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December 2011

Dear Friend of Mary Craig Ministries,

When the angel Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth in Galilee to Mary, the angel told her that she was highly favored and that the Lord was with her, that she was blessed among women. This troubled Mary, who wondered what was going on! Gabriel calmed her down and again told her that she had found favor with God.

And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb,
And bring forth a son, and shall call His name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called
The Son of the Highest:
And the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father Davidů
And of His kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1.32, 33

When Mary queried how God would fulfill this, the angel said to her, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1.35) What is conceived in Mary is of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1.20)

John the Baptist would be called the prophet of the Highest because "he would go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1.76-79)

Demons knew full well who Jesus of Nazareth was and is. The demons in the Gadarene demoniac cried out and said with a loud voice, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of God most high? I beseech you, torment me not." (Luke 8.28; cf. Mark 5.7)

Jesus called His Father "the Highest," (Luke 6.35; Matthew 5.45) and Stephen, giving testimony to God Most High said,

However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made
By human hands; as the prophet says:
'Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet;
What kind of house will you build for Me?' says the Lord,
'Or what place is there for My repose? Was it not My hand
Which made all these things?' Acts 7.48-50

Who is God Most High? Perhaps we will better appreciate who Jesus is by looking at what scriptures tell us about Jesus' Father.

In Hebrew God Most High is El Elyon. He is the strongest of the strong, surpassing all others. His dominion is everlasting and His kingdom endures from one generation to another. He does according to His will, according to all His good pleasure, and no one thwarts Him. (Daniel 4.34, 35; Job 42.2) God is sovereign. Satan is not in control; God is. God is the Creator/Redeemer. Satan is a creature and no savior. What God intends will come to pass. His plans will stand and will not be frustrated. When He moves, He cannot be stopped. He is a strong tower. He cannot be moved. He does not change. (Proverbs 18.10; Malachi 3.6) God is not subject to the winds of change or chance.

Daniel understood this clearly. In blessing the God of heaven, he said:

Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever:
For wisdom and might are His: And He changes the times and
The seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings: He gives
Wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He reveals
The deep and secret things: He knows what is in the
Darkness, and the light dwells with Him. Daniel 2.20-22

It is the Most High God who controls the destiny of nations, kings, and kingdoms. He is sovereign over death and life, harm and health. (Deut. 32.39; 1 Samuel 2.6; Job 5.18; Isaiah 30.26; Hosea 6.1, 2) He is sovereign over the future. (Is. 46.9, 10; Psalm 103.19; Is 45.6, 7) The Most High God can turn any difficulty into opportunity and blessing. He wants us to trust Him, acknowledge His sovereignty, humble ourselves under His mighty hand, and know that He loves us, so much so that He sent His Son, the Son of the Highest, to save His people from their sins. For more, look at Numbers 24.16; Ps 18.13; Ps 7.17; Ps 50.14; Ps 77.10; Ps 78.35) Cry out to Him. (Psalm 57.2)

Lucifer aspired to make himself like the Most High (Is 14.14) but cannot. There is only one Most High God. And the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. Jesus Christ is Son of the Highest. He is the Word made flesh, come to dwell among us. He is God the Son. He gave His life that those who believe in Him might have everlasting life. If God is for you, who can be against you? If He is your God, how can you not succeed in the purposes He has for you? Jesus is Lord, in control of your destiny in Him. He provides, protects, pities, preserves, empowers, pursues His enemies to their destruction, and blesses. It is by His grace, and of His fullness that we have all received, and grace for grace.

This Christmas season, remember who Jesus is, the Son of the Highest, Son of God Most High, God in flesh appearing. Worship Him in spirit and in truth. Give to Him the glory due His Name. Go in that Name bearing witness to His grace and gift of eternal life.

Our next Barnabas distribution is December 10th in Belle Glade, Florida. We fill a large Budget Rental Truck from top to bottom, front to back. We have many volunteers helping. We give what has come in through your generous gifts to help encourage the hundreds of families who will be blessed by the Barnabas Project. The distribution is free, a demonstration of the free grace of God. All kinds of people come. We have a worship team there, people who witness, people who speak other languages to help, people who work, people who pray, people who know that God in His goodness and mercy reaches out to forgotten peoples, to the hungry, to the poor, to those needing hope. As you give to Mary Craig Ministries, you are touching lives; and we thank you.

The end of this month an MCM world missions team goes to South Africa. In January a team goes to Central America. MCM world missions has taken teams to 72 nations on all seven continents over the past 18 years. We praise God for the work He is doing through this ministry as we go in His Name, for His glory, by His grace.

We need your generous gifts to enable us to carry the gospel of Christ around the world and across backyard fences and hope you will give today. We know you will be blessed. Many are being saved, healed, and delivered as the gospel of Christ is preached and taught freely and faithfully. We sincerely thank you for giving.

Praising God Most High,

Mary Craig

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But love your enemies, and do good and lend,
Hoping for nothing again; and your reward
Shall be great, and you shall be the
Children of the Highest:
For He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6.35, 36

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