The bible records that a young virgin girl named Mary was visited by God’s messenger angel, Gabriel. His message? “You have found favor with God. And behold, you will concieve in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31). Wow! What about you; what would be your reaction? In the physical realm, it was impossible for a woman to remain a virgin and become pregnant. Yet Mary responded with these words of faith, “I am the bondslave of the Lord; be it done unto me according to your word.” All of us would like to think we would have responded with that kind of faith, but in truth, most of us would have responded like the priest Zacharias. Gabriel appeared to him with a message that was difficult to believe, but not nearly as difficult as the message given to Mary. He said to Zacharias, “Your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John” (Luke 1:13). Zacharias said, “How shall I know this for certain, (here comes the doubt) for I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years” (Luke 1: 18).
Mary responded in faith, Zacharias responded in doubt, so what did God do? He caused Zacharias to become mute and unable to speak until the birth of John was completed. In this tremendous story and move of God we see both the power of faith and the power of spoken words. Zacharias would have invalidated God’s intent and promise to give him the son he had prayed for by speaking doubt and unbelief. Once again, we see the power of our words. Proverbs 18:21 declares, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
You may have prayed for something long ago that has not yet come to pass. You may be praying now for something that appears to be impossible. You may be in a spiritual place that seems dry and barren, but be assured of this, God has heard your prayer, and in due season, when the time is right, He will bring abundant fruit to your prayers. Stand in faith, hold onto the Word, and let this Christmas be the best Christmas of your entire life. Jesus thinks you are special. Jesus loves you just the way you are, but He will not leave you where you are. Trust Him, love Him, and keep Him in the center of your heart!
Until next Friday, abide in the Word, keep the faith, and speak words of life and give praise to the Savior! In Christ, Don & Penny