|Leaning on the Leap
By Greg Sanders
Luke 1:39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
The season surrounding the birth of Jesus was filled with signs and confirmation for Mary and Joseph. Luke describes one such moment of conformation when Mary entered into the house of her cousin, Elizabeth. John the Baptist (while still in the womb) leaped at the sound of Mary’s voice and at the presence of Jesus. When John’s destiny and Creator entered the room, he knew it. Elizabeth knew it. For the rest of her life anytime something went wrong in John’s ministry she was able to remember the moment of the leap. She could remember that her child was born to be part of something incredible. John was born to introduce the world to Jesus.
I want to talk to you about recognizing and following the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. This is a Holy Spirit confirming moment in the life of Mary and Elizabeth, and it came in the form of a leap. I am convinced that there are times in your life when the Holy Spirit wants to confirm His will to you as well. I am convinced, just as sure as Elizabeth felt John leap at the presence of Jesus, you can also have a leap of confirmation when you come face to face with the will of God for your life. So how do you position yourself for the confirmation of the Holy Spirit? Here are three ways.
- To experience the leap you have to get in the presence of God again. Elizabeth was in the presence of Jesus when the confirmation came.
- To experience the leap you have to believe the promise God gave you.
Both of these ladies had chosen to believe the word of God in the midst of extreme conditions.
- To experience the leap you have to be willing to give birth to what God has put in you.
God does not confirm His will just so you can feel better about what He is up to. You have to be willing to participate. Someone once said, “Don’t ask God to tell you the next step until you have obeyed the last step He gave you.” Sometimes hearing the instruction of God comes after completing the last word He gave you.
Today’s Challenge: God is not playing keep away with His will for your life. He will make it plain to you in His time. To position yourself to hear clearly, get in His presence, believe His word, and do what He last told you to do.