Responding to the Lord in Faith

May 14, 2013 | Tags: ,

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For nothing is impossible with God.

-Luke 1:37 NLT

When you read God’s promises in Scripture, how do you respond? “Oh, God can’t surely mean me? He means this for someone else.” But this is not how God wants us to respond to Him. If you are a born-again child of God, every single promise in Scripture is for you! Instead of responding in doubt, begin to respond in faith. When He speaks a promise to you, thank Him for it. Do not doubt the goodness of God because of who you think you are or what you’ve done in the past. His promises have nothing to do with your actions. They have everything to do with who He is.

Let’s look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her example today. When she was just a teenager, the angel Gabriel visited her with an extraordinary promise–that she would conceive, carry, and birth the Son of God! How did Mary respond? Let’s look at the Scripture together in Luke 1:26-38.

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.”

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Mary was an ordinary person, just like you and me. She was favored by God because He chose her, not based on anything she had done. God simply selected Mary, by His divine reason, to be the mother of Jesus. While she was confused at first by the angel’s visit, she never doubted his words. She did wonder how this would happen, but once told, she believed by faith that what the angel said would come true. She said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

Mary displayed a faith that Jesus is looking for in all of us–the faith of a child. We are to believe God’s promises in Scripture as a child believes. We are not to doubt or rationalize or try to intellectually figure it out. We are to believe. We are to receive, just as Mary did. And her faith blessed God and every single one of us today.

One of the obstacles to believing is that we want to figure out how. But we don’t have to know how God will do it, we just have to know the One who will. I’ve said to God many times, “Lord, I have no idea how you are going to do this, but I trust you will. You alone are God. I’m choosing to believe you today, even if I have no idea how. Nothing is impossible with you.”

Receive God’s promises to you today. Instead of doubting, choose to believe. Nothing is impossible with God.

By Courtney Silberman

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