A special blessing

Luke 1:45 (NIV)
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

There is a special blessing awaiting those who believe that what God has said will come to pass.

Mary’s response showed her faith and because of this childlike faith she is called “blessed”!

Blessed is defined by strongs as ‘supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off’.

So it is through your faith in what God has promised that will attract blessing and favour in your life!

Time to sit at Jesus feet

Luke 10:39-42 (AMPC)

‘And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.’

Martha is so consumed with doing and serving she gets distracted from what God really wants from her.

Perhaps these acts of service are her love language? Even if this is the case, it is quite clear that she is not operating from a willing heart which is revealed by her bitterness toward Mary.

Can you relate to this? Have you been so caught up in your acts of service that you don’t put aside the time to listen to the Lord’s revitalising teaching for your life?

Instead of choosing the good portion, you find yourself going round and round the same mountain of religious obligation resulting in exhaustion and burnout.

Or maybe you are like Mary, who enjoys getting filled up and empowered by simply spending time at the feet of her Messiah?

Others may be jealous of you because you have discovered how to bask in His presence and be filled with power. You drink of Him continually, and then, when it is time to serve, you do it WITH Him.

Whether we are like Mary or Martha, Jesus points out that which is of the most importance and to our advantage.

If only we could learn the secret of sitting at Jesus’ feet and drinking from His life giving water. The result of this practice is supernatural effectiveness and efficiency which brings joy and fulfilment that Jesus says will never be taken from us!

Ponder it in your heart

Luke 2:17-19 (NIV)

‘When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’

She already knew the promise was coming; ‘May everything you’ve said about me come true’ Luke 1:38. Her response is both humble and faith filled.

In quietness and confidence she allowed the promise of the greatest miracle of all time, show itself (Himself) off through her, a young girl!

Full of excitement and anticipation after what God had done for her, she kept quiet and simply meditated on it.

It was however the shepherds who announced and spread the word concerning the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour.

What does God want to do through you? Stay humble and in faith. Follow Mary’s example and be the vessel to birth the miracle.

Come out to meet Him

John 11:17-20 (NLT)

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house.

Here we see Martha’s response during what was considered a ‘tragic’ situation. Instead of hanging around the grievers, she comes out to meet Jesus, her Saviour! The only One who can possibly help in this circumstance.

It seems like all hope is lost when her brother Lazarus has been dead for so long, but as she comes to Him she finds rest for her aching soul and ultimately the answer she requires.

Look in the next chapter at the response of the crowd:

John 12:17-18 (NIV)
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.

The crowd also come out to meet Him but notice how they come out to meet Him AFTER He has performed the miraculous sign of raising Lazarus from the dead. Most will come out to meet Him once they have seen a miracle.

We need to be like Martha and be the ones who will come out and meet Him before He has answered our prayer. If we don’t come to Him first, then there will neither be a prayer or a miracle following that prayer.

Martha was the One with boldness that set up the miracle by coming to Jesus. There is nothing that Jesus can’t fix. The key is that we must come forth and meet with Him in prayer. Don’t wait around grieving that your situation is dead, come forth and pray like Martha:

‘But I know that even now God will give You whatever you ask.’ John 11:22 (NIV)

Whatever He tells you, do it! (Part 1)

John 2:1-11 (MSG) Read here

Mary contended for the miraculous sign. She insisted that Jesus solve the problem of the wine shortage.

She may not have understood or known how He would sort out this embarrassment, but she knew WHO to call upon.

Did Mary’s pursuing of a miracle cause it to manifest before her eyes? Whatever the case she certainly knew that if Jesus said to do something, then it would be very wise indeed to ensure the command was carried out.

What has Jesus told you to do in anticipation of your miracle? Has He given you a command that you haven’t yet fulfilled?

It is necessary to seek out if there is anything He requires of you as you contend for your breakthrough. He may just be waiting for you to coerce Him a little bit through your persistence and obedience.

It is absolutely imperative that you completely obey what the Master shows you. It might be as simple and irrational as filling up some water pots. But your best wine is counting on your compliance to Him, so whatever He tells you, do it!

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