♕ Beauty From The Ashes

Jesus gives…..”beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair.  And they will be called righteous trees planted by the LORD to glorify Him.”  Isaiah 61:3

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Greetings beautiful DIVAs!  Be strong and cast aside all things that hinder you today from being the Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed daughter of the King you are meant to be!

Another way of saying ‘beauty instead of ashes’ is ‘beauty in place of ashes’ or ‘beauty is the reversal of ashes’. It speaks of reversing the deep sorrow of suffering to the glorious freedom of restoration. Praise God!

Do you know the joy of your salvation? That specific joy that surpasses all understanding? The kind of authentic joy that has no bounds nor does it for an instant bow to the human intellectual rational? Jesus Christ Himself is the joy of your salvation!

We can all identify with the sort of superficial joy that proceeds from fleeting, single-dimensional happiness. We can somehow possess laughter while the heart grieves. This is superficial joy.  Let’s keep in mind that even this laughter is welcomed but it is not what your Father has fathomed for you.

According to Merriam-Webster, joy is defined as ‘a source or cause of great happiness; something or someone that gives joy to someone; success in doing, finding, or getting something.’ This is a description of joy that is surface and does not have the power to penetrate the deep place in us that craves an everlasting joy. The kind that does not depend upon our circumstances, other people, or our situations. Do you find yourself satisfied with the superficial joys that Jesus had no part in delivering? If so, your soul longs to be awakened to this authentic joy whether you recognize it or not.

Can you imagine the scene…you are imprisoned by your own sin, your own bitterness, your own anger, your own sadness, or your own feelings of unworthiness. Then here comes Jesus. He frees you from your imprisonment, brushes off the ashes, and your beauty is revealed. You no longer are a slave to your worst self. You anoint your forehead with the oil of gladness and you are given the robe of righteousness instead of the robes of despair.  Beautiful.

Our circumstances might not change but we instead are the ones that experience the magnificent reversal and are then invited to be a witness of this reversal to others; all for His glory! We draw from the joy that resides deep within us. The joy that allows us to view our situations through a different lens ~ the lens of faith, hope, and love. “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!” (Habakuk 3:17-18) Now that is a joy clearly not dependent on current circumstances! Amen!  Thank you Lord for your Spirit that invites this to be a reality in my life!

Receive the authentic joy of the Lord. This is your enduring strength. One of the definitions for the word ‘tree’ in Isaiah 61 is ‘anything strong‘. Receive the joy of your salvation, receive the righteousness of God (an exchange provided for by the Cross of Christ), receive your strength ~ you ARE STRONG. Your LORD has planted you in your situation so that you (His child) have an opportunity to bring Him glory. Bring it child!

❈Reflection Questions❈

  1. How do you feel knowing Jesus, your first love, takes the ashes (the residue of something destroyed) of your circumstances and creates beauty from it? Will you give your ashes to Him full of anticipation of what He will do?
  2. How can you show yourself strong in the Lord today?

In His grace,

Amanda

3 Comments on “♕ Beauty From The Ashes”

  1. Good morning! This post speaks to my recent experience! I was troubled & burdened by the weight of my sin. I was a slave to sin. Walking in darkness. Wanting to change! Feeling powerless! Through a dear sister I realized with God it’s all or none.We are His disciples or we are not. His children walk in the light! A little sin ruins it all right? Walking in purposeful sin cuts us off from Him. I realized my struggles have been since my youth. There was never a time I completely severed the sins. Completely. So that He could empower me with His Spirit to walk like He walked! To make disciples like He commanded… Talk about joy!!! I confessed all my sins, tore down all idols, wrote wedding vows to Yeshua. It was so amazing! Friends surrounded me as I was immersed in His name. Receiving forgiveness & I came up a new creation! I changed clothes into my white dress & we had a feast! Then we sang songs & danced unto Him under the stars with a beautiful fire burning! Yes! I know the joy of my salvation!!! Praise Yahweh! He is so merciful!! Patient, wanting all to choose Him! Yeshua said His way is hard pressed & few find it.. may He empower us to imitate Him & walk in power so that the world is drawn to Him! I used to read the verse that says, The truth will set you free… Well, He showed me also that Being truthful, will set you free! Hallelujah!!

  2. Lord thank You that You give beauty for ashes. Father, that we would be well watered trees with deep, deep roots, displaying Your glory in the land we habitate. Help us to exchange our mourning for Your joy. That the joy of the Lord would truly be our strength.

  3. Mmmm! Just to know, we have dignity because of the Love of God through Christ Jesus! Thank You, Father God! Thank you for a timely reminder my sister!
    My beloved sisters, let us reflect The Light of Christ Jesus in an increasingly dark world. We have been called, justified, and glorified… All for His purposes in this life. Let no ashes be untouched by the matchless Beauty of A Mighty Savior! HALLELUJAH! Love, Leslie

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