I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalms 139:14 KJV
I have come to understand and appreciate beauty as not being artificial or superficial. It is the glory of God that makes one beautiful and until we realise that, we will spend vast amounts of money and time trying to achieve a certain look but always fail as its only temporal. We see this in the celebrities who start off with natural God-given beauty but due to one reason or the other ruin their faces and bodies with plastic surgery because they just couldn’t attain that notion or standard of beauty they were seeking after in their heads. It’s all part of the deception of the enemy.
Most of the time, those with true and natural beauty are the ones who have forsaken the worlds misplaced standard of beauty and have decided to be themselves. They are void of all deceit and false perception of who they are and are quietly confident in who Yah created them to be. They don’t feel the need to “enhance” themselves with toxic and harmful products packaged in the name of makeup or follow the latest trend as they understand that the way God created them is enough. After all, they have been created in the image of God and Genesis 1:31 KJV states:
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth days.
Bible tells those of us women professing Christ should be of a quiet spirit and that our beauty shouldn’t be elaborate and like that of the world we live in. Apostle Peter admonished the godly women by saying concerning their appearance:
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
1 Peter 3:3-5 KJV
We see here that its what’s inside of our hearts that makes us beautiful not what is outside. For the things on the outside will fade away but what has been birthed within by the Spirit of God will last forever. My sisters in Christ, please let’s work on what’s in our hearts and not what is on the outside for all the outward things are like the flowers of the field and will fade away.
Self Love is not the acceptance of falsehood but acknowledging who we are flaws and all. In today’s world, the enemy of our souls has succeeded in deceiving women that without all the makeup, false hair and lashes, we are not beautiful enough and cannot be accepted by the world. It is the greatest lie ever bought by us and the time has come for us to resist the ploy of the enemy and renew our minds. I don’t know about you but I would rather be accepted by Christ than by the world. The Bible even tells us in Luke 6 v 26 that “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!”
How is it that men can go around with their natural look and be acceptable but when a woman decides to do the same, all will start questioning her wellbeing? Why are young girls overly sexualised at a young age but boys are left to grow without the added pressure of being sexy? Why is it that in order for a woman to be found attractive by the masses, she needs to be half-naked, her face contoured and sexy? Ladies, if anyone calls you sexy, please don’t take it as a compliment! It means you are projecting whorish and jezebelic signals and that the sexual demons of lust, fornication and perversion have a domain in you. What woman of God would want to be referred to in such a manner?
Over the past year, I have grown to the realisation that women have been kept in bondage all in the name of fashion and I believe the number one victims are us the black women. We have been brainwashed to believe that unless we project Caucasian or European features, we are ugly! What a lie from the pits of hell. This has caused many of us to go against the ordinances of God by buying harmful and cancerous products to bleach our God-given skin colour so that we would be considered beautiful. We not only stop there but plaster on deadly chemicals on our porous scalp and hair all in the name of relaxing our hair to make it manageable. In today’s society, if you are not wearing the hair of another human on your head then you are perceived as being in the dark ages. Normal human beings now neglect their own God-given hair and glory by attaching hairs sacrificed to demons on their head. Do we even know the spirits attached to those whose hair we are using to cover our glory? No wonder many of us are being molested by demons and robbed of our God-ordained destinies all because we despise the handwork of God! We have slept and been blind for far too long and the time has come for the alarm to be sounded! Black woman! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! You have the same skin and hair as the Messiah Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many glasses of water.
Revelation 1 v 14-15 KJV
How do you think He feels when He sees us rejecting ourselves and Him the way we do? Have we ever sat down to consider how our ancestors kept their hair manageable without all these demonic inventions? Can the Ethiopian change her skin and can the leopard change its spots? Yet this generation is hell-bent on defying its maker. The below scripture adequately describes what we have become in this day and age.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Romans 1:22-24 KJV
As the scripture on the heading states, we are fearfully and wonderfully made yet we choose to throw dirt in the face of our maker by despising how he created us. We quote these scriptures adding salt to injury to God because if we truly believed what we have been saying, we would be more than comfortable walking around bare-faced and with our natural hairs paraded about.
Can the clay tell the potter that he has not created it well? We do this to God whenever we change our appearance into what God did not make us be.
Woe to this generation! We seek after superficial and temporal things but neglect our souls and eternal things.
What account are you and I going to give our maker at the end of the ages? What excuses are we going to give? We can’t blame the fashion and makeup industries, the celebrities or satan because God has placed life and death before us and has given us the freedom to choose though he encouraged us to choose life. If the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had no excuse, then neither do we!
A few years back I decided to go natural and transitioned with braids and wigs. When I had grown my hair to a reasonable length I decided it was time for me to wear it outside my house. I recall staring at myself in the mirror with anxiety because I was not sure what others perception of me would be. Thoughts of “what if am not desirable to men because I had my natural kinky hair out? Who is going to find me attractive?” I stood in the mirror consciously noting I was getting late for work so summoned up the courage and left my house. That day, the paranoia I felt was above the rector scale! But what I found was that all the negative ideas were my insecurities as most people were coming to me complimenting me on my hair and beauty. I stood out from the crowd and had men of a certain degree approaching me. You see, this little anecdote is for us to see that we are more beautiful as unique individuals than blending into the crowd. God has made us all different and in His image and as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. How boring is it for all of us to look the same, dress the same and act the same? To me personally, its a sign of insecurity if I am not loving myself enough to be who God created me to be…
So my sisters out there, let’s embrace our natural beauty and let the glory of God beautify us from within. If your beauty is man-made and shop-bought, then you can’t attribute it to the grace of God and His glory. He said
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isaiah 42:8 KJV
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