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 ♥️

Glorify God!

🙌🏻 Let’s glorify Him. As believers, everything we do should be with the mind and heart to glorify God. Eating, drinking, sleeping, serving, loving, talking, working, playing–we should always keep this in the forefront of our mind: that as His redeemed people, glorifying God is our purpose on earth. And an astounding privilege.

The smallest things in our lives can be done to the glory of God. Even things that seem like it would never glorify Him, such as paying bills or creating a budget. Or putting the shopping cart back in the shopping cart area. Or being on time. Or choosing silence over saying something unpleasant. Or choosing an apple over junk food. Or keeping our home clean and in order. Or washing our bodies and taking care of ourselves. Yes, everyday, small, mundane things can be done to the glory of God!

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are living sacrifices poured out as an offering to Him. And the beautiful thing is, He accepts it with gladness.

Yes, the holy, unworldly, glorious God who created the heavens and earth accepts us as a living sacrifice unto Him – a pleasing aroma that is constantly reaching to His heart in Heaven.

Let’s marvel at the amazing truth that God uses us as vessels for His glory here on earth. We are able to glorify the God of Heaven. That’s a high position and not to be taken lightly.

Let’s glorify our Father in all we do!

‭‭{Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬}
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

{Zephaniah 3:17}
The LORD thy God is in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

{Revelation 8:5}
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

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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The Power Belongs to God


The power will always belong to God.💫

A l w a y s.

If your life seems out of control, remember that all power in heaven and earth and under earth belongs to Him. Be comforted knowing that our God is fully capable of caring for His own people. If He’s willing to die for us, He’s willing to take care of us in our current circumstance.

He made the stars in their brilliance, the mountains in their majestic grandiosity, and also your heart in its fragility. He reigns over it all, and nothing is outside of His control.

The P O W E R belongs to J E S U S.

Walking Closely With Jesus

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When we are weak, weary, and feel like giving up, we can be rest assured, that for the people that He has redeemed, He will stand with us and strengthen us.

He will walk with us.  E v e r y  step of the way. Through every season, every challenge, every new day.

Walking closely with Jesus can be hard. We at times face opposition in both the tangible, physical world, and the invisible, spiritual world. But even during the hardest of seasons – those seasons where we are in so much despair and are tempted to give up…

We can’t give up. We  s i m p l y  can’t.

Because He who is much stronger than us is holding us tightly to Himself. He is the One who strengthens us.

Because even during tumultuous seasons, we have Life within ourselves. We are spiritually alive, even during times of despair. We might stumble around for a season like a baby trying to walk, but we will…

A l w a y s

A l w a y s

A l w a y s  come back.

I remember a time I was worn out and weary because of the spiritual warfare I was experiencing. I felt weak and I needed His strength. I had recently done something radical for Him in my life and the spiritual opposition I faced was almost unbearable at the time.

I felt disconnected from Him during this time of testing. He felt so distant. I felt lost during this season and the winds that blew on me were rigid and harsh.

In my moment of weakness and need of attention from Him, I thought, “what’s the point? I’ll just do things I used to enjoy before I was saved. I’ll just go out and get drinks with friends like I used to.”

No, I had not an ounce of desire for that.

So that didn’t work. My next thought came, “I’ll just spend all my time watching movies and binging on tv shows to ease the pain.”

Nope, I had absolutely no desire for it. I couldn’t even force myself to sit down and watch tv. They don’t call it ‘programming’ by accident.

So that didn’t work. I then said, ‘okay, I’ll go listen to all that secular music I used to listen to’ (instead of worship music).

No – I turned on the radio and heard some song playing for about 15 seconds, I cringed, then immediately turned it off. Just hearing sexual or worthless lyrics grieved my heart.

So that didn’t work. Next thought, ‘I’ll go on a date with that guy who I know doesn’t love You or believe in You, since I’m not getting attention from You…”
N e v e r. N e v e r. Never in a million years would I even consider a man who is not passionately in love with Jesus.

So that definitely didn’t work. I was so desperate for God’s closeness and to be relieved of the testing I was going through that I was willing to say anything to stir Him.

But He knows me. He knew my heart and that I sincerely didn’t mean  a n y  of it.

That’s because…

He  r e m o v e d  those worldly desires.
I couldn’t bring myself to do those things which I know grieves His Spirit. I love Him so much that I just can’t. The desire for any kind of carnality has been removed from me and He’s still removing it as I walk deeply with my God.

In the very next moment after saying these foolish things, I turned and ran to Him, heart overcome with longing for Him. I cried to Him, read scripture, listened to a biblical teaching, and praised Him, telling Him how much I love and need and adore Him. It’s all I could do. It’s all I  w a n t e d  to do.
Why?

Because I have eternal  L I F E  within myself. When you have eternal life inside of you, you crave deeply the eternal things of God. Because, no matter how hard it gets…

HE is all I want.

No matter what season I happen to be in –  highs and lows, victories and failures. Even when I’m weak and stumbling and falling like a child. Child I may be, but I’m His child nonetheless.

God lives in me, and my desire for the things that have nothing to do with Jesus do not interest me anymore. Even at my darkest hour, I can’t get far away from my King, the One whom my soul loves. Nor do I ever want to.

With my nature changed by His Spirit, I now have a natural inclination and desire for the things of God. And a natural distaste for the things that do not please God or hold no eternal value.
Eternal life craves the things of eternal life. The spiritually dead crave the things that are spiritually dead.
This is a good way to examine yourself. What does your heart crave m o s t?

{Song of Solomon 3:1-4}
On my bed night after night,
I sought the One whom my soul loves;
I sought Him but did but did not find Him.
I said, ‘so I must arise now and go out into the city;
Into the streets and into the squares.
I must seek Him whom my soul loves.
I sought Him but I did not find Him.
The watchmen who go around the city found me,
And I said, ‘have you seen Him whom my soul loves?’
Scarcely had I passed them,
When I found Him whom my soul loves.
I held on to Him and would not let Him go.

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}

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.”