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God’s Favor

God’s Favor

PROBLEM

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  • If I were Mary, I would be thinking, I’m only a peasant girl. I’m a nobody. history is about the powerful.

GOD

Luke 1:26-41 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
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 the Son of God. 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. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 
  • Jesus declared that he had come to bring “good news to the poor” (John 4:18).

APPLICATION What does it mean to be favored by God?

  • born sinless or being so good? We are all favored by God. 
  • The One who formed you has called you by name. You are loved.
  • women and slaves- equal value and importance with those who were rich and powerful
  • “Here am I, the servant of the Lord,” she says to Gabriel. “Let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). steps out in faith, just as the disciples did, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19).
  • The struggles will be worth living a favored life in God’s presence.
  • When we are favored, when we are given an honor yoked with struggle, when we are afraid that we can’t possibly meet the expectations of that honor, we would do well to remember that we can’t, but God can if we will trust in the power and the presence of the Most High. For “nothing will be impossible with God.”
  • a profound sense of mystery and awe at being a participant in the creation of new life.

VISION the church

  • beautiful scene-two women, find themselves in very similar circumstances.
  • One seeks out the company of the other, and together they wait for what has been promised to them and to the world. In their waiting, they represent the waiting of Israel. In their waiting together the Holy Spirit is present. In their example of waiting together and offering mutual encouragement, they become the first example of what the Christian community should be for one another: a community that waits together in mutual faith and encouragement for the promise of what has been conceived in them.
  • Sometimes angels come disguised as young men as mechanics ready to dispel our fears and give us courage to face what needs to be done.
  • you recognize those angels when they appear in your midst, and may you be that angel in someone else’s time of fear and need.
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