PROTECT YOUR WOMB!
Let’s see what God says about our womb in His wonderful Word which is called the "wisdom of God" (Luke 11:49). I like that name, don’t you? We can find God’s wisdom relating to every matter in His Word, even in such feminine matters as the womb and breasts.
1. IT IS OUR DISTINGUISHING IDENTITY
Genesis 2:21-24 says, "The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man."
The Hebrew word for man is ish
The Hebrew word for woman is ish shah
Webster’s 1928 dictionary explains that the word “woman” is a combination of the words, “womb” and “man.” Woman therefore means “womb man” or “man with a womb.”When God created woman, he put within her a womb. The womb is God’s beautiful gift to women. In fact, our whole reproductive cycle is designed especially for us by God. Because it is His design and purpose for us, we should embrace it with all our hearts. We should not resist it. We should embrace every part of our reproductive system--menstruation, ovulation, conception, gestation, parturition and lactation. God was preparing you for motherhood even in your mother’s womb. By the time you were born you had over a million eggs, prepared and waiting for your destiny of motherhood.
We should not reject the way God created us. Romans 9:19-20 says, "Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?"
We must positively seek to protect our womb. There is an unprecedented attack against the wombs of women today which is inspired by the enemy. We must be aware of his tactics. In fact, this war began at the very beginning of time when God said there would be hostility and enmity between Satan and the woman.
Genesis 3:15 says, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
The word, “enmity” is eyvah in the Hebrew.
It is a very strong word meaning, “hostility, hate, friction, animosity.”
One translation says, "There will be war!"
Satan hates the womb. He knew that the Messiah, the Savior of the world, would come through the womb of a woman, the one who would destroy his head. He knows it is through the womb of the woman that the “godly seed” still comes to destroy his works. Satan comes to "steal, kill and destroy." His attack is upon the womb through a number of areas:
1. Abortion where human beings, created in the image of God in the secret place of the womb, are cruelly torn apart limb by limb or slowly burned alive.
2. The Pill and IUD. Did you know that both the Pill and the IUD are abortifacients? Did you know that more babies are killed in the womb through the IUD and the Pill than the holocaust of abortion? Your doctor doesn’t tell you this. Your pastor or minister doesn’t tell you this. Thus, many God-fearing people are ignorantly aborting their own babies. The womb, which is a sanctuary to nurture and protect life has become an extermination camp. Satan is having a heyday! For more detailed information on this matter, read Be Fruitful and Multiply which you can order through www.aboverubies.org
3. Permanent contraception such as Tubal ligations where the barren womb is denied the life it was created to nurture. When we decide on permanent contraception such as tubal ligation we are actually saying, "God, I don’t appreciate the way you made me. You did the wrong thing when you gave me a womb. It doesn’t suit my present lifestyle so I will make sure it can’t be used." Now, I know that most women don’t say those words as they go for a tubal ligation. Most women do it in ignorance. They have been advised (often by pastors) that this is the most convenient way to go. But if we take time to think about it and are really honest, this is the bottom line of what we are doing. The womb never says, "It is enough" Proverbs 30:15-16. God has created the womb to yearn for life. Mothers who are unable to conceive experience the heartache of the truth of this scripture. I am constantly receiving letters from women who have had a tubal ligation, but now a few years later, their wombs are crying out again, and they long for another child. The truth of God’s Word is eternal and true. When we go against it, we do so to our own hurt.
4. Drugs and the curse of sicknesses upon our reproductive organs.
5. Unnecessary hysterectomies. Nearly one million hysterectomies are performed every year in the USA, one every 30 seconds. Only 4.7 per cent of these are necessary surgeries! All others could have been prevented by alternative surgery. Sixty per cent of these operations are performed on women under 44 years, women of child-bearing age. Most disorders of the womb can be repaired without a full hysterectomy. Only cancer or emergencies should necessitate such radical surgery. If you are recommended a hysterectomy, please seek a number of other opinions before making your decision. Protect your womb.
6. Curses. The sins of the parents from past generations can bring a curse upon the womb. It can also come upon us through our own sin or negative confession. We should be careful not to speak negatively about any of our reproductive organs. Guard how you speak about menstruation. When you call it “the curse” or other negative names, you give an opportunity for the curse of barrenness or other disorders to come to your womb. A curse on the womb can be a failure to menstruate, painful or irregular menstruation, cramps, cysts, tumors, continual miscarriage and inability to conceive--in fact, anything that affects your reproductive organs. Now please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying, that if you have one of these disorders that it is because of a curse. There are often other factors involved. But it could be a possibility. If you feel this is the case, you may like to pray this prayer:
"Dear Father, I come to you in Jesus” name. I confess I have not received my womb as a gift from You. I have ignored the power of my womb and my womanly functions. I repent. Please forgive me and cleanse me in Jesus” name.
Lord, I accept my womb as a gift from You. I accept the way You created me. I embrace it. I want to fulfill Your purposes for me as a woman.
In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I renounce all negative words, even jokingly, that I have spoken about my womb, about menstruation, about pregnancy and about my womanly functions. I renounce any curse that has been placed upon my womb or reproductive organs from my parents, grandparents or great grandparents on both sides of my family.
I ask that You will now cleanse my womb and cover it with your blessing.
I receive your blessing in the name of Jesus. Amen."
7. Ignorance. Interestingly, as I have talked with mothers about this subject, many of them have shared with me that “ignorance” has been their biggest problem. “No one has ever informed me!” is their constant cry. The deceiver of our souls has effectively kept us ignorant about the power of our womb.
2. IT IS LIFE GIVING
Genesis 3:20 TLB says, "The man named his wife Eve meaning, The Life Giving One!"
Eve in Hebrew is Chavvah meaning, “Life Giver!" Eve was the prototype of all women - the first of her kind. She was a life giver. We also are life givers! We have the privilege of conceiving, nurturing and bringing forth a miracle of life from within our womb. Eve certainly obeyed God’s command to "be fruitful and multiply." Hebrew tradition says that Eve gave birth to hundreds of children! Wow, that’s hard to believe isn’t it, but remember, she did live for hundreds of years. The Bible only mentions the names of Cain, Abel and Seth but she gave birth to many sons and daughters and began the population of the earth. Genesis 5:4. No wonder she was called the "Mother of all living."
Isn’t it sad that when we are meant to be “life-givers” that many would rather be “life-stoppers”?
3. IT IS OUR BLESSING
Genesis 49:25 speaks of "The Almighty who shall bless thee with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb."
Do you believe the Scriptures? Do you receive your womb as a BLESSING from God? Before God gave conception and fruitfulness, He always BLESSED first. We need to affirm God’ s truth and confess that our womb is a blessing. We cannot receive conception without His blessing. Before God spoke the words to Adam and Eve, "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth" He first BLESSED them. We see God doing this over and over again as we read the Scriptures. God wants to bless our womb. Pray for the health of your womb. A beautiful ministry that a husband can do is to regularly pray over and bless the womb of his wife.
Refer to the manual, Be Fruitful and Multiply, Chapter 3 for a list of 22 Scriptures which reveal that we receive conception through the blessing of God. You can order from www.aboverubies.org
4. IT IS OUR GLORY
Hosea 9:11 says, "As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception."
When Ephraim turned away from the Lord, God pronounced judgment upon them. His judgment was to take away their “glory.” What was their glory? It was the conception of the womb. Conception, pregnancy and motherhood are the glory of a nation and it comes through the wombs of women.
5. IT IS THE SEAT OF COMPASSION
Not only is the womb a place where life is conceived and nurtured, but the Bible also speaks of it as the controlling center of our emotions and the source of compassion. There are four different Hebrew words for the word “womb.” Each of these words is used to not only describe the womb, but also the emotions.
(a) BETEN – “the womb, the inmost part, the bottom of the heart, deepest
recesses of an individual.” Read Genesis 25:24; 30:2; Job 1:21 and Psalm 22:9.
- Job 20:19-20, “Because he hath oppressed the poor…surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly (beten).” When we feel guilt, we feel disturbed right in the very womb.
- Proverbs 18:8, “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, they go down into the innermost parts of the belly (beten).” When gossip or slander wounds us, we feel it in the depths of our womb.
(b) RACHAM - from the root word “to fondle.” It speaks of “cherishing the babe in the womb”. It also means “the bowels, to cherish, to love deeply, to be compassionate, to have compassion as God does towards men, to show great tender mercy and pity.” We understand this in the following Scriptures:
- Genesis 43:30, "Joseph...his bowels (racham) did yearn upon his brother.”
- Isaiah 49:15, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion (racham) on the son of her womb?"
This word racham is used interchangeably for a woman’s womb and for God’s compassion. Here are further Scriptures where racham is used in relation to the womb or showing compassion to one another: Genesis 49.25, 1 Kings 8:50; 2 Chronicles 30:9; Proverbs 30.16; Isaiah 46.3; 49:15; Ezekiel 20.26 and Zechariah 7:9.
This word is frequently used to describe God’s mercies. Isn’t it absolutely amazing to realize that God uses the same word racham to describe His great mercy and tender compassions as He does for the womb?
- Psalm 25:6, "Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies (racham) and thy lovingkindnesses."
- Isaiah 54:7, "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies (racham) will I gather thee."
- Isaiah 63:7, "I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us...according to his mercies (racham), and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses."
- Daniel 9:9, "To the Lord our God belong mercies (racham) and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him."
Here are further Scriptures where racham is used: Genesis 43:14; Deuteronomy 13:17 30;3; 2 Samuel 24:14; 2 Kings 13:23; 1 Chronicles 21.13; Nehemiah 9:19.27,28,31; Psalm 40.11; 51.1; 69.16; 77.9; 79.8; 103.4; 106:46; 119.77; 119.156; 145.9; Isaiah 47.6; 63.15; Jeremiah 12:15; 16.5; 42.12; Lamentations 3:22; Daniel 9:18; Hosea 2.19 and Zechariah 1.16.
We see from this how the womb is more than physical. It is the control center of our emotions. It is from our womb that compassion and pity emanates. This is why it is important to protect our womb. It is not just an organ, but the seat of compassion.
(c) RECHEM. It means “matrix.” This is the masculine equivalent of racham and includes the same attributes of tender compassion and pity.
1 Kings 3:26 says, “Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels (rachem) yearned upon her son…”
Look up these Scriptures: Genesis 29.31; 30.22; 43.30; Exodus 13.2; Numbers 8.16; 12.12; 1 Samuel 1:5,6; 1 Kings 3.26; Job 3.11; 10.18; 24.20; 31.15; 38.8; Psalm 22.10; 58.3; 110.3; Jeremiah 1.5; 20:17,18 and Hosea 9.14.
(d) MEAH. It means “the heart, uterus, also to be soft and have sympathy."
- Song of Solomon 5.4, "My beloved put his hand in the hole of the door and my bowels (meah) were moved for him."
- Jeremiah 4.19 and 31.20, "Ephraim...my bowels (meah) are troubled for him. I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord."
- Lamentations 1.20 and 2.11, "My bowels (meah) are troubled."
It is also used in Genesis 15.4; 25.23; Numbers 5.22; Ruth 1.11; 2 Samuel 7.12; 16.11; Psalm 71.6; Isaiah 16.11; 48:18,19; 49.1; 63.15 and Ezekiel 3.3; 7.19.
Notice the portrayal of deep emotions in the following Scriptures where the word meah is used:
- Job 30:27, ”My bowels boiled, and rested not.” Here it describes anger.
- Psalm 22:14, “My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” This Scripture is a picture of discouragement.
Here’s how some women felt after their womb was removed... "It was like a curtain going down over my feelings. The highs and lows of my emotions simply flattened out." Another says, "The most I felt was a certain emptiness in the abdominal area, not like a great empty space, but a space empty of feeling."
It is especially important to protect your ovaries. Not only do they release the egg each month, but they release estrogen which has a big bearing on your emotions. Don’t allow a doctor to take out your ovaries just because they “might” become cancerous. Protect them at all costs. It is interesting to note that depression is two to three times more prevalent after a hysterectomy operation than any other surgery. I know a mother of a large family who was a wonderful mother. Later in life she had a hysterectomy and an oophorectomy. It was astounding to notice that after this operation she no longer had the warmth and feeling that she once showed to children.
6. IT IS A SEXUAL ORGAN
Love, yearning and sexual desire can be felt from the womb. The Shulamite woman in Song of Solomon 5:4 said, "My beloved put his hand in the hole of the door and my bowels (meah) were moved for him."
A line from an ancient sacred-wedding poem says, "He is the one my womb loves best."
Many women confess to loss of sexual satisfaction after their womb has been removed. Here are some quotes from various studies.
- In a study of 171 women who had undergone hysterectomies, 69.2 per cent complained of a decrease in the ability to reach orgasm.
- A marriage counselor revealed that 98 per cent of her patients were women with extreme sexual difficulties following hysterectomy.
- A study by Dr. Niles Newton discovered reduced sexual drive in 60% of women who had hysterectomy and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) 40% never resumed marital relations.
- A study in the United Kingdom reports 33 - 46% have decreased libido after hysterectomy and oophorectomy.
- A Japanese study states that 59.2% complained of decrease in ability to reach orgasm after hysterectomy.
- Another research found 20 - 42% of women abstained from sexual intercourse following hysterectomy.
A woman that experiences uterine orgasm rather than clitoral will be more severely affected by a hysterectomy. Sadly, one in five hysterectomies is for sterilization, without any medical reason. Some women think it will be advantageous to them to have no more periods or worries about contraception, but are ignorant of the serious repercussions. A woman in New Zealand shared with me that after her womb and ovaries were taken, she no longer had any sexual desire for her husband. She now realizes that the operation was unnecessary and wishes that she had got further opinions before immediately obeying her doctor.
7. IT IS A SUPPORT STRUCTURE
The womb supports other ligaments and organs in the pelvic area. When the uterus is removed, surrounding organs may cave inward or collapse causing pelvic pain, sexual difficulties and pressure on the bowels and bladder.
8. IT IS A HAVEN FOR MIRACLES
The greatest miracle in history took place in a womb! It was here that God became man! Jesus Himself was conceived in a womb! He identified with the womb of a woman. Read Luke 1:35; 2:21.) It is in the womb that miracles continue to take place. Every child that is conceived in the womb is a miracle of God’s creation. How blessed we are as women to have miracles take place in our body.
9. IT IS A WORKSHOP OF GOD”S CREATION
Isaiah 44:2, 24 and 49:5 "The Lord that made thee, that formed thee from the womb."
The word formed means to be “molded into a form as a potter does.” God molds each individual child in the womb.
Psalm 139:13-17 TLB says, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complete! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous."
10. IT IS A WEAPON AGAINST SATAN
It is the womb that conceives and nourishes the “godly seed” who will come forth to be the light in the darkness and who will destroy the works of Satan in this world. God is looking for an army. The greatest threat to Satan in this world is godly parents who understand God’s intentions and who will bring forth and train a godly seed to fulfil His eternal plans. God’s people have unwittingly decreased God’s army in this hour. The womb is a powerful weapon against Satan. Some women fear to bring babies into this evil world, but this is one of the greatest reasons for having children--to be the light in this dark world!
11. IT BRINGS FORTH GOD’S REWARD
Psalm 127:3 says, "Children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward."
God chooses the womb to reward His people. In Hosea 9:16, God calls children the "dearly beloved fruit of the womb." The context of this passage is that God was going to destroy the “rewards” that He had given them because of their continual disobedience, but it shows how God views children and also how the early Hebrews felt about their children.
Here’s what some of the other translations say…
NIV CHERISHED OFFSPRING
RV BELOVED CHILDREN
NAS PRECIOUS ONES
NEB DEAREST OFFSPRING
NAS TREASURES OF THE WOMB
Ruth 2:12 says, "The Lord recompense thy work and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel." What was the full reward? Ruth 4:13 gives us the answer: "The Lord gave her conception and she bare a son."
12. IT IS A SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
The Hebrew word rechem for womb is “matrix” which means “a place within which something originates or develops.”
Exodus 20:5 says, "I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me." Iniquity is willfully following our own way rather than God’s. Rebellion in the parents can also be passed on to the children. Psalm 58:3 says, "The godless are perverse from the womb." Also read Isaiah 48:8.
Recent studies clearly show that an unborn baby is affected deeply by the attitudes of the mother. If the mother rejects the child in her womb, her child will suffer from this rejection at some stage in his/her life. If the mother is full of fear, that fear will enter her unborn child. If the father who gave the seed of life or the mother is willful, that iniquity will touch the unborn baby. Tempers, unforgiveness and bitterness that are not dealt with will be passed on to future generations.
The following are a few examples of how the mother’s attitude to her baby in the womb had a detrimental affect upon the baby. I know these women personally. A mother had a horrific birth experience at her second birth. It put such fear into her that when she was pregnant with her third child she was paranoid about giving birth again and was full of fears. Somehow these fears entered into this child, for this baby who is now grown, is still struggling with fears today and they have plagued her all her life.
A backslidden girl fell pregnant. She wanted this child to grow up with a mother and a father and so decided that she would give this baby to a loving family. She was naturally a very loving person, but in order to not get too attached to her baby as she planned to give it away, she thought of it “as nothing” or as a “bit of stone.” However, at the very end of her pregnancy she met the father of the child again and at the last minute they decided to get married. And so of course, they kept the baby! The baby was born and received with love and joy and was totally mothered. However, as this baby grew into her second year, she became abnormally affected and screamed with terror if her mother even went out of the room. As their pastors (the husband had come to the Lord and the wife had been restored to the Lord), we prayed about it, and wondered if she was suffering from rejection of not being accepted during her time in the womb. We prayed over this little child and asked God to heal her from this rejection and from that moment she never had the problem again.
There is an interesting story mentioned in The Secret Life of the Unborn Child by Dr. Thomas Verny. When this particular baby was born, it would not move its head toward the breast of the mother but would turn away. The doctor thought she may be ill, but when she drank milk from the bottle in the nursery he ruled that one out. Next day the same thing happened so the doctor thought he would try an experiment. The next day he gave the sleepy baby to another mother who had consented to try to feed her. Immediately the baby rooted for the breast and sucked for all she was worth. The doctor was now more than interested. He went back to the biological mother and asked, “Did you want this baby?” “No,” she replied. “I wanted an abortion. My husband wanted the child. That’s why I had her.” That was news to the doctor, but not to the baby! She had been rejected and was now rejecting her mother.
Mothering starts in the womb,
not just when the baby is born!
13. IT IS A SITE OF JUDGMENT
Because the womb is sacred and precious, God uses it as a place of judgment.
- 2 Samuel 6:20-23. Michal received judgment upon her womb when she despised her husband and she did not have a child.
- Deuteronomy 28:15, 18 and Leviticus 26:21,22. Disobedience brought the curse of barrenness in these Scriptures:
- In Numbers 5:11-31 we read of how adultery brought judgment upon the womb. It says, "the curse shall go into thy womb!" The womb should be kept pure. It should not be defiled through fornication or adultery. If this has been the case, there should be repentance, confession and prayer for the cleansing of the womb. The womb must be kept pure and holy for the nurturing of the "godly seed" that God desires.
14. IT IS A BIRTHPLACE OF DESTINIES
Psalm 139:16 TLB says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!"
God’s destiny for a child is upon them in the womb. We see many examples in Scripture.
- John the Baptist was "filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb"
- Luke 1:15 and 16:41.
- Paul says that God "separated me from my mother’s womb...that I might preach Him among the heathen" Galatians 1:15, 16.
- Samson said, "I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb” Judges 16:7.
- The prophet Isaiah said, "The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of my name " Isaiah 49:1 and 49:5.
- God said of Jeremiah, "Before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations" Jeremiah 1:5.
Start praying daily over your baby as soon as you know the wonderful news of conception. In the last three months of pregnancy, the baby in utero is able to hear. This is an important time to speak lovingly to the baby and welcome this little one to your family. It is time to start reading the Word of God to your baby. It is a good time for the baby to get to know the father’s voice. When our sixth grandchild was born at our home, we were all amazed to notice that the moment her father took “Meadow” in his arms and began to speak to her that she was arrested by his voice. She already knew it. He had been speaking to her daily, putting his mouth right on his wife’s womb.
15. IT IS A SECRET PLACE
The womb is a sanctuary of protection. Psalm 139:15 says, "I was made in secret." God has planned for the womb to be a sanctuary. It is a “secret” place where God forms life away from the eyes of man. It is not to be interfered with by man. Satan wants to tamper with the womb and destroy it. God initiates life and performs miracles in this secret place.
Just as parents love to give surprises to our children, so our God loves to give us surprises! He loves secrets too. His gift of a baby is a special surprise and I believe that He wants it to be kept secret until the time that He is ready to deliver it to us. Ultra sound can be necessary in times of emergency, but I wonder about using it just to find out the sex of our baby. I think we take away from the wonderful surprise that God wants to give us. One mother suggested that it is like the molding of a stature. No one is allowed to see it while the sculptor works on it until the day of the special unveiling ceremony.
Another mother shared that when she was expecting her third baby, friends and family pressured her to find out the sex of her coming baby. Was it going to be another boy, or was she having a girl this time? To satisfy their cajoling, she went for the ultra sound and found she was having another boy. She was happy about this of course. However, she said that at the time of the birth it was a let down! The baby came and everyone already knew that it was a boy and even knew his name. The only thing left to say was, “He’s here!” After getting surprises for her first two births, she noticed how she missed out on much of the suspense and excitement by already knowing God’s secret ahead of time.
16. IT IS A HOLY PLACE
The womb is a holy place and the entrance to the womb is holy. It is a type of the temple in the Old Testament where the Holy Place was separated from the Holy of Holies by a thick veil. The only person who could enter the Holy of Holies was the High Priest. God has also created the hymen in a virgin to protect the entrance of the womb. It is a type of the veil that protected the Holy of Holies and could only be entered by the High Priest.
The hymen, the protection to the womb, should only be broken by one man. God’s plan is that on the wedding night, two virgins come together and the hymen (the veil) is broken by the one who will become her husband--the priest of her home. Read Deuteronomy 22:13-21; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.
17. IT IS A HOSPITALITY ROOM
As we discussed the importance of our womb at our Mothers Bible Study, one of the mothers received another understanding of the womb. I will let her share in her own words: “The womb is actually a room. We are walking around with a special guest room in our body which is a temple. Just as the temple of King David’s time had a Holy of Holies, so our womb is a sanctified place for God to bring forth life. I was challenged to realize that just as I prepare a guest room and have it ready for when guests come to stay, so I should prepare my womb and dedicate it for whomever God sends my way. “Yes, Lord, I will take in whoever you choose to send and I will nurture them with food, love and safety for the amount of time they are here. Sometimes, it might be three months, or six, but hopefully nine months. After the door to that special room is opened, they will be with us for a short time or a long time. That is up to You, Lord. My part is to welcome with a hospitable spirit any child You choose to send to my womb home.”
18. IT IS A PLACE OF DEPENDENCY
David said in Psalm 22:10, "I was cast upon thee from the womb." The womb is where we learn our first and most important lesson--reliance upon God. Independence, which comes from pride and rebellion was the sin that caused Lucifer to be cast out of heaven. We are cast upon God from the womb and this should be our attitude right through our lives. Read Psalm 71:6 and Isaiah 46:3-4.
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