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By Asher Intrater

In the stories of the birth of Yochanan (John the Baptist) and Yeshua (Jesus), two people receive a supernatural visitation by the archangel Gabriel. One is Miriam (Mary), the mother of Yeshua; the other is Zechariah (Zacharias), the father of John. Both are told of the miraculous birth about to happen. Both ask a similar question, “How will it happen?” – Luke 1:18 and 1:34.

On the surface, their answers appear to be similar, yet Zechariah is punished and Miriam is blessed. What was the difference? When Zechariah asked his question, he was expressing doubt about such a miracle taking place. When Miriam asked about her conceiving without “knowing” her husband, she was concerned about her own purity. She had no doubt about God’s power to make it happen.

So there is the difference. Miriam was concerned about her own purity; Zechariah was doubting God’s power. There is a big difference between our purity and His power. We are to be concerned about our purity. We don’t have to worry about God’s power.

A similar dynamic took place when Yeshua was tempted by Satan – Luke 4:1-13. Satan tempted Yeshua to act in God’s power for impure reasons. Yeshua simply says, “No, no, no.” When He says, “No” to violating God’s purity of heart, Yeshua receives great anointing of power from the Holy Spirit – Luke 4:14.

The spiritual principle is simple: Purity before Power. Now of course we need God’s power to walk in purity in the first place. But the issue is one of priorities. Every tyrant, criminal and terrorist has a degree of power. But they have violated moral purity on the way. Their power is illegitimate. God is all powerful. He is looking for people with pure hearts to fill them with His power. There is no shortage of divine power; there is a shortage of human purity.

God’s love is His highest quality; then comes holiness; and thirdly power. There will be many tests in our lives – to choose purity over power; integrity over prosperity; loyalty over success. Let us be like Miriam. Let’s be concerned with maintaining purity in the midst of an impure world; and at the same time be confident that God has all the power needed.

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By | 2018-02-26T05:00:52+00:00 February 21st, 2018|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Terry Vos February 23, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome words. I compromise my purity in my thoughts so often especially in my work to go along with the dumb talk. I even know better and I find myself slipping into even when I tell myself to stop and not do it. My goal this year is to become excellent in my speech. Thank you for this article. I Felt good after I read this.

  2. Nanci February 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    that is a very needful and powerful word – today so many leaders are failing morally and there is not a strong standard in the church…we must return to this and you articulate it with conviction and power – thank you for your leadership!

  3. Anthony Smith February 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Asher,
    Great and simple. thanks

  4. Mwendwa Israel February 24, 2018 at 4:40 am - Reply

    This is powerful.

  5. Leslie Ann February 24, 2018 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Beautiful insight! Thank you for imparting!

  6. Margaret Allen February 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Amen to this. Thank you Asher for saying it so simply and so well!

  7. Ziyon February 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much. It is really powerful message

  8. Edrey Brito March 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    The Torah says by its fruits I will know them, it does not say, by its power I will know them. So, the fruit reveals the purest and the right power of the believer

  9. Clara Alvarez March 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Asher for making it so simple to understand. I’ve been learning so much from your teaching and all the guest speakers on Revive Isreal Live. Please also keep me in prayer for Yeshua’ clear direction on what He wants me to do here in Hawaii to share His Heart to our island. Shalom 🇮🇱

  10. Mordechai Eitan April 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you for a good and to the point teaching on being pure in our walk for G-d. I have often wondered why so

    many of the Messianics and Pentecostal preachers don’t preach on holy living any more. It is mostly repent but

    with no follow up teachings on living a G-dly life. Shalom

  11. Jang Gonzaga April 16, 2018 at 2:38 am - Reply

    What a powerful insight on Purity and Power! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this, Asher. This where many of of us have failed.

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