Day 4 Celebrating Immanuel
And, Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior, For he (God) hath regarded the low estate (humbled estate) of his handmaiden; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. (Luke 1:46 -48 KJV).
The key to an outstanding, victorious, blessed of God, achieving Christian life is humbled OBEDIENCE…
A significant part of Mary’s salutation to her cousin, Elizabeth, was actually revealing the condition of Mary’s own heart…She stated to Elizabeth, “God hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.” Another version of this same scripture uses the word, “humbled estate” in place of “low estate.” Both words, “humbled” and “low,” can be defined as one possessing a spirit of meekness… In either version, Mary is revealing that she did NOT argue with God’s plan, debate God’s plan, question God’s plan, or delay in following God’s plan. She responded to God’s plan with a spirit of humbleness and meekness…In other words, she was instantly “OBEDIENT” to God’s plan…No wonder she said, “All generations shall call me blessed, For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and Holy is His name.” (Luke 1:49 KJV).
Notice, Mary did NOT say to Elizabeth, “I have done great things.” She said, ” For He (GOD!) that is mighty hath done TO ME GREAT THINGS!” Not only was she completely of “low estate” and “obedient,” but she also gave FULL credit to God and NOT to herself! How many times does God want to use us, but we get the misconceived idea that there’s something within us worth using!!
Mary knew that she could offer God nothing more than her complete obedience. What a good lesson for each of us to learn…What if we all stripped ourselves of our earthly pride, arrogance, high-mindedness, self-will, and self-centered ideologies to put on garments of meekness, humbleness, and simple obedience??!! Then, we could say, like Mary, “I am called blessed.”
Even though people use the term, “Blessed,” in so many different ways, the true Biblical definition of one actually being “blessed,” is finding favor of God…We say to our friends and strangers alike, “Have a blessed day.” We are using the phrase “blessed day” much in the same way as saying, “Have a good day.” However, one can have a “good” day without having a “blessed” day! Non-believers can have “good” days, but without the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon their lives, they cannot know what it means to have a Biblically “blessed” day. Oh, my friend, I want to be “blessed” of God and to have “blessed” days all the days of my life!! “Surely, goodness, and mercy shall follow me all the days; all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23:6)
And, the older I get and the farther along I walk with God, I am learning that to have more and more “blessed” days in my life requires me to be more and more “obedient” unto the Lord in ALL things.
I don’t know about you, but I am truly thankful that the Lord’s handmaiden, Mary, was of “low estate,” and willing to be an obedient servant unto the Lord…
Thank you Sweet Jesus for those who have forsaken all to be “obedient” unto you. For great is their reward…Yes; they shall be called, “Blessed.”
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins, Author
@copyright by Lin T Rollins Nov. 2012.