When You Are Saved, You Are Protected By Christ

Psalm 37:17
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”♥️

It’s an amazing thing that once someone becomes born-again, they are righteous in the sight of God. This is a righteousness that we do not deserve, but God freely gives it to those who put their trust in Him. It is the righteousness of Jesus Christ that we receive when our sins are forgiven. At the moment that we trust in Christ, we give Him our sins, and He gives us His righteousness. We will now possess eternal life. What a miraculously beautiful thing. Too beautiful for our minds to ever comprehend!

What’s more, those who are born-again (and are now righteous) have God’s protection in a way that is unfathomable to our minds. When you put your faith in Him, you have God’s never-ending deep and abiding love and protection for all of your days as you walk on this earth. You are now covered in protection like a blanket for every moment of your existence. He hears your every prayer, every thought, every need, every heartache, every sigh, everyTHING, and He cares so much for His children.

It is the greatest gift a human being can receive, the most beautiful experience, and one that will last an eternity! ✨💕

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 ♥️

The Beauty in the Humbleness of God

“(Jesus) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:6-11

This is such an incredible passage and it leaves me in awe when I read it. This is what kind of God we have, the kind of glorious God who created the earth, the stars, the sky, and the oceans. He is glorious and majestic and beautiful! Yet, He came in the flesh (Jesus Christ) and became a servant, with no reputation, and humbled Himself!?

Too much to fathom in my mind.

This speaks of God’s wonderful character so much. Though He is the most powerful being in the universe, He’s also the most humble being in the universe. How is it that we as mere imperfect humans could have pride at times, yet God in His greatness is humble?

Wow, just wow.

He was humble to the point that He actually endured the most gruesome torture, mocked, had His beard plucked out by each hair, beaten, whipped, and nailed to the cross (which is the most painful execution known to man in all of human history).

He was so profoundly humble to go through all of that, just so we could be forgiven and saved from our sins if we trust in Him. There is a way to heaven and it’s by putting our faith in Him and only Him.

It’s the most glorious thing imaginable. God is so beautiful in His humbleness.

He came to this earth as a humble servant, and He will be returning as a mighty King. Are you ready?

When You Live Your Life Apart From God

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When you live your life apart from God…

You may seem like you have things under control. You feel like you don’t need Him, because you can’t see Him, and if you can’t see Him, then you don’t need Him. You trust in yourself and what you can do. Your heart feels like an empty pit of darkness and purposeless because you walk around this earth not even knowing why you have breath in your lungs. You spend your life trying to fill that emptiness you have with things like sexual immorality, pornography, gambling, drinking, money, or even good things such as family, security, job, and staying busy. Family is one of the most beautiful things given to us by the Lord in this life, but if you have a family without God? Meaningless. It’s all meaningless without God. But with God, everything is meaningful.

Yet apart from God, no matter what you turn to, whether it be something dark and sinful like pornography, or something “clean” and seemingly fulfilling such as family, your strivings to fill that void within your soul are in vain because you realize at the end of the day, you’re still empty. You yourself can never fill that void, nor the things you try to fill it with.

You thought climbing up the ladder socially, financially, educationally, and occupationally would give you the “perfect” life and the ultimate happiness. The American dream, right?

Wrong. Because in this quest for total life fulfillment you failed to turn to the only One who can give your heart and soul purpose, the only One who can give you fulfillment and satisfaction, the only One who can save your soul. You spend your life denying God and His existence, yet you seek lesser and temporal joys that always leave you more and more empty. You realize you have it all on the outside but are still empty in your heart.

When you live your life apart from God…

You fall into to addictions such as drugs, prescriptions, pornography, and alcohol because that desire to fill that void inside of your heart and soul became out of control and the need to fill it was unquenched, so thus began the seed of addiction. Your need to be filled has spiraled into complete uncontrollable urges to keep up with that dopamine hit and that rush. But it always leaves you feeling empty and in despair, once it is over. And, it will always end. It is temporal and leaves you more shattered every single time you indulge in these things, because even though these things may give you a pleasurable hit, it is devastating to the well-being of your soul.

When you live your life apart from God…

You are walking on this earth and your eternal destiny is hell. You work and work and work to get ahead in this life and stock up the riches and the big family and the big house with a pool, only to die and live in eternal judgement where none of the things you acquired on this earth will even matter to you in the slightest, because it’s all over. You spent your life seeking everything but God, and now it’s too late and there are consequences. You will live your life apart from God, and then die and see His glorious face in judgement. There, you will realize that you’re entire life was spent in vain and you will weep and gnash your teeth and cry for a second chance…but there will no longer be any chances.

When you live your life for God…

for God

You recognize that you are a sinner and you have sinned against a holy, righteous, perfect God. You recognize that God is just and good, and that you will be judged because you have broken His law. You recognize that you are completely useless to try and save yourself or win God’s favor by anything you do. You recognize that all of your “good works” are filthy rags because everything you do is tainted by sin, and God sees all things – even a grain of impurity. You recognize that because of this, you are destined for eternal punishment in hell because just like a just judge in a courtroom will not let broken laws go unpunished, a holy God even more so will not let those who broke His perfect law go unpunished. Hell awaits once you die.

When you live your life for God…

You become helpless to do anything to go to heaven yourself. You recognize that you are desperate for a Saviour, and it is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ, the One true God. You recognize that He is absolutely perfect, lived the perfect life you cannot live and kept God’s law perfectly the way you would never be able to. You recognize that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, shedding His perfect blood for you, and rose again three days later.

And you put your faith and trust in Him, letting go of everything and falling into His eternal arms, trusting in His forgiveness and love and mercy and grace. When this happens, your soul is saved for all eternity.

When you live your life for God…

You realize that your time on earth is short, but you are on your way to Heaven. Death no longer scares you, and you know that you are loved immensely by the God who made you. You now have a desire for Him, to talk about Him, read His word, preach the gospel – you live, breath, and live more for God! He captures your every thought, and He fills your mind. You fall in love with Him as you see His creation as a display of His own beauty. You live your life with the burdens of sins on your shoulders lifted. You live your life with your soul satisfied knowing you have a personal relationship with Christ that will never, ever, ever end. You know that whatever happens, God is in control. You have peace that any hardships that occur, God will work it out for your good. You know that the things of this world are only temporal, so you don’t put your heart or trust in them. You are free from the bondages of this world to live for Christ and Christ alone, and you have the love of God in your heart for the first time – a love that is so immense that it takes your breath away.

When you live your life apart from God…

You are dead.

When you live your life for God…

You are truly living.

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The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2)

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13.50)

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 1-10)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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. (Romans 12:2)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

 

He Calls Us Beautiful

It’s interesting that even as believers, we try to present ourselves a certain way to the world. We try to look as good as we can, putting makeup on, decorating ourselves with jewelry, getting our hair coloured, and the list goes on. What’s interesting is that we do this for people, yet the Creator of the the Heavens and Earth thinks we’re beautiful just in our natural skin. He made us and called it good.

Let’s get out there and be comfortable in our own skin! The skin that God gave us. The skin the King Himself says is beautiful. Why cover up and change what God says is good? He made our skin colour, eyes, our lips, and our hair a certain way, colour and texture. And it all testifies to His glory!

Let’s go against the rhythm of this world and let our true selves shine.

It’s so hard getting to this place of being comfortable in our own skin. For many girls, it will take lots of prayer and abiding in God. It will take strongholds being broken by the Holy Spirit. It will take healing. It will take asking God for help to see yourself the way He sees you, and finding your beauty and value and worth in Him.

He won’t disappoint.

You are beautiful. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the King of Kings and Lord of lords.

Isn’t it amazing that the most beautiful Being in the entire universe thinks YOU are beautiful!?

Just you, nothing else, nothing extra, nothing changed.💎

{Psalm 45:10-11}
Listen, O royal daughter, take heart to what I say.
Forget your people and your family far away.
For your royal husband delights in Your beauty;
Honour Him, for He is your Lord.

The One Whom My Soul Loves

Your love! Your love! Oh, Your love.
Your love drives me crazy, but in the good kind of way.
Have you ever loved God so deeply that you feel fire in your lungs and every breath you take burns for Him?
Like your heart is hot and full and you will burst any minute because you can’t hold it all inside of you?
Like you feel you’re melting like hot lava at the drinking in of His words?
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
Oh yes, melting. Drinking. Drowning.
Have you ever felt so magnetized to Him that being pulled in any other direction that isn’t towards Him utterly ruins you?
So crazy in love that you would do anything for Him?
Anything.
A n y t h i n g.
A n-y-t-h-i-n-g.
That there just isn’t anything you wouldn’t do to please Him? To move Him? To make Him rejoice? To make His divine heart beat faster?
Oh! You are mine.
Your love, oh God, is experienced in my soul so profoundly that I feel at times I cannot carry on. That I desire death just so I can be with you. My love for You is so strong, so intense, that my life is nothing because it’s all for You.
Everything is nothing compared to You.
Oh! I am Yours.
My devotion is so strong that I can’t contain it. I can’t refrain it. I can’t hold it back. I can’t keep it in. I can’t box it up. I can’t shut it down. I can’t keep it quiet. Nor minimize it.
Oh! You are mine.
God, my beautiful God, You are glorious.
You are the epitome and source of pleasure. I could bathe in your pleasure forever and ever. And ever.
Oh! I am Yours.
How will I get through this life knowing that I’ll see Your face one day?
The most difficult struggle on Earth is tasting Heaven and not yet being with Him in it.
Oh God, you are God. The only God. The true God. The living God. The glorious God. You are God. My God.
My God, now and forever.
Oh! You are mine.
What an honour to know You.
To be tenderly intimate with You.
You’re so beyond my wildest dreams and oh God,
Do what you want with me here on this earth, and let it pass quickly because I want to be with You.
I want You.
My heart swells at my swirling, immersed, entrenched, never-ending deep thoughts of you.
Oh! I am Yours.
My heart is owned by You.
You own my heart. All of it.
I love You, my love.
Never let me forget Your love.
Hold me in Your arms forever.
💗

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.♥️