// You took all my shame and my iniquity For the sake of freedom, You set me free. //
You Made A Way: Matt Gilman
A friend in adversity helps rise to overcome the obstacles.
We continue on this series of concentration. From walking on water in Faith Walker to mourning with Hannah in Crying On The Mountain. Our next hero of consecration is found in a not one but two heroines of faith.
We will be reading from the book of Luke. Starting in chapter 1. We’ll be paraphrasing much of this, so like always we encourage you to read the scripture for yourself. So let us begin.
Luke 1:1, begins with a priest Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth.
“And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
Luke 1:6 NKJV
Zacharias spent many days in the temple learning from God’s word. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him one day giving him a message.
“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.”
Luke 1:13 NKJV
Now because of their seasoned age, and the fact Elizabeth was barren (Luke 1:7) this was a miracle. But with this miracle came a certain set of rules and obligations to fulfill the prophetic word of Luke 1:13-17.
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
Luke 1:15, 20 NKJV
So this vow of being set apart from worldly pleasures was great. It cost something. But in return, Elizabeth birthed something great. She was a forerunner in her world-changing mission. Being a forerunner paves a way for the generations after to have a foundation to stand.
Because Elizabeth was an example it wasn’t as hard for another heroine to overcome her obstacles. Her name? Mary. Mary, mother of Jesus.
“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.”
Luke 1:36 NKJV
Fast forward a bit, now Mary sought out Elizabeth, Luke 1:39-45. You see, Elizabeth paid a price that Mary could have a foothold in. While both were with child. Both miracles. Each child had their own destiny to follow. Both mothers had to pioneer their own journey so someone could stand.
Elizabeth was Mary’s helping hand. While Mary was young in age, Elizabeth was that comforting voice to say “I’ve been there & done that.” She was the physical representation of Christ. Saying “I go before you.”
It must have been tough being pregnant, hiding away due to public ridicule each would face. Have you ever been shamed for something miraculous that has happened in your life? Really, have you ever been singled out because of your difference? If so you may have felt alone. Maybe you felt like you were the only one?
I ask you begin to pray for a helping hand. One that has been where you are. You may already have that. In that case, good! But for those who have not. Ask God to open those doors for you to have someone run alongside you in your season of being set apart.
Imagine this. Mary having some pregnancy questions of how or why her body felt this way or that. Elizabeth could comfort her in having felt that or been through that season of pregnancy. Both must of had fears of being new moms, & they were there to comfort each other. Not saying Zacharias or Joseph couldn’t help some. But having someone who has been in that same place helps. For these women, the pain of pregnancy their male spouses had never experienced this portion of their journey.
We were never meant to do life alone. Together we can overcome more than what we can do alone. You’ll laugh a little, you’ll cry a little. But you’re forging a relationship built on the purpose of growing further than you ever thought you could.
Keep going & don’t give up!
Keep pursuing Him.
As we enter into next week, we’ll take a look at what it is to feel like you’ve already messed it up. It’s never too late to turn things around.
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.