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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Aspire To Be All That God Created You To Be

I AM BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE GOD SAYS I AM!


Janis Smith

  

 

 "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs -
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ."

Romans 8:16-17b

 “But we all, with unveiled face,
beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18


I am beautiful because God says I am!  This powerful true statement says it all doesn’t it?  You are beautiful because God says you are. “PERIOD.” When you walk in that kind of word, there is nothing, no nothing that will change your mind or sway your thinking otherwise. You are Beautiful because GOD SAYS YOU ARE!

At times our thinking is turned upside down and inside out as the Holy Spirit continues to line up our thinking to the Thoughts of God. He wants us to see ourselves through His Eyes, Through His Perspective.“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5 God formed us and breathed life into our tiny little bodies.  He designed us to be beautiful reflections of Himself and from our reflection He would receive the Glory.

From the time we are born, the world and people around us begin to either encourage or destroy who we are and everything in between.  The one thing that is stable and sure is the WORD OF GOD.  The Bible is Truth spoken by Almighty God Who is the ALPHA AND OMEGA, The Beginning and The End.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Jesus said, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, no man comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

It is when we read His Word, Listen to His Voice, embrace and believe God is Who He says He is and we are who He says we are that we become who He says we are!  LISTENING, MEDITATING ON HIS WORD, EMBRACING AND BELIEVING ARE THE KEYS.

As born again believers we have a special privilege given by God Almighty. The Holy Spirit Illuminates His Word in a very personal way as we read it! Rhema Words suddenly pop up on the page as if they are highlighted…and they are…they are highlighted by the Holy Spirit. When you were a sinner through the reading of the Word and the Illumination of the Holy Spirit your sinful nature was revealed. This was what drew you to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It was at that moment the two of you began a living breathing relationship. It was at that very moment that the Word of God became ALIVE!  IT BECAME THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY! James 1:25 You were given a new perspective on life. Beginning your journey into His heart. Learning to “Live and Move and Have Your Being In Him.” Acts 17:28 At that precise moment, the Word of God became a mirror. Reflecting in your spirit the Words GOD SPOKE ABOUT YOU BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD. SO YOU COULD BECOME WHAT IT SAID! As HE IS, SO ARE WE because HIS DIVINE NATURE IS WITHIN US!

We no longer have to try to train the flesh because we cannot!  That flesh is dead and gone.  It no longer exists unless we go back and pull it out of the grave. We are a NEW CREATION CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS!!!!!  We are the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!  Because of this revelation of change, the DIVINE NATURE OF GOD is what HE SEES WHEN HE LOOKS AT US!!!!  We are SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES!  Let the “LAW” become your friend.  Look in it to see the reflection of who God sees you to be!  Simply Believe who God says you are!

Here are just a few of the reflective things God says about you! Decree them daily and allow the Holy Spirit to empower you to become who He says you are:

I am Loved with AN EVERLASTING LOVE

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”

Jeremiah 31:3

 

I am the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Do you not know that you are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

I Corinthians 3:16

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

who is in you, whom you have from God,

and you are not your own?”

I Corinthians 6:19

I have been given the Keys to the Kingdom to open doors to my future

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19

God has given me AUTHORITY AND DOMINION over the enemy

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true,
“He who has the key of David,
He who opens and no one shuts,
and shuts and no one opens”:
“I know your works.
See, I have set before you an open door,
and no one can shut it;
for you have a little strength, have kept My word,
and have not denied My name.” 
Revelation 3:6-8

I am SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS

But God, who is rich in mercy,
because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up together,
and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come
He might show the exceeding riches of His grace
in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2:4-7

 

I AM SUPERNATURAL

Then God said,
“Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness;
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
over the birds of the air, and over the cattle,
over all the earth
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:21

 

I am BLESSED

“Now it shall come to pass,
if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,
to observe carefully all His commandments
which I command you today,
that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
And all these blessings shall come upon you
and overtake you,
because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
 “Blessed shall you be in the city,
and blessed shall you be in the country.
 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body,
the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds,
the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
“Blessed shall you be when you come in,
and blessed shall you be when you go out.
 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you
to be defeated before your face;
they shall come out against you one way
and flee before you seven ways.
“The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses
and in all to which you set your hand,
and He will bless you in the land
which the LORD your God is giving you.
 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself,
just as He has sworn to you,
if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God
and walk in His ways. 
Then all peoples of the earth shall see
that you are called by the name of the LORD,
and they shall be afraid of you.
And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods,
in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock,
and in the produce of your ground,
in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
  The LORD will open to you His good treasure,
the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season,
and to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail;
you shall be above only, and not be beneath,
if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 
So you shall not turn aside from any of the words
which I command you this day,
to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”
Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ”
Ephesians 1:3

I am a Child and Joint Heir with THE KING

“But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right to become children of God,
to those who believe in His name”
John 1:12
“ Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God.”
I John 3:1

 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
these are sons of God.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption
by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God, and if children,
then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him,
that we may also be glorified together.”
Romans 8:16


I am a NEW CREATION CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

I am the HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL

"And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail;
you shall be above only, and not be beneath,
if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I command you today, and are careful to observe them."
Deuteronomy 28:13

I am BEAUTIFUL, WONDROUSLY MADE

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.”

Psalm 139:12-14


 

I AM COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS

“Therefore, brethren,
having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way which He consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is, His flesh,
and having a High Priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Hebrews 10:19-22

I Am THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”
And let him who hears say, “Come!”
And let him who thirsts come.
Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
Revelation 22:17

I Am HIS BELOVED AND HE IS MINE

“But you are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people,
that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light;”
I Peter 2:9

I can DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

I Am SET FREE

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
John 8:36

I Am a PRIEST AND KING

"John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you
And peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come,
And from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,
The firstborn from the dead,
And the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us,
And washed us from our sins in His own blood,
And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,
To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
Revelation 1:4-6

GOD CREATED ME WITH A PLAN AND A PURPOSE

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope. 
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14

 

GRANDMA’S MIRROR, A REFLECTION OF GOD’S BEAUTY

You and I know people who embrace these truths in their lives because they simply radiate.  My Grandma Money was one of those rare jewels. She knew that she was a reflection of God.  She embraced who God said she was. 

Her name; Beulah Crystal Water Money.

THERE IS POWER IN A NAME

There is powerful significance in a name. Looking at the Word of God, we often see the character of the person by their name.  Think about Esther meaning “Victorious”.  “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight.” Esther 2:17 Deborah meaning “New Era Of Leadership”.  “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17 Mary is the name meaning “Blessed” “And having come in, the angel said to her, “rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Luke 1:28 And what about Hannah, which means,“Compassionate”.  “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”
Psalm 145:8
God even changed the names of some of the people in the Bible because their life was about to dramatically change. For instance let’s look at the life of Sarai.   Her name meant “woman of high rank” mostly because of her husband Abram’s position. God changed her name to Sarah, which meant “beloved”. “All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.” Psalm 45:13. Because of who God saw her to be He changed it to Sarah.  God was about to do something colossal in her life. Her name was to line up with His Word.

Your name is equally important. The Bible says that your tongue is a weapon bringing forth life and death.   When your name is mentioned it not only speaks life into you but life into the atmosphere.  It affirms who you are.

GOD IS !

God has many names, too many to mention but it is well worth looking them up and embracing WHO GOD IS! I recommend that you take time to soak in and declare His Names.  They will change your life as you draw closer to Him and His Character through His Names and apply them to your life.  (John Paul Jackson has a powerful soaking CD and Book, 365 NAMES OF GOD. You may visit his link @ www.streamsministries.com


GRANDMA’S MIRROR,
A REFLECTION OF GOD’S BEAUTY…CONTINUED

Her name, Beulah Crystal Water Money was a reflection of who God made her to be.  Beulah is a Hebrew name meaning, “marriage”.  It was used in the Old Testament referring to the land of Israel.  You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.” Isaiah 62:4 Remember the beautiful song “Beulah Land” sung by Squire Parsons in 1979 and how it touched our lives as we longed for Heaven.  Crystal is a Latin word in origin and means “Sparkling” and “Pure”.  “Do not let anyone treat you as if your are unimportant because you are young.  Instead, be and example to the believers with…your pure life.” I Timothy 4:12.  Water is an essential element of life.  “Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:10   “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38. Money speaks of provision, wealth and blessing.

Grandma was a reflection of her name and who God created her to be.  She loved her beloved Jesus with her whole heart reflecting His Glory.  Her face was sparkling and pure reflecting her beautiful inner being.  She poured from out of her heart living water. She loved her husband, children and grandchildren. Grandma Money simply loved people and dearly loved children.  On occasion, my cousin Kim and I would spend the night in the “big house on the hill” with our Grandparents. In the afternoons, we would have the great privilege of sitting in the back yard, sipping lemonade, surrounded by neighborhood children.  Grandma taught backyard Bible Schools during the day and poured into them, “and us” the love of Jesus.

It makes me smile when I go back in time and remember walking up Grandma’s steep concrete stairway, lined with white hydrangeas. (And sometimes a periwinkle blue depending on the acidity)  As a little child I did not know they had such a fancy name and simply called them “SNOW BALLS”. Taking each step anticipating a big greeting.  Carefully opening the door and stepping up onto the screened in porch I knew Grandma would hear me. Grandma would hear my footsteps, swing wide her door of love and kiss my face repeatedly.  She would tenderly pinch my cheeks and take a good look into my heart.  Always leaving behind prints of her lipstick and fingerprints of her love.   Then, Grandma would take me into her arms and hug me until I was smothered and covered not leaving any room for doubt.

Grandma had a special way of letting me know over and over that she loved me.  Sometimes she would simply glance around the corner or across the room past a sea of adults, catch my eye and give me a double wink…one eye at a time.  I can feel her love even now as I write this precious memory for you my friend.

THE INDELIBLE MARK OF LOVE

Grandma left an indelible mark upon my life that is worth more than silver or gold.  She gave me the greatest gift of all, love. Dear friend, Grandma was able to lavish her love upon me in this remarkable way because SHE KNEW GOD LOVED HER, ACCEPTING THE WOMAN GOD MADE HER TO BE AND WALKING IN IT!  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” I Corinthians 13:1-8

Grandma was a beautiful lady, jolly like we think of Santa Clause.  Her cheeks were rosy, her smile always drawn, she laughed a lot and her tummy did shake like a bowl full of jelly.  She was full of the Holy Spirit and out of it flowed rivers of LIVING WATER!

Grandma lived into her nineties.  In her latter years, she lived in a nursing home here in Chattanooga.  I had the great privilege of spending precious and wonderful days with her.  Although her body had changed and was no longer able to function as it once did…I could always count on a wink, a kiss, a pinch and a hug. Leaving the indelible marks of her love and life all over again.  At times, Grandma slept quite a bit and did not really know what was going on in this world. However, she never lost who she was inside.   Sitting by her bedside, reaching into her drawer I would always take out her pink long handled mirror. It always triggered a special time of reflection and joy for both of us.

You see she had looked into that mirror for many years.  I remember as a little girl walking into her room looking across the bed and seeing her mirror on her tall dresser. I would stand on my tiptoes and pick up the silver long handled mirror. It was sitting on a little oval silver tray along with her perfumes. Sometimes I would spray a little of her fragrance on my tiny little wrist and neck and look into the mirror like Grandma did.  I would look into that mirror with a pure little heart and smile, seeing the reflection of who God made me.   Grandma among others showed me how to love myself like God loved me.

In latter years…when Grandma was in the Nursing Home, I would pull out the now pink plastic mirror placing it in front of Grandma’s beautiful face. She would always take her precious worn and weary little hand out from the warm blanket, smile and double wink at me. Taking hold of the mirror and positioning it just right it, she would wink and  smile at her self and say, “BEAUTIFUL BEULAH”.   It made her feel alive! She was proud of who God made her.  Her voice rings within my heart even now.  She is “BEAUTIFUL BEULAH” the reflection of who her GOD SAYS SHE IS and who I know her to be.

BE FILLED WITH GOD AND ENJOY THE OIL OF GLADNESS AND JOY

Precious woman of God, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.Psalm 46:3-5
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isaiah 55:1

Just as my Grandmother tapped into the living water of life, Holy Spirit invites you to come to the waters and drink! "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1 There is an oil of gladness and joy when we come to the River of God and Drink. When we drink of Who He is and rest in who He made us to be,  He is then able to freely renew our strength in the river of joy. "...Do not sorrow, for the joyu of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10.  Come to the WATER and DRINK of HIS LOVE FOR YOU TODAY.  You too are the reflection of who God says You are!You are loved with an EVERLASTING LOVE!  "Nothing can separate you from the love of God.  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor epth, nor any other created thin, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39  You are greatly loved!  Tap into the intimate love of Jesus and step into the beautiful woman of God He has created you to be.  Look in the mirror and see your reflection as Jesus shines upon you today!  You are beautiful because GOD Says You Are!

 

 

PRAYER OF REFLECTION:

Dear Jesus,

There have been times in my life where I did not know the truth in Your Word.   I now realize and choose to believe and embrace the Truth of Your Everlasting Love for Me. You made me in Your image and I am a reflection of You.  You promised to give me a future and a hope and I choose to step into it.   No matter what others say about me, I know that You are the one Who created and fashioned me with great love, care and a plan and a purpose for good.

 Lord, remove any man made walls that have been built throughout my life keeping me from knowing You, Your love for me and who I am in You.   I repent for the times when I allowed people to speak death into my life, believing their negative lies. By the authority of Your Name, I break the chains of unforgiveness and thoughts of unworthiness.  I forgive those who have hurt me.  I receive Your love in its place.  Today I choose to believe that Your Love toward me is patient and kind.  Your Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Your love for me will never fail because You love me unconditionally.

Beginning today I look in the mirror of Your Word and see what You say about me.  I will diligently seek You daily and step into who You Say that I am.  Fill the empty places in my heart that once held negative words with Your Holy Spirit.  Pour Your Anointing Oil over my wounds so that I may once again be healed and whole.  I choose to radiate Your love and light as I reflect Who You Are and Who I am in You.  Becoming who You created me to be, glorifying Your Name.

I ASPIRE TO BE WHO GOD CREATED ME TO BE!
IN YOU I LIVE AND HAVE MY BEING
IN JESUS NAME!


 

BLESSINGS, GRACE AND LOVE,

 

ASPIRE MINISTRIES
Ephesians 3:16-21

 
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