You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Monday, July 13, 2015


And she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." - Genesis 21:10-12 
God has promised Abraham that he will be father of many nations. Also God promised Abraham that He will make him exceedingly fruitful. Abraham had no child when God gave him so many promises concerning his future.

Sarah, wife of Abraham had a slave named Hagar. One day she asked Abraham to sleep with her so that she can get a child through her. Abraham agreed to what Sarah said and Hagar conceived.
Sarah was the one who brought the relationship of Hagar into Abraham’s life. Abraham had no personal desires upon Hagar. Sarah said and Abraham agreed. He might have thought that his wife had approved that relationship and so he started to love Hagar and her son.

But when Hagar came to know that she was pregnant she despised Sarah and so Sarah came to Abraham and told him that he is responsible for all her suffering. Though Abraham was not responsible in a direct way, Sarah thought he was the one who should be blamed for all that happened. She actually had forgotten that she was the one who brought Hagar into Abraham’s life.

Abraham asked Sarah to do whatever pleases her and so she began to treat Hagar badly. One day Hagar ran away from Sarah but the angel of the Lord appeared and asked her to go back to Sarah. Even the name of the child was given by God.

Hagar obeyed to the voice of God and she bore Abraham a son. Abraham named him Ishmael as directed by God.

Things were going smooth in everyone’s life and God graciously blessed Abraham and Sarah with a son named Isaac. One day Sarah saw that Ishmael was mocking and so again she went to Abraham and asked him to cast away Hagar and Ishmael.

Bible says that the matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned it son. Abraham’s heart would have broken when he heard the plea of Sarah. He loved Ishmael and so he was filled with distress and sorrow.

Sarah was the one who made Abraham to have relationship with Hagar. Even at one point of time, God asked Hagar to return back to Sarah. Abraham loved Ishmael and Isaac. But yet Sarah asked him to make a choice between Ishmael and Isaac. Abraham was broken.

He took that matter to God and now God told Abraham to listen to Sarah’s word. Then Abraham obeyed and sent off Hagar and her son. It was a tough decision to make but yet Abraham obeyed God’s word and because of that his marriage life was protected and God’s promise got fulfilled through Abraham.

One best thing Sarah did is she spoke with Abraham openly about the relationship and the suffering she endures. That helped Abraham to take that matter to God and obey Him though he was not personally happy with that decision.

Your spouse might be in a friendly relationship with someone. You might not have liked that. Do not hold the grudge in your heart. Do not act before your spouse that you are happy about that relationship. If you don’t like, speak openly to your spouse and tell your problem so that he can understand that you are not interested in that.

Similarly you have to understand that when your spouse brings such problem to you, though you might not be happy about what he/she says, take the matter to God and obey what He says. Do not put your personal desires before your spouse desires and also God’s advice. It’s not that you have to do immediately what your spouse says. You should take it to God and He will guide you.
At the same time you should not hate your spouse who actually ended that relationship. The marital relationship that you have with your wife is far more important than any other relationship. And only when that relationship stays intact, God can use you for His glory.

At any cost, you have to protect your marriage life. God will give you His grace to obey and do His will.

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