Isaiah 61:1-7

[ Announce Freedom to All Captives ] The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken,

Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, 

To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.

Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.

You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory.

Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.

Today I am praying for those held captive – by actual captivity through human trafficking, abuse, circumstance, sickness, mental illness, addiction, and those with bondage they have not yet discovered. 

There are moments I am overwhelmed with the incredible need in this world, when I long to fix every broken heart. And yet, what if I stepped away from my paralysis long enough to ask for direction in where I personally am to extend myself to those who yearn for freedom. 

Before we can help others, however, we must find our own way to breaking the chains that bind us. One of the most effective ways to assist God in His transformation work on our hearts is to discover how to apply the bible to our own situations and daily lives.

“Breaking Free” by Beth Moore is my all-time favorite study so far – I have done it 3 times and discovered new areas of healing and transformation that needed to take place each time. 

Currently, I am working through “One in a Million” by Priscilla Shirer and am loving it so far. When we receive Jesus, our lives are set free from an eternal perspective, but there is still work we need to do in order to release ourselves from lifestyle choices, broken mental records, and blockages created by our own ignorance about what all Jesus has truly released us from in this life. A life in Christ is a process – but the reward is so great!

God is a god of miracles, but He is also a god of relationship and will more often than not, be patient in waiting for us to partner with Him in order to bring about the growth and change we so desperately long for. These are just two studies, but there are hundreds of good ones out there. Today, I would encourage you to jump online, or visit your nearest bookstore (or library!) and try one on for size. 

 

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