I was broken and had no self-esteem when I discovered Isaiah 61 some years ago. Although it was written about Jesus, when I read it I knew that the Holy Spirit was speaking to me too. Since that time it has always been my favourite passage from the Bible.
Isaiah 61 is often titled “The Year of the Lord’s Favour” however I always believe that's it's our choice to walk in God's favour all the time. We need to meditate on these verses so that they are deep within us, in our thinking and in our conscience until we believe them, live in them and we are walking in God's favour.
Today do you believe that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon you? It certainly changed my life when I began to understand, that once I had given my life to Jesus and invited Him to fill me with His Spirit, then the Spirit of the Lord was upon ME too. Yes me…despite me being just an ordinary person who was damaged goods and who had not been to Bible College.
But that’s the power of the GOOD NEWS GOSPEL. Jesus takes the broken, the damaged and the hopeless and fills us with His LIFE. Now that’s a great exchange! Actually, it’s a divine exchange. There is more than HOPE for us all, there is FAVOUR, GOODWILL, ESTEEM AND HONOUR.
But wow! Wait there is even more…we also receive God’s anointing, symbolic of God’s blessing, protection and empowerment. Historically the anointing was used to consecrate and to set people apart for a special purpose for example as a King or a Prophet.
I can hear you saying, “I want some of that!” The great news is that it is there for us all, to set us apart, to empower us to bring and share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus with all those around us. It’s all about transforming lives – it starts with us and then it flows out to all those around us, to the poor, the brokenhearted and bringing freedom to so many.
So today take a few minutes to receive what God has for you. Drink deep of God’s love, drink so much that you can’t help but overflow. Drink deep so His love can wash you, heal you and empower you to walk in the destiny that you were created for. Drink deep for Jesus has some exciting adventures for you today, tomorrow and in the days to come. For you have certainly been chosen, bought with a high price because Jesus thinks you are amazing. Drink deep because Jesus has some divine appointments for you just wait and see…
Isaiah 61 - 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 brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour 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.
Drink deep for you are made to display God’s splendour and this is your time.