The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way: After His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, had in mind to divorce her privately.
20 But while he thought on these things, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for He who is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
22 Now all this occurred to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet, saying, 23 "A virgin shall be with child, and will bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is interpreted, "God with us."
24 Then Joseph, being awakened from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and remained with his wife, 25 and did not know her until she had given birth to her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
Is the Holy Spirit Interceding Through You?
Intercession binds us to the will of the Father. When the Spirit prays through us, He speaks what the Father wills—not what we want. Such prayers are always answered! Intercession is the river of God flowing powerfully from His throne into your life and out into the world. Is the river of life birthed in your intercession as a blessing to those for whom you pray? Overflow with the Spirit who prays for you and through you to effect God's will in your life and in the lives of those for whom you pray. His prayer in you changes you and others!
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