June 4th, 2018 — IGNITE

Last week I ended my devotions by sharing some thoughts of Zacharias and his encounter with the angel Gabriel. You remember the scene right? Zacharias is doing his priestly duty, inside the holy place in the temple, when the angel Gabriel appeared and told him his wife, Elizabeth, was going to have a baby, even though both of them are way past the age of getting pregnant.

Without thinking, (which is a common problem for most of us), Zacharias puts his  mouth in motion, starting asking questions, which are really full of doubt. Gabriel tells him it’s really going to happen in due time, but until that time he is going to be speechless.

That’s where we pick up today’s thought. It’s been nine months of complete silence. Something inside of me is thinking, Elizabeth was probably one of the most relaxed pregnant women who ever lived, as she hasn’t heard a peep out of her husband for the entire pregnancy. Finally she gives birth to a bouncing baby boy, just like Gabriel said she would. All her neighbors and her relatives celebrate with her.

Now on the eighth day they went to the temple to have him circumcised. And just so you know, it’s not until the eighth day that blood clotting substances reach their all-time high. And as they’re going through the procedure, inquiring about the name of this boy, everyone gets informed that he won’t be named after his father, like most children were, but he’ll be named John. Everyone was a bit miffed about it, because no one in the entire family had ever had that name. So they asked Zacharias.

Please remember, he can’t talk. He hasn’t said a word for the last 9 plus months. Since he can’t talk, he takes out his iPad, because the Bible says, “… he asked for a tablet…” and wrote, “His name is John.” Luke 1:63

But now here’s what I want you to see. This is what the Bible tells us…
“And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.” Luke 1:64

Did you catch that? There’s something about putting your faith in action and agreeing with God. Zacharias had nine months to think about it. He must have pondered his actions over and over again. He wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. And when he acted in faith, agreeing with God, his voice came back. He then used his voice to praise God.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: What do you need to act in faith and be in agreement with God for Him to release you into? What’s not happening in your life because you haven’t believed it would happen? Remember what the angel told Mary about Elizabeth getting pregnant in her old age? He said, ‘For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Father,
Nothing is impossible with You. This I believe! Jesus in Your mighty and powerful name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen