Tuesday, June 27, 2023

June 27, 2023

We must avoid placing blame on others for the mistakes we make. Look at what happened to Sarai with Hagar. She and Abram tried to force God’s promise by making it happen in their time rather than God’s. Sarai offered her servant to Abram as a wife to produce children because she was barren, and it backfired. Of course, it backfired; they didn’t wait on God! Hagar got pregnant and then became nasty to Sarai, and Sarai blamed Abram. He had a part in it but didn’t jump into that fight and told Sarai to handle it herself, and she did. She began treating Hagar harshly, which caused her to run away. There had to be a check in their spirit about going forward with such a plan. Being Sarai was Hagar’s master, was there consent? The whole scheme seems wrong, and they had to have known. 

How do you know if it was God speaking to you or if you were trying to make things happen on your own? If you listen to the Holy Spirit, he will make clear the best way to proceed, and his impression will never go against scripture. 

And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. Genesis 16:5-6

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