You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Thursday, September 11, 2014


“And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” - Luke 1:28

An angel named Gabriel was sent by God to a girl named Mary and Gabriel greeted her with a wonderful promise. The angel addresses Mary as highly favoured and blessed among all women. The simple reason is that the Lord was with her and she was chosen by God for a Holy purpose.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." - Luke 1:30-33  

Then the angel describes about the miraculous things that is going to happen through her. It was told by God to her that Jesus Christ will enter into this world through her and He will be great and His kingdom will never end.

What a promise she got! It was a wonderful promise given by God to Mary. She might have thought that great things will happen thereafter in her life because she got God’s promise through His angel. 

But actually what happened next? When she was expecting something good but a worst thing happened. Joseph to whom she was engaged decided to put her away secretly because he could not understand the way she got conceived. If he who got engaged with Mary thought that way, how much more the other people around her would have thought about her. 

Everyone around her might have thought about her badly. She might have gone through pain and shame. Days passed. As she was about to deliver the promised Child, it happened that she has to travel from Galilee to Judea with her husband Joseph but yet they could not find a room in the inn. 

As she gave birth to the promised Child and laid him in a manger. Here is a women who was called as highly favoured by the God sent angel is giving birth to her child in a cattle shed and laid the promised Child in a manger.

Her situation and God’s promise given by her through an angel doesn’t match at all. Both were in contrast with each other. But does it ended that way? Never. As God promised to Mary through the angel, Jesus Christ was called as the Son of God and even today His kingdom exists and it will exist forever. Similarly even after so many centuries, Mary is considered blessed among all the women. 

Even today in your life things might be happening against God’s promise. You might have thought that everything will be fine as God has promised you good things. But yet things happen in a different way. You might be going through pain and shame today. 

Jesus Christ is promising you that it will not end in the way it goes now. Jesus Christ will be revealed through your life and your life will change for good. Jesus Christ is promising you that all He has spoken regarding your life will be fulfilled in His time and you will not be put to shame. 

Situations might seem different. People around you might speak different. You might think that you will not see goodness.  But yet Holy Spirit says to you that God’s promises will surely get fulfilled in your life. 

One day God promised my elder brother that he will get a government job and through that he will be raised. My brother waited for more than five years but yet situations were worse. People around him behaved differently. He lost all his hope. But one day as God promised he got a government job and through that God has blessed him abundantly and my brother is living happily now.

My dear young friends, you will surely see God’s goodness. You are highly favoured. Lord is with you and so you will be blessed among all others. God bless you.

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