"to console those who mourn in Zion, 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, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
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Jesus wants you to trade in your Ashes for His Beauty
Isn't it beautiful that God says He can give you beauty for ashes? Don't you love that? I think we concentrate on the beauty and often times forget about the ashes.
But unless you give Jesus your ashes, you don't get the beauty. What are ashes? Ashes, I believe, are the wounded parts of our lives. We all have wounds; everybody has ashes. But there is a substitution plan here. There is a plan where you give Him your ashes. Where you give Him your pain, shame and rejection then He, in return, gives you His beauty.
We hold unto our ashes and wonder, Why doesn't my life change? Where is His beauty? Well, where are your ashes? You held on to them and He couldn't give you His beauty.
Jesus wants to beautify your life, but He is asking you for your ashes today.