Not Ordinary

Mary the mother of Jesus was just a simple ordinary person with an everyday life—just like you and me. But was she really—simple, ordinary, average? Are you? Maybe in the worlds eyes, but not so in God’s.

I’ve been looking through the archives of my blogs for something to repost while I’m on vacation and stopped at these three very short blogs about Mary. I am always captivated by the way God used her. It gives me hope, that God would use me to do the impossible!

I combined all three with the scripture reference at the end. Read and enjoy. Marvel at how God used Mary and dream of the possibilities of how He will use you!

Blog One:  When the angel spoke to Mary informing her that she would conceive a child, she responded in wonder. How could this happen, since she had never been with a man?

The angel told her “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you.”

Basically what happened to Mary was the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and impregnated her with Jesus.

Everyone, no matter our relationship with God, can know Him more—know Him deeper still.

I want to encourage you to invite God Most High to come upon you—allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to overshadow you. Allow Him to implant yet another degree of Jesus—the gift of love and life in you.

Blog Two:  The angel greets Mary, telling her “Rejoice highly favored one.” Then in response to her alarm he says to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Next he enlightens her;  she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowing her and bring forth a son who will reign and be called the Son of God. And that’s not all, he relays the message that her relative who is well past child bearing age has conceived as well.

She was just informed of impossibilities. In the natural we would see these as nothing but impossible—but in the supernatural we can view any impossibility as possible.

I love thinking about Mary. At this point in her life she’s a young, unmarried virgin, being told she is going to be the mother of Jesus, Savior of the world. What was she thinking? Did she view the angel’s words as impossible? Or did God choose her because she had deep unwavering faith?

Mary found favor with God. His eye was on her, He chose her; bestowing on her the highest honor given to a human being. Jesus the Son of God would take residence in her womb. She would give birth to, nurture and raise God’s very own Son. It was unprecedented. How could this be possible?

Gabriel the angel assures her, “With God nothing will be impossible.”

Everyday the Holy Spirit of God wants to fill our human heart and rule our human soul. Everyday God asks us to do the impossible.

When He looks to us, what will He find? Will He find deep unwavering faith as He found in Mary?

Everyday God wants us to conceive or give birth to a miracle in our life, will we say it’s impossible? Or will we believe the angel’s words—”With God nothing is impossible”

Mary’s impossible was first: not to be afraid. Second: realize she was favored by God. Third: understand that no matter how controversal or difficult her situation got, God was bestowing a gift on her. And last but not least she had to exercise her faith and believe God—the One who loved her—the One whom she loved and trusted—to do the impossible for her—not just for a day but for a life time.

What impossibility are you facing? What does God want you to conceive or give birth to?

No matter your circumstance, remember:

*Do not be afraid
*You are favored by God
*God has gifted you
*Exercise your faith—believe God—the One who loves you—the one who you trust and love—to do the impossible for you!

For with God nothing will be impossible!

Blog Three:  Gabriel’s eloquent words unfold before Mary, painting for her a picture of God’s beautifully detailed, master plan. A designed arrangement that embraced her world. Plans foretold long before she ever took her first breath. Plans that would rearrange her life forever.

How did Mary respond?

How would you respond?

Her response causes my heart to marvel—yearning for the same simple trust and pure faith in God.

Savor the words of a selfless girl…“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

Mary responded with a sincere, yes Lord. Let your will be done in me as You desire. No reasoning just, yes Lord.

Let us carry the humble posture of Mary the Mother of our Savior. May the same sweet words be on our heart as well as our lips…yes Lord…”Let it be to me according to your word.”

Luke 1:26-38 “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! ”But when she saw him she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

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