by Kerry Shook

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Wrestling God (2 of 3)
Series: Breaking Dawn
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• The Manipulator

• Genesis 27:36 (NIV)

• The Bargainer

• Genesis 28:20-22 (NIV)

• The Schemer

• Genesis 32:7,8 (NIV)

• The Wrestler

• Genesis 32:24-32 (NIV)


We're in a series that I'm calling Breaking Dawn, and it's all about how to experience a new day and dealing with the people and the problems and the pressures that just suck the life out of you. I don't know about you, but I've never really been into the Twilight Series, probably first, because I'm not a teenage girl; but secondly, because it seems to me there are a lot of real-life vampires out there, problems and other people and pressures and circumstances that do drain you of your energy, that just suck the life and the passion out of you. But the real issue, the real vampire is not your problems. It's not your circumstances; it's not those people out there that rub you the wrong way. Your real problem, my real problem, is my control issues, and we all have control issues. And it seems the more you try to control your problems and you try to control other people and you try to control your circumstances, the more your anxiety and your worry and your stress spin out of control.

Now in this Breaking Dawn Series we're doing a character study of Jacob in the Old Testament. So I want you to open your Bibles to Genesis 32 because Jacob had some control issues, and I can really relate to this. I am really excited about this message because this is one of those messages where you're going to say at the end of it: Kerry, how did you know what I was going through? How did you know? Have you been reading my mail? Did somehow you break into my email account? How do you know? And what I always say to that when people say to me: It just seems like you know exactly what I was going through. That message was just for me. I always say: Well, I'm preaching to myself; and if you get something out of it, then good for you. But I need this message desperately because we're all control freaks to some degree.

So would you stand in honor of God's word? And we see here that Jacob, for most of his life, had been wrestling for control, wrestling with other people, wrestling with his circumstances, wrestling to try to control his life in every situation. And it all comes to a main event when he literally wrestles God. Let's look at it. Just follow along with me.

"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.'
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