psalm 47

come everyone clap your hands

shout to God with joyful praise

for the most high is awesome

He is the great king of all the earth

He subdues the nations before us

putting our enemies beneath our feet

He chose the promised land as our inheritance

the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants whom He loves

selah

God has ascended with a mighty shout

the Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring

sing praises to God sing praises

for God is the king over all the earth

praise Him with a psalm

God reigns above the nations sitting on His holy throne

the rulers of the world have gathered together

with the people of  the God of abraham

for all the kings of the earth belong to God

He is highly honoured everywhere

selah 🙂

if you subdue someone or something you gain control over them or it.

although we may not see it in the here and now God will ultimately win victory of all those who are opposed to His existence and His children who follow Him wholeheartedly walking in complete and total devotion and obedience to His calling on their lives.

for those of us who aren’t jews or those of us with dubious ethnic heritage we can still claim heaven as our promised land, that undiscovered country the thing that plugs the hole in our soul that has been aching with its obvious pronouncement of absence since birth , our undying hope and our reason for being just as much as those of Hasidic heritage can claim ownership of His kingdom if they simply hand over mastery of their hearts to the master of the universe.

is this psalm speaking prophetically of Jesus’ ascension into heaven before His imminent second return ( yet to occur) ?

God is king over the earth even when the kings and queens presidents and sheiks and emirs of the earth refuse to submit to HIs authority.

He is the one ultimately in charge of whether we live or die.

God is not currently honoured everywhere and the kings of the earth have not currently joined themselves with Israel or submitted to Gods authority but it will happen in Gods perfect timing.

remember there are always two ways we submit to Gods authority- by choice or by force.

those who choose to submit to Gods authority willingly shall be blessed with an inheritance of treasures untold- the greatest of which is possessing ownership of His salvation from the flames of hell and His abiding joy which is always with us even in our darkest moments.

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psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength

always ready to help in times of trouble

so we will not fear when earthquakes come

and the mountains crumble into the sea

let the oceans roar and foam

let the mountains tremble as the waters  surge

selah

a river brings joy to the city of our God

the sacred home of the most high

God dwells in that city it cannot be destroyed

from the very break of day God will protect it

the nations are in chaos

and their kingdoms crumble

God’s voice thunders

and the earth melts

the Lord of heaven’s armies is here among us

the God of Israel is our fortress

selah

come see the glorious works of the Lord

see how He brings destruction upon the world

He causes wars to end throughout the earth

He breaks the bow and snaps the spear

He burns the shields with fire

be still and know that I am God

I will be honoured by every nation

I will be honoured throughout the world

the Lord of heaven’s armies is here amongst us

the God of Israel is our fortress

selah 🙂

God is always willing to help us but we are not always willing to be helped by Him.

sometimes this is because we think we can get by on our own and other times we are actively opposed to Him which is as stupid as attempting to rip off your own face.

I would be scared if I was in the middle of an earthquake or if I was on a mountain sliding into the sea but I know that if I die I would go straight to heaven so I have no reason to worry and fret about the future.

revelations 22:1-2 talks about there being a river in heaven.

Jesus spoke of Himself as the living water promising us that we would never thirst again if we drink from HIm.

john 7:38 tells us that if we believe in Jesus rivers of living water will flow out of our bellies.

when we receive Jesus His living water and joy flow into us and His joy and peace flow out of us when we open our mouths.

Gods kingdom cannot ever be destroyed cos He is continually protecting it from harm.

every kingdom that has crumbled in the past has done so as a result of moral decay on the part of its citizens and residents.

it gives you some idea of the power and majesty of God that He can make mountains melt by the power of His breath alone.

when God permits destruction it doesn’t negate His love or holiness.

God brings tranquillity to every nation in turbulence.

there is no technology we can create capable of destroying God.

we will never become so advanced in our thinking that we are capable of transcending our need for Him.

a vast majority of people in this world are currently failing to treat God with the proper amount of honour and respect due His holy name.

in time the chickens of these people will come to roost and they will reap the consequences of their unholy actions.

we will all end up honouring the Lord by bowing down before His holy name by force but far better it is for those who do it by choice who will enter His rest and be forever blessed revelling in the beauty of His glory and holiness.

some people honour false gods thinking they are honouring the right one.

I pray people’s eyes are opened up so they can see that only Elohim the one true God is capable of saving their souls.

verse 11’s talking of God walking among us is fulfilled in the birth and life of Jesus.

it’s true that we can always turn to God to protect us and keep us safe.

even if the government disobeys the Lord and locks us up for standing up for truth and making a bold stand against evil we must remain strong in our convictions and not let our hearts become cold and faithless.

God can use difficult circumstances to spur us on towards holiness ❤

keep living for HIm never for the needs of self and vain pursuits alone 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 45

beautiful words stir my heart

I will recite a lovely poem about the king

for my tongue is like the pen of a skilful poet

you are the most handsome of all

gracious words stream from your lips

God Himself has blessed you forever

put on your sword o mighty warrior / you are so glorious so majestic/ in your majesty ride out to victory/ defending truth humility and justice/ go forth to perform awe inspiring deeds/ your arrows are sharp piercing your enemies hearts/ the nations fall beneath your feet/ your throne O God endures forever and ever/ you rule with a sceptre of justice/ you love justice and hate evil/ therefore God your God has anointed you/ pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else/ myrrh aloes and cassia perfume your robes/ in ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you/ kings daughters are among your noble women/ at your right side stands the queen/ wearing jewelry of finest gold from ophir/ listen to me O royal daughter take to heart 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 princess of tyre will shower you with gifts/ the wealthy will beg your favour/ the bride a princess looks glorious in her golden crown/ in her beautiful robes she is led to the king accompanied by her bridesmaids/ what a joyful and enthusiastic procession as they enter the king’s palace/ your sons will become kings like their father/ you will make them rulers over many lands/ I will bring honour to your name in every generation/ therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever

selah 🙂

those who rule over us will always be blessed as long as they speak words of wisdom grace and truth.

kings and queens should be known for possessing humble hearts and standing up for the rights of the downtrodden not merely for the great battles they have won the many lands they have conquered or members of the opposite sex they have wedded and bedded.

in verse 6 we see a sudden shift from allusions to an earthly king to mention of the ruler of heaven and earth.

God is always just and nobody and nothing will ever be able to remove Him from His throne.

in verse 7 the focus shifts back to an earthly ruler lauding them for being morally upright .

none of us are completely absent of evil except for God.

if we have the oil of God’s joy on us it’s a sign of His favour.

I feel sorry for the royal daughter being separated from her family and forced to battle the demon of loneliness.

it should be mentioned for those espousing a modern vernacular that lord in this passage refers to the deferring of a wife to her husbands authority and doesn’t mean that her husband is to be considered a deity.

the king is said to be a man of good character therefore if his sons are to follow in the footsteps of his behaviour it is a compliment to compare the queen’s sons to him.

this is a patriarchal society so we are not going to see ancient jews comparing a son to the attributes of his mother .

verse 17 switches the focus back on God.

as far as I know this lyrical style is unique to the sons of korah

it is not true that every generation brings glory to the Lord.

we struggle to maintain godliness in our own generation let alone pass on a holy lifestyle onto the next one

it is my hearts fondest desire that every nation and generation will join in celebration of the king of kings and Lord of Lords by choice and not just by force which will occur at the return of Christ when every knee that is not already bowed in submission before His holiness in awe of His awesomeness will be pinned to the ground by divine hands no longer hidden from u by a cloak of invisiOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbility but revealed in the fullness of His blinding brilliant glory

 

 

psalm 44

O God we have heard it with our own ears, our ancestors have told us

of all you did in their day, in days long ago

you drove out the pagan nations by your power

and gave all the land to our ancestors

you  crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free

they did not conquer the land with their swords, it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory

it was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them

you are my king and my God you command victories for israel

only by your power can we push back our enemies, only in your name can we trample our foes

I do not trust in my bow, I do not count on my sword to save me

you are the one who gives us victory over our enemies, you disgrace those who hate us

O God we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name

selah

but now you have tossed us aside in dishonour , you no longer lead our armies to battle

you make us retreat from our enemies and allow those who hate us to plunder our land

you have butchered us like sheep and scattered us among the nations

you sold your precious people for a pittance making nothing on the sale

you let our neighbors mock us

we are an object of scorn and derision to those around us

you have made us the butt of their jokes they shake their heads at us in scorn

we can’t escape the constant humiliation, shame is written across our faces

all we hear are the taunts of our mockers, all we see are our vengeful enemies

all this has happened though we have not forgotten you

we have not violated your covenant

our hearts have not deserted you, we have not strayed from your path

yet you have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home

you have covered us with darkness and death

if we had forgotten the name of our God , or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods, God would surely have known it for He knows the secrets of every heart

but for your sake we are killed every day, we are being slaughtered like sheep

wake up O Lord why do you sleep?

get up do not reject us forever

why do you look the other way?

why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?

we collapse in the dust lying facedown in the dirt

rise up help us

ransom us because of your unfailing love

selah 🙂

God has always been watching over His people and His creation ever since the beginning of the world.

I praise the Lord that we live in a country that is at liberty from oppressors thanks to our God permitting us to gain victory on the battlefield- not every nation is blessed in like manner.

we are always assisted by the glory of God if we but permit Him to work in us and flow through us.

in God we always have victory if we stay in His will.

we may not always win the battle but He will always win the war and prevail over His enemies.

we must always trust in God never in physical weapons and armoury that are only brought into existence anyway by combining the raw materials wrought by His mighty ingenious hands.

those who hate us may not be disgraced in this life but beyond this world they will experience the full extent of His wrath unless they beg for His mercy and forgiveness.

one of the sons of korah may have been experiencing a time of failure or a moment of crisis in their life.

we should never think that God has forgotten or abandoned us cos He never will.

even when God permits others to mock us He is tugging at their heartstrings urging them to be kind instead of acting with cruelty.

some may have written us off as having no potential for redemption within us but God never does until our last breath.

I have never completely forgotten about God but to my shame I have violated my covenant with Him to live a life that is holy and blameless in His sight which I made on the day I became a Christian.

I wish I had never strayed from the path of righteousness.

I praise the Lord for bringing me back on the right track.

God never crushes us He only permits us to be crushed- but He never totally annihilates us destroying both body and soul – He always allows for us to pursue His agenda for our lives while our hearts beat and our lungs function.

I know I have made idols out of women.

Lord help me to have relationships with women without making an idol out of them.

help me stay committed to just one woman and also to stay faithful to you and not stray from your will in my thought life and actions.

it is a sad state of affairs that Christians around the world right now are being killed for the sake of the gospel.

it is possible that we can stop this from happening by speaking up about it to our government representatives.

the best thing we can possibly do is to pray and seek Gods face and love our enemies with the love of Christ.

we have to love with the love of Christ when there is no way we can possibly love in our own strength.

we lack the capacity on our own to slip inside someone elses shoes and crawl under the skin of our enemies in order to see the struggles they face are similar if not completely identical to our own.

they are just doing the work of the enemy.

they are being deceived.

they are acting like pawns without even knowing it.

this is what Jesus meant when He said on the cross father forgive them for they know not what they do.

even when people consciously sin they may not be aware that they are binding themselves to the mind of the enemy , dooming their futures and weaving themselves into the loom of the evil one until they become so much like him they no longer recognize the difference between him and themselves, they no longer baulk at the thought of doing evil, it no longer disgusts them, it has become appetising and appealing to them, to their own detriment never to their benefit.

just because God refuses to act in the way we want it isn’t proof that He is in a state of delirious dream land induced mind state.

He is constantly on the alert cos He never stops going to war against the enemy on our behalf.

even when He rested on the seventh day He remained in an active state of warfare.

when the bible says He rested it just means He stopped making the world not that He ever took a holiday from His duties of maintaining the universe ❤

without Gods influence and input this world would just completely destroy itself.

God never rejects us only the right of sins influence around and within us to lay a hold of us perverting our minds and eradicating all hope of salvation for us.

it is not true that God ignores our suffering and oppression only that He allows it to prove the mettle of our faith.

it is only by undergoing the test of fire that our faith is proven to be real genuine and authentic.

just like fire and shifting around inside the bowels of the earth makes lumps of coal into diamonds and gold in the same way God uses the painful experiences of our lives to make something beautiful out of us.

just as the butterfly needs the struggle to emerge from its cocoon or chrysalis in the same way we need to go through pain and heartbreak in order for God to bring out His best in us.

we know that God is always capable of ransoming our souls when they have been kidnapped by the enemy.

His love never fails us. ❤

sometimes we allow our minds to get so warped by the thinking patterns of the enemy that we forget who we are in Christ and who God called us to be.

instead of embracing our destiny in HIm we consciously reject it.

we judge God based on the behaviour of those who claim His name and dismiss His ability to work through us or make light of HIs love discounting HIs power and attempting in vain to give the glory for the manifestation of His miracles to coincidence or our own efforts.

we should always remember that God is capable of rescuing us from any trial or calamity.

He can bring His triumph out of our trials.

see HIm roaring over our enemies the mighty lion of zion

He is preserving His people and keeping us safe in His hand 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 43

declare me innocent O God

defend me against these ungodly people

rescue me from these unjust liars for you are God my only safe haven

why have  you tossed me aside?

why must I wander around in grief oppressed by my enemies?

send out your light and your truth, let them guide me

let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live

there I will go to the altar of God , to God the source of all my joy

I will praise you with my harp O God my God

why am I discouraged?

why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God

I will praise Him again, my saviour and my God

selah 😉

I know i’m not innocent but the blood of Christ makes me innocent when I seek repentance for my sins, whether it was a minute or half a century ago.

God never tosses us aside.

we toss ourselves outside of His ability to reach us when we abandon ourselves completely to sin and remain unrepentant up til our last breath.

we don’t have to remain grieving and oppressed by our enemies.

although we may not be able to physically escape from oppression we are in control of our mindset.

we can choose how we decide to view a situation.

if we focus on how much God loves us we won’t concentrate on the pain or heartbreak or fear we may be experiencing or even the hatred we feel towards our persecutors.

the more we concentrate on Jesus the more our spirit will  be lifted up beyond our circumstances.

it will fly like a bird to a nest where we will rest under His wings in a place of joy and peace where we have no reason to grumble only a longing that all may experience such pleasure beyond which this world is capable of delivering in HIs arms.

the holy mountain is not a physical place but a place our spirits travel to when we die.

it is the pure unadulterated presence of God which is untainted by the filth of sin and the worry and stress caused by living in this evil world.

it is true that we should only seek our joy in Jesus alone.

it is also true that all pleasure and all happiness derives its source in heaven.

pleasure has been corrupted by the devil.

he corrupted what God always intended to be a good thing.

God always intended for us to be drawn to a deeper intimacy with Him when we express our appreciation for each other and the things He has made.

He never intended for His creation to be worshipped in replacement of HIm.

I don’t play the harp so I praise the Lord with my mouth and fingers.

I have to be careful not to use these tools of communication He has given me for evil instead of good.

I am reminded of the old song be careful little feet where you go little eyes what you see little hands what you do for the father up above is looking down in love.

I take this as a warning to be obedient or face the consequences and also as words of comfort that God has got my back and He is always making sure that I am protected from harm everywhere I go.

I don’t know why one of the sons of korah was discouraged.

I do know when we praise the Lord we are quickly filled with a spirit of hope that chases away any despair we may be currently experiencing or living under a black dog cloud.

we must continually renew and cultivate a spirit of praise worthiness and an attitude of gratitude within us.

we must be pleasing to God, holy and acceptable in His sight and we must always  focus our attention and energy on how awesome and amazing He is.

the more you think about Jesus the less time you will have to waste on worries and regrets.

be careful not to regress back into the sinful person you used to be yesterday or even a minute ago.

remember in God there is always a brighter tomorrow.

yes there is value and purpose in sorrow but don’t stay there.

don’t stay down and disgusted with yourself.

realize what you need to do to change and stay unchained.

the more you concentrate on how much He loves you the more you will want to do what pleases Him until it naturally becomes a part of who you are.

it is true we can’t appreciate grace until we realize the horrors and traumatic future that Christ saved us from with HIs blood on the cross.

every time we sin that’s another scourge from the whip ripping into His flesh and causing His blood to ooze out for us

if you don’t want to cause Jesus pain don’t sin.

its that simple.

God help us to focus all our energy and attention on you.

help us to do what pleases you no matter what society says no matter what identity we have formed or shaped for ourselves that is contrary to your will for our lives.

help us to follow after you wholeheartedly and always bring a smile to your face and never a frown.

the Lord inhabits the praises of HIs people.

keep aiming to please Him more than you aim to please people

you will always be someones trash and someone elses treasure

but God always treasures the pleasure of your company no matter how badly you may have messed up He will always welcome you back into His arms ready to slay that calf and celebrate your triumphant return ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 42

as the deer longs for streams of water so I long for you O God

I thirst for God the living God when can I go and stand before Him?

day and night I have only tears for food while my enemies continually taunt me saying where is this God of yours?

my heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be

I walked among the crowds of worshippers leading a great procession to the house of God

singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration

why am I discouraged?

why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God, I will praise Him again

my savior and my God

now I am deeply discouraged but I will remember you

even from distant mount hermon the source of the jordan

from the land of mount mizar

I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me

but each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me and through each night I sing His songs

praying to God who gives me life

O God my rock I cry why have you forgotten me?

why must I wander round in grief oppressed by my enemies?

their taunts break my bones

they scoff where is this God of yours?

why am I discouraged?

why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God

I will praise Him again my saviour and my God

selah 🙂

this is the first psalm that begins the second book of psalms.

we grew up singing a song of this psalm in church.

I later heard it in hindi , tamil and malayam when I switched churches for one week.

basically we can go and stand before Him everywhere cos He is everywhere.

tears aren’t a very nourishing source of food.

you will eventually have to grab yourself a glass of water after three or four days of self enforced dehydration.

you could technically survive on water and tears for forty days but I wouldn’t advise it.

people who I would consider enemies to the health of my spirit have mocked and derided my faith but I pay them no mind cos they just waste my breath trying to convince them to change theirs.

I have had moments of great euphoria and despair in my faith walk.

its a rollercoaster ride full of ups and downs and loop de loops.

if I was the son of korah i’d have a reason to be sad cos the earth opened up and swallowed my dad whole for offering strange fire or an inappropriate sacrifice before the Lord just as cain had done in days of old and got himself a murder wrap and permanent marker tattoo from God with invisible ink both protecting him against reprisal attacks and telling the world he was a sinner.

we must never let discouragement cause us to forget that God is always there for us in the ever passing moment.

God pours His love on us by causing others to be kind to us and reminding us through His rhema and logos word that He is life and He is guiding us through the storm, He is helping us to stay morally upright and reflect His pure perfect heart.

He never abandons us.

He is always friend and graceful companion to us.

He protects our feet from straying into danger zones and always warns us away from straying into temptation if we are but willing to listen to His rebuke and obey HIs precepts.

is it my sin or obedience to God that causes me to be oppressed by those who falsely perceive me as enemy?

God has never forgotten us.

He never neglects or abandon us even when the evidence of circumstances paint a contradictory picture to that unchangeable resolute truth.

nobodys mockery ever caused my bones to break but they did cause my resolve to continue in my faith to crumble temporarily.

I praise the Lord for giving me friends and family who breathe me to life again and encourage me to fight another day in that good fight of faith.

our reward in the next life far outweighs and outshines any treasure we may possible procure for ourselves or gain in this world.

in God we can always find something to hope for.

in God we always discover something to aim for.

make your life goal becoming more like HIm.

nothing else matters ❤

all else shall pass but His love never fades or fails us ❤ 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

psalm 41

oh the joys of those who are kind to the poor

the Lord rescues them when they are in trouble

the Lord protects them and keeps them alive

He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies

the Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health

O Lord I prayed have mercy on me heal me for I have sinned against you

but my enemies say nothing but evil about me

how soon will he die and be forgotten? they ask

they visit me as if they were my friends but all the while they gather gossip and when they leave they spread it everywhere

all who hate me whispering about me imagining the worst

he has some fatal disease they say

he will never get out of that bed

even my best friend the one I trusted completely the one who shared my food has turned against me

Lord have mercy on me make me well again so I can pay them back

I know you are pleased with me

for you have not let my enemies triumph over me

you have preserved my life because I am innocent

you have brought me into your presence forever

praise the Lord the God of israel

who lives from everlasting to everlasting

amen and amen

selah 😉

if we want God to deliver us from trials and tribulations other than by taking us to heaven we should be kind to those who are in poverty stricken situations cos when we give to the poor we lend to the Lord.

God uses the wealth of the wicked to bless the righteous.

we should not think about the fact that people get sick and die but instead praise the Lord for His miracle working ability that it is only because of HIs power and HIs grace that any of us continue to live.

there are people in my life who have expressed a desire for me to experience pain and suffering but so far I have never met one that wanted to kill me other than that one muslim dude who told me he would annihilate me cos I knocked on his door too loudly when I was collecting donations for charity in Kuraby.

upon reflection however I could have been more sensitive in my attempts to get his attention.

I was just so desperate and hungry for cash- even with the pathetic commission I got.

I was driven by a relentless appetite to squeeze everybody I met for every last drop of cash I could procure in the name of saving sick kids and adults from a life of gloom and doom in which there was no cure for cancer.

I think I must have that never get out of bed disease cos although I detest sleep I do most of my work in bed- reading, writing, ( I would even paint if mum and dad let me get away with it- which is the reason I have bedsheets with paint splattered on them 😉 ) and communicating with bae ❤ ( that’s more play than work though- though you have to work to keep love alive).

I have been betrayed by my friends.

no one offline though.

the friendships that have lasted the longest and been the strongest in my life have always been sustained by the hands of God.

I realize this is a rare diamond like experience so I praise the Lord for His blessings every day.

it makes me laugh that with the same breath david asks God to spare his life and enable him to destroy anothers life.

previously david has demonstrated to us his willingness to let God take care of business and leave the revenge seeking up to HIm but in this instance he is acting stupid in desiring to do Gods job for HIm.

God is the one best qualified to take revenge on our behalf cos not only is He all powerful and everywhere at once but He is also all knowing so He is aware of the whereabouts of those who falsely perceive themselves as our enemies at all times and can strike them with lightning faster than they can blink.

it also makes me laugh thinking that david wants mercy to be shown on himself yet not on his enemies.

well obviously you might say gentle reader- who would want something nice to happen to their enemies? who would want their enemies to avoid punishment?

well my friend that is the nature of Christ in me- He wants me to love my enemies and do good to those who despitefully use me as He has warned and advised on the sermon He pronounced upon that beautiful mountain where friends and enemies of Israel gathered together under His invisible wings- sheltered and directed towards the pearl laden paths of wisdom by His guidance alone.

is God’s protection from harm a sign of His taking pleasure in us?

possibly maybe but He loves even those who throw His grace in His face ( He just doesn’t let them through the pearly gates- this is not pettiness or capriciousness- in choosing a life of sin people are demonstrating that they don’t want godliness or holiness and God never gives us what we don’t need. its true we don’t desire persecution but when He permits persecution He always offers a solution in the form of HIs body- when we are united in membership with it through the shedding of His blood without which there is no forgiveness of sins).

God has promised through His son to make it possible for me to rest forever in His presence.

I am not innocent I am guilty as sin but He forgives me despite my wretchedness.

I never want to stop being amazed by that.

something wretched is something that is totally disgusting and debased and abominable.

it is something that makes you vomit just to look at it.

that’s what my sin is to God.

excrement.

not worthy of celebrating only worthy of denigrating and avoiding.

forget what society thinks.

I only  care what my God thinks.

society isn’t going to get me to heaven only the blood of Jesus is.

so who do you trust more God or the world?

that’s what it all boils down to

who are you willing to die for God or the world?

as much as I love my family and friends I wouldn’t lay down my life for them

yet Jesus did

and He laid down His life for us when we called HIm stranger and enemy

that just blows my mind even more than that old song by Alicia keys and eve of destruction

God is more incredible than the most complex beautiful painting ever created in existence

He is more amazing than the most stunning sunset

yes the creator is more wondrous than His creation

let us always be in awe of HIm

let us never cease to be amazed by HIm

travelling the world helps to create within us a deeper appreciation of His wonders but so does the beautiful sacrificial act of pushing a baby out from between your legs. ❤

this is a miracle and the handiwork of God.

theres no other way of looking at it.

this is spectacular.

our God is amazing and worthy of worship.

God always was always is and always will be

let us praise Him with our lives not just our lips

in all our interactions with others let us consider am I honouring this person as a beautiful creation of God ?

is God being worshipped in my dealings with this person or am I worshipping self or the devil?

we have to be vigilant to be faithful to God with every thought, with every breath, with every act set in motion by our hands and feet which are ultimately controlled by His intent for the universe ❤ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA