Gabriel announces Christ’s birth

Luke 1:26-38 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Mary only had one question, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”  When Gabriel tells her that the Lord will overshadow her and she will become pregnant, she doesn’t question further, she just says “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  To have the faith of Mary, to not question God but to say, “Lord, use me according to your will.” If God says speak to that person in the grocery store, do we question “But, what will I say?” or do we strike up a conversation, knowing God will give us the words we need? God promises us that he will give us the words to speak when we need them.  Matthew 10:19-20 says “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to study and know God’s word, that He will just give us the answer. God may just give you Matthew 6:33 for you to quote. God expects us to be well versed, after all, the Bible tells us to be instant in season and out of season, and if we do not know our scripture, how can we be instant?

Go look up Matthew 6:33 and memorize it, if you already know it, find another verse to memorize! I think I’m going to start a weekly challenge! Memorize 1 verse every week. Get your kids in on it! It took my DC (dear children) 1 week to memorize Matthew 6:33 and the youngest were still 6 when we did. Our Wednesday night group memorized Psalm 23 in a month, with ALL of the children ages 2-11 learning the whole passage and standing up in front of the church quoting it. They all learned the books of the Bible too. ALL OF THEM! SO NO EXCUSES! Look at the weekly challenge, I’m going to start TODAY! I’ll post a weekly challenge every Wednesday. We may just have to do this at church too!

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