I call this message: Wrestling With God: The Divine or Necessary Defeat!
Jacob was a deceiver, a conman, a schemer!
At his mother's direction Jacob deceives his father and steals his brother's birthright. In spite of this, God comes and makes a covenant with him and promises to bless him. Yet Jacob does nothing with God's promise for 20 years. It is literally 20 years before Jacob finally takes hold of his destiny in God.
It is not until 20 years later, after his life is in a mess, that Jacob wrestles with the Angel of God and has his self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and self-centered devotion to God broken by the Angel of the Lord. He is transformed by a divine encounter; his name is changed from Jacob (deceiver) to Israel (Prince with God), and as a result, he receives the promised thousand-fold blessing of God upon his life and fulfills his destiny.
Like Jacob you and I need a divine encounter!
We need to wrestle with the Lord or His angel until we experience the divine defeat, until our own self-sufficiency, self-confidence, our own selfishness is broken or defeated by the Lord.
Sooner or later, if you are truly called by God or chosen like Jacob, if you have a divine destiny, God will put Himself in your path! He will send His angel to wrestle with you and break you. The Lord will deal with your flesh, your carnality, and sanctify you for His purposes.
Ultimately, if you are the Lord's, He will not let you go. He will apprehend or arrest you. He will send His angel to wrestle with you...and if necessary...touch your thigh and break you in order to save you from your false-self.
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