“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.” And the angel departed from her.”
The angel Gabriel explained to Mary that Jesus would be conceived in her womb when the Holy Spirit came upon her. He went on to tell her about how God’s supernatural power was already working in the life of Elizabeth, who was expecting a baby although she was beyond the natural childbearing age. The angel’s parting comment was “With God nothing will be impossible”! Mary believed this message from Heaven, and saw the ‘impossible’ manifested in her life, through the birth and life of Jesus the Savior of all mankind.
Today’s message contains three simple, practical and possible keys to living in the dimension of the miraculous which we can take from the life of Mary.
1) Inspiration from people who have had the same miracle you are praying for. The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miracle because he wanted her to see that this miracle was possible with God. The family and community knew that Elizabeth had never had a child and even referred to her as “barren”. She was also described as being “well advanced in years” by Luke (Luke 1:7), and of an “old age” by the angel. The fact that she was now expecting a child was nothing but a miracle and because all things are possible with God. Mary visited Elizabeth almost immediately (Luke 1:39) and spent three months with her (Luke 1:56), as she began to believe and know that her own miracle was stirring and growing inside her womb. Dear friend, seek the testimonies and fellowship of people who have had victory in the areas in which you seek a miracle. Your faith will be stirred and strengthened to enable you to believe (or keep believing) for what you are waiting for, and (with time) you will also experience a transfer of the same anointing because the blessing can be contagious! I know of many people who have received healing after hearing a testimony (or testimonies) of the particular kind of healing they were seeking. Revelations 19:10 says that “the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy”; when we share testimonies of what Jesus has done in our lives, we are speaking forth the good thing that happened, and it is (in effect) a prophecy of the same and more to come, as we release the potential for that miracle to be repeated over again. In short, spend time with friends who have had breakthrough, and feed yourself with teachings, testimonies, and accounts of victory, and you will be sharing your own before too long! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”, hallelujah! (Hebrews 13:8).
2) Obedience and an attitude of submission to the will of God. Obedience is not a popular word today, but when Mary heard the message from Heaven she received it, saying, “I am Yours; I yield to Your Word.” (“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your Word.”) Her heart submitted and purposed to obey. There are multiple accounts in the Word of God about people who saw the manifestation of their miracle when they took steps of obedience and responded to the Word even when it did not make much sense to them. An example is Naaman the warrior (2 Kings 5:1-14) who dipped himself seven times in the Jordan River according to the word of the prophet of God and received healing from leprosy. In today’s context, I have heard testimonies from people who experienced a breakthrough in what they had been praying and waiting for when they paid their overdue tithes, or forgave a parent, or walked away from an un-Godly relationship in response to the Holy Spirit’s voice. Precious child of God, the Lord Jesus died to bring us not only into salvation and relationship with God, but also to enjoy the realm of the miraculous, and walk in the abundance of life He came to give. Every blessing and miracle we receive is a free gift of grace from our loving Father and nothing we can earn or work for. However, we can hinder the limitless possibilities of life in the Spirit when we ignore His promptings and fail to respond in obedience to the Word of the Lord upon our lives. Maybe you have been waiting for a miracle in your life and have been feeling discouraged that things have not still happened as you expected. As we approach the end of a year, it may be a good time to ask the Holy Spirit to shine His searchlight into our hearts and lives, so that we can get rid of any area of disobedience that may be a hindrance to the miraculous moving of God in us and for us. “Oh Lord, let it be to me according to Your Word”. Your miracle is on its way!
3 Never doubt that “with God nothing is impossible”. These were the angel’s last words and the thought Gabriel wanted to leave her with as he departed. To receive a miracle, we need to believe in the omnipotence of Jehovah and His desire to constantly invade this earthly realm with the power of His Spirit. There may be people who do not ask God to step into their situation with a miracle because they are not sure that He wants to or that He can; or they may be believing that the sickness or other difficult situation they have encountered is His will for them. On the other hand, many of us (myself included!) may pray for a miracle but do things to try and speed up its manifestation or try to make it happen in our own strength and understanding (as Abraham and Sarah did when Abraham fathered Ishmael while they were waiting for their miracle baby. (Genesis Chapter 16). Abba reminds us today that He is omnipotent GOD and He wants to save, heal, deliver and bless. If we believe this, we open ourselves to all the awesome possibilities that Jesus died to bring to us, because with God nothing is impossible!
Dear friend, whatever you have been praying for, I join my faith with yours today and ask God for your miracle in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus. Look up and know that God wants to bless, heal and prosper you because He is your sun and shield, and will withhold no good thing from His kids. (Psalm 84:11). May it be to you according to His Word, because with God nothing is impossible!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 17 December 2012
Thank you so much for reminding us that with God nothing is impossible. I have seen with my own eyes God doing things of a miraculuos nature and the experience is truly humbling. We should appreciate that God does miraculous things everyday and give him the thanks and prayers.It is a miracle that you can be in deep pain and still sing praises to God Almighty or that you are crushed beneath the weight of poverty and still testify of God's love and mercy. Christians are like the nightingale that sings in the night because we look forward to the greatest of miracles; the transforming of our bodies from mortal to immortal. Be blessed.