Friday, February 12, 2010

Mary the Mother of Jesus - Women of the Bible

Mary was a vessel found fit for use by God. Her life is an outstanding testimony to all children of God.

Mary's life is full of faith, love and virtue that it is extremely hard to write about her. Even a modest list of her virtues would take volumes.

Woman of Faith
Luke chapter 1 and 2 introduces us to the life of Mary. As a young girl she is already full of faith. Notice the angel's words to Zacharias the Priest and his response (Luke 1:13-18). Here we see a priest having problems believing the word given to him by an angel.

Mary displays no such form of unbelief when addressed by the angel. Her response is one many of us Christians still desire to repeat today.

Luke 1:38 Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (NKJV)

Somehow, Mary, an ordinary village girl, had more faith in God than a righteous Priest.
Mary's life is a testimony to the fact that ordinary women can do extra-ordinary things for God. God is no respecter of our positions in life. He looks at the heart. A heart full of faith is a useful vessel in the hands of our God.

Woman of virtue
Mary was a virgin. She had known no man and kept herself pure. No wonder the favour of God was upon her life (Luke 1:28). A life lived in discipline to God's commands brings His favour. Do you want the favour of God on your life? Then change your lifestyle. Bring it into accordance with God's will. God's favour brings God's blessings. Living right is essential to a fruitful Christian life. Every time we compromise our lifestyle we deny ourselves the favour of God. What tragedy. No wonder why satan spends so much time tempting us to compromise our Christian stand.
He knows that without the favour of God we cannot accomplish the will of God. Satan is no fool. Nor should you be.

Filled with the Holy Spirit
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, "[The] Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (NKJV)

Despite all Mary's virtues she still needed the Holy Spirit to fulfil the will of God.Nothing can replace the power of the Holy Spirit. God fills vessels that are set apart for Him.

No one can say Jesus Christ is Lord except by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). We ignore the presence of the Holy Spirit in the church today at our own peril. He is the source of all godly achievement.

Supernatural things can only be done for God when His (Holy Spirit) presence is with us.
The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and then the power of the Highest will overshadow her.

Take time to pray for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit today. Let us not assume that we have all the power of he Holy Spirit that God wants to make available to us.

All Mary required for the filling of the Holy Spirit was the favor of God. If you are a child of God, you too can receive His power today.

Mary brought forth the Lord Jesus Christ. What a favor. Her life is one full of riches. Study her life and find out some of the attributes that God looks for in the people He uses.

Mary seeks God's will
Luke 1:39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, (NKJV)

After the angel had finished delivering the message to Mary she immediately set out to confirm it. She makes her way to Elizabeth's house. She knows very well that a pregnant Elizabeth is confirmation that she has not just been seeing things but indeed has seen an angel.
The moment Mary speaks to Elizabeth there is a conformation of the things of God. Even the baby in Elizabeth's womb jumps for joy.

Allow God to confirm the things He tells you in secret through other people. In the midst of two or three witnesses the truth shall be established. All the confirmations that Mary was receiving would have been tremendous help in sustaining her through the difficult times that were to come.

Mary lingered around Elizabeth long enough to see the evidence. Elizabeth was six months pregnant before Mary turned up on her doorstep (Luke 1:36). Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months (Luke 1:56). She was there when the baby was born (Luke 1:57).

The attitude of Mary is one we should all follow. Many Christians today receive prophecies from God and then sit down idly waiting for them to be fulfilled. Not Mary. She stayed active. She sought the things of God. She remained in the right place.

When God gives you a promise you need to pray it through. Play an active role. Never cease believing God for His promises. This is what the attitude of Mary shows.

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