God graciously confirmed His plans and His timing to both Zachariah and Mary. An angel showing up in the temple could have been a powerful and private confirmation to Zachariah that the messenger brought a telegram from God Almighty, but Zachariah had years of crusty unbelief to hinder his reception. So, being mute until he held the promise was his additional confirmation and was both public and humbling. When Mary asked for confirmation, several things happened. She was told she would undergo a physical experience of the Holy Spirit overshadowing her to conceive. She was given a word of knowledge that her older, barren cousin, Elizabeth, was six months pregnant! Then Gabriel reassured her with the proclamation: “For with God nothing will be impossible.” After that, Mary arrived at Elizabeth’s door and she became a second witness: “When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, 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! “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Mary’s call was confirmed even more when her bethrothed, Joseph, was convinced in a dream that his wife-to-be would indeed experience a “virgin birth” and bring forth Jesus, the Savior of the world. —Kathy
Kathy will be teaching and ministering prophetically at Kingdom Congress which is March 4-6, 2020. There is no fee to attend.
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“These things will come to pass . . . in their time,” was Gabriel’s answer to Zachariah. The old priest had not known how to factor in God’s timing into his destiny and purpose. God not only has a plan, He has a specific time-frame to manifest it. Many of life’s frustrations come because we have no understanding of God’s TIMING for our gifts and callings. God’s TIMING rarely flows within the confines of our logic or agenda. Learning to recognize His TIMING can be the key to fulfilling our calling. If we are out of sync with God’s timing, we need not expect confirmations. There is not anyone or anything positioned to confirm us along life’s path if we miss God-ordained appointments. —Kathy
The Holy Spirit Will Come Upon You
The angel Gabriel who shows up on earth about every 2,000 years appeared to a teenager named Mary and told her that, against all odds (Lk 1:26-33) she would fully, miraculously walk out the purposes of God in her generation. Totally stunned at the prospect of it actually happening through such a person as she, Mary asked the angel, “How shall this be?” I think it is obvious that Gabriel’s response to Mary’s incredulity was, “Mary, don’t forget to factor in the Holy Spirit.” viz., “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…”
Just like in Gen 1:2, the nonproductivity of Mary’s womb took on the order of heaven brought to her by the Spirit of God. And this is what brought that order, that conceiving of heaven into earth to contradict the chaos of darkenss: “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Lk1:38) Let us make ourselves as readily available as Mary did and the Holy Spirit will bring the fulfillment of the Word through us too, and we will walk out the purposes of God in our generation.
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