Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
(Genesis 32 - 33:16)
“To Conquer We Must Be Conquered”
Text Genesis 32:28
“And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
The Principle that “To Conquer We Must Be Conquered,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
Jacob’s fear of Esau has led him to his knees in “Wrestling Prayer.”
Jacob is wrestling with God all night rehearsing his own plans to deal with Esau, yet he’s also remembering God’s Promise to “keep him safe in all his ways.” Who is going to win this wrestling match; Jacob’s Plans or God’s Promise, unbelief or Faith?
The wrestling ends when God asks Jacob “What Is Your Name?” In other words “Who Are You?” Jacob’s reply is “Jacob,” meaning deceiver, manipulator, man of unbelief…..
This confession of his utter weakness, shame, and defeat is how Jacob “prevailed” with God. And God gave him a new name “Israel,” meaning literally “God Rules.”
God Won the Wrestling Match and Jacob Lost. Jacob’s Loss is how he “prevailed,” with God.
This is a picture of the wrestling of our old nature (Jacob) and our new nature in Christ Israel) where God Rules!
To “prevail” in this wrestling match we confessed and repented of our sin, and our old nature of sin was conquered by the death of Christ on the cross.
We died to our self-reliance and Unbelief so we can live in the all-sufficiency of God by Faith:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal.2:20).
Paul illustrates this wrestling warfare here:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”(Eph.2:10-13).
In other words, To Conquer our old nature We Must Be Conquered by our new nature in Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”(2Corin.5:17).
Jacob is called Jacob twice as much as he is called Israel to show you and I that this is an ongoing fight for the Warrior today. Our New Nature Grows Stronger as we practice Our Faith, Trust, and Obedience to God each day; depending on Him.
Yet our enemy works through our old nature, the “Jacob” in you and I that pushes us to do God’s Work with man’s manipulation and deception. I know this battle well and I have the scars of defeat to remind me every day.
Take Courage Warrior. This wrestling, like our “old nature,” passes away as Holy Spirit helps you and I grow up in Faith, Trust, and Obedience to Our Commander.
Remember the Yoke that our Commander gave to you and I is “easy,” and it’s “lightweight;” (Matt.11:28-30) because He Does The Work in you and I (Phil.2:13), and all we do is Follow Him in Faith, Trust, and Obedience to His Word!
To Conquer sin We Must Be Conquered By God’s Love!
To Conquer We Must Be Conquered! Oooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy