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Limiting God

“And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”  Luke 1:20.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Genesis 1-2, and Luke 1.

Zechariah wouldn’t take Gabriel’s word for it.

Gabriel had explained what was going to happen but Zechariah’s lack of faith turned into an obstacle.

However, in God’s scheme, when things are going to happen they will happen.

God saw to it that Zechariah could not express his doubts to any in his midst.

Is it a stretch to think that God has more for us to do but we limit Him by our lack of faith?  I suspect that it is a certainty!

I believe that my approach to God limits Him.  I do not have a clear sense of what God can do.  Of His promises.

I need to pray with certainty.  If I am asking for something that He has promised, then I can expect that it will happen.  I often pray Unexpecting.  I just go through the motions of prayer.  That needs to change.

“Lord, help me to get a better handle to Who You are and what You are willing to do.  Forgive me for limiting You by my lack of faith.  I love You, Lord.”

If we understood prayer better we would be better at it.

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Zechariah

s18“Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.”  Luke 1:64

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 45-46 & Luke 1)

Zechariah gets the opportunity of a lifetime.

Zechariah was part of a division of priests that served at the Temple two weeks a year.  There were about 1000 priests in each division.

THE job for a priest was to go into the Holy of Holies and burn incense.  Many of the priests never got that opportunity.  The priest to do that job was chosen by lot.  And Zechariah won the lottery!

Zechariah went into the Holy of Holies and was confronted by the angel Gabriel.  You would think that the location, and the angel in his presence, would have a bearing on Zechariah’s thinking but it didn’t.  Gabriel tells Zechariah that his elderly wife Elizabeth will have a child.  Gabriel adds that the child’s name would be John.

Zechariah can’t get past the first piece of information and wants to know how this could be possible.  Note that he is the Holy of Holies in God’s Temple getting information from an angel when his doubt surfaces!  How like us Zechariah is.

God is merciful to Zechariah and via Gabriel he only loses his ability to speak.  The speaking ability will return when John and born and given the name, John.

Note that when Zechariah finally speaks there isn’t an ounce of doubt in what he says.  According to this verse, Zechariah starts right in praising God.

My words reflect the condition of my heart.  My deeds reflect the same thing.  Do I love God?  Will I talk/walk in ways that clearly reveal that love?

“Lord, Your tolerance of me is remarkable.  You are a loving God.  Forgive me for betraying You by my words and deeds.  I crave the transformation that comes when my life is filled with You.  Help me to drive the sludge from my life so that I can function cleanly in Your Path.  Show me the way I should go for to You I entrust my life.”

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Gabriel (Luke 1:37)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 45-46 & Luke 1)

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

The angel Gabriel gives Mary this line as part of his message from God to her.

And what a great line it is!

In a world where overwhelming things are reported by the minute, God is in control.  In my life where on occasion mountains rise before me, He is in control.

I can be sure of Him.  I can trust Him….no matter what.

He is with me in sickness and in health.  He has my back and I have His comfort.

In situations where I don’t even know how to pray there is Scripture telling me that the Holy Spirit prays for me.  Where is the gap in God being with me?  There is none and I must live accordingly.

God is in charge.  What does He want me to do and to not do?  My goal must be to be aligned with Him in everything.  I must constantly check to be sure that I am where He wants me to be.

Mary’s great response to what Gabriel told her was, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said.”

I must be about the Father’s business. “Lead me, O thou great Jehovah.”

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In Awe

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(Verse taken from today Bible selection – Ezekiel 45-46 & Luke 1)

“His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before Him.”  Luke 1: 50

Mary’s I’ll-do-what-You-want attitude leads into this line.  Gabriel told her that the impossibility of a virgin conceiving were not impossible for God to overcome.  There are things that seem insurmountable to me.  They are not to God.  He has a history of great deeds.  I must remember His awesome past and find comfort in His awesome “to be’s.”  His ways are beyond my comprehension.

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