Isaiah 61:1 and 4 – “…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 freedom to prisoners … 4 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.”
In this text, we see the mission of the Messiah Jesus: heal, set free, bring life. Those who believe in Him can rebuild and re-establish what was destroyed by the devil.
It is the nature of man, created in the image of God, to want to build, to construct. First of all, he builds his own life, with the material that his family and his environment furnish. In this regard, it is interesting to note that in Hebrew, the word “ben” which means “son” comes from the root word “banah” which means “to build.”
Upon these family foundations, each of us build our life according to our choices and our circumstances.
When we come into the Kingdom of God we realise that we’ve been deceived by the devil, the Father of Lies, in many areas of our lives and that we need to correct our ways. It is the enemy’s lies that often hinder us from fully experiencing the truth of God’s Word: His love, His faithfulness, His protection, His interest in us…sometimes we believe in our heads but not in our hearts. Fear, sadness, rejection and insecurities are ready to pounce on us as soon as we experience difficulties or traumas, despite our best efforts to get rid of these things. Therefore we need to identify these lies and renounce them. Then as we proclaim the truth of God’s Word, we rebuild our faith in Jesus who is our cornerstone. In this way we demolish forteresses and begin to build according to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whatever your past, your internal state, your current situation, don’t be discouraged! God’s greatest desire is to see your life restored and built according to His plans of peace, plans for your welfare to give you a future and a hope.
Ask Him today what is currently hindering your progress or impeding your spiritual growth: He will reveal it to you by the Holy Spirit. Mature Christians around you can also help you in this area. You will then be able to experience this wonderful promise: “repair and restore the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” (Isa. 61:4)