THE ANGEL DEPARTED

​Paulette Reed

I love the Bible, the Word of God! It’s alive and living, you know.  It’s active and contains the supernatural ability to change us. The more we read it, the more we change. We become kinder and gentler, and we receive wisdom and peace from Heaven.

A favorite Bible story of many is found in Luke, chapter one, where the angel Gabriel speaks to the virgin Mary, telling her she’s going to have a baby. Not just any baby, but Jesus, the Savior of the world. 

In Luke 1, verse 28, we read, “And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” Then in verse 38, Mary responds, “‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.”

As we walk in righteousness we, too, may receive favor. In fact, Psalm 5:12 says we are surrounded by a SHIELD of favor. Wow! Do you realize God wants to bless you? He wants you to have His favor…undeserved, unmerited grace!

Are you walking in righteousness, beloved? Not perfection, but rather being right with God, right now. Do you spend time with the Lord, praying, talking and repenting when needed? It’s not difficult, you know. The gospel is as simple as A, B, C. 

I’ve learned to walk in the favor of the Lord. Why? Because it’s a promise, a living Word, alive and ACTIVE. You can walk in it, too. It’s amazing! Learn to use the favor of God for the glory of God. I stand in awe of His constant provision for the vision.

I’ve also learned that when my time on earth is up, I am promised a place in heaven for ever and ever. I love being a bondslave of the most  High God!  Do you? It’s not because I have to be, but because I want to be. Think about it. We’re all slaves to something…someone, so I choose to serve the one Living God.

I will be His ambassador and go where He goes, pray what He prays, and say what He says. 

How about you, friend? Are you going? Oh yes, it does get more difficult after the angel departs. But, the dreams you were given, the prophecy you received and goals you set are still alive, hovering over you. Perhaps it’s time to say, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

I want to encourage you to step into a place of great faith today because great is HIS faithfulness. Walk it out, beloved. It’s the “going” that feeds the faith and starves the fear. The Lord is with you.