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Because You Believed

Because You Believed

17 September 2011

Reading: Ezekiel 44-46; Luke 1

Scripture:


“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:45 NLT)

The angel Gabriel appeared to the priest Zechariah and told him his wife would become pregnant and that their son would be the “preparer of the way” for God’s Savior. Elizabeth did become pregnant, just as the angel said. Then, nearly six months later, Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and that her child would be the Messiah, God’s own Son.

Mary believed the word of God and it happened, just as the angel had said. When Mary, pregnant with God’s child, visited Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist, God filled Elizabeth with his Holy Spirit and gave her a prophecy and blessing for Mary….

“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:45 NLT)

You and I will be blessed if we believe that the Lord will do what he says. This is not about personal ambition, or entrepreneurial drive, or even creativity and passion. This is not about strategy and planning. This is about simply hearing what God says he will initiate and perform, and simply believing God will do what he says he will do. Simply hearing and believing.

Questions for me: What am I hearing? What am I believing? Am I believing that God will do what he has said?

Questions for you: What are you hearing? What are you believing? Are you believing that God will do what he has said?

Prayer:

Father, I know I am in a life-season in which hearing and believing what you say is vital to your blessing on my life and to fulfilling your purpose for me. Please help me to keep it simple – to hear you clearly, and believe you completely. I pray for my friends who read these words – may they hear you clearly and believe you completely. May your blessing be on us all as we hear and believe. Amen.

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