Jesus before he was born on earth – Part Two

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

When the Father was choosing a mother for Mary, he looked for someone who honoured Him. He looked for someone who pleased him. The angel said to Mary, that she was highly favoured of the Lord. Imagine what that must be like – to be highly favoured by God? What an amazing privilege. Mary was troubled by this greeting. She must have been taken aback. Who wouldn’t be when an angel appears and tells you God favours you highly.

The angel tells  Mary that Jesus “will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end”. Jesus was announced as the Messiah. What an amazing thing to happen to anyone – to be told you are going to be mother to the promised Messiah, the Holy one of Israel.

I love the way that Mary response to the bombshell – she basically says “OK, well I am serving the Lord, so if that’s what he wants, it is fine by me”. The lesson here is that no matter how strange the word is that God speaks to us sometimes, we need to be willing and ready to obey. I am your servant Lord, so let the word you have spoken come true. That is basically the way the Lord works. he speaks to us and prompts us by His word. God seldom appears in the form of an angel, but now that we have the Holy Spirit, he helps us hear God through our spirit within. God speaks through His word. If we want to hear from God, we must be reading the Bible. I am finding that 20 to 30 minutes  day is nowhere near enough time to read the Bible. There is so much that is written there, and God speaks so clearly, that I need plenty of time.

Day 6 – Seven Day fast

Well this is the day I have been looking forward to for the last few days. The day when I could go to sleep knowing that tomorrow I will have stayed the distance, and passed the test. God does not need my fasting. God loves me as much as he ever could. he has already blessed me as much as he ever could. His purpose for me and intention for me is beyond doubt. But I fast so that i can bring my flesh under subjection for myself. In doing so, I am able to hear from God. As the flesh is weak the spirit is strong. In this state of hunger, and weakness, I draw my strength from God. This increases my dependence on him and it increased my ability to draw in and hear him. And there is a spiritual law which says when you do that, you are able to walk more in faith than before. Therefore you please God more as you are more obedient and you start to walk more in the blessings that come from obedience to God.

So tomorrow is the end. Tomorrow night it will be seven full days with nothing but water. For someone who has never fasted before for longer than two days, it is an achievement. But I boast not in my achievement – I boast in Christ. Thank you God for the grace that has sustained me.

I am also thankful to Jo, who has been my encourager to do this. She has led strong and picked me up with scripture when I was flagging. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

And of coyrse for the record – today’s weight was 85,1kg. That is 0.6kg down from yesterday (my smallest day drop in 6 days) but that is to be expected as time goes on. Total weight loss in 6 days – 5,2 kg