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 unto 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.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
– Isaiah 61:1-7
You may be among the several Christians that have been anointed heavily by God but they are not doing anything with the anointing. They fast, pray, sow seeds and do whatever else they believe would facilitate receiving the anointing; and when the anointing comes, they do nothing with it. The essence of the anointing is beyond making you to pray in robust tongues and fell cool. Our passage today sheds some light on the real purpose of the anointing God has bestowed upon your life. You can therefore personalise this declaration and say; “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” (Isaiah 61:1).
The primary reason you have been anointed is to empower you to preach the gospel; heal the broken-hearted and proclaim liberty to the captives. Other purposes of the anointing were also spelled out in the passage.
Put in other words, you have been anointed to solve problems. If you find yourself anywhere and things are going wrong there, don’t look for whom to blame because you carry the solution to that problem. You deploy the solution you carry through speaking, preaching and praying. If you fail to do these consistently, then you are wasting the most precious gift and help God has given to man. If you carry the solution to a problem and fail to apply it; you become as culpable for the problem, if not more so, than whatever had caused the problem.
- Praise God. Proclaim liberty for the captives; open the doors for the prisoners; declare healing for the sick.
CONFESSION: I carry the solutions to the burdens of my generation. Wherever I go, I declare liberty.