• ”As we grow spiritually, God begins to wean us from things that we think we can’t live without: things, comfort, the longing for life to ‘work.’ That’s a childish instinct, to say, ‘Life has to work the way I want it to work, and now’.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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?

© Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com


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  • “All that I know is that God is infinitely holy, righteous and happy; that all goodness is in Him; and that, as to myself, I am a mere nothing.” – Madame Guyon

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Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. — Jeremiah 23:24 (NKJV)

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