Saturday, December 17, 2011

Humility and Faith

Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. 
Before they came to the marriage bed, 
Joseph discovered she was pregnant...
Joseph determined to take care of things quietly 
so Mary would not be disgraced.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. 
God's angel spoke in the dream: 
"Joseph, son of David, don't hesitate to get married. 
Mary's pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. 
God's Holy Spirit has made her pregnant: 
He did exactly what God's angel commanded in the dream: 
He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage 
until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

The story of the birth of Jesus usually focuses on Mary, 
and I have found much encouragement 
from her response to the Holy Spirit:
May it be unto me according to Your word.
This morning I have been impacted by 
Joseph's faith and humility.
When he first found out that Mary was pregnant, 
he thought more highly of her than he did himself.
When he found out through a dream that it was a God thing, 
he responded immediately out of faith.
He was a man of faith and humility,
laying down his own life down for the sake of another.
Joseph must have had previous challenges and trials in his life.
Faith was already real and character was already formed.
He was ready when his time came.
Lord, may I hear You like Joseph did.
I want faith and humility to shape my response 
to whatever You ask.
Whether it be in the daily promptings of faith
or in miraculous signs and wonders, 
may it be unto us according to Your word.
I want my reflex response to be faith and humility.
That Your glory may truly be seen through my life.
For real.
O come O come Immanuel.

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