Numbers 12:6 – Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.” 

The Lord himself desires to make himself known to you, even more than you want to know Him. Get a dream journal and place it next to your bed. Ask the Lord to bring dreams to your memory and write them down. Jesus is speaking to you to encourage, warn, guide and just to make Himself known. Pay attention and be ready for your visitation.

Declaration: My nights belong to the Lord. He speaks to me when my spirit is quiet. I will see dreams and visions and I will remember them.

Even Mary…

While Mary, the mother of Jesus, may not have been a graceful girl, she was indeed full of grace. How do I know? Her answer to the angel Gabriel when he came in and wrecked all her plans, relationships and reputation with the immortal words, “You shall bear a son…”

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her – Luke 1:38

There is a special kind of faith that makes a teenage girl say yes to a mysterious plan like the one the angel Gabriel unveiled that day. Faith fueled by, you guessed it, grace. 

So what is grace? Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. It’s a good gift, and even as a child herself, Mary realized she had somehow qualified for something nobody else in history ever had or would. She was the first to experience the gift of Jesus – her savior. 

We don’t often think about that. Even though Mary was cool and the angel called her “blessed and highly favored,” he did not call her “perfect” or “sinless.” While there are religious systems that teach she was indeed sinless and they even call her the “intercessor” between God and man, Mary knew better. 

In her beautiful song of thanksgiving to the Lord known as “The Magnificat,” or “The Magnificence,” we read this:

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. – Luke 1:47

Even Mary needed a savior. If she needed one, so do you. So do your kids, your cousins and the cashier at WalMart. 

As the Christmas celebrations begin and the Hebrew year 5783 melts into the Gregorian year 2023, I’m reminded of this prophetic intersection of 83 in the Heavens – the star 83 Virginis. Located in the constellation of Virgo, it’s the promise of a savior written in the heavens before mankind was ever formed. And God almighty stamped that star with a magnitude, or brightness, of 555.

“Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.” – Isaiah 55:5

That is a great big word on abounding grace for all nations for all time! As we move into the new year, know you are blessed and highly favored. The gift of a savior is yours, and it’s your great honor and joy to share that gift with the lost and hurting around you. Say, “Let it be done to me as you have said” this holiday season and into 2023!