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Mary Said

Author: UEC Team
Date: December 21, 2016

Bible Meditation

[ecko_quote source=" Luke 1:37-38"]Mary said…. Let it be to me according to Your Word[/ecko_quote]

Devotional Thought

When God told Mary she was going to give birth to the Christ-child, she asked how it could be possible. Perhaps God has been telling you things He wants to do through you, but you are looking at your own limitations and asking, “How will this be? (Luke 1:34) “You are telling God, I do not have the training the experience, the skills, or the connections. And I certainly don’t have the strength to accomplish it alone”.

Like Mary, you are thinking only in the natural, that you must have man’s help to do it. If you have been wondering how God will make things come to pass in your life, remember, He will accomplish the task. No man will get the credit for your deliverance. He told Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you” (Luke 1:35). The Holy Spirit can impregnate you with a vision, inspire you with creative ideas, introduce you to the right people, and empower you to do the job. God had a special plan for Mary, and He has one for you too. You are not privileged to see the future. You do not know all that He has in store for you. However, He has a plan. He will tell you as you obey step by step.

After the angel spoke to Mary, do you know what she said? Let it be to me according to Your Word (Luke 1:38). Not according to my martial status, or my job, or my finances, or what I deserve. No, “Let it be to me according to Your Word”. Was that easy to do? No, she was taking an extreme risk; to be pregnant brought dire consequences in those days. Yet she gave herself willingly to God- and the result was truly miraculous.

The most blessed Word for me in the Bible is Zechariah 4:6 which states “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”. This verse is often quoted when speaking of doing the work of God, and doing so follows a correct spiritual principle. When God does something, it is not done through physical strength. It is interesting that might literally means "arms," and power refers to physical activity. The work of God is not going to be done through feats of arms, military victories, or anything that requires physical fighting or contention. Nor can it be accomplished by any amount of physical activity.

As much work and effort as men put into it, they are not what will get God's work done properly. They will be helpful, certainly, because God works through men, and men must exert themselves in order to do God's will. Nevertheless, He says clearly here that all the credit goes to His Spirit. God Himself is at work! Our job is to submit, to do the things that must be done. We must do what the Spirit directs us to do, but God will receive the credit, not us. We could do none of these works by our own means.

Action Point

God gives the ability. He gives the inspiration, the strength, and the endurance. He opens the doors. He supplies the manpower, the money, and the other resources to go through those doors. He supplies favour so that the doors can be opened. We merely walk through them.

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