“Make womb for the impossible.” I giggle as I type this. But this is what I hear the Spirit saying this morning. In my previous devotional, I wrote about the fact that we carry Salvation for every situation in our hearts. Just like Mary carried the Word, and the Word was made flesh in her. In due season, she gave birth to Salvation.
Nothing is impossible with God, we read in Luke 1:37. The Amplified Classic Edition adds this: no word from God is ever without power or impossible of fulfilment. The power for breakthrough is carried in the incorruptible seed of the Word. But, just like Mary, we have to receive it, nurture it and protect it.
What if I told you, that your heart is a womb for the impossible?
When I think about the situation that Mary found herself in, I am so incredibly astounded by her faith. You might say, that having an angelic visitation might help you believe, but in the same in the same chapter (Luke 1:11-20), we meet Zechariah.
The same angel appeared to him, with a similar word. He was going to have a baby, with his wife Elizabeth. This was impossible. They were both beyond their childbearing years. Zechariah couldn’t believe it. And the angel shut his mouth.
How we respond to the Word, is a matter of life or death. We can create an environment that will produce life. We can make our hearts into a womb for the impossible. How do we do this? Mary’s response beautifully demonstrates this for us.
Pay attention. Listen carefully.
“My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.”
Proverbs 4:20 NLT
Mary did not understand what was happening to her or how she would possibly be able to have a baby, when she was still a virgin. She asked the angel, “How will this work?”
When you’re facing an impossible situation, it is absolutely understandable and reasonable to ask, “How will this work?” But the important thing is that we ask the right Source. Often times, we try to figure out a way to make it work, on our own. We live in a time where answers are at the tips of our fingers. We just Google it!
“How will this work?” is a question that should be reserved for the audience of the Almighty. The angel gives Mary an answer, but it isn’t one that is easy to understand; the Holy Spirit is on you and around you, and the Word I have put in you, carries the power of the Promise. What?! That is a difficult answer for the reasoning mind to process. But Mary listened, and she responded:
“Let it be unto me, according to your Word.” (Luke 1:38)
What is your Word? Do you have one? Maybe it’s time to ask the Father, “How will this work?” Then listen carefully. Pay attention. And respond to the Word he gives you.
Don’t lose sight.
“Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.”
Proverbs 4:21-22 NLT
The announcement of the birth of Jesus, was only the beginning of the promise of Salvation. Mary experienced many moments, where this promise was confirmed. From shepherds to wise men bearing gifts, even prophecies in the temple. Luke 2:19 says that Mary continued to treasure up all these things, and she pondered them in her heart. One translation says that she remembered these things.
If we want to create a womb for the impossible, we can’t just look at the promise once and then forget about it. We have to remember it. We have to ponder it. Meditate on it. Allow it to take root in our hearts.
When the situation appears to be impossible, what do you ruminate on? Worry is a form of meditation. But worry does not produce an environment for the impossible to be birthed. In fact, it will do the exact opposite. It is natural to worry about a situation, but what if you can take that worry, and turn it into an opportunity to remember?
Remember the promise.
Guard your heart.
“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
The first three months in pregnancy is crucial. That is where the promise of a new life is at its most vulnerable. Mary took herself away to be with her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth was further along in her “impossible” pregnancy. She was a visual representation of the Word that the angel gave to Mary.
Sometimes you have to separate yourself from the voices of unbelief. Especially when the promise is at that crucial part of taking root in the heart. Surrounding yourself with people who will speak life over your promise. Just like Elizabeth declared a blessing over Mary. (Luke 1:42-45).
Mary guarded her heart and her promise, by sharing her promise only with those who understand the importance of believing what God says over the natural ways of the world.
How are you guarding the promise that the Father has planted in your heart? Who do you share it with?
Share it with those who believe. Share it with those who will speak life. This is how you create a womb for the impossible.
Mind your mouth.
“Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.”
Proverbs 4:24 NLT
I used to think that this verse was talking about gossip, lying and cussing. But is so much more than that. Proverbs 18:21 says that life and death is in the power of the tongue. When we speak words of unbelief, we risk aborting the promise growing in our hearts.
Zechariah couldn’t believe what the angel told him, so the angel shut his mouth. The reasoning mind wants to have its say, but unless it lines up with the promise, it will destroy the life growing in your heart-womb. We need to know when to shut our mouths.
There might be times when doubt and fear creep up behind us and start to influence the way we think about our situation, but we don’t have to allow those doubts any airtime. You are created in the image of the One who speaks and life is created. Your words carry the power of life and death.
Choose life. Speak life. Do it on purpose. And know when it’s time to be quiet. Be still and know that your God will do the impossible. You are carrying his promise, and in due season it will break through. If you don’t give up. Protect your promise.
Fix your eyes on the promise.
“Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.”
Proverbs 4:25-26 NLT
Mary responded with a song. She sung her prophetic declaration of the promise that was to be birthed through her (Luke 1:46 – 55). There are many creative ways that we can partner our faith with the Promise. The important this is that we engage the spiritual eyes of our imagination to see what is not yet seen.
What are you seeing? What does the future look like in the imagination of your heart. Are you seeing yourself holding that “impossible” baby? Are you seeing yourself at that point of breakthrough and beyond?
As we fix our eyes on the promise, we will find our feet walking towards it by default. But we have to fix our eyes.
As you create a vivid picture of the “impossible,” glorious future in your mind, you are creating a womb for the impossible. You have permission to dream. God will meet you at the point of your wildest imaginations, your greatest hopes and your most spectaculour dreams for the future.
And then he will exceed them! (Ephesians 3:20).
Today, I determine to make womb for the impossible. To pay attention to the promises that the Father speaks over my life. To make time to listen carefully to his powerful words. I will make a determined effort to remember his promises, and keep them in front of me.
I will guard my heart against doubt and unbelief, by surrounding myself with people who are carrying the promise of Salvation too. People who dare to believe, regardless of what Google says. People who will speak words of truth and life over the seeds of promise in me.
Words of life will flow from my heart and I will resist the temptation to speak words of death. I will not say anything that contradicts the promise that I am carrying. Doubt and unbelief will not have access to the womb of my heart.
I can see my breakthrough. I can sing and worship the Father, for his goodness, even though I am still waiting. I can feel the promise kicking in my heart. I’m preparing the nursery; I’m stretching out the tent curtains; I am making room for new life.
Due season is coming.
His promise is yes and amen!
Today, I hear the Father saying: “Wonderful Child. Blessed are you for believing the Promises I speak over you. No Promise from me, will ever be without power or impossible of fulfilment. Receive my Words into your heart and guard them with your life. Your discipline will be rewarded as you tenderly nurture the Promise I have given you. Salvation is here. Due season is on schedule. Only believe.” ❤