THE ART OF BEAUTY IS A SPIRITUAL MINISTRY!

 

 

 

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IN THE SPIRIT OF SPRING.

CONCLUSION

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

THE ART OF BEAUTY IS A SPIRITUAL MINISTRY!

 

Ecclesiastics 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…

The art of beauty is a multi-billion industry today, and this is good and recommended to assist those who need this industry the most. But the fact remains, many who have patronized this important, lucrative industry are realizing that they are still very much unsatisfied and unfulfilled, and this is not because the beauticians are failing in their art of practice.

 

On the contrary, the beauty industry has greatly improved in the last few decades with the help of new discoveries and advanced technology in the field. So, why are people still not getting satisfied with the way they look? Well, simply put, beauty is primarily about how one feels on the inside, and not really how you look as much as that also is important. One can look very lovely and attractive to others, and still feel very dirty, dysfunctional, and disconnected from the reality of life, and this is the case with many, unfortunately.

 

Secondly, these wealthy, high-class individuals are hoping that beauticians will help them carry out a surgical adjustment only God, the creator of all things visible and invisible can carry out without a single surgery on a human face or their body as the case may be. The fact is, there’s no beauty studio, well equipped enough to reconfigure [beautify your inner life] you in a manner that will give the kind of self-confidence in the quality of presentation that you’re searching.

 

The way you often are a clear reflection or indication of how you feel or think on the inside. One’s feeling or want or need speaks to us of how we see life and respond. Often, when our soul is crying out for something, we need to firstly probe the source of such a need before we jump into a goose chase. If we refuse to examine the cause of a need, we may end of only responding to something we thought we desperately need only to realize that it’s not what we need.

 

When we are not confident in who we are and allow that identity to mature in a manner that becomes our emblem of recognition, we can easily be charmed and seduced by what we see in others to the point of wanting to become like them. The search for something or people to add beauty [self-confidence or approval] into our lives is a taboo. We only get to see and honestly appreciate the beauty of others and things around us to the degree of our inner, spiritual awareness and reconfiguration.

A person that is yet to be spiritually awakened cannot see nor value his or her own beauty, nor will such a person be able to offer beauty to others. Beautify is of the Lord, and everything God does and represent to us is a deep reflection of his eternal nature which is glorious. The scripture above relates beauty to the state of one’s eternity.

 

Beauty lies within your spirit; beauty is an integral part of your spiritual makeup, and when you allow yourself to be known and truly reborn by your creator, not only will your true beauty be restored to you, but you’ll also see others in their true state of beauty.

 

The first thing that happens to man in the garden after the fall was the loss of the sense of beauty. Adam tried everything to cover his lack of sense of beauty and insecurity, but unfortunately, he will need to repeat the process again and again. Beauty is far beyond how we see ourselves and life; beauty is a manifest, presence of God that gives us confidence, courage, and standing to be what he wants us to be.

Every plant and flower stand in their own order of class and beauty without trying to be something else. When you look at the plants and flowers in the fields what do you see and how do you see yourself through the unspoken messages they declare?

Life is a mystery arranged in beauty, but you’ll have to look beyond face value to see the inner beauty of God in everything within and around you. I continually stand in amazement how God has hidden the most valuable treasure in common things to be picked and discarded like a flower.

The other day I was looking at the arrangements, structure, color, and character nature of each flower I’ve been able to snap in the picture. Could it be that we are today missing something critical message heaven is speaking to us in regard to our restoration just for the fact that they seem to be hidden in some so-called mundane places or things? There’s a fundamental question we need to ask ourselves in this season where presentation and look have almost shortchanged the essence of life and its values.

 

This is a day of beauty, but this beauty is not going to happen because of your facial look, or physical construct and expression; this beauty is going to be manifest through the inherent, character values of regeneration of our spiritual state before the Lord and creation.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF SPRING

 

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The mystery of beauty.
Spring is a reflection of the glorious beauty of Christ to creation.

God gave us beauty to express his glory and majesty.
One of the characters of God is beauty; beauty is a deep reflection of the Father’s creativity. Very few today appreciate nor understand the purpose of beauty, and due to this ignorance, the enemy has sought to pervert the beauty of God in and around us.

When we read and familiarize ourselves with the account of creation in Genesis, we begin to get the sense the Father’s eternal intention, which I believe is to express his glorious beauty, power, and majesty across the earth. The’s no way we can begin to talk about God without mentioning his beauty, majesty, and glory.

The beauty of God is still relevant teaching we should pay more close attention to even as we are invited to step into a new spiritual epoch. We can choose to shift our focus from the present darkness and begin to pay more close attention to the dawn of the new season, emerging out of the shadow of yesterday.

I believe that within the present challenges of darkness eclipsing the earth that there’s a dawning of a new day; a day where the light of God is becoming even brighter than when we first began.

The choice to choose to see beauty in ashes is a wonderful training we must endeavor to go through, so has to become a testimony of heaven’s brilliance in time where people find it difficult to see nor appreciate the investment of God’s treasure in earthen vessels.

I love to take pictures, and I’ve been able to use my camera to capture the most beautiful images out of the worst condition or situation around. Creating images out the chaotic, life, realities is something I cherish and love as a follower of Christ. it was not always like this. I have had my own share of seasons of pain, frustrations, disappointment, fear, discouragement and even the sense of giving up.

The Father was gracious to me to have given me another chance to see life through his eyes. Indeed, until we learn to see and understand ourselves and life itself through the eyes of the Father, we will never see anything beautiful about our lives.

It takes a person that has been invited to the hill of the Lord to see things and people from an elevated point. when the Lord brought me to have a glimmer of life from an ascended point, it changed my self-perception, and the way I generally see other and things.

Sprint is upon us again; what do you to see? Are you going to fix your eyes and attention on just the troubles, needs, pains, disappointments and failures around you? Or are you going left your eyes and behold the blooming of beautiful flowers springing up all around you?

Many of the flowers grow in the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The pain and challenges of our environment do not stop the flowers from blooming when their season arrives. this is a lesson we should learn as we see spring dawns upon us again.

Are you going to allow your fear and worry to rob of the beautiful things the Father desire to reveal to you in this season. There’s more to those beautiful butterflies and flowers blooming; there’s a spiritual message the Father is conveying to you, and you don’t want to miss his voice in this season of [spiritual] spring.

Within the chaotic challenges of life, beauty is all around us. The appreciation of beauty starts with the configuration of our self-perception. When we cannot recognize our own inner self-beauty, it will be hard press to value and appreciate the beauty of others or what is around us.

When the rainbow appears in the sky, it does not remove the reality of the needs, pains, and the complex challenges around us, but it sure does reminds us of the eternal, promised covenant of God to creation.

I live in an environment of two contrast, and I am sure that is this is the story of almost everyone living in one community or the other South Africa. You can be living in some worth define, expensive, beautiful estate when the bridge across your estate or complex is a total reflection a sharp contrast.

A contrast that highlight by the facts of marginalization, poverty, inequality, the lack of essential socioeconomic opportunities and so on. , To, therefore, define your status by where you live is some worth blind and inaccurate at least here in South Africa.

The legacy of Apartheid housing layout is still very much visible in the so-called post-Apartheid political state. I brought out this point to say that living in South Africa, particularly as believers, requires that we keenly understand the true definition of beauty and how to appreciate even in the midst of struggle. But to merely fix our eyes and attention on the darkness of our history is to rob ourselves in the ongoing transformation of a new nation emerging in beauty and glory.

Beauty is not measured nor determined by class, race, gender or wealth. The grace of Beauty is a character that is reflective in the value of self-awareness and self-worth, entrenched in the identity of every human, especially those who have discovered the unconditional, eternal love Christ for them.

It takes a person who appreciates the investment of God in his or her life to see the worth and value of God in others, and therefore, perceive their beauty and appreciates it as they grow and bloom for God and creation.

Beauty is an internal and eternal design of our unique identity and ability, or maybe, our disabilities as the case may be, this means that when we’re able to discern each other’s essence precisely, we can then begin to appreciate each one’s potential and contribution to life.

No one is an accident; we are all born and located where we are for a reason, that should positively impact and transform someone else life.

I try to see and appreciate beauty in everything around me. 90% of my picture are taking in places people will hardly ascribe as beautiful. I’ve been able to see grace, elegance, and beauty through the eyes of God because everything he created was designed excellent and beautiful.

 

The challenge many are faced with today, especially here in South Africa is that we’ve stopped seeing the inner beauty in ourselves and around us. We’ve become more fixative on others definition and description of beauty either through the social media or amongst other social groups and friends to the point of rejecting God’s eternal definition of who we are and what we represent on his behalf. We are a nation of beautiful people and landscapes, but we’ve allowed darkness to almost cover these beauty.

 

It’s like the more we absorb the identity others regarding who we are as a nation, the more we lose our moral values and identity.  The lack of seeing and appreciating our self-beauty has led us to become something terrible to each other to the point of manifesting the spirit of Cain-the spirit that kills his own brother.

 

When what is designed beautiful becomes altered by insecure dysfunctionality and corrupt Imagination, when have then directly, or indirectly turned the image of God into an idol of human craft that will eventually bring sorrow and pain to the heart. To design or craft an image that expresses the beautiful values of God for creation is to extend the glory of God within such fields of existence.

 

Beauty is a mystery that can only be correctly defined and understood the way God sees his creation in the beginning…after he created man, and he said, it was very good. Goodness and beauty are synonymous to the awakening of light of God within a heart that is once darkened by corruption. Beauty is the act of perfection in creation; it is not the expression of adornment.

 

Why do today’s Christians, mainly ladies use the term sexy to refer to a beautiful person or image? It’s important we note that sexy and beautiful are two different words that mean two completely different things. Please take note, when human minds and imagination begins to get transformed, they will start to enjoy the art of pure beauty.

 

Capturing the image of pure beauty through lens view of the transformed mind, passing through eye gate, expressed through the art of (sound) words, writings, or even paintings and photography is one of the glorious mysteries of the redeemed spirit that is called prophetic.

 

The prophetic is a reflection, and also an expression of the beautiful heart of the heart revealed through various arts and acts. Beauty is not just about what you see; it is about how you understand the value of what you see.

There’s beauty in sight
There’s beauty in sound
There’s beauty in words
There’s beauty in silence

Entering the art of appreciating beauty is first to learn to unlearn the perversion the soul has accumulated as the image beauty. Admiration is a beautiful thing when the soul is free of the wrong definition accumulated by false impression. Inspiration is wonderful when the mind has yielded to the creative life source of the Spirit. To think you can be inspired to create anything outside the life of God is to believe that a fish can survive living outside water.

 

Not acknowledging the giver of a thing doesn’t make the person less the giver of such a thing. Your acknowledgment of the presence of God in your life only creates more magnificent room for him to do much more you can ever imagine or think. Not recognizing and appreciating does not erode the fact that thing you have belongs to him. Beauty is of the Lord. All good and perfect gifts come from him.

I am an art student; this implies that every aspect of my life is by default drown to the creative life and nature of God…even science is an art of beauty in the sight of the creator. What he imagines, he creates, though we may not see it, the Lord is forever creating new things, yet, ancient in his eternity.

Do you know that the beauty of eternity is both past and future? There’s nothing new under the sun than to appreciate through the lens view of the Spirit what has been brought your path through providence.

enjoy the Sprint of your spiritual season…

CHRIST, OUR NATURAL HABITAT

 

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CHRIST, OUR NATURAL HABITAT

Allow me to bother you again with one of the life-messages of wisdom. Many Christians today have become so naturally accustomed to specific and essential, practices to the extent that we have almost forgotten the transforming-life lesson we should be learning from them.

Yesterday evening my wife brought these plants home, and she immediately got a cup with water inside and dropped the plants in it. I didn’t give much attention to it except for the fact that she said one of the plants is a pine tree.

 

This morning while I was making myself a cup of tea, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the cup and asked me, what do you see? I immediately cut the reason for the question; if the plants are not secure in the appropriate environment, they will eventually die in the next few hours or days depending on their longevity.

The right habitat of the plants does not only secure their existence but also their potential in growing and fulfilling their ordained purpose for life.

What a profound truth that we daily take for granted. Living daily in the environment that sustains who we are made to be is an ever-fresh revelation we should always cherish if we must remain relevant in life.

We’ve been placed in an environment that sustains everything we are, and should represent as humans made in the likeness of God. A life lived in the consciousness of the abiding presence of God is one that receives provision for life and godliness according to brother Peter.

Let me remind us that we do not have any excuse whatsoever not to remain in our natural habitat as followers of Christ, and for those who are none-Christians, nature speaks to us of who we are, and how we ought to be sustained in life even without a preacher.

This is the reason the book of Romans declares that as humans, we have no excuse for not living our lives according to the ethics code of God.

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Why is it easy to see the repercussion of not transplanting a plant in their right habitat of water supply, yet, it seems so difficult to accept our own inherent sustained environment within the stream of living water?

While these plants do not have the will of their own to jump out of the water, and if they can, they will eventually die. We, however, see the will of these plants bound to the eternal objective of what they’ve been ordained for in their service to the use of man and the rest of creation.

Man, as the most superior of all Gods creation has been given a will because the one who created him has a will. However, we have not truly fathomed, understand, nor appreciate why we’ve been given a will that should be continually surrendered to the one who gave it to us as part of our daily devotional service to him who created us for his own good pleasure.

We’ve assumed that because we have a sense of where we came from, at least as Christians, immediately translates to been secured within the environment of our sustainability which of course is a terrible lie.

Refusing to consciously yield ourselves in obedience to the will of God is like a fish out of the water, assuming it will survive. Friends, this is not just some natural law, but a spiritual one, that should be daily sustained and in practice if we desire peace and fulfillment.

If you ever assume that you can survive with your supposed advanced intelligence and secured financial muscle without you abiding continually in the presence of Christ who is the source of all things, is a lie and you will soon die if you don’t remain in your natural spiritual habitat in Christ.

I hope these few lines will stir and motivate your spirit mind to start abiding in Christ our eternal source.