The Spirit of Sovereign Lord is upon me, for The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those that mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to SERVE one another in LOVE.
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
God says, “REBUILD THE ROAD! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity!”
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I RESTORE THE THE CRUSHED SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE AND REVIVE THE COURAGE OF THOSE WITH REPENTANT HEARTS.”
I hope you get out of this what I got. It says, “Clear away the rocks and stones”… To me that says help get rid of barriers that prevent someone from being free from their bondage/addiction. Did you get that?
Also, do you get that Jesus dwells in the presence of those who’s spirits are crushed and humbled? And that it is a high and holy place! Who ever thought that being with the broken, homeless, addicted, and humbled person could bring the presence of God? Do they have a lot of work ahead of them? Yes! Of course they do. They also have MANY barriers to overcome and it’s up to us stronger, more grounded Christ followers to help remove them.
I want to reflect a bit today on what happened 11 yrs. ago. The day that changed America. That day our security was shaken, lives were lost, but our FAITH remained strong!! I remember the strong need to be with my children. They were 9 and 6 years old. Even at that age they understood the tragic events of children losing parents and parents losing children. I am grateful today that I have my family. I am grateful for ALL those who have given up their lives for our BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY and our FREEDOM. For 10 years after the tragedy of 9/11 I quit celebrating my birthday on that day. BUT I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT TODAY I AM CELEBRATING but also giving HONOR to the MEN, WOMAN, CHILDREN who died on MY BIRTHDAY 11 years ago. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!
I want to give honor to all of those that have sacrificed for our Country. I can’t imagine what you have been through on behalf of the freedom I have, my kids have and my grandchildren have but I am deeply grateful for it! My father is a Marine and I have seen what war has done to him and he is my HERO. Again, thank you and God Bless you for all you have endured and thank you to those who have lost loved ones. I may not know their names but to me anybody who has served in the Military is a hero.