Do You Need Healing and Freedom Today?
Posted on June 5, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV)
Where I work I see a lot of pain and brokenness. I, too, have had my own letdowns and my own mess-ups. In addition to this, I am a part of the generation that is experiencing more and more mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. I, too, have had my struggles with both. I say this all because pain and brokenness are often linked directly to mental health issues. It is the pain and hurts from our past that teach us how to live life in both an anxious and depressive state.
I have learned the importance of identifying these hurts and pains and bringing them to the Lord, not just for healing but for freedom as well. We need freedom from the grip that these events or people have on us. Many times it is the fatherless daughter, the son abused by mom’s harshness, or the teen bullied by his peers that becomes the adult now struggling with mental health issues.
The good news is that your loving Father cares so much about what happened in the past and what is happening in the present. So much so that He wants to provide healing so that you may live your future in freedom. The above verses are in reference to Jesus and what He came here to do. He came for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captive, the prisoner living in darkness, those mourning and those grieving. He came to comfort, to set free, to release, to bestow a crown of beauty instead of ashes and to turn the spirit of despair into a spirit of praise.
What events from your past weigh you down? What memories create within you feelings of fear or sadness? Would you prayerfully consider bringing these events and memories to the Ultimate Healer?
Written By Ally Lang: Ally Lang is a full-time soul care worker at Barbara’s Place. She loves her husband, her fur babies, and watching God rescue and restore broken lives from addiction. Her heart’s desire is to be used by God to encourage and challenge other women, as others have done for her
Think About This: “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” – D.L. Moody
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. –Matthew 16:24-25
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