November 25, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 61:1-3 |

Blessings                             November 25, 2018

Isaiah 61:1-3  The Spirit of the Lord GOD isupon 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 arebound;  2.  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3.  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.

It’s amazing what the grace of God does. Payday someday – live it today. Abiding as a readied wife, not concerned. Just knowing He is the same yesterday, today and forever. As thou hast believed, so be it done unto you. These divine blessings in our lives that brought us to embrace the glory of His grace. Vessels of mercy afore prepared unto glory. He saw that perfection in ages past for all of us. Many Christians don’t see these as blessings, but instead they see tragedies. Blessings like that of Ruth, where her husband and father in law died and she was left with a bitter mother in law. Most would say that is awful, but the tragedies and disasters are the before ordained good works that we should walk in. Without all the events in Ruth’s life she would never have married Boaz (the redeemer). Was it worth it for Joseph to go through the things he did, and end up ruling with the king? It’s by faith. These are not just stories, this is your life. This is who you are. Ruth, Esther, Zipporah, Joseph – why these; why you? There was a drawing in their lives.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding andeternal weight of glory;  18.  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen aretemporal; but the things which are not seen areeternal.

Paul’s gospel speaks of glory.

Romans 8:18-19  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time arenot worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us.  19.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

It’s about time. This is the life of the full overcomer. These are the vessels of mercy that receive this anointing of the riches of His glory. Would it have been better if David had never seen Bathsheba, and had Uriah murdered? She would not have been the wife of the king and in the lineage of Christ. In His divine goodness God uses these unseemly, dysfunctional blessings to work for our good. Those that didn’t have these kind of events can get tempted with self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is more repugnant to God than the things David did. If you say I’m glad I’m not like the other guy, you’ve missed mercy. Those that embrace mercy are vessels of mercy to the praise of the glory of His grace. Pray we don’t lose tenderness in our heart. Without the many transgressions to forgive, the woman in Luke seven would never know the depths of His love. Are you counting your blessings? Are you thankful for the infirmities in your life? God has a path for you. How did we get here? Divine grace. All by mercy. The opposite of man’s plan. Beauty from ashes. God moves in unseemly events and people; and it’s all to show His grace. He will have great favor on the one who says, “Oh wretched man that I am”. Praise Him for His grace until we see Him!


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