in His image, and He created us with pleasure, purpose, creativity, supreme intelligence, and love. We are made with great reverence, heartfelt interest, and respect. We are wonderfully made. And oh, it is good. Just like He says it is.

We are living art created by the hand of the living God. 💕

{Psalm 139:14}
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

{Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26,27,31‬}
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”

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.”

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.

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. 🔥

A Million Sunsets

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. (Psalm 19:1-6)💛

Jesus: magnificent Creator of all that exists. It’s all about Him. It always was about Him, always is about Him, and always will be about Him. He is God and He is more beautiful than anything we can see, magnified.

Sunsets are glorious and display the work of our Creator. He creates indescribably beautiful things. Things so beautiful, that they take our breath away. They make our heart flutter wildly inside of our chest as our eyes gaze upon the splendour of His creation.

And these are just a drop of His glory; these are only things He made, things that came from His mind, His heart, His wisdom, His unending intelligence. Imagine how much more beautiful He is Himself.

A million sunsets and sunrises and stars and suns combined couldn’t even begin to compare to His beauty and splendour. He’s so much better.

He is love Himself.