Monday, July 31, 2017

Wrestling Before God

And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. (Genesis 32:22-23)

Jacob wrestled with God, just as he had been wrestling with every person and situation life had ever presented to him. He was a “born wrestler,” having struggled with his brother Esau in the womb of his mother. He then wrestled with Esau for the family birthright and Isaac’s blessing. He wrestled with Laban for Rachel and a living for 21 years. He was anticipating yet another struggle with Esau. Fighting is all Jacob had ever done, but he did not realize he was only fighting against himself. It would be quite a few more years before he would learn the battle was the Lord's, not his.

Many saints today are just like Jacob, fighting battle after battle, controversy after controversy, all the while falling short of entering into the rest of God. Jacob plotted and lied for the things God would have given him, if he waited and walked by faith. The same is so with many Christians today with their belligerent words and actions - claiming to stand for God, but simply warring and walking in the flesh and accomplishing nothing eternal. We, like Jacob, must learn to fight the good fight of faith, where the only cause is Christ and bringing many sons and daughters to glory. That is where we learn to wrestle before God, not with Him. Help us, Father!

Let's Pray - Lord, teach me to agree with you at every turn. I must learn to wrestle before You, not against You. Forgive me for being slow to recognize Your will. Help me, Lord.

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  1. Aaaaawwwaahhh!!!! I would like for this Word to only be pertaining to men....like Jacob. Not us ladies; but I know better. I AGREE WITH GOD, I AGREE WITH this WORD SPOKEN, and I AM IN AGREEMENT with the PRAYER PASTOR, having been found as such ignorantly. As of today I can no longer plead the 5th....I repent for such blindness and continue to pray "Father, May this be far from me." Amen

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  2. Yes..Thank you Pastor Eric..so timely.

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