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October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

James of Jerusalem, martyr

"A Crisis Can Lead to Healing Choices"

“This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.”Genesis 32: 24 – 25 NLT

Are you in a crisis today? Congratulations! You’re about to be changed. You don’t have to stay the same as you have been. God is getting ready to make a change in your life.

So often we think our problems are the issue. But our biggest struggle in life is with God because we want to be in control. We want to be God.

Jacob was no different. Jacob went so far as to even change the birth order, stealing the right of his brother to have the blessing of his father. You see he also fought a battle with God his whole life about that issue.

There are some who want to talk about who Jacob wrestled with but Hosea tells us that just as he wrestled with his brother so he wrestled with God. Who are you wrestling with right now?

Take a moment to think about your biggest problem. It may not come immediately to you. You may want to think about it a moment or two. I suspect it boils down to two choices:
Will I obey God in this situation, whether I like it or not? Which means I will trust Him.Or will I place my trust in myself in this situation and disobey God?You see the realissueis always will you obey and trust God or not? Ever been in a no-win situation? Perhaps you’re there right now. Who do you think allows you to get there?

God allows these crises in our lives to get our attention. All of a sudden, we’re laid flat on our backs and we’re forced to look up.

God loves you just the way you are but He loves you far too much to let you stay stuck in that. He wants to help you grow, to be better, to be different and to be all that you were meant to be. So He allows crisis in your life.

Why? Because we rarely change until the pain we feel exceeds our fear of change. We don’t change when we see the light; change often only happens when we feel the heat.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don