Fresh Hope – 9th December 2016

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.

Imagine the shock on Mary’s face and the public disgrace that she and her husband-to-be would have felt, knowing that they had not slept together and yet she was pregnant! The big question was for her…’how can this be…since I am a virgin?’

Down through the ages, God has called humble people, just like Mary, to be the carrier and incubator of a dream that will in some small or large way, change the world, or even just change a life.

When this interaction takes place between God and man there will always be questions asked of suitability, knowing that in your humble opinion, you are not cut out for such a task. It’s impossible.

God is not short on answers to any of our questions, but don’t expect Him to give loads of details, as He is often looking to you to merely read the headlines and then get on with it.

In responding to Mary’s question. God replies with just two brief confirming sentences:

The first being…’the Holy spirit will come upon you’, and the second being, ‘no word from God will ever fail.’

When doubting the very call of God upon your life, feeling that He has got the wrong person, you too just need to hear the same words that Mary did two thousand years ago…

…the Holy Spirit will come upon you

…no word from God will ever fail.

Don’t let seeming impossibilities rule out God from using you to carry His dream into this world; simply make yourself available and allow Him to do the rest.

Pastor Mark

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