Recently, God has been stirring something in my spirit. Something that the Holy Spirit spoke to me personally, and I hope that this encourages you as well.
FIGHT FOR YOUR BLESSING.
“If it is meant to be, God will make it happen anyway.” How often do we think this to ourselves, whether consciously or sub-consciously. We rarely want to toil in prayer, or push for a breakthrough or endure heartbreak and hardship for what we are believing to get because a part of us is resigned to the fact that perhaps if it’s God’s will then it will happen and if it isn’t then there is no point.
However, as I have been seeking God through prayer and scripture, another perspective comes to mind.
In Genesis 32:22-31, there is the story of Jacob wrestling with what seems like an angel, but later on revealed to be God Himself. Jacob wrestles to the point of having his hip dislocated, but in the midst of such a dire scenario he exclaims: “I WILL NOT LET YOU GO UNTIL YOU BLESS ME.” Now Jacob’s life up to this point to say the very least, was far from smooth: His name literally means “deceiver” (he was born grasping the heel of his twin brother Esau), he tricked and took advantage of his brother Esau TWICE, he laboured for 7 years for Laban to marry one of his daughters but at the end of it managed to MARRY THE WRONG DAUGHTER and laboured 7 years more to get the right one (Laban only had 2 daughters, so thankfully another mistake was improbable) and in the end got into Laban’s bad books as well because he tried to trick him.
A colourful and eventful past, yet Jacob found himself in wrestling with the angel of God. Upon proclaiming that audacious line, the reply Jacob received from God was: “…. you have fought with both God and men and have won.” Other versions use the word “prevailed.” That line struck me. Here was Jacob, a broken, imperfect, scheming man - yet he fought with God and won?
What does it mean to fight with God? I believe is not so much as fighting with God, but fighting in God. Here are the defining moment of his life, Jacob was wrestling with God himself. How does this apply to us? The Bible tells us to always be praying (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6 , Ephesians 6:18), and not just the kind of prayer that you know. We often like to pray it safe: “God, if it is your will …” but let me challenge you this:
Instead of just praying “God have your way”, declare “God make a way!”
Don’t pray it safe. Go all out on your belief. Get dangerous with your faith. Demand the impossible. Fight for your blessing. Never once did Jesus teach us to pray “small” and “safe” prayers. Have a look at Luke 11:1-13, where Jesus compares prayer to a man having “shameless persistence”, and in Luke 18:1-8 Jesus likens prayer to a woman who persistently demands for justice even when she knows the judge is unjust - shameless persistence - and he even exclaims at the end “Will the son of man returns will He find such faith?”
It’s plain, it’s simple, it’s spelt out to us - but why do we not pray like this? I think we forget that the God we are asking from is unlike any other. This is the God that invites us to ask audaciously, to dream big, to demand for more - because He has already given us His best, He will not withhold anything less from us. Where did I get that from?
A normal person will chide us for dare asking for more after they have gone above and beyond for us - but our God is no regular joe.
Ask first, determine later. Let God do the deciding on what should or should not be, you just ask for what you need and what you know He has placed in your heart. Ask for your healing, ask for your breakthrough, ask for your promotion, ask for His favour, ask for His deliverance, ask for His provision, ask for His clarity, ask for His peace - just ask! Don’t work it out in your mind on whether He will reply or if it His will - remember: ask first, determine later. The worse that could happen is you just get a no - even then rejection from God is redirection by Him to something better.
What does it mean to "fight with men” then? It does not mean to get into a physical altercation with them, or to go on an offensive. We of the kingdom don’t fight like the world, we fight differently. Forgive those who wronged you. Forget those who do no good to you. Submit to authority. Always be the bigger person in all situations. Stick to what you believe but don’t try to justify yourself. Don’t gossip. Don’t backstab. Keep your head down but your spirit up. Serve even when it goes unnoticed. (Ephesians 4:32, Luke 6:27, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Hebrews 13:17, Romans 12:17-21, Proverbs 10:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Colossians 3:23-24)
Make no mistake about it, all of this is going to be a fight - it is always a fight to do the right thing. To live by faith and not feelings. To go by conviction and not convenience. To honour God instead of indulging ourselves.
In Genesis 32:28, just as Jacob was proclaimed to have wrestled with both God and man, he also had a name change - from Jacob to Israel. His identity went from “deceiver” to “God prevails.” A fight for your blessing will not leave you the same - it will shape you significantly. You will know what you are truly made of, and you will know who God truly is.
Jacob may have ended up with a limp, but he was still standing. He no longer had his own support, but he had come face to face with God. In our fight for our blessing, we will lose certain things - but what we stand to gain is far greater than what we could possibly lose out on.
What are you believing for?