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
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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
Let’s look at the confirming presence of God in the details of Mary’s life. Her family, even when they had no knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of prophecy and purpose in their lives, dwelled in Nazareth. I’m certain that Mary’s parents had no idea their grandchild would be the Messiah! Perhaps one, if not several generations had made the choice to live or continue to live in Nazareth (which means the guarded one), but it is certain that God was working with all details to position Mary for destiny. She was called to conceive and bear the ultimate gift of God to man. Luke 1:30-34,”Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How shall this be . . .’” (RSV) Even in the midst of this angelic visitation and undeniably Divine encounter, still Mary asked for more information, more understanding to confirm the next steps in her life. —Kathy
Kathy Gabler — Equipping for understanding and clarity was the theme for the Annual September Dreams, Visions and Prophecy conference. The following is a summary of some of the notes from that meeting——
I’m sure we have all wondered at times why everybody does not dream literal, plain dreams with clear communication and no search and discovery needed. Joseph in the New Testament saw the angel in a dream and understood clearly that the instructions were to flee to Egypt with Baby Jesus and Mary. Those were literal instructions that they could act on and they did. However, if we consider other scriptural examples of how God communicated, He often communicated with the prophets of the Old Testament in symbolic language. The dry bones in Ezekiel and the feet of iron and clay on the statue in Daniel were symbolic. Even Jesus often spoke in parables instead of literal details, and you know He was communicating with the crowds that kept gathering. Yet sometimes even the disciples had to ask Him for clarity later. So, I suspect that having to pursue understanding is part of God’s plan and purpose, probably for reasons like, 1) seeking God for wisdom builds relationship with the Lord, and 2) pursuing understanding is how we develop an ear to hear, and 3) every time we pursue God’s wisdom and clarity, we always discover more than we went looking for.
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Mary and Joseph never would have guessed their common, mundane lives were moving toward such eternal impact. In fact, they probably never fully grasped the magnitude of their purpose while they lived on earth. The issues and responsibilities of everyday life had to overshadow their thinking and senses at times. Seven-year-old Jesus most likely took his father’s hammer and left it by the creek to rust, after he’d nailed a boat together using his mom’s best serving bowl. At supper that night, I’m sure neither Joseph nor Mary sensed divine purpose at work in their lives or his! The majority of the time they were simply rearing a son. And they probably wondered if they were doing well. After all, everyone remembered the time they had accidentally left him behind while traveling. And you know they had typical friends and family watching their non-typical teenager with an opinionated glare. (Eighth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
Do you think Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had any sense they were POSITIONED for their purpose? I don’t think so! Neither did the Widow of Nain plodding along in the funeral procession, feel POSITIONED by God to dance home with a resurrected son, but she was! Saul atop his horse, on a Christian-killing mission, answering only to the Sanhedrin had no warning he was about to be blind, wrapped around that horse’s knees and entering training to be an apostle, but he was POSITIONED by the purpose of God! Murmuring Martha, grieving and waiting to give Jesus a piece of her mind over his tardiness, had no inkling she was about to un-bury the brother she had buried four days before, but she was POSITIONED … in destiny … in purpose … in history. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
Do you think Mary was PREPARED for a conversation with an angel to end with her being pregnant with the Messiah? Her girlish daydreams of romance and home and family had never played out like this, neither could these circumstances fit in any of her spiritual aspirations! Nothing could have prepared her to feel so disqualified in her society yet be so divinely POSITIONED in the plans of God . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history! (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)