Beauty for Ashes

 

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Your heart is broken, but I will gently mend and make you even better than before. Call on the keys of My grace to be sufficient for you, as I create in you a masterpiece of great and priceless beauty.”

In order to bring forth the sweetness, there has to be some suffering. To bring about the beauty of the flame, something must go to ashes.

Blessings come from suffering -“beauty for ashes.” “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3) This is borne out so well in Hebrews 12, verse 11, which says: “Now no chastening seems joyful for the present, but painful: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

It’s like a giant hand taking a honeycomb and squeezing it and out comes the honey. Or it’s like when Moses smote the rock: The rock received a blow, but out came the water. (Exodus 17:1-7) The heart of stone has to be broken before the water [of God’s Spirit] can flow out to refresh the people. It’s like a beautiful flower that’s pressed and crushed, but out comes the perfume. Or like the beautiful music that comes from the throat of the bird, almost as though it’s in pain, yet it comes forth with song. Even though the bird’s song may be sad, it’s so sweet. The groans are not murmurs, but songs of praise and thanksgiving to God – a sad, sweet song! As the great poet Shelley once said, “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts!”

We could never appreciate the light unless we had once been in darkness. We couldn’t appreciate health unless we had been sick. We can’t appreciate joy until we’ve known sorrow. We can’t appreciate God’s mercy until we’ve known the Devil’s justice.

(Prayer:) Lord, help us not to fight Your crushing, Your bruising, Your smiting. Help us not to quench that beautiful song, even if it’s sad, to thank You in spite of the sorrow. Help us to be willing to be smitten and crushed under Your hand, to be squeezed and to be bruised, to be in agony of spirit, that we may give forth Your sweetness, Your fragrance, Your beauty, Your song, Your refreshing waters. Out of what seems like defeat, come some of Your greatest victories!

“[God] comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)

David Berg

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2 Responses to Beauty for Ashes

  1. Wow…Terry and Karen.. I’m not sure who you folks are.. but you are definitely being used by God. That prophetic word you just posted was definitely not posted by your own choice, the Holy Spirit definitely led you to post that prophetic word. I have been struggling in my faith lately, wondering why God can allow so much suffering. I guess we don’t always understand what God is doing, but this prophetic word you share definitely encourages me and is a confirmation of what the Lord showed me a while ago. This is one of those prophetic words that keeps me in the faith when I feel like giving up. God bless you folks and thanks for encouraging others.

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  2. Simple Truth says:

    “I don’t know what people need but I have a best friend who does, and I asked Him today what I should say (post) and this is what He said (gave me), so Praise the Lord for His wonderful words that never fail to deliver, He knows all our sorrows, heart cries and tears and He’s true to us forever, so how lucky are we to have a friend like Him that knows our every need, so let’s trust Him today in every way because He will not fail us, no – NOT EVER!” And I’m a lousy poet haha! So as you can no doubt see, there is nothing special about me/us and if anything good at all comes from this little blog then all the more Glory to Him because we’re just a couple of fools! I’ve been struggling a bit lately also so it cheers me to know that I’ve cheered you and that’s what we should all do, cheer each other on! So stay strong and keep on trusting because you have a best friend too and He will never ever let you down! Lots of love Karen

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