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God is awesome beyond all imagination. He has eternally existed in perfect joy and delight in His own glory. He is enough to satisfy Himself. Out of the overflow of the love and delight within the Trinity He created the universe to display His glory.

Acts 17:25, Isaiah 40:12

...nor is he (God) served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Acts 17:25

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40:12

He created man to glorify Him by delighting in Him forever.

Psalm 37:4, Psalm 63:2-5, Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 28:19-20

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

Psalm 63:2-5

everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Isaiah 43:7

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

God is the supremely worthy Object of admiration, worship, praise, honor, and delight in the universe because He alone is good and sovereign.

Psalm 147:11, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 43:4, Psalm 73:25, Psalm 90:14, Philippians 3:8, Philippians 4:4, Romans 11:36

but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Psalm 147:11

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Psalm 43:4

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

Psalm 73:25

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90:14

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

Philippians 3:8

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11:36

Every provision and legitimate pleasure I experience is a good gift from Him. I am 100% dependant on Him at all times for everything.

1 Timothy 6:17

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:17

I could not have failed God more than I already have. Instead of glorifying Him, I have proudly rejected Him, worshipped other things, and elevated my opinion over His truth.

Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:5, Romans 1:25, Ephesians 2:2, 1 John 2:16

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

Thus says the Lord: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord".

Jeremiah 17:5

because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Romans 1:25

in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience

Ephesians 2:2

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 John 2:16

I have committed billions of acts against God, each one worthy of ultimate punishment (eternal damnation in hell) because He is ultimate. Hell is a place of isolation, darkness, and torment with no hope of it ever ending.

Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 8:12, Matthew 25:46, Romans 6:23

1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

Exodus 20:1-17

"while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 8:12

"And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Matthew 25:46

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

God has every right to damn me to hell. There is nothing I could ever do to save myself from even a moment of the unimaginable torture that I deserve.

Romans 3:19, Romans 5:6

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.

Romans 3:19

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:6

BUT GOD, for His glory and my joy sent His Son to earth to rescue me. Jesus Christ infinitely humbled Himself, eternal God and Creator, becoming a human infant, announced to shepherds, born in a barn to a teenager.

Matthew 1:23, Romans 5:8, John 3:16

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”

Matthew 1:23

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

He came in human form, in weakness, into this sin cursed world to be tortured to death in my place to bring me to God so I could have joy in Him.

Philippians 2:8, 1 Peter 3:18

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:8

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit

1 Peter 3:18

He led a sinless life, perfect in every thought, intention and motive, all worship, all love, every moment, so that he could be a perfect sin bearer for me, and so that one day His obedience could be credited to me.

Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Because God chose to love me, He was willing for His Son to suffer the wrath of God in my place.

Psalm 22:1, Luke 23:44-46, Isaiah 53

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

Psalm 22:1

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

Luke 23:44-46

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53

Jesus submitted to becoming my sin, to become my billion sins, to become what He hates the most, and to drink down the full cup of the wrath of God in my place.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

He submitted to the humiliation, to the beating, to the scourging, to the mocking, to the spitting, to the crown of thorns, to the rejection, to being beaten to the point of not resembling a man, to carrying a heavy wooden cross on brutalized shoulders to the point of collapse, to laying down His wrecked back on wood and allowing men to drive spikes through His wrists and ankles, to being hung up naked, to being mocked and laughed at in His torture and agony.

Isaiah 53, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 43:4, Psalm 73:25

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Psalm 43:4

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

Psalm 73:25

As He hung on the cross in agony He could have called upon countless angels to rescue Him, but He refused. He was willing to be utterly brutalized in every possible way in my place to bring me to God. No one could ever love me better than Him.

John 15:13, Matthew 26:53

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 26:53

God poured out all His wrath toward me onto Jesus and my sin was paid for in full.

1 John 2:2

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:2

On the 3rd day God raised Jesus from the dead proving that His death had successfully paid for all my sins; past, present, and future.

Luke 24:36

As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”

Luke 24:36

Jesus did this to bring me to God so that I might have joy in Him and glorify Him.

1 Peter 3:18, Psalm 16:11

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

1 Peter 3:18

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

Jesus humbled Himself and suffered unimaginably to display perfect love, and to give me the greatest joy there is; the glory of God in the face of Jesus!

Matthew 26:42, Revelation 21:23

Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Matthew 26:42

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Revelation 21:23

At the right time God gave me the gift of faith, He presented the gospel to me, He showed me His glory, and I believed, and He granted me salvation. By faith He united me to Christ and forgave me of all my past, present, and future sin forever and completely; gone!

Ephesians 2:8, Romans 7:4, Psalm 103:11

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:8

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Romans 7:4

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Psalm 103:11

He justified me; God declared me 100% innocent of all my sins and pronounced me just, perfect, and righteous in Christ! My Father only has love, compassion, and deepest possible affection for me.

2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:8

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

God adopted me and now is my perfect loving Father. He always rejoices and sings over me because He loves me perfectly. I am His child and He delights in me more than any father has ever delighted in a child!

Ephesians 1:5, Zephaniah 3:17

he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 1:5

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

He lives in me by His Spirit and gives me power in my weakness. He supplies all the grace I need in the moment day by day.

Matthew 6:34, Lamentations 3:21-24, 2 Corinthians 12:9

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

God broke me free from slavery to sin and Satan. They are no longer my masters! I have new desires that are stronger than my desires for sin. God is working to displace my lust for idols with delight in His glory!

Romans 6:22

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Romans 6:22

God always looks upon me and treats me with gracious favor, always working all things together for my joy in Him. He forces every trial to do good to me.

Psalm 23:6, Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:4

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23:6

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4

God is grieved (feels sorrow) when I sin, not because He is angry at me, or has wrath toward me, but because I am not delighting in Him and receiving the fullness of His glorious love for me.

Psalm 103:12, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 5:20-21, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 12:5-9

as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:12

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:20-21

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

Hebrews 12:5-9

When I sin God is deeply grieved and He longs for me to repent; to turn away from idols and return to Him. When I come to Him to confess my sins He RUNS to me and embraces me in indescribable love.

1 Thessalonians 5:9, 1 John 1:9, 1 John 2:2, Luke 15:20-24

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Thessalonians 5:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:2

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:20-24

Every promise in the Bible for God’s people is for me personally because I am in Christ. He has promised to be with me, to help me, to strengthen me, to comfort me, and to provide all I need at all times.

2 Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:19

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

2 Corinthians 1:20

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

My life should now be spent gazing at His glory in the gospel, and rejoicing in His goodness, love, mercy, power, and grace! Beholding the glory of God will be the primary means by which God will change me.

Exodus 33:18-22, 2 Corinthians 3:18

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

Exodus 33:18-22

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18

Every trial I experience is for God’s glory, my joy, and is infinitely better than suffering in hell!

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

I am heading to be with God where I will know infinite happiness and gladness forever! I now hope in the delight of eternity spent with Jesus Christ, as a co-heir of all things with Him! Pure delight, satisfaction, and pleasure forever in His glory. This is the anchor of my soul; the hope of glory.

Revelation 21:3, Revelation 21:23

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Revelation 21:3

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Revelation 21:23

God saved me so I could worship Him. God saved me to grant me Himself. I will delight myself in God, I will seek to behold His glory that is better than life , and I will pour myself out to glorify Him; to make disciples and care for the least.

Psalm 63:3, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 28:19-20

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

Psalm 63:3

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 25:31-46

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20