Don't Give Up Series 2 of 2 - Wrestling with God's Promise

Don't Give Up Series 2 of 2 - Wrestling with God's Promise

 Trial & Tribulations Series
When I speak about trials & tribulations in this series I am referencing persecution, and affliction due to being obedient to Jesus Christ. Before proceeding I recommend that you read the following: Introduction: Journey to the Promise




    We know from reading 1 Corinthians 12:5 that Jesus Christ does the calling and the Father often will make promises within that calling. These specific promises that align with Jesus's plan for our lives do not manifest overnight. For example, if God has called you to be in the five-fold ministry (e.g. apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, pastor) he most likely made you a specific promise that aligns with Jesus's calling. Take for example "bringing millions to people to Christ." While this promise is grand and amazing, it will not happen overnight, nor will there always be smooth transitions. Factors such as your faith, your love, and the actually promise itself does influence transitions.

     “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” - Genesis 28:20-22

    I am reading the book of Genesis and I am currently reading Jacob's story. I've heard many great sermons/teachings of Genesis 32 and while they were really great, none of them never stuck with me. It wasn't until I read Genesis 32 yesterday, and instead of reading it like a story that I've already read hundreds of times before, I started to meditate on it like I never read it before. I meditated on Genesis for almost a day and asked the Holy Spirit for understanding because I knew there was something that the Holy Spirit wanted me to understand from this scripture. Then oddly, I had an urge to look up Heidi Baker on Youtube and came across this video: Session A Heidi Baker 2009. I then, understood what Genesis 32 meant, and yes the Holy Spirit does often lead me like this! I believe Genesis 25-32 is something that we can all relate to.

     “Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.” - Genesis 29:1
    Background:
    • Genesis 25-27 Generational sin of deception [Genesis 20 Abraham and Abimelech, and then in Genesis 26 Isaac and Abimelek, and then in Genesis 27:35 Jacob and Isaac]
    • Genesis 28 Jacob had a dream and received a promise from God
    • Genesis 29 Jacob was deceived and God allowed this and use this as an opportunity to mature and understand what it is like to be deceived
    • Genesis 31 Jacob leaves Labon his deceiver per God's instruction
    • Genesis 32 Jacob then wrestles with God and overcome his struggle with both God and man
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