I'm gonna be honest with you. This is a 50-minute video and I only listened to roughly 15 minutes of it, so if she says something strange (meaning not biblically on-point) in the other 35 minutes, sound the alarm and hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, some of the things that she said in the beginning (let alone the title) were enough to have me be like "Yeah, throw it up." Especially how she breaks down the definitions of fornication and how women find themselves caught up with an "Ishmael" to begin with!
The reason why it's such a riveting and relevant analogy is because if you refer back to the actual Ishmael, remember what the angel of the Lord told Hagar about him:
"The angel of the Lord said to her, 'Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.' Then he added, 'I will give you more descendants than you can count.'
And the angel also said, 'You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.'"---Genesis 16:9-12(NLT)
It was basically a double-edged sword declaration. Yes, Ishmael would have many descendants but he was also going to buck wild and a real handful! He also wasn't a child of covenant. Isaac was that. And look at what the Lord said about him in contrast:
"After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.'
But Abram said, 'Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?' Then Abram said, 'Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!'
And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.' Then He brought him outside and said, 'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.' And He said to him, 'So shall your descendants be.'"---Genesis 15:1-5(NKJV)
"Then God said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.'
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, 'Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?' And Abraham said to God, 'Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!'
Then God said: 'No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.' Then He finished talking with him, and God went up from Abraham."---Genesis 17:15-22(NKJV)
So the drama that Sarah conjured up on her own (also found in Genesis 15), partially out of fear and impatience, that child was professed to be *so much* that we're *still* dealing with the aftermath (choose wisely, y'all). No doubt about it, Ishmael's descendants are abundant and yes, many of them are...a real handful, even to this day. And yes, Ishmael was blessed in many ways too (people who speak ignorantly about Muslims need to remember this and also that Esau married Ishmael's daughter---Genesis 28:9).
But Isaac? *No drama* was mentioned at all...
The Lord said he too would bring forth many descendants *and* a covenant would be established with him. In fact, Isaac's name means "laughter" or "One who makes me laugh". I'm thinking some of that may have come from them laughing when God said they would have a child at their age (Genesis 17:17 & 18:12-13), but to keep in line with the this post, I also think it meant that Isaac was going to bring Abraham and Sarah joy too.
WHEN WE DO THINGS GOD'S WAY, JOY ENSUES.
BECAUSE WE DID IT HIS WAY AND NOT OUR OWN.
*So many people* have married the spirit of "Ishmael" rather than the spirit of "Isaac", and that's why this video is important to make the time to listen to. Ishmael, because it is birthed out of self-conjuring, comes with some really unpredictable circumstances and consequences; some of which are really unpleasant. But when we allow God to move, a true covenant can take place. One filled with joy: "Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10-NKJV) A Hebrew word for joy that I really like is "simchah". In Scripture, it's used in context with "delight" (DELIGHT IN THE LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart--Psalm 37:4), "exceeding joy", "festival", "gladness", "pleasure" (Psalm 16:11) and "rejoicing".
So, whether you're in a relationship right now or not...
Listen to what she shares is the fruit of an Ishmael vs. an Isaac...
Then think about whether you're allowing God to move...
Or you're doing most of the worrying, I mean manipulating...I mean working (LOL)...
Oh, and yes, I did pull down the manna post because I'm going to repost it, "randomly" from time to time. But if you read it and you want a "GATHER. YOUR. MANNA" bracelet, I might order some extra. The manna thing has been BIG in my spirit right through here. Remember you'll need to answer the following three questions, though:
1) What promises do you know you've received from God...*personally*?
2) What do you *know* is your "quail issue"?
3) How would you like me to pray for you in regards to being able to discern what is manna in your life?
Isaac = Manna (Revelation 2:17)
Ishmael = Quail (Psalm 106:15)
Clearly there's a theme running through here on "On Fire" (LOL).
Choose wisely---and it is indeed *your choice*.