Sarah...Faith Better Late Than Never (6 of 26) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT# 705101 (232)

"SARAH... FAITH BETTER LATE THAN NEVER"
Hebrews 11:11-12; Genesis 18:1-15

There are many miracle births listed in the Bible, and the
greatest of them all was the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah prophesied (chapter 7, verse 14) when he said that a virgin
would conceive and bring forth a child. This was fulfilled in Jesus,
born in Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago. That was a miraculous birth!
The Bible is a book of miracles, God's supernatural intervention
in the affairs of the world and mankind, to do something special to
meet the needs of men. This was the case with Sarah. Sarah and
Abraham were two great people of the Bible, but apparently Abraham's
faith was larger and deeper than Sarah's. Her faith did not seem to
bloom until late in her life.
In this story, Abraham is 100 years of age, and Sarah is 90. They
still do not have a child although God had promised him years before
that a child would be born to them, and that child would be a blessing
to the world. Even though people lived to be several hundred years
old, the Bible tells us that because of Sarah's age, it was not likely
that she would give birth.
You probably know the story. Three men came to see Abraham, they
had lunch at his place, and while there, told him he would be a father.
He had already believed God for that, but Sarah overheard the
conversation and laughed at the improbability. But God spoke to her
and told her that in nine months, she would have a child. And so it
was. God always keeps His promise.
So lets look at Sarah, at age 90, who had a faith that bloomed
late, but it's better late than never. There were some interesting
circumstances regarding this miraculous birth, and the blossoming of
her faith.
FAILURE IN HER LIFE
First, the failure in her life was threefold: She was
barren--without child, an ...


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