• “They only did what God permitted them to do, which enabled me always to keep God in sight… When we suffer, we should always remember that God inflicts the blow. Wicked men, it is true, are not infrequently His instruments; and the fact does not diminish, but simply develops their wickedness. But when we are so mentally disposed that we love the strokes we suffer, regarding them as coming from God, and as expressions of what He sees best for us, we are then in the proper state to look forgivingly and kindly upon the subordinate instrument which He permits to smite us.” – Madame Guyon

Lessons from the Life of Mary of Nazareth

1. An ordinary woman (Luke 1:26-50)

What is it that gives my life significance? Do I believe that God can use my life to make a difference in this world?

2. pure woman
Am I a pure woman? Am I pure in my behavior—my relationships, what I watch, read, and listen to, the way I dress? Am I pure in my motives, thoughts, and private habits?

3. An undeserving woman
Am I conscious that anything good or useful about my life is the result of His undeserved grace poured out on me?

4. chosen woman
Am I conscious of having been chosen by God to fulfill a specific purpose in my generation?

5. Spirit-filled woman
Am I depending on the power of the Holy Spirit to be and to do that for which God has chosen me? Do I seek a fresh, daily filling of His Holy Spirit in my life?

6. An available woman
Have I made myself fully available to God, for whatever purposes He might want to use my life? Am I willing for Him to use my life, at any price?

7. A believing woman
Am I exercising faith in the promises of God? What am I believing God for that is impossible apart from His power? How does my life demonstratefaith in the power of God?

8. praising woman
Is my life characterized by a spirit of praise? Do I respond to the circumstances and challenges of each day by expressing gratitude for the greatness and mercy of God? Do my responses to life give the world a proper estimation of God?

9. A woman of the Word
Do I love the Word of God? Do I read it, memorize it, meditate on it, and share it with others? Do I use the Word in the midst of real-life situations?

10. humble woman (John 3:30)
Am I content not to be recognized for my role in ministry? Is it my goal that “He might increase and I might decrease”?

11. trusting woman (Matt. 1:18-21)
Do I trust God to fulfill His purposes in my life and in the lives of those I love? Is there any area of my life where I am trying to work things out on my own, rather than trusting God to do what needs to be done?

12. submissive woman (Matt. 2:13, 19-21)
Am I willing to wait for God to work in and through the authorities that He has placed in my life?

13. An influencing woman (John 2:5)
Does my life draw attention away from myself and toward Jesus? How is my life influencing others to love, worship, and obey the Lord Jesus?

14. praying woman (Acts 1:14)
Am I a woman of prayer? Do I consistently join with other believers in praying for the revival of the church and the evangelization of the world?

15. devoted woman (John 19:25-27)
Am I a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus—in the good times and in the bad? Am I committed to follow Him even when it is costly or when others fail to do so?

16. loved woman
Am I letting Jesus love me, care for me, and meet my needs? Am I receiving the provision He has made to meet my needs?

17. wounded woman (Luke 2:35)
Am I willing to suffer in order that Jesus’ redeeming life may be experienced by others?

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