2015-10-20 - What Would a Free Person Say?
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV)
Jesus has been fated to be my freedom maker. He has the capacity to make the words in Isaiah a reality in my life. God sent Jesus to bind up the heartbroken, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and to open the prison doors to those who are bound. (See Isaiah 61:1)
Our Heavenly Father has assigned the Lord Jesus to be our coach, cheering us on. And when we fail, He is available to encourage you and me to keep trying, to continue trusting.
Personal ReflectionsOut of the people described in Isaiah 61 above, (prisoner, brokenhearted, mourners, and captive), whom do you relate to the most? The least? Why? Practically speaking, how do you sense God can be your freedom maker?
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.