The LORD is Awe-overwhelming (feel free to understand “Awesome” – is God some or ALL? For me AND my household, God is ALL, Overwhelming; over ALL, Amen!)
Have you ever worn ‘overalls’?
It is my hope and prayer that you have it on now and in ALL your ways, for always.
In your life, your going out and coming in…Do you have The Spirit within you, on you, surrounding you?
God is OVER ALL!!! Yes! You NEVER take God off, Amen. So, you have and do possess “Over-ALL!!!”
Todays ‘brief’ share is a deep share. Much thinking and meditation provoking
Psalm 23 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!”
Have we ever said that, proclaimed it? It is FACT!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you. It did/does not say “Will be upon you/posess you ” Will follow you! We can shout an Hallelujah! BUT, will follow you! Turn around and recieve what follows you! Amen
Check these out:
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
We have a permanence!
The angel’s of The LORD encamp around those who respect, known and bow before The LORD. Psalm 34:7
Wow! Mind bending! We are never alone! Joseph in prison never gave up, he was simply who and what he was:
“Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison (he would have been justified to have him killed! But, this was not in The LORD’s plan. Remember, we have shared Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But The Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful Love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.
“And The Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Our way is predetermined! Again, I repeat “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you…” It does not say you will possess. In the brief example above Joseph who was lied into Jail continued doing what he had always done!
I am touched to share this again. To Mary the Mother of Jesus, Elizabeth filledcwith The Spirit said “Blessed art thou amongst women…”
Before she was born she was marked to bear God in the flesh. But, check it out! Mary had the right to accept or refuse:
Short answer: As far as I can tell, the Bible does not record God asking for consent but does mention Mary consenting to what she was told would happen.
The Bible says in Luke 1 (this is the NIV translation):
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His Kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called The Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.””
This reads to me as if he did not ask for her consent (Gabriel uses the simple future to explain what will happen), but she does give her consent after being informed (‘May your word to me be fulfilled’; KJV renders this ‘be it unto me according to thy word’, which I interpret as ‘all right, I accept this and give my consent’).
So it seems to me as if Mary was not given a choice, but she did accept what was going to happen rather than resenting or opposing it.
Right here I state again Elizabeth in her ‘old-age’ was to bear a son. John the Baptist! All things meant to be will be, Amen. If we refuse or refute it – Another can or will be chosen. But you were created to lend to the world your character.
We can run this down…Cleaners (bottom of the totem pole) would we be as successful if they were not there? Farmers – need I say more? In foreign countries – latrine managers; could/would we utilize them IF they were not utilizable? The list frankly is non ending but we each have a part to play, Amen
To once again return to our start “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” As a believer, you do not have to receive what follows you!
Yes, by God’s awesome grace, you will dwell in The House of The LORD for all ways!
We are here but as king David did we can say:
“One thing have I asked of The LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in The House of The LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of The LORD and to inquire in His temple” Psalm 27:4
Again; I am moved to say “Wow!”
Y’all, be blessed; typically we would share a word of prayer. As you meditate, recieve what follows you. Make it yours! Amen.
Do not be followed! Recieve in Jesus name, Amen