Isaiah 61:3 - Moving from Grief to Joy.
Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) He will give a crown
of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead
of mourning, festive praise instead of despair
Many of us are experiencing grief right
now because of a job lost, a business shut down,
or a health issue, including the fear that you
or someone you know may contract COVID-19.
Were also experiencing grief because
of closed schools, canceled proms, and
postponed weddings. Weve been unable to visit
family and friends, even when theyve seriously
sick in the hospital. And, heartbreakingly, some
of us havent been able to mourn the loss of
a loved one through a traditional funeral.
Yet, God promises that for all who mourn,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a
joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise
instead of despair" (Isaiah 61:3 NLT).
The greatest example of how God
transforms grief into joy is the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ. After he was crucified, Jesus disciples
went through two days of the deepest fear, pain,
and grief anyone could ever experience. Even
though Jesus promised his disciples he would return
from the dead, they couldnt grasp the reality
of that through their grief.
But once the disciples saw Jesus
resurrected, they understood sin and death had been
defeated. They were released from their fears and
anxieties. And in that release, they found joy again.
As you hold onto the promises of God
through these dark days, you, too, will find release
from your fears and anxieties - and you will find
How can that happen? By relying on the
power of God, the same power that resurrected
Jesus from the dead. It can change ashes into
beauty, grief into joy, and despair into praise.
The only way for us to get to heaven is
by trusting in Gods Son, Jesus Christ. We
are made right with God by placing our faith in
Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who
believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has
sinned; we all fall short of Gods glorious
standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right
in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus
when he freed us from the penalty for our sins
(Romans 3:22-24 NLT).
We live in uncertain times, so if you
havent already, reach out for the one thing that is
absolutely certain - the forgiveness and hope found
only in Jesus.
If youre ready to commit your life to
him, then pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus, you have promised that if
I believe in you, everything Ive ever done
wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose
of my life, and you will accept me into your
eternal home in heaven one day.
I confess my sin, and I believe that
you are God, my Savior. I receive you into my
life as my Lord. Today, Im turning over every
part of my life to your management. You have the
right to call the shots in my life.
Jesus, I want to relax in your love.
Thank you that I dont have to earn it, deserve
it, or work for it. I want to use the rest of my
life to serve you instead of serving myself. I
humbly commit my life to you, and I ask you to save
me and accept me into your family. In Jesus
name I pray. Amen. [Daily Devotional by Rick
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
Isaiah 61:1-3 - Set Free and Beauty for
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
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Hope Awakens Bible Study Guides:
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LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio (currently live):
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: