Nothing Else Matters

When we look over our lives and the things we have attained……Nothing else matters. 


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Success of having a house, the glorious career, increase in wealth, college degrees, where you stand amongst your colleagues, and peers, spouse and children do not matter if you don’t have Jesus. The same applies even when we have less or not at all.

 

Above all else having Christ Jesus is the greatest, most treasured and valuable asset you could ever have in your life and He should matter the most. What we attain beyond having Him are just additional blessings.

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15‭-‬18 NKJV


We live here on this side of heaven temporarily. It’s not our permanent dwelling nor the treasures that we store up and collect here on Earth. Do we truly realize the importance of how we place people and possessions in relation to our lives? Greatest to the least.

 

It’s something to think about and process. Dare I say that the order of what we think is most important in our lives should be switched around? Indeed I do.

 

Believe me when I say that I love my husband and children and all that the Lord has given me but I am nothing without Him. All mankind will perish (unless you’re swept up when He comes back) and every treasure rotted out or forgotten but our relationship with the One who saved us from perishing is eternal.

 

How wonderful that is to know and live out. Our hope, faith, joy and fulfillment is found in God alone. It does not matter how much we try to build, grasp, achieve and succeed at if He is not the center of it all. Every hole that’s empty we will always try to fill up to make us feel better and bring a sense of completion and yet we are not ever full. This is how we humans are. Never full, never satisfied UNTIL we come into realization that we have it all, we have EVERYTHING we could ever need once we place the King of kings and the Lord of lords first and foremost in our lives.

 

May today’s thoughts and God’s truths speak volumes into your life. Ask Him to help you prioritize the order of your living for you cannot fail. What you will be is full, satisfied and successful in Him. Stay in the Holy Word, prayed up, extending a helping hand and loving others all of your breathing days.

 
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. II Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

Nothing Else Matters But Jesus 



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Blessings in the Butterfly

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Oh how blessed we are when the Lord leads us. When we take self out of the equation and realize that everything is about Him, things will become less complicated. To Christ we give the glory and honor. To Him we give the praise. Our lives are transformed day to day because He lives within us. I know no one who is in the business of transforming lives greater than Christ Jesus. Butterflies fly great distances when their mission serves a purpose.

My dearest brothers and sisters reading this, I encourage you to examine your heart day to day and see what it is that the Lord has for you to do. I will be doing this myself. As humans our flesh craves to be selfish… to do what we want to say and do. It’s natural but it’s not right especially when we belong to Jesus. We don’t belong to ourselves. We belong to Him so our thoughts and desires should align with his will and his purpose.

We are new creatures. We should be dying to self daily. I love butterflies more than you could ever know for various reasons. But when I think about them in the context of my life in Christ, I am changed.
I am transformed.

I am able to bloom, fly and do all that I am empowered to say and do because He’s given me a brand new life. My life song is  different. It should be different. Yours should be also. So let us shift our thought process. What we do should not be of greater concern than Who is leading us. We would not be able to do what we do or be affective in the way that we are without Him. Remember that our life and what we do is not about us. It’s all about Jesus.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Butterfly blessings,
Terra

Ride on King Jesus!! NO MAN CANNOT HINDER ME!

Praise the Lord from whom ALL blessings flow! I just wanted to share a song with you that I have not heard in a mighty long time! It came to my heart out of nowhere but praise be to God….. it got me on my feet as I exclaimed that NO MAN cannot hinder me. NO MAN cannot hinder you! The Bible tells us in Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That passage of scripture is deep on my heart. Dear Reader, rise up this day and claim victory in your circumstances no matter what the natural eye sees and the ear hears. God loves us! God has the final say over your life. He is your Judge, He is your Creator. You are who He says you are! The enemy comes to attack in subtle ways like a little lamb and in voracious ones like a lion. There is no light in him. He is the prince of darkness from the pit of hell. Be it through people or circumstances, your boat may get rocked or it may even turn over. Stand your ground, put on the WHOLE Armor of God and go out with authority in the victorious name of Jesus Christ!! Do you hear me?!! God woke you up to be encouraged in Him, not to be defeated!

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6: 10-18)

I’m gonna praise the Lord with you! I don’t know what you are going through but I know who does better than anyone else. JESUS!!!!!!

RIDE ON KING JESUS!! HALLELUJAH! GLORY BE TO GOD!!

Be encouraged this day. Take your heart to the throne and place your burdens at His feet. The Lord will raise you up and strengthen you.

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

Pathway to Purpose: Remember Lot’s Wife? If You Do, Don’t Look Back

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In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. (Luke 17:31-33 KJV)

Thinking back about Lot’s wife is kind of scary in a sense. What if God chose to show us He meant business if we seen someone turn into a pillar of salt right before our very own eyes? Would that get your attention?!!

If you have the time, please go back and read Genesis 19:1-26. This scripture talks about what lead up to Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt.

Following The Lord isn’t always easy. To give up and deny self, part ways with unequally yoked people, to live a life that’s holy and righteous and pleasing to our Creator can be hard at first as a new believer and even difficult as times as a “seasoned” Christian because we will be taken out and away from our comfort zone.

There is always a good reason for it when we choose the way of The Lord.

We are to walk in light. Not darkness. We are to turn away from our old sinful nature of thinking and living and clothe ourselves kingdom-minded in thought, word and deed.

When God shows mercy and gifts us with grace from situations that could harm us mentally and/or physically, why do we choose to look back?

What are we missing from the past?

It ought to be nothing simply because Father knows best. He knows the outcome of everything. I mean EVERYTHING.

There is a pathway that leads to life and one that leads to destruction. Life is in Christ, death is in the world. I choose the pathway of life. I pray you do as well.

Christ said : “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14 NKJV)

There are many types of temptations to indulge in whether its mentally, verbally or physically. Perhaps all three. You will also be faced with difficulties when it comes to the heart. An example such as being left out/ being an outcast to your own family and friends who are not believers nor followers of our Lord and Savior is one of many.

You still love them and want to be in union but it does not mean that you do whatever is necessary to stay in the circle; the clique. This is not good and it is not right.

As followers of Christ Jesus we were made and set apart. We are not to conform to the ways of the world. We are to be holy because He is holy.

God has plans for you. Remember that. Recall what He said in the Book of Jeremiah……

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) * this is one of my favorite scriptures I hold close to my heart.

Hold tight to this word of truth; this promise from God that He cannot go back on.

Just to share a bit of my own journey, there have been recent occasions when The Lord has asked me to do certain things and there have been times that He has told me what to do just as well. Have they been easy. Yes and no. Why? Because some things required me to step out of my comfort zone, some were tender spots because my heart was going to be affected and I knew it was not going to feel good at all. Did I follow through? Yes. ( well I slow poked a couple of times and took some detours but my way was revoked so I did it the right way! And if you are wondering if I am hardheaded the answer is Yes too. I’m not proud of it but I am learning to submit more and more to His will in uncomfortable territory.)

I wanted to do His will and I knew in part that my obedience would plant fruit bearing seeds BUT MY FLESH; my human side, did not want to feel the pain of feeling left out like an outcast, I did not want discord to strike me across the back like a whip simply because I chose Jesus. I CHOSE the better path.

Dear Reader, as I have shared my own experience in part with you I am encouraging you to still keep faith in The Lord and in the calling you have on your life. If you have yet to know what your calling is I encourage you to keep pressing on in your walk; your intimate and personal relationship walk with Christ.

Everyone will not understand and many will not want to accept it. But take heart because our God will bring people into your life who will understand and accept. He will provide. He will open doors and bless you beyond measure! Just wait and see!

Your act of obedience goes farther than what the human brain can conceive. We never know the ultimate purpose and plan behind God’s ways. We can only trust Him with the outcome whether we see it in this life or not.

The seeds we plant may be for someone’s own good. Salvation and freedom may be just around the corner for a lost soul. A desperate heart in need of a true Friend and Comforter will soon be found.

It’s not all about us…..

Pathway to Purpose. Do not look back. Your life and that of others could depend on it.

God bless you and keep you as you move forward on your journey until you reach your permanent destination called Heaven.

Home Sweet Home.

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)

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Pour Out and Anoint This Broken Vessel

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV)

Days can grow long and weary being a follower of Christ Jesus, but the reward of obedience is worth the sacrifice. This will not always be an easy task. Some days it feels as if the walls are crushing in with no air to take in…….. yet we press through.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 NIV)

To the feet of Jesus I take a seat and allow him to feed my soul as I rest in his presence. My heart desires to fulfill the calling the Father spoke over me and in me to do. There is nothing I say or do righteously that is of my own thoughts or will but that of His. I’m just a broken vessel wanting to be used so that I may glorify His name and draw many to The One who is able to save and set free just as he has done for me.

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6 NIV)

May we all remember that this ministry we take on is not about us, but about Jesus. May we boast not of anything we do in His name. It is the Holy Spirit who resides in each of us ; he inspires us to write, talk and teach the Word. Think not highly of yourself and of your “genius” ideas. We have been blessed with these gifts from the Lord to use accordingly. All glory and praise is for Him.

I exhort you to keep pressing forward dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. This journey is long and will not end until we are called home. Yet still the Word of God will not go out void. Seeds have been planted and the harvest will be plenty in due season whether you are present to see the fruit of your labor.

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And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)