True Grace Rebuilds Us – June 9, 2016

Isaiah 61:1, 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, 2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3and 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. 4They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Psalm 147:3, He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Sunday, I began preaching a new sermon series titled, “Faces Of Grace!” The sermon title is derived from the simple truth that we all need grace. Each and every one of us, men and women, young and old, single and married, we are the faces of grace.

Yesterday, we looked at John 8 where the woman was caught in adultery and some wanted her stoned. But Jesus said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Do you remember what happened? They all left because they were all guilty of some sin even if it wasn’t adultery. Then Jesus looked at the woman and said, “…neither do I condemn you.” Now that’s grace. She was sinful and deserved punishment, but Jesus chose forgiveness. True grace forgives us from our past sins, but that is not all… True grace also rebuilds our broken lives. Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the 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, 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

What an incredible thought! Not only does God’s grace forgive us of past sins, but also it rebuilds us for future success. So often, people let their past failures, choices, and hardships halt them from being used by God. Isaiah continues to say: They (those who have been restored) will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor. 4They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

THEY will accomplish amazing things. The ones who have been restored will go on to restore and rebuild.

Where are you in the process today? Are you needing restoration, are you restored but not being used by God, or are you restored and renewing and rebuilding your life and investing in God’s plan?

Think about that, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D