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Nick Holden | Porterville, Mississippi
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BLOG ON: SERMON Beauty For Ashes
Pastor Nick Holden
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Beauty for Ashes

The Revelation of Jesus Christ... is the unveiling of Jesus Christ, yes, a pulling back of the curtain to get a peak of what John had seen of Him who is, who was and who is to come, what He sees as it applies to the churches and what will soon take place.

God's personal message was given to Jesus to show [His servants] things that must shortly take place, Jesus then gave it to an angel, the angel gave it to John and he wrote down what he [heard and saw] with orders to send it to seven specific churches that what the Spirit revealed might be passed down to generation upon generation to come. It's a message for me and my brethren today.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty (over today, yesterday and forevermore)” (Revelation 1:8).


He had the first word over me, and He’ll have the last.

Who Cannot Lie (Titus 1:1-3)

1. God made a promise (the entire scope of eternal life in view of that promise)

2. God manages His own promise (on both sides of time and performed it in time)

3. God manifested that promise in time (that He made before time and managed through time to make good on His promise when time is no more)

4. God makes good on His promise now and forever.

God’s eternal salvation, in Christ Jesus:

It’s origin is eternal.

It’s oath is eternal.

It’s order is eternal.

It’s object is eternal.

It’s offering is eternal.

It’s objective is eternal.

It’s outcome is eternal.

It’s obligation is eternal.

It’s offense is eternal.

If ever saved, forever saved... for God’s salvation is revealed in time, but it is in no wise limited by time nor is it limited by men, who are limited to time. His saving grace is granted, guarded and guaranteed eternally. It rest on both sides of time... therefore, I can rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Glory!!! (2 Timothy 1:8-10 ; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21).

Think about it?

If He’s not the Almighty of “what was” for me, [my past]

He’s not the Almighty of “what is” ... for me, [my present]

He can’t be the Almighty of “what is to come” for me, [my plans on this earth and after I die].

If He’s not my Almighty He’s not my ANSWER and if He’s not my Almighty Answer who or what is? And what good will it do when I have to face the Almighty.

What’s the eternal results that are noticeable, in the here and now:

The beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness for sorrow and the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Think about it:

He was anointed to bring beauty from ashes... As Isaiah encourages us to look to Him: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me (Jesus); because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified" (Isaiah 61:1-3)”

C’mon... glory!!! Isaiah 61 reveals, all we had to offer and add to the equation is nothingness, lifelessness and despair (ashes and brokenness) that have been stripped of anything worth anything, something unrecognizable and depleted of the elements it was created for, and He turns it into a beautiful work of grace and glory, to display the wonders of His unfailing mercy and the very fruit of His nature, goodness and love. Glory

“I will turn your mourning to joy and comfort you. I will make you rejoice rather than sorrow. My people will be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 31)

You ever ask? What makes the believers different than the rest of the world? The ultimate answer is Jesus!

What MAKES the servants of God UNIQUE, the people of God DIFFERENT, the disciples of Christ Jesus SEPARATE, the believers DISTINCT from all others, the fishers of men STANDOUT in society and the worshippers of God UNLIKE any other people? The ultimate and unquestionable answer is Jesus! He makes the difference... but how does He make this difference?

Here are a few, very important and IRREPLACEABLE qualities, that stood out to me, in the conversation Moses had with God, that MAKES GRACED PEOPLE DIFFERENT.

1. His Presence (It's through/with Him.)

2. His Purpose (It's all about Him.)

3. His Promises (It's all from Him.)

4. His Principles (It's all for Him.)

5. His Praise (It's all to Him.)

6. Their Past (It's covered by His blood.)

7. Their Present (It's resting in His sufficient grace.)

8. Their Plans (It’s secure in Him, who cannot lie.)

(Exodus 33:12-23 ; Exodus 19:5-6 ; Romans 11:36 ; 12:1-2 ; 1 Peter 2:9-10 ; Titus 2:11-14)

Check out Pastor Nick’s corresponding audio message, “Beauty For Ashes” posted on February 4, 2019.

Thank you for your time,
Pastor Nick

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