Read Genesis 12-22 for the full background story of this post.
“But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.” Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.” The man said, “What’s your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.” (Genesis 32:24-28 MSG)
Additional reading, Ephesians 6:10-17
This will be a two-part post.
In part 1, I want to talk about the extreme and utter importance of being able to win in life and letting go of who you are to become what God wants you to be.
In part 1, I want to talk about the extreme and utter importance of being able to win in life, As a child of God, we are given every promise of triumph.
I don’t care if it’s something really little where it’s going to take you half an hour and you’re going to produce a result.
Or if it’s something that will take years for you to overcome; we are OVERCOMERS.
You’ve got to see this for yourself. You have to believe you are winning no matter what your present situation dictates, you MUST believe.
Or if it’s something huge, it could be a competitive event, it could be some kind of project you’re working on, it could be something you’re producing, a book, a song, a video, it could be your kids, a family member or a sickness you’ve been dealing with for years.
You need to be able to see yourself triumphant, see yourself on the other side of defeat – VICTORY.
But one of our issues as children of God is that we think we need to be able to see and feel victory in order to be victorious.
Here’s the problem I see. I’m sure you can relate to this. I’ve definitely been guilty of this.
We look back at previous experiences in our lives where things didn’t pan out that well, and they’re pretty painful. And so when we desire to take on a new venture we get discouraged. When an obstacle comes up in our health, in our marriage, with our faith the old memories and emotional scares return and almost by default we start remembering the times we tried to do something and it didn’t pan out.
Immediately, we start second guessing God, we start to make our own plans and attempt to help God solve our issues.
In our text today we see are looking at a familiar story of a man named Abraham.
We learn that Abraham’s faith was tested at least twelve specific times in the Bible.
Not all of Abrahams test were were a big test or over challenging, but some total of the test he overcame established Abraham as a man of ultimate faith in God. After the last test,
God told Abraham in Genesis 22:12; “Now I know that you fear me, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son”
Before we can appreciate the promise we must understand the struggle. Let’s take a walk in Abraham’s shoes and get an understanding of his struggle.
Let’s look at four points
The Bible says, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: So he takes himself and his entire family, them and everything they own and leaves his home. Not knowing where they were going.”
Point #1: God will give you a promise without the details
This couldn’t have been any of us today. Leave my house and go where God? You mean you want me to quit my job, leave my friends, leave my house and sojourn (travel) somewhere where I don’t know anyone?
But we need to ask ourselves “Do I trust God to take care of my present situation and do I trust God with my future? Abraham put his desires into the will of God…can we do that?
But watch what happens next. Something profound and supernatural happens to Abraham in verse 7.
Genesis 12:7, “And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there built he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.”
Point 2: His presence comes from our obedience.
After Abraham had packed up all his stuff and his whole family, God saw his faith and obedience and blessed Abraham with a personal visit. If we want God to show up in our life we must obey the faintest order given to us. If we want to get into his presence we MUST have the faith the struggle with the promise knowing that the promise MUST come to the past.
- Has God ever given you a promise that did not have any details?
- Have you ever felt that your blessing was stopped because of a lack of obedience to God?His presence comes from our obedience.