Beauty for Ashes......
He will give you beauty for ashes.....the first time I read this, I thought, can I even see it through the smoke? It seemed like so many things were going wrong in my life, my husband had died, I appeared to be broke, I had insurmountable debt, kids to feed and was unsure which way to go. I was overwhelmed with grief, not just from the death but because it seemed like everything I thought was familiar to me, was different had changed. So i grieved, not just for my husband but for what I thought my life was. I was grievous, angry and displaced. And in all this, how dare God tell me it was time for me to start this ministry, you have got to be kidding me?
Isaiah 66:9 says, "Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the Lord. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery? says your God? In essence, do I allow something to cause pain, without giving birth to something new? No i won't!! I won't give you an assignment, a promise, a mission, a goal, a dream, a desire and not bring it to pass for you. I can't make a covenant promise to you and not fulifll it, I am not that God. I am a God who will do exactly what I said I would do in due time, that is my covenant promise to you.
So dear friend hold on to the promise of God, there is an exchange coming to you, and exchange of beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3). You will give birth to something new, a new territory, a new dream, a new vision, a new purpose. Just stay in the Word and believe God's promise to you. I promise He won't disappoint you. Don't trust your eyes, for they can deceive you. The promises of God are Yes and Amen.
Re-Arranging My Life for Christ,
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