Tag: Matthew 1:20-23
Scripture reading for January 1: Matthew 1
As we begin 2016, I have chosen, after prayer, to go through the New Testament again this year. I will do one chapter each day for five days each week and chose one scripture or short portion from each chapter and apply the verses to help believers overcome the world, flesh, and Devil. Let me encourage you to read with me through the New Testament or even the whole Bible this year. Ask the Lord each day for fresh manna to feed your soul and give you overcoming power and the joy of victory! It is the Lord who always leads us in triumph in Christ Jesus!
Key Scriptures: Matthew 1:20-23 “But after he had considered this, (divorcing Mary because she was pregnant) an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,”Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel”–which means, “God is with us.”
Joseph was a righteous man who encountered a difficult situation. His fiancee’ Mary was found to be pregnant and they had not yet come together! His natural thinking was to divorce her quietly and move on. But God broke in with amazing instructions that were hard to understand and would require great humility and faith. He was to take Mary as his wife and name the Son to be born “Jesus”. This angel also told Joseph that the child was from the Holy Spirit and would save His people from their sins. Joseph believed the angel and by faith, obeyed!
Observations for over-comers: If we are to overcome our fears and walk in victory, we must hear God’s Word and obey! In doing so, we, like Joseph, help our Lord bring His Word to fulfillment and hasten the day of His coming! “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)