Truly Blessed (Mar 14)

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March 14
Truly Blessed

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 39:1-6 | Numbers 21:1 – 22:20 | Luke 1:26-56 | Proverbs 11:9-11

Today’s Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26-6

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:18-20 NIV)

Blessed indeed. A young Jewish woman could hope for nothing greater than to be the mother of the promised Messiah. Mary was chosen by God to do the impossible: to become mother to the Son of God.

Why Mary? The text hints at some of the reason God chose her. She was humble. She was obedient. She trusted God to fulfill the promise. She was a woman who knew how to pray and how to praise. She was willing.

Her beautiful song of praise says much about her intimate knowledge of God. She found joy in her relationship with one who is holy, mighty, merciful and filled with grace and blessing.

Are you a willing servant? Are you willing to suffer disgrace? Are you willing to take on a task that seems impossible?

Mary was willing to serve God in any capacity. She was willing to be a servant. God is looking for that same attitude of humility expressed in availability.

Let him know you are willing. He is always looking for humble, willing servants.

Heavenly Father, continue your work of forming me and preparing me for what you have prepared me to do. Fill my heart with praise, with hope, with anticipation. I long to be your willing servant and live a life worthy of the call you have placed on my life. Here I am, Lord, send me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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