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God Still speaks to us
As we go through this series, it is important to understand that God speaks to us. He speaks in many ways, but the #1 way is His Word! Imagine that, word you need is right there sitting on your shelf, or in an app. We have 24/7 easy access. The Bible doesn’t just exist to tell us stories that happened a long time ago. It speaks to us NOW! When I read the Word of God, I’m looking for a NOW word. I’m looking for something that is going to speak to my current situation. I’m looking for something that will reveal who God is so I can apply it to where I’m at.
So, if you’re struggling with something today – Get in His Word!
Last week the prophetic word was Salvation. Jesus was sent for Salvation. We were separated from God because of Sin; Jesus came to defeat Sin and reconcile us to the Father. This week we will look at the prophetic words Favored and Blessed.
Key Passages: Luke 1: 26-45 (NKJV)
26 Now in the sixth month (Elizabeth’s Pregnancy) the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Mary was blessed among all women. I am sure there were moments when Mary didn’t feel blessed. She was unmarried, pregnant and had to tell Joseph, her betrothed, that she was expecting. Without faith, her blessing probably seemed like the opposite. We must remember God is there to help us walk in the things he calls us to.
We often think that blessing means, “I have more than enough” or “people benefit simply because I am there.” Our definition is wrong. Blessing means happy. Jesus frequently taught about blessings. He declared that despite present difficulties, the promises of God’s salvation and His kingdom bring a state of happiness and recognized favor with God ( Matt 5:3-10; Luke 6:20-22 ).
Q: What does the word “Blessed” mean to you?
We think Favor means always moving forward. That nothing slows me down or gets in my way. Favor means Grace. When you walk into a room and the atmosphere changes, people around you can sense God’s presence. Jesus died on the cross so we could receive an abundance of God’s favor. God is kind to us and wants the best for our lives. Grace is the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God. The greatest gift of all is forgiveness of our sins through salvation in Jesus Christ. Because of the grace God gives us, we can show grace to others as we seek to follow Jesus.
Q: What does that word “Favored” mean to you?
Believing God and Trusting in His Plan!
Walking in favor and blessings requires us to hear God. Our purpose in life is the same purpose that Mary had… to bring the Savior of the world to the world!
Unfortunately, we want everything to be paved and smooth. When bumps in the road come, we start to question God. Did we lose favor? What happened to the expected blessing? Did I take a wrong turn? Miss God?
No matter what you are facing don’t be swayed by the roller coaster around you. When things in this world aren’t going well, get in the word, trust His plan, and lay down your life.
Simply put, Hear – Believe – Obey.
Remember, your circumstances do not dictate the favor and blessings of God on your life.
Mary & Joseph experienced favor and blessing because they obeyed God. They faced many more setbacks throughout their journey. They had many struggles. However, there were 3 things that sustained them always no matter what.
- Heard God Speak – Get in His WORD!
- Believed – Trusted His Plan
- Obeyed – Died to themselves
Q: What has God spoken to you? What has he called you to? What challenges have you faced? Did they change God’s calling?