Once upon a time, I thought only Disney’s Princesses where beautiful. As a child, I always wished I looked like Pocahontas. She was everything I wanted to be. She was beautiful, strong, independent, noble, and adventurous.
I finally grew out of that, and in my teens wished I looked like a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. Thank the Lord that phase ended quickly! I’ve always viewed beauty from the outside. I wanted to look and act like someone else, because I always felt I didn’t measure up to the world’s standard of beauty. Probably because, I was never intended to!
There are times I still struggle with my outward appearance, self worth, and a fear of rejection. Sometimes I would feel as though God missed me as he was handing out beauty and talents. I see my idea of beauty was inaccurate, and contradicted the Word of God.
Every obedient child of God is beautiful, and has specific unique talents for the use of furthering the kingdom. We are to recognize our God given abilities, letting God strengthen them for his use in whatever area he chooses. One may have anointed singing, while another organizes every church event and fundraiser. Another may be a wonderful Sunday school teacher, while one is good at handling the church finances. God wants balance and order. Which explains why every person has different strengths and weaknesses.
When He formed each person, and uniquely handpicked all our attributes. He picked how our personality, face, eyes, body, and skin color would be. He picked a specific finger print for each individual which lets me know we are truly a master piece of the great artist.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalms 139:13 ESV)
“Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” (Psalm 119:73 AMPC)
After receiving the Holy Ghost I struggled as a young apostolic lady to view myself the way God does, and I felt so naked with all of my imperfections exposed by not wearing makeup anymore. For so long I had hide behind a fake stature of beauty believing the lies of the enemy that tried to convince me I wasn’t beautiful being Holy and set apart.
Lucifur lost his anointing and beauty, and the glory of God ripped away from him. He was once light, but now lurks in darkness. He hides behind the ancient idols of this world, vanity begin one of them just trying to destroy God’s creative image. The thing which I call, ” true beauty,” and trying to confuse it with his evil devices.
Sis. Ruth Rieder discusses this topic in her book called, ” Reflecting The Glory,” a book I encourage every lady to read. She uses two quotes in her book: One by Puritan Thomas Tuke which states, ” A painted face is a false face, a true falsehood, not a true face.” The second, by poet John Donne phrased, women who paint unsurped the divine order, taking ” The pencil out of God’s hand.”
I don’t know about you, but I never want to take the pencil out of the Master’s hand again by trying to create a fake version of God’s original. It’s difficult at times, but not impossible to love ourselves just how God created us because He knew what He was doing. Especially when it comes to our size and weight ladies! I know that’s a huge issue for most, and boy does the enemy loves to feed off our insecurities. Don’t let him, and own the body God gave you, and live a happy healthy life. With means a healthy spirit as well as remaining healthy physically. There’s nothing more attractive than a women who is confident in herself! If we as Holy ladies could only grasp the hard truth that we posses power over these negative voices when the enemy speaks his lies, pointing out all our imperfections we can begin quoting to him this verse:
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14 KJV)
The greatest lie the enemy ever told was to Eve in the garden trying to convince her God had made man imperfect and lacking. Through study I came to the conclusion that inner beauty is far more important to the Lord than outward beauty. For when you are filled inwardly with the glory of the Lord, it reflects outwardly for all to see. By praying in the Holy Ghost sweet lady you are infilled with a bright light, and It’s in that moment, you are absolutely stunning to the Lord your God!
My view of true beauty has changed drastically as women I thought was beautiful, now look like painted dead skeletons dying from the inside/out due to sin, which is very sad. While I look at Godly, holy, women as someone to be put on a pedastool because they’re women totally submitted to God. Ladies willing to cut out anything that is displeasing to their Father, and women who actually look and act like ladies. Honestly, we would be surprised how many men admirer a real lady.
Sadly, I know many “so called ladies” who dress the part. Yet, they still don’t act according, and their attitude is as rotten as five week old bananas. Ladies, we must be pure on the inside just as much on the out, or we’re still lost to sin. That means protecting our spirits from the things which want to plant poison, bitterness, gossip, hate, jealousy, envy, etc.
Our hearts is where true beauty lies, and God sees the heart while man sees the outward. We should be a visible manifestation of an invisible God to a very messed up world who needs him. We are the church ladies! We’re the church in the grocery store, at the mall, restaurants, and on our mission fields!
We as Apostolic ladies have unprecedented power through God when we pray with our heads covered and our bare faces we shake heavens doors. Strong holds and yokes are destroyed when we begin to speak, and we are important to the church and our families. Which is why Satan attacks our true God- given beauty.
While our opinions are strongly influenced by one’s address, occupation, and social role, God never determines beauty by social rank or life circumstances. He is seeking for a heart that truly loves him, and is willing to die out to self. A true worshipper!
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV)
An old saying says, ” That beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” We find in scripture what kind of women is beautiful to God.
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Peter 3:3-4 KJV)
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” (1 Timothy 2:9 KJV)
Let’s embrace our true beauty. Not try in any way to blend in with a world, we was created to stand out in. We are his chosen, because we was called out of darkness and sin. We can worship with liberty because we was set free so let’s not deny the power! We don’t live in Egypt anymore, we’ve crossed the Red Sea so it’s time to shake off everything thats hindered us thus far. No more oppression, or depression! May we praise the God who brought us out of bondage! Love you all! God bless!
“I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”’” (Exodus 3:17 NLT)