13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,15for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.16And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,17and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
December 26, 2016
John, filled with the Spirit, “will be a joy and delight to you” (v. 14). Elizabeth and her babe, also filled with the Spirit, “leaped for joy” when Mary “the mother of my Lord” came to visit. Neither Mary nor Zechariah could contain the overflow of praise as the Spirit worked in their lives (vv. 46–55; 67–79).
Larry Richards, The 365 Day Devotional Commentary (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1990), 714.
When God wants to talk to us it brings us JOY. As we embark on our journey this year into "The Importance of ONE" I hope you will recall times when God has spoken to you - you are so important to Him. Sometimes we forget that but it was for you that Jesus died on the cross. So, how important do you feel now?
Thanks for being on this journey with me... Pastor HD
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