A Holy Christmas

Posted December 9th, 2011 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

Good Morning!

You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,

Beautiful inside and out!

God be with you.

 the Message Bible

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a poor, young Jewish woman whose name was Mary, with the above greeting. She was betrothed to Joseph, and I imagine, excited about becoming his wife. Purity is important to God, and purity was important to Mary, so she had never slept with a man. But, one day, in her little village of Nazareth, she received startling news that she had been chosen by God to give birth to the Son of God, the Messiah. She was to call his name Jesus.

“But how” was all she could utter. Have you been there? Have you uttered to God…But how? None of us have been asked to do what God had chosen Mary to do, but maybe He has asked you to do a really hard thing too. Mary’s “but how” was not out of fear or doubt, but too often mine is.  It’s when the Holy Spirit reminds me what I know…

with His Holy Presence in my life,

 like Mary,

I can respond…Ok God, I’m yours.

But let’s go back to Mary’s question, which oftentimes is our question too…but how God?

The angel answered,

the Holy Spirit will come upon you,

the power of the Highest hover over you;

Therefore, the child you bring to birth

will be called Holy, Son of God.  

The Message Bible

It’s only when we allow the Holy Spirit to hover…overshadow, overwhelm, eclipse, cover, dwell, superimpose the ways and character of Jesus on our lives that we can partner with God to do this thing he has asked.  Many of us are struggling today. God wants you to know if you will surrender completely to the Holy Spirit…together you can do this thing, this journey called life, this marriage, this work, this illness, this everyday thing you are struggling with.

Be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.  I found this exact word, overshadowed, 3 other in the Bible, according to Strong’s concordance.

Genesis 1:2  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters…

Acts 5:12,15  Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on them…and they were all healed.

Luke 9:34-35  (the Transfiguration) As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him!

When the Holy Spirit overshadows our lives…

Something beautiful, even miracles, can be created out of what appears dark and hopeless.

Healing happens, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

God will speak directly into our lives, that still small voice of encouragement, direction and hope, if we will but be still and listen to him.

Like Mary, our lives will give birth to something of Christ Jesus, for Christ Jesus and through Christ Jesus.

Nothing is impossible with our God! Find alone time with God today and ask the Holy Spirit to overshadow you in every way. We have this all surpassing power of God in these earthly vessels, ask the Lord to fill you up with His presence and power to the point that Jesus has completely eclipsed your life, and release such willingness that we, too, will say…Ok God, I’m yours.

Let this Christmas be Holy in every way…come Holy Spirit and bless each reader with your transforming power. We desire to be a beautiful and holy vessel for the display of your glory.

xo

leah



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