Day 6 Celebrating Immanuel…
…Then Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily…” (Matthew 1:19 KJV)
I say, beware of “putting those things away privily” which the Lord hath given!
How many of us have “put away” blessings from the Hand of God in FEAR of what others might say about us or do unto us? Joseph was just about to do that in the life of his espoused wife, Mary…
The Bible tells us that Joseph did not want his virgin, espoused wife to be made a “public example” seeing how she was carrying a child out-of-wedlock; a child that did not even belong to him…Joseph must have feared the thoughts and actions of others….And, with good reason…Who in their right mind would have believed that Mary was carrying the Son of God? Who? Ask yourself…Would you have believed his story if you have lived in that time period?
Even today many miracles require Great Faith to receive them into our lives…But, our God is, and always has been, and always will be a Great God of Miracles! My three daughters and I used to sing a beautiful song titled, “There’s a Miracle in the Making for You!” Wow! What a “miracle” Mary and Joseph experienced in their lives! Praise be unto God!
Both Mary and Joseph had a “Divine Calling” upon their lives…And, it was going to require Great Faith on their parts to carry the calling out….In some ways, the same is true today when a believer feels that he or she has a divine calling upon their own life…To announce a “calling” requires Faith…Why? Because people tend to have a “doubting” side within their hearts when someone says that he or she has been “called of God” for service. A lot of people’s first reactions or thoughts may be something like this: “Whew, glad it’s them and not me.” Or, “Sure; we’ll see.” As a result, those who do feel they have a certain call of God upon their lives sometimes delay or even reframe from following that call in “fear” of what others might say; or how they might be judged. How sad…To follow any “Calling” of God requires Faith and Courage; maybe, not the same amount of GREAT FAITH that was required at the hands of Mary and Joseph, but Faith nevertheless.
However, just as God was with Mary and Joseph, He will be with ALL those He calls into His service. When a person does step out in Faith, God empowers that man or woman with His Holy Spirit to fulfill and carry out his or her specific “call” for their life. I cannot STRESS ENOUGH the word, “CALL,” (or, Divine Calling) because without God’s empowerment upon a person’s life, he or she cannot carry out God’s Spiritual business on planet Earth…It may look like it for a while, but only time will tell for certain if the true Power of God is resting upon an individual’s life…God always tests those whom He has called and chosen!
My friend, just as the angel appeared unto Joseph telling him, “Fear not,” I encourage you to “fear not” as well. The Bible teaches us to, “Lean on God and trust in the Lord with all our heart; and lean NOT to our own understandings, and He shall direct thy paths…(Proverbs 3:5)…God is the author and finisher of our Faith…Whatever God brings us to; God will see us through…Let’s not privately “put away” our blessings because of FEARS…Today, like Joseph, by Faith, you, too, can do whatever God has set forth for you to do…But, ONLY In His Name and In His Power….Amen…Remember, in His time, God shall bring it to pass! Hallelujah! Amen…
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author
@copyright by Lin T Rollins – Nov. 2012