Monday, September 26, 2016

FROM NOW ON by Gary Wilkerson

“And 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 bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus’” (Luke 1:30-31, ESV).
God’s favor literally caused a circumstantial change in Mary’s life — a 180-degree turn. According to the Bible, she conceived. When God’s favor is on your life, He does not just say, “Things are going to work out; just try to think happy thoughts.” No, God changes your world; He turns things upside down. 
A BIRTHING OF SOMETHING NEW
Mary conceived! When you receive God’s favor, He will cause a conception, a birthing of something new in your life. There are needs in your life, a cry in your soul. And as you come to God and receive His favor, blessings will be poured out upon you, and your life will be changed.
Mary understood this and she began to sing:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations
will call me blessed”
 (Luke 1:46-48).
THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT
I love this phrase, “For behold, from now on.” From now on something will be different — and I want you to hold on to that. I want you to own that truth in your soul, in your spirit, and in your mind today.
“From now on” a transition is taking place in you. You are going from living for your own wants and desires to a life that is absolutely surrendered to Him, realizing that you cannot do anything in your own pride. Determine that you will trust in Jesus and Jesus alone.