Words from the Heart for Sunday November 12th, 2017
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.
Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)
In many places in the world today our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering because of their faith. Some have even lost their lives. We join with the followers of Jesus everywhere to ask the Lord to bring comfort and the release of those imprisoned for their witness and their faith.
You may have missed this, but last year the Common Gray Jay, also known as the Whiskey Jack, was anointed as Canada’s national bird. Although Canada has no official bird, and according to the federal government there are no plans to have one, a two year search and an online poll saw this small bird rise above all others. Supported by the likes of Elizabeth May and Lauren Harper, the Canadian Jay beat out such Canadian icons as the Canada Goose and the Common Loon.
The Church of Jesus Christ is in a period of tremendous growth across the globe, particularly in the Global South. The result is not only great rejoicing among God’s people but increasing persecution as the leaders of the traditional religions become fearful of change and loss of power. Ironically, it was the poor, the hurting, and the imprisoned that the Messiah was sent to serve. In speaking of the Messiah, Isaiah 61:1 says “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.” The anointing of God would be on the Messiah. And just so his followers wouldn’t miss who he was, when asked by John’s disciples if he was the promised one, spoke of the fulfillment of this prophecy. Today is the international day of prayer for the persecuted church. Those who are oppressed and face persecution for their faith in Jesus will testify to His healing and liberty. Remember them in prayer today.
These have been words from the heart.