BIBLE STUDY

Carrying the Promise

Genesis 18:1, 9-14; 21:1-2

1"The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day."

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“There, in the tent,” he said.

10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Gen. 21:1-2

1"Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him."

The story of Sarah, is proof that God's timing is always perfect.  Sarah was barren and she prayed to God to bless her with a child.  Due to her not getting pregnant, she began to doubt Him.  How could she pray and doubt at the same time?  God hears us even when we allow our fear of our current circumstance shift our focus.  The amazing thing about God is He blessed her when she least expected it.  He blessed her in her old age.  It could have been because she wasn't ready to have a child at the time she was praying.  He blesses us when we are able to handle it.  He had made a promise to Abraham.  Therefore, if God says something it will come to pass.  We all are carriers of God's promise.  It will be brought forth in His timing.  While we are waiting on God to manifest His blessing through us we must prepare our mind and hearts.

How do you prepare your heart and mind?

1) Prayer- Prayer is a way communicating with God.  Its a method of revealing your heart.  In prayer, your relationship with Him is strengthened. Also, things change when you pray but you can't pray and doubt Him at the same time. You have to believe in Him and trust He hears you. It is not something you do just because you want something or when things are going bad.  It is imperative that it is something you do everyday, even when things are going right. I Thessalonians 5:17

2) Studying- Studying God's words is how He reveals Himself to you.  The more you study, the more you get to understand His character.  The more you study the more you digest.  The word also, shapes who you are because the word is transforming.  Psalms 119:11, II Timothy 2;15

3) Fasting- Fasting is connected to prayer.  Faith is increased and patience developed during fasting.  It is a way of worship and sacrifice.  God blesses the sacrifices we make.  Ezra 8:23 

The promises of God will be manifest in our lives.  We have to be prepared for it.  The way we  prepare is by obtaining and maintaining a relationship with Him.  It is essential that we seek God for direction and guidance.  We have to stay in constant communication with God.  Therefore, we should pray, study the work of God, and fast.