" The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
' To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all that mourn;
' To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
to give them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord,
that He might be glorified.
' I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for He hath clothed me in salvation,
He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
' For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,
and as the garden causeth the things sown in spring to bud forth;
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations. "
I know these verses above are lengthy, but they are what brought me much hope and comfort a few days ago as I read my Bible one morning. The last few weeks have been quite a struggle for me, a real war in my spirit and flesh. So many days I would feel depressed, weary, and sorrowful all day long. I'm sure everyone goes through time like that. I'd worry if not! =D Despite the struggle of feelings and thoughts sloughing about inside me I kept on trying to tell myself this was only for a season, that God was still with me no matter how alone I felt. Truly, He was and is. I am so very thankful! All those lying, negative feelings are but shadows now and I have victory in Jesus!
So. If anyone out there is having a rough time of it and feels like there is no hope and no way out, Jesus is calling. He wants to help you. He'll lift your burdens if you'll let him and trade them for peace and contentment. None else will satisfy but Jesus. It does not matter what you are battling. Jesus is the answer to everything!
Here are the words to a little song my grandma wrote a long time ago. They have such truth in them. :
" I'm NOTHING Satan says I am,
and little of what others think I am,
so why should I let this influence me?
I'm cleansed, redeemed, and sanctified,
walking with the Lord in this evening time.
I'm EVERYTHING God's Word says I am. "