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Summary: God will do the impossible in us and through us as we allow faith to rise above human reasoning. As we place our total trust in God and His Word, He will work in our seemingly impossible situations.

Mary - Nothing is Impossible for God

The Characters of Christmas Series

By Greg Johnson

November 26, 2006

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org

Are you facing something impossible in your life? Please draw encouragement from God and His Word today. God will do the impossible in your life as you place your trust in Him and His Word.

Mary, Jesus’ mother, found out that for God, nothing is impossible.

MARY WAS FAVORED BY GOD

God’s Word says (Luke 1:26-30 NIV) "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."

According to the Word of God, Mary was highly favored by God. The Lord was with her and brought her comfort in the face of fear and uncertainty. You are also highly favored by God. You see, God does not favor one individual over another. It’s bad theology to think that He does. You are so favored by God that He sent Jesus to die for your sins. That’s how much God favors you. God desires to spend eternity with you so He made a way for that to happen through Jesus Christ. Christ died for you so that you can have life with Him! The Lord will be with you and bring you comfort in the face of fear and uncertainty as you place your trust in Him and His Word.

MARY QUESTIONED BUT KEPT LISTENING

The angel Gabriel continued to speak to Mary. (Luke 1:31-34 NIV) "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?""

As Gabriel spoke, Mary questioned how this could be possible. Can you imagine the thoughts running through her mind as she tried to reason things out? We are trained throughout life to reason things out. We are taught human reasoning skills throughout our education and it continues into the work place. Human reasoning is not bad unless we apply it to God and His Word. Human reasoning is the opposite of faith. Faith is placing our total trust in God and His Word’s application to our life and impossible situations.

Faith comes and increases by the Word of God. The more of God’s Word that we believe and obey the more faith grows in us. God speaks His Word to us in prayer, through others and through the Bible. The Word that He impresses on our heart through prayer or the Word spoken through others will never be in conflict with His written Word. The more of His written Word that we learn, understand and obey, the more we are able to discern and identify the many voices that we hear today. Everything should line up with and be in agreement to God’s written Word. As we obey God’s Word, faith grows in us.

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