It Came to Pass: Your Words Matter


We’re in the middle of talking about a few of the lessons we can learn from the Christmas story and specifically Zacharias’ part in it. We’ll pick up with his story in Luke 1:13.

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. … And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season (vv. 13, 17–20).

Another important lesson we learn from Zacharias is that our words have the ability to abort the plan of God. Zacharias had trouble believing the angel’s message to him and began to voice words of doubt. Jesus’ birth was so important that the Lord could not allow Zacharias’ lack of faith to impede His redemptive plan from coming to pass at its appointed time. As a result, Zacharias was struck dumb to prevent him from speaking doubt and unbelief.

Some of God’s plans are set for an appointed time and cannot be put off for another time. The birth of the Savior was one of these events. Some things pertaining to the overall plan for the world are going to happen in the fullness of time regardless of opposing circumstances.

If the birth of John had not been crucial to the overall plan of God coming to pass, Zacharias’ lack of faith would only have resulted in his due season being drawn out until he could get in faith about God’s promises.

Your Due Season

This is the case for most of us as well. We would like to see the promise of God manifest immediately, but we must wait for it to come to pass in “due season.”

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” How long is your due season? The answer is different for each person. However, if you are believing the promise, speaking in line with the Word of God instead of speaking unbelief and not getting weary in well doing, it shall come to pass. In other words, the more you align your life with the principles of God’s Word, the shorter your due season becomes.

For Elisabeth and Zacharias, their due season was approximately nine months after they received the promise of a son. For you, it may be longer or it may be shorter. The point is that you don’t have to wait indefinitely for God’s promise to become manifest. It must first grow and develop within you much like a pregnancy. In due season, you too will deliver the plan and purpose of God into the earth.

What’s the next “it came to pass” in the Christmas story? I’ll share that in an upcoming blog post.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

One response to “It Came to Pass: Your Words Matter”

  1. Tracy C says :

    “Our words have the ability to abort the plan of God.” Pastor Mac, I have heard you say this sentence or a version on this sentence from the pulpit many times. Today was different… really sunk into my heart. Thank you.

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