Blessed Believers

Elisabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, acknowledged Christ as her Lord before He was born. Mary had gone to the hill country of Judah to spend some time with Elisabeth who was there awaiting the birth of John. At Mary’s greeting, the babe leaped in Elisabeth’s womb and she began to magnify the Lord for what He was doing in Mary and for the coming Saviour. As she concluded her statement of praise she exclaimed: “Blessed is she that believed.”

God always sends His blessings to believers. Some doubt their beliefs and others believe their doubts, but the blessings of God are for those who believe His Word. This truth was again made clear immediately following the resurrection of Christ. Thomas doubted that the Lord was risen since he missed the Lord’s meeting with the disciples. At the next meeting, Thomas was present and Jesus invited him to place his fingers in the nail prints in His hands and to thrust his hand into the wound in His side. Ashamed of his unbelief and sure of the Saviour, Thomas cried, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus responded, “…Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Believers have the promise of answered prayer. Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

The final words of Elisabeth’s Spirit-directed declaration have to do with receiving blessings. As a believer, Mary became a receiver. Those who dare to believe God for the impossible still receive His blessings in reward of their faith in Him.