Beauty for Ashes

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Isa 61:1 THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. AMP


Isa 61:1 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

2 God sent me to announce the year of his grace a celebration of God's destruction of our enemies and to comfort all who mourn,

3 To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them "Oaks of Righteousness" planted by God to display his glory. MSG

Mark 10:29 Jesus said, "Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land whatever because of me and the Message

30 will lose out. They'll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life!

31 This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first." MSG

Matt 19:30 This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first. MSG

1 Tim 2:15 Nevertheless [the sentence put upon women of pain in motherhood does not hinder their souls' salvation, and] they will be saved [eternally] if they continue in faith and love and holiness with self-control, [saved indeed] through the Childbearing or by the birth of the divine Child. AMP


1 Tim 2:15 On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this. MSG

Mark 6:38 But he was quite serious. "How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory." That didn't take long. "Five," they said, "plus two fish."

39-40 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass!

41 He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish.

42 They all ate their fill.

43 The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers.

44 More than five thousand were at the supper. MSG

Matt 16:9 Do you not yet discern (perceive and understand)? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many [small hand] baskets you gathered?

10 Nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many [large provision] baskets you took up?

11 How is it that you fail to understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But beware of the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

12 Then they discerned that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. AMP


Matt 16:9 Haven't you caught on yet? Don't you remember the five loaves of bread and the five thousand people, and how many baskets of fragments you picked up?

10 Or the seven loaves that fed four thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers you collected?

11 Haven't you realized yet that bread isn't the problem? The problem is yeast, Pharisee-Sadducee yeast."

12 Then they got it: that he wasn't concerned about eating, but teaching the Pharisee-Sadducee kind of teaching. MSG

Rom 8:28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. AMP


Rom 8:28 That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. MSG

Joel 2:25 And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.

26 And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame.

27 And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame. AMP

Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! AMP

Job 42:1 THEN JOB said to the Lord,

2 I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted. AMP

Job 42:5 I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You. AMP


Job 42:5 I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand from my own eyes and ears! MSG

Job 8:6 If you're as innocent and upright as you say, it's not too late he'll come running; he'll set everything right again, reestablish your fortunes. MSG

Job 42:10 After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune and then doubled it! MSG

Mark 4:25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],

26 And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,

27 And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases he knows not how.

28 The earth produces [acting] by itself first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

29 But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready. AMP


Mark 4:25 Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes." Never Without a Story

26 Then Jesus said, "God's kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man

27 who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows he has no idea how it happens.

28 The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain.

29 When the grain is fully formed, he reaps harvest time! MSG


Matt 25:22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, Master, you entrusted two talents to me; here I have gained two talents more.

23 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.

24 He who had received one talent also came forward, saying, Master, I knew you to be a harsh and hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you had not winnowed [the grain].

25 So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is your own.

26 But his master answered him, You wicked and lazy and idle servant! Did you indeed know that I reap where I have not sowed and gather [grain] where I have not winnowed?

27 Then you should have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what was my own with interest.

28 So take the talent away from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. AMP

Luke 21:2 And He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites (copper coins).

3 And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; AMP ↕↕↕

Luke 21:2 Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies.

3 He said, "The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. MSG

Mark 14:3 And while He was in Bethany, [a guest] in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining [at table], a woman came with an alabaster jar of ointment (perfume) of pure nard, very costly and precious; and she broke the jar and poured [the perfume] over His head.

4 But there were some who were moved with indignation and said to themselves, To what purpose was the ointment (perfume) thus wasted?

5 For it was possible to have sold this [perfume] for more than 300 denarii [a laboring man's wages for a year] and to have given [the money] to the poor. And they censured and reproved her.

6 But Jesus said, Let her alone; why are you troubling her? She has done a good and beautiful thing to Me [praiseworthy and noble].

7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you will not always have Me.

8 She has done what she could; she came beforehand to anoint My body for the burial.

9 And surely I tell you, wherever the good news (the Gospel) is proclaimed in the entire world, what she has done will be told in memory of her. AMP


Mark 14:3 Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper. While he was eating dinner, a woman came up carrying a bottle of very expensive perfume. Opening the bottle, she poured it on his head.

4 Some of the guests became furious among themselves. "That's criminal! A sheer waste!

5 This perfume could have been sold for well over a year's wages and handed out to the poor." They swelled up in anger, nearly bursting with indignation over her.

6 But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why are you giving her a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me.

7 You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives. Whenever you feel like it, you can do something for them. Not so with me.

8 She did what she could when she could she pre-anointed my body for burial.

9 And you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked about admiringly." MSG

2 Cor 9:10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. AMP ↕↕↕

2 Cor 9:10 This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, MSG

Gen 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies,

18 And in your Seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice. AMP

Luke 6:38 Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. AMP


Luke 6:38 Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity." MSG

2 Cor 8:1 WE WANT to tell you further, brethren, about the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which has been evident in the churches of Macedonia [arousing in them the desire to give alms];

2 For in the midst of an ordeal of severe tribulation, their abundance of joy and their depth of poverty [together] have overflowed in wealth of lavish generosity on their part. AMP

2 Cor 8:12 For if the [eager] readiness to give is there, then it is acceptable and welcomed in proportion to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. AMP

1 Sam 1:17 Then Eli said, Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him. AMP

1 Sam 1:20 Hannah became pregnant and in due time bore a son and named him Samuel [heard of God], Because, she said, I have asked him of the Lord.

21 And Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow.

22 But Hannah did not go, for she said to her husband, I will not go until the child is weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there as long as he lives. AMP

1 Sam 2:21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she bore three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. AMP

Isa 40:29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. AMP


Isa 40:29 He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. MSG

Heb 6:14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you. AMP VIDEO TURNED THE WATER INTO WINE

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