You Are BeautifulJune 29, 2022
You Are Beautiful — Fashioned by God
“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding.” (Psalm 119.73)
You don’t believe that your Heavenly Father has made you. Therein lies the reason you cannot accept yourself — the cause of self distortion and grief. Give me understanding. It may as well say give me a new lens by which to see.
A camera body is an instrument that receives light onto a sensor that records images. Lenses determine the characteristics of how the image gets recorded. Eg. Wide-angle lenses distort facial features, even though the camera body is perfect. Whereas a portrait lens will accurately depict facial features, thus complement the face.
You are a perfect body because “All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.” A perfect God cannot create something imperfect, and when the creator saw everything He made; He said, It is very good! Accept or reject it. “God gives it a body as He pleases.” The only thing distorting your self-image is the perspective (lens) you put on.
Do you believe that you are very good and beautiful?
His hands fashioned you. Why argue your case?
Change your lens. “Put off your old self (distorted lens) and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self (portrait lens), created after the likeness of God.” (Eph 4.22)
“Enlargen the place of your tent (aperture).” Portrait lenses with larger apertures allow more light through, and they create gorgeous portraits! As soon as you attach the new lens (the new self), of how God sees you — new images will emerge that are beautiful, blossoming, and full of light.
“The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing.”
Off with the lens of polarity. “Let thine eye be single, and thy body shall be full of light.” A single eye only sees good, because it rejects the false claims and appearances of the world, and aligns itself with, “All things are of God” — recognizing that all is good, well and beautiful because the creator said so!
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Heed the rebuke of the humble hearted Christ, “Judge not by appearances.” Face it; we constantly judge a book by its cover, when we think we see beyond the true appearance of things. Only God sees the end from the beginning. Incapable of making sound judgements — tarnished by what we see around us, we’ve allowed false idols to fester inside.
Mind is like a memory card inside a camera, storing dark images of self-criticism, hate and ugliness. It’s time to delete them all, and start a new collection (mentality) of beautiful self-loving pictures!
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Stop paying attention to the pictures on billboards, graven images, but rather: “Give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.”
“The lamp of the body is the eye (lens). If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”
Jesus invites you to ‘Come & See’ how you truly look. The kingdom of God is the only place that you’ll discover your true reflection. The mirrors of this world are full of cracks!
“If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty (The Kingdoms mirror) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
You Are The Temple
“Ye are the temple/body of the living God” A focal point of expression in the God universe. As light passes through a prism lens — all the beautiful colours that were formerly invisible to the naked eye marvellously appear.
“Ye are the light of the world.”
You are an individual, radiant beam, of the All-God — not separate from the light but one with it. “In Him, all things consist.” Every ray of light from the sun is individual in its expression yet unified with the whole sun. You are an emanating light-ray — the likeness of God.
“From the rising of the sun to it’s going down. Out of Zion (Gods people), the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.”
In the darkened understanding of the old lens, you alienate yourself from the life of God, thus see yourself separate from Him. In reality, you are one. “What God has joined together, let not man separate.”
The invisible light (God) manifests through your body/temple prism. You’re the instrument, apparatus or medium that shows forth his likeness and glory more brilliantly than anything else. “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen.” Until you acknowledge this, you exchange the truth of God for the lie; inevitably, seeing yourself amiss.
“They looked to him, and their faces were radiant.”
Start right now. Identify yourself as a beautiful and majestic temple of the living God. And “God does not dwell in temples made with hands” which means — you are infinitely more beautiful than all the man-made temples you see upon the earth.
We Are His People
“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.”
Know ye not that he is God? And he hath made you? You haven’t a thing to do with it! It frees you from all comparisons, and launches you into the big ocean of God’s love, wherein you swim and bathe in self-acceptance! This simple, joyous realization will shatter the dark beliefs of self-hatred.
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thy hands have fashioned me.” God is your creator, and you live to express His beauty. It is wonderful!
“Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”