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Wrestling With God – Streams in the Desert 08/20

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24).
God is wrestling with Jacob more than Jacob is wrestling with God. It was the Son of man, the Angel of the Covenant. It was God in human form pressing down and pressing out the old Jacob life; and ere the morning broke, God had prevailed and Jacob fell with his thigh dislocated. But as he fell, he fell into the arms of God, and there he clung and wrestled, too, until the blessing came; and the new life was born and he arose from the earthly to the heavenly, the human to the divine, the natural to the supernatural. And as he went forth that morning he was a weak and broken man, but God was there instead; and the heavenly voice proclaimed, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Beloved, this must ever be a typical scene in every transformed life. There comes a crisis-hour to each of us, if God has called us to the highest and best, when all resources fail; when we face either ruin or something higher than we ever dreamed; when we must have infinite help from God and yet, ere we can have it, we must let something go; we must surrender completely; we must cease from our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness, and become crucified with Christ and alive in Him. God knows how to lead us up to this crisis, and He knows how to lead us through.
Is He leading you thus? Is this the meaning of your deep trial, or your difficult surroundings, or that impossible situation. or that trying place through which you cannot go without Him, and yet you have not enough of Him to give you the victory?
Oh, turn to Jacob’s God! Cast yourself helplessly at His feet. Die to your strength and wisdom in His loving arms and rise, like Jacob, into His strength and all-sufficiency. There is no way out of your hard and narrow place but at the top. You must get deliverance by rising higher and coming into a new experience with God. Oh, may it bring you into all that is meant by the revelation of the Mighty One of Jacob!–But God
“At Thy feet I fall,
Yield Thee Up My ALL,
To suffer LIVE, OR DIE
For my Lord crucified.”

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3 Responses to Wrestling With God - Streams in the Desert 08/20

  • penelope says:

    How?? how does one "lift" their problem to the Lord?? I do not know how?? I am so worried about my mom and have been trying to help her. However, the devil or satan seems to be blocking and stopping my efforts through my sister. Now, I cannot even see my mom without feeling unsafe so I have stayed away. This make me feel awful too. My sister does not do the right things to help, but has power of attorney and has taken complete control as if I am not even my mom's daughter. I believe "satan" has a hold of my sister completely, she is very dark and hard for me to deal with. she did the same thing to our father and he died. How....can I lift this up to God??

    • holly says:

      PAIN IS NEVER EASY. ESPECIALLY IN A RELATIONSHIP. I BELIEVE GOD ORCHESTRATES EITHER THE PROBLEM AND/OR THE SOLUTION. NO ONE CAN TOUCH YOU , TALK TO YOU, EVEN LOOK AT A CHILD OF GOD WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION. LAY IT AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AND SPEAK OUT YOUR VICTORY! WATCH GOD SHOW UP AND SHOW OFF! JESUS SAYS IN MARK 11:23 "VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU , THAT WHOSOEVER SHALL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, BE THOU REMOVED, AND BE THOU CAST INTO THE SEA;AND SHALL NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART, BUT SHALL BELIEVE THOSE THINGS WHICH HE SAITH SHALL COME TO PASS;HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH.

    • womenof7 says:

      Sister, I am not really sure. But I know the Lord. If you talk it over with Him, in faith, He will give the answer. By being honest, with Him, His will, will come to fruition. If we believe and trust in the sovereignty of God. Just tell Him you are struggling with letting this thing go and you do not know why. To every problem there is a solution, trust in God for it, to make the "way out." 1 Co 10:13 There may be some thing He is asking or wanting you to do, and if you have been unwilling. Blessings sister, I hope that helps. If not email me. :)

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