Receiving a Word from the Lord.

In Luke chapter 1 is the story of Zacharias, Elisabeth and Mary receive a word from the Lord. The angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias first as he was performing his duties as priest in the temple. Gabriel told Zacharias about his son John and about Jesus. Zacharias didn’t believe Gabriel, even though he was in the Holy of Holies in the presence of God. He couldn’t speak because God took it, until he uttered John’s name when he was born. Then Gabriel appeared to Mary in Nazareth and told her that she would conceive a son who would be the Son of God. Mary was engaged to Joseph but they hadn’t married yet. Mary asked how this would happen and Gabriel said by the Holy Spirit. Then Gabriel told her about her cousin Elisabeth being pregnant. By faith, Mary accepted the word from God. Then she went to visit Elisabeth until she had the baby. Mary returned home to face Joseph. She didn’t know how to tell Joseph, but she trusted. In those days, engaged women who got pregnant before they married were, by the Law of God, stoned to death. This is the other side of a word from God where you put it into practice. You may find yourself in a situation like Mary. She could have been killed and at least ostracized by her family and friends. She trusted God and pressed on. She told Joseph who didn’t believe her at first. God spoke to Joseph and took Mary as his wife. The experience was real. It is the same for us. When God speaks to us about His will, we look at it in the natural and say it can’t be done. But when we look at it in the Spirit, we can see how it works. Once we receive from God, then it is up to us to put it into practice. It can be a fearful thing. But God goes before and path is clear. We just have to walk in it. What is God telling you? How long have you put it off because you are afraid? Now is the time, today is the day of salvation.

Crain Blanchard.

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