To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God, To comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:2)


It took vengeance for Joseph and Mary to stay in the plan of God regarding baby Jesus. After King Herod had heard that there was a king in his jurisdiction, he “…slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from twoyears old and under…” (Matthew 2:16). He didn’t know that God had Joseph take Mary and baby Jesus down to Egypt. 

The scriptures go on to say, “But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life” (verses 19–20).

Notice, this scripture still refers to Jesus as a young child. So, within a relatively short period of time, perhaps three or four years, Herod, and all his company who were resisting the plan of God to redeem mankind, were terminated. I decree, “Whatever is resisting God’s plan for your life, whatever is tampering with your destiny is stopped today.” Isaiah 61:2 promises that your day is here “…the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”


I declare in Jesus’ Name, God’s plan will be accomplished in my life. Whatever is resisting the fulfillment of my divine destiny stops today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Dr. Bill Winston’s book, Vegeance of the Lord. To order this uplifting book, click here.

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