Third thought, The element of SURPRISE! HA! They were surprised by something BRAND NEW. Look at these words as Mary hears for the first time in her life, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you….” WHAT!?! That doesn’t happen to just anybody, only the prophets of God and then it’s only temporarily right!? But never just an ordinary person, never just little old me! This must be what Mary thought. Then when Mary went to visit Elizabeth, as Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary “the baby leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed….”. Again when John the Baptist is born, and the tongue of his father Zechariah was loosed so that he could speak again, Zechariah was “filled with the Holy Spirit and he prophesied”! Gabriel had also told Zechariah that John would be “filled with the Holy Spirit “ from his mother’s womb. All this was so brand new to them and can you imagine the surprise when the Spirit hit them and suddenly He took over! What a precious gift and a WONDERFUL picture of this thing God was about do. He had already told his people through the prophet Joel “in the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh….”. Do not take for granted the unspeakable gift we have of the promise of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit of God Almighty. He is the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of the Resurrection, and the Spirit of Life! You can do nothing without Him and when he comes, He comes to take over! And when He takes over, He changes everything. John the Baptist declared “the One who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”! He is still doing just that today. No longer do we have to struggle to act like believers, putting on the external form of some religious faith, because now HE HAS COME to write His law on our hearts, changing from the inside out those who surrender to Him. YOU CAN’T DO IT! No one ever could. So Jesus came to do it for us, and now HIS SPIRIT works in us to do it every day! Do not quench the Spirit. Have no faith in yourself BUT BELIVE WITH EVERYTHING YOU ARE in HIS ability to BE HIMSELF in you. Submit to him, over and over, every day! And hang on for the ride, because every day is CHRISTmas when He’s in charge!
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