Release the Ashes…Take Hold of a Beautiful Future

and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. — Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)

ashesAre you allowing old wounds from your past to haunt you? Perhaps it steals your joy and ruins your mood for the day before you even realize what has happened. Perhaps some of the things you’ve endured were detrimental to your physical well being. Odds are, most of it probably involved negative words spoken to and over you.

Although the physical things that we’ve gone through in our past are painful, it doesn’t seem as intrusive as the deep emotional scars that were caused by hurtful words. For some of us, we’ve tried to burn those memories but were left with a heap of ashes. Unintentionally, many of us have invested in a beautiful urn and have put on our mantel for safe keeping.

If you are still holding on to the ashes from old wounds, it is time to take the urn to the foot of the cross. There is something so freeing about going through the motion of picturing yourself pouring out the ashes and watching it blow away in the wind as far as the east is from the west. Christ has demolished the power that the old wounds have on us…allow that truth to sink into the very core of your being and set you free.

Prayer

Lord, I realize that one of the schemes of the enemy is to keep me so wrapped up in the painful memories of my past, to the point that I am rendered ineffective. I surrender the ashes once and for all and am ready to take hold of the future You have mapped out for me. I am excited about reaching my full potential and glorifying you in the process.

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