Sunday Morning Podcast January 22, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble

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TEXT: GENESIS 32:21-32  

21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And 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.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And 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.
29 And 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.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
32 Therefore 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.

Jacob means “supplanted,”  for by trickery, he had taken the birthright which belonged to his brother Esau, when he was younger.  Because of this he fled, to live far away with his uncle.  Now with a family and much God given prosperity, with remorse and not a little fear, he was planning to find his brother which he had wronged.  While in route, God, in the form of a man met him and wrestled with him.  Jacob persevered, not quitting until he received a blessing.  God then renamed him Israel, for he had prevailed so that he had power both with man and God.

ACTS 1:6-8,13-14  

 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.   8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.  Jesus had instructed them to wait in Jerusalem until they received  the promise: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:4.  God gave to all who subjected themselves for the greater good of The Church.   All regardless of differences, …need God’s power.  It is only through humility and submission that we will be made more aware of our need of it. 

The ability for us to do anything, involves power.  To choose ‘not’ to do something also involves power to make that choice.  Power is related to doing anything that is hard.  We need power for whatever that God shows us, His children, to be.  To be kind, to love, to long suffer, to live holy, or anything of value requires us to have the power to fulfill it, ..because of life’s oppositions.  The Church cannot go forward without power.  

To be witnesses to a world dying from sin, we need power with God!