Summary: Peninnah's attitude pushed Hannah to her breakthrough. This prayer sermon does the same for you if you can believe and pray!

Deal With Your Peninnah

1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. 6 Because the LORD had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” (1 Samuel 1-9)

Tonight as we mark the 15th year of The Believer’s Evangelical Fellowship ministry, we look at a spiritual syndrome that afflicts God’s children. This prayer sermon takes you over the top of the Enemy and spells your victory!

Barrenness of any kind is evil. It is not from God, except it is permitted by Him to program you for your promotion and ultimate success. Somebody same an Amen!

A gentleman William Congreve wrote a play in 1697 called The Morning Bride. In Act 3 Scene 2 it states, "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.". These days it is stated, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

I always say one of the best ways for a man to shoot himself in the foot is to marry more than one wife.

No matter the love a man shows a woman, once there is another woman involved, it can never be appreciated fully.

It gets worse if like in the bible passage above, one is blessed with children, or is blessed period, while the other has a lack.

Your Peninnah is that personality or power that mocks you, oppresses you and looks at negative situations in your life to multiply your sadness and your feelings of worthlessness or non-achievement.

Your Peninnah could be your late marriage, your lack of progress generally in life, a tough ministry situation, your reversed marriage, your widowhood, a sickness, a massive debt, whatever. Whatever mocks your situation and your service and faith in your God!

It basically says, “Hey look at me, I am a success, guess what? You are a failure.”

Whatever is mocking your success and life, saying “what have you gained from serving God, what have you gained from saving souls, what have you gained from being celibate and not misusing your body, will bow for your sake after these prayers in Jesus name.

Peninnah, kills your spirit, tells you, you are unworthy, tells you, you can never achieve your dream or goals and sets you up for depression, sadness and if care is not taken, ultimate destruction.

Hannah was programmed for greatness. The greatness of being the mother of one of Israel’s greatest prophets. The virtual king of God’s chosen people for many years. But the bible says in verse 5 above, ..”and the Lord had closed her womb”

Lamentations 3:37-38 says

37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

Except the Lord permitted it for a season, some cannot spring into their greatness. Such was the situation of Ms Hannah Elkanah. Perhaps that is your situation too. Baba will rescue you today. Just believe. Remember if you say to that mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and do not doubt it, that mountain is going to the bottom of the ocean! (Mark 11:23 paraphrased).

The bible say, “6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.” (1 Samuel 1:6). Have you ever had a friend look so successful, while you look like utter failure? Do they come on Facebook or some other social media looking like a shining light while you look like darkness. Well I have good news for you, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

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