Loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things. John Piper
It’s amazing how uncluttered and settled my heart becomes when I savor Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
When I relish in the Truth that I am deeply loved, adored, cared for. That I have a rich and valuable purpose on this earth to spread God’s glory.
God is the greatest thing that exists, ever has existed or ever will… for us to glory in anything else, would be sin, as there is nothing greater than God, there is no calling greater than praising God. John Piper
How much sweeter does a moment become when our efforts, desires, and energies are given to Someone outside ourselves.
We are free. Free to love selflessly, free to give generously, free to choose joy instead of discouragement, faith instead of fear.
All of real life is in God.
When I recognize that God is the greatest thing that exists, when I talk to Him as such, when I think about Him as such, it transforms my being.
I will not live and die by the approval of man, but lose myself joyfully in praising God.
I will not be mastered by sinful tendencies, seduced by worldly pleasures, but will stand strong on the rock of God’s promises to fill me up and satisfy me with things much better.
I will not be so easily offended, but will surrender my causes and concerns to a God who knows best.
Father, help me treasure You above everything else. Please teach me what it looks like to adore You.
Jesus’s longing and goal is that we see his glory and then that we be able to love what we see with the same love that the Father has for the Son. And he doesn’t mean that we merely imitate the love of the Father for the Son. He means the Father’s very love becomes our love for the Son—that we love the Son with the love of the Father for the Son. This is what the Spirit becomes and bestows in our lives: Love for the Son by the Father through the Spirit. What Jesus wants most for Christmas is that his elect be gathered in and then get what they want most—to see hi glory and then savor it with the very savoring of the Father for the Son.
I love the language of Advent. The adoring of Jesus can thrill your heart if you let it. Even though I’ve been a Christian for a long time, I’ve never experienced Him like I am these days. His Spirit has been super gracious is revealing new Truth to me, setting fire in my soul for God. The above quote is from Desiring God’s “Good News of Great Joy” Advent readings.