(Luke 1:26-45 KJV) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (39) And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; (40) And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. (41) And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: (42) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. (43) And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (44) For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. (45) And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Some translations say there shall be a “fulfillment” of those things.
Performance (GREEK: teleiosis) the act of completion, successful effort or fulfillment, the state or attainment of perfection.
Dictionary: the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.
- God has a promise for every person.
(Jeremiah 29:11 GNB) I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.
(Ephesians 3:20 AMP) Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–
- God’s promises for us are not automatic. They require a working partnership.
(1 Corinthians 3:9 AMP) For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God…
(2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT) As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.
God has a part to play, and we have a part to play.
- Faith is required for God’s promises for our lives to come to pass.
(Hebrews 11:6 MSG) It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Terri Savelle Foy says: “There are two kinds of people: those who let fear run their lives and those that let faith lead them to their dreams.”
The promise was not conceived when the Word was heard.
- Conception took place when Mary took ownership of the Word and it became hers.
(Luke 1:37-38 NLT) (37) For nothing is impossible with God. (38) Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
- Find someone who can agree and believe in the promise with you.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of agreement.
(Matthew 18:19 NKJV) “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
- Praise and thank God as though you have the promise, and it is yours now.
(Luke 1:46-51 NLT) Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. (47) How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! (48) For He took notice of His lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. (49) For the Mighty One is holy, and He has done great things for me. (50) He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear Him. (51) His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
- Be patient and allow God to bring the promise to pass when the right time or the best time has arrived.
(Luke 2:4-7 NLT) And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. (5) He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. (6) And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. (7) She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
God knows the exact time that the manifestation needs to show up for the things that you are believing Him to receive.
(Galatians 4:4 NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
(Hebrews 6:12 NKJV) that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
(Hebrews 6:12 MSG) Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
You cannot always look at the circumstances of your life to determine the right time to receive the promise. There will never be a “perfect” time in the natural.
If you do these things, then God has declared that the promise is yours and you can enter into that good life that He has already planned for you.
(Luke 1:45 KJV) And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Strong’s concordance says that the word for “blessed” actually means “supremely blessed.”
- Because Mary believed what the Lord had said to her through the angel, she was supremely blessed.
Supremely – Dictionary – extremely, or to the highest possible degree.