June 24, 2012

Give Him Your Ashes


When we let God take our messes and turn them into miracles, the Father has the ability to use our mistakes for our good if we will only trust Him. 

Isaiah 61:3 says He will give us "beauty instead of ashes," but I find that many people want to hold on to their ashes, the cinders of the past, as reminders of their shortcomings and failures. I encourage you to let go of your ashes and reach for something new. 

Too many people live in the past, feeling like they'll never have another chance. Do you need a second chance? Ask God for a second chance or a third, fourth or fifth, whatever you need. God is full of mercy and long-suffering. His loving kindness never fails or comes to an end. The Bible says that He has removed your transgressions from you, so you don't have to hang on to them anymore. 

Jesus came to lift burdens, but you must be willing to let them go and believe He is greater than your mistakes. Give Him your ashes today. 

Isaiah 61:3 ~ and provide for those who grieve in Zion~to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 

Psalm 103:12 ~ as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 

Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional on YouVersion the Bible App

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