December 12, 2016


Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Like Gabriel’s statement to Mary that nothing is impossible for God, (Luke 1:37) this is a simple statement of fact, but it is profound from two different directions. In the first place, believing God keeps us out of trouble. Eve didn’t believe fully what God had told her and so she fell for the devil’s lie that she wouldn’t die from eating the fruit of the tree, and mankind has been suffering ever since. (Genesis 3:4-6) Failure to believe God has eternal consequences! However, there are other benefits to believing God on a more immediate scale. The Japanese here specifies “believed completely” and “certainly be accomplished.” The more firmly we believe God the more peace we have. Isaiah put it this way: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3) There were all sorts of repercussions, immediate and potential, for Mary in what she had been told, but Gabriel had started his message to her with, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28) If she was highly favored and the Lord was with her, then it was bound to turn out well! This is actually part of the victory that faith brings us: victory over anxiety. (1 John 5:4) That is a blessed thing indeed!

I have missed out on a lot of peace because of the weakness of my faith. When we were building this building and ran out of funds because of cost overruns from errors in the blueprints, and banks wouldn’t touch us because we hadn’t gone to them before we started, the thought of throwing myself in front of one of the trains that runs by here was actually pretty tempting. However, God used the CEO of one of the companies to which we owed money to suggest the idea of setting up time payments to each of our suppliers. All of them accepted my proposal, and the building was paid for in an amazingly short period of time. Right now we are faced with our current lack of funds to purchase the land next door, which we need not only for the group home we feel the Lord wants us to build, but also for parking for the people the Lord is going to bring in to the church immediately. There were people at the City Christmas yesterday evening specifically because of the fliers and tracts I took around on Friday, and some of them indicated they want to attend our regular services here. One was in the service yesterday morning! I need to believe completely that God’s plans will certainly be accomplished, even when I have no idea how He is going to do it, and so rest in perfect peace.

Father, thank You for yesterday and all it held. Thank You that the City Christmas went so well, and thank You especially for the positive feedback from my tracting on Friday. Help me be active in seeking first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, not slacking off because of any perceived lack of results but rather believing completely that You are going to bring abundant fruit in Your time if I will simply abide in Christ, (John 15:5, 8) for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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