The year of the LORD's favour...
Isaiah 61 v 1 - 3
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, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 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.
Dear reader, are you experiencing a time of uncertainty, doubt, anxiety or fear? Are you wondering what God's plan is for your life right now?
Jeremiah 29 v 1
I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.
I like the fact that although we don't know the plan; God does!
He says "I know..."
We need to exercise our faith and trust Him!
When we submit to His will and offer Him a sacrifice of praise, He gives us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, He gives us the oil of joy instead of mourning and He gives us a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
God can lift us out of despair and transform our attitude and outlook.
Matthew 9 v 28 - When the two blind men came to Jesus, He asked them "Do you believe that I can do this?"
Ask God to deliver you today from whatever is hindering the flow of joy and peace in your life and ministry.