Saturday, March 16, 2013

Apart from Him...



"My goodness is NOTHING apart from You." ~Psalms 16:2


The more I read this verse the more tears well up in my eyes.  "My goodness is NOTHING apart from Jesus."...."MY goodness is nothing APART from Jesus."..."My goodness is nothing apart from JESUS.


Does a truth get more clearer than that?? I have no beauty of my own...I have no goodness of my own...I have no love of my own...I have no talents or gifts of my own...I have no worth of my own...EXCEPT that which I have received from my Savior. <3  <3 How many times do I turn to the things of this world to define my beauty...my goodness...do I compare myself to others? Do I look at the world's standard of beauty?  Do I look at the world and think, "Oh, I'm a good person...I'm better than them." Oh how off base is that!! The only TRUE beauty...the only TRUE goodness...the only TRUE love is found in Jesus. And the only way that beauty, goodness or love could and ever will define my life is if I'm letting HIM cultivate HIS beauty, HIS goodness, HIS love into my soul. <3


This verse reminded me of some quotes:

"In the heart of every young woman lies the intrinsic desire to be found beautiful.  But when we come to Jesus, we exchange OUR desires to be noticed and appreciated for the desire that HE and HE ALONE would shine gloriously through our beings.  Maybe no one will ever notice us. But that makes no difference as long as they notice HIM shining thru us.  We can waste precious time and energy searching for something of worth and value in our own souls.  Or we can join the ranks of historical set-apart women and declare, "Less of me and more of HIM!" That is when our souls will *sparkle* with the spectacular beauty of Jesus Christ." ~Leslie Ludy

"We are meant to let ALL thoughts of self become swallowed up in HIM." ~Leslie Ludy

"If a soul has any beauty, it is because Christ has endowed that soul with HIS own, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled!  There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us." ~Charles Spurgeon

"The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus Christ, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you-your personality, your willpower, your gifts, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything-then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it." ~Ian Thomas


The perfection of beauty...is not found in some VS or Vogue catalog...it is found in Jesus. <3  JESUS IS THE PERFECTION OF BEAUTY. <3  The perfection of goodness is not found in "being a good person" and doing all the right things...it is found in HIS righteousness that He bestows upon us.  The perfection of love is not found in some Hollywood Romance fairytale...the perfection of love is seen on a cruel tree...as our Savior hung in agonizing pain...dying...for you and for me. 

Yes, the verse is true..."My goodness is nothing apart from You." Apart from Jesus...I am nothing...but in HIM...He is all the beauty...all the goodness...all the love I could ever need.  

"He must increase...but I must decrease" ~John 3:30

(Disclaimer: Yes, Jesus IS the perfection of beauty. <3  I am SOOOOO thankful for that.  BUT that doesn't mean I still don't enjoy being 200% girlie! ;)  I love my pink sparkly things...my *pink* nail polish...my make-up...my cute clothes...I enjoy those things, because I am a girl...but that isn't where my beauty is found.  My beauty is found in Him...and Him alone.  Just wanted to note that I'm not opposed to girlie stuff! ;))  Pretty sure God gave us girls a love for beautiful things for a reason. :))

Just a few thoughts from my devo's tonight...

Love,
Monica

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