Isaiah 60:1-62:12 / Philippians 1:27-2:18 / Psalm 72:1-20 / Proverbs 24:11-12
Isaiah 61:1, 3-4
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and opening of the prison to those who are bound. (V.3) To give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness… and they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities – the desolations of many generations.”
“…that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of LIFE…”
These verses (from Isaiah and Philippians) go nicely together painting a picture of a world severely in need of a Savior. In this world we see people literally poor and needy (materially speaking) as well as “poor in spirit” (desperately needing to be saved). There are people who have been abused and broken-hearted, and people who are in slavery to sin and addiction (at deeper and greater levels than ever before due to the advancements in technology ushered in by the internet age).
The world we live in is ruled by the enemy of our souls (Satan). The havoc he spreads continues to draw the hearts of people who choose to willingly embrace his lies and deception (which lead to death), thus creating a crooked and perverse generation!
BUT, here’s the FANTASTIC, AWESOME NEWS: OUR GOD IS GREATER THAN ANY SCHEME, ANY PERVERSION, ANY BROKEN HEART, OR ANY STATE OF CAPTIVITY!
GOD’S PLAN IS TO REDEEM, RESTORE, RESCUE AND HEAL ANYONE who will reach their hands toward Him and say, “Lord, I want YOU! I want YOUR WILL and YOUR WAYS for me. I want Your LIFE IN ME!”
The adventure begins when our hearts cry out to Him! DARKNESS IS SHATTERED, CAPTIVES ARE SET FREE, AUTHENTIC JOY REPLACES MOURNING, RUINS ARE RE-BUILT, LIGHT SHINES BRIGHTLY, AND LIFE BEGINS!