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Dec 11 2012

Filled with Hope: When I Feel Afraid

Read It
Luke 1:30-33
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to 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.”

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Live It
Notice in verse 30: “And the angel said to her, do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Notice by the way the text doesn’t say Mary found favor with her parents. The text doesn’t say Mary found favor with her fiancé. It doesn’t say Mary found favor with her neighbors.

Who did she find favor with? She found favor with God.

I want to tell you something. Make the favor of God your focus and everything else will fall into place. Isn’t that right? Make the favor of God your total focus. Everything else will fall into place. Please God with your life. That’s the key.

The angel said to her, “do not be afraid, Mary.” Hey, Mary, you’ve found favor with God. When you get God’s favor, does that mean everything is going to go perfectly in your life now? Oh, it doesn’t mean that. But Mary found favor with God.

Discuss It

  • What are my fears?
  • Am I more fearful of what man thinks of me, or what God thinks of me?
  • The future is seen perfectly by God, but not by me. Will I let hope in Him meet me where I am?

Pray It
Lord, I am going to hope in you alone, and I’m going to keep waiting for You in all areas of my life. I will no longer worry about he future. I am going to be faithful today. I trust You give me all that I need to take care of each day as it comes.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

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