I Will Not Let Go

  
Have you ever been desperate to see God move? Jacob was. He wrestled with God and said he flat out wouldn’t let go until God blessed him according to His promise. He was persistent. 

When it comes to believing God’s promises for your life, you have to be willing to persevere. Time will test your faith. Naysayers will test your resolve. Many factors will war against the promise and you will have times you want to quit. 

May I encourage you not to quit, not to give in to fear or allow time to be your enemy. Instead, turn in desperation to God and tell him, “I’m not letting go until you bless me. Until you fulfill your promise to your servant. I will stand, I will fast, I will pray and press in as long as it takes to see your blessings unfold.”

It is a great mercy to be brought to the point where you’re desperate enough to cry out day and night. There is also great beauty to be found in this place of wrestling with and waiting on God! 

So, dear one, press in and press on. Whatever you do, don’t let go. Don’t give up! He who promised is faithful! 

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Renamed

  
The name Jacob meant “deceiver.” God changed his name to Israel, which means “El (God) fights.” That meant he went from being called one who tries to take things on his own not meant for him, to one who lived surrendered and let God fight his battles for him.

In the same way, Isaiah 62:2 tells us God gives us a new name. Like Jacob, the names God gives us often counters the lies we’ve believed or others have spoken over us.

For example, for me, I struggled with fear for many years. One new name God has given me is “Fierce Warrior”. Rejection has marked much of my life, yet he calls me “Beloved Daughter.” What new name has God give you? If you don’t know yet, that’s ok! If that’s you, I encourage you to carve out some time with God. Ask him. Have a pen ready and write down the words that flood your heart in response. Give him a chance to show you who he sees you as; who he created you to be!

Faith Assignments

 Have you ever noticed in The Bible some types of encouragement are seen multiple times?

 One that has always stood out to me, is the encouragement given over and over again to the men and women on special faith assignments. In some form or fashion, these leaders were told that God would never leave them nor would he ever forsake them. This same message was given to Jacob by God, to Joshua via Moses when he was blessing him, to Joshua by God himself as he prepared to lead, and David said it to Solomon when he passed the baton of leadership to him.

 As these amazing leaders were sent out on their missions (or faith assignments), to battle the unknown and lead with courage, they were encouraged through the reminder that God was with them.

 Jesus said something similar to his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, in the Great Commission. He said, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

 I love that, tagged on to one of our faith assignments, we are given the same reminder, “Lo, I am with you always.”

 I have needed that reminder many times in my life –  in ministry, in parenting, in relationship struggles, in times when I wondered if my dreams would come to pass, in moments where God asked something new of me that was out of my comfort zone.. In each of these areas of my life, what fills me with courage is the reminder that I am not alone. Jesus is with me.

And the truth is, all areas of our life are really faith assignments, we need faith in every situation and role we find ourselves in… faith that God will come through, that he will give us what we need, that he will make a way when it seems like there is none, that he will work all things out for good.

Knowing God is with me always, at all times – fills me with comfort, peace, hope and joy, no matter what my circumstances look like. When I find myself focusing on my situations, struggles or circumstances, I can feel my heart sink and fear try to set in, and then I am reminded – to shift my gaze back to him. He is always there, always.

No matter what you are facing today, I want to remind you that God is with you.  Never will He leave you, never will He forsake you…. Lo, He is with you always.