The Lord wants to anoint you dear friend. This is the year, this is the day, this is the time. This is God’s promise to you…
Read this passage of scripture and change “me” to “you”.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendour.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
God wants to:
- comfort all (you) who mourn
- and provide for those (you) who grieve in Zion
- bestow on them (you) a crown of beauty instead of ashes
- the oil of joy (on you) instead of mourning
- a garment of praise (on you) instead of a spirit of despair
- an oak of righteousness planted by God to be on display for His splendour.
It’s time for God’s people to get on the offensive and play a role in advancing the Kingdom of God. The Lord wants to give you His favor in order to do this. You see, favor is not designed simply for “self”. God wants to bless you so that you will be a blessing.
“Then the King will say to those on His right. Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Take your inheritance… for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we do all of these things to you and for you? Then the King replies, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40)
Proverbs 11:25 tells us, “a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” My friend, if you want to walk in the favor of God, bless others first.
“Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
God loves you with an everlasting love. His grace has saved you through faith, His blessings are for everyone, but His favor is something else. God wants to plant you as an oak of righteousness to be displayed for His splendour. He wants to show you off (Isaiah 61), to comfort you, to provide for you and to replace the ashes in your life with a crown of beauty.
He wants to take away your sorrow, hurt and mourning and instead pour on you the oil of joy. God wants to take away your despair and instead put on you a garment of praise. This is the year my friend, this is the day, this is the time to receive the favor of the Lord.
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