Month: March 2021

THE PENIEL ENCOUNTER (#IAMGOD PT. 17)

After he had sent them across, he also sent across all that he owned, but he stayed behind, alone. Then a man came and wrestled with him until just before daybreak. Genesis 32:23 – 24 GNB It’s been a while since I last wrote. It’s been quite an interesting time following the scheme of things going on in my own life. And so also was it for our father Jacob. He was still lost in his thoughts wondering what he would do about the situation he now faced. He had spent 20 years of his life acquiring things. In the mean time, he had acquired two wives, two concubines, hosts of servants, sheep and cattle. He had come to Laban’s house empty handed, but he left that house full of acquisitions from 20 years of service. Now, he was facing a new threat – his brother Esau. He had plotted and planned on how to appease him; but all his plans seemed incapable of placating an angry Esau. He had spent 20 years acquiring people and properties, but it dawned on him that none of these could help him in the situation he was currently facing. As far as his problems were concerned, he was perfectly helpless. Has it not happened to many even in our present day? We always have cause to believe that if we had this or that, then life would be easier for us. Sometimes we wish that we would get a higher certificate. Sometimes we wish we would go abroad. Sometimes we wish we know the right people in important places. We believe that all these could have helped us achieve our purpose in life. But this is not always true, it is only part of the philosophies that the enemy employs to place us…

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THE HAUNTING SHADOWS (#IAMGOD PT. 16)

The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.” Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels, into two companies; for he said, “If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the company which is left will escape.” Genesis 32: 6 – 8 NASB The sins of one’s youth…. Sometimes the consequences do not just stop with our youthful years, but they follow us even into adulthood. They become for most of us “the haunting shadows.” All around us, we tend to see one thing or the other that reminds us of the manner of men we were while young, and the notable mistakes we had made. This was the dilemma of our Father, Jacob. When he was on his way back, he remembered that he had an unsettled business which he had left behind 20 years ago. So, he sent a ambassage to his brother Esau to let him know that he is coming back home. Esau, at this time was a wealthy man. He had lands and properties, and unlike his father, he even had a city which he could call his own…. The city of Edom or Mountain Seir. When you look at the amount of money and wealth Esau had, you will wonder what exactly Jacob stole from him. If the blessing of Isaac was merely about physical wealth and prosperity, Esau had them too… So, what’s the difference? The difference is simply in the fact that Jacob obtained what Esau did not obtain…. THE BLESSING OF THE LORD.The Blessing of the Lord is a substance. It can…

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JACOB, LABAN AND THE FEAR OF ISAAC (#IAMGOD PT. 15)

There I was: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.” (Gen 31:40-42 ESV) It was 3 days after Jacob had fled, that Laban was informed that his ‘in-law’ Jacob was nowhere to be found! This triggered the heart of Laban, and he gathered together his kinsmen, and pursued after Jacob. It took him 7 days of pursuit before he got closer to Jacob and his family. By the 7th day, he was already close to Jacob by the hill of Gilead; then something happened. We do not know what Laban had planned to do to Jacob, but the God of Bethel stopped him. That night, in a dream, the Almighty God appeared to Laban and warned him not to say ‘anything’ to Jacob, either good or bad. Essentially, he was warning Laban that Jacob must be allowed to continue the journey he had begun. Laban must not use threats to try to make him to turn back, neither must he use promises. He must just leave Jacob alone to continue his journey. Most times when we take decisions to embark on a journey with God, and more especially if that decision involves breaking away from certain relationships, we usually receive several kinds of oppositions from those affected by the break in relationship….

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SUMMONS FROM THE GOD OF BETHEL (#IAMGOD PT. 14)

And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. (Gen 31:1-3 KJV) The last 5-6 years of serving Laban for a wage was not funny for Jacob. Though Laban’s flocks increased and prospered, but Jacob’s flocks also increased and multiplied. The children of Laban were not happy about this. They began to complain against Jacob saying that he had taken away all their father’s possessions and enriched himself with them. This was an unfair accusation, seeing that Jacob served 14 years for Leah and Rachel, and only served 6 years for a wage; and in these 6 years, his wages were changed by the cunning Laban 10 times. That Jacob prospered was because God was with him; otherwise, it would have been difficult for Jacob to prosper. He was a lesson in the mercy of God; because he demonstrated the fact that even in the atmosphere of jealousy and oppression, a believer in Christ Jesus can still prosper through the mercy of God. Had it not been recorded in scriptures that the just shall live by their faith. Thus, through faith in Christ Jesus, we can succeed even in the hard place. The circumstances of our residence and labours are not the limiting factors to our lives, but how well we have tapped into the grace and wisdom of the Almighty God (I recommend that you read this article SUCCEDING IN THE HARD PLACE). However, note that despite the…

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