VICTORY OVER THE GOD-NATURE IN YOU
‘So Jacob was let alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. en He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.”’ As Jacob was praying, it seems like a man came and wrestled with him. is is between 3 and 6am.
Actually Jacob was wrestling with his own nature. e word Jacob means ‘cheater, liar or supplanter’. Although he had good intentions, he was always doing some funny tricks. Beloved, God wants to wrestle the old nature out of you so that a new nature can come in because in all of us there are two natures, the good and the bad. And God wants to give you victory over the God-nature in you!
And as they began to wrestle, the Angel said, ‘Let Me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” So He asked him, “What is your name?” Beloved, the Lord knows your name. But He wants you to know what your name is, what your nature is. For you become what you are called.
And the Lord said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob”. e Lord said, I am changing your name, I am changing your character. I am changing all of you. You are no more Jacob. You will now be called Israel. Israel means, ‘prince with God’. God is telling Jacob, ‘Your life today is changed because you spent time with Me, because you have wrestled with Me, because I have had intimacy with you.
From today onwards, you are no more what you used to be. Your name Heaven changes –Israel, ‘prince with God’’. Being a prince with God means you can struggle and overcome and you have power with God and with man because you are now prince. Once you and I have prevailed and overcome in the private prayer closet, we will prevail anywhere and everywhere and with anyone.
Beloved, do you have any prayer request? Come before God! Do you have any complaint? Come to God! Do you have a challenge? Come to God!
en Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” Jesus did not tell him what His Name is because God is nameless. Moses asked Him later, ‘what’s Your name?’ And God said, ‘I Am’. Why God has no name? Because God is One. When there is only One, you don’t need a name. A name is given when you need to identify; when there is more than one. But when there is only One, you don’t need a name. He is GOD! He Is ALL! So Jacob called the name of the place ‘Penuel’, which means ‘I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved’.
Beloved, Jesus came down so that you and I can see God face to face. When Jesus comes into your life He changes your life! He gives you a new name because you become a new person! You become a child of God. HalleluYah!
What are you wrestling with today? God says, ‘come and wrestle with Me!’