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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach 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 gladness 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.

I love this passage of scripture on becoming "Oaks of Righteousness".

This entire chapter is so powerful, especially this morning before I start my day, by thinking of being all that God would have me to be so rooted in Jesus and to understand that I need to be that "Oil of Gladness" and that I too need to preach the "Good News to the Poor".

May the "Spirit of the Sovereign Lord" rest upon you and me this glorious day.

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