Sunday, December 11, 2016

25 Thoughts on Christmas # 10

“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

In Luke 1:39 – 45, we read that Mary came to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Both of them had received visits from angels and both of them had baby boys miraculously developing within their womb.  When Mary walked through the door of Elizabeth’s home and their eyes met for the first time, we’re told that she was “filled with the Holy Spirit” and began to prophecy over Mary.  One of the things she said was that Mary was blessed because she believed.  The question I have for you is this: How different would your life look if you didn’t just believe in God but you BELIEVED God? I’m convinced that our outlook on life changes when we start taking God up on His Godness. 

Ephesians 1:18 – 19a reads,  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” I love the last line there Incomparably great power for us who believe.”  I read those verses and see that God’s power is so great that I literally need God’s power to understand God’s power! Recognizing God’s limitlessness is the first step to believing Him.

Can I tell you that nothing pleases God more than our belief in Him.  Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  If that is true, I believe the reverse is also true … with faith, it’s impossible not to please God.  This Advent season, I hope that you and I will be caught in the act of believing God.  May we be accused of being just naive enough to believe that God can do anything … that He can rise up to any challenge and can comfort any hurt.  Even in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances, situations, or obstacles, may our faith be anchored in a God who still likes to show off His power.   

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