You have come to Peniel. Today will be your Peniel. The bible says that Jacob wrestled until he was blessed. But the blessing that he received left him with a limp the rest of his life. I would rather limp with Jesus than walk tall with world. Struggling is a part of the true child of Gods walk.
So many people in this life want everything without any effort.
We see the doctors home and say (I’d sure like to have a home like that) but we don’t want to go to school for 15 years so we can make that kind of money so we can buy a home like that.
We see that young man walking through the mall, it looks like his muscles are about to bust out of his shirt, and we say (man I’d like to have muscles like that) you can if you go to the gym 5 times a week and pump iron till it feels like your arms and legs are going to fall off.
You attend church and see someone that is really used of God. You think I wish God would use me like that. Are you willing to fast, pray, be faithful, seek God, study his word, obey him when it doesn’t make sense, be persecuted and publicly criticized and humiliated? Many believers have the attitude that just because they are saved and in the family of God, that now God is supposed to give them everything they ever dreamed of without any effort, work or discipline on their part. The fact is, it costs what it costs and it never goes on sale.
YES God wants to prosper you and bless you, but you’re going to have to go through something.
Sometimes you have to struggle, Sometimes you have to fight.
There is something in the struggle that is necessary to becoming what God has ordained us to be.
The children of Israel found that out. God left giants in the promised land on purpose
1- Because they needed to learn how to fight
In the struggle You get to know your God, you realize that God is your only help. You get stronger, you put down roots, You become aware of the necessary and unnecessary things in your life. Struggling produces thankfulness (example ) someone survives a tornado, their house is gone their car is gone but they are so thankful that they are still alive, the family is together.
When you know you had to fight for what you got:
a. You appreciate it more
b. You won’t let anyone take it from you
The struggle qualifies you for rest Listen to what Jesus says in
Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. The Paul says in
Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Last but not least The struggle qualifies you us for the reward:
The struggle, the fight, the warfare, the praying, the waiting , the enduring, is as important as the blessing or reward
While we are looking at the reward, God is looking at the development that is taking place through the struggle.
Faith is forged in the furnace of adversity.
The first generation children of Israel forfeited their inheritance because they would not fight
Many of Gods people have forfeited their destiny their promises, just because they refused to fight.
When the heat was on they bailed out, backed down, laid down their swords and conceded to the enemy.
As long as everything was going smooth they were right there shouting with the army, enjoying the blessings, but when the struggle came they caved in and gave in to discouragement and fear and doubt. They left looking for the R&R somewhere else.
If you will be truthful today: what has made you what you are in God is the struggle
What you had to fight for,
What you had to fight against
What you had to overcome
The caterpillar goes through a process of metamorphosis through which it changes from an earthbound crawly worm, into a beautiful butterfly.
This process involves struggle
To cut the struggle short would rob the butterfly of it’s destiny.
The baby chick in the egg goes through a process of growth inside of the egg until it begins to outgrow the egg, then it must peck it’s way out of the egg. This struggle strengthens the baby chick and prepares it for life outside the egg.
One of the best thing about your struggle:
It qualifies you to help others.
When you been through something you can help somebody else
When you’ve stood your ground and fought your battles and conquered your giants you are qualified to help someone else through their battles. Jesus did this at Calvary. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus struggled with his flesh. He knew what he would have to do in order for you and I to have eternal life. His flesh cried out but he conquered it and willingly went to the cross. On the cross he cried out in the struggle he was going through, his body in pain stretched to the limit, crying out Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
After defeating the giant of self he cried out and said Father forgive them they know not what they do and then he gave his life for us. Satan thought he had won the victory but Jesus’s death brought the victory. Let me say that in a different way his death paid for the victory. Three days later he raised himself from the grave and hell was defeated and your sins were paid for in full. He took your place..
In the last 2 years I have struggled more that at anytime in my spiritual walk with God. I always stated that you never give in during the struggle. I found myself in a struggle like none other and found my self wanting to give in telling God that people were not worth what I was having to go through. I told my wife and family I am ready to chuck it all in then one day in prayer after feeling that every one had forsaken me God spoke to me and said remember what I said in the flesh while I was on the cross Father forgive them they know not what they do. If they were worth my sweat blood and tears then they are worth yours.
The devil wants to make it all about you, give you tunnel vision (he wants you to focus all your attention on the struggle).
But God wants you to realize that even though the devil sent it to take you out, God is going to use it to take you up, and when you get up you will be able to help somebody else get up.
2Co 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, (that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God)
Remember these when you are about to give up
Yes I may be going through a struggle but I am growing through my struggle, developing some spiritual muscles, developing some compassion, some patience, some endurance.
Some long suffering.
Yeah I may be struggling right now but don’t feel sorry for me, There’s something in the struggle I need to become what God has ordained for me.
Pray for me, not to get out but to go through.
God did not deliver Daniel from the lions den ( he delivered him through it).
God did not deliver the three Hebrew children from the fiery furnace he delivered them through it).
David needed Goliath
The children of Israel needed the giants
The 3 Hebrew children needed the fiery furnace
Sampson needed the philistines
And we need the struggle
There is no testimony without a test and no victory without a battle.
A victorious life is not a problem free life, it is a life in which we overcome our enemies by virtue of struggle and fight.
Finally let me say: The struggles don’t last forever
Weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning
If you want your healing you must sometimes struggle for it
If you want the Baptism of the Holy Ghost fight for it
If you want truth you have to hunger, thirst, and seek for it
I know one thing Satan does not want you to have it
But its yours for the taking just like the promised land was for Gods people Israel.
Who’s ready to take it?
There are many cases in the bible that catch my attention in regards to the great knowledge of God. What amazes me at times is his way of sometimes disguising his knowing. In the garden of Eden God asks Adam and Eve “Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? ” God knew all the time what they had done. Then why is it that he hides his knowledge? Is it because he wants to know how long we will keep up our pretense for our sins? Then there is Judas that walked with Jesus for 3 years, was his Secretary/treasurer, entrusted with power from God and we find after all this time of being in fellowship with Christ Jesus at his last supper states Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me . Jesus knew all the time what Judas was and yet he allowed him to walk with him till that day that Judas would decide where his loyalty really was. Many people have been filled with his wonderful Spirit but after awhile fail to continue in living for him and fall away. We may ask why did God fill them with his Spirit if he knew they would not continue with him? I believe the answer is that he wanted to allow them to reveal their real self. Today I would like to speak on the subject:
Psalm 139:1-4 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
If there is anything that we need to know to day is the fact that God knows all there is about each one of us. Not only does God know but he also understands you.
A. It is not self-knowledge, but God’s complete knowledge that is chiefly important