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The Blessings of Adversity (5 of 7)
Series: The Blessings of Adversity
Genesis 32: 6-8 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; 8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
Genesis 32:11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
Genesis 32:24-25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Genesis 32:28 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.
Genesis 32:30 and Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved.
This morning I want to continue to probe and attempt to deposit in your spirit some more aspects and concepts about The Blessing of Adversity. Now let me remind you that I do not believe that any one in their right mind seeks, prays, or actually wants adversity. But I do know that you can not avoid them or escape the trials of adversity.
In that initial sermon in September we heard Paul's words from the letter of Philippians 1:12-13 (what has happened to me has advanced the kingdom and the gospel) and 4:11-13 (I have learned in whatever state I am in to be content). Paul's words taught us to Stay Positive (1:12-13) and to Stay Prayerful (4:11-13). How true that is in the face of adversity. In that second installment, we heard fr ...
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