Saturday, March 13, 2021

Be Like Jacob

In Genesis 32:24-29, we're told, Jacob wrestled with an Angel until the break of the day. And when the Angel did not prevail, the Angel knocked his hip out of socket. Jacob said, I will not let you go until you bless me. And the Angel said, your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel because you struggled with God and prevailed. And he blessed him there.

In Genesis 18, we’re told that the Lord told Abraham that he would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. But then Abraham questioned the Lord and asked if he would destroy the righteous with the wicked. At then end of their conversation, the Lord agreed that for the sake of ten righteous people, he would not destroy the cities. In the end, we know that both cities were destroyed, so there were not 10 or more righteous. But for me, the lesson is that God was originally going to destroy both cities regardless of its inhabitants. But because of Abraham’s persistence in saving the righteous, then the Lord changed his mind and basically said, ok, I’ll not destroy the righteous with the wicked. To me, this is similar to Jacob’s struggle with God because these two are example of men being persistent in their request to the Lord for something very specific.

In Luke 11, Jesus tells the story of a person that went to a friend’s house at midnight to borrow bread. But that friend and his family were in bed, so the friend would not get up and give the bread just because of his friendship with the person. But instead, Jesus said that the friend will surely get up and give the friend as much as needed because of the friend's audacity and persistence. Then Jesus says, So I say to you. Ask and it will be given to you, for everyone who asks receives. If you, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give to those who ask him.

So, I pledge to continue my persistent and constant asking big things of the Lord as he has commanded. I am like Jacob. I will keep asking God until I am blessed or I die trying. The way I see it, I have one life to live. And if I have to waste it working dead end jobs for someone else, then that is no way to live. I don't want to be a worker. I want to be one that provides the employment. I want to be a millionaire stock trader so that I can fund ministries, missions, spread the gospel, and do more useful things for God's kingdom instead of wasting my time miserably depressed working in a job. Life can be so much more, and I will consistently and persistently ask the Lord for it until it is received or I'm dead. I will not settle for a mediocre life. There's too many people that aren't being reached for me to waste my time in a stupid job. Especially when I see many others personally trading for a living, freeing up their time for charity and other much more meaningful work.

I rebuke the demonic spirit of poverty and lack that has been on my life. I will continue to do as God as demanded in order for me to be prosperous, and then I will constantly and persistently mention in my prayers... remember when you promised as I give you would give in good measure pressed down and open the floodgates to where I wouldn't have room to store it, or what about when you said that when I keep the book of the law and be obedient that you promised to make me prosperous, well, I've given to the church and the poor and have kept a constantly Bible study and have specifically been obedient overcoming specific sins (that I'll keep private and not mention here), therefore, I expect you Father God to keep your end of what you promised. Father God, you said that the task of the unrighteous is to gather wealth to give over to those that please you, and according to your word, I am pleasing to you, therefore, I expect through my stock trading that you'll bring the wealth of the unrighteous to me. Lord, I expect you to honor your word as I do what you've asked so that I can fulfill your command of leaving an inheritance to my children's children. I expect to receive and will not settle for anything less than what you've promised in your word. 

The way I see it, if I do my part and God does not do his part, then his word is void, and we all know that the Bible said that God's word will not return void. So, that means that he keeps his promises. Therefore, I have the confidence in saying that, even though I don't see it yet, I am already a millionaire stock trader philanthropist that funds Christian ministry activities. And since Proverbs 23:7 says, for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he, therefore, so am I in the name of Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God.