The birth of Jesus is my Assurance “God Is With Me.”
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26–28 (NRSV)
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight… Ephesians 1:5–8 (NRSV)
God’s favor is the gift of Grace.
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Luke 1:29–30 (NRSV)
The fear of Yahweh is a school of wisdom, before there can be glory, there must be humility. Proverbs 15:33 (NJB)
Humility (humble) yield enormous favor from God.
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. Luke 1:31–36 (NRSV)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:10 (NRSV)
The possibilities of what God will do through me are Unlimited.
For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:37–38 (NRSV)
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23 (KJV 1900)
There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NJB)
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