I was so encouraged by all the Lord did today!
The Power of the Spirit of the Lord
Today we celebrated our first Easter Sunday here on the border at Harbor Mid-City. The Lord’s Spirit was moving in a powerful way during the service. I love the hope that the resurrection brings.
It was such a good day. We celebrated changed lives, and people who have been set free through the resurrection power of Christ. I was moved to tears as I saw a good friend of Dawn and mine come up for prayer, and ask God to bring healing to his life.
The worship, the celebration was so good, and so joyful. Later I thought, I love Easter. When I reflect back on past Easter’s I believe Easter is the best day of the year. I wish everyday could be Easter. It doesn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful, and the sun shone brightly.
Bring Good News to the Poor…
When Dawn and I first felt called to move to the border, the Lord impressed on our heart the message from Isaiah 61:1-4 (ESV, emphasis mine).
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion– to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
The Powerful Message of Easter: Restoration of Many Generations
All these wonderful acts of healing and restoration are the types of things we are seeing and experiencing in our ministry with Harbor on the border. It just fills me up, and I’d love to feel this way everyday! I continue to believe a huge reason we are seeing such an outpouring of God’s Spirit and his redeeming work is because so many are praying.
We are thrilled to witness God working in such a marvelous way. The Lord’s is bringing healing and hope, and somehow we are right there where’s it’s taking place.
O Lord, bring home the story, the message and the celebration of Easter to me, my family and friends each day. Make the truth of your death and your victory over death more real. O that we will fall on our face and worship you, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. Amen!
In His Grip, Dave