Morning by Morning, December 27 - 50 Year Jubilee -- The Year of the Lord's Favor
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I welcome You here in my heart and every moment of my day. ...
"The year of the Lord's favor" (Isaiah 61:2; Luke 4:19 NIV).
Today's the 50th birthday for my ministry partner and 30-year friend, Tammy Watts. She says I was her "first real boss" because she came to work for me and our law firm, where she also came to meet and marry another one of my great 30-year friends, Mikal Watts. Whatever she may or may not be doing today or tonight, I join with all those whose lives have been touched and forever changed by the love and joy, the wisdom and passion, and the life-long witness of God's grace that flows so easily and powerfully through her life.
The 50th year is the Jubilee Year -- the Year of the Lord's Favor! After every fifty years, the Lord brought deep rest and great restoration, with extravagant freedom and liberty to His people and to their land. "And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you" (Leviticus 25:8-12).
The 50th year was the year of great healing for the brokenhearted, liberty for the captives, release for the prisoners, to give them beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and praise for heaviness, so with gratitude and grace the people of God would display the righteousness and mercy of God that He might be glorified (Isaiah 61:1-3). And all of this was ultimately fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18-19).
And in Christ, the year of Jubilee continues! There's healing and freedom, rest and restoration, joy and jubilation in Jesus who is our Jubilee!
So today I pray Your Jubilee Blessings for my great friend Tammy. She's finished her first fifty years, but You're the God who saves His best wine for last (John 2:10) and the glory of the latter house is always greater than the glory of the former house (Haggai 2:9). So in You, the best is yet to come!
And I thank You for Your Jubilee Blessings for all of us who have come to know Your love and receive Your grace through Jesus Christ, our Jubilee! You're the God of extravagant mercy and grace, who does exceedingly abundantly far more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). So Lord, let this be the Year of the Lord's Favor for Your people in Your exceedingly abundant ways! May we release the Spirit of Jubilee to every life we touch in every place You send us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
My friend, may you experience the Jubilee of Jesus, in all the extravagance of God's mercy and grace in your life and every life He touches through you, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you and Happy New Year, my friend!
And please join with me in wishing Tammy Watts a Happy Jubilee Birthday today! (tammywatts@RaphaGodMinistries.com)