In the Wilderness

In the book of Genesis, we find the story of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah not being able to conceive a child had Abraham conceive one with her handmaid Hagar. Once Sarah saw that Hagar conceived, Sarah started to despise Hagar and she fled.

(Genesis 16:6-14) “But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. {7} ¶ And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. {8} And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. {9} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. {10} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. {11} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. {12} And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. {13} And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? {14} Wherefore the well was called Beer–lahai–roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.”

God also told Abraham in Genesis Ch. 17, verse 20, that He would bless Ishmael –  “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

Sarah and Abraham conceived Isaac.

(Genesis 21:9-11)  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. {10} Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. {11} And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(Genesis 21:14-21)  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba. {15} And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. {16} And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

In the wilderness, Hagar forgot what the angel of the LORD told her previously about multiplying her seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. There she was in the wilderness weeping in fear of her son dying. As Christians, we look at our circumstance and let it override what God has spoken to us. When we are in the wilderness we have to hold on to the promises of God no matter what we don’t see.

{17} And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. {18} Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. {19} And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. {20} And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. {21} And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

God’s promises always come to pass.

(Genesis 25:12-16) ” Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: {13} And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, {14} And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, {15} Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: {16} These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Isaiah 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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Are You Good Ground?

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke Jesus spoke on the parable of the sower which gives an illustration on how the seed (the Word of God) is sown and whether it was fruitful or not. I want to focus on the seed that was sown on good ground. In the book of Mark the sower sowed the word (4:14 KJV) and they heard the word, received it, and brought forth fruit (4:20 KJV). This brings me to my question “Are You Good Ground”?

As we have read having good ground would illustrate someone who has heard, received, and is going out to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to win souls (bringing forth fruit). Soul winning is a very important part of being a Bible believing Christian. Jesus told the disciples this very thing in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, his whole ministry was about sharing the gospel. It seems as though alot of Christians forget or ignore this command of Jesus. Some make many excuses like ” I don’t know what to say”, “people don’t want to hear it”, “I’m too shy”, “that’s the Pastors job”, and probably the most used one “I’m scared”.

Jeremiah 1:7-9 gives us a great example for those with the excuse of not knowing what to say. (Jeremiah 1:7-9) “¶ But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. {8} Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. {9} Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” We also know we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all situations including winning someone to Christ. In regards to being fearful we know that it states in 2 Timothy 1:7; For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. For example, look at Moses when God told him to speak with Pharoah about letting His people go, he didn’t want to do it because he wasn’t an eloquent speaker. God assured him he would be with his mouth and teach him what to say, Moses still didn’t want to comply which made God very angry (Exodus 4:10-14). Every excuse given is not a valid excuse. When we are told to do something by God we ought to trust Him and obey. God told Moses He would help him, but Moses didn’t trust His word. He has already told us what to say in His word when going out to soul win.

I want to share some soul winning tips and scriptures for those that may need them. If you don’t have the books of the Bible memorized already do so. It will help when trying to show someone the scriptures in your Bible. Memorizing soul winning scriptures will be of great benefit when your Bible isn’t handy. Create a soul winning script, which is writing out the dialogue of what you will say and practice it on your family and friends. Below are some example scriptures that can be used for soul winning.

Soul Winning Scriptures:

John 3:16-18, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Rev. 21:8, Hebrews 10:12, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, 1 John 4:15, Luke 15:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Remember! Proverbs 11:30 says; The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.