by Duane Bemis

The Art of Wrestling with God
Duane L. Bemis

Are you at a place where you know that there is more to life than you are currently experiencing? Do you know there is more to this walk with knowing and experiencing God? I wanted the more out of life and I knew it rested in knowing God. I did not know how to get to experience more with God until the Lord opened this bible story and taught me more. He used my very own words of encouragement that I used with my varsity teams. I had just become a Christian and my teaching assignment was in Moscow, Idaho. My first teaching obligation included being the high school's varsity wrestling coach. I was excited to take on this new task and the coaching duties. I have always enjoyed my sports. But during the season I would tell my players certain things and then I would hear the gentle whisper, within my soul, from God repeating my words to me. He wanted me to apply them to my personal walk with Him. Come with me as I recall the seven rules He taught me. Are you ready? Is your mind open to receive from Him? Let us begin with a word of prayer. "Father, bring together our hearts to be in one accord and in one purpose. That purpose is that Your name would be glorified. We also desire that these words would edify our hearts to hold fast to You and Your higher ways. Amen and amen."
Let us begin with our biblical story where Jacob goes and wrestles with God and receives his personal blessings. We start here because this is where my heart was, I wanted to receive His personal blessings. Listen to the word of God.

"Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day." (Genesis 32:24) NKJ

Rule number one is to spend alone time with our God. To start our deeper walk with the Lord we must spend alone time with our God to build a relationship with Him. The Lord wants to show himself to us. And in our alone time there must not be any kind of distractions. Notice from our selected verse there were no peop ...

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