Lovely in Dirt seeks to be an encouragement to you as you walk in the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Our anthem verse is Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
God is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. As we meditate on these things, we see his divine attributes embedded into his created order. We do not worship things, but we worship the God who puts his signature all over them.
As we comprehend things that are lovely, we can’t help but set our minds on Him. He is the author of everything lovely. Something is only beautiful because of Him.
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We believe that Jesus loves you. If you have given your life to him, his love is specific and unconditional. It never changes. Romans 8:38-39 says:
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We’ve seen too many believers wallowing in shame, unsure of their identity, unsure of God’s love, unsure of their salvation, and unsure of if God even “likes” them. They nod their heads at being clothed in Christ’s righteousness and then drag their feet miss-spouting, Isaiah 64:6, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.”
I have literally heard that verse preached to believers. When we look at the context of the whole chapter, Isaiah is petitioning God to turn his anger from Israel. In verse 7, Isaiah says that God has turned his face from Israel because of their sin.
This is not the case for believers! God never turns his face from us. We have full access to the Father through Jesus’s blood. More so, we are imputed with his righteousness. When God looks at us, he sees Christ and his work in us. Imputed is a fancy word that means Christ’s righteousness is transferred to our account. His victory is now our victory. His perfect fulfillment of the law is our fulfillment.
More so, we are imputed with his righteousness. When God looks at us, he sees Christ and his work in us. Imputed is a fancy word that means Christ’s righteousness is transferred to our account. His victory is now our victory. His perfect fulfillment of the law is our fulfillment.
Please don’t misunderstand: apart from Christ, we cannot please God. Scripture is clear on that. (Heb 11:6)
Salvation is by grace alone, faith alone, and in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9). That is the only way to please God. That is the only way to enter into his favor.
Here at Lovely in Dirt, we understand that life is messy, that we often miss the mark, that we have scars that Jesus is still healing. If you are in Christ, you are a new creation, and we understand that you are stuck in your old body.
We are pronounced justified at salvation, but the work of sanctification–becoming like Christ–continues until our glorified body upgrade.
Therefore, we believe that you are lovely in all your dust, in all your dirt, and in all your scars and baggage. You are Lovely in Dirt. The blood of Jesus washes you clean from the inside.
We hope you rest fully in the finished work of Christ on the Cross and in his resurrection.
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