by Jerry Vines

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Crippled But Crowned (25 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 32-33

We are pursuing some studies in the life of Jacob. We are looking at Genesis 32 and 33 this evening.

For many years of my ministry I have studied about the great men of God who have been used in special and remarkable ways. In the early years of my ministry, someone put in my hands a book entitled, Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians. In reading this book and the lives of some of the great servants of the Lord, I have discovered that almost without exception, those people who have been mightily used of God, have had a crisis experience in their life. There have been some series of circumstances which bring them to a crisis experience and from that point on, they are never again the same.

Sometimes it is an experience expressed in Romans 12, verse 11. "I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God, holy and acceptable, which is your reasonable service."

It is that crisis experience where you totally surrender your life to the Lord and everything is different in your life from that point on.

In the lives of other people it is an Ephesians 5, verse 18 experience. "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be ye filled with the spirit." The filling of the Spirit is not the idea of pouring water into a vessel, but rather it is the idea of being totally permeated or controlled. It's an experience in life where that individual totally yields himself to the control of the Holy Spirit and allows God's Holy Spirit to control and direct every area of his life.

Have you had a crisis experience? Has there been an experience in your life and since that time you have never been the same? If you haven't had an experience like that, my prayer is that tonight you will have just such an experience.

Jacob had an experience like that and, my, did he need it! We know a great deal about the life of Jacob. We've been studying it. ...

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