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

a savior

In this passage, God is speaking through Isaiah to His people. I really love this passage because even though it's before Jesus, it foreshadows Him. It also talks about God as a savior. He loves them so much that He wants them to thrive on earth. He wants good things for His children. He wants beauty for ashes and joy for our sadness. He is telling these people, specifically the poor and needy, that there is good news coming.

these promises are for you

The Lord wants to do all of these things for you, too. He wants to bind up your broken heart, to proclaim freedom from that one certain sin over you, to release those of you who feel like prisoners to sadness or anger. If you're morning, He wants to be your comfort. He wants to replace your morning with true joy that can only come from Him. All of these promises are things He desires to do for you

some practical steps

How do we recieve these promises? There is power in the word of God. This being said, a good place to start would be to read these promises out loud, speaking them over yourself. These can feel strange at first, but it is such a powerful tool. We can also ask God to replace our thoughts with His thoughts. Spend some time with the Lord, ask Him to show you how to live in these promises. 

prayer

My prayer for you is this: I pray the good news of Jesus becomes real everyday to you. I pray God replaces your broken heart with His heart. I pray He brings joy for your mourning and praise for your sadness.

Ask, He listens.

-Laura Lewis