There is a woman who has an incredible heavenly encounter here on earth in the bible and she was greeted by an angel who said” Greetings favoured woman! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God.You will conceive and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”

The angel goes on to elaborate on this in Luke 1 vs 28 to 38 but I just want to pause on this scripture at the moment. When we hear the word favour, we jump up and down and are so exited and it is interesting that the angel uses the phrase do not fear in the same sentence as he tells her she is favoured! You see God tells us in Isaiah 55 vs 9 that just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his ways higher than our ways, his thoughts higher than our thoughts, and when Mary thought about the heavenly announcement, she agreed and said YES/AMEN to Gods favoured plan for her life to carry the King of Kings Jesus Christ despite the fact that she was a virgin engaged to be married. She did not consult her parents, or ask her husband to be if this was alright as I’m sure they would have protested or said to wait until she had been married to make it OK in the sight of the community to see her heavily pregnant before she was married! I would like to think about the embarrassment she faced in her community and rumours that went round about her before she disappeared off to Elizabeth’s place.

Everyone out there carries the seed of God’s purpose for your life, the thing that you were born to do, created to be, your true IDENTITY, but so many are either ignorant of this and have been conned by the circumstances of life to not look beyond what they see with their physical eyes. God has been telling me over this last month that my Daughters do not know their IDENTITY and are therefore not standing in their rightful positions. When you do not know your true identity it can be very confusing and frustrating and near impossible to do what you were born to do because you live according to the circumstances that surround you and have not drive or determination of who you really are. If you start to get an inkling of who you truly are it can scare you and you like Mary may ask yourself how will this happen. She is told by the angel that ” the HOLY spirit will come over you and the power of the MOST HIGH GOD will overshadow you.” God did not force it upon her, he told her who she was, what her assignment was and how it would happen. She had to say AMEN and agree to it.

The DILIGENT AND DEVOUT WOMEN’s Ministry of BALM OF GILEAD are having a conference next weekend on the 4th and 5th of September that is tailor made for those women out there that are prepared to say AMEN to Gods purpose and plan for their life. DO NOT MISS YOUR SEASON OF DIVINE FAVOUR if you are anywhere around Northampton.

But this morning I want to encourage someone who has heard very clearly God’s purposed plan for their life, who has been meditating on his word and promises for their life, who has been wondering to themselves “but God how will I speak publicly when I have a stammer? How will I feed orphans when I can barely feed myself as a single mom? How will I encourage the people in this world when I am currently depressed with my own life? How will I lend money to third world nations when I am the biggest borrower out there right now? I am here to tell you that the Holy Spirit of the MOST HIGH GOD will overshadow you! All you have to do is to say YES/AMEN to his plan for your life and watch everything begin to realign you to your purpose. It may get a little scary as the realignment takes place but declare out aloud that “All things are working together for my good because I love my God and I have been called according to his purpose!” No weapon fashioned/ designed against you will prosper because you carry the things of God, the Herod’s may plot all they like, The Sanballats and Tobias’s may try and bring you down, but God will shield and protect you until that business, that charity that invention, that book, that album comes out!

You were created with a purpose in mind and you will accomplish everything that which you were set out to do. All you have to do is believe it regardless of how HUGE it seems and initially say YES..I am going to go for it! The best is yet to come!