Mary had been told that she would give birth to the Christ Child and that she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. As a young girl you can imagine what an impossibility that would have seemed to be to her young heart’s understanding. And yet when the angel of the Lord, Gabriel, had spoken those things to her heart she fully embraced them as the “word” from the Lord for her life; her destiny was set into motion. She immediately arose and went to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who also was pregnant with a miracle child. It was as Mary walked into the room that the child within Elizabeth recognized the babe in Mary’s womb as being the Christ child, the Son of the Living God. Elizabeth then spoke these words “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
In the early stages of a pregnancy there is no feeling of movement, no outward “showing” of a baby growing within the mother’s womb. The mother simply trusts that even though there are no visible signs to evidence the pregnancy, nevertheless, there is a baby growing within her. Mary had to “believe” before she could “receive”. When the angel of the Lord spoke those words to Mary she had to believe that they were words directly from God to her that applied to her life at that very moment. In God’s economy, believing always comes before receiving. We receive by God’s grace and through our faith. Our faith is the believing part; the part that we play in seeing the manifestation of God’s word come to pass in our lives. Mary knew that this was God’s word to her. She opened her heart to believe and receive and it became a reality!
What has God spoken to your heart today that you need to place your trust in. Are you believing for it to happen or are you questioning whether it really could become a reality? Questions come from doubt and doubt indicates a lack of trust. To fully believe you must push the doubts aside and embrace God’s word at all costs. Mary realized the questions that would arise, the reputation that would be marred through unbelieving people around her, and yet she still fully embraced God’s will for her life. She pushed the naysayers that could speak doubt into her mind away and went to spend time with someone who was experienced in seeing the miraculous power of God at work in her life.
Sometimes you have to pull away from the doubters; the unbelievers around you and secure yourself close to those that you know will support you in believing that what God has promised will come to pass. Peter refers to people of “like precious faith” joining together in 2 Peter 1:1. It is the ones who are willing to believe to receive that will see the manifest presence of God in their lives.
Will you be a believer today or a doubter?
Father, I thank You for the good promises You have given us from Your word. And I thank You that it is by Your Spirit that You bring into manifestation those promises. Father, as we work with You and cooperate with Your Spirit, it is done through our believing; that is our part to play in seeing Your promises fulfilled in our lives. Just as Mary, we must say “Let it be to me me according to Your word”, Father. I pray this morning for those who may be struggling in their ability to believe. Father, I pray that You will strengthen them in their faith walk and speak encouraging words of assurance that they can believe in You; they can trust You to fulfill the plan that You have for their lives. Father, may be be fully persuaded that You are able to do all that You have said You will do in our lives. May our faith be strong and dependent upon Your Spirit to see the power of God manifest in and through us today! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.