June 12, 2019
Luke 1:26-38 New Life Version (NLV)
Our Scripture this week is drawing our attention to the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who brings us into the realm of God when our minds, wills, and emotions are actually willing to stop fighting the reality of Truth. We fight to understand everything with our natural senses and God’s mystery of salvation is only received and revealed by the Holy Spirit. How powerful is the Holy Spirit?
Well, in our passage today, the Spirit comes upon Mary and the power of the Most High covers her and she becomes pregnant with Messiah; no man involved. Pretty powerful, right? The kind of news the angel delivered from God to Mary cannot be receive in the natural, because it makes no sense to us. But, it is nonetheless Truth about the power of God over the natural realm. We must surrender our limited human understanding in order to receive his unlimited divine wisdom and provision.
Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel Speaks to Mary
26 Six months after Elizabeth knew she was to become a mother, Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth. Nazareth was a town in the country of Galilee. 27 He went to a woman who had never had a man. Her name was Mary. She was promised in marriage to a man named Joseph. Joseph was of the family of David. 28 The angel came to her and said, “You are honored very much. You are a favored woman. The Lord is with you. *You are chosen from among many women.”
29 When she saw the angel, she was troubled at his words. She thought about what had been said. 30 The angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid. You have found favor with God. 31 See! You are to become a mother and have a Son. You are to give Him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great. He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the place where His early father David sat. 33 He will be King over the family of Jacob forever and His nation will have no end.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I have never had a man.” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you. The power of the Most High will cover you. The holy Child you give birth to will be called the Son of God.
36 “See, your cousin Elizabeth, as old as she is, is going to give birth to a child. She was not able to have children before, but now she is in her sixth month. 37 For God can do all things.” 38 Then Mary said, “I am willing to be used of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel went away from her.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit to bring me revelation. It is the Spirit who helps me receive the good things you have in store for my life and the work of your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.