Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Date : Sunday, 14th January, 2018


Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. - Luke 1:36

God confirms the words He speaks to us through others. He understands our doubts regarding the leadings we have. Because of that, the Lord will most often tell other people the same things He is telling us.

An example of that is seen in the story of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus. Both women received astounding revelations about the children they were going to give birth to. But the Lord went ahead to make each of them aware of what was happening to the other woman. That is what is called 'confirmation of the spirit's leading.

Confirmation for what God is leading us into can come in many ways. Sometimes it comes through our devotional reading of the Bible; other times through a sermon that is preached or a book read. The Lord can even show someone else a vision or give him or her a word that agrees with what you have already received. The important thing to note is that usually the first leading will come to you before the confirmation comes from outside you. God does not want you to hear Him first through others. If you are His child, then He wants to speak to you first about what He wants you to do before He speaks to other people about you.

If you are struggling with a leading in your life and are not sure whether what you're sensing is right or wrong, ask the Lord to confirm His Word to you. Ask Him to make His way clear for you so that you will not miss His leading. After you have prayed, just relax and trust Him to bring you a confirmation one way or another.

Prayer: Lord, make Your Word to me sure and give me a clear confirmation of Your leading.

Scriptural Reading: Luke 1:26-38

26     Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 

27     to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 

28     And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 

29     But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 

30     Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 

31     And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 

32     He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 

33     And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 

34     Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 
35     And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 

36     Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 
37     For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

38     Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.