Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The importance of being alone with God and having Him wrestle with certain aeas of your life.
Sunday, September 8, 2002
At the moment of surrendering to God, Jacob became a new man who could receive the blessings of God and assume his place in Gods plan.
Before we can receive power as a creature, we must obtain it from the Creator.
“Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
His victory with God involved the certainty of his power with men.
PRO 16:7 When a mans ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
JOB 5:21 “You will even be hidden from the scourge of the tongue”
It was a change in Jacobs condition - it was not just a mere external deliverance for which Jacob prayed for in verses 9-12.
It was not the outward deliverance from Esau that Jacob needed, it was the inner deliverance from the old sin nature of Jacob that he really needed.
There was such a change of nature because Jacob depended so much upon his human strength and human power, that when it was taken away he was forced to rely on the power and wisdom of God.
This was all the result of being alone with God and having certain areas of your life revealed where a transformation for the better takes place.
PSA 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
There is a secret closet in every heart where the soul stores up its skeletons and in many cases refuses to even admit that there is a problem.
In many cases, these things are totally different and contrary to the character of the individual and therefore are suppressed and hidden in the secret chamber of mens hearts.
In this discouraging area of our life, our only effectual resource is God.
EPH 4:27 and do not give a place to the devil. Place - topaz = a room.
Turn to PRO 24:4
ECC 7:12 for wisdom is protection just as money is protection. But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the souls of its possessors.
Turn to PRO 19:8
ISA 5:13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Just as doctrine gives the rooms of the soul pleasure and freedom, a lack of doctrine in the rooms of the soul produces slavery and bondage.
PSA 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
1CO 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.
ROM 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1CO 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1CO 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
The appearance of fire represents the vengeance of God against the wickedness which was going on in the Temple.
The idol or the image of jealousy was Baal or Asherah, whose image had already been placed in the temple by Manasseh, 2KI 21:7.
1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God.
2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to someone or something.
Jealousy = an anthropopathism which explains divine policy in terms of mans frame of reference.
REV 21:3 Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,
The Shekinah glory was still in the Temple even though there was an idol which was being worshipped secretly by the elders in the Temple.
The north entrance was right before the Lords altar emphasizing the wickedness of their rebellion.
The Jewish king and the Jewish elders would allow their friends and the people to go into every part of the Temple except one.
A lot of believers can look like they have everything together as the temple of God and yet there may be areas in their life that need to be dealt with, however, only by them.
MAT 23:27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead mens bones and all uncleanness.
JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance”
“In the room of his carved images?” = K.J.s “in the chambers of his imagery”
There are rooms in the souls of multitudes of Christians where there are all kinds of idols, errors, secret faults, fears, insecurities and doubts.
Just like this room in the temple was sealed off, many believers seal off their own room as well.
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