God Gives Instructions, Not Suggestions

“Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you! … Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.” ~ Luke 1:28, 30-31 NLT

Do you want to know God’s plan for your life?  Are you willing to say yes to it before you really know what it is?  Hmmm, that’s a hard question, isn’t it?  Somewhere we got the idea that God puts things on a menu board and gives us the privilege of selecting those things we prefer.

That’s not how it works.  God doesn’t give us a list of possibilities from which to choose; He gives us specific instructions.  After 400 years of silence, God spoke to Mary and told her about His plan for her to give birth to Jesus.  God didn’t ask her if she wanted to bear a son or be a seamstress. He gave her instructions.

You will conceive, You will name Him Jesus”

Mary’s response was the only response she knew—she was obedient.  

“I am the Lord’s servant.  May everything you have said about me come true.”

She followed God’s instructions and gave birth to His Son.  God wants to do incredible things in your life.  He is waiting for you to have an attitude of unconditional obedience.  If you want to evaluate the options before making a decision, you’ll continue living the way you are living:  From one frustrating Christmas to another.  Year after year of inconsistencies.  But God intended it to be different.  Mary sought out insight to deal with her confusion.   Upon hearing the angel speak of God’s intervention upon Zechariah and Elizabeth, her cousin, she set out to envision the God of the impossible. 

Mary visited with her cousin Elizabeth and upon entering the doorway and hearing the greeting Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with he Holy Spirit. 

Your personal promise is that your destiny will leap forward and there is a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.  That’s what happens when you respond with a willing heart to be obedient to God’s calling.  So the question is … In what areas of life do you need to cultivate an attitude of unconditional obedience?  It could be someone else’s confirmation and infilling and you to will be blessed.


~ Pastor Greg

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