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Finding Strength in My Struggles (2 of 4)
Series: Centered - God's Strength in the Middle of Your Stress
''So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak.' But Jacob replied, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.' The man asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he answered. Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.' Jacob said, 'Please tell me your name.' But he replied, 'Why do you ask my name?' Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, 'It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.' The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.'' Genesis 32:24-32 (NIV)
- We Manipulate
''Esau said, 'Isn't he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me! He took my birthright and now he's taken my blessing! ....'' Genesis. 27:36 (NIV)
- We Bargain
''Then Jacob made a vow, saying, 'If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God and this
stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.''' Genesis 28:20-22 (NIV)
- We Scheme
''In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, 'If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.''' Gen ...
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