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We know that the Bible says in Genesis that after Adam sinned, both Adam and Eve died spiritually. As a result, certain punishments came with the fall which greatly affected the way they would live their lives.

We will read about this from Genesis, chapter 3.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
(Gen. 3:16)
The woman had originally been created to bring forth children. In the beginning God told them to be fruitful and to multiply. He always intended for the woman to bear children, or else they could not possibly have multiplied as God had expected them to do at that time.

But God had not originally intended for woman to suffer the pains of childbirth and all the problems that come with pregnancy, such as morning sickness. The birth of human babies could have been like that of the animals.

Generally, the birth of animals is not a difficult experience for the mothers; those tiny creatures are born in a matter-of-fact sort of way. But part of woman's punishment for disobeying God was having to face sorrow in childbirth.

Promise of Redemption
In the New Testament, the redeemed woman is born again through the blood of Jesus Christ. As a result, she has been given hope in this situation. Let's look in First Timothy, chapter 2:
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity [love] and holiness with sobriety.
(1 Tim. 2:13-15)
This Scripture says the woman shall be saved in childbearing if she takes on the lifestyle of a true believer. She must be a woman of faith, a woman who operates in God's love and a woman who lives seriously before God.

She can believe God that her pregnancy will not be nine months of morning sickness or other problems, followed by intense, overwhelming labor pains at the time of birth.

Now my wife and I have three children. At the birth of our first child we were saved, but we had not learned this truth from God's Word. As a result, Deborah suffered in intense labor for seventeen hours.

That was the first time I had ever been in a maternity ward. I was only twenty years old at the time, and it was something to behold. Deborah was in a private room, but next to her was a ward full of pregnant women.

All of them were about to deliver their babies, and they were screaming and hollering. Some were cursing their husbands and even cursing God.

Our first experience with pregnancy was a tough one. But before the second pregnancy, we found this Scripture in First Timothy that says, "...if they continue in faith...."

After learning this New Testament promise, we began to believe God. As a result, Deborah did not have the same kind of experience with our two baby girls that she had with the first pregnancy. In fact, her labor with each of the girls took no more than two hours.

Source: What on Earth Are We Here For? by Keith Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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