If you are familiar with the story of Mary the mother of Jesus, you immediately recognize “how can this be” as the words she spoke to the angel Gabriel, when he announced that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. That is one of those once in a lifetime occurrences but it’s still an example of how God will proclaim something fantastic to someone he has chosen.
I love the movie The Nativity. It’s about he story of Mary and Joseph and how for a while Mary was despised and rejected even by Joseph and how God had to deal with him and let him know that the revelation Mary had was from him. Of course I love reading the story, but there is nothing like seeing the story dramatized.
Can you imagine what Mary went through?Not only did she receive a fantastic revelation, but she was persecuted because of it. But what I am learning is your promise is left up to God. So no matter how fantastic the promise of God is, you can have peace knowing it’s ALL up to him.
That is how I feel about what God has said to me. I fasted, prayer and “birthed it” in the spirit. Now all I have to do is rest. God has it. Just like God got a hold to Joseph, he can and will get a hold to anybody he needs, to let them know His will.
New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will mi Ji end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.