“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.”       Isaiah 61:1-2

God’s timing is perfect! When He speaks, the time to respond in obedience is now. We often act as if we have all the time in the world to obey Him, but history doesn’t wait on our commitments. There is no such thing as postponing a decision with God. Either we obey, or we disobey. It is either faith or unbelief, obedience or disobedience.

When God announces that now is the acceptable time, what you do next is critical. How often people have been unprepared when a word came to them from the LORD. God said, “Now is the time for you to respond to Me” and their response was, “But I’m not ready. I have some things I need to do first. I’m too busy!” (Matt. 8:21). God’s timing is always perfect. He knows you, and He is fully aware of your circumstances. He knows all that He has built into your life until now, and He extends His invitation knowing that His resources are more than adequate for any assignment He gives you.

That is why Scripture tells us God is concerned with our heart. If we do not keep our heart in love with Jesus, our disobedience when God speaks could affect the lives of others. When God speaks it is always out of the context of eternity. We don’t have to know all the implications of what He is asking. We just have to know that it is a word from almighty God. “Now” is always the acceptable time to respond to the Lord!

  1. March 2

    I love these devotionals. How do I get them daily?

    • March 2

      We make these available daily here on the website and also through our app. You can search ‘blackaby’ in your app store and find it.
      The BMI Team

  2. March 2

    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the MEEK; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound KJV

    Thank you for your devotionals. We read them daily. God bless. Thank you Jesus.

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  4. March 17

    Yes, this is good sound doctrine. My favorite part was the guarding of your heart.
    GOD is very concerned with our hearts.
    We need to keep our hearts in love with JESUS, and always be obedient, so GOD can use us.
    We don’t want to be disobedient to GOD, and then have it affect other people’s lives.
    Now, is the acceptable time to have your heart right, so GOD can use you to help other people.
    Time is of the essence, and time is winding up.
    So now is the acceptable time to have your heart in right standing with GOD.
    GOD requires our obedience, and for us to have FAITH, and to do what HE commands, so that many people will be helped.

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