“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; His kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
As we prepare to celebrate the meaning of Christmas, and the child who was born into the world 2000 years ago, we focus once more on this familiar passage of Scripture. I believe the blessed Holy Spirit will speak to you, as you read this message from the heart of God.
Young Mary was very shocked and startled when the angel Gabriel appeared to her one day. She could not comprehend the fact that she was to give birth to a child, and that He would be someone so special – the Son of God. The angel was there to prepare her for the seed she would carry. It was to be an eternal seed, which would bring to birth not only a child, but an eternal Kingdom, and a new dispensation. Mary was to be the carrier of the infinite grace and mercy of God – His very special Christmas gift to humanity; His love expressed, His Word made flesh to dwell among us and abide with us – God Immanuel here with us! His forgiveness, His abounding love and mercy, His overflowing compassion alive in our midst. Hallelujah! It was too much for Mary to grasp, that not only would she bear a child, but that He would be eternal, everlasting God and the ruler forever.
While struggling to wrap her mind around the news, Mary said to the angel what most of us may have said: “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Her mind could not comprehend the fact that God’s Word and supernatural power could override the natural laws she lived by. Friend, God wants to remind you today about Words of prophecy spoken over your life in the past, maybe many years ago, or during the course of this year; or it could be something God is currently stirring in your heart. He placed dreams inside your heart, and gave you giftings, direction, and ideas to bring them to fulfillment. He has a vision to see His plans come to pass in you. He has an awesome purpose for your life. He has a very special dream for you, and when God gives you a dream, He also takes you towards it. He brings it to pass. You may have discounted the dream in your heart, and dismissed it, saying it could never be. You may have looked at your own limitations and thought you could not do it. You may have said “How will this be since I lack the experience/knowledge/patience” etc. God reminds us today that it is not about you or me. It is all about Him. (Colossians 1:27 “…. Christ in you, the hope of glory”). God would have you see yourself through His eyes; He sees you as beautiful, as precious, and as a finished work. You may see yourself in the light of your struggles and defeats, and the weaknesses which you feel are holding you back; but God sees you as His Bride, His desirable and radiant power-filled Bride, to whom He has given all authority. You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you, (Philippians 4:13), because it is no longer you, but Christ who lives in you (Galatians 2:20). So stop looking at your qualifications, experience, skill or family heritage. Stop looking at the mistakes of the past, or the challenges of the present. Stop looking at what God did or did not do in the life of another person. God’s Word for your life will come to pass, as you believe for it, expect it, and pray towards it. Daddy’s dream for you will become your reality, as you yield to the power of the Most High, as you permit Him to sweep over you and saturate you to the depths of your being.
We do not know if Mary was aware at the time of the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 given in 734 BC: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel”. So many hundreds of years before Mary experienced the visit of angel Gabriel, God had already marked her as the vessel for the holy seed, and to birth His Son and our Savior, the Messiah Jesus Christ into the earth. God’s plans for you have been in His heart from before you were in your mother’s womb! His dreams which He places into your heart, and into the womb of your spirit, are real and alive. All His promises and plans are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus! (2 Corinthians 1:20). Know that He will bring them to birth; He will bring them to pass, so long as you yield to the overshadowing of the Most High and allow God to be God in you!
As we come to the close of this year and move into 2011, I really believe that the Father has higher heights and greater things in store for each of us. So let me leave you with this Word from Isaiah 43:18 & 19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Perceive the good things God has for you and walk towards His dreams for you and your loved ones. Pray towards it, speak it forth, and remember that there is nothing impossible for you, when the power of the Most High is upon you!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 20 December 2010