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Striving With God

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What are you wrestling with? Are you working with or against God?

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INTRO
Real wrestling match
WWF / WWE
2 of same weight class
Points / Pin to win
7 minutes / 3 periods
exhausting
Illustration of need addressed.
Connect illustration to present day hearers.
Transition = Show this need or similar issue was also the question behind the biblical text.
Wrestling with God!
Clearly state the theme of the text/sermon.
Jacob
Israel
Us
obedience
failing
Title & Text
Striving With God
Theme
We all strive with God.
Pray
S.T.A.R.T.
Solemnly praise and recognize the greatness of our God and Savior connected to the Biblical text being preached
No one can contend with you
Touch upon the subject of corporate sin and confess any shortcomings the body has committed related to the Biblical text to be preached
Forgive us for trying to / not submitting
Ask God to help the body/local church to hear and apply the truths of the Biblical text to be preached
Clarity
speaker
text
Application
corporately
individually
Review and remind the audience of the key related passages to the Biblical text being preached
Jacob - = You will not allow independent, self-sufficient people to enter Your kingdom but only those who fully rely on You!
Transition to the opening of the sermon and the Biblical text to be preached
Speak to us today Oh LORD
THE SERMON BODY
Genesis 32:22–32 ESV
22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
How Do People Strive With God?
Against
Jacob tried this...
i [we] have done this…
the wicked continue to do it...
With
Why The Wicked Strive With God
Jacob changed to this...
guilt
i [we] seek to do this...
the righteous continue this...
Ways the Wicked Strive Against God
Resisting the Holy Spirit
Acts 7:51 ESV
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
Arguing against Him
Job 40:2 ESV
2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Romans 9:20 ESV
20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
Rom 9.20
Through unbelief
Psalm 95:8–9 ESV
8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
Romans 1:18 ESV
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Attacking His people
1 Samuel 17:45 ESV
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Acts 9:4–5 ESV
4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Why the Wicked Strive Against God
Guilt
John 8:9 ESV
9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
the outcome
defeat
Proverbs 21:30 ESV
30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.
Isaiah 8:10 ESV
10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
Is
destruction
Job 15:20–26 ESV
20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. 21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him. 22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is marked for the sword. 23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; 24 distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle. 25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God and defies the Almighty, 26 running stubbornly against him with a thickly bossed shield;
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Job 15:30 ESV
30 he will not depart from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.
Jacob Strove Against & With God
Genesis 32:22–24 ESV
22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Genesis 32:22–32 ESV
22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
Gen 32.22-
Genesis 32:24 ESV
24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
22 - 24a
Hosea 12:3–4 ESV
3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God. 4 He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us—
Night / Alone / Inside - Outside
Leaving Canaan - Bethel / Returning to Canaan - Peniel
24b
“And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.”
And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Hosea 12:3–4 ESV
3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God. 4 He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor. He met God at Bethel, and there God spoke with us—
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
A MAN -
WRESTLED -
WITH -
SUNRISE -
Genesis 32:25–26 ESV
25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
GEN 32.
25-26
DID NOT PREVAIL -
TOUCHED -
PUT OUT OF JOINT -
BLESS ME -
Genesis 32:27–29 ESV
27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.
GEN 32.27
27
YOUR NAME? -
JACOB -
28 - climax
JACOB / ISRAEL -
Israel -
GOD & MEN & PREVAILED -
29
YOUR NAME? -
WHY ASK? -
Blessing -
Genesis 32:30–31 ESV
30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
Gen 32.30-31
30-31
PENIEL -
LIFE DELIVERED -
LIMPING -
2 Ways the Righteous Strive With God
Obedience
Luke 13:24 ESV
24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Lk
Hebrews 12:4 ESV
4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Prayer
Luke 22:44 ESV
44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Colossians 4:12 ESV
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV
10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
James 5:16–17 ESV
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
James 5:16 ESV
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Why do the Righteous Strive With God?
Understanding / Obedience
Conviction
Psalm 88:14–18 ESV
14 O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me? 15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless. 16 Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me. 17 They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together. 18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
Acts 20:22 ESV
22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
Ps 88.14-18
Acts
the outcome
Zechariah 4:6 ESV
6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
blessing / victory
Jacobs blessing & victory...
our blessing & victory...
The Victory In Defeat!
Wrestling 1 on 1
Wrestling 2 on 1
old Adam
Spiritual forces
Expose the structure of the text.
Main points should support the theme.
points should follow textual sequence unless good reason to change.
use simple and clear transitions to give structure to movement.
come as little children
Use verse references before quoting so that listeners can read along.
the first will be last
Use personal observances to illustrate difficult concepts.
easy for a rich man to enter a needle / kingdom
strive after holiness
discipline your body for righteousness
CONCLUSION
Goal
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
Clinch the goal.
Give concrete applications.
Goal
To warn the church that God will not allow independent, self-sufficient people to enter His kingdom but only those who fully rely on Him!
Application
Strive with and not against God.
CLOSE
E.N.D.
Exalt God in relation to the Biblical truths that were just taught
None can stand against you!?
Yet you stand with us!!!
Name the Biblical principles preached and ask God to help the local church body to obey these truths
Humble Us
Forgive us for = independent self-sufficiency
Help Us
independent self-sufficiency
fully rely on you
self sufficentcy
Draw people to the cross of Christ by proclaiming hope and help in the person and work of Christ for salvation and sanctification
Praise you for Jesus!!
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