Friday, August 12, 2022, 09:07 am | No Comments »

The Bible has many stories of people who prayed and whose prayers yielded amazing results.

In the book of Esther: Esther, Mordecai and the Jews prayed and fasted. As a result, the King treated Esther with favor and gave her and Mordecai a chance to overturn a decree that was meant to finish the Jewish race.

Imagine the outcome if they had not prayed?

Prayer is indeed powerful and makes a lot of difference in difficult life circumstances as well as on our relationship with God. It is essential because it provides us the privilege to invite God’s presence, will, power, and mighty intervention in situations as Christians.

It’s easy to see why the Word of God encourages us to be devoted to and to continuously pray.  In fact, Jesus Christ talked and taught about prayer a lot in the Bible.

Jesus also modeled prayer when He was on earth, and we can learn a lot about prayer by looking at the prayer life of Jesus.

In this post, we invite you to learn more about prayer from the life of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Lessons from Jesus

Prayer is basically communicating to God our Father. It’s, therefore, not surprising to us that Jesus prayed. If Jesus could talk to His Father in prayer, we too can talk to Him because He is our heavenly Father.

Here are important things to learn about prayer from Jesus.

1. Prayer is purposeful, necessary, and effective

Prayer is effective since it helps us receive guidance, direction, and supernatural help from God. Jesus knew this, and so he prayed.

In Mark 1:35 the Bible says,

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

In this verse, Jesus went to seek the face of God the first thing in the morning. It shows his worship and reliance on God through prayer.

It also demonstrates wisdom in starting your day with God or seeking guidance for the day from the one who knows it all—God, the source of all knowledge and wisdom.

From this we learn that it’s necessary for every child of God to approach God in prayer as worship as well as to seek guidance, and direction or just spend time with Him in His presence.

 

2. Always pray, at all times

Not only did Jesus pray in the morning. He also prayed in the evening.

Luke 6:12 says,

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.

We learn that it’s essential for Christians to make it a personal discipline to seek at time to commune with God always, as Jesus did.

Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:6 saying we are expected to pray and that there’s a reward for it when we do.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

3. Pray for yourself, with and for others

Jesus is an excellent model for us in prayer. Not only do we see Him withdrawing in solitude to pray for his purpose and ministry on earth, but he also prayed with and for others.

In Luke 9:28, we see Him take three of His disciples to the mountain for prayer.

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray

In Matthew 19:13-15, we see an instance where little children were brought to Him so that He could place his hands on and pray for them. 

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray… but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

In John 17, he prayed for his disciples and all believers.  

I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours…I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 25, 2022, 06:26 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 4 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1, 2 & 3) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

 

#14. Mary Magdalene

Like the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene met with Jesus, and her life was never the same. She became a faithful and devoted follower of Jesus after their encounter, which is faith-inspiring. 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out (Luke 8:1-2)

As the scripture shows above, Mary Magdalene was among the women who traveled with Jesus as He proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God. 

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome (Mark 15:40) 

She also witnessed the Crucifixion of Jesus and was one of the first people to learn of his resurrection. The fact that she woke up very early while it was still dark to go to the tomb shows her continued devotion to Jesus. 

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1) 

Even when the two disciples returned home after seeing the empty tomb, Mary remained outside the tomb crying.  

Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. (John 20:10-11)

She got a supernatural experience of seeing two angels and then saw Jesus. Jesus appeared to her alone after his resurrection and instructed her to tell his disciples of his return.

Because of her deep faith  in Jesus she was the first to see the risen Lord. Wow! 

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”Mary Magdalene came and told the]disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her (John 20:17-18) 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 11, 2022, 07:33 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 3 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1 & 2) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

Grabbed a coffee? Let’s start. 

 

#11. The Samaritan Woman 

Although the Bible does not mention her by name, the Samaritan woman is famous for having one of the longest and honest conversions with Jesus when she went to draw water at the well. 

Their conversation started when Jesus asked her whether she would give Him a drink. 

According to the story in the gospel of John Chapter 4, the disciples of Jesus had gone into the town to buy food, making this conversation possible without any distractions. 

The woman replied and listened to Jesus and went ahead to ask Him questions. The longer the conversation went, the more she got an understanding of who Jesus was—the Messiah.  

So convinced was she that she left her water jar and went back to town to share her experience and invite everyone to come to see Jesus without a care about the hostility between the Samaritans and Jews.  

 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29) 

She’s instrumental in believing in Jesus and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many Samaritans believed in Jesus after her testimony. 

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony (John 4:39). 

Her willingness to speak and listen to Jesus changed her life and brought the message of salvation to her community.

We learn from her story that God’s grace, love, and acceptance are for everyone who goes to Him and believes Him irrespective of their race, tribe, and status. 

 

#12. Elizabeth 

In the Bible, Elizabeth was married to Zechariah. She was also related to Mary, the mother of Jesus as a cousin. 

In Luke chapter 1, the Word of God says both Elizabeth and her husband were righteous in the sight of God, blamelessly observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees.  

However, the couple was childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive. 

One day, an angel appeared to Zechariah and said to him: 

Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Elizabeth became pregnant and thanked the Lord for showing her favor and taking away her disgrace. When she was six months pregnant, Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited her. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and made a loud proclamation about Mary and the child she was to carry. 

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! (Luke 1:41-42) 

God used Elizabeth to prophesy about Jesus and bring forth John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Her story shows that God has a good purpose for all of us.  

 Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Friday, August 12, 2022, 09:07 am | No Comments »

The Bible has many stories of people who prayed and whose prayers yielded amazing results.

In the book of Esther: Esther, Mordecai and the Jews prayed and fasted. As a result, the King treated Esther with favor and gave her and Mordecai a chance to overturn a decree that was meant to finish the Jewish race.

Imagine the outcome if they had not prayed?

Prayer is indeed powerful and makes a lot of difference in difficult life circumstances as well as on our relationship with God. It is essential because it provides us the privilege to invite God’s presence, will, power, and mighty intervention in situations as Christians.

It’s easy to see why the Word of God encourages us to be devoted to and to continuously pray.  In fact, Jesus Christ talked and taught about prayer a lot in the Bible.

Jesus also modeled prayer when He was on earth, and we can learn a lot about prayer by looking at the prayer life of Jesus.

In this post, we invite you to learn more about prayer from the life of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Lessons from Jesus

Prayer is basically communicating to God our Father. It’s, therefore, not surprising to us that Jesus prayed. If Jesus could talk to His Father in prayer, we too can talk to Him because He is our heavenly Father.

Here are important things to learn about prayer from Jesus.

1. Prayer is purposeful, necessary, and effective

Prayer is effective since it helps us receive guidance, direction, and supernatural help from God. Jesus knew this, and so he prayed.

In Mark 1:35 the Bible says,

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

In this verse, Jesus went to seek the face of God the first thing in the morning. It shows his worship and reliance on God through prayer.

It also demonstrates wisdom in starting your day with God or seeking guidance for the day from the one who knows it all—God, the source of all knowledge and wisdom.

From this we learn that it’s necessary for every child of God to approach God in prayer as worship as well as to seek guidance, and direction or just spend time with Him in His presence.

 

2. Always pray, at all times

Not only did Jesus pray in the morning. He also prayed in the evening.

Luke 6:12 says,

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.

We learn that it’s essential for Christians to make it a personal discipline to seek at time to commune with God always, as Jesus did.

Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:6 saying we are expected to pray and that there’s a reward for it when we do.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

3. Pray for yourself, with and for others

Jesus is an excellent model for us in prayer. Not only do we see Him withdrawing in solitude to pray for his purpose and ministry on earth, but he also prayed with and for others.

In Luke 9:28, we see Him take three of His disciples to the mountain for prayer.

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray

In Matthew 19:13-15, we see an instance where little children were brought to Him so that He could place his hands on and pray for them. 

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray… but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

In John 17, he prayed for his disciples and all believers.  

I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours…I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 25, 2022, 06:26 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 4 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1, 2 & 3) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

 

#14. Mary Magdalene

Like the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene met with Jesus, and her life was never the same. She became a faithful and devoted follower of Jesus after their encounter, which is faith-inspiring. 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out (Luke 8:1-2)

As the scripture shows above, Mary Magdalene was among the women who traveled with Jesus as He proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God. 

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome (Mark 15:40) 

She also witnessed the Crucifixion of Jesus and was one of the first people to learn of his resurrection. The fact that she woke up very early while it was still dark to go to the tomb shows her continued devotion to Jesus. 

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1) 

Even when the two disciples returned home after seeing the empty tomb, Mary remained outside the tomb crying.  

Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. (John 20:10-11)

She got a supernatural experience of seeing two angels and then saw Jesus. Jesus appeared to her alone after his resurrection and instructed her to tell his disciples of his return.

Because of her deep faith  in Jesus she was the first to see the risen Lord. Wow! 

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”Mary Magdalene came and told the]disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her (John 20:17-18) 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 11, 2022, 07:33 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 3 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1 & 2) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

Grabbed a coffee? Let’s start. 

 

#11. The Samaritan Woman 

Although the Bible does not mention her by name, the Samaritan woman is famous for having one of the longest and honest conversions with Jesus when she went to draw water at the well. 

Their conversation started when Jesus asked her whether she would give Him a drink. 

According to the story in the gospel of John Chapter 4, the disciples of Jesus had gone into the town to buy food, making this conversation possible without any distractions. 

The woman replied and listened to Jesus and went ahead to ask Him questions. The longer the conversation went, the more she got an understanding of who Jesus was—the Messiah.  

So convinced was she that she left her water jar and went back to town to share her experience and invite everyone to come to see Jesus without a care about the hostility between the Samaritans and Jews.  

 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29) 

She’s instrumental in believing in Jesus and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many Samaritans believed in Jesus after her testimony. 

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony (John 4:39). 

Her willingness to speak and listen to Jesus changed her life and brought the message of salvation to her community.

We learn from her story that God’s grace, love, and acceptance are for everyone who goes to Him and believes Him irrespective of their race, tribe, and status. 

 

#12. Elizabeth 

In the Bible, Elizabeth was married to Zechariah. She was also related to Mary, the mother of Jesus as a cousin. 

In Luke chapter 1, the Word of God says both Elizabeth and her husband were righteous in the sight of God, blamelessly observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees.  

However, the couple was childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive. 

One day, an angel appeared to Zechariah and said to him: 

Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Elizabeth became pregnant and thanked the Lord for showing her favor and taking away her disgrace. When she was six months pregnant, Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited her. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and made a loud proclamation about Mary and the child she was to carry. 

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! (Luke 1:41-42) 

God used Elizabeth to prophesy about Jesus and bring forth John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Her story shows that God has a good purpose for all of us.  

 Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Friday, August 12, 2022, 09:07 am | No Comments »

The Bible has many stories of people who prayed and whose prayers yielded amazing results.

In the book of Esther: Esther, Mordecai and the Jews prayed and fasted. As a result, the King treated Esther with favor and gave her and Mordecai a chance to overturn a decree that was meant to finish the Jewish race.

Imagine the outcome if they had not prayed?

Prayer is indeed powerful and makes a lot of difference in difficult life circumstances as well as on our relationship with God. It is essential because it provides us the privilege to invite God’s presence, will, power, and mighty intervention in situations as Christians.

It’s easy to see why the Word of God encourages us to be devoted to and to continuously pray.  In fact, Jesus Christ talked and taught about prayer a lot in the Bible.

Jesus also modeled prayer when He was on earth, and we can learn a lot about prayer by looking at the prayer life of Jesus.

In this post, we invite you to learn more about prayer from the life of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Lessons from Jesus

Prayer is basically communicating to God our Father. It’s, therefore, not surprising to us that Jesus prayed. If Jesus could talk to His Father in prayer, we too can talk to Him because He is our heavenly Father.

Here are important things to learn about prayer from Jesus.

1. Prayer is purposeful, necessary, and effective

Prayer is effective since it helps us receive guidance, direction, and supernatural help from God. Jesus knew this, and so he prayed.

In Mark 1:35 the Bible says,

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

In this verse, Jesus went to seek the face of God the first thing in the morning. It shows his worship and reliance on God through prayer.

It also demonstrates wisdom in starting your day with God or seeking guidance for the day from the one who knows it all—God, the source of all knowledge and wisdom.

From this we learn that it’s necessary for every child of God to approach God in prayer as worship as well as to seek guidance, and direction or just spend time with Him in His presence.

 

2. Always pray, at all times

Not only did Jesus pray in the morning. He also prayed in the evening.

Luke 6:12 says,

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.

We learn that it’s essential for Christians to make it a personal discipline to seek at time to commune with God always, as Jesus did.

Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:6 saying we are expected to pray and that there’s a reward for it when we do.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

3. Pray for yourself, with and for others

Jesus is an excellent model for us in prayer. Not only do we see Him withdrawing in solitude to pray for his purpose and ministry on earth, but he also prayed with and for others.

In Luke 9:28, we see Him take three of His disciples to the mountain for prayer.

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray

In Matthew 19:13-15, we see an instance where little children were brought to Him so that He could place his hands on and pray for them. 

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray… but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

In John 17, he prayed for his disciples and all believers.  

I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours…I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 25, 2022, 06:26 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 4 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1, 2 & 3) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

 

#14. Mary Magdalene

Like the Samaritan Woman, Mary Magdalene met with Jesus, and her life was never the same. She became a faithful and devoted follower of Jesus after their encounter, which is faith-inspiring. 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out (Luke 8:1-2)

As the scripture shows above, Mary Magdalene was among the women who traveled with Jesus as He proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God. 

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome (Mark 15:40) 

She also witnessed the Crucifixion of Jesus and was one of the first people to learn of his resurrection. The fact that she woke up very early while it was still dark to go to the tomb shows her continued devotion to Jesus. 

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1) 

Even when the two disciples returned home after seeing the empty tomb, Mary remained outside the tomb crying.  

Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. (John 20:10-11)

She got a supernatural experience of seeing two angels and then saw Jesus. Jesus appeared to her alone after his resurrection and instructed her to tell his disciples of his return.

Because of her deep faith  in Jesus she was the first to see the risen Lord. Wow! 

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”Mary Magdalene came and told the]disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her (John 20:17-18) 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Monday, July 11, 2022, 07:33 am | No Comments »

 

Welcome to part 3 where we continue to look at women in the Bible with inspiring faith stories we can learn from. 

If you have yet to read parts (1 & 2) of this series, you can find them in our blog series under the resources tab. 

Grabbed a coffee? Let’s start. 

 

#11. The Samaritan Woman 

Although the Bible does not mention her by name, the Samaritan woman is famous for having one of the longest and honest conversions with Jesus when she went to draw water at the well. 

Their conversation started when Jesus asked her whether she would give Him a drink. 

According to the story in the gospel of John Chapter 4, the disciples of Jesus had gone into the town to buy food, making this conversation possible without any distractions. 

The woman replied and listened to Jesus and went ahead to ask Him questions. The longer the conversation went, the more she got an understanding of who Jesus was—the Messiah.  

So convinced was she that she left her water jar and went back to town to share her experience and invite everyone to come to see Jesus without a care about the hostility between the Samaritans and Jews.  

 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29) 

She’s instrumental in believing in Jesus and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many Samaritans believed in Jesus after her testimony. 

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony (John 4:39). 

Her willingness to speak and listen to Jesus changed her life and brought the message of salvation to her community.

We learn from her story that God’s grace, love, and acceptance are for everyone who goes to Him and believes Him irrespective of their race, tribe, and status. 

 

#12. Elizabeth 

In the Bible, Elizabeth was married to Zechariah. She was also related to Mary, the mother of Jesus as a cousin. 

In Luke chapter 1, the Word of God says both Elizabeth and her husband were righteous in the sight of God, blamelessly observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees.  

However, the couple was childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive. 

One day, an angel appeared to Zechariah and said to him: 

Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Elizabeth became pregnant and thanked the Lord for showing her favor and taking away her disgrace. When she was six months pregnant, Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited her. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and made a loud proclamation about Mary and the child she was to carry. 

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! (Luke 1:41-42) 

God used Elizabeth to prophesy about Jesus and bring forth John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Her story shows that God has a good purpose for all of us.  

 Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


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