You Are Blessed & Highly Favored!
Luke 1:28-30 NIV
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.
This promise was made to Mary, Jesus’ mother-to-be, but it applies to all of us as well. When we accepted Jesus in our lives, we became like mary. We carry the seed of Christ inside of us. And just like Mary, we receive the promise of being blessed and highly favoured!
However, one of the greatest enemies of favour is fear! Favour is God’s desire and intention for you but the enemy’s intention is to use fear to distract you from recognizing that you are already favoured. When the angel visited Mary with the news that she would bear the son of God, she instantly became troubled, so much so that the angel had to first encourage her and admonish her not to be afraid.
You are coming into a new season of your life. One filled with love and good news and there’s a possibility, just like Mary, that you are a bit troubled and afraid. But you must remember to keep the mercies and the goodness of God that you have seen and experienced from January to date in your mind. Recalling God’s goodness to mind keeps fear and discouragement out, and keeps you expectant for the blessings you’re about to receive.
The angel’s words to Mary still ring very true today: “do not be afraid”. You have already found favour with God, so walk in that favour and let that assurance guide you in everything you do.
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