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Wrestle Not Against God

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ephesians 6:11-13 KJV
(11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Our war is not against God for a believer. Jacob a believer wrestle with God not against God. It is one of those debated conservations that right our wrong thinking or even our attitude. It is the wrestling with the Spirit, that fights the demons that try to disprove and alienate us from God, and it is called spiritual warfare. A war of wrestling sometimes with real devils fighting in the flesh or in the spirit, it matters not. God has power over all his enemies and to wrestle with God is to wrestle against the enemy of God both spiritually and sometimes physically. Was Jacob attack only spiritually, no one knows exactly what happened that night but God touch the hollow of his thigh and it became dislocated. If using the verses to explain event in Genesis one has to ask question of why did God maim Jacob. It was to enforce his power in all situations because Jacob had prevailed, or won. We win with God, but we are never God and our place must be understood. Jacob promise of worshipping God at Bethel before he left came to Jacob on the road home. I think that is where God confronted him with the promise he made at Bethel. Dealing with God and oneís promises to God can be grievous at times. For no promise should not be made in light of the matter to God. It should be a promise you keep if humanly possible, otherwise it has to come from God.

Jacob had not gone whoring after idols but served the God of his Father even in a land he knew not that was his ancestors on his motherís side. His mother people were idolaters. When Jacob said to his wife their fatherís lost his wealth and God has spoke to him to return to Israel his wives agreed to go with him. Godís call home was sign that Jacob trusted the God of his father, yet was not yet ready to bow to this God. He found himself now having to submit to God by the authority of God. His journey on would lead him to Bethel. The wrestling with God over his family and seeing his brother is also an issue, for it confronts him to deal with what he has taken. A purity of soul had to come with a wound to humble him.

Idolatry would plague the country of Israel all the way back to ancient ancestry. It hard to grasp the idea of Abrahamís people being any other but God believing, that is why God took them to the promise land a place they could worship God away from Idolaters of his day. Was Jacob grieving in his spirit over his wives choices of worshipping idols? Was Jacob grieved over the knowledge of his promise to God at Bethel and yet he knew he believe in God before Bethel. The running away had caused his trouble and the stealing of his brotherís birthright, he had barter for, had aided in his wound of receiving the promise for he had questioned God worthiness to be worshipped. Had Jacob been angry with God?

On cross-examination the thigh being a place where a man would touch another man to make a solemn oath to him. The wound of Jacob was his doing by looking down on God. His anger for the wrong reason had to be confronted in his mind and heart. If Jacob injury had been more then spiritual, then one would ask how did he walk. The question would be in the power of God propelling him. Yet this must have been a spiritual wrestling and perhaps not physical, and yet often times God uses physical to help us relate to the spiritual.

When we wrestle against he enemy of God we need the armor of God. When we wrestle with God we better have his divine protection of His Word and His Son. God correction in a wrestling match must be defined. God of the Bible was not one that could be bought or sold. Godís promises cannot be bartered for. Our relationship with God cannot be bought but it was with the blood of His Son for forgiveness of sin. Godís promise to Abraham came to life with the blessing to Jacob, of being the father of a great nation. To be called Israel. This was Jacob desire to have the promise of God bestowed on him by obtaining it through barter and theft, yet it had to come through faith and Jacob had faith, but obtaining what he wanted was not done correctly. Remember Simeon in Acts 8 how he thought he could buy the Holy Spirit. He was a former sorcerer and seen a way in Godís kingdom to make money by thinking he could buy Godís power. Godís power, and promises cannot be bought they have to be freely given by God. God sent his only Son to redeem us through our belief in His Him and His Son/the word.

The grieving process of repentance of thinking one can buy God or buy his promises comes with repentance, hell fire or maybe both. Hell fire theology brings one to their knees. One cannot change the method of how one can obtain spiritual blessings or hope. It must come with belief. It must come Godís way to receive salvation. The blessings of God must come from Godís power not ours, but God may use our ability to help us gain his blessings. The devil been defeated, the believer is only waiting for the final locking away of his power to cause trouble. God has a timetable to lock the devil away permanently. God wants to deliver us from the enemy. Put our trust in the salvation of Lord that comes by his word through His Son upon belief. The devil has no power over his children.

Dear Heavenly Father we lift your name up and glorify you for the victory one has when they fight on your side and that deliverance from the enemy must come from you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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