Blessed with the Favor of God

(Luke 1:27-29) 27to a virgin pledged in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.…


The first point I want to say this morning is that man has nothing to do with God’s promise. When the angel came to Mary and said hale Mary you’ve been highly favored among women. You shall have a son and he shall save his people from their sins. The first thing she said to him, Lord, how can these things be knowing I know not a man? Over time she began to realize something every believer has to understand if you’re going to be effective in life and effective believer, MAN has nothing to do with God’s promise.

What am I saying? I’m saying Mary began to realize God doesn’t need the help of man to perform his word in your life. In fact, man can be totally oblivious to what God’s spoken in your life. You can be controversial and criticized by men. But if God says he’s going to do something in your life. God will do it. Man can’t stop it. Say that with me this morning. Man has nothing to do with God’s promise.

I don’t know what God’s promised you. I’m sure he’s not promised you what he promised Mary. I’m sure you’re not to birth a physical Jesus Christ. Maybe you’re birthing a business. Maybe you’re birthing a family. Maybe you’re birthing a ministry. Maybe you’re birthing a vision and you don’t see the natural resources and support. God has spoken something in your spirit and you’re staggering at the promise of God saying “Lord, I can’t do this. I don’t have enough help. I don’t have enough support. I don’t have enough people.”

God wants you to understand even in the midst of the Christmas season that man has nothing to do with His promise. If God promises you something, he’s able to bring it to pass. The Bible says the spirit of God overshadowed Mary, that it came upon her. What you need to fulfill the promise of God is not so much as to confer with men but to confer with God. I am convinced we spend too much time seeking the approval of people.  I’ve learned in life that man will approve you one moment and disapprove you the next moment. Set yourself free from the approval of men and live your best life.

Pastor Gary