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John 6:48

I am the bread of life.

 

The Place Called Peniel - Final words

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Final words

In conclusion therefore, Peniel is a place of hope; it is a place where we get another chance to get it right and to make amends for all the mistakes of the past. Peniel is not a place where people come to die, if it was it would not have been called Peniel. Rather it remains a place where we would get to meet with God in order to experience the transforming power that is available in his presence and get to live with the experience for the rest of our lives.

You may be wondering right now, but where is my Peniel? Well we do have a place called Peniel, it is located at the foot of the cross of Jesus, you see it has been debated if the man Jacob wrestled with was Jesus or an Angel of God, but what we know for sure is this, whoever it was that Jacob wrestled with, that person did it on God's behalf, for Peniel was called a place where man saw God face to face and lived to tell the story. We do have our own Peniel in this life and as we navigate through it. It is a matter of time when like Jacob the place called Peniel would confront us and Jesus will be waiting for us there, he would be waiting with an offer to trade in our will for God's will. Why Jesus? Well he is the one just as the scripture rightly pointed to us, the mediator between man and God, he is our High Priest and he is the only one through which Salvation was given to man.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

He is the one you are wrestling with, just like Jacob wrestled with the man at Peniel. He is the one that God has appointed that you and I submit our will under, while accepting in exchange his Lordship over our lives and it is through him that God's promised blessings are activated, God the Father having appointed and anointed him for that ministry and office.

So, what will you do when you get there? Are you coming there to wrestle with God holding unto your will while hoping to touch the blessing without dropping yours at his feet first? Do you think you can get what is in God's hand that you so desperately need without giving up what is in your hand?

Just in case you are there right now and the battle seems to be going on forever, why do you think this is so? Jacob need not have wrestled all night, but he did because he did not want to yield his will. You do not need to battle all night, all day and all of your life either, I say so because you have the benefit of knowing what God wants from you. What does he want from me you may ask?

All he wants from you is that you surrender your will to him so that through his will for your life he can lavish his affections upon you. Everything you want from God, everything you want him to do for you, they are all in his will for you, so why not stop the struggle and like Jacob hold onto God while saying, 'Lord I will not let you go until you bless me'. He wants to bless you and he will as soon as the transaction of wills goes through by submitting your will in exchange for his.



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Psalm 1:1-2
“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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