Theme:God Has Strategically Positioned You To Bring Forth In This Season

Romans 8:13-19Genesis 32:22-31    Mark 14:32-36    Isaiah 66:7-9

Romans 8:13-19

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Genesis 32:22-31

22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

Isaiah 66:7-9

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

Jabbok! It may not have meant anything to you before now - but after you hear this message it should become one of the most important words in your spiritual vocabulary.

Jabbok is the place where Jacob wrestled with the Lord. It is where he made his total surrender to God. It is where he got his new character, and new name - Israel. It was the place where he cast down his last idol, and won his greatest victory.

"And he rose up that night... and passed over the ford Jabbok..." (Gen. 32:22).

Jabbok means "a place of passing over". It also stands for struggle; to empty and pour out. What a glorious truth is revealed in this place called Jabbok. It has everything to do with us today. It is the place where God's people discover the secret of power over every besetting sin. It represents a life and death crisis - one that leads to absolute surrender.

There can be no glorious victory over self and sin until you go to Jabbok. There comes a time we must "have it out with God". We must face ourselves and be emptied of all evil desires and selfish ambitions.

In the past believers have been taught there are two crossings in the life of a Christian - the Red Sea and the Jordan. The Red Sea crossing represents coming out of the world. It speaks of a new start. It symbolizes "getting saved". A lot of God's people come out of Egypt, but they never get into the Promised Land. They get stuck in the wilderness of unbelief, fear, and confusion. They leave the world but never enter the joy of the Lord.

Another crossing is required - the Jordan! The Jordan represents a commitment to go on with the Lord. Water baptism! Bible reading! Witnessing! A desire to grow in Christ! It is a passing over into a life of praise. For many, the Promised Land represents the fullness of the Holy Spirit. A baptism in, and with, the Holy Ghost.

Isn't that all there is? A Promised Land? A spiritual Canaan for the children of God? Saved, baptized, and filled with the Holy Ghost? The children of Israel entered their Promised Land. They got their inheritance.

  1. At Jabbok - Religion Gives Way To Spirituality!

  2. Jabbok Is A Place Of Absolute Surrender!

  3. Jabbok is the Place Of An Open Heaven

It is a place of total victory over every besetting sin or self righteousness! You are not ready for Jabbok until you are desperate! You have to come to the end of yourself. Your burden of sin must bring you to a life or death crisis.

What a crisis Jacob faced. On one side, Esau was closing in on him. On the other side stood the Lord Himself, and a host of heavenly witnesses. He could go no further. It was the absolute end of the line! Outside of a miracle, he was a dead man. His ways had caught up with him. For over twenty years he had been able to bluff his way through. He had survived on his cunning cover ups. He could not go on - even one more day - as in the past.

Jacob was forced to expose himself before the awesome presence of the Lord - and see himself for what he was! All night long the battle raged. This time Jacob meant business! He wanted to be free. He wanted to look the Lord and the world in the eye and know he was honest and holy. He wanted his reproach removed. He wanted deliverance.

God reveals Himself only to those who "get rid of their guile." Guile is deceit, dishonesty, secret sin!

Listen to the glorious promise Jesus gave to Nathaniel, one of the twelve disciples:

"Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.... Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believe thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these..." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man..." (John 1:47-51).

He alone was given this glorious promise - Nathaniel, there is no deceit or dishonesty in you. You are an open book. No hidden works of sin! Nothing to hinder in your life. You will be given an open heaven! You will see things few others see. A full revelation is yours because you have no guile in you!

Our Lord desperately longs to open His heart to us, and lead us into all truth. But our guile hinders it. That is why Jabbok is so necessary! A place to lay down all the final remains of guile, deceit, dishonesty! So the heavens will stay open to us! It is true our sins hide His face from us.

Jacob renamed Jabbok "Peniel". Peniel means "the face of God." "Because I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved..." (Gen. 32:30). Jacob is now a spiritual man. No more talk about material blessings - lands, food, clothes, success. He had seen God and he had been touched. It is not cattle now; it is Christ. (Israel means prince)

The heavens once again opened. The ladder reappeared, with angels ascending and descending. But now he understood the deepest meanings of that open heaven. It means access to the Father! It means getting to know Him. It means sitting in heavenly places. Unspeakable joy. The glow of His presence. The sound of His voice. All spiritual values now!

Mark 14:32-42 (Jesus Gethsemane Experience)

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

Steps To Manifestation of a Son

  1. 1.Devastation – Life events such as sin, fear, trouble, etc., that motivates one to repent and make a change

  2. 2.Separation – When you make a decision to leave your old life behind

  3. 3.Isolation – When God forces you into a place or position that you never expected to go to

  4. 4.Communication – When you get face to face with God. A position of prayer, reflection, repentance, seeking, meditation, worship & praise

  5. 5.Reconciliation – Is to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:24

  6. 6.ManifestationWhen God reveals Himself and His truth to you. When He reveals you to yourself. When God reveals His purpose for your life.

All the sufferings of this present age – sickness, pain, misery, disappointments, poverty, mistreatment, sorrow, persecution, and trouble of any kind – must be considered insignificant when compared with the blessing, experience, privileges, and glory that will be given to the faithful believer in the age to come. All creation groan for the manifestation of the righteous sons. Believers groan or prevail for complete redemption and the fullness of the Holy Spirit that will be bestowed at the resurrection. They groan for the glory to be revealed and for the privileges of full sonship.