Isaiah 61:3 says this:
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Remember being transformed into the image of Christ is a process that takes place, God sees the heart of man….if we remember that as we cry out to God as we are growing in Him, as we are being transformed, He sees this even in our weakness.
There are there are 3 stages of victory in our lives.
1. Our sincere intention to obey God. This is the first step to spiritual victory OUR INTENTIONS ARE WHERE OUR VICTORY BEGINS. He rejoices in them. If you measure your life by your attainments it will result in condemnation.
2. Partial breakthrough yet with a continued struggle. We have regular victories yet we still war with our flesh.
3. Substantial breakthrough with transformed desires. Our desires are changed so that we rarely even struggle in a previous area of sin.
Words are easy to speak, it’s simple to say, I want…I have….victory over this in my life, but God sees the heart. When our heart is pure and for Him, in love with Him, transformation begins to take place and this is the heart that moves the very heart of God.
Jesus is the artist that has worked to beautify us!
God sees the struggles in my life and your life, he sees the lust, the jealousy, the anger, the…….he sees through all of this junk in our life and sees a heart of fire, desire, love and BEAUTY…..that moves HIM!!!!!! Moves Him.
This is a very good word for today my friend.