Confirmation and Joy
“39 And at that time Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country to a town of Judah,
40 And she went to the house of Zachariah and, entering it, saluted Elizabeth”.-Luke 1: 39,40
Have you ever had word from the Lord, promises set to paper with ink or spoken in a church service by a Pastor or in a song? What relief. What joy. You are going to have a child. You are going to adopt a child. Your son will come back into the loving arms of Jesus. Your husband will stop viewing pornography in the dark of night while the children sleep nestled in their beds just a room away. Your healing is coming surely as the sun rises, breaking through the gray dawn of symptoms that assault and push hard on the body.
I have been there. The WORD fresh on the page and in my mind. I speak it. Rejoice in it. Believe in it. Then I walk away into the busyness of the day. I forget. I fall back. I doubt. I fear. My sin is believing the spirit of fear, the spirit of rejection, following anxiety instead of following the Spirit of the Lord where there is freedom.
Imagine, young virgin Mary, her belly barely swollen with the babe. She had the WORD in her womb. She had felt the overshadowing of God’s Holy Spirit, beginning the life in a millisecond, the transfer from holy to flesh. Time passed. The road was long. Doubt crept in. Is it true?
And she went. She made haste to visit Elizabeth. She sought someone she admired, loved and respected.
“41 And it occurred that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit.
42 And she cried out with a loud cry, and then exclaimed, Blessed (favored of God) above all other women are you! And blessed (favored of God) is the Fruit of your womb!
43 And how [have I deserved that this honor should] be granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For behold, the instant the sound of your salutation reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.- Luke 1: 39-44
45 And blessed (happy, [z]to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.”- Luke 1: 41-45
Elisabeth echoed the words that the angel Gabriel had spoken. After four hundred years of silence, the words of the prophets were being fulfilled. She provided the confirmation to rekindle the joy that Mary needed to continue. The joy of the Lord is our strength.
“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father (of Eternity) Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Are you waiting on the fulfillment of a Word? Have you been struggling in the wilderness? Have you begun to doubt that He who spoke it will bring it to pass? I understand. I have been there multiple times a day. I hear the Word, I receive it with joy. I am pregnant with the seed of hope. Then the firey darts of doubt assault. They burn into my brain searing flesh. I isolate. Fear.
What is the answer? Follow Mary’s example. Seek someone out whom you trust. Speak the truth. Don’t isolate and battle on your own. For the battle is not yours, but the Lords. Our position is worship. Stand still and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Go to someone who will bear your burdens with you without gossiping them. Two are better than one. ” Blessed is she who believed there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord,” Elisabeth said. Each of us needs a friend to echo the word, to supply the confirmation, to cover us in prayer. ‘Tis the season of impossibilities. Jesus, come to earth, the Word of God became flesh, who left the holy of heaven for the cold, unwelcoming world for you.
Friend, if you are struggling in mind or body, He is able to supply someone who can listen, who can comfort you and pray with you. Do not give up hope. Do let doubt take over faith. Join me in this prayer:
[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy,
Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.
[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. – Colossians 1: 11-13
Dear friend, I pray that you find your confirmation and joy today!