You Are Beautiful

Psalms 147:4-5 “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

Think of a bright starry night. Have you ever looked up at night and see trillions of stars, a number so beyond our comprehension – way too many to count? It says in scripture that God has a name for each and every star! Not only did He create each one, unique in glory and brilliance, but He also has a special name for each star. That’s so unbelievably amazing!

This God who made all of these stars and named them personally also made you! And because you’re made in His image, a star can’t compare to the beauty God has bestowed on you as a human being. You are at the top of His creation.

If magnificent stars are beautiful, and you are beautiful, and all the rest of creation is beautiful…how beautiful is Jesus Christ, the glorious One who created all of these things? He is so much more beautiful than all the beautiful things combined.

And He is so deserving in our trust in Him.

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 ♥️

Protected by Christ

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psalm 91:2,4,5

In this world there are so many crazy things. Though there are many good things, there are many bad things in this world and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. This deadly virus is just one example. Everything in our human existence is uncertain, and we are just taking it step by step, day by day not having a clue what tomorrow will bring. Only God knows, and He is the One we should turn to. Everything is uncertain except one thing: The Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him, our lives are chaotic and we are swept away in this world. With Him, we are on a firm foundation and nothing can move us.

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

James 4:13-16

Putting our trust to Him leads us into total certainty and peace of mind: certainty that we are loved, that we are cared for and protected amidst this tumultuous world. He is the one who can cover us in His protection, even amidst a deadly virus. We have no fear of these things, because we’re in God’s hands. Putting our faith in Him and being born-again leads to a protection like no other, because we have that certainty that no matter what happens in this world, we’ll be with Him in heaven at the end of our lives for those who have been born-again and clothed in His righteousness.

He wants us to run to Him for refuge and protection (putting our faith in Him) because He’s the only one that can ultimately protect us and cover us. Lysol wipes or masks lead us to a temporary yet false protection, because it’s not our soul that’s protected in these things, only our body. Trusting in Jesus doesn’t mean we’ll never get sick, but it does mean we will be in heaven one day, that our soul is safe and protected, and nothing could ever compare to that.

The bad things of this world no longer brings fear upon us because the most powerful being in the world protects us. But we must put out trust in Him.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 35,39

Sacrificial Love

I once was given a privilege by the Lord Jesus to witness a man of God acting in pure Christlike sacrificial love. And it changed me. This image will forever be seared in my heart.

I was at a Christian evangelism conference and every morning breakfast was provided by the church. It was pancakes. People were lingering around, concerned about getting their breakfast, getting their fill, their satisfaction, their need met.

The speaker mentioned that whatever was in the serving plate, that’s all we had. Everyone still got their fill, not showing any concern for others getting enough. One man piled up his plate with about 10 pancakes oozing with syrup.

Then, I notice something. A man on the other side of the breakfast table, quietly grabbing his pancakes. Except, he grabbed the burnt one at the bottom, taking the least desired pancake while the rest piled up their plates and had their fill.

My eyes couldn’t believe it. I was watching Christ through this man and it was glorious. It was like watching the pages of scripture unfold before me. It was so pure, so holy, so beautiful, so lovely, sacrificial.

Nobody noticed him, nobody appreciated that they were being thought of by him as more important than himself. And he didn’t care if not a single person noticed, because he was doing it for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. But I noticed, and it will forever be with me.

God gave me a wonderful gift that day.

This is true Christlike godly Christian love. Sacrifice. Just as Christ sacrificed His life for us, we as His children are to walk in sacrificial love, letting our lives and bodies be a sacrifice unto God. Just as Christ was a servant and washed His disciples feet, are we to be servants and wash each others feet. We are to walk in humility, making others more important than ourselves. That is true godly love.

“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John‬ ‭13:14-15‬

God Restored Her

Words can’t describe how whole God made me.
How loved.
How complete,
because I’m loved,
by Him.
He owns my heart.
When I say owns–
I mean He absolutely,
Inexplicably,
Fully,
Wholly,
Undeniably possesses my heart.
I was broken,
lost,
and empty.
And when He saved me,
He gave me e v e r y t h i n g.
I love my God more than the air I breathe.
He is my Beautiful,
Perfect,
Amazing,
Beloved treasure.💗🌺

{Song of Solomon 2:3-6}
In His shade I took great delight and sat down,
And His fruit was sweet to my palate.
He has brought me to His banqueting place,
And His banner over me is love.
Sustain me with raisin cakes,
Refresh me with apples,
Because I am sick with love.
Let His left hand be under my head,
And His right hand embrace me.

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.♥️

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.

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.