The Choice to Believe God
"And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord." Luke 1:45
What happened with Mary for Jesus to come to earth is the same thing that happens to us.
Experiences of Mary
1. Long ago in the town of Nazareth, lived a young Jewish girl named Mary. She was engaged to be married to Joseph, who was a carpenter. One day while Mary was at home, an angel, Gabriel, suddenly appeared. Gabriel came to Mary and said, "...Hail, thou that art favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Luke 1:28. Mary was greatly troubled, not by the angel's presence, but at the angel's words. She was a poor peasant girl who lived a simple life and wasn't used to being greeted with words so grand and magnificent. Hail is a formalized greeting wishing one well, but highly favored is a powerful phrase. Favor is to receive grace; it speaks of approval, blessings, good will and participation in a divine plan and eternal purpose. Mary did not know that God looked at her as highly favored, blessed among women or that the Lord was with her.
2. Gabriel senses Mary's surprise and concern and reassures her not to be afraid. He told her that she will be with child and give birth to a son named Jesus (Savior); He will be great and called the Son of the Most High; God will give Him the throne of His father David and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever (Luke 1:31-32). The Holy One to be born is the Divine being joined with a human. Mary is a human, but her child, conceived by the Holy Spirit, is of God. Can you imagine what thoughts must have gone through Mary's mind as she listened to Gabriel's announcement about the child she would conceive? As she listened to the angel, she must have wrestled with the consequences that would surely come into her life if she accepted God's call. What God says about our proper position in Him makes us think about our behavior. It is not good behavior God expects of us. The angel did not ask Mary to clean up her life, but to believe. When we experience God moving us to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, we experience Him being born in our heart. We, as believers, bring Jesus into our world spiritually as Mary brought Jesus to the world physically. We accept Jesus as Savior, we find the Lord. "Thank you Lord, I have found You!"
Mary asked, "...How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" Luke 1:34. The angel responded with what is humanly possible, a new idea. It's not taking classes for religion, but it's a supernatural move of the Holy Spirit. "...The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee..." Luke 1:33. The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to believe... it is a miracle! Lydia heard Paul speaking and the Lord opened her heart to believe (Acts 16:14). When we speak Jesus Christ's name, something happens inside of us. It doesn't just happen at Salvation, it happens for strength and energy as well. Lord Jesus Christ, You in me by the Holy Spirit, You are my miracle of peace, power, plenty and purpose... NOW! Amen.
4. Mary was a young woman who trusted God and replied, "Behold (this is the truth, pay attention) the handmaid of the Lord (she was saying she did not belong to herself); be it unto me according to thy word." Luke 1:38. Her response could have been one of doubt and unbelief, but it was one of wonder and faith. Mary made a powerful choice to do God's Will; she was open to receive the provision of promise.
5. The angel gave testimony to a miracle, telling that Elizabeth, who was beyond childbearing years, was pregnant. That which looked impossible is possible with God. It is possible for us to have great peace, great health and great purpose. All things are possible is what we believe (Mark 9:22).
6. The angel followed his testimony with a faith statement, "For with God, nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37. This is a hope giving statement; it is a motivational statement to keep us alive and fulfilled with purpose. Gabriel was assuring Mary that God will do everything He promises! Whatever in life appears to be impossible, look at it and say, "All things are possible with God. I believe, therefore, I speak (II Corinthians 4:13).
Heavenly Father, I am thankful You came to earth and named Yourself Jesus Christ so I could relate to others, be saved, healed, restored and completely renewed. I pray this as I learn and understand so I can become a clearer love channel for others. I say this to be so by Jesus Christ's name. Amen!