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As Christians under the New Covenant, we also have an anointing: But you have an anointing from the Holy One (1Jo. 2:20). In the New Testament sense, anointing has the idea of being filled with, and blessed by, the Holy Spirit. This is something that is the common property of all Christians, but something we can and should become more submitted and responsive to.

The Messiah announces that He is here to heal the damage that sin brings. Sin has done great damage, so there needs to be a great work of redemption. Because sin impoverishes, He will preach good tidings to the poor. Because sin breaks hearts, He will heal the brokenhearted. Because sin makes captives, He will proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Because sin oppresses, He will proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Because sin is a crime that must be avenged, He will proclaim . . . the day of vengeance of our God. Significantly, Jesus stopped reading before this sentence. He stopped in the middle of the prophecy, because to proclaim . . . the day of vengeance of our God is relevant to His Second Coming, not to His first coming. The comma in year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance has stood for almost 2,000 years. This shows us something of the nature of Biblical prophecy: it may “shift gears” and time frames quickly, and without warning. We can compare a whole year of grace to a single day of vengeance.

Because sin brings grief, He will comfort all who mourn. The extent of the comfort and restoration is beautifully described. Instead of the ashes of mourning, He gives His people beauty. Instead of the mourning itself, He gives His people the oil of joy. Instead of the spirit of heaviness, He gives His people the garment of praise. Why do we sit in the ashes, why do we mourn, why do we indulge the spirit of heaviness when Jesus gave us something so much better? The word beauty has in mind a beautiful crown or head ornament. It is translated exquisite hats in Exo. 39:28 and headdresses in Isa. 3:20. In mourning, ashes would be cast upon the head (2Sa. 13:19). Here, the ashes are replaced with a beautiful crown. That they may be called trees of righteousness: The restored place of God’s people is glorious. The are as strong, beautiful, and useful as trees – and trees of righteousness at that. Most wonderfully, when people look at the trees, they see they are the planting of the Lord. D. Guzik

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Bitterness is sin

Have you ever heard the phrase ; ‘Bitterness is like a cancer’?  I must have heard this phrase when I was young and it has helped me to not go there as often as I could have and I am blessed because of it.

I was talking to God the other night about this bitterness because I see it in so many people and they seem to be unaware that it is a sin! I pray that they don’t see it as a sin simply because at the time they are not looking to God or hearing the Holy Spirit.  They are listening to the evil one.  That when they do begin to see that it is not good and again start seeking God they will recognize it as sin!  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

It has been my experience that bitterness destroys life.  I have seen family and friends turn away and be ugly and hateful for years! It destroys any type of decent communication and so sad to watch them change in demeanor and spirit. When I was talking to God the other night it came to me that when we destroy life in ourselves with sin =bitterness we are destroying our relationship with the Holy Spirit first of all and that moves us from the the very throne of God that we are always seated at while living here on this earth.  I remembered John 7:38 where Jesus said, ‘He that believes on me,  as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  vs 39 explains that Jesus spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive… When we become bitter  and let it grow into a monster we are definitely drying up our well of life and our spring of living water!

That puts us in a desert. It quenches our life! Life the holy spirit gives us.  1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us, ‘Quench not the holy spirit.’

Don’t let bitterness become your sin and quench the Holy Spirit and the spring of living water of  life.  Look up and bless God, forgive, repent and live a full Christ like life.

May we all have that godly sorrow that brings us to repentance. 2 Corinthians 7:10. Return to the throne in all your beauty and glory received at salvation.

Blessings,

Marsha

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10

At the Throne with Strength and Joy

This  Thursday morning, I woke up and immediately remembered how disappointed I was last night when the estate seller told me she couldn’t help me because I don’t have enough in the house to make it profitable for her!  I started crying again, remembering how daunting the task has appeared to me and that was not the solution either! Okay, Jesus, what am I to do, and how?

I was reminded, thank you, Holy Spirit, that I should think on those things that are noble, reputable, beautiful…Phillipians 4:8.

My favorite picture of God is Him sitting on his throne, all dressed in white  and his robe filling the room and the edge of his robe has a fluffy boa type edging. The room is filled with love and hope. And just like Esther I can seek my Lord at his throne because he loves me so completely. And there was Jesus sitting next to him smiling. I so wanted to have a happy day and change those dreary thoughts to blessings! I began to praise God for my most beautiful picture of heaven and that was right where I needed to be all day. I just crawled right up there and sat on daddy Abbas lap. Next thing I knew I was up off my bed singing, praising and hugging my puppies. 

The song I started singing is a funny song that comes to mind often because I’ve known it forever, well since I was a child in church.  “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.”  The song isn’t funny, but the way I sing it it is! I sing the “strength of the Lord is my joy”and wonder why it sounds a bit off.  However, on this particular day it did make sense.  I was strengthened because I was expressing joy to the Lord and because of the Lord.  Haha, a new song. I got jazzed about that and sang louder, while getting ready to go out in the world and be dynamic with new thoughts, new vigor and blessings abounded toward me all day.  Not to mention that I kept reminding myself and God that this is a totally great way to remove those dang dark clouds!  

I am learning to transform old patterns and letting go of old thoughts I don’t need anymore.  I think I discovered that having Phillipians 4:8 written on my white board on the fridge and studying it as I work in there, that I can’t help but allow it to become a part of my thought patterns.  Thank You, Michael K. for pointing that verse out to me, not only to read but to meditate on.  

What a great day we had, Jesus and I sitting at the throne.

Blessings,

Marsha