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7 June, 2020Pastor Mark Schultz

Sleepless nights. Tossing and turning. Endless going over the playbook of what could be or not be or which direction to go or not go. Feeling raw, vulnerable. In tears. Begging for clarity…answers…peace. Sound familiar? All of these are signs that you’ve been in a wrestling match. It can be a struggle, uncomfortable and incredibly painful. But don’t give up. In the struggle, there is growth. In the wrestling, there is blessing. In weakness, there is real power.That’s what Jacob discovered and we pray, you will also discover today as we hold on and never let go. 

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But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26


There is blessing in the wrestling. Hold on to Jesus and don't ever let go, for you may just end the night with a renewed faith and as the sun rises, find yourself a transformed person!

Bible Reading

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[b] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[c]and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.


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