Verse of the Day


"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!""

~Luke 1: 41-45


Today's Devotional Thought

December 19, 2018 by Rachel Piferi



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Believe for Her

Yesterday, we sat still a little bit in the precious relationship of Elizabeth and Mary. And it is so sweet to see these two women encouraging each other and loving each other through a challenging time. But one thing I want to pause on today is what Scripture shares of their interaction. In Luke 1, we see Elizabeth doing a fairly simple thing: she encouraged Mary's calling. She encouraged her believing.

How often when we are in a season of hardship or a new assignment do we just need someone to believe? Someone to speak that they believe in what God has called us to do? That they believe God for us?

I know in my life, I sometimes have struggled to truly believe when God was calling me to do something new. I have wanted to believe and I have sought out God so that I could believe, but in certain seasons, I have just struggled to hold fast to my belief that God knew what He was doing or that things were truly going to turn out well.

It is in those seasons of struggle, that I have needed someone else to believe. And when I couldn't stand on my own belief, I stood firm on theirs. And because they believed and spoke that belief over me, my believing got stronger.

I love how Elizabeth proclaims truth over Mary. I love how steadfast and believing she is. And I can't help but think that it helped strengthen Mary's believing to have Elizabeth speak her belief in what God was doing.

Today, if you are in a season of doubt or fear, I encourage you to find someone to confide in. Ask the Lord to show you who you can go to and share what God is doing in your life. And ask Him to lead you to someone with a strong faith who can ooze their believing onto your disbelieving heart. And even if you do believe in what God is doing, as I think Mary believed, I urge you to seek out someone with a strong faith to encourage your own faith. We were truly not intended to do this life alone. God has told us to bear each others' burdens and to encourage each other often. He knows this life and the things He is calling us to do are hard. He knows life will challenge our believing. And He knows that we will need to link arms with other believers and stand firm together.


Memorize this verse today:

"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!""
~Luke 1: 41-45





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