Day 3 | Advent / Hope

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ 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. 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. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 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.” - Luke 1:26-38 ESV

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1 ESV

“For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed” -Luke 1:48b ESV

“And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” -Luke1:50 ESV

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:3 ESV

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” - 1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV

Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning. ( http://amzn.to/2Ax8sls ):

“faith combined with hope grows into trust.”

“Ruthless trust ultimately comes down to this: faith in the person of Jesus and hope in His promise.”

and

“trust is our gift back to God, and He finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for the love of it.”

 

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