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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 13, 2012 - Will We Submit?

By Beatrice Northcutt

“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” (Luke 1:35, KJV).

Mary had just been visited by the angel Gabriel who told her some startling news. He hailed Mary as one blessed among women who had found favor with God. As she pondered Gabriel’s salutation he told Mary not to fear for though she was a virgin she would conceive and bear a son whose name would be Jesus. Mary would be the mother of the Son of God!

There were many young women in Mary’s day who were virgins. But Mary was engaged to a man from the lineage of David like herself. When the angel told Mary she would conceive in her womb and bring forth a son, she asked him how could that be. That’s when the angel told her how it would happen in verse 35.

Mary could have said, “I can’t do this thing for I’m not married. What will people say?” But she didn’t shrink from what God was asking her to do. Mary was obedient and said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (v. 38).

Mary had to be willing, and obedient, so God could overshadow her to bring about the birth of our Savior. She could not have a child by herself. Mary had to let the Holy Ghost come upon her and the power of God overshadow her to produce a child.

I have been concerned for some time because our churches are so barren of new babes in Christ. God spoke to my heart that we’re trying to produce spiritual babies by ourselves, and in our own power! But we must be willing, and obedient, to let God burden our souls for the lost until we become filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to produce spiritual children.

Like Mary, we must be willing to say, “Here I am Lord, let it be according to Your Word.” We must submit to God in all our ways to produce spiritual babes in Christ. When we are saturated with the power of God, and are willing to be used of God, then, and only then, will we see lost souls coming to our altars and being born into the kingdom of God.

Are we willing to submit everything to God? May we humbly seek and fulfill His will.

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.




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