Friday, August 4, 2017

HAPPY SABBATH + WRESTLING: Winning!




... And I Shall Wrestle With The Lord Christ
Just Like Jacob Did
And When Like Jacob
I'm Asked To Let Go
For The Time Of Worship Is Come
I Shall Not
Until He Shall Bless Me!
I Shall Be The Champi'n!

You Are Right About Being
A Champi'n
For A Champion You Are Not!
Christ Created You!
You Can't Win In A Wrestling Match With ... GOD!

Oooh, I Can Feel 
A Withering Response Coming ...!
You Puny Human!
You're Puny Because Of
Dare I Say It?! 

Yup!

You Lack Working Faith!
You Read The Words
But You Don't Believe
And That Is Why You And I
Cannot See Face To Face!

Salvation Is Free
Free To All Who Believe
BUT ...!

THERE IS NO BUT IN SALVATION!!

Why So Loud, My Brother?!
There Is Indeed
A Big BUT In Salvation
For
Even Though Salvation
Is A Free Gift Of Faith
Faith Is Expressed
BYObedience
ANDObedience Requires Work
So, Therefore
There Is Work For
AND
To Be Done By
All Who Believe!

We All Need
A Faith That Works
BY Love
And, Then
Like Jacob
We Shall Have Power
With God
AND
With Men!

You Can't Prove That!!

Calm Down Or You'll Pop A Vein!
I Can Prove It
AND
I Will Prove It!

Fact:

The Hands That Grab Hold Of Christ
By Christ's Gift To Us Of Faith
- As Expressed In The Plain Promises
In The Word Of Truth -
Cannot Be Made To Release Their Hold
Except By Christ's Incapacitating Force!

Come On!
Faith Is Just A Word!

If You Say So!
Who Did Jacob Wrestle? 

Jesus!

Who Won The Fight?

Jesus!

You Are So Right
BUT
Oh, So Wrong!

Huh?!

You Need To Stop Thinking Physical!

Explain That!
I Dare You!

Jacob ... By Faith
Took A Hold On The Giver Of His Faith
Which He Had Received 20 Years Prior
At His Journey
To What Would Be
His Ultimate
- True -
Salvation!

I'm With You ... So Far!

When Jacob First Left Home
His Man-Brand Was Supplanter!
Usurper!
He Was A Considered A Thief
A Liar
A Deceiver!

Then, He
- By Dream -
Saw Heaven's Gate
With Angels Ascending
Descending!
He Called The Place
- Which He Subsequently Anointed -
Beth-El
Aka The House Of God
AND
There
HE, Jacob
Made A Covenant With The Lord!

Jacob Repented Of His Known Sins
AND
Was By Life
Severely Tested
AND
Cruelly Tried!

BUT ...

On Receiving The Call
To Return To The Promised Land
Before He Could Enter The River Of Baptism
To Enter The Land Of Milk And Honey
The Land Of Rest
- Clean -
He
- In The Midnight Hour
Of All Mankind's Distress -
Had To Fight
With The Supposed Adversary
Approximately ... To The Death!

The Supposed Adversary Of His Body
Turned Out To Be
The Very Real Savior Of His Soul
AND
In Remembrance
AND
In Belief
Jacob ... In Working Faith
Strove To Save His Body
AND
Did, Indeed
Save His Own Soul!

Remember That
His Covenant  With God
Was Made
As He Was Going Away From Home!

I'm Not Yet Convinced!

How Did Jacob Become Known As Israel?!

He Won The Battle
And Jesus Changed His Name
After ...!

After, After, After ... What?!

... After Jesus Injured His Leg
To Force Him To Let His Savior Go!

Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding!
Bingo!!!
We Have A Touch-Down!

God's Covenant 
With Jacob
Was Made On Jacob's Way Back Home
To The Promised Land!
His Name Was Changed
To Israel
Because ...

... Because As A Prince
He Had Power
With God
AND
With Men ... And Prevailed!
  
So ...

Did I Make My Point?!

You Know That You Know That You Did!

Very Good!
A Firm Faith Wrestles With The Lord
AND
Prevails!

Just So You Know
All The Faithful
Must Wrestle With The Lord
BUT ...!

You And These Buts!

... But They Cannot
- Will Not -
Win
In Their Wrestling With Christ
IFThere Is Unconfessed Sin
Aka Unforgiven Sin
In Their Lives!
It Must All Be Placed On The Altar Of Sacrifice!

Jesus Christ
Can Only Save Those Who
Follow All The Directions
That Will Cause Them
Heavens Pearl Gates
- By Right -
To Walk Through!

I Hear You
And I Now Truly Believe!
We Must All Get Fighting Fit
If We Will
In The Great Day
Enter In The Eternal City
And At God's Welcome Table Sit!

Amen, Brother!
AMEN.