A Battle You Cannot Afford to Win
Now, open your Bibles please to Genesis chapter thirty two as we continue our study through the book of Genesis. Genesis chapter thirty two. The title of the message today is The Battle You Cannot Afford to Win. Now, many of us don't want to lose but there's one battle that I hope you're going to lose and I'll be talking to you about it. Now, you know we're studying Jacob. Last Sunday we studied Jacob and Jacob's ladder. And you remember what Jacob's ladder was a picture of. The Lord Jesus Christ, that said, I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto the father but by me. And so last week we saw how Jacob came to know the Lord where he said, this God will be my God. So, last week we talked about how God saved Jacob. This week we're going to be talking about how God sanctified Jacob.
Well, you see, when God saves us, he's not finished with us. The bible says in Philippians chapter one and verse six, He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. And so Jacob, and remember that what the name Jacob means. It means con artist. It means sheet. It means liar. It means crook. Remember when uh, Jesus saw Nathaniel coming and there in the early chapters of John. And Jesus looked at Nathaniel and he said behold an Israelite in whom there is no guile. And that word guile is the same word that's translated Jacob. Behold an Israelite in whom there is no Jacob. The word, the name Jacob means guile, deceiver, cheat, con artist, gyp, liar, twister, conifer. And that's exactly what he was ladies and gentlemen. And yet, he was saved. But oh, he had so much of this old man in him. He had so much of the old ways in him that God needed to deal with. And pay attention because there's a little Jacob in all of us. Pay attention today so we can understand how God dealt with Jacob because how God dealt with Jacob in many ways is how God deals with us. You see, this is not just what G ...
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