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Luke 1:26-44: In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 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. 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. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

  • Mary had to trust the Angel.
  • Joseph had to trust the Angel.
  • Joseph had to trust Mary.
  • Mary had to trust herself.
  • Their friends and family had to trust them both.
  • Mary had to trust Elizabeth.
  • Elizabeth had to trust the impression from the Holy Spirit.
  • Zacharias and Elizabeth had to trust the angel of the Lord and *the timing of God.
  • Mary and Joseph had *to trust God and His timing. (the census which led them to Bethlehem the city of David / the flight to Egypt which led to Nazareth)

*An inconvenient interruption could be the intersection for increase… trust!

*Sometimes everything goes wrong for the right reasons… trust!

*When things feel like they are falling apart, they could be falling into place… trust!

Areas Where We Need to Trust:

  1. Trust God is who He says He is.
  1. Trust God loves you for who you are.
  1. Trust God for Salvation through Jesus.
  1. Trust God with your future that may be uncertain, difficult, or unknown.
  1. Trust God that He is a God who is with you.
    • Trust God when you’re faced with an inconvenience.
    • Trust God when things don’t make sense.
    • Trust God when others don’t understand.
    • Trust God when He shows up unexpectedly and surprises you.

What do you need to trust God with today?

A Promised Prophecy

Jesus rode through the praises of people; on His way to the pain of the cross. Every promise from God must go through a process, before it is fulfilled.

The Potential of a Promised Prophecy

Luke 19:29-40 (Zech. 9:9 / Matt. 21)

Every prophecy has its promise and every promise has its potential…

A prophecy has to be given, received, confirmed and fulfilled.

400 years had come and gone since God had spoken through His prophets then Jesus was born through a virgin named Mary and approximately 33 1/2 years after that Jesus the promised king rode on the donkey colt… Just as the prophet Zechariah had prophesied! A horse was a sign of war, a donkey was a sign of work or peace. The finished work of Christ is what produces peace in the life of those who believe.

1. The time will come- when the time has come. 

*Jesus said, “Tell him the time has come, I need the donkey.”

⁃ There is a time and purpose for everything.

⁃ Jesus said my time has not come over and over again.

⁃ He said the time has come when I need the colt.

⁃ In the garden He said it is I you seek, I am He.

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you’re not ready yet? (Or they are not ready?)

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you haven’t fully surrendered or been obedient yet? (Or they haven’t?)

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe you haven’t had the courage to act upon what you know you need to act upon? (or they haven’t?) *[faith & courage]

If it hasn’t happened yet- maybe it’s not supposed to have happened yet?

It will happen when it is supposed to happen if everyone is in tune with God and will be obedient- and respond in faith and stand with courage.

2. The provision to fulfill the promise is always, already there.

⁃ the donkey was already there and tied to a hitching post.

⁃ The colt fulfilled the purpose of the promised prophecy.

⁃ The wood for Noah to build the ark with, the Red Sea for Pharaoh’s army to drown in, the tree for Zacchaeus to climb up in (Jesus needed to go to Zacchaeus house so there was a tree), the colt for Jesus to ride on the, the tree for Him to be nailed to, the tomb for Him to be buried in…

⁃ The provision will always be there to fulfill the promises prophecy.

⁃ All of Gods promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus so the provision is already there to fulfill the promises God has for you and they are, so be it! 

3. Just like the donkey sometimes things have to be untied and loosed so they can be used for their intended purpose.

*At least 5 times the word tied or untie is mentioned in Luke 19 concerning the donkey…

The donkey’s promised potential wasn’t to stay tied up to a hitching post or plow the man’s field. It was to carry the Messiah! What are you tied to that may be keeping you from your full potential in Christ?

⁃ Addictions 

⁃ Bondages

⁃ Fears

⁃ Unworthiness 

⁃ Familiarity 

⁃ Security

⁃ Lack

⁃ Limitation

⁃ Mindsets *(an elephant can start out being bound to a rope it can’t break, but by the time it is full grown- it now can break the rope but doesn’t realize it).

*we are like grasshoppers in our sight…  (they saw themselves as grasshoppers)

*perceptions are what we perceive, not reality. 

⁃ You are more than a conqueror.

⁃ You are the victor, not the victim.

⁃ You are an overcomer because He has overcame.

– All of God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus!

Cultivate

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 5:

I want to talk to you about the word “Cultivate.” I believe as Christians we are called to cultivate. The definition for the word cultivate is: to work on, to seek, to devote and to train! I love the definition of this word because it works in steps. It’s a process. Maybe you are at the seeking part, new to being a Christian and just trying to get your feet wet and learn. Maybe you’ve already done that part and you are now ready to devote yourself to being a true part of the body of Christ!  I believe that one of the true ways to know that you are truly “cultivating” is when the people you are around notice a true difference in your life and that true difference that they see is Jesus. So, whatever phase you are in, I hope and pray that you know that He has called each and every one of you to “Cultivate”!!!

Be Anxious for Nothing!

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 4:

The Greek word for anxious is “distracted”- which refers to uncertainty, and that is what anxiety produces in us! Maybe for you it’s a job, maybe your marriage, school or your kids that are producing anxiety in your life. But let me encourage you, do not let those things overtake you, speak life and use the power that God has given you! God has created you for a purpose and a plan!  I love what Steven Furtick says, “Just because you are in a uncertain place, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a certain purpose.” So, in  all the uncertainty that may surround you,  know that you have a purpose and that you are here on purpose. And most of all, I want you to know that I love you and that God loves you!!  

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 3:

Don’t get in your head and let your inner thoughts tell you who you are or what you can do, let Jesus be your inner voice! When David faced Goliath, he could have listened to king Saul, his brothers or the people around him, but, he wouldn’t have completed one of the greatest moments in history. Instead he listened to the inner voice, Jesus!!Could you imagine if you were just one battle away from your destiny and instead of listening to who God says you are, you listen to the people around you or the inner voice in your head? As humans, we can only see in the physical realm, but God sees everything and He sees what we are capable of and because he created us, He knows what’s best. So don’t allow your doubts and fears that are in your head or the voice of others that are around determine what you do. Trust the inner voice of the Holy Spirit and walk in the reality of who you are in Christ. You are more than enough and you are more than a conqueror.

What is the Purpose of My Purpose?

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you! Here’s week 2:

What is the purpose of your purpose? 
God has created you with a purpose on purpose, but how do find that purpose? I honestly think that when some of you are asking what is my purpose— you are actually asking to be loved, or maybe you are even asking for recognition. There may even be some of you, that like me right now, your just starting out in life and really have no idea what your purpose in life may be. You are just taking one step of faith at a time! You’re striving to step in faith until you achieve your purpose. The definition of purpose is, “The reason for which something is done or created.” I want you to know that your purpose started before you were ever created in your mothers womb. Your purpose started in the heart of God! So let me encourage you that even when you don’t see it, God is working on your behalf— He sees you, He knows you and He loves you!

Mondays Don’t Have to Be Mundane

For the entire month of March I am going to be sharing the motivating thoughts of my youngest daughter, Madison Grace. She has started a page on Instagram @motivate_with madi2. So, if you are on Instagram, check her out! I know that these will bless you, challenge you and encourage you!

Monday does not have to be mundane!!  Why do we as a culture label Monday as the worst day of the week? I think it’s deeper than just something we say, but it’s something that we declare… the Bible says that we have the power of life and death in our tongue. I believe that as a culture knowingly or unknowingly we are the ones that have made Monday mundane! So I challenge you to break the cycles of culture, not only just with Monday, but with everyday of your life! Chose to speak life! We are called to stand up and stand out!! So if you want a positive environment and culture, than maybe it needs to start with you.

Speak with Love

Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings or of angels. If I don’t have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal. -I Corinthians 13:1

When it comes to communication there are so many attributes that impact what is being said and what is being heard. However, when you speak to others you should intentionally practice being kind, respectful and considerate. You should speak in love! Someone might say, “The truth hurts.” Yes, sometimes it does, but even though, the truth should still be spoken in love. Sometimes the way you talk reveals how you truly feel. You must remember that God is love and you must also remember that we will be known by our love for one another. God loves you with a faithful and steadfast love! Let’s love one another and let’s speak the truth, but let’s speak it in love.

Here Are 10 Ways to Know If You Are Speaking the Truth Out of A Heart of Love:

1. When you want to resolve the issue of conflict more than you want to prove your point.

2. When you want to hear what’s being said more than you want to be heard.

3. When you are more concerned with bringing a resolution to the conflict than you are with being right.

4. When the other person’s need is greater than your ego.

5. When you listen and truly hear what the other person is saying.

6. When you’re wrong and you recognize it. 

7. When you’re in the wrong and you admit it.

8. When you stop saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong way, for the wrong reason.

9. When you don’t talk until you have something that is worth hearing.

10. When you consider how the other person feels above how you may be feeling.