ELIZABETHíS COMMITMENT

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MARY VISITS ELIZABETH

LUKE 1:41-42**NIV**WHEN ELIZABETH HEARD MARYíS 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!

THE FAITH OF ELIZABETH TEACHES US WE NEED FLEXIBILITY AND TRUST IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER BECAUSE LIFE IS A NEVER ENDING SERIES OF CHANGE. OUR OWN FAITH AND TRUST AS WELL AS TALKING TO OUR LORD IN PRAYER HELPS US PREVENT MOST OF THE CHANGES THAT CONTROL AND MAKE OUR LIVES DIFFICULT AND CONSTANTLY STRESSED.

WHEN THE ANGEL OF GOD, GABRIEL, ADVISED MARY IN VERSE 35-37** "THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU AND THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU. SO THE HOLY ONE TO BE BORN WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD (Jesus). EVEN ELIZABETH YOUR RELATIVE IS GOING TO HAVE A CHILD IN HER OLD AGE, AND SHE WHO WAS SAID TO BE BARREN IS IN HER SIXTH MONTH. FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD." VERSE 38**I AM THE LORDíS SERVANT," MARY ANSWERED. "MAY IT BE TO ME AS YOU HAVE SAID."

JESUSí MOTHER, THE YOUNG VIRGIN MARY, HAD OBEYED THE CALLING OF GOD DESPITE SCANDAL, PUBLIC CENSURE, RIDICULE AND LIKELY BEING STONED TO DEATH FOR HAVING A CHILD WITHOUT BEING MARRIED TO HER PROMISED HUSBAND JOSEPH. SO MARY TRAVELED TO THE HILL COUNTRY OF JUDEA TO VISIT HER RELATIVE ELIZABETH TO GIVE HER ADDED ASSURANCE THAT THE WORD OF GOD WAS TRUE. MARY NOT ONLY NEEDED THE COMPANIONSHIP OF AN OLDER FAMILY MEMBER BUT WISHED TO ASSIST HER WITH THE PREGNANCY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST WHO PREPARED THE WAY OF THE MESSIAH CHRIST JESUS.

MORE THAN 700 YEARS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, THE PROPHET ISAIAH WROTE OF HIS COMING: ISAIAH 40:3 A VOICE OF ONE CALLING IN THE DESERT PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD; MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS A HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD. ABOUT 400 YEARS LATER, THE PROPHET MALACHI PROCLAIMED: MALACHI 4:5-6**SEE, I WILL SEND YOU THE PROPHET (LIKE) ELIJAH BEFORE THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY THE LORD COMES. HE WILL TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS TO THEIR CHILDREN, AND THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS; OR ELSE I WILL COME AND STRIKE THE LAND WITH A CURSE.

HAS THE TIME NOW COME FOR THE CURSE TO TAKE PLACE SINCE THE WORLD IS TURNING its HEART AWAY FROM GOD? REVELATION 10:6**KJV**AND SWEAR BY HIM THAT LIVETH FOR EVER AND EVER, WHO CREATED HEAVEN, AND THE THINGS THAT THEREIN ARE, AND THE EARTH, AND THE THINGS THAT THEREIN ARE, AND THE SEA, AND THE THINGS WHICH ARE THEREIN, THAT THERE SHOULD BE TIME NO LONGER:

JOHN THE BAPTIST LIVED AN HUMBLE AND FRUGAL LIFE IN THE DESERT AND PREPARED THE WAY FOR CHRIST JESUS; LUKE 3:3**NLT**THEN JOHN WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE JORDAN RIVER, PREACHING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE BAPTIZED TO SHOW THAT THEY HAD TURNED FROM THEIR SINS AND TURNED TO GOD TO BE FORGIVEN.

YOU AND I AS WELL AS ADAM AND EVE WILL STAND FOR JUDGEMENT AT THE THRONE OF GOD! IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU WILL BE GIVEN PERMISSION TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF THE MOST HIGH. NOW IS THE TIME TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD AND ASK FORGIVENESS (REPENT) FOR ALL YOUR SINS. WHEN THE LAST TRUMPET (SHOFAR) IS SOUNDED, YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND TIME WILL BE NO MORE!