by Lenny Ports

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From Prison to Beauty (2 of 4)
Series: Prison Break
Lenny Ports

Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 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."

What a beautiful exchange. Ashes represent that which remains after a fire burns something up. It represents that which we held onto has been burned down. It could be a business deal gone bad, it could be a person that misled you and you got burned in the relationship. The Bible says that everything is tried by fire and that which remains is of God and that which is of wood, hay, and stubble (temporary things) will burned up in the fire. God wants to replace the ashes of our devastating past with a whole new beauty that originates in the heart of a forgiven child of God.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
The fire in scripture represents that which tries. Ashes means worthlessness. Sometimes we go through the fire of our trials and we feel like we have nothing left. In other words, we are now completely worthless. All we have are these ashes, and they are worthless. The Ashes represent that which has been burned. What is burned up in ...

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