Friday, December 10, 2010

Journey To Bethlehem - Conceived By The Holy Spirit

God uses simple people to do the incredible.

Matthew 1:18–24 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:

His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, 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.  21 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."

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

God loves simple people! He loves to take the ordinary everyday person and make them a part of his incredible plans. Over and over again in the Bible we see that God uses the unlearned, the humble and the weak.

God's plan to save the world is being put into motion through Mary and Joseph, two people that are about as simple as you can get. Their ability had nothing to do with being a part of God's incredible plan, they just had to be willing to trust God and be willing to be a part of what God was getting ready to do.

Acts 4:13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

God has incredible plans, things bigger than I can imagine and yet these things will be accomplished through ordinary people, people just like you and I have been the instruments that God has used through out the ages. The wisdom of God in bringing forth his will looks like foolishness from mans point of view but who are we to say that there is a better way? (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

Lord Jesus, build in me a strong and trusting spirit so that I’ll be willing to do whatever you may call me to do.