Isaiah 62:3 (ESV)
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem (a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty) in the hand of your God.
Reminiscing on my adolescent years, I recall a time when there was no Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. The constant swarm of likeable images touched up by a fancy filter did not exist. During this time in my life, I realized that I still had personal self-image issues even without the false perceptions that exist on social media. There were many times when I felt overweight even though I was active in sports. There was this constant longing to feel like I belonged. It took me many years to comprehend that God viewed me as royalty. As humans, we yearn to be validated and valued by others.
I was always hiding behind something (clothes, jewelry, etc); it was second nature for me to wear a fake smile plastered upon my face. I knew how to camouflage my life to make things look pretty and uniformed. I allowed the enemy to deceive me and place blinders over my eyes. He attempted to block me from seeing who God had called me to be; even before the foundation of the earth.
Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
The enemy uses different devices to deceive and cause confusion amongst daughters of the King. He finds open doors in our hearts to plant seeds of shame, guilt, rejection, and confusion; just to name a few. He wants you to believe that you are not good enough. But Jesus is more than enough for you and I. Experiencing the love of the Father, allowed me to arise from false labels and misconceptions. True beauty is discovered once we realize how the God of Truth sees us. The light of Jesus transforms brokenness and unrighteousness into a new life full of hope and healing. We must dismantle every lie the enemy is using to hinder us from walking in our God-given assignment. DO NOT allow the enemy to diminish and devalue your worth.
There once was a time when I would constantly try to hide from God. I could never fully comprehend HIS truths until he began to shine His light and love on my dark situations. It is imperative for us to reach a place in our lives where we allow the Lord to invade our personal space with no restraints. He already knows the condition of our broken hearts. Yet, he is waiting to captivate us with his love and grace. He desires for us to be whole and healed.
I recall being awakened from my sleep one early morning. As I stood in the mirror with tears streaming down my face, I could only ask the Lord what he wanted from me. After a sleepless night, I decided to surrender everything to the Lord. My personalized healing process from God began and He started to mold me into the woman I am today. As I sit here and ponder over my life’s journey, I cannot help but to think of God and all of his marvelous attributes. Not only is he our savior but he is a redeemer. He desires to resuscitate us with the life-giving breath of God. The wonderful thing about God is that he is never phased by our imperfections or shortcomings. He welcomes your issues, burdens, and brokenness. He constantly comes knocking at the door of our hearts because he desires to see his daughters made new.
1 Samuel 16:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1.The words royal diadem means: a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty. There are so many of us living beneath our God given identity (I am guilty). His word declares that “we shall be a crown of beauty”. Instead of seeing ourselves as royalty, oftentimes we dim ourselves down to rubbish. The season has come that we must began to adjust our crowns. God is looking for a generation of women who can walk in the authority and identity that God has given.
2. The word sovereignty means: supreme power and authority. God not only declared that we shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the lord. He also stated that we are a jeweled headband or crown that is symbolic of power and authority. God did not give us beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) to walk around hopeless, heavy, bitter and defeated. We can confidently wear our crown knowing that he has called us to be royalty laced with authority and power. We can overcome anything that the enemy throws at us, because we are being carried in the hands of the Lord. It is imperative that we submit to God in prayer and begin releasing everything that is hindering us from moving forward.
3. Lastly, one of the most beautiful illustrations of a crown is the one our Lord and savior Jesus Christ wore while nailed to the crossed. He wore the crown of thorns, so you and I could receive His resurrection power.
John 19:1-3 (NKJV)
So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.
He died so that we could be healed, set-free, delivered. He wore our shame, guilt, and shortcomings on that special day. We should rejoice in knowing that Jesus wore the crown so that we could wear a robe of righteousness.
If you have placed your crown on the shelf, I implore you to dust it off, straighten your back and place it back on your head. You are a representative of the Holy One. You are crowned with glory and grace. You do not have to settle for second best.
You are “Crowned in Beauty”