Where Does Real Courage Come From?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



She was simply a young Jewish girl who desired to glorify God. 
Imagine it. The angel Gabriel appeared to her saying, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." (Lk 1:28) She is confused, distressed. Of course she is!

Look at vs 29: “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.” But this is where the process always begins. The Lord meets us. At first we’re troubled by it. But He slowly takes us through a process like He did Mary.
From confusion to reason to surrender.

I want to first say that Mary did not initiate this moment. God did. He initiated. Nothing great has been done in the kingdom of God that hasn’t first been initiated by God Himself.  Our very salvation is based on the fact that God initiates. 

Let me also say that His initiation always requires a faith response.
How did Mary do that? She did what we all should do: She asked a question! Gabriel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus” (vs :30-31) What was Mary’s reaction? She asked a question: "How will this be… since I am a virgin?" (vs 34)

I always ask people, “Do you think God want us to ask Him questions?” For me the answer is yes! Absolutely! When I don’t understand something in God’s word, I ask the Father, “What did you mean by that? Help me understand.” I love to ask questions. In fact my journals are filled with questions. As I dialogue with the Lord I write them down. It helps me recognize His answers when they come. I learned this from Mary’s life. Do you do that too?

When I was growing up in church, I was taught that to ask God a question was to display doubt and unbelief. Thankfully Mary was raised differently! She didn’t have any problem saying to Gabriel, “I have a question! How can I have a child when I’m a virgin?”

It’s all part of the process. We’re moving from confusion to reason.

And here’s the good news: He answers! The angel responded to her question by saying, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (vs 35) In other words, it’s beyond your ability Mary. The Holy Spirit will do this!

She may not have understood exactly what that meant. But one thing she knew. She didn’t have to worry about accomplishing what God had told her to do. He would do it. All she had to do was believe. And that was all she needed to know before she said…YES.


Anonymous said...

How powerful the Word of God is! God gave me a word yesterday...and it continued to resonate in my heart this morning as I spent time with Him. The word was "surrender." It broke me in the most wonderful way. I shared this with my sister on my way to work this morning...then she sent me this link. Thank you Lord Jesus for how active and alive your word is! I pray that as we are confused by life and experiences you allow...that you will reveal to us whatever it is that You need for us to know or do to come to a place of complete surrender. Work a mighty work in/through each and every one of us Lord Jesus! Break us in beautiful ways for Your good and Your glory. We trust You and You alone.

mom/erilynne said...

Powerful indeed! And alive! Not too long ago I also received a word which I shared with several of my sisters in the Lord. That word was "relinquishment". Many of us began to ponder and meditate upon that word seeking to know what the Lord was saying. As I read your reflection it comes to me that "surrender" is a huge part of "relinquishment". This is the desire of the Lord's heart for us. In love, surrender, yes, even relinquish all to me. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue His work in us to bring us to that place of greatest glory to Him and to the Father. Oh Holy Spirit, be free to accomplish the will of the Father in us. As it was with Mary, may we say with all that we are....."...be it unto me according to your will." Amen

John 15:1-11, the Vine and the branches. "Is He everything to you?