Who are you? Do you believe?

Luke 1:39-45

 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,  and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

 How did she know?  How did Elizabeth know about Mary’s visit from God and the child she carried.  There had been no wedding, Mary was betrothed not married.  This passage says Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this loudly.  It was a revelation given to her by the Spirit.  Consider the characteristics of the women who have experienced these visits from God’s messengers and consequently been given the privilege to be a vital part of God’s plan for mankind. 

 Both are described as obedient and faithful to follow the Lord’s commands.  Obedience comes first.  That is what cost mankind their relationship with their Creator.  That is what allowed the entrance of evil into the world.  Lack of obedience or disobedience.  With obedience comes  righteous living.  Both Elizabeth and Mary are said to be upright and righteous.  Righteous implies living right, actions that are found to be right because they are following the commands that they are given by God.  Upright is the opposite of downtrodden and we see an image of confidence that is realized based upon who God says we are.  We are His people, His children. Finally, they believed.  They didn’t question, they accepted the word sent to them by God.  …blessed is she who believed …

 When we are in the place we have been told these two women were found to be, we too can have the privilege to be used by God in the fulfillment of His plan for the redemption of His people, we too can have the ability to hear the Spirit and be spirit-led.  How do we arrive at this place of honor and service for God?  We will be found to be obedient, not following our own ways, acting on our selfish desires but following the commands we are given.  We will be found in His Word, learning who He is, who He says we are, seeing what He has done, can and will do, finding what He says we can do through Him.  We will be found guilty of putting His Word to use, allowing it to become alive and active in us through our actions now based on His will and Word not our selfish desires. We will believe.  He said it, therefore it is so.

 Three things will be active in our lives, reading His Word, praying in communion with Him, and acting on the Word.  This is building a relationship with God that was interrupted in Eden as a result of disobedience.  God has provided us with the means to return to Him and build that relationship, it is up to us to accept and put into action the terms of that plan.  We accept the sacrifice His Son, Jesus, made to reunite us with God.  We accept the blood He shed to cleanse us of the sin our disobedience brings.  We acknowledge our sin/disobedient condition and ask for forgiveness.  We demonstrate our belief that what He says is so.  We believe.  We are told at that point we begin the journey back to a relationship with Him.  There is a call to return to Him.

 2 Chronicles 7:14  – if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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