Signs and visuals cues are very important. They tell us many things; like when to plant, and when to harvest; when we should ask our bosses for a raise, and when we should hold our tongue. And when we near the end of the year, we know that the Christmas season is well and truly upon us when we start seeing the Nativity scene being depicted in every way, shape and form; on posters, as fine bone china and even life-sized store-front decorations.

We are all very familiar with the Nativity story, aren’t we? Mary was told by an angel that she, though yet a virgin, would be with child. When the child was about to be born, the King, an ironically firm believer in Bible prophesy, got worried about possibly losing his earthly throne to the baby and issued a decree to kill off all baby boys under the age of two. And that led Joseph and Mary on their adventure which eventually saw Mary giving birth in a stable manger because there was no room in the inn. Oh, and three wise men popped by too. (Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2)

And we hardly ever question the story now because most of it are verifiable facts; and it has been told so many times, it has become a part of our consciousness. But what if you were hearing this for the first time? What if you were Mary and an angel said to you;

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:29-31

What if you were Joseph and one day, when you came back from work, you found out that your fiancée, your wife-to-be, even

“…before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18

How would you respond?

If you were Mary, I’d wager you would probably say

“But how? I’ve never slept with a man.” Luke 1:34 [MSG]

And I know if I was Joseph, I’d like to find out who that ‘holy spirit’ is and whoop his sorry ass.

Believing in prophesy is difficult; but often it is not because we doubt the ability of God to carry out His word. We know He is all powerful and He can do anything that He wants, anytime that He wants. But prophesy is difficult because, let’s be honest, prophesy is often outrageous.

When God gives you a prophesy, when God sees fit to give you a glimpse into your future, it is almost always a vision of utter grandeur and wonder. I mean, come on, would God take the trouble of giving you a vision of the sandwich you are going to grab from the cafeteria later? If He did that, wouldn’t you say to Him, ‘Right, tell me something I don’t know’?

So prophesy always covers the spectacular and the unimaginable. And in the past, prophesy used to be delivered in equally spectacular fashion as well. Imagine a real live angel appearing before you. Now I know some of you may have had those visitations; but for the vast majority of us, we have never had those experiences and we probably never will. And that causes an even greater problem for us.

You see, in the past, the people could attribute some credibility to the prophesy that they were receiving because of the wonders that accompanied the word. But for us, because God knows that our film industry has way surpassed Pharaoh’s magicians during the time of Moses, angels seem to have been relieved of their prophesy delivery duties these days because God knows that we humans will probably attribute the experience to good special effects, and the message would have been lost.

So now, God works through the Holy Spirit, who came to you

[in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]

That little voice inside your heart that tells you that you are going to get that next promotion, that you will be famous beyond measure, that you are going to get something better than that beat up old classic that you have been dreaming of; that voice is now responsible for all the prophesy in your life, because His job is to remind you of all the promises of protection and provision that Jesus has given you.

And unfortunately, that is the reason why we find it difficult to believe the prophesy that has been spoken into our lives; because we know how our society views people who ‘hear voices in their heads’.

But beloved, we can believe all that the Holy Spirit tells us about our future. We can hold on to each and every word. Because we know that the Holy Spirit is the helper sent by God our Father at Jesus’ behest, to remind us of all that Jesus has said to us; and because we know that Jesus has been given the last word over each and every one of our situations by God who “has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus],…” Hebrews 1:2 [AMP]

We can believe in everything that The Spirit prophesizes into our lives.

But what happens if we don’t? What happens if our faith comes a little short? What happens if we are like Mary, who questioned the angel; or Joseph, who was thinking of a quiet divorce; or Zacharias who, when told he would have a son in his old age, famously said,

“Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.” Luke 1:18 [MSG]

Will we disqualify ourselves from the prophesy?

Well, beloved, I’m glad you asked and I’m even happier to tell you that no, you will never disqualify yourself from the prophesy, even if you find it hard to take it all in at the first sitting, and here is why.

The Nativity story came as a prophesy a long time before it actually happened; during Isaiah’s time, actually. Back then, Israel was under attack. And God wanted to prove to Israel that He was still with them; so He told the king,

“Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” Isaiah 7:11 [MSG]

But the king was, in my opinion, a humble and God-fearing man, because he said,

“I’d never do that. I’d never make demands like that on God!” Isaiah 7:12 [MSG]

And how did God respond through Isaiah?

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Of course, God gave Ahaz, the king, many more signs that were relevant for his time. But isn’t it interesting that He started off with the Nativity story as the opening of the sign? Mind you, Jesus’ birth came a long time after that era in Israel’s history.

But you see, by opening His prophesy to Ahaz with the story of Jesus’ birth, our Father is telling us that a long time ago, even before the signs in the world called for a savior, God, who foreknew what is to come, already purposed to speak “[with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus],…” Hebrews 1:2 [AMP]

He had already purposed to give Jesus the last word in our situations, so that all that Jesus spoke, is speaking and will ever speak into your life, will all come true. In fact, when you are facing trials and troubles, God is telling you the same thing He told Ahaz,

“Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” Isaiah 7:11 [MSG]

Go on, ask. Ask anything. Make it a big ‘anything’; an extravagant ‘anything’; and see if our Father will not outdo your expectations.

For when Mary and Joseph were told that Jesus was going to be born, Jesus came just as prophesied, didn’t He? And when Zacharias was told that he would have a son, John the Baptist was born to him, wasn’t He? Therefore, it only stands to reason that if God gives you a prophesy, it cannot help but come true, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

So beloved, when God speaks into your life and into your situation through the Holy Spirit, hold on to that truth, no matter how outrageous His words may seem at the time. Our Father’s prophesies are extravagant and outrageous, often sounding like you are going to get the moon. And as long as you hold on to them, they will all come true for you, just like it always has.

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