Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, the glory of the Lord has departed from Israel (1 Sam 4:21).
Ichabod’s are birthed when we get bitter in spirit.
Ichabod’s are birthed when we question God with anger in our head and fear in our soul.
Ichabod’s are birthed when we take on the spirit of offense and make it our assignment to speak out against the servants of God.
Israel was in trouble, death and chaos hit the camp in a series of events. When Ichabod’s mother heard the news that her father in law and husband was dead she bowed herself and gave birth for her labor pains came upon her (1 Samuel4:19). No doubt she was disappointed with both man and God and she let her disappointment rule her spirit.
The news sent her into labor.
As God’s people we are to labor because of what God is doing not because what our enemies are doing. I want to birth out of God’s promise not my distraction. I don’t want my fear to give birth to something. My enemy is appointed to kill my firstborn, my God however will birth in me that which he has sown into my womb.
Many will make intercession at the alarm at what the enemies of Christ are doing today. We cannot birth out of that which they are doing, the news of their destruction cannot be my seed. It must not penetrate into my spirit. God wants us to birth because we are pregnant with the seed of God’s vision, God’s hope, God’s dream. Labor for the things God has appointed us.
Ichabod’s mothers nurse who stood by at the time of her labor declared “do not fear you have borne a son” (v20) She did not answer nor did she regard it ( v 20). What woman would not be overjoyed with the birth of a new son! What woman would not be happy that a son has been born to her? Ichabod’s mother however took no notice of what was being born rather she paid attention only to that what the enemy was doing. The result, bitterness and the forsaking of God.
What are you looking at my friend! The child you are birthing comes from that which you perceive in front of you. “God help my eyes to regard my child not overlook it, lest it become an Ichabod to me!”
Then she named him Ichabod saying “the glory of God has departed” (v21).
What are you birthing?
Are you birthing an Ichabod!
We are so caught up in offenses that we fail to enjoy the son that we are birthing. some folks however are in their ignorance birthing a curse by their very own spirit that has aught against a brother.
She regarded it not! (v20)
Look what happened. There ran a man of Benjamin out of the army and came to Shiloh. with his clothes rent and with earth upon his head. And when he came to Eli..his hearty trembled for the ark of God! ( v12).
When was the last time you went to God’s house with sacloth and ashes. Today we are more used to going to church in our Sunday best rather than in an attire of lementing and brokeness. This man ran to the prophet. I didn’t say quit supporting the prophet I said run to him. He came into the city and told it and the city cried out! (v13). One person running to God’s house, that’s what it takes. The city cannot be broken until we are morning in God’s house for our own shortcomings. When we cry out to god the city will turn to God! Don’t curse whats going on. birth what God has put in you and praise him. God hasn’t gone anywhere.
He is here!
From the series ICHABOD’S CHURCH By Paul B Thomas
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