"To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of JOY for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness." ~ Isaiah 61:3
After coming to Jesus at the age of 15 this was one of the very first scriptures that I believe the Holy Spirit led me to.
'Beauty for Ashes' ~ He taught me that real beauty comes from within. Jesus took my ashes, shame and guilt and in place filled me His beauty.
'The oil of Joy for mourning' ~ The first time I was touched with His oil of joy, I laughed and cried for 2 hours straight. That oil was and still remains to be a healing balm to my soul.
'The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness' ~ The Lord showed me early the gift of the garment of praise. The garment is always there, I just have to put in on, no matter what the circumstances. This garment is truly what carries me through the valleys and when I am broken.
I love the thought that we can be 'trees of righteousness'.
Sometimes I feel so feeble, I say things that I shouldn't, I can be quick to anger, argumentative and selfish in my thoughts at times. Then I get annoyed that I got so easily entangled in sin.
This is how I felt this morning!
Even after repenting before my God, I still feel a little broken and guilty, then the Lord leads me to this beautiful post and once again He gives me beauty for ashes and joy for mourning and I just sensed His mercy and forgiveness.
I don't about you, but I need the Lord.
He is my strength and shield,
My healer and provider,
My counsellor and comforter.,
He is my all in all!