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80) Are you wrestling with God?

When you serve a living God then you will face all kind of challenges and one of the greatest lessons we can ever learn is that our battle is never with people. It is never with co-workers, neighbours, or our unsaved loved ones, nor with a dear brother in the Church or the pastor—but with God!
Of course we have the enemy trying to attack us and put fear in our heart as the Bible says "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" Eph 6:12. But Jesus WON the victory for us in Calvary and made us to more than conquerors in Him. But this is a different kind of wrestling; something we DO daily in thoughts and deeds. 
Walking with Jesus for a long time taught me that if you settle things with God, everything else has to fall into line. When you are right before Him—sprinkled with Christ’s blood, having no sin in your life, living according to His standard and prevailing in prayer—then all the demons in hell cannot make a dent in what God wants to do!
 He wants you to have that kind of holy strength, power given to you ‘from above’ that has NO limit. Hosea said: “The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah (His people)…” Hosea 12:2. What is this controversy God has with His people…or, we could say, His Church? It is their spiritual laziness; yes we want miracles, blessings, deliverance, but at no cost and with no effort. We are not willing to keep His commandment and GO to the world or even love other believers the way Jesus loved us. Who among God’s people today prays all night, wrestling, fighting, weeping and crying out to God as Jacob did? Who wants holiness, purity and Christlikeness so much they are willing to shut themselves in with God until they break through? Who is so consumed with pleasing God that they are desperate to be delivered from all habits, all lusts—and they cry out, fight and wrestle with God until He breaks all chains? We are doing nothing and expecting things to ‘happen’; expecting God to ‘do it’ for us without even being faithful to Him!
Hosea said to Israel, “All you want is prosperity and security! You are not willing to take a stand. You don’t want to live for Jehovah’s pleasure, but for your own!” and he is right; just go and read what Israel did and see how they treated '...the Holy One of Israel...' and how they treated one another. Jacob was a fighter from the day he was born. He prevailed “by his strength” (Ge 25:26) and so must you and I! 
Our Lord loves us so much and He, literally, gave us His whole Self; we have His strength, but we do not use it. Just hear what the Bible says: “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Col 1:11). And again in Ephesians we read: “He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” Eph 3:16.
The Church of Jesus Christ is never going to see what God has for His Body until He sees us seeking Him in earnest! 
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16)...but many are praying, but NOT receiving!
God wants you to lay hold of Him because He loves you! He is saying, “Here it is. If you want it, come and get it!” that was His plan from the beginning. He did His part and prepared everything and gave Adam DOMINION; Adam supposed to DO ‘his part’ too.  God wants to make a strong soldier out of you, fit for His army and all His promises are yeah and amen. I pray that you’ll give Him a chance and let HIM do it, but also YOU should be ready to BEHAVE like His soldier. What an honour to be the soldier of the King!




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