Why You Need The Oil of Joy- Part One

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Why did Jesus come to earth? In Isaiah 61, the prophet reveals Christ’s glorious mission to us. He came to bind up the brokenhearted, set the captives free, to comfort the mourners, and proclaim the day of the Lord. He came not only to redeem His people from the curse of sin but also to do much more.

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Christ came to offer salvation, but He did not merely offer forgiveness. He offered beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of heaviness. If you accept His free gift of salvation, these gifts are given to you! Contact us at northside1178@gmail.com to learn more.

Today, let’s focus our attention on a key phrase in this verse—“the oil of joy.” Why does God compare joy to oil? What can we learn about joy from this phrase? Let’s discover four key reasons why we need the oil of joy.


God Is Not A Tightwad

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Despite our best protests, sometimes we believe a dastardly lie. Deep down, we suspect that God is stingy. We think that He is on a strict heavenly budget. “Well, God just can’t afford to give me that,” we think. So we settle down, expecting stale Ritz crackers and hard water, and try to paste on a smile of thankfulness. Then, when God showers down blessings, we’re shocked, jaws agape. Should God’s generosity take us by surprise? Should we not trust in His loving provision? God clearly demonstrates His generosity to us.

Let’s look at four examples of God’s generosity.