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Thu, December 13, 2018

God Is With You

Luke 1:28 - The angel went to (Mary) and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary’s encounter with Gabriel ended in a profound response. “Be it unto me according to your word” (vs. 38). Did she have any idea that she would have to ride a donkey 80 miles to Bethlehem when she was nine months pregnant? Did she realize the turmoil her pregnancy would stir up in her family? Probably not. Mary’s assignment did not end with Christ’s birth. It ended at His empty tomb. Her assignment included highs and lows beyond anything she had experienced in her young life. Serving Christ will demand more than you know. One truth will hold you: The Lord is with you. Do not fear your commission. It comes with a promise: He will be with you.

Fri, December 14, 2018

Believe

Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.

Elizabeth prophesied over Mary with words of faith that confirmed the words of Gabriel. Mary was young, 14 or 15 years old. Yet God did not go to her father and ask permission to give Mary this assignment. God did not go to Joseph and ask his permission, either. He went directly to her with this huge request. “I am about to change the world. Will you go with me?” Have you heard the call of God, a call that seemed impossible, beyond imagination? He does not promise an easy road, but blessings come to those who believe. The big rewards come on the other side with our Savior’s words: “Well done.” Blessed are those who believe what the Lord says to them.

Sat, December 15, 2018

Mothers

Luke 1:46 – “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

So begins Mary’s “Magnificat”—her song of praise to God. Throughout the centuries Mary has been called “blessed.” She holds a unique place in history because she clothed Christ in human flesh and stood as an affirming force behind Him—all the way to the cross. Today, focus your prayers on our mothers. Pray for them to have strength to raise godly children who will grow up to fulfill their divine destinies in Christ. Pray for families to stand strong in spite of life’s destructive pull.