When Grace Steps In

The story of Abraham and Sarah and their actions always held me in fascination, especially when God gave them a promise to have a child at such a late age.

Sarah’s actions in response to God’s promise is particularly interesting.

When I speak of actions, I am referring to the actions of us as women that we sometimes take, when we let condemnation get to us. Actions that can totally move us off the path that God has already ordained.

Genesis 16:2 – So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.”

This was Sarai’s response to Abram after God had promised a son to them. When it did not happen, Sarai probably looked at the natural circumstances – her age, her body, all of which condemned her into thinking that she could not bear a child.

The result of Sarai’s action in condemnation lead to Abram having a son with Haggai, the maid servant, and this created problems for generations to come!

However, God stepped in again 13 years later;

Genesis 17:4-7 – “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you”.

God then added His HEI (Grace) to Abraham and Sarah and Isaac was born.

We too especially as women, go through condemnation of different things throughout our lives, like we are not good enough, too tall, too short, fat, too thin, not good looking, not a good mum or wife. The list is endless, and in condemnation we go down routes seeking approval that take us completely off the path that God has ordained for us.

The truth is, it is only God’s Grace, God’s love that can fulfil and wipe away every spirit of condemnation that passes through our lives at various times. It is HIS love that is unwavering, that holds us steadfast and removes every trace of condemnation. No relationship on earth can bring that to us.

So like Sarah, we have a choice, to hold steadfast to what God says about us as HIS daughters, His promises over us, to embrace the Grace, the love HE lavishes on us, or we can choose to create our own path that leads to more condemnation, until we allow God to step in again.

I pray that your choice today is to hold on to the steadfast love of our ABBA in the face of condemnation.



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