Scripture: Genesis 32:24-29

24And Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak.

    25And when [the [a]Man] saw that He did not prevail against [Jacob], He touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with Him.

    26Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking. But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me.

    27[The Man] asked him, What is your name? And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]!

    28And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed.

    29Then Jacob asked Him, Tell me, I pray You, what [in contrast] is Your name? But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And [b][the Angel of God declared] a blessing on [Jacob] there.

Observation: 

In this portion of scripture I cannot help but notice that Jacob was alone…. he sent his family away so he could deal with his brother and his army headed towards his direction on his own. He waned to protect his family from any potential harm, but in doing so he left himself alone with out any natural “help” or “leverage.” During his time alone he had an opportunity to wrestle with a Man… an angel of the Lord, or potentially God himself. Jacob was not a man who would give up, quite or back down, but rather he would forcefully pursue that which he wanted. You can see his dedication to going after what he wants in reference to Rachel, one of his wives. So he wrestled with this man for an entire night, he would not give up… and wanted a blessing to be decreed so that when he met up with his brother and his army we was backed up by heaven with God siding on his behalf. Because of Jacob’s tenacity to hold on and not give up, his name was changed to Israel, which means contender with God from Jacob which meant supplanter, schemer, trickster.

Application:

Jacob was waiting for a blessing to be decreed over his life, but today we do not need to wait for the Lord to say “be blessed” because He has already decreed it. The difference between the old covenant and new covenant is that when we funnel our belief system through the finished work of the cross and what was purchased at the cross, our blessing is not contingent on what we need to do to get God to move on our behalf. He has already moved on our behalf thorough Jesus. Because of what Jesus did for our salvation, healing, prosperity and freedom I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ in the heavenly realm. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and that means that in Christ there is a more than a sufficient supply, life, healing, wholeness, restoration, deliverance, peace, joy and an opportunity to live the ZOE kind of life! Jacob got himself alone with the Lord and would not give up, so I encourage all of us to get alone with the Lord, lets take time to be just with Him so we can decree the word of the Lord over selves that He has already decreed over us! There is nothing better than walking in all that the Lord has for us. We can be successful even when an army is coming our way, because we have the king of kings and the Lord of Lords on our behalf taking care of the battle! I love that when I give my battles over the Lord, they belong to Him and he never gives them back, because He is faithful to take care of them!

Prayer:

Lord your word says that I am more than a conqueror, I am the head and not the tale, that I am above and not beneath, I am blessed going in and blessed going out, that I am seated far above all principalities and dominions because that I am hidden in Christ in You. No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises in judgement against me will fail. I trust your unfailing love for me that causes me to walk in victory this day. I make a decision to stand firm on your promises, because you make haste to perform them in my life .I decree the Word you have spoken over me out of my mouth with a voice of faith and a shout of triumph. I will be successful and walk in all that you have for me to walk in TODAY!