The year of the Lord’s favor..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 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 splendor. “

Since the beginning of this year.. just a week ago, I have been hearing God say that this is the year of His favor. Immediately I remembered that this phrase is found in Isaiah 61. The same passage that God spoke to me 13 years ago ..here we are in 2013 and I am hearing it again. It is the passage that Jesus quoted in Luke 4.

After the temptation in the wilderness,  Jesus returned to Galilee and by the power of the Spirit He stood up and read from the scroll of Isaiah in the temple. He told everyone that today that scripture was fulfilled. He came to rescue and heal and restore the brokenhearted.  He was revealing His identity to the Jewish community, many of them would fail to believe that He was the Messiah..the one that they were waiting for.

How many of us are failing to recognize who Jesus really is? I’m not talking about people outside the church, but rather those of us who proclaim to be believers..who claim to follow Him. God is speaking to us right now..telling us that He is here among us ready to do great things. He is our both our savior and redeemer. He has come to set us free to live abundantly..to live fully..to restore us..to heal us..and to bless us beyond anything we could ask or imagine. Surely this is truly the year of the Lord’s favor.

He has great things in store for His faithful followers..rewards, blessings, gifts that will come in surprising ways. Keep your eyes open for the work of God in and around you..you will be amazed.

I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.”

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7 thoughts on “The year of the Lord’s favor..Isaiah 61

  1. What wonderfully encouraging words Alicia! When I saw the title of your post, I just had to smile because I love that scripture. Not only that, it’s very similar in tone to a blog I posted today!
    Blessings my friend,
    Sarah

  2. What a wonderful and bold piece of scripture, and what a wonderful and bold post too! Isn’t it amazing how scripture can fire us up and breathe zeal into our hearts and weary bodies!

    You wrote: ‘He came to rescue and heal and restore the brokenhearted. He was revealing His identity to the Jewish community, many of them would fail to believe that He was the Messiah..the one that they were waiting for.’ Yes, the hardest story for Jesus was rejection by some of His own people; that must have hurt even though He knew it would happen. Yet, Jews today embrace Him as their Saviour, as we all can. This is Good News.

    You wrote: ‘How many of us are failing to recognize who Jesus really is? I’m not talking about people outside the church, but rather those of us who proclaim to be believers..who claim to follow Him.’ It is often those who claim to be ‘good Christians’ that need the most ministering to, and Christians who have missed the Good News of the Gospel, or turned it into faceless and impersonal religion. I always say that Christianity is not religion, it is relationship.

    Here’s to a better year for us all!

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