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Barren and Unfruitful Birthing
December 20, 2015      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


It is clear that God does not work in spite of weakness but rather he purposely chooses to work through weakness to maximize his glory.


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Notes

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

The greatest two births in all of human history happened in an old barren womb and a virgin unfertilized womb.

Arguably God’s greatest works of all time happened:

1. In an old barren womb - Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist

2. In a virgin unfertilized womb - Mary conceived Jesus

3. On a brutal instrument of death - Jesus' crucifixion and atonement for all the world

4. In a grave of death - Jesus raised from the dead to defeat the last enemy to be defeated

I challenge you to meditate upon where and in what conditions God accomplished his greatest works.

Think further upon the reality that:

1. Through a “good as dead” man and woman God brought forth the promised son Isaac.

2. Through a donkey God rebuked Balaam.

3. Through a sized-down tiny army God destroyed three large enemy armies in Gideon’s Day.

4. Through a young shepherd boy with a slingshot God kills a mighty warrior Goliath in David’s day.

5. Through an outnumbered army with a choir in front the Lord delivers Israel in Jehoshaphat’s days.

It is clear that God does not work in spite of weakness but rather he purposely chooses to work through weakness to maximize his glory.

Do you have hope in your barren and unfruitful state and situations?

Do you believe that your weakness is a hindrance to God moving through you or actually the perfect material for a miracle moment?

During this Christmas I pray that hope will rise in you for your barren and unfruitful situations.

Let faith arise as you meditate about the medium through which God works and gets maximum glory - our radical weak state!

May we all say with Mary:

Luke 1:38

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


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