Doing it my way!

Have you ever been broken by God? How important is brokenness in our spiritual journey with Jesus Christ? Today we’re talking about wrestling with God as Jacob did in Genesis 32:24.

God often has to “dislocate our hip” through failure and disappointment. Sometimes it is the only way He can get our attention. Our nature to control and manipulate is so strong that it takes a catastrophic event to wake us up. Yet God did not reject Jacob for these character traits. In fact, God blessed him greatly because He saw something in Jacob that pleased Him. He saw a humble and contrite heart beneath the cold and manipulative exterior of Jacob’s life, and it was that trait that God needed to develop. He did this by bringing about the crisis in Jacob’s life that led to total consecration. This event was marked by Jacob getting a new name, Israel. For the first time, Jacob had a nature change, not just a habit change. What will God have to do in our lives to gain our complete consecration to His will and purposes?

By Os Hillman

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5 Responses to Doing it my way!

  1. David J. Conklin says:

    When we read stories like this we should instantly say "Yes, Father." He knows more about us than we will ever know and what it will take to save us from ourselves.

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  2. David J. Conklin says:

    When we read stories like this we should instantly say "Yes, Father." He knows more about us than we will ever know and what it will take to save us from ourselves.

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  3. Larry says:

    Tried to post this on Facebook, for some reason today none of my posts will take. Maybe Zuck is upset because I perspectivized his IPO (thats half joke and half paranoia). In all honesty anyone without a pair of rose colored glasses could see we are looking at a top in nearly every category. They should have waited six months at least until all of that worked itself out.

    Anyways, Peniel…Jacob knew well how blood feeds could go in those times and in those places. He was not willing to go forward until he had resolved some things between him and the Lord.

    What is harder sometimes than wrestling is silence, when you turn around and it seems like nothing is happening at all.

    I agree with Mike, if we are born again the enemy knows we are a threat, and the Lord uses trials to purify our faith. If life for you as a Christian has never been a challenge, all sunshine and roses, either I want to know your secret, or you need to know mine.

    The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'

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  4. Mr. Davis says:

    To come to a point where you understand there is no place for our way in His way and be OK with that, relieved even. Oh that is precious.

    Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

    Psalm 119:5 KJV
    O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

    Psalm 119:59 KJV
    I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

    Isaiah 55
    6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found , call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon .

    8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    10 For as the rain cometh down , and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud , that it may give seed to the sower , and bread to the eater : 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    As for me I'm overjoyed that men are not in charge here and even the Prince of the Air is on a leash held in the Hand of the Most High and His anointed Messiah Jesus Christ.

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  5. Karen says:

    We do need to come to the point where we realize that in ourselves, we are powerless. When we come to that point, God says, "I can use you and in your weakness, I am strong." I was brought to the point of giving up the tasks that I thought God had for me to do. I was brought to that still point where I completely gave up and said, "I don't care, I just want more of You!" At that point, God healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and He restored my strength so that I could accomplish the tasks that He had indeed set before me. Praise God, He is able; He is willing; He is our salvation; He is our strength!

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