Isaiah 61 (NKJV) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me, To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; V 2a To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.
A life that’s been set free from the oppression of sin is a beautiful thing. When you turn from your sin and live a life more in tune with God, you testify to the glory of God and give others hope that he can change their lives. You know that the suffering, affliction, and brokenness come from going and doing things your own way. At least that’s been my experience and outcome of doing things my own way!
You know what it’s like to be enslaved to your passions. Yet you should also know there is more to life than bondage, more to life than alcohol or pornography, more to life than envy and jealousy! More to life than work or football. There is healing and freedom. There is beauty and joy. There is love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy.
And you have the wonderful privilege of proclaiming this Good News to those around you, both in your verbal testimony and in the testimony of your present life. I love the 12 step program motto “Live by the power of example not by promotion” , But I love that God hand is intimately on the 12 step program as well!
Point to ponder- When you surrender your life to Jesus, he’ll put you on a path of new life. You’ll change from the inside out because God got a hold of you. Others will notice, and God will be given the honor and glory. I am feeling great about the Lord folks, have a fantastic day!
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Pastor James Baker, Jr.