Are you looking at a situation that seems impossible? If you are, then you are in good company. Consider the cloud of witnesses that Hebrews 12:1 speaks of—people such as Moses, Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Abraham, and others. These great men and women of God set forth an example to you and me of obtaining what seemed to be impossible.
In the midst of their trying situation, they had only one position—faith in God. This too should be our one and only position in this earth. Although Mary wasn’t mentioned in Hebrews 11, she very well could have been. Her great faith was in full display when the angel approached her about God’s plan for her life.
There were four things she did, and in following up our discussion last month about what Mary did to obtain the impossible from Luke 1:38-56, I want to encourage you with the last two.
1. Mary agreed with the Word.
2. Mary moved quickly.
3. Mary magnified the Lord instead of the problem!
“And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior…generations shall call me blessed…For He that is mighty has done to me great things…” (Luke 1:46-49). Instead of saying, “It can’t be done, there is no way,” Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Think about a magnifying glass. It is used to enlarge whatever it is that you are looking at. With that in mind, what are you magnifying in your life? Are you magnifying the problem in your life? Or are you magnifying the Lord? If you will begin to magnify Him for all the great things He has done in your life, then what you are believing God for will become a small matter when compared to God. You will become more assured that with God nothing shall be impossible.
I remember a time when one of our church members came to me upset about a bad report they received from the doctor. I looked straight into her eyes and said, “A bad report is nothing but words.” I went on to encourage her to put the report of the Lord—the WORD— in her mouth for the sole purpose of magnifying Him. When we do this, we allow ourselves to see Him bigger and greater than any problem we are facing. A bad report will only grow bigger when we allow our words to magnify it.
4. Mary helped someone else, learning in the process!
(Mary) “…entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth, and Mary abode with her for three months…” (Luke 1:39-40,56) When God revealed His plan to Mary, she knew where to go and who to associate with. When God puts things in your heart there will usually be people to whom He will send you—people to help and to serve. If you will hook up with these people, and be open to receive, you not only will be a blessing to them, you will also learn from them.
Relationships should be based on a desired future rather than a common past. Notice Mary didn’t go hang out with her friends or acquaintances that she saw day in and day out. She went where she knew of someone who was further along in this pregnancy process than she. This is why we should look forward, not behind.
Just as Mary stayed with Elisabeth for three months, helping her and serving her, God will lead us to connect with people in order to help them fulfill their vision. In that process we will also learn and grow, just as Mary did during her time with Elisabeth.
God’s Word says that we can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens us. So, take God at His Word and rise up! Be bold, and decree and declare what He says about your life, your home, your church, and everything else that concerns you: that with God nothing shall be impossible!
Follow Mary’s example—speak God’s Word, arise with haste towards the direction God has for you, magnify the Lord with all your heart, and get involved in the Kingdom of God and helping those of like precious faith. As you do, you’ll be able to testify as Mary…with God, NOTHING shall be impossible!