HOPE III - Say Yes to Hope

HOPE III - Say Yes to Hope

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Verse 26-27

Luke 1:26-27 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,  27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.   

I Samuel 16:7 for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward     appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Genesis 50:20 (Joseph) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Verse 28

Luke 1:28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

How to Decipher Father’s Voice

        Is it Hope or Accusation

        Even in Conviction, if it is Father, Will Never be Condemnation

            Conviction (def) - to convince of truth

            Condemnation (def) - to convince of hopelessness  

Verse 29

Luke 1:29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.    

Operating In Hope Should Always Be Outside the Realm of Your Ability

Verse 30-33

Luke 1:30-33  “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 

33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

The Invitation of Hope Will ALWAYS Be More Than We Can Handle

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 What God Calls You to Do, He Gives You Grace to Do

 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made  perfect in weakness." 

Verse 34

Luke 1:34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

Being Human Doesn’t Disqualify You For Participating in the Miracle of Hope

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Verse 35-37

Luke 1:35-37 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.  37 For the word of God will never fail.”

Matthew 1:23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us”)

Verse 38

Luke 1:38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Hope is a YES in Your Heart to God’s Invitation