Pt 13: Christmas – Angels Appear to the Shepherds

Angels Appear to the Shepherds

Mary had given birth to her firstborn son, Jesus, and used a manger as a crib to lay Him in.

Meanwhile, in the same country there were shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone brightly all around them, and they were greatly afraid (Luke 2:8-9).

Then the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12 KJV).

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude (a countless number) of the heavenly hosts (angels) praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 KJV)

So it was, when the angelic hosts had gone away from the shepherds into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us!” (Luke 2:15 KJV)

Church history records that when the mass angelic choir appeared to the shepherds in the fields at night, the whole sky lit up like the noonday sun and the singing was heard for miles away by the villagers. That must have been awesome to experience.

All the angels worshiped Jesus at His birth.  Hebrews 1:6 (NKJV) says, “But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’.”

In the same way in which the angels appeared in the sky to herald the first coming of the Messiah (with loud singing, shouting and praising God), that when Jesus appears in the clouds to catch His Bride away (some call it the rapture, some refer to it as being translated to heaven, while others call it the catching away of the saints), that He will be heralded by the angels and saints.

Gabriel will sound the alarm by blowing a shofar. Then millions of angels will begin blowing trumpets (and I’m sure other musical instruments as well), and the angels and saints will begin rejoicing and praising God as they meet the Lord in the air.

I personally believe that the rapture will not be silent as movies portray—where people suddenly disappear—but the whole world will hear the trumpets blowing, the singing and victorious shouting. Those who are left behind will visibly see the saints who are ready for the rapture, begin to ascend straight up into the air like a rocket into the clouds, in the same manner that Jesus ascended into heaven.

Matthew 24:30-31 (NIV) says, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

The Son of Man is a name that refers to Jesus.

The four winds are in reference to the four corners of the earth (North, South, East and West). This means that the rapture will be a worldwide event where His elect are caught up to heaven from every part of the world all at the same moment.

In regards to Jesus’ second return—which is a separate event from the rapture—when He comes riding triumphantly on a white horse and touches the Mount of Olives, many Bible theologians believe that the second return will probably take place during the month of Tishri (the seventh month of the Hebrew year during September/October).

During this time of the year is the Feast of Trumpets, followed by the Day of Atonement, and then followed by the Feast of Tabernacles (Jesus tabernacling with us or making His home with us).

The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of the ingathering of the harvest. This harvest is not about harvesting crops, but a figurative harvest—a worldwide harvest of souls.

It is important to be ready for Christ’s return. No man knows the day or the hour that Jesus will return—not even the angels, nor the Son of Man (Jesus). Only the Father knows (Mark 13:32).

In the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), five were wise and five were foolish. The wise virgins were prepared when the bridegroom arrived and were ready to enter into the Marriage Supper. They had oil for their lamps.

The five foolish virgins ran out of oil, and while they went to go purchase some more, the Bridegroom came and they were not ready and prepared. They were not able to go in to the Marriage Supper because the door had been shut. Although they knocked, the door was not opened.

Could this parable possibly be saying that when the rapture takes place, that only one group of the Body of Christ will be ready to ascend to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?

Jesus spoke to Kat Kerr that right now, 80% of Christians would not be ready for the rapture because they are living carnal lives.

It is not enough to just have said an initial prayer of salvation and been water baptized. God is looking for good fruit (the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galations 5:22-23 and John 15) in our lives. He is looking for holiness and walking in the fear of the Lord. We cannot have one foot in the world and another in Christ. He is looking for those who seek to have a close relationship with Him and who love Him.

It is possible to be in the church and even be involved in ministry, and not even be saved. To be saved means that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus—the old is gone and the new has come. To be saved means that you are walking according to God’s Word, not according to the ways of this world. It means a transformation of the heart, with corresponding actions following.

We do not know the exact date that Christ will return. We just know the season. It is important to be ready at all times—not only should the rapture occur in our lifetime, but also because we do not know with positive certainty when we will take our last breath. It’s important to be right with God and to have a clean heart, and a conscience that is free from guile and has been purified by the Blood of the Lamb.

If you need to get right with God, just call out to Him. Confess your sins, and He will be faithful and just to forgive you of all of your sins (1 John 1:9). Ask Him to cleanse your heart and conscience with the Blood of Christ. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and fill you to overflowing and to transform you into Christ’s image. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

The Word says to not be deceived, God is not mocked (Galations 6:7). Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. He who sows to the carnal nature (fruits of darkness such as hate, jealousy, envy, strife, malice, unkindness, injustice, fraud, selfishness, immorality, corruption) shall reap what they sowed. He who sows to the Spirit (love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, self-control, faith, gentleness, truth, honesty, integrity, the Golden Rule, fairness, just weights and balances, righteousness) he will reap what he has sowed.

Ask the Lord to bring you into a closer relationship with Him, and that you want to know Him. To know Him is to love Him more and more as the years go by.

In Luke 2:15-20, the shepherds came with haste and found Mary and Joseph in the stable or cave, and the baby lying in a manger.

Now when they had seen the babe, they spread the word concerning what had been told to them concerning this child. All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Notice that God sovereignly chose to have the hosts of angels appear to shepherds to announce the birth of Christ. Then the shepherds in turn, told everyone about the good news.

Taking care of sheep was considered to be a lowly job, and shepherds did not have much of a voice in society. They were considered to be less important and of low-ranking status. Yet they were given the honor of seeing and hearing the angels herald the birth of Christ and the honor of announcing to the whole community the birth of the Son of God.

God could have sent His angels to announce the birth of Christ to the elite. The world we live in equates socio-economic status with importance and degree of favor shown. The prominent and wealthy have the most voice in society. This is all based in pride, and God abhors pride.

The Lord is a God of equality. He views everyone with equal importance and value. He shows favor to whomever He chooses. He enjoys raising the needy out of the ash heap and empowering them to prosper. The Lord will often take people who had major setbacks and disadvantages, and raise them up to become very successful. God often chooses those who others think are the least qualified and uses them mightily.

God looks for those who are available to Him—regardless of status or education—and who say “yes” to God.

Pt 12: Christmas – The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken of all the inhabited world. The King James Version says “taxation”, while other versions say “census”. Maybe it involved both things. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Everyone was on his way to register, each to his own city of lineage. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of King David. (King David’s birthplace is Bethlehem.) Joseph registered, along with Mary his wife, who was in the later stage of pregnancy.

While they were there in Bethlehem the days were completed for her to give birth. There were no rooms available in the inn since there were so many people in Bethlehem during that time to register for the census.

The only available shelter they found was a stable or cave where the animals were kept. Mary gave birth to her firstborn son; she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger—a feeding trough (Luke 2:7).

In the same way that there was no room in the inn for the Messiah to be born, many people today make no room for Christ in their lives. They have room for others and for things, but no room for Jesus. May we make room in our hearts for the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus should take first place in our lives.

Jesus was born in “humble” surroundings although He is a King. He was not born and raised in a palace like kings of this earth. He wasn’t even born in a hospital or a house.

He was raised in Nazareth and worked in the family business as a carpenter along with His father. He was a King, but was not raised in a wealthy and influential family, although He was not poor either. His family had a prosperous carpentry business. He did not grow up in a prestigious city. God chose who His parents would be not based on economic status, but on their blameless character and righteous living.

Jesus’ disciple Nathanael said in John 1:46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” The city of Nazareth was held in great contempt by the people of Judaea, because the people of Galilee spoke a crude dialect and were less cultivated. Also, the Galileans were held in disrepute because they were largely influenced by the Gentile heathen who mingled with them, and also because of their lower type of moral and religious character. The people of Nazareth and the Galilee region were less educated.

Jesus left the wealth of Heaven to come to earth. On earth He was poor in comparison with Heaven’s wealth. But He was not poor according to this world’s standard. His family owned a business. Jesus owned a home in Capernaum. Jesus had a treasurer in His ministry. When Jesus died on the Cross, lots were cast for His seamless tunic.

Most of Jesus’ disciples were from the region of Galilee. They were rough around the edges, but the Lord used them powerfully.

On the Day of Pentecost, the 120 who gathered in the Upper Room were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in languages they had never learned before. In Acts 2:7, devout Jews from every nation who came for the feast of Pentecost were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?” The Galileans were uneducated and yet began to speak fluently in languages they had never learned before. Another significant thing is that the Galileans, who usually spoke rough and rude, began to speak with eloquence and gracefulness.

This goes to show that God can raise up a person who feels like a nobody from nowhere—from any neighborhood or economic situation—and prosper them and use them for His glory.

Jesus understands the financial pressures that most people go through. God wants us to be blessed and walk in abundance, having all of our material needs met and be able to pay all of our bills, and have money left over in the bank, plus have investments and assets, because He bore the curse of poverty on the Cross.

Second Corinthians 8:9 (AMP) says, “For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).”

If we be Abraham’s seed, we are heirs of the promise or the covenant (Galations 3:29). In the Abrahamic Covenant, one part of it is that God would bless us and that we would be a blessing to others. You can only bless others if you have it to give. God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. He wants to bless us.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP): “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

Pt 11: Christmas – Mary’s Dilemma

Mary’s Dilemma

The time came when Mary had to tell her fiancé Joseph that she was with child. She tried to explain to him how the conception occurred: The archangel Gabriel appeared to her in person, he announced that she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and she conceived, and the child she is carrying in her womb is the Son of God.

Of course, how could Joseph believe such a preposterous story? It sounded ludicrous. How could a mature, logical and sensible man like himself buy such a story? After all, every young woman dreamed of being chosen to give birth to the Messiah.

Just imagine all of the tumultuous emotions that Joseph was feeling. He was betrothed to Mary and in love with her. He had dreams and plans of spending his entire life with her, but now his dreams of the two of them having a future together was dashed on the ground into a thousand pieces. He must have felt betrayal, anger, confusion, hurt, rejection, deep pain, disappointment and grief. He felt jilted. He had been cheated on, or so he thought. He was brokenhearted.

He must have felt rage in his heart, wondering which man it was that took advantage of Mary who was a young teenager, using her for his own selfish desires. If he found out who the man was, he was probably ready to kill him.

Song of Solomon 8:6 (NKJV) says, “Love is as strong as death; jealousy as cruel as the grave.” Proverbs 6:32-35 (TLB) states: “But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul. Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot, for the woman’s husband will be furious in his jealousy, and he will have no mercy on you in his day of vengeance. You won’t be able to buy him off no matter what you offer.”

In that culture, the betrothal period was just as legally binding as the marriage itself, and it appeared that Mary had committed adultery.

Joseph could not believe such a bizarre story of how Mary supposedly conceived. He had the legal right to have her stoned to death in the town square before the religious leaders and the people. However, he was a just and righteous man, and he was in love with Mary. Although Joseph was hurting, he did not want to expose Mary’s shame or see her go through public humiliation and a brutal execution. So he had it in his mind to divorce her quietly (Matthew 1:18-25).

While Joseph thought on these matters, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21 NIV).

The Lord defended Mary’s purity.

All of this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14 NKJV): “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (which translated means God with us).

Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. He took Mary as his wife, but had no intimate relations with her until she had given birth to her firstborn son (Matthew 1:24-25). Mary was not a virgin her entire lifetime.

After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary had children together, for the Bible records that Jesus had younger brothers and sisters (Mark 6:3). Jesus was the eldest child because it was He who determined who was going to take care of His widowed mother Mary after He ascended to Heaven. He chose John the Apostle (His cousin), rather than one of His siblings, to take care of Mary for the rest of her life (John 19:26-27).

The Lord was faithful to fulfill what He said to Mary. Just as God promised, spoken through Gabriel, she was overshadowed with the Holy Spirit and conceived a son—being a virgin. For with God all things are possible (Luke 18:27).

Joseph is depicted as a man of honor and character, a man who obeyed the voice of the Lord. What a great man that God chose to be Mary’s husband and Jesus’ adoptive father!

Pt 10: Christmas – “His Name is John”

“His Name is John”

After Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, she hurriedly got ready and a few days later left Nazareth for the journey (approximately 115 miles) south to the highlands of Judea, to the town where Zacharias lived.

When she arrived, she entered the house and greeted Elisabeth. When Elisabeth heard Mary’s salutation, the baby leaped in Elisabeth’s womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). Also, the baby John was filled with the Holy Spirit as Gabriel had said in Luke 1:15.

Elisabeth cried out with a loud voice and said to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 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 1:42-45 NIV)

As the Christ (the Anointed One) in Mary’s womb—just His mere Presence—caused the baby in Elisabeth’s womb to leap for joy, this is a prophetic picture of how that when we are touched by the Lord’s Presence and Anointing in a powerful way, that the seed or dream in our spiritual womb leaps for joy.

After Elisabeth had said, “Blessed is she who believed, for there shall be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord”, Mary replied:

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.

“And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever” (Luke 1:46-55 NKJV).”

Mary stayed with Elisabeth for three months until John was born, and then returned to her home in Nazareth.

When the time came for Elisabeth to give birth, she gave birth to a son just as the Lord had said. Her relatives and neighbors heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy towards her and they were rejoicing with her. They shared in her joy.

They used to feel sorry for Elisabeth, and some said unkind remarks about her. Yet now they were rejoicing with her. People can change like day and night. When you are down and out, some friends are nowhere to be found. But as soon as you become successful, they are your friend. Elisabeth showed them grace and put the past behind.

On the eighth day (as it was the Jewish custom to circumcise male babies at eight days old), the relatives and friends came for the circumcision ceremony. At the circumcision ceremony, the child was officially given his first name.

The relatives and neighbors all assumed the child would be named after his father Zacharias. But Elisabeth answered and said, “No indeed; but he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.” So they asked the baby’s father. Zacharias motioned for them to bring him a writing tablet. (He still was mute after Gabriel’s departure a little over nine months prior.) Zacharias wrote on the tablet, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished and marveled (Luke 1:59-66).

Immediately when Zacharias wrote on the tablet, “His name is John”, his mouth was instantly opened and he could speak again. His tongue was loosed and he began to praise God. Fear (holy reverence) came upon those around him and news of what had happened spread throughout the hill country of Judea. All those who heard this pondered it in their hearts, asking “What is this child destined to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him (John).

Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to prophesy over his son John, saying:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David (as he said through His holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

“To show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham. To rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:68-80 NIV).

Then the child (John) grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Many of Jesus’ disciples were originally disciples of John the Baptist.

John the Baptist is a prophetic picture of the Bride of Christ being a forerunner of Jesus’ second return, declaring to the world: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”, “Repent for the remission of sins”, “Be ready for Jesus’ appearance”, “Are your robes washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”, “Are you prepared and ready to meet the Bridegroom and enter into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?”

The ministry of John the Baptist was also to “go before Him (Jesus) in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the upright—in order to make ready for the Lord a people prepared” (Luke 1:17; Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6; Isaiah 40:3).

John was considered to be the greatest prophet who ever lived (Luke 7:28), second to Jesus. Jesus was more than a prophet—He is God made flesh.

Pt 9: Christmas – “Hail Mary, Thou Art Highly Favored!”

“Hail Mary, Thou Art Highly Favored!”

In the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy, around November/December, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth. He entered the house where young Mary was (Luke 1:26-38) and declared in Verse 28 (AMP), “Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!” When she saw him, she was greatly perplexed at his saying, and pondered what kind of salutation this was.

The Lord says the same thing to us today: “Hail, you who are highly favored!  I am with you!”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

Gabriel said to her (Luke 1:30-32 NKJV), “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel (Luke 1:34 AMP) “How can this be, since I have no [intimacy with any man as a] husband?”

Mary did not ask this question in a reply of unbelief as Zacharias had done when Gabriel announced that he and Elisabeth would bear a son. Rather, Mary was sincere in her heart wanting to know how a virgin conception was possible. Gabriel explained exactly how it was going to happen.

He told Mary (Luke 1:35 NKJV) “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The word “overshadow” in the Greek is the word episkiazo, which means to cast a shade upon; to envelop in a haze of brilliancy, and figuratively speaks of being invested with preternatural influence. This word is used figuratively of the Holy Spirit’s extending creative energy upon the womb of the Virgin Mary, in the same way that the Spirit of God was brooding over the face of the waters in Genesis 1:2.

A use of the word “overshadow” is drawn from the familiar Hebrew idea of a cloud (referring to the Shekinah Glory Cloud) as symbolizing the immediate Presence and Power of God. This dimension of Jehovah’s Presence is called the kabowd, meaning “weighty or heavy”, a realm where God’s Presence can be tangibly experienced with the five senses.

The phrase “The Power of the Highest” means that the body of Jesus would be created by the direct power of God. The word power in Luke 1:35 is dunamis, meaning force or miraculous power, where we get the word dynamite.

The phrase “Shall be called the Son of God” is spoken in reference to the human nature of Christ. Jesus is fully God and fully man. The divine nature could not be born of a virgin; the human nature was born of her. The divine nature had no beginning, it was God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). Jesus was the Word which was with God, being equal to God, in the beginning for an eternity (John 1:2), and afterward became manifest in human nature and He tabernacled among us (John 1:14).

One reason Jesus was called the Son of God was because He was begotten in a supernatural manner. He is also called the Son of God on account of His resurrection (Romans 1:4, Acts 13:33, Psalms 2:7).

Gabriel went on to build up Mary’s faith to receive this miracle by telling her in Luke 1:36-37 (NKJV) “Now indeed, Elisabeth your relative (Elisabeth and Mary were cousins) has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God, nothing will be impossible.”

Although Mary was faced with the impossibility of a virgin conception, her response was one of faith. Her reply to Gabriel was, “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38 NKJV). Then the angel departed from her.

This is a prophetic picture of how the Holy Spirit overshadows us and plants seeds of promise in our spiritual wombs. Often what God reveals to us of the dreams and plans that He has for us is beyond our imagination. In the natural we don’t know how it is going to happen. May our response be like Mary’s faith-filled reply: “Be it unto me according to Your Word”, and invite the Holy Spirit to come upon us and overshadow us.

To be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit is to invite the Shekinah Glory Cloud to rest upon us.

Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP) says, “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”

Nothing is impossible to those who believe.

Luke writes about Mary in Luke 1:45 (NKJV), “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

We are to carry and nurture those spiritual seeds and dreams that the Lord has planted in our hearts, and at the time appointed by God, give birth to those promises.

When we have dreams in our heart, the devil, and even people who don’t believe in our dreams or are filled with jealousy and spite, will be critical and laugh at us, trying to convince us that it won’t happen. But may we carry those seeds planted in our hearts to full maturity by standing in faith, confessing the Word, speaking into existence those promises daily, and sowing towards those promises.

Sowing can be in the form of monetary giving, or in other forms. The point is that you have to make deposits or investments into whatever it is that you are believing God for. If you need healing, then a way to sow is to pray for the sick as well as give offerings to ministries where people are being healed and delivered. If you want a baby, then a way of sowing is to bless others who are having a baby … give gifts or bless them with a baby shower.

If we continue to stand in faith for our promises to come to pass, the Word says that we will reap in due season if we faint not (Galations 6:9).