Luke 1:30 You Have Found Favor

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.

In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.

An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.

It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.

Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.

This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.

No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.

You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.

God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.

Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.

Matthew 28:5 Where Are You Looking For Jesus?

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.” Matthew 28:5

Everyday people are searching for something. Often it is something that they have misplaced and are trying to figure out where it was put. Others are searching for something that they had in the past, an experience or a feeling, and desire to have it again.

While they may search for that experience in the past, it is often gone forever, or it has moved on to something new and different. Many fear that it is completely lost with no hope left.

After Jesus had died, He rose again a few days later. Some women chose to go to the tomb and see the tomb of Jesus. When they got there an angel told them to not be afraid, though they were looking for Jesus and He was not there.

In the beginning of the life of a believer, he often has experiences with God that are outstanding. Jesus appears to be especially real and alive to him when he first believes. Later in life some bad circumstance occur and he may feel that Jesus is missing. Often he will go back to the old ways of being with Jesus, rather than seeing that Jesus has moved on forward with new things.

God is not one to just stand still and stay in the same spot forever. He is always on the move, working to build His kingdom that will last forever.

Jesus had died and did the job of purchasing salvation for all who believe. Now it was time to move forward and build the kingdom.

One needs to be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit to know and understand where God is moving and move forward with Him.

As a believer you have met Jesus in your past. You may be wondering where He is today in your life. The initial joy of following Him has gone away and you are searching for Him again.

Do not go back to the tomb, but move forward in where God is working today. Jesus is no longer dead, but alive and working hard. Seek to be led by His Holy Spirit in the place that He is today.

Allow yourself to grow and mature as you work with God on building His kingdom. Where are you looking for Jesus today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God in your life every day; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit as to where God is working in your life; that you will keep your eyes open to what God is doing; and that you will be doing the work God has for you to do.

Revelation 10:6 No More Delaying

And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!” Revelation 10:6

Often when there is a major project to be done, that will take a long time to complete, there are many different delays in completing it. These delays occur due to waiting for parts, or due to the weather, or payments or some other issue that slows the project down.

There has to come a point when the builder of the project stops allowing for any more delays to get it done.

John sees an angel standing up who says that there is to be no more delay, but that God’s will is to be completely accomplished.

Depending upon which side a person is on, delays can be a good thing or a bad thing. Delays in getting a road built is a problem for the drivers. That same delay may be good for those who are trying to fund the building of it.

God’s final will is for the salvation of everyone who follows Jesus and destruction of all who refuse to follow Him. His delay of this final judgement is good news for those who don’t know Jesus yet as their Savior. It gives them an opportunity to believe and be saved.

For the believer, the delay is a struggle because they are waiting to be saved out of this fallen and dark world, full of sin and trouble.

However, there will come a day when God says enough is enough and stops delaying the final judgement. This will occur at the perfect time for God’s will to be completed and the believer needs to have patience in waiting for that time to come.

During your life on this earth you will see many troubles and hardships. You may be wondering how long they will last and when will God do something about them.

God is delaying for a purpose as He waits for the perfect time to end all troubles. Instead of fretting and worrying over the delay, embrace it as God’s perfect timing. Trust God in when He will complete the salvation promised when you began to believe in Jesus and follow Him.

At the right time God will say “There will be no more delay!”

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in God’s perfect timing; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s peace as you wait; and that you will be ready when God says that there is no more delaying.

Luke 1:38 Trust God’s Word To You

“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

Everyday people receive mail or emails with promises of many different things. Most often they are filled with promises to meet a need or to make one wealthy.

While some of these may actually be true, most are not. They are scams to get money from an unsuspecting person. Many people will trust these scams, while those who are wise, reject them.

With these types of scams going on all the time, people tend to have a hard time trusting anything or anyone.

Angel had come to Mary and gave her an amazing word from God. Instead of questioning it, she requested that it would come true as spoken, trusting the word.

All throughout the bible there are many different promises God has made to those who follow and trust Him. Some of those promises are often restated to a believer by a word of prophecy or a word of wisdom when needed.

These words spoken today are just as strong and powerful as those spoken by the angel to Mary. Yet, many believers question God’s word to them. They struggle with believing that God will truly meet their needs or bring them through a tough situation.

God does not play favoritism, but all of His promises are for everyone who follows and trusts in Him. Jesus did not die on the cross and raise again just to let the believer be on his own. He is with every believer, right by their sides fulfilling every promise of God to them.

All a believer has to do is do what God asks and to trust God to fulfill His part. God will not fail or forsake anyone who is seeking Him with all of their heart.

Over time you have probably read some of God’s promises to you. You may have also have had some prophetic words spoken to you. With all of these, you may also wonder about the truth in these promises, wondering if God will fulfill them.

Take a moment to look through the bible and see all the promises fulfilled there. Then look at your life and see all the promises already fulfilled.

Now trust God with the rest of your life. God has not changed and will continue to fulfill every promise He gave you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will see God fulfilling His promises.