Updated: Jul 25, 2022
“By faith even Sarah herself received the ability to conceive a child, even when she was long past the normal age for it, because she considered Him who had given her the promise to be reliable and true to His Word.”
Hebrews 11:11 AMP
Quick question: How impossible does your current circumstance look?
The mere thought of a different outcome other than what is logically inevitable may even cause you to throw your head back in laughter as Sarah did in Genesis 18:12:
So Sarah laughed to herself [when she heard the Lord’s words], saying,
“After I have become old, shall I have the pleasure and delight, my husband being also old?” AMP
Sarah was at the ripe age of NINETY YEARS OLD! Her husband Abraham was also old, aging to be one hundred years when this promise was given unto them (Genesis 17:17); Can you say dry, dusty and dead? Rightfully so, anyone hearing the promise of conception amongst these two would chuckle themselves; because HOW?
Is that a valid question concerning the promise God has spoken to you? How?
How am I going to have this baby? The doctors say that it is impossible.
How am I going to build a business that profits millions of dollars when I’m living paycheck to paycheck?
How is this marriage going to survive when all of the trust is dead and gone?
How am I ever going to be healed? There is no cure for this condition.
In the NIV version of Genesis 18:12, Sarah refers to herself as “worn out”. Life’s challenges and trials have a way of wearing us out. We desire more but we may feel so tired that any ounce of effort required to push towards our promises has been expended on simply trying to make it through the day.
But as you know, Sarah did indeed conceive! Her ninety-year-old womb carried and birthed the seed implanted by her one-hundred-year-old husband.
The author of Hebrew tells us plainly in the 11th verse of the 11th chapter: by faith. Simple as that. The KJV version of the same verse says by her faith, Sarah received strength. She declared herself worn out but then decided to believe and used her spiritual currency of faith to receive strength from the Spirit of God.
I wonder what was Sarah’s turning point between her sarcastic laughter at God’ words and her profound decision to believe. I would infer because she finally came to the point where she realized this was not going to happen by any human might or power, but simply by the Spirit of God.
This same verse goes on to say that Sarah “considered Him reliable and true to His Word” (AMP); she judged Him faithful (KJV). Who are you considering God to be in your impossible situation? Who are you judging (deeming) Him to be for you?
It is important to note here that:
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
If Sarah didn’t believe then she wouldn’t have conceived; but because she earnestly sought Him, He rewarded her with the fulfillment of His promise (plus some).
I encourage you to rejoice when the mountains of impossibility erect because it is the perfect stage for the powerful, Almighty God to perform a miracle on your behalf. It has to be no way within your own ability for conception to take place. You have to be stripped completely dry of resources needed to start or grow that business. Tragedy and devastation have to be ever-present in the dark days of life; and sickness has to be seemingly overwhelming with no cure in sight. So that the Creator can birth through you; so that the Provider can meet your need according to all His riches in Christ Jesus. So that the Prince of peace can surround you in a way that transcends all understanding and abound you with His joy and so He can prove Himself as the God who removes sickness from the midst of you.
The impossible is the breeding ground for miracle!
Continue to earnestly seek Him as you walk in the midst of natural impossibility. For what is too hard for God? Deem Him Jehovah Jireh, your Provider! Consider Him who has given you the promise to be the true and living God that cannot lie! Judge Him faithful and declare that His faithfulness will not fail! The Lord will do just as He has promised you at the time He has promised it. He will not be late. He will not forsake you. His Word will prosper whereto He has sent it.
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.
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