Posts from December 2019

Posts from December 2019

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 10, 2019

Luke 1:45 (NIV)  “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”  Both Mary and Elizabeth had suffered disappointment and misunderstanding;  but now both of them celebrated their miracles.  Both would be mothers of men who were filled with God’s Spirit and called into supernatural ministry.  In the days that followed,  the women probably stayed in touch,  encouraged each other,  reminded one another of God’s miraculous power,  and helped each other keep…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 9, 2019

Matthew 1:21  (NIV)  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.  Jesus is the Greek form of the Jewish name,  Joshua,  which means Jehovah is salvation.  The angel told Joseph in a dream that Mary’s son would grow up to become the Savior.  Can you imagine how Joseph felt upon hearing these words?  Think of the relief He felt in knowing that his…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2019

Luke 1:35 (NIV)  The angel answered,  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,  and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…”  When the Spirit of God overshadows us,  anything is possible.  The Word became flesh  (John 1:14)  through the incarnation of Jesus.  God came to us in the person of Jesus who said,  “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”  (John 14:9).  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2019

Luke 1:34 (NIV)  “How will this be?”  Mary asked the angel,  “since I am a virgin?”  Mary asked a reasonable question,  and the angel answered her question without rebuke.  God does not mind our questions;  we have a reasonable faith.  The angel not only answered Mary’s question but also gave her exciting news about another miracle baby to be born into the family  (vs. 36).  Elizabeth was six months into her pregnancy;  and this information provided Mary with a touchstone…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 2019

Luke 1:29 (NIV)  Mary was greatly troubled at  (Gabriel’s)  words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her,  “Do not be afraid,  Mary,  you have found favor with God.”  Mary tried to process the supernatural with her human mind,  and fear began to overwhelm her senses.  Immediately,  the angel intervened with words of comfort.  How easily fear takes over when we cannot understand something outside the boundaries of our everyday normal experiences.  The…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4, 2019

Luke 1:26  (NIV)  …God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth,  a town in Galilee.  Notice that the angel began the conversation with Mary by using two strong affirmations:  that of God’s love,  and that of God’s presence.  Knowing that God loves us and that He is with us are two essential truths that provide a strong foundation for life and service.  God knew the hardships that would come to Mary.  She would face emotional highs and lows beyond what any…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2019

Luke 1:11 (NIV)  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to (Zechariah)… Zechariah was going about his daily duties when the angel appeared to him.  You’d think that,  being a priest,  Zechariah would have responded differently to the angel;  but his response to Gabriel’s joyful news was one of fear and unbelief.  Why is it so difficult to connect faith with life?  It is because we live with a reality based in our five senses and it is difficult to…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2019

Luke 1:6  (NIV)   Both of them were upright in the sight of God,  observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.  But they had no children,  because Elizabeth was barren;  and they were both well along in years.  Both Zechariah and Elizabeth had noble heritages and both walked blamelessly before God;  yet Elizabeth remained barren.  How many years had they trusted God for a child?  How many times had they prayed?  Zechariah and Elizabeth trusted God with their barrenness…