Contend for the Promise.

[Read Genesis 32 for context.]

There is a promise from God for Your life.

You may not know it. You may not have a big concept of who God is right now. But I’m telling you, there is a promise on Your life, and it’s straight from the Most High God.

But it’s not going to fall into your lap; you’re going to have to fight for it. The fight of your life.

The ONLY way you’re going to get the promise is after going through THIS thing first.

Jacob had a promise on his life; a promise that God would make his descendants numerous. Yet, he faced possible death at the hand of his brother Esau. So he cried out to God, “please don’t forget what you promised!”

The answer: a wrestling match with who some translations call a “man” or “an angel of the Lord”. They wrestled all night long, even after the man uses one single finger to pop Jacob’s hipbone right out of the socket; even still the fight persists.

To the point that this man says, “let me go! The day is breaking!”

Note Jacob’s response: “I won’t let go until you bless me!”

I believe Jacob knew this “man” was an angel or the Lord Himself, because only a person higher than oneself had the authority to ‘bless’ a person. In any case, because he was willing to fight all night long, even through excruciating pain, to receive the promise God had promised, the Lord deemed him eligible to receive and, right then and there, declared him “Israel.”

We give up too easily because we aren’t seeing what we’re supposed to see. Don’t give up. Don’t stop. Don’t let your expectation dry up. Don’t stop believing God for encounters. Don’t stop believing for revival. Bring it back to God and remind Him of His promise. He might test you to see how bad you want it. Are you willing to engage in the fight of your life to get it?

Contend for the promise. It’s yours, but how bad do you want it?

-SJ

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