“He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his offspring forever.” (Luke 1:54-55).
2). Mary was filled with the Spirit ~ As believers we have the Holy Spirit working in us, and there is nothing we can accomplish for God outside the power of the Holy Spirit … Do you tap into the power of the Spirit, or do you rely on your own strength to get you through difficult situations and trials? May we submit our lives to Him working in and through us always …..
“And the angel answered her, the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy; the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35).
3). Mary said “yes” to God’s plan for her life ~ She had an obedient, submissive, and humble heart …. Are we willing to say, “yes Lord,” to whatever task He calls you? May we be faithful, obedient servants …
“And Mary said, behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word.” (Luke 1:38).
4). Mary was quiet before the Lord and meditated on all He had done in her life … How often are we truly quiet before the Lord, just pondering on what He has done and is doing in our lives. Do we take the time to meditate on His Word?
“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19).
5). Mary turned to Jesus for help when she had a problem to be solved … When a problem arises where do we turn to first for guidance? Do we seek Christ or turn to others? Do we spend time worrying? Or do we point others toward Christ?
“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, they have no wine. And Jesus said to her, woman, what has this to do with me? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:3-5)
6). Mary was a woman of worship ~ She gave praise to her Lord knowing that the road before her was going to be a difficult one …. Do we praise Him in and through all circumstances in our lives?
“And Mary said, my soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47).
7). Mary trusted in the Lord and waited on the His timing ~ A virgin, betrothed to be married, and yet, she just had a visitation from an angel of the Lord telling her she is to give birth to the Son of God … How do you explain this one to Joseph? Mary didn’t take matters into her own hands, but let the Lord change Joseph’s heart …. How often do you feel the need to change your husbands instead of letting the Lord do His work in them? We women are born controllers, but we need to learn to trust God and wait on Him in all circumstances ….
“And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:19-20)
8). Mary was a chosen vessel of the Lord ~ If you are a child of God, then you have been chosen to be an instrument that God is using to fulfill His purposes. Mary was chosen to give spiritual life to the Son of God, and we are chosen to give spiritual life and encouragement to others … Are you living an eternally focused life? Do you take the time to share the truth of the life giving Gospel of Jesus Christ with others?
9). Mary was a faithful servant ~ When it seemed like everyone had deserted Jesus, His mother Mary was there, and she followed Him all the way to the cross …. Today there are not many professing believers who are ready to follow Jesus to the cross. Are you a true follower of Christ? Are you faithful to Jesus no matter the circumstances or the difficulty of what you may be called to endure? There are many who claim to be followers of Jesus, but are deceived (Matthew 7:21). If you are not sure you are a Christian, then I will pray with you or for you.
10). Mary knew with all certainty that Jesus was dying on the cross for her sins ~ Jesus was her son, but He was also her Savior. The child she loved, she also watched die on a cross for the sins of the world …. Do you know that Christ died for your sins? Have you repented and put your faith and trust in Him and in Him alone for your salvation? (Romans 10:9-10).
“And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed; and a sword will pierce through your own heart also, so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
In closing, the one lesson I hold to the most in all of this study is being able to say, “yes Lord.” What a privilege it is to be awakened to a new day and as I open my eyes, my first thought is to say “yes Lord” …
May we remember to have hearts that are submissive to God’s will for our lives. God’s call will look different to each one of us. He may call some of us to say yes to marriage, singleness, many children, few children, no children, adoption, missions overseas, missions in our homes, missions in our neighborhoods, difficult relationships, loss of loved ones, loss of relationships, life of riches, life of poverty and the list can go on and on; but one thing is for certain, and that is; He has called us all to be followers of Christ, and He calls us all to faithfulness ….
May we surrender our lives to His will and purpose for our lives. May we surrender to Him on bended knee and say, ‘Yes Lord, here am I. Send me.’ (Isaiah 6:8).
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are unfortunate and defenseless; open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the afflicted and needy. An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls. The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence], and he will have no lack of gain. She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax and works with willing hands in delight. She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure]; She brings her [household’s] food from far away. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and assigns tasks to her maids. She considers a field before she buys or accepts it [expanding her business prudently]; With her profits she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong. She sees that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead]. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle [as she spins wool into thread for clothing]. She opens and extends her hand to the poor, and she reaches out her filled hands to the needy. She does not fear the snow for her household, for all in her household are clothed in [expensive] scarlet [wool]. She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is linen, pure and fine, and purple [wool]. Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes [fine] linen garments and sells them; and supplies sashes to the merchants. Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared]. She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction]. She looks well to how things go in her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired); her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.” Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised. Give her of the product of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].” (Proverbs 31:8-31) AMP.
May God bless all of you richly and abundantly as you go about this week. May His face shine upon you. As this week brings that special day of Valentine’s around, if any of you be single, alone, or widowed as I am, or you simply have no one to make you feel loved, appreciated, or special; please know that you aren’t alone. In fact, you are deeply loved and cherished and of more value than you could ever comprehend. Jesus loves you so much that He gave His life and died for you just so that You could be with Him. He assures you of this with His promise: “I will never leave you or forsake you” and I care for you. May you find peace and comfort and be encouraged. God bless …. ❤