Daily Devotional – Encourage Others for Belief

By on December 17, 2019
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Luke 1: 39 -45. Mary found herself in a tricky position, and so went to find refuge with Elizabeth her cousin. Not only did Elizabeth and Zechariah offer shelter and refuge for Mary, but they offered encouragement and faith.

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary found herself encouraged and in a place with someone in a similar boat as herself. Elizabeth too had conceived miraculously a baby boy and Elizabeth acknowledged God and His hand in not only her own pregnancy but that of Mary.

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With Elizabeth understanding the workings of God, she was the ideal encourager for Mary. Elizabeth plays a more major role in scripture as the mother of John the Baptist, however, in the build-up to Jesus’ birth, she plays the protector and encourager for Mary.

As we remember Elizabeth, we are reminded to be the encourager to those around us this Christmas. As we experience the build-up to the special day, and on a celebratory day, may you be an encouragement in the spirit to those around you. Encourage them to place their faith in the words and promises of God. 

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you, God, that you encouraged Mary through Elizabeth. Give me Your words and courage to speak words of encouragement and edification to all those that I may find around me this festive and advent season. May I bring joy and cheer to Your children for Your glory!

In Jesus name
Amen

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Daily Devotional – Encourage Others for Belief