“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.” ~Genesis 21: 1-7~
The birth of Isaac was beyond amazing as he was born supernaturally when Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 100. Totally impossible then just as much as it is now.
This verse pictures the joy of fulfillment of the promise that God gave Abraham 30 years earlier.
“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.” ~Genesis 21:1~
This chapter is a beautiful allegory of the two sons of Abraham. Ishmael is a picture of the flesh while Isaac is a picture of the Spirit. Galatians 4:22-23 tells about this.
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh: but he of the freewoman was by promise.” ~Genesis 4:22-23~
Abraham considered himself as good as dead where the natural process of conceiving a child was impossible. He accepted this in faith and held onto the promise of God.
God waited so long to fulfill His promise so that there would be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Isaac’s birth was supernatural. It was so each of us could see the power of God and realize the faith-building things He can do in your life.
The same holds true with the “fruit of the Spirit” in your life. It is totally impossible and goes against the forces of nature in the natural man. For us to walk in the Spirit is impossible without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Living in the Spirit will never come from the flesh or self-effort or perpetually trying. It will only come through the power of the Holy Spirit living in and through us.
Those wonderful Spiritual gifts from God of love, joy, peace . . . never come because of anything you might do. These gifts never come because of anything we do on our part to imitate them. You can imitate them but that is all they will be – an imitation.
It is impossible to produce the fruit of the Spirit through the flesh. It is a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit just as Isaac’s birth was a total supernatural birth.
We have both Ishmael and Isaac living within us and we need to pray that those Isaac-like qualities are produced in our life.
For years I was ‘trying’ to produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life and miserably failing. For me I didn’t imitate them so well. Reading through the story of Abraham and Sarah has made this difference so clear in my heart.
Are you trying to produce the nourishing life-giving fruit that can only be produced by God’s Spirit? Are you seeing the difference between living by the flesh and living by the Spirit?