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We Have Been Anointed

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We Have Been Anointed

Jesus was called and anointed to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn.

Isaiah 61:1-3 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;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To give them 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,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

As the body of Christ we have been called and anointed to continue the ministry of Jesus. We are the physical body that He has chosen to work through. As Jesus in this world we are to do the things that Jesus did and even do greater things.

John 14:12 NKJV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

I. TO PREACH GOOD TIDINGS TO THE POOR

Preach means to speak publicly on a religious subject, to give earnest advice, and to recommend strongly. Christians are to speak publicly about Jesus Christ and the Good News (good tidings). They are to be informative concerning spiritual things. The light that God has given us should not be hidden.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and

it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Believers are to give earnest advice based on the Word of God and strongly recommend that it is followed. They must know what they believe and why they believe it. We must know why we have hope in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:15a NKJV

“…and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”

 

II. TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED

During His ministry, when Jesus healed someone, He made them whole, sound, or well. He removed from them everything bad. In Isaiah we are told that it is by the stripes that Jesus took that we are healed today.

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.”

Jesus has already paid the price for our healing. It is up to us to take the authority over evil. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to be free from anything bad; to get rid of anything bad.

Believers are to take authority over evil on behalf of others. We are to be used by God to bring healing to those that are crushed by sorrow or grief (brokenhearted).

III. TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES

To make known (declare) publicly and officially is to proclaim.

Liberty is a condition of being free; freedom from captivity, imprisonment, or slavery.

A captive is someone who is held against their will, prisoner, or someone owned and controlled by another.

Christians are to publicly declare to those who are being held against their will and controlled by sin and Satan that they have been made free by Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sacrifice paid from their freedom in full. When a person is held in spiritual bondage (slavery) they can not break away from it on their own. They must be set free by someone else. Jesus gave His very own blood as a payment for our freedom.

John 8:36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abides in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ”

Galatians 5:1 NKJV

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

IV. TO OPEN THE PRISON TO THOSE WHO ARE BOUND

Open means letting anyone in or out; not shut; not closed; not having its gate, window or door closed; not closed or confined; not taken; unfilled; free; exposed; exposed to general view, knowledge, etc.; not hidden or secret; not obstructed; not prejudiced.

A prison is a place where criminals are confined; jail; any place where a person is held against their will; captivity or confinement; imprisonment.

Bound means under obligation; tied down by circumstance; tied fast; fastened.

By sharing the gospel with those that are bound by sin we are providing a door for their escape. The gospel will reveal their condition and provide them with knowledge. God’s Word will bring light into their life and expose the plans of Satan. It will also reveal to them the wonderful plan that God has for them. By turning to Jesus they will find freedom. What was hidden from them can be clearly seen.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV

“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

 

V. TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD

We are to make known that today is the day of salvation. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NKJV

“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says:

‘In an acceptable time together I have heard you,

And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

We never know when those around us will breath their last breath. They may never have another tomorrow or another chance to hear the gospel. It is up to us to let them know that today, this day, is the day of salvation.

VI. TO PROCLAIM THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD

Vengeance is punishment in return for a wrong. God is a God of mercy and grace, however one day He will be a God of judgment also. As Christians we must proclaim the whole gospel, and that includes the fact that one day God will judge man for his sins.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judges, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

After the judgment of sin the sentence (penalty) for those found guilty will be eternal damnation. The guilty will spend eternity in the lake of fire, a place of great torment and pain.

VII. TO COMFORT THOSE WHO MOURN

Everywhere we go we are to give comfort to those who need it. The church has been called to ease the grief and sorrow of those around us. We are to help and give support. In their times of trouble or sorrow we are to help ease their burden or hardship.

A. We are to give those who mourn beauty for ashes. Every situation can be used to bring glory to God. God can take a “bad” situation and make something beautiful and good out of it. We are to help those around us see the “good” in whatever they are going through.

B. We are to give those who mourn the oil of joy for mourning. Joy does not come from what is going on around us. True joy only comes from God. We can have joy even in the midst of everything around us falling apart.

C. We are to give those who mourn the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. When man begins to praise God something wonderful happens. No matter how down or discouraged a person is, when they praise God they begin to feel the heaviness leave their life. The situation that caused them to be down may still be there, but they have a renewed assurance from God that He will be with them through it.

CONCLUSION:

We need the Holy Spirit to help us finish His work. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do what Jesus has called us to do. We need His power, His strength, His knowledge, His wisdom, His counsel, and His direction.

Our attitude should be the same as Jesus’.

John 4:34 NKJV

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Dear Father,

Help me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to do what You have called me to do. Help me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn. Let me continue the ministry of Jesus. Thank You that You have chosen me to work through. When people encounter me, let them encounter Jesus Christ. Cause my life to be a reflection of You, O Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Inheritance and Responsibilities

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Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ.

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Colossians 1:12

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Philippians 2:14-15

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Hebrews 10:24-25

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Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. We can do this by letting our lights shine for Jesus.

Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us.

There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

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Reflective Light

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation so that they would be able to shine like stars, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 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.”

We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of seeing in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 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.”

The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

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Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15 NKJV

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

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Creating A Thirst

Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to season each other and to preserve the lost.

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out.

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Seasoning

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful).

As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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Preservative

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10 NKJV

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

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Review

1. Christians have a __________________________ to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

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2. Everything we do and say should ___________________ people to God.

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3. How can you point others to God?

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4. What is light?

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5. God has given each of us _______________ that can be used to point people to Him.

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6. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

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7. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot ______________ Jesus.

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8. We should never hide what God has done for us. Why?

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9. _________________________________ must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

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10. Light brings ______________________________ or shows the way.

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11.We must make sure that nothing comes __________________________ us and the light of Jesus Christ.

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12. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the _______________ of the Lamb and the ___________ of our testimony.

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13. As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a ___________________ way.

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14. We should stir up ____________ in others.

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Our Responsibility As Light

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Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do. The light within them is to be shared. Our task is to spread light, to illuminate the world with the light of God’s Word.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As the moral climate of this world becomes darker and darker it is very important that Christians let Christ shine through them. Darkness will not go away by itself. By allowing the light of Christ to shine through us we are in essence creating more light, which makes the darkness disappear.

 

Father,

Thank-You that You have qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Holy Spirit, help me to fulfill my responsibilities. Let everything I do and say point people to You, O Lord. When people look at me may they see Jesus shinning through me. May what people see in me be the light that they need to create a hunger for You within them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Light Within Me

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The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a “crooked and depraved generation” so that they would be able to “shine like stars”, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 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.”

We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I. Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 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.”

The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

 

II. Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15 NKJV

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

 

III. Inheritance and Responsibilities

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the “light” that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

Dear Father,

I desire to obey You and to totally submit to You. Holy Spirit, help me to become pure and without fault in the midst of the crooked and depraved generation that I live in. Let me shine like the stars, let me stand out and be able to share the Good News with everyone I come in contact with. May the light of Christ within me penetrate the spiritual darkness. I don’t want anything to come between me and Jesus Christ. May I also be a light to other fellow Christians. I know that with an inheritance comes responsibilities. Let everything I do and say should point people to You, O Lord. When people look at me may they should not see me, instead may they see Jesus shinning through me. Cause what others see in me create a hunger for You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We Have Been Anointed

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We Have Been Anointed

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         Jesus was called and anointed to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn.

Isaiah 61:1-3  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;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To give them 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,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

          The body of Christ we have been called and anointed to continue the ministry of Jesus. We are the physical body that He has chosen to work through. As Jesus in this world we are to do the things that Jesus did and even do greater things.

I. To Preach Good Tidings To The Poor

Preach means to speak publicly on a religious subject, to give earnest advice, and to recommend strongly.  As a Christian we are to speak publicly about Jesus Christ and the Good News (good tidings). We are to be informative concerning spiritual things. The light that God has given us should not be hidden.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

          We must give earnest advice based on the Word of God and strongly recommend that it is followed. We must know what we believe and why we believe it. Also, we must know why we have hope in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:15  NKJV   

  “…and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”

II. To Heal The Brokenhearted

During His ministry, when Jesus healed someone, He made them whole, sound, or well. He removed from them everything bad. In Isaiah we are told that it is by the stripes that Jesus took that we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV    

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.”

          Jesus has already paid the price for our healing. It is up to us to take the authority over evil (bad) and receive what has already been paid for. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to be free from anything bad; to get rid of anything bad. As  Christians we are to take authority over evil on behalf of others. We are to be used by God to bring healing to those that are crushed by sorrow or grief(brokenhearted).

III. To Proclaim Liberty To The Captives

To make known (declare) publicly and officially is to proclaim.

Liberty is a condition of being free; freedom from captivity, imprisonment, or slavery.

A captive is someone who is held against their will, prisoner, or someone owned and controlled by another.

          As a Christian we are to publicly declare to those who are being held against their will and controlled by sin and Satan that they have been made free by Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sacrifice paid from their freedom in full. When a person is held in spiritual bondage (slavery) they can not break away from it on their own. They must be set free by someone else. Jesus gave His very own blood as a payment for our freedom.

John 8:36  NKJV    

“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abides in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ”

Galatians 5:1  NKJV  

   “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

IV. To Open The Prison To Those Who Are Bound

Open means letting anyone in or out; not shut; not closed; not having its gate, window or door closed; not closed or confined; not taken; unfilled; free; exposed;  exposed to general view, knowledge, etc.; not hidden or secret; not obstructed; not prejudiced.

A prison is a place where criminals are confined; jail; any place where a person is held against their will; captivity or confinement; imprisonment.

Bound means under obligation; tied down by circumstance; tied fast; fastened.

          By sharing the gospel with those that are bound  by sin we are providing a door for their escape. The gospel will reveal their condition and provide them with knowledge. God’s Word will bring light into their life and expose the plans of Satan. It will also reveal to them the wonderful plan that God has for them. By turning to Jesus they will find freedom. What was hidden from them can be clearly seen.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17  NKJV   

  “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

V. To Proclaim The Acceptable Year Of The Lord

We are to make known that today is the day of salvation. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.

2 Corinthians 6:1,2  NKJV   

  “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the

grace of God in  vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time together I have heard you,

And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

             We never know when those around us will breath their last breath. They may never have another tomorrow or another chance to hear the gospel. It is up to us to let them know that today, this day, is the day of salvation.

VI. To Proclaim The Day Of Vengeance Of Our God

Vengeance is punishment in return for a wrong. God is a God of mercy and grace, however one day He will be a God of judgment also. As Christians we must proclaim the whole gospel, and that includes the fact that one day God will judge man for his sins.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV    

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judges, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the judgment of sin the sentence (penalty) for those found guilty will be eternal damnation. The guilty will spend eternity in the lake of fire, a place of great torment and pain.

VII. To Comfort All Who Mourn

Everywhere we go we are to give comfort to those who need it. The church has been called to ease the grief and sorrow of those around us. We are to help and give support. In their times of trouble or sorrow we are to help ease their burden or hardship.

A. To give those who mourn beauty for ashes.

Every situation can be used to bring glory to God. God can take a bad situation and make something beautiful and good out of it. We are to help those around us see the good in whatever they are going through.

B. To give those who mourn the oil of joy for mourning.

Joy does not come from what is going on around us. True joy only comes from God. We can have joy even in the midst of everything around us falling apart.

C. To give those who mourn the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

When man begins to praise God something wonderful happens. No matter how down or discouraged a person is, when they praise God they begin to fell the heaviness leave their life. The situation that caused them to be down may still be there, but they have a renewed assurance from God that He will be with them through it.

Conclusion:

We need the Holy Spirit to help us finish His work. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do what Jesus has called us to do. We need His power, His strength, His knowledge, His wisdom, His counsel, and His direction. Our attitude should be the same as Jesus.

John 4:34  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Dear Father,

Help me by the power of Your Holy Spirit to do what You have called me to do. Help me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to open the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn. Let me continue the ministry of Jesus. Thank You that You have chosen me to work through. When people encounter me, let them encounter Jesus Christ. Cause my life to be a reflection of You, O Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.