DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-10-02
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 1:40-43
TRANSLATION: Amplified Bible (AMP)
BIBLE TEXT: 40 …. she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him. 42 And she exclaimed loudly, “Blessed [worthy to be praised] are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
APPLICATION: I’m sure by the time you arrive at this point in my devotional, you are probably wondering if I am way too anxious to bring on the Christmas story! For this is a clip from the all too familiar Christmas story that we hear read over and over every December in our churches. Fortunately, God’s Word is available for everyone to read, and God will reveal Himself to us as we read it, no matter what time of year it is, so that we may be drawn to Him. I follow a reading plan that takes me through the entire Bible at my own pace, so I will come across Scriptures that cover subjects like this, at almost any time during the year. Over and repeatedly, I’ve heard the story of Mary and Elizabeth’s meeting, and the joyous greeting mentioned in today’s Scripture. But I’ve never stopped to ponder how Elizabeth knew her cousin was pregnant. As I researched this, I realized that we will often say things to someone and later reflect on ‘where did that thought come from?’ In the case of Elizabeth, the answer is very prominent in the Scriptures, even though this particular translation actually spells it out best. I always focused in on the loving attitude in what Elizabeth said to her dear cousin, but never on where this revelation came from. Friends, I am reminded that when revelations like this come to us, we need not just focus on the attitude with which something was shared, who it comes from, nor the foreknowledge of the individual saying it, but rather be ready to thank God for revealing truth to someone we encountered that day; and for reaffirming something that we suspected from our own personal encounter with God. Often, God must challenge us because of our stubborn, hardened, hearts, otherwise we become satisfied with the status quo. We need each other, dear friends, and because of that, God may choose to work through others to get important updates to us. Therefore, let us not be weary in well doing; in loving one another just as Christ demonstrated for us; in sharing the teachings of Christ that God will impress upon us; and always allowing the Holy Spirit to complete His work through us. Remember, others are looking for God and many need God. May they always see what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through us, just as He did through Elizabeth in helping confirm the message given to Mary. May this affirmation be enough to draw them to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: May we learn to open our hearts and our mouths to what the Holy Spirit has to say, so that others may be drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ!
PRAYER: Lord, we can only come to You as empty vessels waiting to be filled with Your glory, Your wisdom, Your unselfish and unconditional love. Of ourselves, we are way too much like the world in which we live, and undesirable to the best and worst of the unsaved. Our advice to others are mere worldly opinions filled with doubt and despair, but with Jesus as our Savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit that resides inside of us as our comforter and helper, we too can be channels for Him to work through, just as He did for Elizabeth. There are many who need the Lord, oh that they may feel Your very presence knocking on their heart’s door, and may they recognize You in and through Your precious children here on earth. Draw them to You Lord, and please continue to work on us to be usable vessels through which You can minister to the unsaved. AMEN!
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