I am posting an article of encouragment by my beautiful aunt who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is the Pastor of HighTime Evangelistic Center! Pastor Miriam is a mother of three and married to Pastor Bennie Mcfarland. Enjoy this awesome word and recieve it in this new year!
Isaiah 61 (NLT) Good News for the Oppressed
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.
What an encouraging scripture for those who are poor, brokenhearted, bound, in prison or mourning for any reason. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed this Good News concerning our Savior, Christ Jesus, over 700 years before He was born. It is wonderful news to know that “the time of the Lord’s favor is here.” He has provided for those who belong to Him beauty, joy, and praise in exchange for our mourning and despair.
During this new year season and beyond, if you get discouraged or find yourself around those who feel despondent or unable to cope with life’s painful blows, remember this scripture. Read it aloud. Meditate on it. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, strengthen the weak, plant them like strong oak trees even in the midst of stormy winds. He came to turn miserable mourning into joyous laughter. Let’s remember to demonstrate this in our walk and share the “Good News”. It’s all for His glory!
In His love,