Mary’s Response

DECEMBER 18TH, 2022      |    The angel Gabriel, a messenger of God, was sent to Mary, a young virgin who was engaged to be married. He said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:28 NKJV).

Detecting Mary’s alarm and troubled reaction, Gabriel dispelled her fear with the truth, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30 NKJV).

Gabriel continued God’s message, saying that Mary would conceive and bring forth a Son, not just any son, but Jesus, God’s own Son (see Luke 1:26-45)!

“But how can this happen? I’m a virgin” Mary asked (Luke 1:34 NLT).

Gabriel explained the plan, and Mary responded, “I’m the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38 NIV).

Later, Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, explained, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said” (Luke 1:45 NLT).

Because of Mary’s willingness and faith, God blessed her with His favor and entrusted her with His Son!

Do not be afraid of God’s plan for you. Place your confident trust in God’s Word. Take hold of His promises and boldly say, “I’m willing. I trust You, God.” “Let it be done to me according to Your Word” (Luke 1:38 NKJV). Then watch God’s favor accomplish what only He can do.

Mary’s Response

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

–Luke 1:38 ESV

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

–Luke 1:38 ESV

The angel Gabriel, a messenger of God, was sent to Mary, a young virgin who was engaged to be married. He said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:28 NKJV).

Detecting Mary’s alarm and troubled reaction, Gabriel dispelled her fear with the truth, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30 NKJV).

Gabriel continued God’s message, saying that Mary would conceive and bring forth a Son, not just any son, but Jesus, God’s own Son (see Luke 1:26-45)!

“But how can this happen? I’m a virgin” Mary asked (Luke 1:34 NLT).

Gabriel explained the plan, and Mary responded, “I’m the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38 NIV).

Later, Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, explained, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said” (Luke 1:45 NLT).

Because of Mary’s willingness and faith, God blessed her with His favor and entrusted her with His Son!

Do not be afraid of God’s plan for you. Place your confident trust in God’s Word. Take hold of His promises and boldly say, “I’m willing. I trust You, God.” “Let it be done to me according to Your Word” (Luke 1:38 NKJV). Then watch God’s favor accomplish what only He can do.

Ask for a willing heart to go anywhere, doing whatever God asks of you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal promises from His Word for you to believe, receive, and speak over your life.

Janice Buckson
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