(Get Out The Box)
4048 English Creek Ave.
EHT, NJ 08234
God is a God of Second Chances-and third and fourth and even more chances. He loves you. God’s approval is not based on your achievements. It is based solely on the fact that you are His child and He sees the best in you. There is nothing you can do, and there’s nothing anyone else can do, that will ever change your value in God’s eyes. But you have to do your part. Quit over-analyzing your faults; stop taking an inventory of everything wrong with you. You make mistakes, ask for forgiveness and then move on. Don’t become overly concerned if you are not changing as quickly as you would like. Stay focused on what you can become, and God will get you to where you need to be.
What an amazing thought: God knew you before you were even born! He saw your unformed substance and said, “I have a purpose for this life. I have good plans for them!” Then He breathed His life into you and sent you through your mother and father. They may have had issues, but that doesn’t have to stop you from becoming all that God intended you to be. You have been handpicked by Almighty God to be here at this time in history!
Sometimes we hear parents say, “We weren’t expecting this child. They were a surprise. They were an accident.” No, that child may have been a surprise to you, but they weren’t a surprise to Almighty God. No child can be born without God breathing His life into them. You may think, “Well, I was unwanted. I was an unplanned pregnancy.” No, you wouldn’t be here if God didn’t give life to your seed.
In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as being illegitimate. Remember, He knew you before you were ever born! Find confidence in His love knowing that you are a person of destiny, and you are part of His mighty plan!
You make my world go round
We tell people with self-love to hate themselves and then tell people with self-hatred to love themselves more. Our focus is all wrong.
The more we medicate the problem with other problems, the more we spiral out of control.
The goal is selflessness.
We’re called to take care of our bodies…
Christianity is actually about passion, longings, appetites, and desires for God and for good.
It can become very motivating. You’re like, “I want to know the Bible.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to learn about Jesus.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to serve other people.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to be a good steward of my resources so I can be generous as God is generous toward me in Christ.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to know my spouse and love them very well.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to invest in my kids and raise them to love and serve the Lord.” Good desire, nurture it. “I want to make a difference with my life and do ministry that counts.” Good desire, nurture it.
The problem is not desire—it’s unholy desire. That’s the problem, and so the answer is not no desire but God’s desires.❞
— Mark Driscoll (via kissthewave)