in jesus we trust

The key to protecting your heart is not allowing it to be anywhere that Christ is not. What I mean is that sometimes we don’t allow Christ to have full access of our lives, we sing our songs and raise our hands, we read our Bibles and pray our prayers. Yet, we don’t long for God the same way we long for others. That is why we fall into bad situations, we end up repeating addictions or bad habits. We end up in the wrong relationships, and damage them in the process.

When we say to Jesus, “Lord, have Your way in me, make something new.” we are telling God to have it all, and with that submission we start to see a change in our lives, a change of obedience, of trust, and how we look at others.

Jesus is the most important thing in all of creation, it would be wise to build your life around what He wants, and what He would do. By surrendering your heart to Him, you end up guarding it so well that you will only desire those holy things that God desires. A good marriage, helping those who need help, loving the unlovable, seeking justice, bringing about Christ’s kingdom to fruition, honoring the meek in spirit, and so on.

It is not enough that we get comfortable in our routines with God, because God is not wanting a robot, He wants a child that He can show the world to. He wants to take you places that you will have to trust Him completely, and He wants to make you a pro in the field of loving others truly.

Don’t wait for that boy or girl, start participating in the grand adventure of life, because we have been called by Christ to do so; and a ship is steered by the direction of its captain.

—  T.B. LaBerge // Go Now

Sometimes God works behind the scenes… sometimes His work is center stage and the star of the show. Regardless of whether you can see Him working in your life or not, He truly is. You are not unnoticed by Jesus. Your prayers do not go unheard. He sees you. He is piecing the puzzle of your life together and the comforting thing about it all, is that He already knows what the whole picture looks like. We can trust Him. :)

It’s the small moments that keep them going. ♥

Any time our main goal in life is to just pay bills, or stay healthy we are in survival mode. Jesus came to offer abundant life. That’s not the lifestyle marked by life changing transformation. All to often I find myself in that lifestyle, unfortunately. We have to seriously consider what we are doing, what are we living for? If we could plot our path on a straight course, in four years who would we be like? Survivalists? or Jesus? I want to be like Jesus, but in order to do that, I am going to have to unlearn the patterns of the world. We must embrace the lifestyle of Jesus, and actually trust him. Move out of our comfort and being content with the way things are and expect more. Approach the throne of grace with confidence and lay before him our life.
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good morning! fixed the pic so uh, edit: last night’s wording was a lil funky, so let’s fix that.

wanted to do a judas-kiss kind of image. it’s not that solas=judas or inquisitor=jesus, we know it’s nothing like that - it’s about how the inquisitor trusts him, and trusts him even more deeply as an elf because of his insight into their culture. when lavellan is this close in friendship and trust with solas, the trespasser betrayal hurts even more.

(cole is in the back holding a bunny). wanted to do some proper dai art, will do more. have a great day <3

“Everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34–36).
When Jesus came, He fought a battle for all of us who are enslaved and unable to fight for ourselves. Our slavery is not one of outward chains. We are held by our own brokenness and sin and when we trust in His name we are liberated from guilt, shame, and hopelessness. Yes by trusting Jesus, we can be free indeed!
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for making the sacrifice that has secured my freedom and eternal life. Amen

Jesus met a grown man on a leash once. The man stops Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). Jesus answers him, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother’” (Luke 18:20). The man, filled with passion and confidence, says, “All these I have kept from my youth” (Luke 18:21). In our words, “I’m a good Christian.” He had done everything he knew to do to make his life look like a believer’s, to make it look like he deserved to go to heaven. How does Jesus respond? “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).
One thing you still lack. Those five words didn’t highlight lines in the man’s budget as much as they highlighted the loyalties in his heart. He looked like a Christian, but lacked real love for Jesus. He had tried a pick-and-choose kind of religion, and ended up walking away confused and depressed. He left with his hands full and his heart empty — having the outward appearance of freedom with his big bank account, but hopelessly enslaved to his money and all it could buy. For this man, it’s money. What cords do you carry?We may gladly surrender all kinds of things to Jesus, doing whatever we can to follow the rules and fit in as a Christian. But we secretly don’t trust him with our work, or our comfort, or our health, or our marriage, or control over our lives, or our suffering, or our romantic or sexual longings. And like the rich young ruler, that lack of trust uncovers our lack of love. We love Jesus, but we love something else a little more. And loving anything more than Jesus, even a little more, means we don’t really love him after all. He never settles into second place in our hearts.If we will trust Jesus enough to leave behind our old ways of trying to manufacture and preserve our own happiness, he’ll give us something far greater — infinitely more than we might have settled for otherwise. But we have to trust him first, that he knows the difference between slavery and freedom better than we do. We have to cut the cord. “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29–30).

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!

Looking for Love ?

Take a moment to read this, this is essential to know! I’m not writing this for my own personal gain or anything, this is very much upon my heart and it’s effecting so many people !! 

We want to feel love, we want to feel secure. We even seek relationships with those who don’t know Christ - they can adore you, you may have things in common, you can enjoy each others company but they can never truly love you unless they know the love of Jesus. Don’t seek a relationship, seek Jesus - he’s the only one we should hunger for, he’s the only one who can satisfy your needs, the enemy will make you think you need another person and that when the perfect person comes along all your troubles will be solved … but the truth is, unless you rely on God for everything and give him every aspect of your life, you can never enter into a relationship and love another person without getting hurt because you’ve put your needs and expectations on their shoulders.

No one can satisfy your desires apart from Jesus, desires of the flesh are not of God - We can get so caught up by the idea of ‘feelings’ or ‘romance’, which secular entertainment is filled with. Focus on jesus and press into growing in your relationship with him and he will bring you through this trial and all trials. You do not need a relationship to feel worthy - You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus. We can never truly have a relationship and love one another if we don’t learn to love Jesus when we’re single, we must look to him to satisfy our needs and not a relationship because they never will. You’re so precious to God and he wants you to love him and rely on him before he brings a man or woman into your life, he won’t unless he thinks you’re ready. The truth is that it is not found in another person it’s only found from pressing in and growing in a deeper relationship with Jesus! When we trust in God, in his timing he will always give us what we need. If you give him everything and love him no matter what, he will give you what you need. when you’re ready he will give you a relationship but he wants you to put him first over all otherwise you can’t love anyone else, because love only comes from him.

We have turned the purest and holiest of things between a man and a woman into the most unholy disgusting actions. Relationships have been reduced to ‘sexual desire’ which came from man’s fallen selfishness, whereas it is the most beautiful connection between a married couple, the devil has twisted and changed it in the world so much because he knows that there’s great power and intimacy within the pure nature of a covenant between two people married before God.
Even in the Christian ‘lifestyle’ sexual desire has simply had christian language wrapped around it. Satan is cunning, he will manage to persuade us that sin makes sense, that it isn’t wrong and it will feel good; but sin promises something that it can never fulfil. We’re constantly surrounded by sexual immorality in this world, but as godly men and women we are called to flea from sexual immorality and everything associated with it - I think a lot of the time Christians can get their ideas about sexual immorality warped by world influences and think they’re okay just because they are not having sex - but that’s a lie, sexual immorality doesn’t just mean sex outside of marriage, it also means other sexual acts, kissing, masturbating, watching sexual films etc. You start to look like what you expose yourself to, so we must abstain from sexually immoral things or we open ourselves up to it. We must die to self and let go of these things and allow God to change us. This is a heavy subject but don’t feel disheartened by it or worried if you’ve done something wrong, God dealt with that when he died on the cross but our fight is the good fight of faith to continue to walk in what he accomplished.
Ladies you don’t need a man to make you feel worthy. Men you don’t need a woman to make you feel worthy. You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus.

No one can satisfy your desires apart from Jesus, desires of the flesh are not of God and the enemy will trick us into thinking that lusting  after someone feels good, but sin promises something it can never deliver. We can get so caught up by the idea of ‘feelings’ or ‘romance’, which secular entertainment is filled with, but turn to jesus, he’s the only way. You can never rely on another person to satisfy your needs, only God can.
Don’t focus on the problem, focus on jesus and press into growing in your relationship with him and he will bring you through this trial and all trials. You do not need a relationship to feel worthy - You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus. Do not feel condemned but know that God loves you, he’s not angry at you, he’s holding you, all you have to do is seek him more and all things not of him will fall away.

He’s so wonderful and so lovely, there’s a way that seems right to a man and it leads to death … but God’s perfect will is everything you never knew you always wanted!!!!

“If we want to see and hear what delights God, we should look at Jesus and listen to his teaching. And if we ever hope for God to delight in us, we must trust and obey Jesus and be filled with his Spirit.” - John Piper

I'm waiting on Him

Jesus commands in the very love of His Being that we wait on Him.. That instead of hurting others and hurting yourselves in doing that.. That you just look to Him, trade your cares for His Peace. God sees the big picture. God understands feelings and how life can be.. He’s lived it. He’s overcame it.. Keep praying. Keep walking.. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing.. Something you need to sit and rest.. But don’t go back.. Just get up and keep walking.. When you’re there.. You’ll be thinking why on earth did I let the enemy take me down so hard.. But that’s where we remember Grace.. Trust God.. He’s got this, young soul.

“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” - Matthew 14:29-33

How many times have we been like Peter? How many times have we allowed anxiety and doubt keep us from trusting in Jesus? Peter hesitated because Jesus was asking him to do something that did not make sense to him. However, Jesus never said that every time we had to trust Him it was going to make sense. We cannot live within the limitations of what we think is possible when we know all things are possible through Jesus. As A.W. Tozer said: “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.” So don’t let your anxiety limit your ability to trust in God. Let Him take control. Step out into the water, even when it seems to uncertain. He’s got this…there is no need to doubt at all.

My anxiety will have
no power over me,
and I will trust in You
to give me all my peace.

In You I will calm down
In You I will step out
from the boat that slowly sinks
from harnessing all my doubts.

In You I will let go
of all those little things,
That keep me far from You,
and in anxiety.

My anxiety will have
no power over me,
and I will trust in You
to give me all my peace.
-Morgan Harper Nichols

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

anonymous asked:

Do you think God hears and answers the prayers of only the saved, or the unsaved too? And I don't mean the initial prayer when you give your heart to Him, bc He must always be receptive to that; I mean our everyday prayers, about needs and wants.

To answer this question, you need to see the difference between the prayers of those who are saved and the unsaved. Those who are unsaved sometimes pray only because of their greed and to satisfy their selfish desires. Those who are saved pray that the will of God will be done in their life.

When you see the wicked getting all their desires, maybe it’s not God answering their prayers, maybe it’s the enemy who wants to destroy their soul, because God will not give us something that will hinder us from becoming like His Son. Everything good comes from God and He wants His children to get what He thinks is good and not what the world thinks.

When a sinner prayed with a repentant heart and with humility, God will answer it because He is merciful and He wants us to see that He is a Father that we can trust in everything. God answers our prayers because of Jesus. When we put our trust in Him and give our life to Him, God will answer our prayers. He may give you what you prayed for because it’s His will, He may say no to your prayers because it will not be good for you, or He may say wait because His timing is so much better than yours. 

Just remember these verses:

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.     -Psalm 66:18

We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. -John 9:31

Many people consider ‘faith’ to be the polar opposite of knowledge. This has never been the Christian view of faith. For Christianity, faith is typically understood as including three inextricably linked categories: assent, trust, and knowledge. 'Knowledgeable faith’ is trusting the One - Jesus Christ - to whom we have assented and whom we know. Christ himself says eternal life consists of knowing the Father, and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent (John 17:3). Christ ties our eternal existence to knowing him. There can be no true faith without true knowledge.
—  K. Scott Oliphint