"Mary responded, 'I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true.' And then the angel left her." ~ Luke 1:38
Mary knew how difficult her road was going to be. She knew what could happen to her. She was well aware that she would be accused of adultery. She knew that this would greatly affect Joseph too, yet she accepted her calling without hesitation. Just as Gabriel had described, she was ready to experience. She graciously submiited to God's will. What an amazing picture of obedience!
Dear Lord, help me to be obedient to Your call on my life. Whatever it is that You have for me, help me not to hesitate, but willingly submit to Your will. I know You will never leave me, Lord, and that my strength only comes from You. Thank you, Lord, for Your provision and protection. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.
How about you? Are ready and willing to accept God's calling on your life?
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"The angel replied, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she's now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.'" ~ Luke 1:35-37
Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing! Not even a virgin birth. Our God is and always has been in the business of miracles. From the beginning of time, He has brought His people through impossible situations. He has delivered, redeemed, healed, brought life, restored life and so much more. God is actively working in each off our lives, He is in absolute control!
Dear Lord, I am so thankful that you are the God of miracles. Thank you for making all the impossibles, possible in my life. I'm living one of those miracles right now! After six years of infertility and a miscarriage, I am now loving, caring and snuggling with my beautiful, precious, 4 month old miracle. Nothing is impossible with You, God. Thank you for our miracles and thank you for the miracle of Jesus. May we never forget how holy, powerful and glorious You truly are. In the precious name of Jesus, Your Son, amen.
So, how about you? What impossibilities has God brought you through?
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"Mary asked the angel, 'But how can this happen? I am a virgin.'" ~ Luke 1:34
This verse completely speaks for itself, but I understand her question. She immediately knew the consequences for an unwed mother, so it makes me wonder if her question, though simple, had more meaning behind it. Mary's virginity is the key to Jesus' birth. It wouldn't mean as much if she were married, especially in today's world. I think Mary's question was for us too. If we can't fully grasp the virgin birth, our foundation of faith won't be stable.
Almighty God, my heart is overwhelmed at Your wisdom and creativity. Open my eyes, heart and mind to see, feel and know all You have for me through Jesus Your Son. May I keep my eyes on You this Christmas season. In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
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"Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 'Don't be afraid, Mary,' the angel told her, 'for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!'" ~ Luke 1:29-33
Confused and disturbed. I can imagine. Other versions translate as troubled or perplexed. I can safely say that if an angel appeared before me giving me compliments, I would be confused, perplexed and greatly troubled. But what comes next is amazing! Gabriel not only tells Mary, a virgin, that she will have a son, but he also tells her that this boy would be great and called the Son of the Most High (Almighty God) and his kingdom would reign forevermore. Whew! What a calling! I wonder if, momentarily, she felt a bit overwhelmed. As a mother myself, that seems like a lot of pressure. :) God's call on Mary was to fulfill prophecy. It was no surprise to the Lord, He had already made the way for Jesus to come and He was ready to bring Him on the scene!
Almighty God, I love you. I am so grateful for Your gift of Jesus. Help me not to lose the true meaning of our Christmas celebration: the Son of the Most High, whose kingdom will never end! Thank you, Lord! In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
"In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, 'Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!'" ~ Luke 1:26-28
Little did Mary know what was about to happen. Gabriel called her "favored woman". The King James Version states it like this: "..thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." God chose Mary specifically for the role she was about to take and He promised, through Gabriel, that He was with her.
Let's reflect on the amazing true story that is unfolding in front of us. May our hearts be open to worship God fully this Christmas season!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us so much You sent Your Son to pay our debt of sin. Help us to remember You are always with us, and with You all things are possible. In Jesus' sweet name, amen.
Long before Jesus was born, his birth was foretold. As we begin our advent countdown today, let's reflect on God's word as we read about the prophecy and fulfillment of Jesus' first coming.
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past." ~ Micah 5:2
"All right then, the Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')." ~ Isaiah 7:14
"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6
Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your Word, your truth. Thank you for the fulfillment of prophecy. May our hearts be filled with love and joy as we celebrate Jesus this season and as we prepare for His second coming. In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
Isaiah 9:6 bring these lyrics to mind. Such a beautiful song and praise to our God.
lyrics by: John Wimber
Isn't He (isn't He)
Isn't He (isn't He)?
Prince of Peace
Son of God, isn't He?
Isn't He (isn't He)
Isn't He (isn't He)
Counselor, Almighty God,
Isn't He? Isn't He? Isn't He?
Praise God with me today, and share Him with someone else!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.