The power of our words
used to encourage others
at just the right moment
can change the course of a life.
We often have no idea
how important our words can be.
But they can stop a person
in their tracks.
Or they can propel a person
to new heights.
And Mary, the mother of Jesus,
was such an example.
When the angel first spoke to her
she was young, troubled by the news...
just a teen, in need of advice,
But the angel had told her
that her cousin Elizabeth,
always barren, was now
pregnant with child.
So Mary went to see her.
I would guess that this elder cousin
was a mentor, advisor...
the encouraging voice she sought.
Because, the Bible says...
Mary arose and went to see her,
in the hill country, with haste.
And it happened, when Elizabeth
heard the greeting of Mary,
that the babe leaped in her womb;
and Elizabeth was filled
with the Holy Spirit.
Then she spoke out
with a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
Luke 1:41-42 NKJV
How amazing is that!
I just love that as we enter
into the New Testament,
the first person we find filled
with the Holy Spirit is a woman!
And what did she do
upon receiving this amazing energy?
She used it to speak out.
And she encouraged Mary thus,
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
This blessing meant that Mary
was on the receiving end of
benefits and privileges extended from God.
Elizabeth was being used by the Holy Spirit
to encourage Mary in this "inconvenience"
that stopped her mid-engaged life,
and changed her plans, to tell her that
she had not lost anything in life,
but rather had gained so much more.
Maybe Mary wouldn't find approval of people,
but she had been chosen by God
for a grand and glorious assignment.
And from that moment forward
she would never need to doubt;
she would be under His watchful eye,
and near His hand of provision.
But what if Mary had shown up
at Elizabeth's house without that blessing?
What if Elizabeth had been
in a super crabby mood,
complaining about her swelling feet,
aching back and "lazy husband"
who never said a word to her anymore.
Or, what if Elizabeth had become
so selfish and self-absorbed about
the miracle of having her first child,
that all she could think of was herself.
And when Mary showed up,
Elizabeth wouldn't have time for her.
Either way, the Holy Spirit
would not have come to reside
in the life of Elizabeth
and that blessing would never
have been spoken over Mary.
Now God certainly could have
encouraged Mary somewhere else.
But how great it was that Elizabeth,
the more mature, seasoned from life
cousin, got the honor to speak
this blessing into young Mary's life
at just the right moment.
Because we all have times
when we are troubled like Mary.
Times when we just need even a little bit
of encouragement to get us past
that doubt, that struggle, that frustration.
And it may just be the tipping point
we needed to set us on the right path
to being in God's will for our lives.
The words we speak
are so very important in our lives
and those around us.
And they are an outpouring
of the truth inside our hearts.
Elizabeth's words came forth,
stirred by the Holy Spirit.
But she had also been mature
and open to His coming upon her.
We too, need to have hearts
that are open to whatever God has
for us to speak into others lives;
setting aside our feelings
and self-absorbed ways.
We need to be sensitive
to the leading of God.
And if He puts something on our heart
to speak, we need to ask Him
for a right time and place to do so.
Because it could just be
the very encouragement they need
to place them right in the middle
of God's will for their life.
It could just be
the very words that propel them
into their purpose that impacts many
for the cause of glorifying God!
Word of God
train me today...
To be sensitive to Your leading
and ready to speak encouragement to others.
To have a positive and joyful attitude,
knowing the words I speak can bring a blessing
that lasts beyond a lifetime.
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