At the ripe old age of nineteen I decided to blow a big chunk of some inheritance money and planned a big trip that took me from my University town of Dunedin in New Zealand, to the USA and then onto visit the land I was born in, Nepal.
Being young and adventurous I decided to visit the places I really wanted to visit. The things that were important to me at the time. I started off in Arizona where my brother was at a University, completing his Ph.D. From Tucson we were supposed to road trip to the Grand Canyon but an unfortunate incident in a little hick town with a sewerage truck not stopping at a stop sign and our rental car coming off worse quickly put a halt to that. I went on to Colorado Springs to visit Focus on the Family (this is an indication of how unique a thinker I was….I mean isn’t Focus on the Family HQ on all 19 year old’s bucket lists?), then I went to a summer camp way over on the East Coast that a New Zealander I knew was speaking at, and then it was on to my final American destination. Brownsville, Pensacola, Florida.
Yep. Right then, revival was happening at the Brownsville Assembly of God and I wanted in on it. So I went. And I participated. I went to a school of intercessory prayer. I learnt a lot. I saw a lot. I loved a lot.
So if you can remember what I’m talking about with this big revival, you’ll most likely remember some of the worship songs coming out of there led by Lindell Cooley. One of my favs back then was ‘The Spirit of the Sovereign God’. It is still is a fav. Based on the words of Isaiah 61: 1 – 3 –
‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, to announce liberty to captives and to open the eyes of the blind. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of God’s favour to them has come, and the day of his wrath to their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel he will give: Beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory’.
Now, I’m no bible scholar but I know that this is the prophet Isaiah speaking. And I know that Jesus quoted these words in Luke 4. And I know that the same Holy Spirit that was upon Mr Isaiah here, is also upon me.
Which really means…..
I am anointed to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted.
God has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, announce freedom to captives and I’m also sent to open the eyes of the blind.
I have been sent to share with those who mourn that God will take away their ashes and give them beauty, and give them joy instead of mourning, praise instead of heaviness.
And you know what?
Acts 10: 34 tells us God is no respecter of persons, in other words, he doesn’t play favourites.
Yes I am anointed to bring good news – God’s good news to the suffering and afflicted – but here’s the thing…so are you.
You are anointed to bring good news.
You are being sent to comfort the brokenhearted.
You can announce liberty to the captives.
Yes there are always ways available to help us do these things ‘better’. We can attend courses and do bible college lessons and attend sessions on ‘how to share our faith’, we can read up on the latest books of how to reach our generation, listen to the best podcasts, go the best conferences….and this is all very good and well, but sometimes there is the danger it just delaying the DOING.
This is my challenge to myself at the moment. To just do it. This. It. Walking and living in the knowledge that I am anointed to share the good news that I know so well.
Let’s just do it.
Let’s live in God’s many promises, and keep reaching out and looking up – knowing we’re not doing it in our strength but His and when we step out – He meets us and works in and through us.