"My Soul Magnifies the Lord and My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior" ~ BLESSED Mary
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She Told Me, Again, "Bob, Be Bold!"
What? An Anabaptist, Southern Baptist, Non-Catholic, Charismatic-Evangelical, baseball nut and surfer dude having prayer time with the Mother of Jesus? Bam! It was like a "thunderclap and lightning" of God's grace.
Yes, and now I know her as my eternal Mom; okay, Holy Mother and also as my Queen in the Kingdom of Heaven!
The Kingdom of Heaven is a royal realm that is eternal and more real than the chair you are sitting on.
It is not meat and drink. The Kingdom of God; The Kingdom of Heaven, is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost! Right now and on into forever..
"Boldly Speaking then" is like Elizabeth when at the sound of Mary's voice was baptized in the Holy Spirit 34 years before Pentecost! When she opened her door to her young cousin Mary, she was six months pregnant with her son John (the Baptist) and Mary had just conceived the Son of God to be born the Son of man, Jesus!
This is what Mary challenged me to be bold about!
In Luke 1-3 there are no less than 7 powerful prophesies that have to do with the coming Kingdom of God, the first and second coming of King Jesus, but mostly the impact of the Virgin Mary's pregnancy on her world and every generation from then on and forever!
(By the way we have already seen the Lord bring healing and deliverance through this message! So if you have a need for healing or to break some sort of bondage in your life read and be healed and delivered, today!)
Prophecyfrom Elizabeth the moment Mary said Hello!
Mary Visits Elizabeth Luke 1: 39-45
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting...
1) The baby leaped in her womb,
2) and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (So was John while in her womb! luke 1:15)
3) In a loud voice she exclaimed: "BLESSED are you among women, and BLESSED is the fruit of your womb!"
4) But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 5) As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
6) Blessed is she who has believed
7) that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
I think I know first hand a little bit of what happened with Elizabeth from my "first experience" with the prophetic gift!
I remember sitting in the 3rd pew on the left side of a little bapticostal church in the spring of 1973. I had been saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1971, two years earlier. As I sat there in the evening prayer service with about a dozen others, my heart began jumping inside of me.
It reminded me of the power surge I experienced the night I got saved in Manlius N.Y.
Then my stomach churned... I started to feel faint like I did when I got baptized in the Spirit in a Towson State University men's laundry room.
It was my first prophetic utterance and I thought I would 'keel over' under the mighty hand of God when I stood up with Boldness, and declared, gushed out and proclaimed a prophetic message in the prayer meeting!
"Whew!" It was a power-filled moment where I knew that the Holy Spirit had quickened me and filled my mouth with a word from the Lord! I spoke loudly mostly because it was like a volcanic eruption from deep within me!
I exploded with the sound of prophetic utterance! So did Elizabeth! But her words are now part of Scripture.
Not nearly the same measure as Elizabeth who was perhaps the first to be used to declare the word of the Lord through the charismatic operation of the Holy Spirit. But it was the same Holy Spirit then as it was for me in 1973 and today!
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So let's take a slow purposeful look at what was going on with the Mother of John and the Mother of Jesus!
Mary had a visitation and so did Zachary, John's Dad. Both Zachary's wife, Elizabeth, was pregnant as was her youthful cousin Mary.
Both pregnancies were miraculous. John was destined to become the greatest of all prophets and Jesus was born in obscurity as Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Mary had become "The Ark of the Covenant" running through the countryside. She was carrying the presence of Almighty God within her. She felt compelled to share this news with her cousin Elizabeth because the angel gave Mary insight about her older cousin Elizabeth as well.
Jesus, before that name, was called "The Logos" among other names Yahweh, Elohim, Jehovah and others. He was and is and will always be The Word of God. All biblical events had issued from Him were by Him and are about Him!
Not just the Bible as paper and ink graphite Word of God, but also the full human manifestation of the Son of God, through Mary and the very breath of God, the wind of the spirit or the God-Breathed Word of God. (Graphe = Bible, Logos=Jesus as the Word made flesh who dwelled among us and Rhema, as in the very breath of God's spoken word by the Holy Spirit.) These are Greek words used in the Septuagint.
So, when Elizabeth opens the door (Revelation 3:20) she allows Jesus "into her house".
The moment she hears the Spirit filled greeting of Mary by the power of Jesus inside her womb, Elizabeth feels John jumping inside her for joy and they are both immediately filled with the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born."
Later her son John would preach, "I baptize with water, but there is one mightier than I who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire!"
Jesus did this even as a heaven-sent fetus, as a Son to be born to Mary, Joesph and God and as Son of God! 100% God and 100% Man.
The power of God was now in Elizabeth in the presence of Jesus! The Spirit upon her, she couldn't help herself.
She shouted with the power of God rising up within her,
"BLESSED are you among women! BLESSED is the fruit of your womb!"
What? Only one quick moment had passed since she was baptized in the Holy Spirit! This prophecy became the first two stanzas in The Rosary that Calls on Mary as prayer partner of Jesus, her Son and the Saints - those redeemed as the Bride of Christ, the Church and Israel!
Then she says something absolutely startling!
"Why am I so favored that The Mother of my Lord should come to me!?"
Do you see what Cousin Elizabeth said? She didn't say. "I'm so lucky that Mary came over because I was so bored." She declared her lowliness in humility because she knew by the Spirit what was really taking place!
She called this 13-15 year old girl, named Mary, her cousin, The Mother of her Lord! She wondered out loud - "Why am I so favored that she should come to me? For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears the baby in my womb leaped for joy! (Was baptized in the Holy Spirit!)
Then how about this?
BLESSED is (Mary) she who has believed... That the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!
So Elizabeth prophecies about Mary 's continued state of the fullness of Grace and that what God had begun, He would also complete. She prophesied that this faith was unlike any other. It is BLESSED! It is a kind of believing that designates God to be the Author and Finisher of her story as a critical part of His Salvation Story!
She recognizes that a new platform has been established in the earth. It is a miracle that has been planned since before the foundation of the world! 'Jesus was the assigned member of the Godhead to become the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world because God's love required it. God so loved the world that He gave...
Part 1: Elizabeth Luke 1:42-45 Part 2: Mary's Song Luke 1:46-56 Part 3: Mary's Visitation Luke 1:26-38 Part 4: Zacharias Luke 1:5-25 Part 5: Zacharias' Song Luke 1:67-80 Part 6: Simeon Luke 2:25-35 Part 7: Anna Luke 2:36-38
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...the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:9
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