10 …….My good promise to you, to bring you back to this place.
11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.
13 Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
14 I will be found by you,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and I will [free you and] gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’Jeremiah 29:10-14 (AMP)
Just as Adam and Eve lived before me naked and unashamed, walking freely in the garden I have created, so I am calling you into a fresh place of honest vulnerability before me where shame shall have no hold on you. I am ripping off the layers of cover up; the filthy rags of the artificial to expose the naked truth below. Don’t get confused, this is not in a desire to shame you but instead to free you. You have dressed in clothes that are stiff, ill-fitting and restrictive. You have dressed in the robes of the courtesans of old, seductive and gaudy. You have dressed to please others, not me, to please the eyes of men, the eyes of other lovers. Oh my bride, your beauty is beneath the external trappings, your beauty is within. This is not the simplicity of the robes of righteousness that I have prepared for you. Let me redress you, let me redress the balance and restore righteousness to your ways. My heart longs for you to dress to please me. Be dressed in the simplicity of my ways, in the priestly garments that I have picked out for you.
Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.Genesis 2:25 (NIV)
Does my voice not cause mountains to melt like wax? Is it not like the sound of many waters? Do not forget that my voice shakes the deserts and causes the wilderness to tremble. My voice carries infinite power. Yet, I have opened up a pathway for you to steward my voice and to hear it, not just once or twice, but all of the time. Love my voice and seek my wisdom. Do not pick up the past solutions like a repeat prescription. Have courage, instead, to keep asking for fresh wisdom, fresh insight and fresh revelation. Hear My voice over and again in humility and submission. I always have something new and fresh to tell you.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”Psalm 29:3-9 (NIV)
As you start the year, start the year with me. This isn’t just any year but this is a year of divine connection and divine revelation with me. This is a year of chasing after those dreams which feel like they have passed you by. This is a year of welcoming new opportunities and new adventures into your day to day life. This is not the time to feel defeated or disappointed.
So rise up my child! Take your stand! For I am decreeing the word hope over your heart and mind this year. Stand up, dust yourself off and go again. It’s time to cast your nets on the other side of the boat and trust me once more for a bigger catch.
“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.Luke 21:3-6 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Obediently, Mary accepted the will of God. Reading this verse I thought to myself, regardless of what has been said anywhere elsewhere in The Word, things spoken of and things expected, can you imagine the thoughts running through Mary’s mind at this time. There was an expectancy of the arrival of the Son of God. She was approached by the angel Gabriel, who was a Malakim, who are the closest looking to human beings, but there must have been a difference. She was perplexed by his words but not his arrival. The question that arose in my mind was, ‘Did he visually appear to be a normal person’. Since the fourth century angels have been depicted with wings to show their sublime nature. That is only to aid our visualisation, nothing else. Prophets had spoken of the oncoming arrival of the Son of God, to be born of a virgin, but it wasn’t known when, who or where. Thinking of myself, I know that if I was approached by someone, or even an angel, I wouldn’t have been calm; but maybe that’s just me. He must’ve had a certain vibe about him that made her feel as though she could take him at his word. Unless, this was not the first instance of Mary having interaction with a celestial being.
My thought is, because she wasn’t moved by the fact that he was an angel, was she expecting him. For Mary to have been chosen to be the carrier of our Messiah she would have had to be pure, she would have communed with God and may have even had visions of this moment.
Spiritually, and at every other level, she was ready!
Whatever the reason, Mary was obedient to the task and she responded, ‘…may it be done according to your word’.
What is our Heavenly Father calling you to or asking of you today. The world today is celebrating the birth of The Messiah. We know it’s not the TRUE date when He came into a physical existence and we celebrate His presence and what He did 365/366 days of the year. However, today, as we spend time with loved ones, as we share presents, as we mend bridges, as we think and ponder on things and people lost, as we think about what the future holds; what is being asked of you? Our Mighty God sent His Son to die for you, that is how great His love is. What has He brought you through? I’m sure if even a little thought is given, you will realise how much there is. No matter what you’re going through today, He can make your crooked way straight; He can and will turn your despair into strength and joy; and He will bring you from the low place, elevated to The High.
He wants you to say today ‘May it be done according to Your Word’.