Virtuous Women in the
From the Legacies of God's Leading Ladies
this Virtuous Women in the Bible study, we will will be
learning about several women who allowed God to used them in mighty
ways. For each women, we will take a hard look at:
- Her place in God's divine plan
- Her challenges along the way
- Her victories
- And 1 lesson we can learn from her legacy
pray that these short lessons on some of the heroic women in the Bible
will help you to understand that God has never thought of women as
secondary. Just as each of these women had integral parts to
in God's divine plan, so do you.
We will begin our Women in the Bible study with Sarah.
Sarah's story is
not an easy one to tell. But it is definitely one
that needs telling. And, it is one that you might relate to...
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Bible Lesson 1
From Sarai to
A Woman's Journey To Faith
Sarah is one of my favorite women in the Bible. Her life is a
great reminder that God does not require that you be perfect, nor does
He promise that your life will be.
Proverbs warns us that:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick...
-Proverbs 13:12 (AMP)
Sarai's life was a perfect example of the truth lying inside
Her journey began as God sent a message of destiny to Sarai's husband,
were told to leave all that they knew, and travel to a new land -
Canaan. God promised them that He would give them a child and
that, through this seed, all the families of earth shall be
blessed (Genesis 12).
Once they arrived in this strange
land, God prophesied that He was going to deliver it to their
descendants. The ones that were to come from this child.
child that had not yet been born.
Well, weeks turned into months
and months turned into years.
And, for over a decade, God
promised Sarai a son. A child that she could love, and
And, for over a decade, Sarai waited for the manifestation of that
promise. Her promise of motherhood.
But Sarai was barren.
her child was to hold the key to blessing all of the people of the
world. But I wonder how much Sarai was really thinking about that part.
I wonder if, as a woman, more than anything, she really just
wanted a baby.
years passed. And still, no baby. Sarai could
no heir for her husband. And, now, a servant born in her house would be
his heir (Genesis 15:2-3). The shame and bitterness of
her barrenness began to engulf her.
And, as time went on, Sarai began to say within heart,"
has prevented me from having children," (Gen. 16:2). You know
that she said in within her heart, because she had begun to say it to
Sarai blamed God.
Matters of Prophesy Into Your Own Hands
that God's plan was flawed, Sarai prompted her husband, "Go and sleep
with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her,"
Notice what Sarai says here.
"Perhaps I can have children." Her concern was not
manifestation of God's plan, but with her own longing for motherhood.
if she realized that this child that she so desperately desired was to
be the start of a lineage that would birth the savior of the world, she
would have put her own desires aside. Or maybe not.
surely Sarai's husband Abram, God's right hand man, understood after
10 years of walking with the Lord that He would not forsake them!
Surely he told her to hold her tongue and wait on Jehovah God!
Never underestimate the amazing power of female persuasion.
"Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal.
So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar
the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a
wife," (Genesis 16:2-3).
But, this was not God's plan. This, was Sarai's plan.
And it quickly began to backfire.
Once Hagar became pregnant, she resented Sarai. After being
punished for her behavior, Hagar finally ran away.
the child Hagar carried was Abram's seed, and God had made covenant
Abram, God gave comfort to Hagar and convinced her to return to Abram
and Sarai (Genesis 16:6-15).
God Sees Through Your Present
To Your Future Faith
Thank God for His mercy.
Though Abram and Sarai had gone outside of His will and
huge mess, His love for them had not dried up, but was still as an
promised that kings and nations
would come from Abram. Hagar's son Ishmael
was not the
son of promise. Once again, He proclaimed that Sarai would still bear
Abram a son.
Speaking of God's unyielding forgiveness, He
changed her name from Sarai which meant Noble Woman, to Sarah, which
Now, of course I could be reading more
into this than is here, but I feel that God calling her Princess is so
Despite Sarah's imperfections, He had taken her as His daughter.
God, unlike man, does not just see who you are today, He sees who He
has destined you to become.
And, as a daughter
of the King of Kings, what name would be more fitting than Princess?
Is This Study on Un-Virtuous Women in the Bible?
More time passed, and God returned to visit Abraham and Sarah.
this is an interesting situation. Though Sarah knew
she didn't go out to welcome her Guest. The visitors even
inquired about where she was, but she never came out of the tent.
Sarah stayed inside, and eavesdropped.
You have to
ask yourself - Why didn't she come out? But, if you put
yourself in her
shoes, would you have gone out there? For what?
To hear more unanswered promises?
To have your hopes raised yet again, but never fulfilled?
Or, would you have stayed in the tent, just like Sarah?
Sarah listened, she overheard God telling Abraham, "I will return to
you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!"
(Genesis 18:10 NLT).
As she overheard this, Sarah "laughed silently to herself and said,
'How could a worn-out woman like
me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so
old?'" (Genesis 18:12).
see, as God's plan tarried, time did not. Sarah had long
into menopause, and believed that her body could no longer conceive.
As God so eloquently put it, "it ceased to be with Sarah
the manner of women" (Genesis 18:11).
within herself, I would imagine, to keep from crying. But,
though her laugh was silent, there was One who could hear it.
Sarah's shock when God asked why she had laughed!
"Why did Sarah
Why did she say, 'Can an old woman like me have a baby?'
Is anything too hard
for the Lord?"
Uh Oh! Quickly, Sarah denied it all. But, God
responded, "No, but you did laugh," (Genesis 18:15).
so Sarah didn't just laugh at God, but she lied about it.
She is definitely was not having a "Virtuous Woman
in the Bible" day
A Legacy of Faith Born From a Life of Fears
Now, we could all sit around judging Sarah, but would we have
been so different?
Do you have anything that God has been
promising you. A promise that, when you look at your physical
circumstance, your chances at attaining it look grim at best.
And, maybe, as the time has passed, your faith has begun to
pass along with it.
But, let me tell you the second half of the proverb that we began this
Hope deferred makes the heart
but when the desire is
fulfilled, it is a tree of life.
But, how do you open the door for God to fulfill the desire that He
alone has placed in your heart? By faith
God says that Faith is:
- The assurance, confirmation, and the
title deed of the things we hope for.
- The proof of things we
do not see.
- The conviction of their reality.
- It perceives as
real fact what is not revealed to the senses.
- -Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)
is what Sarah began to develop within herself. You see, in
to bring forth the seed that would ultimately lead to the Christ, God
did not just have to change Abraham, He had to change Sarah.
think that is why she is one of my favorite women in the Bible.
She is a shining example of God's desire to mold you into
You can not hide behind your femininity or your husband, and assume you
do not have a place in God's plan. God has a special plan for
you, and you, like Sarah, will have to grow into your destiny.
In the end, "Because of faith also Sarah
received physical power to
conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because
she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and
trustworthy and true to His word," (Hebrews 11:11 AMP).
faith won her the honor of being the only woman among
top 5 examples God gave to exemplify true faith in Hebrews 11.
In fact, you are actually considered Sarah's true daughter when
you "...let nothing
terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties
unnerve you]," (1Peter 3:6 AMP).
When you are able to look fear in the eye and say "No thank you - I
choose to believe my Lord," you have inherited Sarah's legacy of faith.
Virtuous Women in the Bible
From Sarai to
A Woman's Journey To Faith
- Have you ever caught yourself beginning to blame God
for a particular situation? If so, why?
- What do you think the significance was of God
changing Sarai's name to Sarah?
- Were you surprise by Sarah's imperfections?
Why do you think God never glosses over people's missteps in
- Like the women in the Bible, what spiritual legacy
would you like to leave for the
future generations of women in your family?
I hope that you enjoyed Lesson 1 of your Virtuous Women in the Bible
Sarah is one of the
women in the Bible whose story is not one of perfection. And
neither will your's be.
But, Sarah's legacy is of her journey to being able to take
God at His Word. Of
growing into the name that He had given her - His Princess.
Lesson 2 of your Virtuous Women in the Bible study is a Bible lesson on Mary
Learn how her belief in God and willingness to do His will put her in
the position to be called blessed!
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