Jacob Cleanses His House - Audio/Video

Genesis 35:1 - 7

Jacob found it important to cleanse his household of pagan idolatry and ancient occultism. Followers of Jesus Christ ought to consider doing the same in our day. Without knowing it, many Christians have pagan items, with roots tied to the occult, right under their own roofs. Can these unclean items, detested by the Lord in His Temple, offer “doorways” to spiritual oppression within our households?

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Jacob Moves to Schechem - Audio/Video

It’s Critical that God’s people practice acknowledging Him in all their ways daily. Often times the Law of Compromise sets in and we drift away from God’s will for our lives through a series of seemingly small, unnoticeable steps. These small steps can lead to huge dangers if not kept in check consistently.

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Beyond the Surface

There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

Most of the time when we consider the things that might really displease God we think of murder, stealing, and stuff like that. While this passage from Proverbs does state that shedding innocent blood is something God hates, He also includes arrogance (haughty eyes), lying, thinking up mean or wicked plans, delighting in watching/knowing about something evil (or perhaps something we might just consider entertaining drama?), and being divisive. 

Jacob Wrestles with God - Audio/Video

Genesis 32:24 - 32

Jacob was a man who had been struggling with the people and circumstances surrounding him since the day he was born. It wasn’t until this amazing encounter with God Himself that he realized he’d really been struggling with God all that time. God desired brokenness in Jacob. It is here that Jacob finally comes to the end of himself. Do I wrestle with God sometimes like Jacob did?

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Finding Good Counsel

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

I’m a collector of what I call “litmus test” verses and this is one of them! I am so thankful for the people the Lord has graced my life with to send His counsel my way. But I’ve noticed lots of people like to offer lots of counsel--whether or not that counsel was requested! I’m still working on filtering the words I let into my heart, but this verse gives us one (among many) factors we ought to look for before we allow someone’s counsel into our life. 

Jacob Meets Esau - Audio/Video

Sometimes life seems to hit us left and right with one trouble after another. This was the case for Jacob. After finally getting out of the conflict with his uncle Laban, he enters right in to another potential one with his brother, Esau. If life ever gets this way for you here are some Biblical tips to get you through them in Christ.

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A Precious Possession

The precious possession of a man is diligence. Proverbs 12:27 

I’ve long loved this verse. As a girl with a lotta gumption, but not necessarily always the girl with the outcomes she imagined that gumption would get her, this verse is a comfort to my ever-trying soul. What is precious isn’t always the outcome, sometimes it’s just having diligence. 

Jacob Separates from Laban - Audio

Jacob came to a point where major boundaries needed to be set up between him and his controlling uncle. Boundary setting, whether it be spiritual or physical, is a required skill for any healthy, growing follower of Christ. So, how do I know if it’s time to put boundaries up between me and the people in my life in order to move on to personal growth and healthiness in Christ?

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Jacob Prospers - Audio

Genesis 30:25-43

God prospers Jacob greatly in the face of many obstacles.

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Beautiful Feet

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News of good things!”Romans 10:14-15

Anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord in faith, no matter who they are or what country they come from, will be saved. “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘Whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:11-13).'”