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December 25, 2011


Historically accurate or not this is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Personally I think that sometimes we focus too much on Jesus as a baby and not enough on the man Jesus became.  Let’s face it the baby is cute and vulnerable, while the man was bold and confrontational.  But today I want to share a bit concerning Mary and the circumstances concerning the birth of Jesus.

“In the sixth month, 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 be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob 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 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.  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.  For nothing is impossible with God.”  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.”  Luke 1:26-38

Wow!  Quite amazing circumstances to say the least and a whole lot to lay on a young virgin girl.  Yet her response was immediate and positive.   Even with an angel bringing the message it still took great faith for Mary to accept such a monumental mission.  Perhaps the most amazing part of this story is that the angel left her and she had to walk out his foretelling without further angelic support.

I have had The Lord speak to me more than several times in my life, but never with an angel or such fanfare.  However, when He has spoke with me directly it was usually when He asked me to be/do something that seemed impossible in the natural.  I remember when I was in college and when I fell and broke my right arm.  The very next day Jesus told to to tear off my cast and play basketball in the student tournament.  I did so and because I stepped out in faith it was an example to many, and in the days to come I was able to pray in faith for about a dozen fellow students to receive different forms of miraculous healing.   Including David D. who tore the ACL in his right knee and was looking at surgery the very next week.  Jesus used all of those circumstances to grow and bless a little fellowship we had started on campus.  Stepping out in faith is rarely an easy thing to do, even when an angel or The Lord Himself speaks to you.  And it is even harder when the messenger leaves you all alone to walk forward into what The Lord has ordained for you to be/do.

I guess I share all of this to encourage all of you out there to press forward bravely into what you feel The Lord has called you to be/do.  If you feel an impression or hear a still small voice please GO FOR IT !  Whether it looks promising and possible or not.  Remember “who He calls He equips.”  The best way to have a great Christmas is to simply follow HIM.  “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Love and …..

Kirk Out !




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  1. When you think about Mary and what she was facing by accepting the call of God on her life, her faith is amazing. It was no secret that the Jews stoned women who got pregnant without a husband.

    “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall your descendants be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from which also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJ2000) I think Mary had this kind of faith.

    It is so much safer to sit in a pew Sunday after Sunday and only listen to the paid professionals as they deal out their “spiritual” morsels to the faithful. But Jesus assures us that “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that PROCEEDS from the mouth of God.” No wonder most folks are spiritually anemic.

    Thanks for the admonition, my brother.

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