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Summary: What Happens whe a Person is open to God doing something beyond their understanding in his or her life.

26 In the sixth month, 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. 28 The 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 be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob 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 upon 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 barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God."

38 "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Philippians 4:13 tells us "[We] can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us."

We often quote that for encouragement, or try and motivate others to move forward in what seems to be impossible endeavors.

But it becomes a source of divine encouragement when you understand that God believes in you, and desires to strengthen you, and use you, to do His will. For men to do so is very helpful at times.

But when God is the one doing it, it reaches a new level and magnitude of impact.

That verse, in its rightful context, was Paul’s statement in response to identifying various things God had required of him. And no matter what God asked of Him, Paul knew that he could "do all things through Christ, who would give him strength." And likewise, we can be assured of the Lord’s help and strength to assist us in accomplishing what He requires of us.

Luke 1, about "How To Give Birth To God’s Baby." What does that mean?

God is calling individuals and churches to "give birth" to things that are of a divine origin. Not a concoction of man’s ingenuity. But that which originated, and proceeded from the throne of God, Just like Christ did.

Man does much alone but we are called to a higher purpose.

God is placing a higher call on His people, and we need to answer that call, and meet that challenge, by knowing that "we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength." Let’s look at several points.

Galatians 4:4 says that Gal 4:4-5 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

Christ didn’t just happen to come when He did. He arrived by appointment of His Father. It was a part of God’s eternal purpose and plan for the ages. He came at a specific time, to a specific place, born to specific people, and in a specific setting. (The specifics of Christ’s first coming could be an endless list.) *And His second coming will also be a specific event! It will be God chosen, and God ordained.

But in the same manner, I believe that we are where we are, when we are, alive in this specific day and hour, under divine appointment and plan. This is a specific time that God has ordained, and there is a specific heavenly agenda that He wants to be carried out. Just as He ordained that His Son be transferred from heaven to earth, I believe that God has ordained that there be specific things transferred from heaven to the earth. I believe he wants you to be a part of that process!

And though it is not God’s only begotten Son that we are to give birth to, it is nonetheless the offspring of God. It is "God’s baby" if you will.

Let me give you, then, a definition of what God’s baby is: The result of God’s power working through individuals to bring about His divine purpose on earth.

We all have things we need God to birth IN us and THROUGH us. And those things must be instigated from heaven. It will require a Sovereign Move Of God. (Mary was minding her own business when God gave her a promise.)

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