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Zacharias, Mary, and You

28 Dec

Luke 1 provides us with two accounts of the Angel Gabriel on assignment. In the first scene, Gabriel tells Zacharias that his prayers have been heard, and he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son and call him John.

Gabriel goes on to tell Zacharias that John would be a great man of God and that many would turn to the Lord through John. Zacharias asked how would he know this, adding that he was an old man and his wife was an old woman.

The Angel’s answer was swift. “‬‬“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” (Luke‬ ‭1:19-20‬). ‭

In scene 2, Gabriel appeared to Mary “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”(‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:30-33‬ ‭KJV).

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”. (Luke‬ ‭1:34-35‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

Then Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” ‭‭(Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

What was the difference between Zacharias’ faith and Mary’s? Zacharias asked how can I know this? Or how can I believe this since my wife and I are so old. He wanted proof before believing. Mary asked how shall this be? She believed that it would be, and asked how it would come to pass.

Both Zacharias and Mary saw the fulfillment of God’s promise at the appointed time. God can not lie and will do whatever He said that He will do.(Numbers 23:19). However, Zacharias suffered with the inability to speak for a while as a direct result of his doubt, although he was a man of faith.

Yes, even people of faith can sometimes fall short and doubt, especially when we focus upon our inadequacies instead of God’s possiblities. Nevertheless, God is faithful, even when we are not.(IITimothy 2:13). Instead of asking how can I know, endeavor to trust in the Lord with all of your heart as Mary did. What promise has God placed in your heart? God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.(Malachi 3:6) With Him all things are still possible. (Luke 1:37) Believe!

Are You Walking on Water?

31 May

 

After Jesus performed the miracle of feeding five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of bread, He instructed his disciples to cross before Him to the other side by ship. Suddenly the winds began to rage, causing the disciples to become frightened. In the midst of the waves, the disciples saw someone walking on the sea towards them and began to cry out. They presumed that that the figure walking towards them was a spirit.

Jesus immediately responded to their fear,”be of good cheer, it’s Me, don’t be afraid”.  Peter said, Lord if it’s You, bid me to come to You on the water.  Jesus replied “come “. Peter came down out of the ship and walked on the water towards Jesus. And as you who are familiar with this text know, Peter looked at the wind, became frightened, began to sink, and cried out, “Lord save me”.  Jesus immediately stretched out His hand, caught Peter and said to him “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt”?

Please notice that as Jesus approached the disciples He said to them be of good cheer, it’s Me, don’t be afraid. While the other disciples remained quiet, Peter courageously said, if it’s You Lord, let me do what You’re doing (let me walk on water).  Jesus was in no way threatened nor angered by Peter’s request. In fact, based upon the response Jesus made when Peter began to sink, (“Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt”?) it’s obvious that Jesus was disappointed by the fact that Peter’s walk upon the water was so brief.

You see, Jesus desires that all of His disciples, walk on water, that we continuously take steps toward greatness. Sometimes we do step out of our boats, our comfort zones and begin to walk on water. When the winds begin to blow, we can allow our eyes to become focused upon the winds instead of remaining fixed upon Jesus.  Like Peter, we then become frightened, sink into worry and doubt, and finally cry out to Jesus, “Lord save me”. If we would dare but look to Jesus in faith, we can confidently expect that He will empower us to continuously walk on water causing others to see Jesus through us!

Before Leaving earth, Jesus said that we, you and I, we’re going to do greater things than He did.  How can these great things take place if sometimes we’re to afraid to even get out of the boat? Certainly, Jesus will help you if you’re trusting Him, whether you get out of the boat or not.  He is faithful, and He can not deny His faithfulness.  But oh what adventures, what miracles we will see, not only in our lives but in the world if we would but get out of our boats and walk on the water.

Have you been waiting for a miracle? Your miracle may just be waiting for you.  Don’t be afraid to take that next step.  Those who come to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. What are the thoughts and decisions in life that frighten you the most right now? Are you living up to your full potential? Do you have a dream that you’re afraid to act on?  Just imagine this, if Peter had continued to walk on the water, maybe the other disciples would have dared to get up and try it too.  What’s holding you back? YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS….  Overcome your fear with faith in Jesus. GET OUT OF THAT Boat and walk on water!