I’m Yours, Lord

There’s a song by Grace Thrillers that has the same name as my subject, ‘I’m Yours Lord’, and I have always loved that song. Today that took on new meaning for me as I reflected on the response of Mary to Gabriel, the angel of God, about her being the virgin mother of Jesus. Perhaps you have heard the voice of God asking you to do something for Him in and/or through your life, and you have not followed in obedience like Mary did. Think on that today as we meditate on the Word of God.

DATE WRITTEN: Sunday, 2021-07-04
WRITTEN AT: Gallup, NM

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 1:36-38
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 36-38 “And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say….

APPLICATION: I believe that we all find it easy to accept and possibly even follow God’s commands in His Word, because we have heard about them since childhood, and we are somewhat comfortable about them, seeing that almost everyone on earth knows about them. But at the time of Mary’s orders from God, this was unproven territory. A young lady who had never had relations with a man, yet God would send an angel to her and caused her to ponder:
1. That she is the one that God chose to miraculously give birth to His Son. Wouldn’t it have crossed Mary’s mind, just like it would ours, that such an honor may be awarded to the matron of the church who has meticulously served God and His people for years and years?
2. Why would God choose an unmarried lady to be His Son’s mother? Wouldn’t God choose a married lady, so that the world would not suspect Jesus being born into, what appears to be, a sinful situation (His mother possibly having had relations with a man other than the one she was engaged to)?
3. Why me? What have I done to deserve such honor from the God of the Universe? Could this possibly be ‘for real’?
4. For assurance, that Elizabeth, whose husband had served God faithfully in the temple, is also receiving a miracle at the same time! And by the way, the angel reminded her that ‘Nothing is impossible with God’, so perhaps this is all a part of God’s mighty plan, and He has chosen to use just a simple young lady like herself!
You see, right from the very beginning – long before you and I, God chose to complete His work in mysterious ways. So why do we still doubt when we feel God calling on our life? We have been blessed with lots of recorded evidence of all that God does. In fact, we have every reason imaginable to believe what the angel told Mary: Nothing is impossible with God! May God grant us the faith to believe in the One who has control of it all – including all of our troubles, trials, and also the One who has all of our joys and blessings mapped out for us! That’s our God, my friend! Accept Him today, will you? Trust Him today dear Christian, for He cares for you!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: That which sounds impossible to us, is very possible with God! Like Mary, may we always trust in Him through every circumstance of life.

PRAYER: I’m Yours Lord, everything I have, everything I am, everything I’m not. Lord, I am completely Yours. Please prepare me to handle whatever You send my way and wherever You may lead me to. Mary was an awesome inspiration for Your followers today. May her words echo in our minds every time we doubt, every time we fear and every time we need confidence to believe in what may sound impossible to us. I am Your servant Lord, fulfill Your Word in and through me so that You may be glorified in everything I do or say. Please touch my readers and listeners with Your Word today as You prepare them to hear from You also. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Great Faith

In your desperation, what are you prepared to do in order to receive the necessary help from the Master? Persistence often pays off, but there is often a fine line between persistence and making a pest of yourself. To the disciples, the Canaanite woman had become a ‘pest’, but praise God, to Jesus she had proven that her faith led her to the only One who could help, and she wasn’t about to give up. Her persistence was evidence of her great faith. How strong is your faith?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-02-25
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Matthew 15:22-23; 28
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT:  22 A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. “Son of David!” she cried out. “Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.”23 But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, “Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!”
28 So Jesus answered her, “You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.” And at that very moment her daughter was healed.

OBSERVATION: In your desperation, what are you prepared to do in order to receive the necessary help from the Master? Persistence often pays off, but there is often a fine line between persistence and making a pest of yourself. To the disciples, the Canaanite woman had become a ‘pest’, but praise God, to Jesus she had proven that her faith led her to the only One who could help, and she wasn’t about to give up. Her persistence was evidence of her great faith. How strong is your faith?

APPLICATION: At a time when my daughter was looking for employment, I asked a young man a good restaurant how did he get his job there. It attributed it to persistence. For he not only completed his online application, but he kept checking at the restaurant to see if they had made a decision yet. This helped to convince the restaurant management that this young man wanted to work there so badly, that he persistently checked with them. I wonder if any of my readers might recall a time that you were persistent in prayer about something? Were you near as persistent as the young man in my introductory story? Why not? In our story, the Canaanite woman knew where to go to find Jesus; she was not afraid of any of his attendants/disciples that tried to protect the Master; and she was so convinced that Jesus was the answer to all the problems that her daughter was dying of. But isn’t that the same as us today? We know all the same things that the woman knew. We are convinced that Jesus is still as capable today as He always was, in being able to heal and restore back to perfect health, yet we fail to follow through in persistent faith to plead our case before the Great I Am. Is it pride that holds us back? Perhaps we don’t want to hear the jeering from our peers or even from our prayer warriors who may come to know what we are going to pray for again at our prayer service. Jesus was impressed with the faith of the Canaanite woman, for He commented about her GREAT FAITH. How do you suppose He would describe your faith? I pray that you would: examine your relationship with Jesus; understand the level of faith you have in His abilities; and prepare yourself to brush all pride aside so that you may look full into His wonderful face and say ‘I believe, Lord. Please help my unbelief’. Know that you know the power of our God and rest completely and contented in Him for all your needs. Have faith, my friends!

PRAYER: Lord I believe! But at times those words may come out before I allow myself to place my faith and trust in You completely. Thankfully, we have excellent medical professionals that we may choose to take our sick loved ones to, but oh Lord, may we always know who holds tomorrow, and who hold our hand. Only You have the final say in what happens Lord, so I beg of you, much like the Canaanite woman did, to please heal our land, our people, our churches, our family and our friends. We need a fresh touch from You, and we will continue to pray in faith, believing, that You will revive us again and strengthen our faith in You more than we have ever experienced before. May Your miraculous power shine brightly through us, so that others will experience You and place their faith in You. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!