Friday, July 23, 2010

While I Wait: Part 4

While I Wait: Protecting Your Destiny
the series



Two cousins were connected by God while expecting. They were both expecting more than cute baby boys, they were expecting a great destiny. God has a destiny for all of us. When He speaks, it’s up to us to believe, protect and see it to fruition.

In the Christmas story Mary receives great news from the angel Gabriel about the birth of Jesus. What we fail to emphasize is that a couple of months before that same angel appeared to Zechariah and gave him birth news as well. John, the answer to his prayers, was going to be birthed. God connects Mary and Elisabeth. Both received a miracle, both believed His word, both never doubted. Here's what I got out of the text this week:

God still speaks to us about our destiny as He did in the past. In the case of these two cousins, He was very specific with instructions on how to raise those boys (see Luke 1:13b-16). When you expect a miracle from God you should expect instructions on what to do when your miracle happens.

Elisabeth rejoiced and believed God’s promise with all her might. Just like Mary, she never doubted God. I dare to believe that she remained in seclusion for 5 months to protect the destiny she carried in her womb (Luke 1:24-25). I can tell you by experience what she avoided by waiting to show up in public during that time: old wives tales, looks of doubt from the whole community, evil comments such as ‘I had a friend who got pregnant once, she died.’ When God gives you a promise, you should be careful on how you spread the news. There are a lot of doubters out there and no matter how excited you are, most people do not get it. You are the one who heard from the Lord so cultivate that word and in due time you’ll be able to scream it from the mountain tops. Believe God and keep those things in your heart.

• So, the two women meet and
a God connection happens. This part of scripture always impressed me since I was a little girl: “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" Luke 1:44-45
Now that I am a mother I have experience babies leaping in my womb. It’s an experience like no other. I can only imagine what Elisabeth felt when John leaped in her womb. I realize that the presence of the Lord was so amazing, even in His mother’s womb, that John leaped for joy and his mother was filled with the Holy Spirit. They were in the presence of Immanuel, the Christ, Anointed One, the Way, the Living bread, the Messiah, the Savior. I know that this feeling is unique to expecting mothers. Because men don’t have wombs, they feel things much differently. Jeremiah described his feelings towards the Lord as fire shut up in his bones (Jeremiah 20:9). God has always a way of connecting us with people who carry Jesus and we should be able to always feel His presence.

• When you are pregnant with expectation,
do not expect your neighbors and friends to ‘get it.’ Elisabeth’s neighbors did not hear the words from the angel. That’s why they wanted to name John something else and they were ‘frightened’ because of how God revealed his plan to Zechariah (Luke 1:57-66). They were clearly not people of faith. They wondered what John wold grow up to be. Your friends did not get the same word from God than you, quit expecting people to get it. If I can stretch you a little, they may not even be happy for you. I encourage you to believe God and ponder things in your heart. Protect, harbor your promise.

This week this verse has really stuck with me:
“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” Luke 1:37 {AMP}
If He’s first in your plans nothing is impossible. If you decide to put Him in your guest list... that’s not having Him as the Lord and Master of your life.
If you are expecting (or want to) as I am, remember that it’s more than having a cute little human being in your life. They were intended by God to be in this planet. He can give you an insight of what their destiny is like and He will be there to give you words of wisdom on how to raise them. If He did it for Elisabeth and Mary, He can do it for you and me.

If your miracle has nothing to do with child birth but you are expecting to give birth to a new career, a home, a marriage, etc, answer these questions:
• Has God connected you with someone who is also expecting destiny? If not, pray that He will do it so you can encourage one another in prayer.
• Elisabeth’s baby leaped when she heard the voice of Mary. Who is the person that made your baby leap?
• Is God leading you to harbor your promise more by not talking about it so much in public? What are some steps you can take towards that?

I realize that pregnancy comes in different forms. We expect children but we also expect (wait) on the Lord. We wait for a season and with His help we can wait with hope. His promises are true because He cannot lie.
Protect Your Destiny today.
Previously in this Series:
Part 1 | "Expecting" Part 2 | "Lend a Hand" Part 3 | "The {Renewed} Mind"

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