Power (Genesis 32:24-32)Pastor Joe Sanders, October 10, 2010
Part of the Do Something - Make Your Life Count series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Power is something many people crave and is often abused. Human power is based on taking something by force that gives a person control over others. We often want power and spend a lot of time and energy and resources clawing and fighting for it. Interestingly, the New Testament talks about power more than 150 times- that's a LOT! As we come to understand that God has prepared us to do big things in his Kingdom, we start to realize that those things are spiritual in nature. Even though they usually involve physical actions, ie- feeding the homeless, praying, sharing the Gospel, giving clothes to the needy, etc.- we quickly come to know that we can't do them by ourselves. We need power from some other source to make those things effective and lasting. God has an unusual way of giving us that power- but the good news is that he can give it! Will we submit to the process that he uses to get that power in us? Will we wrestle with him until his power flows into and through us?
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24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank. (KJV)