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From the look of it, this might seem like a really delayed Christmas message but let me assure you that it is actually a word of encouragement that has been on my heart since the start of this year.

In Luke 1:28 we read, 26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

The angel visited Mary and gave her a promise; a seed in that would bear fruit. This promise ushered Mary into a season of expectation. And her perseverance while waiting in hope for the unfolding of the promise resulted in its fulfilment. What made it come to pass was not just her willingness to receive the promise but the impossible became possible when the favour of God rested on Mary.

Every year, every day, God gives us new promises. Even we make new promises but when God speaks the seemingly impossible, it is only the favour of God that will bring it to pass.

When we “try” to make them happen in our own strength, there will come a time when we will throw our hands up and accept failure. Sometimes, we will even begin to doubt the very thing that God spoke to us and question it.

But when we become aware that we have favour, we find strength in Him to push further.

Consider Noah who had found favour with God. Which is why, 100 years of ridicule did not deter him from believing that God would do what He said He would do.

You, who are called, are not ordinary but you carry a seed in you that will bring forth fruit. When you carry something in you, it shows. At the risk of sounding repetitive I want to say that when you are carrying something inside of you, favour enables you to do things that you couldn’t have done by yourself.

Protect the seed. Just as Mary did. She took care of what was placed inside of her and in due time, she gave birth to the Deliverer. A promise fulfilled brings life to people around.

Promise is for the favoured. Have a favour-full 2011!