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There shall be a performance

‘And blessed is she that believeth; for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.’ Luke Chapter 1 Verses 45 – 47

This chapter is full of miracles. The angel meeting with Zacharias in the temple. The poor man struck dumb through unbelief, yet what joy when, well stricken in years his wife delivers a child. It is the Lord who makes the barren, fruitful. He turns dry land into water springs. Then there is Elisabeth’s child leaping in the womb in recognition of the unborn Christ.

I love to read and hear of examples of the Lord’s children simply taking Him at His word. Mary is a perfect example of what I mean in this chapter and her reward is evident. Have you thought for a moment of what Mary was asked to believe?

If I were to put it into everyday language it would read something like this. Although you are engaged to be married to Joseph, and although you are still a virgin your womb will carry the Son of God. You Mary, will give birth to God in the flesh! You Mary, out of all the women on this earth have been chosen by God. 

I often try to imagine her initial thoughts and also those of Joseph when he is told.

Faith takes God at His Word.

How often do we pray fervently for things that are close to our heart, yet our prayers have no sooner left our lips than we are telling ourselves that this will not happen! Our prayers will not be answered because we do not deserve them to be. Our prayers will not be answered because we are so sinful. Is that our reasoning?

If it is then ask yourself this question using the same reasoning. Did we deserve to be saved in the first place?

We have to fight to keep the faith. It is a constant battle for us, yet there are times when we know and are fully persuaded that what the Lord has said, He will also fulfil.

Are we alone with our doubts and our fears? Judge for yourself my friend. Here are words on the subject from other Christians:-

‘I think that I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my life to simple unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope because of the same abiding facts which do not change with my mood, do not stumble because I totter and stagger at the promise through unbelief, but stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomable in the rock of God.’

‘Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any promise of God through unbelief, we do not receive it? Not that faith merits an answer, or in any way earns it, or works it out; but God has made believing a condition of receiving, and the Giver has a sovereign right to choose His own terms of gift.’

‘No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying. If there should arise, it has been said – ONE UTTERLY BELIEVING MAN, the history of the world might be changed.’

‘Prayer without faith degenerates into objectless routine, or a soulless hypocrisy. Prayer with faith brings omnipotence to back our petitions.’

Will today be any different for us than any other day? Are you waiting for a long awaited answer to your petitions? Are you in such depths that you are desperate for a great deliverance? Are you prepared today to set your ‘so called’ reasonable arguments aside and simply take God at His Word? If so my friend, ‘there shall be a performance of those things which were told you from the Lord.’