Updated: Jan 7, 2021
“The mighty Spirit of Lord Yahweh is wrapped around me
because Yahweh has anointed me, as a messenger to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to heal the wounds of the brokenhearted, to tell captives, “You are free,” and to tell prisoners, “Be free from your darkness.” 2 I am sent to announce a new season of Yahweh’s grace and a time of God’s recompense on his enemies, to comfort all who are in sorrow, 3 to strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes, the oil of bliss instead of tears, and the mantle of joyous praise instead of the spirit of heaviness..” (Isaiah 61:1-3 TPT).
God’s grace… What a Wonderful Thing!
As we are finishing our shopping and planning for our Christmas celebration, it’s so important for us to make time to “Be still” and soak in the presence of the One we are celebrating. I just had a picture pop up in my vision of Jesus standing in a corner by Himself while watching a group of people laughing and celebrating and enjoying being together at a Christmas party. Nothing wrong with laughing and celebrating and enjoying being together, especially at a Christmas party! From what Scripture reveals, God loves to laugh and dance and sing, and Jesus loved parties. But in this vision I sensed an almost wistful desire on Jesus’ part to be a part of that happy group. The party was to celebrate Him, but He was alone in a corner, just an observer; no one was talking to Him. I felt like He was glad about the party, and He appreciated the intent to honor Him; but He felt like an outsider. He would have loved for someone to come get Him and bring Him into the circle of celebration!
It is easy to get so busy and so distracted with celebration preparations (all of the cleaning, shopping, wrapping, cooking, parties, etc.!), that we sometimes think we will be glad when the Christmas season is over, so we can get back to our normal routine and have our quiet time with Him again. I speak from personal experience! That’s kind of crazy isn’t it! The Lord is reminding me, once again, that He wants to be PART of everything we do. He loves spending time with us. I know, that seems so “out there.” Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, loves to spend time with us as we do the mundane, ordinary things of daily living. But it is true! And I wonder how much more eager He is to participate with us during the Christmas season of celebration of His birth.
Holy Spirit Issued a Challenge
On Sunday, Holy Spirit issued a challenge to our Sunday School class: think of something in our lives we need changed. It could be healing of our body, a financial need, removal of a hindrance, a needed breakthrough, a family matter, a relationship restored—anything that is on our heart in a big way that we need the Lord’s help with. Write it down and find the promises of God in the Word that address that issue; and then, for the next 30 days declare those promises and decree victory over the need or situation at least ten times during the day, every day.
Decree and Declare, Don't Ask
Notice His instruction was to ”declare” and “decree”—not “ask.” Find the promise(s) in the Word, write them down, and receive and appropriate them by declaring and decreeing them with passion every day, several times a day. "The kingdom suffers violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12 NKJV).
You can choose more than one need, BUT the key is to do the declarations and decrees with passion, focus, and intensity several times throughout the day, every day for 30 days. If you don’t have time for more than one need, just resolve to do one. One done well with focus, intensity, and passion that secures victory is infinitely better than several half done that don’t produce victory in any of them! When we get the victory over the one, we can go to the next need on our list.
Jesus desires to give us demonstrations of His anointing described in Isaiah 61:1-3. He wants to spend time with us, reveal Himself to us, and bless us.
At the end of the 30 days, let us hear your testimonies!
Blessed friends, we are in a new season, and it’s a Glorious season of Grace! Enter in, announce it, decree it, and catch the wave of glory!
Love, Hugs, and Blessings,