Birthing A Deliverer

Can this be happening? She’s pregnant again! All Hannah wants to do is run into her tent and hide! “Birthing a Deliverer” seems like an impossible dream to her, and Peninnah’s taunts are becoming unbearable! Safely out of sight, crying uncontrollably, Hannah buries her head into a pillow, trying hard to forget that she is in a polygamous marriage.

Emotionally exhausted, she wonders how her husband Elkanah could have taken Peninnah as a secondary wife?! Isn’t she “worth more to him than ten sons?” If it weren’t for the laws of the land, Hannah’s love for God, and devotion to Elkanah, she would have left for Jerusalem long ago. However, a Deep and Holy desire to “Birth a Deliverer” keeps growing in Hannah’s heart, and she won’t be denied!


Spiritual and natural pregnancies can sometimes be uncertain because we may not perceive that we are pregnant. Since we don’t readily see the signs of pregnancy, we can forget that we are. All we know is that we are suddenly overwhelmed, uncomfortable, and challenged. We may not realize there is a “Peninnah,” an assignment of the enemy dispatched against us!


To keep us from “Birthing a Deliverer!”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

DELIVERER: One that saves from danger or destruction.

Never forget that nobody else can “Birth The Deliverer” that God has called you to birth “For such a time as this!” Ref. Esther 4:14 (b). The fruit of your womb is a God Sent Solution to a lost and hurting world! An answer that has the ability through God to “save from danger or destruction.” Don’t allow the taunts of a “Peninnah” to cause you to question or miscarry your God-Given Deliverer!

Who is “Peninnah?”

Her name means “coral.” The razor-like coral can potentially wound or kill if touched, cut, and left untreated.

1st Samuel 1:1-11 (AMPC)

“There was a certain man of Ramathaim-Zophim, of the hill country of Ephraim, named Elkanah, son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.” “He had two wives, one named Hannah and the other named Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.” “This man went from his city year by year to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Hosts at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were the Lord’s priests.”

“When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give to Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters portions [of the sacrificial meat]. “But to Hannah, he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had given her no children.” “[This embarrassed and grieved Hannah] her rival provoked her greatly to vex her because The Lord had left her childless.” “So it was year after year; whenever Hannah went up to the Lord’s House, Peninnah provoked her, so she wept and did not eat.”

“Then Elkanah, her husband, said to her, Hannah, why do you cry? And why do you not eat? And why are you grieving? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” “So Hannah rose after they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside a post of the temple (tent) of the Lord.” “And {Hannah} was in distress of soul, praying to the Lord and weeping bitterly.” “She vowed, saying, O Lord of Hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid and [earnestly] remember, and not forget Your handmaid but will give me a son, I will give him to The Lord all his life; no razor shall touch his head.”


Hannah is upright before the Lord. She doesn’t ask God for revenge against Peninnah or Elkanah; she “Asks For A Deliverer!” A son that she vows to give back to The Lord as a Priest. That is what the scripture means when Hannah prays, “no razor shall touch his head.”

The sharp “coral” edge of Peninnah’s cutting words and Elkanah’s indifference to Hannah’s barrenness could not defile her heart! Hannah is determined to “Birth A Deliverer,” A son who will one day replace Hophni and Phinehas, the evil sons who serve as Priests under their father, Eli. Hannah’s prayer so moved the Heart of God that He “remembered” her request.

1st Samuel 1:19-22 (AMPC);

“The family rose early the next morning, worshiped before The Lord, and returned to their home in Ramah. Elkanah knew Hannah, his wife, and The Lord remembered her.” “Hannah became pregnant and in due time bore a son and named him Samuel [heard of God]. Because she said, I have asked him of The Lord,” “And Elkanah and all his house went up to offer The Lord the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow.” “But Hannah did not go, for she said to her husband, I will not go until the child is of age, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before The Lord and remain there as long as he lives.”


Hannah could have asked for a son she could raise, yet she chooses the greater “A Covenant Womb” and “tithes” her womb by offering to God the best, Her “First Born” son. Hannah understands her pregnancy is “A Covenant” between her and God. What an essential truth that you and I must remember. Whenever we are pregnant with a “Promise from God,” we are pregnant in “A Covenant with God.” There is “A Covenant In Our Womb,” and that “Covenant” must come forth, In Jesus’ Name!

Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

COVENANT: A written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties, especially for performing some action.

How do we safely carry our “Covenant Promises” to full term with a healthy delivery?

By being committed to the process! You see, when God calls us to pregnancy, He calls us to the process. Every pregnancy is a process from conception to gestation to the water breaking to the birth. We may have cravings in both spiritual and natural pregnancies at each process stage. Feeding our growing baby with the proper spiritual and natural nutrients is utilizing Godly Wisdom for optimum birth results. Creating a nurturing environment that develops a healthy baby while ensuring safe delivery.


Like Hannah, our pregnancies are also prophecies. Each prophecy is a God-Given Promise with a name. For Hannah, the name was “Samuel,” for you, the name could be Sarah or Peter or the cure for cancer or the name of a new business, ministry, or the preparation process for marriage; the list is endless.

What we have to keep at the forefront of our minds is that the enemy hates our pregnancies. He will send a “Peninnah” to discourage us so that we miscarry or abort God’s Promises, which are His Prophecies in Motion for our lives.

Ephesians 6:12 (TPT);

“Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage.”

Why does the enemy hate pregnancy so much?

The enemy hates pregnancy because he knows, “You Are Deliverers!” One called to “Birth A Deliverer!” Your womb nurtures the spiritual and natural assignments of God’s Presence, Power, and Purpose! Think about it, when you were born, your mother “Delivered” you. She is a “Deliverer” who “Birthed A Deliverer,” YOU!!! I sense by The Holy Spirit that I am to remind you of something VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW:




No matter the circumstances surrounding your “own birth” or pregnancy, God wants you to know that HE IS LIFE. Therefore, THE life you carry in your womb is “A Covenant With Him!” You Are Pregnant With a Covenant from God, and that child “His Promise” must come forth In Jesus’ Name!

Psalm 139:13-18 (AMPC);

“For you did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.” “I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.” “My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].” “Your Eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book, all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape when as yet there was none of them.” “How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” “If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end} I would still be with You.”

Beautiful, Cherished Friend, God Is With You! Your Pregnancy and Delivery are Precious in His Sight!

“Be Strong and Live Free As You Birth…… Boldly For Him!”

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