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Encouragement!

A messenger of God was sent to Loved One. they had wonderful plans for their future, which among other things included being married to someone of sound character and upbringing. Coming in, the messenger said to them, “Rejoice, highly favored one, God is with you! You are blessed among all people!”

When they heard that, Loved One was confused and considered what the messenger meant. Then the messenger continued by, “Do not be afraid, Loved One, for you have found special favor with God. Behold, you will be reborn, as if resurrected, and the Son of God will blossom within you. Your future is great, and you will name Jesus, the Son of God, as the Lord of your life. You will give Him the throne of your life. He will reign over your life forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end.”

Loved One wondered, “No way. Doesn’t he know that I am such a failure, sinful and self-centered? I have no idea how I can be blessed that much!”

The messenger sensed their doubt and humility, and said to them, “The Holy Spirit will move inside you, and the power of God will overwhelm and transform you. You will be His temple, as He will live inside you. This new life within you will transform you into an heir of God. Even now, God is breathing new life throughout your family and loved ones. For with God, nothing is impossible.”

Then Loved One said, “I am a servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to what you have said.” And the messenger left them.

Amazed that the messenger read their mind and knew their deepest concerns, fears, and feelings, Loved One said with trembling, “I want to serve God. Doing things my way not worked out so well. I want to start doing things the way that God wants me to do them.”

Luke 1:26-38, NAPSV


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