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Mary, the Lord’s servant!

Scripture reading for March 14th: Luke 1:26-56, Psalms 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Angels were busy when God was preparing to bring His Son into the world!  Zechariah, had a visit from Gabriel and was told about the birth of his son, John.   Zechariah questioned the angel about how this might be since he and his wife were old.  Zechariah was unable to speak for the whole pregnancy because of his unbelief.  Now Gabriel was sent again six months later to a young virgin named Mary.   “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)  This greeting troubled Mary and she was afraid.

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over He house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:30-33)  For a young girl who was engaged to be married, this announcement must have brought all kinds of questions.  These promises concerning the child were amazing! “Jesus”--the Lord Saves–was to be His name.  He would be great, taking the throne of David!  His kingdom would never end!  “How will this be?” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel Gabriel explained how she would be overshadowed with the power of the Most High and pregnant with the Son of God.  Nothing would be impossible with God!  Mary did not waver or hesitate at the angel’s explanation.  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)  Mary’s faith response is a beautiful example of how we should all respond to God’s will and direction.

Mary was blessed to carry in her body the Son of God and to nurse Him and raise him.  There are no menial tasks in God’s economy!  Whatever He has asked you to do is important to Him.  Many wait for an angel to deliver instructions, but this is not God’s normal way of directing His people.  His people hear His voice through His word and obey it.  Are you responding to God’s directions through His word?

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Fully equipped to serve!

Scripture reading for October 24th: 2nd Timothy 2:22-3:17

The last days would be full of trouble and terrible times for Christians.  Idolatry and godlessness would abound and selfishness would bring great violence and sin to the earth.  People would become lovers of pleasure and reject God as the supreme lover.  Even the church would be affected by those with just a form of godliness but no real power to live a holy life.  (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)  False teachers would also arise and oppose the truth of the Gospel and those who were faithfully preaching it.  Those living godly in Christ Jesus would suffer persecution. (2nd Timothy 3:12)

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  . . And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2nd Timothy 2:22, 24-26)  Pastor Timothy must actively pursue God through prayer and the word.  The character of Christ will then enable him to effectively reach out to those who are opposing him.  All men are important to God and God wants them all saved.  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  Satan is the one who is blinding them and has taken them captive to do his will.  The Gospel message, when presented with a loving spirit, will effectively break the bondage of the devil’s trap!

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 14-17)  Timothy lacked nothing that he needed.   He had good teachers, the Holy Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit.  The word of God thoroughly equipped him for every good work!  Have you become convinced of that too?

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Mary, the Lord’s servant!

Scripture reading for March 14th: Luke 1:26-56, Psalms 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Angels were busy when God was preparing to bring His Son into the world!  Zechariah, had a visit from Gabriel and was told about the birth of his son, John.   Zechariah questioned the angel about how this might be since he and his wife were old.  Zechariah was unable to speak for the whole pregnancy because of his unbelief.  Now Gabriel was sent again six months later to a young virgin named Mary.   “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)  This greeting troubled Mary and she was afraid.

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over He house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:30-33)  For a young girl who was engaged to be married, this announcement must have brought all kinds of questions.  These promises concerning the child were amazing!  “Jesus”–the Lord Saves–was to be His name.  He would be great, taking the throne of David!  His kingdom would never end!  “How will this be?” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel Gabriel explained how she would be overshadowed with the power of the Most High and pregnant with the Son of God.  Nothing would be impossible with God!  Mary did not waver or hesitate at the angel’s explanation.  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)  Mary’s faith response is a beautiful example of how we should all respond to God’s will and direction.

Mary was blessed to carry in her body the Son of God and to nurse Him and raise him.  There are no menial tasks in God’s economy!  Whatever He has asked you to do is important to Him.  Many wait for an angel to deliver instructions, but this is not God’s normal way of directing His people.  His people hear His voice through His word and obey it.  Are you responding to God’s directions through His word?

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