Mary-Blessed Among Women

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No woman is truly more remarkable than Mary! She was the one sovereignly chosen by God-from  ALL the women who have ever been born- to be the instrument through which He would at last bring the Messiah into the world.

She was supremely blessed by God. Her son, not Mary herself is the fountain of grace (Psalm 72:17). She was sincere, worshipful, childlike in her trust of the Lord and dependent on Him. Qualities we all should strive to possess…

Mary came from Nazareth, an average young girl from a peasants town in a poor region of Israel. She was bethrothed to a working class carpenter. She had lived all her life there, a place where good things scarcely came from.

Phillip told Nathaniel that he had found the Messiah and the Anointed One was a Galilean from Nazareth, Nathanael sneered, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:45-46)…oh but truly the best thing ever came from Nazareth..

The privilege of being the Mother of the Messiah, came at a cost of Mary  being an unwed Mother. Im sure Mary must have anticipated all the difficulties, the moment the angel told her she would conceive a child. Still knowing the cost, Mary surrendered herself unconditionaly saying simply “Behold the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)  Joseph initially was distraught and had even decided to divorce her quietly… but did not want to make a public example out of Mary, because he loved her so much… Then an angel appeared to him in a dream and reassured him!

Mary filled with joy hurried to hill country to visit her relative Elizabeth. Both had been supernaturally blessed by God to conceive. It was a perfect situation for the two of them to spend time together rejoicing about the goodness of the Lord!

Elizabeth’s immediate response to the sound of Mary’s voice gave confirmation of all that the angel had told her!

Mary’s response was full of praise! I want you to read her words aloud and let each one magnify in your spirit and soul! Mary said,  “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 arms. 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)

GLORY!!!….” Mary’s young heart and mind was FULLY saturated with the word of God.

God is the ONLY one Mary magnified. She praised the glory and majesty of God, while acknowledging her own lowliness. She took no credit for anything good in herself. But she praised the Lord for His attributes, His mercy and His holiness. Her worship was from the heart. She knew God as her intimate Savior! She celebrated the fact that God’s mercy is on those who fear Him, because she herself feared God and received his mercy.

Throughout Christ’s earthly ministry, Mary appeared in only three scenes. The first was during the wedding, where Jesus performed His first miracle. She was also there when the crowds of people who wished for miracles from Christ became larger than ever and at His crucifixion.  Mary remained in the background to  her son Jesus. She submitted to him as her Lord, rather than control him as his mother. She became one of his faithful disciples. She came to grips with the fact that Jesus had work to do and she could not interfere with it

Mary had probably always had an idea that the crucifixion of her son would come. As she watched her son go through the ordeal, , her anguish is unimaginable. Yet she stood stoic, silent when many of us would have done so much differently!!

Mary seemed to understand that her presence at Jesus side was the only kind of support she could give him. She could not assist with His atoning work, his bearing the sins of the world

One of Jesus last earthly acts was to make sure that for the rest of her life, Mary would be taken care of. This act gave insight into Mary and Jesus’s relationship. She was his earthy mother, but He was her eternal Lord!

Her maternal relationship with Jesus faded into the background. That moment on the cross-Jesus placed his mother into the earthly care of John-marking the end of the earthly aspect of their relationship. As a Mother, Mary had once provided all his earthly needs, but in the ultimate and eternal sense. He was her Lord and provider!

Mary was extradinary because God used her in a extradinary way. Mary thought of herself as perfectly ordinary. Wow! How awesome is that..Do you think of yourself as perfectly ordinary. Her life points us to her Son.  He was the one she recognized as Lord, He was the object of her worship, He was the one she trusted for everything

Can you say that about the God you serve? Do you put yourself aside  even as important as you are to Him….allowing God to do the work He is equipped for? Do you recognize Him for everything He has done in your life?

Its easier said then done, yet essential to allow God to work through us and in us to bring out the best qualities we have. The process can be hard, the refinement can hurt….but the end result is total transformation

Enjoy your day my sisters

Stephanie

 

Scriptures to SOAK in

Psalm 72:17

Luke 1:41-45

Acts 1:14

This blog contains excerpt of Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur

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