It is a post I wrote about 2 years ago, but felt led to repost today. There are many of us still hurting over past wounds. Wounds that happened years ago, but feel as if they happened yesterday. The pain is fresh and redemption seems delayed. If that is you – I have been there – but I want you to know there is another side.
It was not easy. It took 2 years of counseling, and continued struggles after that for me to finally say I feel healed. I still struggle, but I know that Christ has redeemed me from the broken places. I have come to a place where I no longer shame myself for things of the past, or even mistakes I make in the present. Isaiah 61 has become my theme song. Particulary Isaiah 61:3 which says,
“and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and 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 splendor.”
I love the phrase “oil of joy”. When I first read that phrase, I wanted to know where I could get such oil. It seems like something that would be nice to have around the house. What I found was that the oil of joy is actually the Holy Spirit. The Spirit which dwells in our hearts! The oil is already ours! We just have to learn how to apply it!
We apply the oil when we decide to stop condeming ourselves. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. The oil is poured down over our heads when we decide to rejoice in the Lord and all He has done for us in spite of our pain and circumstances. It doesn’t mean that we don’t deal with the pain of our past – we do what we must to deal with these things – but we don’t stay focused on the hurt. We choose to move forward in Christ Jesus by accepting the oil of joy that has been and continues to be poured out upon us.
If you feel stuck in the mourning phase today, I want to take this opportunity to pray with you…
Dear Lord, Please help us to embrace the oil of joy – the Spirit of gladness – that you have already given us. Lord you are our hope and joy, our gladness in despair. Help us to put on a garment of praise no matter what we are dealing with today. In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen.