Never Underestimate Your Weakness

So many of us have through epic battles in our lives, and have suffered crushed hopes, physical damage and loss, or financial devastation. We’ve survived the battle, but now go through our days like Jacob, walking with a limp.

For some of us , it’s an emotional limp – someone disappointed us, betrayed us or something tragic has happened. The wound just hasn’t been able to heal with time, and are carrying a limp. For some, it is a physical limp, a disease or infirmity in your body that has slowed you down,

Many have a cultural limo, something has stigmatized you in the eyes of others, and you drag it around wherever you go. Other people have a spiritual limp, something happened in a church or religious setting that has caused them to now avoid God and His people.

Still others have a relational limp: your spouse cheated and left you, or was abusive to you. You’re estranged from a parent or a child. Or maybe even you have a character limp. You know there is an issue in your life that needs transformation and restoration; you want to do the right thing, but no matter how hard you try, you just keep doing what you really don’t want to do.

In fact, most of us by the time we reach adulthood, find ourselves walking with a hobble and limping our way into the presence of Almighty God.

You may think that a limp makes you weak and vulnerable, but God’s word tells a different story.

In Genesis 32:24-25, “Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking day. Now when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the socket of his hip, and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as he wrestled with him.”

Jacob’s life can be summarized in one word – struggle. In fact, the name Jacob means deceiver, supplanter, or manipulated.

He struggled with his brother Esau in the womb, and as they grew older, he struggled for his father’s blessing to the firstborn. He struggled even for his father’s affection.

Jacob’s father, Isaac, loved Esau, because Esau was a real man’s man, Esau loved outdoor life, he hunted, he was hairy and rough. Jacob one the other hand, was a momma’s boy. He preferred to stay at home, around the tent and home fires. And Scripture states that Isaac loved Esau, and Rachel loved Jacob more (Genesis 25:28). Jacob struggled for his father’s approval.

And as he got older, Jacob struggled with his two wives, his in-laws, his twelve sons… even with himself.

But in reality, all of that struggle in his life can be summed up in one statement: Jacob struggled against God.

In fact, most of the struggles that we face in life are actually rooted in our own struggles with God. We struggle because we doubt God’s wisdom, or we want to be in control. We struggle with pride and fail to submit to God’s ways. Maybe we struggle to truly accept God’s love and forgiveness. And that struggle has caused a lot of other struggles in life that could have been avoided

An Epic Struggle Of Wills

Jacob’s life is in many ways like our lives. Our desires and God’s desire and destiny for our lives often clash in a epic struggle of wills.

By doing things his own way, Jacob had gotten some “blessings” along the way, and seemed to pay off. He tricked his father into getting the Blessing of the Firstborn from him, even though he had to flee and hide from his family afterward. He ended up with two wives, even though he didn’t love one of then. He got some land, cattle and servants, even though it caused some manor conflict with his in-laws.

In other words. Jacob did accumulate some “blessings” along the way by doing it his way and defying God’s way. But there was a price to pay; trouble followed him wherever he went,

Scripture says, “thete is a wat that seems right to a man but the end thereof is destruction” (Proverbs 14:13). And it also says, “ the blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow” (Proverbs 10:22), Clearly, the blessing that God brings is preferable.

Jacob struggled his whole life against God, until eventually, the conflict in his life got so intense that he just couldn’t scheme his way out of it. He had conflict with his father-in-law and brothers -in-law, because they felt like Jacob had taken property that rightly belonged to them. Jacob must have surveyed the situation and thought. I’ve got to get out of here.

“Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s son, saying Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s and from what was our father’s he has acquired all his wealth. And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before” (Genesis 31:1-2.

The problem was, Jacob had nowhere to go. He couldn’t go back home and he couldn’t stay where he was. He was caught between a rock and a hard place, and he was alone. Until God showed up.

“Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day” (Genesis 32:24).

Jacob wrestled or struggled with God till the break of day. He needed to submit to a character change, and true repentance from a humble heart. Just ask Esau for forgiveness, admit that you were wrong! Just own it, humble yourself and let Me do the rest. But Jacob stubbornly kept struggling.

At the break of dawn, Jacob was out of time. Esau was closing in on one side, and his in-laws on the other side. Then God intervened.

God is God and He could have pinned Jacob in a minute. God has voluntarily limited Himself to the submission of our will. He wants for us to voluntarily submit our will to His will. Sometimes, God’s got to do some things to grab our attention not to hurt us, but to help us. Or said another way, some times God’s got to bruise us, in order to break us, so that He can bless us.

It might be a limp, a whale or a pigpen. The experience is not meant to permanently damage or destroy us (that’s the devil’s M.O.), but ultimately to bless us. As it says in Psalm 119:67, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word.” It’s amazing how many painful moments become defining moments in our lives.

“Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip” (Genesis 32:31).

Jacob was changed by his experience. He was not who he used to be: He’d been given new name, Israel, and had put him life in God’s hands as he headed out to meet Esau and his 400 men. But he also looked weaker than ever, because now he had a noticeable limp.

As Jacob was limping toward Esau, and the enemy was throwing thoughts of fear into Jacob’s ind, here is what I believe Jacob learned from his limp, and what his experience teaches us today:

I am no longer afraid. Because of this struggle, because of this limp. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer. And I will keep going to God, crying out to my Heavenly Father in this sit, too.

I an beseeching the Lord, going to Him for story, grabbing hold of the horns of the alter, and knocking on Heaven’s doors.

Because of this limp, I spend more time with my Heavenly Father than ever before . I have learned hoe to cast my are upon the Lord and I now know He cares for me. I stand on the promises that cannot fail.

I am lo longer worried. I spend time in the presence of my Father who fills me with peace. I pray always withal, prayer and supplication in the Spirit; I let my requests be made know to God.

Because of this limp, I do fight like I used to fight. I don’t fight with deception, manipulation or cheating. I fight on my knees and call on the God of angel armies. I invite God’s supernatural intervention in my life, and I now more than ever an overcomer.

Never underestimate my limp, because it’s made me dangerous to the enemy.

We should never underestimate the values of these life experiences with God that sometimes create a “limp” that we carry with us. Them limp becomes a daily reminder of our personal struggles to place our trust in God alone, and that we risk suffering from choices made after our own understanding. It’s a reminder to place our trust in Him alone, the One who directs our paths for the most benefit and blessing.

A New Anointing

What does it mean to carry a new anointing?

It means you’ve been tested, tried and baptized in the fires of life, and come out shining like pure gold. It means God has used the pain of your experiences to remove the impurities in the heart and mind. Others used to look at our lives and see just a person like Jacob, with imperfections, insecurities, and character flaws. Greater anointing means the world will see less of us and more of Jesus Christ in everything we do and say.

In the natural, a limp may appear to have made a person weaker, but in the Kingdom of God, it’s made them stronger. Because when we are weak, He is strong! And when we decrease. He is increased.

Life and circumstances may have caused the fire to burn you, but God promises to turn it around and cause it to set you ablaze (Romans 8:28). You went into the furnace trying to keep in together on your own, but you came out triumphant in God. Your ‘limp” is a reminder that you have overcome through Christ and now carry a new Spiritual anointing,

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