But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

Luke 18:23

What’s Your Security?

For the rich young man, it was his money. Jesus told him to sell all he had because He knew he’d found his foundation in his wealth and not in Christ alone. He may not tell us to sell all we have, but He does want us to get rid of anything that’s giving you security where Jesus should be. Build your roots deep in Christ never put anything above Him.

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Take every thought captive.

Don’t let thoughts of worry or fear, self-sufficiency or pride wander around in your mind.

Submit your thought life to God and you’ll cut off a mess of trouble and position yourself to be used effectively.

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So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.

Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist (via feellng)

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist (via feellng)

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

 Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist (via feellng)

What if God does not want you to find a perfect person, but find an imperfect person who will draw you closer to Him? What if God desires you to marry a person with flaws to expose yours? What if God wants to teach you the value and life found in committing to one person forever, not the exhausting pursuit of searching your entire life to find the perfect person?

Frank Powell

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Having a soft heart in a hard world is courage, not fear.

—Conner Kapperman (via buttondownsandbackpacks)

You will draw your next breath only because God gives it

—Paul Washer (via littlethingsaboutgod)

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refreshing, recovering & reviving

Day 230/365:

"So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return to God, that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.” —Acts 3:19 (AMP, emphasis mine)

Somehow, when I read this verse yesterday, it seemed like such an apt verse for Arthur ‘cause he’d suddenly come down with a fever and perpetual headache. Somehow, when I shared it with him and started to pray for him in light of that verse I realised that oftentimes it is only when we come to the end of ourselves, to the end of our strength and ability, then — and only then — do we turn to God. I realise that more often than we care to admit, we turn to God last rather than turning to Him first. Why wait and hesitate, why try and solve everything in our own strength first? Shouldn’t our first instinctive response should always be to turn to God first in every season, both the good and the bad?

I can’t help but picture God simply waiting for us to turn wholeheartedly to Him in our mind and purpose, to desire His presence more than anything else. To desire nothing more than to be with Him not only in the life to come, but in this present life.

He offers refreshing, after we have just drained ourselves dry from our routines, schedules, appointments, responsibilities. Because He knows that we will truly come to nothing without His sustenance, and we can only ever give, of eternal significance, what He has first given to us. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control.

He offers recovering in the midst of our aches and wounds. He is able to heal us from the inside out and empower us to live a life unhindered for His glory. Unhindered by anything presently and past.

He offers revival. In His presence we see parts of us that were once dead come to life. Not merely awakening, but revival. Complete and utter transformation.

Better is one moment in His presence than a lifetime without.

Until we come to the place where we want God’s presence more than anything else, the devil will have an edge over us." —Joyce Meyer

Until we come to the place where we want God’s presence more than anything else, the devil will have an edge over us.

—Joyce Meyer

sonofhislove:

"A selection from my score for Holy Ghost - heavily inspired by anything which resembles adventure, elation, joy or majesty

Available for Licensing on Music Bed: www.themusicbed.com" —(via TonyAnderson/enter-in)

Some Christians believe they continue to make the same mistakes because they’re not good or trying hard enough. This isn’t true. Walking in freedom has nothing to do with one’s own efforts, it has to do with abiding and growing in relationship with God.

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Community is doing life with other people. It’s showing up for people at 2 AM. It’s random diner trips and deep conversations. Community is people who cheer for you and get on planes to see you and show up at the train station to grab you when you need a ride. They are people you can call and cry to. Community is made up of individuals who get you and ask the tough questions.

Hannan Brencher, “Connectedness and Community

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Whenever you love somebody, there’s usually a list. “I love you because of ___.” Your voice. Your hair. Your confidence. The way you crinkle your nose when you laugh. How you change your mind a hundred times at the drive-thru. How you bend down to a child to speak to them at eye level. How you look in a mean dress.

But at the bottom of this long list, God always adds one more. He says, “I love you just-because.” No specific reason, not based on externals, and not even based on anything we say or do. It just is. Because we all get old and gray. We all change over a lifetime. The reasons that others love us never stay the same, because we are a people in progress shaped by the edges of time. God loves us when our souls turn ugly, when we are cowardly and crass, when we fail and stumble, when we lose patience at the drive-thru and set a poor example for children. He loves us when the dress stops fitting. He loves us when those who’ve seen our underbelly silently walk away. Our God is the God who stays when everyone else leaves.

And when our voice fades, when our hair is gone, when we can hardly laugh without pain: God loves us just because. He can’t help it. This is who He is, regardless of who we are, because His love does not reside in a list. His love is free. It is reckless. It is forever.

J.S.  (via jspark3000)