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An Anointed Mess
Monday, December 11
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
You’ll be hard pressed to find a true believer that would deny that the Bible is the Word of God. The entirety of Christian faith is built and founded upon the message contained within it’s pages. In spite of the fact that every word is God breathed and inspired, the scriptures will have no effect upon your life until you come to the place where you receive them as words from God to you not just the words of God. Mary knew what the prophet Isaiah had said about the Messiah and His coming. But after her divine encounter with Gabriel, the prophesy was no longer simply the words of God but they were personal words from God directly to her. Every promise in the Bible is available to you… but you will not experience the manifestation of them in your life until you allow the Holy Spirit to bring revelation of them into your life. Spend some time today allowing Him to reveal what God has spoken to you in His Word.
Tuesday, December 12
And he (Gabriel) came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
Did you know that God looks upon you with favor? He has never had a bad thought about you. He has never spoken an unloving word over you, even when you were at your worst. Every thought, word, and action that has ever come from the throne of God has been for your benefit and blessing. Even the things that may be convicting or correcting still come from a heart that is seeking to draw you close to Him in order to protect and promote you. Just like with Mary, who we have no record of ever ‘doing’ anything great or amazing to win God’s affection, He looks upon you with eyes of love and favor before you ever accomplish anything of significance. He has amazing plans for your life that He is wanting to reveal to you. So if you’ve been living life trying earn God’s respect or blessing, stop! He wants you to live knowing that you already have His favor and you don’t have to try to earn His love.
Wednesday, December 13
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
As the account of Mary’s angelic visitation is read year after year, the focus is almost always placed on the all of the promises Mary is given about the Child that she will be delivering - the great honor and privilege that it must have been to be given such an amazing position by God. What most people fail to realize is that along with the message she received came the mess it was going to cause. She would be subject to ridicule and judgement by her family and community. She would face being called an adulteress and the penalty for that was death by stoning. After all, who would believe that she saw an angel and was carrying God’s Child? From the moment she said “Yes” she knew that she would be walking out the mess that it would make out of her life. You must understand that when you receive a message from the Lord you must be ready to outlast the mess it may create. Believing God will always put you in opposition to the natural flow of life that your used to. This doesn’t mean that the promise is not worth the effort, but you risk falling into failure when you underestimate the challenge in front of you. You must want the promise badly enough to hang on through the difficulties that obtaining it may cause. Are you willing to do what it takes to see God’s will for your life come to pass? The challenge is always worth the effort when you see God’s will and promises manifest in your life.
Thursday, December 14
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Do you realize that God has something that He wants to birth in you? Just like with Mary, if you’ll allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and conceive a dream and calling within you. The Most High God will implant a gift of great significance within you that He will use to change the world. That gift will be birthed in your life for holy and divine purposes, it will enable you to fulfill the plans of God, and play a role in establishing His Kingdom here on Earth. The word ‘overshadow’ in today’s text simply means that when you’re comparing yourself to Him you let Him be bigger. Are you ready to walk out the call God has for you? Do you trust Him enough to let Him overshadow your life in order to bring about something good in this world? You are of great importance to the Kingdom and what He has planned for you will be revolutionary…not just for you but to those in need of the Kingdom coming into their lives.
Friday, December 15
38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
When most people hear the word ‘servant’ their minds immediately think of slavery or surrender. However, when you submit your life to Him by allowing Him to be God and commit to do His will, that term ‘servant’ becomes a position of empowered obedience. When you lay down your will to do His, He will grace and equip you to walk out anything that He asks you to do. Mary submitted her life to the calling that He had for her and she was empowered to be the mother of the Messiah. Through every challenge that came with such a daunting task, God’s grace was there to enable and sustain her life. She was able to witness the promise of God walk the Earth from birth, to death, to resurrection, to ascension, to experiencing Pentecost in the Upper Room. She got to walk with the Savior in a way that no one else ever did…and it all began with, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” By daily submitting your life to Him, He will empower you to see and do things that will have eternal significance.
Saturday, December 16
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
If you’re born again you are part of His eternal Kingdom. The things you do to see this Kingdom advance and grow will echo throughout eternity. Those who you reach with His divine love and mercy will have your obedience to credit for their salvation. When you choose look at things from an eternal perspective you’ll stop allowing temporary inconveniences and struggles to keep you from doing what’s needed to see the work of God accomplished. The comforts that bring about complacency will pale in comparison to the joy of knowing that someone’s eternal destiny is secure in Him. This life and all it’s joys and triumphs as well as it’s struggles and trials are simply a blink of an eye in comparison to eternity. It was this perspective that enabled Jesus to endure leaving His Father and living a life on Earth. He knew how long eternity is and a how short mortal life is. He chose to suffer for a short time so that man could live with Him forever. His eternal Kingdom will never end and He has a place for any and every person who would choose to receive His eternal salvation.
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