Summary: Four promises for a New Beginning. 1. The Kingdom will grow. 2. Bind Broken Hearts. 3. CHANGE. 4. Double Blessings. All this can happen only by the creation power of the Holy Spirit.
The year of the Lord’s Favour
Scripture: Isaiah 61:7
Introduction: By God’s grace we have come to the final minutes of the year 2009. I was glancing through the world events, events in the church, and events in many of your lives in 2009.
• The world went through recession.
• Many of us lost our jobs.
• Many of our salaries were cut, shifts increased.
• Price of items went double, no increase in income.
• Swine flu hit the world.
• Last year was a year of suffering for many of you.
But I thank God He brought us safe to this moment. We had difficulties but God was with us. When I was meditating on the events of 2009 and asked God for a promise of prophesy for 2010 and the Holy Spirit led me to Isaiah.
Isaiah 61:7 7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
Title is from verse 2 Isaiah 61:2 2proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour.
Subject: The Year of the Lord’s Favour. Isaiah 61
The background of this passage:
Isaiah means God saves.
Writings of Isaiah is comfort and hope for God’s chosen people in Babylonian captivity.
Isaiah comes with a message of restoration.
God is promising a new beginning for Jerusalem and its people.
God is speaking to us that in the midst of our troubles and difficulties God’s favour is with us and God is giving us a new beginning. We have hope and comfort in the Lord.
What is a New Beginning?
New Beginning is a New Creation. It is something new. The old system changes and new system starts.
2 Corinthians 5:17 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
When we accept Christ we become a new creation in the spirit. This new creation marks the start of a new beginning in our spiritual life. Now new beginning starts with a creation. When God does something new in your life he starts to create something new.
How new creation happens?
Creation is the work of the Holy Spirit.
In Psalm 104:24-30 the psalmist is speaking about the providence of God’s creation and see what he says.
Psalm 104:30 30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. God’s spirit (Holy Spirit) is a spirit of creation.
Genesis 1:2-3 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. It was the Holy Spirit which did the creation in the beginning.
How are you and I created in the womb of our mother?
Job 33:4 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
John 6:63 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.
This same Holy Spirit is going to give us a new beginning and a new creation in 2010.
Isaiah 61:1 1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me.
The Spirit of the Lord is on you, it is on me. The Holy Spirit of the Lord will do a new creation. Lets us see what Holy Spirit will do for you in 2010.
1. Kingdom of God will grow.
Isaiah 61:1a 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
This is God is speaking that the church will grow world wide. Bangalore will see a revival. City Harvest AG will see a great growth and revival. God will use everyone here to preach the good news to the people.
Isaiah 61:1c to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Many who are captive by the devil will be freed this year. The Holy Spirit is going to set the captives free. There will be deliverance for people with satanic forces, curses, bondages etc. The Holy Spirit will cast out evil spirits. The kingdom will enlarge.
2. Bind Broken Hearts.
Isaiah 61:1b He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.
When the Holy Spirit comes He heals the broken hearted. If you are sitting with a broken heart this year end. If you feel you have:
• Not achieved anything.
• No peace in family.
• No job.
• No finances.
• Death of the loved ones.
• Depressed and lonely.
• You feel your life is a failure.
God is going to provide for you in 2010 to bind your broken heart. He will restore what is lost. In the next year you will find peace.