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His Word to You

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28)

Here we have the amazing story of how Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel who told her she would become the mother of the Messiah. Naturally Mary was shocked and asked how such a thing could be, since she was a virgin. The angel did not go into a longwinded explanation, but simply told her “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Lk 1:35). That was good enough for Mary and she responded with a powerful declaration of faith: “Let it be to me according to Your Word”.

Discovering Favor:

That simple reply is at the heart of the mystery of answered prayer. Mary came to believe that as a virgin she would become pregnant and give birth to Israel’s long awaited Messiah. There were probably a lot of young Jewish women that might have hoped for that privilege, but Mary didn’t just hope it – she lived it. She knew a secret, because God had revealed His Word to her. Yet, she would come to live it out, only as she discovered her favored estate with God. For Mary to have felt favored by God would seem normal and expected in Jewish households, but a divine revelation from the angel Gabriel would have certainly emphasized its reality.

Favor Establishes Faith:

Now there would be nothing absurd about Mary’s belief in God, because she was finding His favor in His Word to her. It was rooted firmly in the Word of God’s supernatural encounter. God’s Word to her made faith… reality and had made the ridiculous… reasonable. As the angel told her, “With God nothing will be impossible!” I can almost hear a shout of “Amen!” as she embraced the words. “I am Your maidservant! Let it be to me according to Your Word.”

Receive His Favor:

Most of us are not likely to experience a visitation from Gabriel, but we have encounters with the Holy Spirit waiting for our embrace right now. The Bible is filled with words for us from God and there are angels that accompany our activities everyday. As Kingdom Agents, we are designed to walk in the favor of God and establish an atmosphere around our lives that allow His voice to become recognizable.

Like a fragrance, Mary found that favor longs to be discovered. You can be told that it is there, but it must be received and experienced, to be sought out and appreciated. God’s Word to you is like Mary’s secret, dependant upon your willingness to recognize His favor.

Becoming Believers

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.” (Mk. 16:9-11)

Did you catch that… the disciples didn’t believe that Jesus was alive! Even though Jesus had told them over and over again that He would be crucified and raised again on the third day… they still seemed to stumble over the news from Mary. No question, the disciples had faith in Jesus; they knew He was the Messiah. He was a trusted friend… their Lord, King and Master. To the best of their ability they knew Him as God, but they couldn’t believe He was going to do what He said He would do. It’s just like many Christians today. They have faith in God, but they don’t believe the promises of God… what He tells us in His Word.

Faith vs. Believing:

Is there a difference? In some ways there doesn’t seem to be much difference. We see the words faith and believing used interchangeably. Yet it is important that we see the difference, so that we can grow in our faith by enlarging our capacity to believe.

Faith, as the Bible tells us is the substance of things hoped for and the assurance of things not yet seen (Heb. 11:1). In this way it becomes a force that emerges out of your spirit man, based upon knowledge and hope. The Apostle Paul said faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It’s a gift from God and a fruit of the Holy Spirit that grows as we learn how to overcome doubts and unbelief. In fact, Timothy was commanded by the Apostle Paul, his mentor; to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12).

Believing on the other hand is an activity of the soul, choosing to believe mentally or to agree with God – is what unleashes the force of faith. You might ask for an example… the best I can think of is Abraham’s faith. The Book of Romans tells of Abraham’s believing, against all the facts and natural limitations; that he and Sarah would have a son. It says that “he did not waver at the Promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God” (Rom. 4:20). His believing was activated by his consistent praise and “giving glory to God”… and he grew in his conviction that God was able to do all that He had promised.

Unlocked & Released:

So we can see the difference between faith and believing, in that faith must be unlocked and released by our actions… our words and behavior. These are soul realities and activities of the mind, will and emotion. Believing is what makes faith the force that pleases God (Heb 11:6). If faith is the currency of heaven… then believing is the transaction that moves the heart of the Father. Faith itself may be available, but until it is acted upon, vocalized or passionately demonstrated; it is like wanting a trinket, but never getting the coins out of your pocket. Faith without works is dead (Jms. 2:20)… but Jesus said that if you believe nothing will be impossible (Mk. 9:23).

Glorious New Places

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

Don’t give up! I have learned that no matter how uncomfortable a period of transition is, it is the only avenue into “New Places”. When we lean into change, it keeps us moving forward. Faith and momentum are designed to operate together as our hearts are established in Christ.

Forward motion starts with just one step, but enduring motion is a powerful activity of focused faith. We have the assurance, our steps “are ordered by the Lord and He delights in our way” (Ps. 37:23). This means that God has a plan for us… a good plan (Jer. 29:11). He knows what is needed to conform us to the image of Christ. If we can believe, nothing will be impossible on the way into our destinies.

The “Peter” Kind of Faith:

Taking that first step often requires the kind of faith Peter had when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water in response to Jesus’ voice (Mt. 14:25-32). It might sound a bit wreckless, but it was stirred by the invitation felt inside the heart of Peter. Hearing and trusting the words of Jesus allowed Peter to do something that was impossible in the natural. I know it might shake our theology a bit, but we must catch what Peter’s first step brought him into… a greater weight of glory. Peter was doing more than walking on water, he was taking a step out on the words of Christ. The sound he was hearing in the natural caused his heart to transition into the supernatural. This is what faith is all about! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Distractions:

Winds kick up and trouble begins as soon as that first step is taken. Its not that hard to connect to your heart when you have a “Peter-like” personality, but that strength is often a weakness. We must remember that weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5). Believing produces a momentum of assurance that carries us into the second and third steps with faith. 

The devil watches our second step almost as much as the first. His goal is to distract, discourage and disappoint us in our efforts… so that we miss the joy of the morning. Don’t allow the storms of your transition to cause you to lose sight of God’s promise! The battle is inevitable, but the strength of your stance is the knowledge that Jesus is already out there where He is calling you. To the degree that you are unhindered by the distractions, you will be successful in Kingdom transitions. Weathering transitions successfully requires a well engaged trust… so place your trust in Christ! 

  • Abraham trusted and ”did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” (Rom. 4:20)
  • Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15) 
  • David declared, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Ps. 56:3)

Whether in the darkest night or the joyful celebration of morning, each period of transition in your life is designed to lead you to glorious new places. These are places that are renewing our inner man and working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Set your gaze on promotion and allow each one of these appointed moments to take you to a higher level spiritually! The ultimate goal is that you become more and more like Christ.

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