Thursday, January 26, 2012

Genesis 16-18: Promotion, A Spiritual Barometer

Genesis 16: 3 & 4 
“So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her Egyptian maid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his [secondary] wife.”
“And he had intercourse with Hagar, and she became pregnant; and when she saw that she was with child, she looked with contempt upon her mistress and despised her.”

Promotion can be a barometer of spiritual maturity. Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian maid, is “promoted” to the status of the secondary wife of Abram. Hagar’s spiritual immaturity is apparent as she reacts with haughtiness towards her mistress.

Although Hagar was carrying Abram’s child, Sarai was given permission to “…do as you please with her.” Sarai dealt severely with Hagar, humbling and afflicting her.(Genesis 16:6)

As God’s favor fills our lives, promotion is inevitable. What we do with that promotion will bring to light areas of immaturity that need to be sifted out of us. God’s grace (His power) is made available to the humble. He resists the proud.

James 4:6
“But He gives us more and more grace ( power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).”

Abba, empower me with humility at all times, if Your favor brings promotion, then I will continue to praise and glorify You, as the One Who gives all good things. Praise and honor and glory be to Jesus, AMEN!!!

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