You don’t have to go around feeling powerless. Embrace the exciting possibilities of your “instead”! Jesus has given you new life in Him … instead of your old life. This is the Scripture He quoted when He was in His hometown synagogue. It’s one of my favorites.
The Spirit of The Sovereign Lord is on Me,
because The Lord has anointed Me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
& release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of The Lord’s favor
& the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
& 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,
& a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
& instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
& everlasting joy will be yours. ISAIAH 61:1-7