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The Way Miracles Happen
Series: The Miracle of Christmas
A five-year-old had one line in a kindergarten Christmas playlet, appearing in an angel's garb to say, "I bring you good tidings!" After many rehearsals, the lad asked his mother what were "tidings." She explained tidings were news. The performance began and the little angel became flustered. After a long embarrassing silence, he blurted out, "Hey, I got news for you!"
Gabriel's visit to Mary was for the purpose of issuing the Heavenly Fathers invitation.
The things the angel said were filled with hope for Mary as well as for the world.
Listen to the phrases the angel used for it give us a clue to God's way of thinking when He calls us to His purposed plan.
• He will be great (Luke 1:32)
• The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David... (Luke 1:32)
• His kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:33)
Although these words were spoken of Jesus, but I want you to understand that God's words to us are always filled with promise and hope!
Whatever His promises for your future may be, two things are certain about them.
1. They are good:
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)
2. His promises work only in and through those who are willing to embrace them.
As Mary said:
Luke 1:38 "May it be to me as you have said." (NIV)
God's promises don't end with just a divine announcement and intervention, they continue on to their desired purpose long after they have been proclaimed and received.
In your natural life you not only received life but then you continue to receive sustenance from God through life.
They are life giving!
For example the new birth or being born again is only the beginning of life not the completion of it.
Through the power of the new birth comes the hope of :
• Being released from life ...
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