Last week I wrote about how the meaning of our names can predict our destinies and purpose. In order for us to walk in our destinies, we must reject the lies that we have been believing and begin to overcome our fears.
The strength that it takes to defeat the giants in the Promised Land is the same strength that will keep us in the Promised Land. Beneath each sin or compromise we have struggled with, we can typically find a root lie or fear that we began to believe.
Before I met my husband, I was on a dating profile where I had indicated that I was training for a half marathon. I had a knee injury and was unable to continue training for the race. However, I believed I couldn’t find a suitable date unless men saw me as actively fit. Because of that belief, I never changed that portion of my dating profile. Even after months of not running, I was still matched with uber fit dudes who were surprised that I didn’t indicate my fitness ritual within the first few moments of communicating.
So, there I was believing a lie about needing to be fit in order to date. There I was engaged in the sin of deception because I believed that lie.
Take a look at Jacob. In Genesis 28:10-15, we read that Jacob has a dream regarding his offspring being scattered throughout the lands. Essentially all the people of the earth would be blessed through the promises offered to Jacob and his descendants.
But by Genesis 32:22-32, we see that Jacob wrestles with a man to the point he has an afflicted hip. Jacob tells the man he will not release him unless he first offers a blessing. The man tells Jacob that his name is to be changed to Israel and offers a blessing. God wrestles with Jacob, changes his name, and offers a blessing.
What were Jacob’s fears or what lies was he believing? He believed he was inadequate and unworthy. He was insecure. The underlying equation in this story is Jacob requiring a blessing in return for releasing the man. He did not believe the blessings that were pronounced over him before his birth. He wasn’t allowing God to work in God’s timing. He did not believe the dream.
Each of us has doubts. Each of us has fears. Each of us believes lies that aren’t ours to believe. When you consider Jacob’s doubt and belief in lies and fear, do you feel as though you are in good company?
This week I want to encourage you to read Isaiah 43:1-7. What are some of the promises that God gives us in this passage? Write those promises down and recall them to your life right now in 2019.