On your way back to Bethel, to that intimate place with God, you will sometimes find yourself alone with the Holy Spirit.
In the Book of Genesis 32:24, the Bible tells us that “Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.”
When you are left alone with the Holy Spirit, do not throw yourself a pity-party. Instead, press deeper into His presence until you know that you know you have encountered God.
The Bible also states that when the man wrestled Jacob and did not prevail against him, the man touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh. Verse 25 reads, “and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.”
As morning was approaching, the man said, “Let me go.” However, Jacob replied, "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (Genesis 32:26-30).
Christians are constantly wrestling with spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6). However, this chapter proves we can also wrestle with God and end up with a blessing. Yes, like Jacob, this wrestling will cost us something, but it is worth it.
By spending intimate time with the Holy Spirit and pressing into His presence, we will leave that encounter unlike the way we entered.
Sometimes you will leave those experiences limping like Jacob (verse 31), but your understanding of God will be elevated and blessings will follow you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Jacob's testimony. Thank You for wanting us to wrestle with You until we are changed in Your presence. Yes, we might leave Your presence limping because of TRUTH, but we will also live in the overflow of blessings. Hallelujah. Father, we will not wrestle against You when our lives become complicated and we start to hurt. No, we will press into Your presence instead. Hallelujah! May Your sweet Holy Spirit cause us to leave each supernatural encounter personally “touched” and forever transformed by Your love in the name of Jesus! Amen.
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