Yesterday I was reading (and today pondering) a verse out of Isaiah.
Isaiah 61:1~ “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;”
Think about why Jesus came… to preach good tidings… to heal the brokenhearted… to proclaim liberty to the captive… to set free those who are bound in prison! And let’s remember this verse is in the Old Testament. There are beautiful pictures of Jesus Christ all throughout the entire OT books.
The part I’ve been focused on is ‘He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted’. What a promise! Ultimately, everyone without Jesus is brokenhearted. Now, I am not one to say that Jesus is the missing puzzle piece to life or the icing on the cake of life. I just think that dishonors Him. Jesus is more than a piece of my life. He is my life. He is not just a good part of my day. He is my day. And I am so thankful that He came to heal my broken heart. Not only did He heal my sin-sick heart, He has healed many hurts and pains throughout my walk with Him. Like I have stated before, we will have troubles. We will have trials… but I am so thankful for Jesus, who was sent to heal my broken heart and yours. Yes, my husband can comfort me. Yes, my mom can give me advice. I can call a friend for support. But only He can bring true healing of the heart. I love the fact that I have security in Him. I honestly would not make it without Jesus Christ. I don’t know how others do it. There are days when I may try doing it on my own.. but usually by the end of the day I am on my knees… pleading for Him to come to my rescue. I just can’t live without Him. I am desperate for Him.
One evidence of being soundly saved is having a desire to know Him and to be with Him… to long for time with Him. Because once you find Jesus.. you cannot let go! He will change your life. And if you think you’ve met Him but haven’t been dramatically, drastically, supernaturally changed… you haven’t met Him at all. I am saddened by the many people I know who have no fruit, no evidence of Jesus Christ; but they claim otherwise.
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, ‘Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.’
In reference to my previous post, what I love most is Jesus Christ. I love Him more every day. I want to steadfastly and earnestly seek and follow after Him. I’m thankful that I am not disqualified. He saved me. What a beautiful God….