There were many times I looked in the mirror and all I could see was just how far from Gods original design I thought I was. My eyes, would search desperately, with their fleshy lenses, trying to find value in what I saw. Inside, I was collapsing. That load bearing beam of love was weakening, threatening to bring the whole thing down. I knew Jesus loved me, but I was wrestling . I was wrestling with my maker. I was wrestling in my marriage. I found that after 2 children, 3 miscarriages, weight gain and other health issues, I did not recognize myself. I didn’t feel like a wife. I didn’t feel good enough for love. I was swallowing the lie and taking my eyes off Him.
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:3 ESV
Daughters, I caution you to give the enemy no place here.
This is sacred ground.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God…for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” 1 Cor. 6:19, 3:17 NIV
Sacred. A holy habitation- set apart for His own purposes.
To be a daughter of Eve is to be filled and to be poured out. We can choose to carry shame, fear, and every lie we swallow, or we can be emptied of ourselves, filled with His love and perfect truth, and we can offer that same love and truth to others through the only one who is truly lovely.
To be beautiful is to be emptied of ourselves and inhabited by glory- His glory!
When His love compels me to wrap my arms around a sister in the lord and tell her she is not alone- then I am beautiful. When His love compels me to pray for my brother or sister, or speak a word of encouragement- then I am beautiful. When His love leads me to forsake the comforts of home and head to the mission field- then I am beautiful. When His love compels me to serve, to do what no one else wants to do and clean the toilets at church- then I am beautiful. When His love compels me to forgive, and even speak graciously of those who mistreat me- then I am beautiful. When I look like Jesus- then I am truly beautiful.
The Truth will set you Free!!
Glorious truth began once again breaking into the dark places, like the way the sunlight bursts through the trees. I came alive again. I had discovered the secret of beauty. You can’t go out and purchase it. You can’t cut calories, or kill yourself at the gym for it. It’s only found in Jesus.
It is daily sitting at His feet and looking into the perfect mirror of his word and (I like the new living translation of Romans 2) letting God “transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Transforming. Changing. Exchanging flesh for His spirit. Gathering truth so you can feed those hungry for it.
And this world is truly starving for the real thing.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…” 1 cor. 3:18 NASB
“Woman of God-You are Beautiful!”
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