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Jacob's mind is racing in many different directions and he is filled with fear.

Friday, August 16, 2002

These angels met him to assure him of the divine presence of God with him.

Jacob knew that he was being guarded not only by his own small army but also by Gods infinitely more numerous and powerful host.

Jacob was now in the path of obedience and therefore God gave him a revelation of comfort to strengthen his faith and inspire him with courage.

God sent these angels of His in advance to welcome his servant home, and to express to him His love and grace.

Bethel = the “house of God.”

Before a believer can ever meet God in Bethel, the house of God, through doctrine, he cannot have any bitterness or revenge or hatred in his heart for anyone.

LUK 6:37 And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

EPH 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Jacobs mind did not dwell on God; instead he remembered Esaus threat to kill him and decided to use some human viewpoint solutions to solve his problems.

He wanted Esau to know that he was not intending to claim the prophecy that the older son would serve the younger.

Fear is a mental attitude sin, characterized by panic when in a dangerous situation.

For the believer, fear is the result of failure to learn and apply Bible doctrine to the problems of life, and failure to learn and utilize the problem solving devices.

Fear is a whole system of sins which include worry, anxiety, and insecurity.

1SA 17:47 “The battle is the Lords.”

The Bible does not hesitate to tell us the very worst about its heroes so that we may better magnify the grace of God out of which trophies of mercy are created.

2TI 1:7 “For God has not given to us a lifestyle of fear, but of power, and of virtue-love, and of sound judgment.”

True courage means sound judgment, thinking under pressure, and good judgment at all times.

Turn to 1Jo 4

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