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From her encounter with Gabriel to her experience at Pentecost, Mary's journey parallels that of any woman who pursues God's promises for her life.
Mary knelt in the shadow of the cross, weeping in anguish as her first-born Son hung above her, naked and bloody. The ominous roar of thunder was crowded out by His agonizing cry, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
She looked up through her tears. "Why," she cried out in the deafening silence of her thoughts, "why didn't You defend Yourself? I saw the raw power of God move through You. At Your word, demons fled, blind eyes were opened, lepers were cleansed. Why didn't You command the angels to save You?
"You were going to be king of the Jews. It was prophesied; I didn't make it up. The angel Gabriel visited me, and everything happened as he said. It wasn't supposed to end like this."
Most of us remember Mary as the 15-year-old girl who rode off on a donkey to facilitate the Christmas story. But her life was so much more. It was a tapestry of mysteries that unraveled gradually across the seasons of her years, bringing her ultimately to this scene at the foot of the cross.
Mary, you see, was on a prophetic journey. And so are you.
On the day of the crucifixion, Mary's Son was not all that was dying; so were every belief and prophetic promise she'd clung to for 33 years. Perhaps you, too, have had your life turned upside down. You've seen your dreams die. The future looks bleak and empty. You need to understand that your prophetic walk with God is a cyclical journey. Like Mary, you will have seasons of prophetic revelation; seasons of spiritual warfare and wilderness wandering; seasons of ordinary, "ho-hum" life; seasons of effective ministry. All these ultimately lead to the cross and to the death of all things you hold dear.
But the cross is never the end.
Radical Visitation "One night the angel Gabriel came to me. Me--a simple Jewish girl living in poverty in the little town of Nazareth. What did I have to offer anyone, especially almighty God?
"His voice filled the room. 'Greetings, you who are highly favored among women. The Lord is with you.' He told me not to fear and that I would give birth to the Messiah. I cried out,'Yes, Lord, let it be unto me according to Your word.'"
Mary was a sovereign vessel chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Yet the Bible doesn't indicate that she moved in miracles. She simply possessed a heart of devotion and childlike faith. She said, "Yes Lord, let it be done unto me," and it changed her life forever. That's why we can all be like Mary.
The Holy Spirit overshadowed her, and the new life that was birthed in her womb ushered in the Messianic Age. Do you cry out, "Lord, I want to be like Mary--radically overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, impregnated with your purpose"? Do you want to usher in revival?
Then know that there is a price behind the anointing. There is a stigma. Birthing the things of the Spirit is messy, and revival is controversial. Are you willing to be a humble vessel giving birth to God's purpose in an untidy stable, or will you say, "There's no room in the inn"?
Spiritual Warfare "In the middle of the night Joseph shook me violently. He was terrified, crying, ranting about Herod's wanting Jesus dead. He said we had to leave town--right away. He grabbed Jesus and was out the door before I could understand what was happening. We left everything behind that night, no explanations, no goodbyes. Life as we'd known it was over."
Satan always goes after a move of God in its infancy, when it's most vulnerable. King Herod diabolically ordered the slaughter of baby boys. But God gave Joseph and Mary divine strategies to protect their son, telling Joseph in a dream to flee with his family to Egypt.
Are you under attack from the enemy? The greater your call and destiny, the greater the spiritual warfare you will face. The enemy wants to abort your prophetic promises. When the stirrings of revival begin to be birthed in you and around you, challenging the status quo, the demonic realm is aroused. Don't be afraid; God will be faithful to deliver you out of the enemy's hand.
The Wilderness "Why didn't God remove Herod in-stead of us? It hurt so much to leave everyone behind. I kept thinking, If only my family and friends could see Jesus grow up.
"And why Egypt? Why did God send us to the land that represents bondage for our people? Are we going to die here or in the wilderness, like our forefathers?"
Maybe you've had incredible, dramatic encounters with God. You've had multiple prophetic words recorded on tape and transcribed into notebooks. You're sure that any minute now your prophetic promises will come to pass.
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