Sarah’s Faith (Mother’s Day)

Text: Hebrews 11:11

Sarah’s faith in the Lord to create life out of death

  • Through faith… what did Sarah actually believe?
  • Believed God for a supernatural birth in spite of her lifeless womb.
    • Sarah could not produce what God wanted to produce in her.
    • That power is with God and given to them that believe, like Sarah.
  • Believe God for a new birth
    • John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
    • John 3:3-6

Sarah’s faith justified her

  • Does this mean Sarah never messed up?
  • Faithlessness (Genesis 16:1-2,15)
    • Abraham and Sarai have come back from Egypt with more than what they went in with.
      • Sarai has an Egyptian handmaid now.
      • They may even have some Egyptian culture that rubbed off on them.
      • Sarai suggests to Abram that Hagar be the surrogate mother for their heir.
    • Sarah went to work trying to figure out how to make a promise of God work.
    • Like religion says I’ll help God out in His plan. Instead of believing and yielding to what God has already said, religion says let me try to accomplish in the flesh what only God’s Spirit can do.
  • Foolishness (Genesis 18:9-15)
    • Sarah’s thought that God could not bring forth a miraculous birth.
    • Is anything too hard for the Lord?
    • Laughter when the Lord calls her out in Genesis 18 then her perspective changes. Nay, but thou didst laugh. The Lord revealing He knows everything about her.
  • But none of these failures are recorded in Hebrews. By faith she was justified.
  • You can only be justified by faith
    • Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
    • Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
    • Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
    • Galatians 3:11, 24 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. … 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Sarah’s faith was rewarded

  • Sarah’s faith allowed God to work. Sara herself received strength… Believing God yielded fruitfulness she never dreamed of (Hebrews 11:11-12)
  • Life that she could not produce in herself was produced.
  • Galatians 4:22-31 She becomes a type of Christian liberty to the child of God