“And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants”.
In the previous edition (Click 👉 ACTIONS THAT GUARANTEE RELEASE AND RESTORATION (pt 2)), we established the fact that, release and restoration comes from no other, but God. This is because, the power of God is the only formidable force that can transform the life of a person by revealing to him/her the purpose for his/her existence. He doesn’t just stop there, He redirects such a person, by providing a route for the actualization of this purpose. It is important to note that, the wealth of a person lies in his/her purpose, and until purpose is discovered, life remains stagnant.
“It is important to note that, the wealth of a person lies in his/her purpose, and until purpose is discovered, life remains stagnant”.
Moreover, in the last edition, we talked about Moses, but in this edition, we are talking about Jacob.
Someone might ask, how can a supplanter become the father of Israel? Thesame way you might ask, how can a cultist become a pastor? Is God not wonderful? Yes, He is. The bible tells us in the book of Mathew 19:26, that with God all things are possible.
Jacob was a man struggling with life, like many today, by thinking he could make it, through treachery. He was created by God with a huge potential of becoming the father of God’s chosen people, but yet he did not perceive it, but deviced schemes to steal his brother’s birth right. When purpose is not discovered, you settle for less, and less becomes good enough for you.
”When purpose is not discovered, you settle for less, and less becomes good enough for you”.
How could Jacob have such a huge potential buried inside him, and he was committing treachery with a plate of bread and stew of lentils? (Genesis 25:33-34). How can you have a huge potential deposited inside you, by God, and you decide to become a prostitute, an armed robber, or a drug addict? It is an error. When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse becomes inevitable.
“When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse becomes inevitable”.
However, the life of Jacob took a dramatic turn, when he had his first encounter with God (Genesis 28:13-17). Firstly, God reminded him of his source, hence he suddenly realized where he stood, in the presence of God. Man stands in the presence of God continually, yet many do not perceive, hence they commit several acts that are shameful to mention. If you come to the realization, that you are always standing before God, wount you act differently?
“And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants”. Genesis 28:13
When you discover your Source (God), it leads to the discovery of your purpose, which makes you demand from your Source (God), that your purpose be made manifest.
Jacob who was a treacherous man, became a changed man, through his encounter with God, hence, he declared to submit himself to God (Genesis 28:21). His encounter made him to suddenly learn worship (Genesis 28:18), he suddenly realized that the presence of God makes all the difference (Genesis 28:20), he suddenly yearned to build the house of God, and also to draw forth God’s promises, through covenant practices (Genesis 28:22).
However, his first encounter with God, laid a foundation for the second encounter, which lead to the change of his name from a supplanter (Jacob), to Israel (Genesis 32:8), who later became the father of the twelve (12) tribes of Israel.
What is the name the world is calling you? Are they calling you that barren woman? Or that jobless man? God can change your story like Jacob, when you encounter Him. Pray for an encounter today, and do all you can to get intimate with God.
Please keep a date with us tommrow for the next edition.
God bless you.