The Heart of Faith Treasures Father’s Presence
- Date: November 27, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.” (Genesis 32:25-27)
- From Faith That Prevails
We know the story in Genesis of Jacob's wrestling match. Jacob is wanting the Lord to surrender to his will as He asks him, "What is your name" (Genesis 32:27)? See, that phrase if you study it out is very similar to saying "say uncle!" when you're getting whipped. Can you imagine? He is wrestling Jesus, and he's got this thing going on, and he says, "Are you ready to say 'uncle'?" That's not a good thing. The wrestling match occurs. Isn't it amazing how God will let us fight against Him until we wear ourselves out? We think we've got God on the ropes. "I'm almost beating Him!" And Jesus goes [Pastor yawns and whistles]. "I almost have the Lord whipped here. I think I'm going to get my will. I prayed, and I fasted. I'm going to jump from the pinnacle," and all these other things that we think are going to move God. We cry. We've got tragedies. "O God, nobody has ever gone through what I have." "That will move the heart of God!" God is moved by faith, and He has endured everything that you and I have endured without questioning God. He is the captain of our salvation, and we learn from His obedience and His submission.
Finally, as dawn is breaking, the Lord puts Jacob's thigh out of place and it's like, "Okay, I lost." He says, "What's your name, by the way?" He said, "It's con man, manipulator, self-willed." He said, "That is not going to be your name anymore. We're going to call you 'a Prince with God,' 'Israel.' I'm going to put another spirit in you from this day. In addition to that, I'm going to bless you. You are going to limp the rest of your life so that you never take a step that you don't remember this day." Have you got your limp yet? Jesus learned obedience by the things that He suffered. Have you got your limp yet? "Pastor, I get so tired of these messages. I get so tired of you talking about your limp." Get it, and you will understand. "Are you saying that I'm adolescent?" That's exactly what I am saying, because many of us here need to grow up. We think we're giants in faith, and we're still drinking milk.
He is working in us trying to reveal Himself through His Word to us. This man Jacob, who all he could think about was prosperity and gain and preeminence, became a prince of God, humbled himself, and was made rich that day through the humility that he learned. Notice that Jacob had to have his prosperity ripped from him. I'm not talking about the literal; I'm talking about the heart. And Moses was a man that so hungered for God, that he set it aside. Think through the Scriptures of the encounters people had with Jesus. One was the encounter with the rich young ruler as opposed to Matthew. The man who said, "Lord, I want to come with You." And He said, "The Son of Man has no place to lay His head." Is your response to that, "That's fine. I just want to be where You are"? Just like Moses, "Wherever Your presence is, that's my treasure; that's where I want to be." Besides I heard if you lay your head on a rock, you get some visions like Jacob did. Are you ready to enter into those places of total dependence upon God, losing absolute control of your life? That's the life of faith. That's the life that Father is trying to bring us to. "Can't I have faith if I still have stuff and am still able to make my own schedule?" Well yes, you can. But that faith is not a faith that will sustain you when that stuff is all gone.
We know that uncertain riches can take wings and fly away. It's not about the stuff; it's about the heart. Many of us who have a bunch of stuff like to say, "It's not about the stuff; it's about the heart." So what is the heart doing now? Is the heart moving in independence? I'm not talking about the stuff. Is the heart a heart of independence, or is it a heart of humility? Is it a heart of submission, or is it a heart that is seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?