And When the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip, And he said unto him, What is your name? And he replied, JACOB, And he said, your name shall be called no more Jacob, but ISRAEL, And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel.
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic, You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind, God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest, I am a great believer in blessing. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have, Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway, I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end, The difference between try and triumph is a little umph, Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers, No one understands that you have given everything. You must give more.
The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work, Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm, He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance, one cannot fly into flying
Four Reasons Why God Blessed Jacob
1. Alone with God:Jacob was blessed in the place where he was alone with God. He sent everyone else away and was alone (Genesis 32:24). 20th century believers find it difficult to spend much time alone with God. The spirit of the corrupt politics has got into most of us, and some are in a perpetual state of busyness. The trouble is not with our temperament or our culture. We just don’t have our priorities right – that’s all. Jesus once said that the one thing needful for a believer was to sit at His feet and listen to Him (Luke 10:42). But we don’t believe that any longer and so suffer the disastrous consequences of disregarding God’s words. If we are always busy with our various activities and do not know what it is to get alone with God in fasting and prayer, we shall certainly not know God’s power or blessing – His real power, I mean, not the cheap counterfeits of which many are boasting.
2. Broken by God: Jacob was blessed in the place where he was broken completely. At Peniel, a Man wrestled with Jacob. God had been wrestling with Jacob for twenty years, but Jacob had refused to yield. God had tried to show him how everything he had put his hand to had gone wrong, despite his cleverness and his planning. But Jacob was still stubborn. Finally God struck Jacob’s hip-socket so that his thigh was dislocated (Gen 32:. 25). The thigh is the strongest part of the body, and that was the part that God struck. The strong points in our life are what God seeks to shatter.
3. Hungry for God: Jacob was blessed in the place where he was earnest and hungry for God. “I will not leave you”, he cries out, “until you bless me” (Genesis 32:26). How God had waited for twenty long years to hear those words from Jacob. He, who had spent his life grabbing the birthright, women, money and property, now lets go of them all and grabs hold of God. This was the point towards which God had been working in Jacob’s life all along.
4. Honest with God: Jacob was blessed in the place where he was honest with God. God asks him, “What is your name?” Twenty years earlier, when his father had asked him the same question, he had lied and said, “I am Esau” (Genesis 27:19). But now he is honest. He says, “Lord, I am Jacob” ( Genesis 32:27)- or in other words,”Lord, I am a grabber, a deceiver and a bargainer.” There was no guile in Jacob now. And so God could bless him. God blessed Jacob there – when he was honest, when he did not want to pretend any more, when he confessed, “Lord I’m a hypocrite. There is shame and pretense in my life.” I tell you, it takes real brokenness for a man to acknowledge that from the depths of his heart. Let us covet sincerity and honesty and openness with all of our hearts, and then there will be no limit to God’s blessing upon our lives.
The deeper your love for God is the height of your exploit