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Fighting For A Blessing

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Using the story of Jacob to learn how to win our blessings.

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Genesis 32:22–32 KJV 1900
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, 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. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
Gen 32:
Intro - Jacob was in a place of need. His brother Esau was bringing 400 men to fulfill the promise of destroying Jacob. Jacob, being in need, was desperate to find a way to get the answer and blessing from god that he needed to face the problem that stood before him. We can follow Jacob’s example to receive the blessing and strength that we need to face our trials.

He Was Alone

Genesis 32:22–24 KJV 1900
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:

He isolated himself

No distractions!!!

He Was Determined

Genesis 32:26 KJV 1900
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:

God was testing Jacob to see if he would go back to everyday life. Everyone was waiting on him. However, He was determined to stay until the blessing came!

He Was Genuine

The day your destiny collides with your desperation you become unstoppable. Jim Raley

Jim Raley: The day your destiny collides with your desperation you become unstoppable.He Was Genuine

He Was Genuine

Genesis 32:27 KJV 1900
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:

I’m not hiding who I am anymore. I am what I am.

God doesn’t want you to be perfect. He wants you to be honest.

He Was Victorious

Genesis 32:28 KJV 1900
And he said, 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.

He Was Blessed

Genesis 32:29c KJV 1900
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Gen 32:29

He Was Changed

He now had a new identity

He name was no longer deceiver, but now it meant “Prince with God, Soldier of God, or God’s Prince.”

At the end of the Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon it gives the final definition of the name Israel as “God prevails”

Every step he took was different after this face to face encounter with God.

Conclusion: There is a blessing here tonight for those who are willing to fight for it!

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