“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
It’s a compelling thought: God speaks jaw-dropping promises to His women, and, if we dare to believe Him, we’ll be blessed ….
Consider Mary, an average young woman living a quiet little life in Nazareth, tending to her family’s chores while daydreaming about her engagement to Joseph ….
Suddenly, the angel Gabriel steps from Heaven onto her humble patch of earth and says something outrageous. He makes a promise that could never be fulfilled through mere human effort ….
He declares the upcoming birth of a Savior — the long-awaited Messiah — through her, a virgin. He makes it clear she is God’s chosen vessel and through her, the stunning plan of redemption will occur. And then Mary does something equally outrageous —
She believes ….
In spite of her initial misgivings and not quite understanding how it will all work, she chooses to believe what God tells her. And history declares her blessed among women ….
Meet the Scripture where it all started, the first chapter of Luke. I call it every woman’s verse:
“And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Isn’t that totally amazing? God speaks. He gives the promise. And we believe. Simple, right? And yet, sometimes not so simple maybe?
And why would I say that? Well, because believing God’s promises is sometimes the hardest part. Believing is daring. Believing flies in the face of all we’re experiencing. We feel uncertain, fearful, worried and anxious. Our faith feels woefully wobbly and feeble ….
But — if we dare to believe, we’ll be blessed among women. This truth holds the capacity to anchor our hearts while we face the two struggles every woman experiences ….
Our first struggle is to believe we are who God says we are ~
Unfortunately, we often believe less about ourselves; we believe lies instilled in us at young ages, messages that how we are is how we’ll always be —
“you’re nothing but unlovable. No one could ever love you” …..
“you’re damaged goods. You’re just too broken” ….
Struggles with stubbornness, strife, feelings of inadequacy, self-esteem, or the ability to hold a grudge are simply a given — a family legacy like freckles, muscular legs or blue eyes ….
We’ve accepted a lesser version of ourselves. What if, like Mary, we pondered and then truly accepted and simply dared to believe that we are who God says we are?
* Beautiful (Song of Solomon 1:15);
* Accepted (Ephesians 1:6);
* New creations (2 Corinthians 5:17);
* Precious in His sight (Isaiah 43:4);
* Unquestionably free (John 8:36);
* Chosen (John 15:16).
Our second struggle is to believe the stunning promises God whispers to our hearts ~
How many times do we struggle because what God speaks to our hearts makes no sense? We wonder, “How? How can this happen since _____”? I certainly could fill in that blank ….
I struggle to grasp God’s infinite abilities, because the deep issues I wrestle with in private seem impossible to overcome, at least to me. Or sometimes I’m baffled by the logistics. Though we desperately long to believe, so much of what we see is the exact opposite of the promise ….
Our hearts soak in the promise — but cannot comprehend the how of it all. This is precisely why God has told us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
What if we dared to believe God could do anything — literally anything at all — in and through us?
What if, like Mary, our hearts were open in the midst of our most baffling, uncomfortable, unlikely situations?
God births supernatural things through women. He whispers to our imperfect hearts and beckons us to believe His stunning promises. Even when we’re a hot mess, as I was, and sometimes still am. When we dare to believe Him, He is honored. He is glorified. And His promises begin to unfold. God will in no way despise or turn away anyone who places their trust in Him …
As God birthed the Messiah through Mary, His chosen vessel, so He births beautiful things through each of us. He restores beauty for ashes …
What promises are you holding on to? Has God whispered a stunning promise to your heart — one so big there’s no way it can be accomplished apart from Him? Or maybe you’re gripped by the fear that there is no promise for you. Remember, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
If you’ve ever felt like you’re somewhere between a rock and a hot mess, you’re not alone. And contrary to how it might seem, you’re actually in a good place. A divine place, where holy promise exists. A place where every woman can dare to believe and embrace all God offers. A place of brokenness is where the blessings abound …
“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” (Job 42:2)
Did you catch that? That’s a nugget right there you could ponder on all day. When God has a calling upon your life; nothing you do nor anything else will stop it. His divine purpose cannot be restrained or thwarted. Plain and simple — if He said it — that settles it. God’s Word is irrefutable, indisputable, and undeniably true …..
In conclusion, I would challenge you to step out of the box of familiarity and step into His Word. Here are a few specific prompts you can pray this week to cultivate faith as you dare to believe:
* Ask God to bring your heart into alignment with His heart. (Matthew 6:10)
* Ask Him to cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will. (Proverbs 16:3)
* Ask Him to send strength and encouragement to your heart. (Isaiah 40:29)
* Ask Him to strengthen your faith. (Mark 9:23-24)
Don’t grow weary or give up hope. Your healing will come. Your restoration will come. Your deliverance is at hand. Trust in your Redeemer and stand on faith. I like what this says: “she realized and obtained” the promise. Sometimes the only thing stopping us from change is to realize it’s us. Dare to believe …. Blessings ❤