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Wrestling God?

Jacob Wrestles With God-Genesis 32

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a]because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. Genesis 32:22-29

Jacob – wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.  Psalm 46:3 MSG

He who calls you is faithful and will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Wisdom Shared:

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us. Psalm 46:7 –

I was listening to the daily audio bible app; Inspiration came  through the revelation that prompted me to share this area of scripture. Jacob wrestled with God and God of Angel Armies protects us.  I find myself wresting with God, just  as Jacob during certain times in my life.  It is through that very inspiration of the word of God  we see…  He meets all needs  long before prayers are lifted up…He knows my coming and he knows my going.  There has been much wrestling with God over the years; in my singleness, my parental role; my work and the overall direction of my life.  Most definitely I am a flawed woman saved by grace. I have made many detours on my journey that have brought me to road blocks and detours.  However, by His unfailing love, grace and mercy; He is a God of second chances.    He is the lifer of our heads!

Beloved, God has  already paved the way for you! regardless of the circumstance that you may be currently wrestling with; Home- Marriage; Parenting or loss of a precious loved one;  Health- a chronic pain, injury or illness. At Work; Employer, a project time line or co-worker. Financial obligations- monthly bill paying expenses; rent/ mortgage  and ah…those unexpected expenses.   Remain confident, He who started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. He has called his angels to keep our foot from stumbling on a stone-  For he will command his angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways; they will lift us up in their hands, so that we will not strike our foot against a stone. Psalms 91:11-12 …May this Psalm soothe your spirit just as the “Balm of Gilead” Jeremiah 8:22- It has spoken to me and given me strength and joy for the journey…I pray the same for your sons/daughters of King today.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

Love in Christ,

Jennifer Pettiford – Love-Excellently

The Power of Prayer Works


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the assurances of the word; I ask for encouragements through the scriptures that brings us the revelations and the healing for our souls.   Father our desire is that your word be like the Balm in Gilead; That we can walk in godly confidence knowing that you Lord pour out your power for victory in our time of distresses, along with Angel of Armies protecting us.  We will commit and submit all thing to you. We thank you for strengthening our faith. We thank you for your all sustaining grace.  In Jesus name we pray… Amen!

Recommended Reading: Psalm 46; Psalm 62:1-8


God’s Word – The Lord—he is our God.
His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
God remembers his covenant forever,
the word he commanded to a thousand generations,
which he made with Abraham,
the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac. Psalm 105:7-9

Wisdom Shared:

God’s justice is everywhere the earth  is full of His unfailing love.  When times are filled with gloom and doom rest faithfully in the promise Beloved, the earth is filled with His unfailing love.  There are seasons of hardship that come in like waves of the sea … The other day a friend called and shared with me that her prayers were answered the hardship is behind her.  As I listened on the other end of the phone… I thought of my very own life, filled with hardships and strife.  Filled with hopelessness and yes, even depression… Recently, the battle for joy has been ongoing … as of late, there seems to be conditional occurrences that have spun out of control.  If I do not focus on the Almighty God and his word it can cause me to slowly slip into an even more difficult place.    God’s promises fill us with hope – faith – love.   Let all the earth sing … the rivers will clap their hands; the mountains will sing of your glory… Beloved set your minds on things above, and do not lean on your own understanding. God’s plans are always best, so as long as you remain in HIM it through the promises of the word we can rest. Do not dwell on the past, move forward and know like you know your name… There is a strong tower and it is Christ in us. Just call to Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and the word of promise states he answers us when we call. The Bible states: “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 91:15  Beloved, do not forget all the wonderful works of the Lord in your life…  Do not grieve; the joy of the Lord is our strength.  He has eternal blessing waiting for you … He is our strength and our joy in times of joy, in times of sorrow there is always tomorrow – to start new again.  Be encouraged and encourage one another through good works through God’s unfailing love poured out in you.  Sing worship songs of praise through the Psalms … it will lift you up to a level of joy that will empower you.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Prayer Psalm 105

Heavenly Father -

We will faithfully give thanks to you our Lord; we will call upon your name;
We will make your wondrous deeds known to all people!
Yes, … Let us –  Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord;
dwell on all your wondrous works!
Let us give praise to our God’s holy name!
Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord! We will pursue the Lord and his strength;  and seek your  face always!
When times are difficult we will remember the wondrous works you have done, all your marvelous works, and the justice you declared—For all your sons and daughters, who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones.  You show mercy, justice through your unfailing love.  We will onto the steadfast love our strong tower Jesus Christ! Thank you for your advance answers to our prayers and for the wondrous works in and through us. In Jesus name- Amen!


God’s Word: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

…pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Wisdom Shared:
In our journey through the “faith” … Relationship with God through Christ is an important direction to arrive at the destination of victory…
and yes, success. As I read 2 Timothy 2:22 it reiterates the point our need for dependence on the Lord, to call upon the Lord with a pure heart.
Pursuing righteousness through faith love and peace that surpasses all human understanding are those characteristics that will become part of who we are in Christ Jesus. That is the visual transformation, that God is the leader of our life and we are committed to Him through submission.

Hardships are Lessons:
Hardships are life lessons that will bring us wisdom, and God’s grace and glory-Psalmist write; He gives us grace and glory (favor and honor). Psalm 84:11
This includes the all importance: forgiveness; Forgiveness of self-Forgiveness of others it is a necessary component other wise we will not walk in love-For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14;15-UN-forgiveness always leads us to bitterness-See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15-The fruit of UN-forgiveness: Resentment, anger, rage. They all equal Danger. Forgiveness keeps spiritual matters in place: Forgiveness of self and other people this is love. The healthier we are spiritually the more likely we are to be forgiving and display love to others. If we are not spiritually healthy or mature it becomes an issue of pride-being overly sensitive, self-focused. We are less likely to be forgiving or loving.

The Debt of Love:
Paul states; let not one debt remain unpaid except for the debt of love. We must continue to love one another deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 We also need to look at our selves in sober judgment. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3…and also as to the word of God exhorts; For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12-We need to be in the word; we also need not just to be hearers but, doers of the word that is what sets us apart from the unbelievers in the world we live in. That saying “follow your heart”, is a deception that leads us astray. Jeremiah 17:9 states The heart is deceiving-our emotions are misleading! The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9;10 King Solomon writes; Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently ~