I hope you had an amazing New Year’s celebration. This year I am seeing more people come up with words for the year, instead of New Year’s resolutions. What is your word for the year? Mine is Restore, although I think this is going to take much longer than a year to get through this lesson. LOL!
Okay, so I promised we would go over the 5 lessons God had shown me about His definition of beauty. Number 2 is our beauty is a reflection of His image. This is what I heard Him say 9 years ago when He answered me.
“So here I am asking God “Am I Beautiful?”, my ears are now open and I am ready to hear his answer. The first thing God showed me about my beauty, is that it is not tied to my outside appearance but to the image of God inside of me.
After many conversations with dream interpreters and mentors about this dream, and just sitting with God about what this dream meant and how I get it back. LOL!! God revealed his answer. He showed me that the beautiful version of myself in the reflection of that mirror was how both the heavenly father and Jesus saw me. I am flawless, holy, and complete perfection in their eyes. God helped me see that if I wanted to discover the beauty they see in me, I had to spend more time with them and learn how to see myself the way they see me. The heavenly Father designed me to magnify a beauty that was reflective of how he saw me. It was my life purpose to find the path to this version of myself and share it with the world.”
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In this new season as I reflect on what God showed me then and how I see it now, he revealed Genesis 1:27.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. “
Have you ever heard it said in marriage counseling, how a married couple mirrors each other. I want you to have this imagery in your mind before I show the next illustration. Keep it in your mind.
We are created in God’s likeness. Here is a cool insight I learned from the Song of Solomon. We are the bride and Christ is our Groom. Adam and Eve were the first bride and groom God created. Jesus is the second Adam, who came to redeem us back with the Heavenly Father.
Eve was made from Adam, so Adam and her were made of the same. Eve was made from the side of Adam, she had one of his ribs.
This marriage was a foreshadow of Christ and his Bride, we are made in His image, and what Christ is made of so are we. We are one with Him.
John 19:34 tells us…
“But one of the soldiers took a spear and pierced Jesus’ side, and blood and water gushed out. “
Jesus provided the justification and sanctification of his bride, from the water and blood released out of his side on the cross.
For me to achieve the beauty God revealed to me, I have to accept His invitation to eternal life, by letting Him show me what He did for me. I have to let go of what I was and “be” one with Him. I have to integrate with Him.
Ephesians 5:31 is also a foreshadowing of Christ and His Bride, Christ left His heavenly Father and become one with His Bride.
“For this reason, a man is to leave his father and his mother and lovingly hold to his wife, since the two have become joined as one flesh.”
When we take the holy elements in our church services it reminds us that we were designed to be fully integrated with Christ by ingesting his blood and his body. We are integrating to be one with Him.
53 Jesus replied to them, “Listen to this eternal truth: Unless you eat the body of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have eternal life. 54 Eternal life comes to the one who eats my body and drinks my blood, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my body is real food for your spirit and my blood is real drink. 56 The one who eats my body and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. 57 The Father of life sent me, and he is my life. In the same way, the one who feeds upon me, I will become his life.
Jesus’s blood and body is the Tree of Life, and it is given to His bride should she accept His proposal.
And so Jesus starts to unveil His definition of Restoration, stay tuned it gets even better….
Some questions to journal about this week.
How does God see my beauty?
When God looks at me what does He see?
Where are the disconnects? In what areas of my life do I not see myself the way he does? Root it down. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight.
My prayer for us this week is may we see ourselves the way Christ sees us. May the Holy Spirit direct us and reveal to us any areas in our hearts where we don’t see ourselves like He does. I pray for true integration with our Bridegroom King. I pray that any areas of separation will be removed so that we can draw closer to our King. Amen!
Until next week, may you rest in Him.