I watched one of the greatest comebacks in football history on Tuesday night, as Liverpool looked down and out to Barcelona. But instead of the fans having an attitude of doom and gloom, they came to the stadium with an attitude of praise, to lift their team to victory. What type of attitude are you wearing today? Whatâ€™s covering your mind and emotions? Are you clothed with despair and disappointment? Are you wearing â€œheaviness?â€
Maybe youâ€™re going through hurt or disappointment. Itâ€™s important to go through that process and release the hurt to God. But the Bible also says that God wants to give you a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of heaviness or despair. He wants to exchange your hurt for His healing. He wants to fill you with His peace and joy.
Today, change your clothes. Itâ€™s time to take off the heavy garments of yesterday thatâ€™s holding you back and weighing you down. Itâ€™s time to put on the garment of praise. Release those heavy burdens right now. Itâ€™s time to forgive those who have hurt you, and begin to praise your way to victory. When you wear a garment of praise, youâ€™ll stand in faith and excitement about your future, also displaying Godâ€™s splendour and power all the days of your life!
“…Provide for those who grieveâ€¦a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendour.”(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, I come to You with an open and humble heart. Father, I ask that You take my old garments of despair, hurt and heaviness. God, make me new today, by giving me a garment of praise and joy. Please have Your way in my life, in Jesusâ€™ Name! Amen.
A special word from the Lord, from Pastor Ray Patrick.