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Jacob's Time of Trouble

Benjamin Ng
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  • May 23, 2020
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Father in Heaven, Lord, I know that we have much to be thankful for. You are a great and wonderful God. And Lord, I pray that you would please be with US now. Bless US with your presence. And Lord, just your presence. It edifies each and every one of our souls. I know but father also pray that you give US your Holy Spirit a double portion. In fact, because Lord, we're living in dangerous times. We're living in times that are really showing that the end assumes a car and I pray your Holy Spirit will give US wisdom in preparation. And lead US in especially is open. Your word help US to discern your voice speaking to US. If we pray in Jesus' name, Amen. Oh, look at a very interesting topic this morning. The title, my sermon is Jacob's time of trouble. You know, you told me in your bar was to Jeremiah Chapter 30 and verse 7, Jeremiah, Chapter 30 in verse 7. This is where we're going to begin our study this morning as we look at Jacob's time of trouble. Alas for that day is great. So that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob's trouble. But he shall be saved out of it. You know, I've, I've always wondered why the close of probation when the 7 last plagues are poured out. Why is it called Jacob's time of trouble? And when I've gone back and looked at that experience, you know, it seems kind of shallow. It seems. But You know, Jacob, he's a very prominent carrots are actually in the book of Genesis. Abraham probably has the most mentions with his name Abraham and Abraham added together. But Jacob is the 2nd most mentioned character in The Book of Genesis. You know, the most famous out of all the characters that we find in the book of Genesis is probably Joseph. He's the one that we're all probably most familiar with. And then Abraham would come 2nd, but Jacob really is one of the most prominent characters above Joseph, in the book of Genesis. But I wanted her with me in your Bibles to Genesis Chapter 50 and verse 24. Genesis Chapter 50 and verse $24.00. The Bible says, and Joseph said, until his brother and I die and God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware, and Abraham Abraham, so Isaak and to Jacob Jacob is always mentioned with Abraham and Isaac, The These 3, of course the son, sons are son Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These are really the major patriarchs of the, The Book of Genesis, and really the beginning of time. Let's turn about was the Exodus Chapter 3. Exodus Chapter 3 and verse 6. Exodus chapter 3 in verse 6. Moreover, he said I am the God of the a Father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. He is always mentioned with Abraham and Isaac. And for reason, you know, it's very interesting what illustrious characters we mention with Abraham. He is the father of faith. He didn't do much wrong. It seems you know, sure he had a little Laurie here and there, but it wasn't really a full lie. I mean when you look at Abraham and his lie, when he said it was a sister, it really was a sister, you know, but he didn't tell the full truth as well. But Abraham, he was the father of faith. Isaac, not much wrong, said about him either. You know that he followed in his footsteps of his father. He lied a little bit about his wife as well. But Yes, they were relatives. They were related, you know, but what was Sister? I wouldn't say full well or that was his sister, but you know, his lie was a little bit worse, but worse. But you know what Isaac did was not Super bad either. Jacob is put in the company of Abraham and Isaac, his father and his grandfather, and 2 great patriarchs of the old times. And Jacob, well, From the beginning, he had his odds stacked up against him. As we look at Jacob's time of trouble, really I want to look at certain knots of Jacob's life because here what we will get is the understanding of what God's people will pass through as well. But, you know, Jake of, when he was brought into the World, he had his odds stacked up against him. Let's turn to Bob's of Genesis Chapter 25, Genesis 25. Where did his name come from? Genesis $25.00 and verse $25.00. Genesis $2525.00, The Bible says, and the 1st came out Red, all over like a hairy garment, and they called his name Esau verse 26. And after that came his brother out and his hand took hold on. Esau's heal, and his name was called Jacob, and Isaac was threescore years old when she bear them. So Jacob, his name actually means he'll hold are all supplanted which means to supersede or to replace. So his name actually was not a good name, it didn't have a good meaning. Even though the name Jacob was so famous, his name actually had a bad meaning to it. Just like the name, Dan, and quite a few others. But little did this. Their parents know the name of the her name that would turn out to be a prophecy. Naming him Jacob would turn out to be what he would be in later years. And even in that same chapter, you know that the Bible fast forwards when they're probably about teenagers. Now, Genesis $25.00 now verse $29.00, look at what the Bible says here. And Jacob sawed Pottage and he's all came from the field and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob, feed me, I pray Thee with the same Red Pottage for I am faint, therefore was his name called Edam. And Jacob said to sell me this day that I burst right just from a Bowl of lentils. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob and not content. With that, we know that Jacob would later conspire with his mother to cheat Isaak to lie to Isaac Toussie that Abraham started of was somewhat of a lie. Then it got worse in Isaac and even worse, and Jacob friends is not that we inherit sins, but the tendency to sin is there when we 1st commit sin and we do pass on those tendencies to our children. It really did begin with Abraham. But here, later on, after Esau sells his birthright, Jacob, then with his mother, cheat his father out of the blessing that he intends for his son, Esau. Esau was Isaac's favorite. And of course, Jacob was the favorite son of his mother. And so can you imagine what a life, what her moral, you know, can you imagine deceiving your dad? I am amazed that East doesn't want to find out until later. But Esau, he figures it out, and he is so angry with his brother, that he is ready to kill him. And so his mom sends it off to him after his brother hold her brother, Laban's House, and but as he's fleeing for his life, scared and hungry, Jacob, he lies down to sleep. And God gives him a dream. Please turn with me in your BIOS to Genesis Chapter 28. Now Genesis Chapter 28 and we're starting there in verse 12. Genesis Chapter 28 and verse 12. This is while he's run and he gets tired and he uses a stone as a pillow. Verse 12, Genesis 28, and he dreamed and behold, a ladder set up on the Earth, and the top of it reach to Heaven and behold the Angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham die Father and the God of Isaac, the land, where on the largest to V will I give it and to Vice seed. And I see Chubby as the dust of the Earth, and that all shall spread abroad to the West and to the East and to the North and to the South. And in the end, in the seed shall all the families of the Earth be Blessed and behold, I am with the and will keep the in all places where thou goest and will bring the again into the land for I will not leave the until I have done that which I have spoken to the of so God promises to Jacob that he would bring him one day back to the land from which he is running from. And that he would give it to him as an inheritance, he would receive the spiritual birthright somehow. And so Jacob, he wakes up from this dream and he vows this vile to God. Notice what he says in Genesis $28.00 and verse 20, Genesis 28 and verse 20, and Jacob vowed a vow saying, if God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and Rayment to put on so that I come again to my father's House in what in peace, then shall the Lord be my God. And this stone which I have searched for a pillar, shall be God's House and of all that thou shalt give me. I will surely give the 10th. So the, so he wakes up from this dream, he knows that God is with him and he says, God, if you bless me and you bring me back to this land in peace, then you will be my God. And so he makes this vow to God, and then off he goes to Laban's place and you know what happens there. He meets Rachel, who is watering the sheep, and then he eventually gets connected to Laban again. And what happens, he falls in love with Rachel. And he goes up to Laban and he says, look, I'm in love with a daughter, police. I want to marry her and he says, you work for me. 7 years. And you can marry my daughter. What happens? Let's go to Genesis 29, Genesis 29. And starting in verse 23, look friends and recounting all the history of this, why? Because it's important and it's key for US to understand Jacob's time of trouble to understand all the events that lead up to this one point that the Bible points out. Genesis $2923.00 and Laban gave in to his daughter Leah. Zopa has made for a handmade and he came to pass it in the morning. Behold, it was live. And he said to Laban, What is this that has done to me? Did not. I serve the 4. Rachel, wherefore, then has beguiled me, can you believe it? He was deceived. By example, the CVS of the point that he married the wrong woman. And not only was he deceived by Laban, he was deceived by Lia because she agreed to this. Now if you're Jacob, what must you be thinking at the stage? What are you thinking? As you're thinking about all these thoughts, you're coming probably back to the point where you're saying I deserve this. I deceived my father. And now my uncle, The sees me. This is retribution, this is just this, this is payback, this is what I deserve. Right? And you know, I'm sure many of US, if not most of, if not all of US will probably be thinking along this train of thoughts. And so, just as he deceived now, he is being deceived. He's on the receiving end of what he gave. So he ends up marrying Rachel as well, serves another 7 years for her. And you know, what happens? He is in an unhappy marriage. He's caught between 2 sisters, Rachel and Leah, and even their Handmaids get involved as well because the wives of the ones that bring them in. But you know, what happens? Leah is able to have children, and Rachel is not. And even though Rachel is the one that, that Jacob loves the most liers, the one that is giving him all the sons and all the children you see. And so what happens in Genesis Chapter 30 and verse one, Genesis Chapter 30 and verse one. And when Rachel saw that she bear Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister and said, until Jacob, give me children, or else I die, can you believe that your wife comes up to you and I have no kids give me children or else I die as if it's Jacob's fault, it wasn't his fault. It was Rachel's the fact that he could have children with Leo show that it definitely wasn't his side of the deal. It was Rachel, the had the one that had problems. So he, he was just caught in this unhappy life, unhappy marriage, the 2 sisters going back and forth buying the husband for a night, you know? And then of course, he had to hear him have to sleep with the servants as well. Look, Jacob did not have a happy marriage. He was deceived. He had a bad marriage. What would you be thinking, God? I knew it. My sins have followed me all the way here. I deserve it. And many of US would be thinking like that would only we But what else happened to Jacob? Genesis Chapter 31 and verse 41 at this time, Jacob was already fled. The House of, of Laban, his father in law, but they catch up and they have this conversation. And Jacob tells Laban this Genesis 3141. Thus have I been 20 years in the House? I serve the 14 years when I 2 daughters and 6 years for like cattle and the how has changed my wages? How many times 10 times. Now look, if you change my wages 10 times and it was going up, up, up, up, I wouldn't say anything. Right? But the fact that he had to talk about his wages being changed 10 times. It probably went up and then down. And then up and then down, you know, so he's complaining of how he was probably paid a certain amount, but later on be less and less and less. So he had his wages changed 10 times while he was working for Laban, for 10 years, 20 years, part of me. So look, friends, at least if you had a bad family life. Maybe you could go to the field there and just focus all your energies of work, right? And even Jacob, though when he had his bad family life, he tried to go to the work, trouble followed him there. I'm telling you for 20 years, Jacob did not have peace. Do you understand this? And he, we, you wouldn't be human sitting there thinking what? I deserve all of this. Whatever I did to my father and my brother getting it back for fall, you know, cheated by who he married. The seed by his uncle and wife. Bad family, Bad marriage. There's just not a lot of good that is going on here. And Jacob, he is definitely probably saying I am paying the price for this and yet God said he would be with them. He would be with them Rember. That's what God told them when when he appeared to Jacob in a dream, right? So even though all this bad is going on, he has to hold to the fact that you know what God, you told me that you'd be with me, that you would bless me and every time he makes that turn, he sees that life isn't going so well you know, so look now is the time to go home. God is the one that tells him to leave. But instead of living peacefully with his father in law, Laban has to take off secretly and flee like a fugitive. Just like what he had to do when he had to run from his father's House 20 years earlier. I'm telling you, there is a lot that Jacob goes through. That reminds him of what his past sins, friend, friends, has that happens you before. Have you gone through experiences and life and you go Ha, I deserve this. Oh, if only I hadn't done that, this wouldn't happen. And then we think of it 5 years later. I'm here because of that. And we think, Oh, you know God's punishing me because of my unfaithfulness and not realizing that God desires to bless. Look, we pay the consequences of US and that is true. You know, sometimes God doesn't save US from the consequences and he didn't save Jacob from these consequence. He's gone through a lot to remind him of the bad that he's done. And sometimes God allows US to go through these things. Just as a reminder, look, we do have to pay the price of our sins. Sometimes, you know, I'm not talking about death. But in this life, when we don't do do things According to God's will. There are consequences. Adam and Eve, they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden because of what they ate. They paid the consequences of their actions. You see, but would they be saved at the very end? Yes, Adam, he will make it into Heaven one day, he will be there at the 1st resurrection. At the 2nd Coming. But here, Jacob is fleeing. This is the 4th thing that reminds him of all those bad things that he did when he was back in his father's House. And Laban, of course, catches up to him and tells him, Jacob, it was in my power to do you harm. But God came to me in a dream and warned me not to touch you, not to hurt you. So what have we seen up to this point? More restitution Rather than blessing. And it was probably in line with the deception that he poured upon his father and his brother. But yet he had evidence that God was with him. 1st when he ran from his home, God appeared to him in a dream, right. And then God bless them with the Big family, even though there was Turmoil in the home. He had 12 sons and one daughter. God bless them with a wonderful Big family. You know many children was a sign of many blessings in those days. God bless them with many cattle and flocks. And he came up from Levens place. Really rich man, you know, God was the one that told him to go home to leave Laban's House. So God did to have face to face communication with Abraham. Even though he was going through all these, what bad experiences? And then in Genesis Chapter 32 in verse one, if you want to turn there, it was God's Angels that met him and accompanied him after Laban left. So Jacob had all the assurances he had all the what he say this evidence says that God was with him. And yet he still went through many trials. I would be having mixed emotions. You know. But now free from Laban, he looks forward and God was one that told him, Jacob go home. So what does he do? He sends a message to his brother, Esau brother, Coming whole Genesis $32.00 and verse 6. Look what the Bible says. Genesis $32.00 in verse 6, and the messengers returned to Jacob saying, we came to the brother Esau. And also he comes to meet the with what? 400 men. He was obviously not coming to greet him. He didn't need 400 men, he just needed 5, maybe 10 at the most. But it was obvious isn't. And Esau was coming. For revenge. Maybe Esau thinks all my brothers come home to get his birthright. And so him sends Jacob sends messengers and gifts of cattle and sheep and say, I have enough are not coming back for my, my birthright that I stole from you, you know? But nonetheless, Esau is on his way. And Jacob begins to be fearful. Look just a little detour, isn't it so interesting that what Jacobs desires so much he wanted that birthright. He didn't really need the birthright to get it. You know Esau was the one that inherited all. All the father's riches. Yes, Jacob would inherit the land of Canaan, but all the riches of the Father would actually come to Esau and not to Jacob. He had been gone for 20 years, so all his deception was for naught. You know, if we're found faithful friends, we don't need man's validation. God will work things out for US in his time. And because of that deception, Jacob had to pay so many times over and learned the lesson that he shouldn't have stepped head of God to try to do things his own way. So things don't always work out the way it seems, you know, Jacob's favorite wife was Rachael, but yet she was not the one that was buried with Abraham and Isaac and their wives. It was a leader that was buried with Abraham and Isaac. And the patriarchs. You know, and Leo was the one that gave birth to Judah, who would be what the seed, through which the Messiah would come, it would not come through his favor wife, Rachel. So the things don't always look the way it seems. God works things out differently. We just got to have faith to Trust in him, but coming back to take a look, all that we have looked at is not referring to Jacob's time of trouble. Ok. This is not his trouble. It's about to happen. Esau is coming. And remember back in Genesis 28 director, what God said to him, I will bless you right. You're a, what the vile that Jacob made back to God. He says, if you bring me back to this land of what in peace, then you will be my God. And he's not thinking about peace at this moment. His brother's coming for revenge. And Here's the thoughts I will probably be plaguing you at this moment. God, you told me to come back. I've come back. I told the saw and now he's coming to attack me. God, what do I need to do? You told me the comeback. Why? Thoughts of doubt would probably creep in God. I told you that if you bring me back in peace only then you'll be my God. Maybe this might be the easy, an opportune time for him to let go of God instead, isn't it? But this is what he told them. And Jacob, he does all that he can humanly possible. He splits up his family says if you saw takes your lease, you can run. He attacks there, you can run, he does all that. He can physical preparation, but he doesn't leave it there. He goes over the River to plead and to pray to God for protection. Look friends taken from great controversy, 616 paragraph 2, great controversy, 616 paragraph 2. Look what Ellen White writes, Jacob's night of anguish when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau, represents the experience of God's people in the time of trouble. It is here in this experience that we will see how it applies to every single one of US, but especially in the time of trouble. So Let's continue this quote. His only hope was where in the Mercy of God, his only defense must be prayer. Yet he leaves nothing undone on his own part, to atone for the wrong to his brother and to a virtue the threatened danger. So should the followers of Christ as they approach the time of trouble. Make every exertion to place themselves in a proper light before the people to disarm prejudice, and to avert the danger which threatens Liberty of conscience. Friends, what did Jacob do? He was praying. He depended what fully upon the Mercy of God. His defense was prayer. Let's turn our Bibles to Genesis 32 and now verse 24, Genesis 32, verse 24. What happens while Jacob is praying, while he's interceding what happens? And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled with the man until the breaking of the day. He thought that it was his brother, and as that man laid their hand upon him, he began to wrestle with him and began to wrestle, verse 25, and when he saw that he prevailed, not against him. He touched the hollow of his joint, his thigh, and the whole of Jacob's by was out of joint. As he wrestled with them straight away, Jacob knows that this is not just any normal human being. This is not easy for his brother. It must be a heavenly being. If it was a, a bad being, it would have destroyed him and would not have just wrestled with him for hours and hours. It would just kill them. This was none other than Jesus Christ. Great controversy, 616 paragraph 3. Jacob knows that it is now the Angel of the Covenant with whom he has been in conflict, the disabled and suffering the keenest pain. He does not relinquish his purpose. Long has he endured perplexity, remorse, and trouble for a sin. Do you see that? All that he's gone through has endured perplexity. God, why am I going through this? If you told me you'd be with me, he's endured remorse, he's has been burdened with his guilt and he's been repenting many times over. Now he must have the assurance that it is part and the Divine Visitor seems about to depart, but Jacob clings to him, pleading for a blessing that Angel urges let me go for the daybreak of but the patron exclaims, I will not let the go except that Al Bless me, what confidence, what firmness and perseverance are here displayed. Had this been a boastful, presumptuous claim, Jacob would have been instantly destroyed, but his was assurance of one who confesses his weakness and unworthiness, yet trusts the Mercy of a Covenant, keeping God friends. Why did Jacob need the assurance that his sin was pardoned when he asked for the blessing, why did he need this assurance? You see, he needed this because he needed to know that this trouble that was coming Esau coming with 400 men. He needed to know for himself that the trouble that was coming was not coming because of his sin easel was coming because of Jacob sin of 20 years prior to this. But Jacob needed to know for his own sanity sake. In his own heart of Hearts that his sin has been forgiven. It's been cleansed and all this trouble that is happening to him now is not because of him. He had been living in guilt for far too long. And you also need to know that God was with him. So that's why he needed the assurance that my sin is forgiven. He's been wrestling with his Angel the Angel of Jesus Christ Himself touches his thigh and it goes out of joint. And then he's ready to leave. He had no assurance up to this point. Look at US. The fact that Jacob had prevailed with God was an assurance that he would prevail with man. He no longer fear to encounter his brother's anger. For the Lord was his defense, you know, friends, sometimes the troubles that we go through, it's hard to discern whether this is allowed from God or it's a consequence of our own sins. And I know that all of US, sometimes we are plagued with these sorts of troubles, you know, sometimes sometimes and ask God, what am I doing here in Malaysia? I grew up overseas. I don't sound Malaysian, You know, I was just at a shop the other the other week and the person asked me Was at the post office picking up a package and they said, Can I have your passport passport? I see. And he said, we thought you were Malaysian, I don't sound it, I grew up overseas. I grew up in England for 5 years astray for 10 years. Us for 7 years. I've not grown up in Malaysia, and sometimes I've never had the thought of ever coming back to Malaysia. Really, the major reason why I'm back is because my wife is Malaysian through and through. She grew up here all her life. But, you know, sometimes you come back, you know, as I got, what am I doing here? Why am I back in Malaysia of all places? Even people have asked me, Ben, what are you doing here? Why are you not in Australia where your parents are? You know, I grew up overseas. Was it because of some sin that I committed in Australia that God doesn't want me to go back. There was a, some sort of sin that I committed in US or God says you going to leave, you know, and sometimes you played with these sorts of thoughts and these situations. God, what did I do wrong here? Is it because I hurt that person is because I said these words, What did I do deceptively are not According to your will. And we played with these sorts of problems in our Hearts and, and guilt and remorse. Do you go through that? I know I do sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night before you go to sleep and you can't sleep because thoughts of 10 years ago or 15 years ago of what you did and all the regret comes back up and you can't sleep. It drives you Crazy and say, This is what Jacob was going through. God had told Jake of to go home. But if he listens without fulfilling all the conditions, it would be at his just detriment. He had to make sure that his sins were forgiven. The crisis is that he kind of went through with his family life, with his work life. All that he experience a Laban's House there. It wasn't at the expense of his life, but now Esau is coming with 400 men. And we've got to make sure that we fulfill all the conditions, friends, otherwise, the burden of sin and guilt along with this physical seeming problem that is coming would almost crush our lives out. Just like the Moses God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, right? But on the way to Egypt, the Angel of the Lord comes to ready to kill him and why? Because his sons were not circumcised. We've got to make sure that friends, before we step into any danger of potential danger, God calls you to a mission trip to a dangerous place and he clearly calls you. You better go. But you make sure that you for filled the conditions of his promises. God cannot bring Jake of back to his land in peace if he had not fully repented of his sin of the past. If you see that this is why the assurance from God becomes so important. Let me show you great controversy. This is all taken from get great controversy. This one passage, one long passage, 618 paragraph 3. As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the law permits him to try them to the to most their confidence in God. Their faith and firmness will be severely tested as they review the past, their hopes sink. For in their whole lives, they can see little good. Do you feel like that sometimes friends, I do, I know I do. They are fully conscious of their weakness and unworthiness. Satan endevor is to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to his Temptations and turn from their allegiance to God, friends. It could have been easy for Jacob to question God and to doubt, God, God, you told me all this time that you were with me. But where have you been? How come you're not helping with all these problems? Doesn't that happen? Sometimes, friends, why do you have to remind me of my sin of 20 years ago? I've committed sin. Yes, but I've, I've confessed that already. Why are you not working on the heart of Esau? And so that's why Jacob had to wrestle. He had to wrestle with God because Satan was the one that influenced Esau to March against him. So he could only come back to God and see for that help to make sure that his sins were forgiven. Friends. Look at this 61000 paragraph one though God's people be surrounded by enemies who are bent upon the destruction. Yet the anguish which they suffer is not a Dread of persecution for the true sake. They fear that every sin has not been repented off and that through some fault in themselves, they will fail to realize the fulfillment of the Saviour's promise. I will keep me from the hour of temptation, which accompanies all the World. If they could have the assurance of pardon, they would not shrink from torture or death, but should they prove unworthy and lose their lives because of their own defects of character? Then God's Holy name would be reproached. Friends, you know, At the end of time that the fear that we have in relation to torture and persecution, and all of that is not so much as a Dread, as when we still have unconfessed sins in our lives. When Jacob was wrestling with the Angel, though you got to understand this, he had already confessed of his sin. Had he been doing it with sin in his life at this time? He would have been destroyed. He had already repented. He had already confessed, he was already a changed man, but he needed the assurance and friends, we need that same assurance before the time of trouble comes, that breaks upon all the World. And so Jacob, he holds on the Angel. You says I will not let you go until you bless me. Give me the assurance God that you have forgiven me. Give me the assurance. So we continue. Had not Jacob previously repented of his sin in obtaining the birthright by fraud. God would not have heard his prayer and mercifully preserved his life. So in a time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed. Despair would cut off their faith and they could not have confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they have no concealed wrongs to reveal their sins have gone beforehand to judgment and have been blotted out. And they cannot bring them to remember its friends before probation closers. Every inherited and cultivated tendency to sin, no must be put away. If not that persecution that is taking place all around US. Coupled with that guilt would smoke certainly crush US, we would lose our faith in that time. Friends look when you have done something wrong and you suffer the consequences. It's hard. A person that murders another person and is sentenced to life in prison. It's crushing. But at the end of time when persecution comes and you have guilt in your life, it would overwhelm you because it would make you to think these people are persecuting me because of what I've done. I deserve it. God has left to me. Do you see that? If by faith, you confess your sins and God has blotted them out, you have nothing to fear because even though you feel guilty, there is no remembrance of sin. Let me show you. Continuing on paragraph 3, those professed Christians, who come up to that last fearful conflict, unprepared will, in their despair, confess their sins in words of burning anguish, while the wicked exult over their distress. These confessions are of the same character as was that of Esau or of Judas. Those who make them love meant the result of transgression, but not its guilt. They feel no true contrition, no abhorrence of evil. They acknowledge their sin through fear of what punishment just like who Pharaoh vault they would return to the defiance of Heaven. Should the judgments be removed? Friends, what bearing does Jacob's life have on US today? My life is more like Jake of not like the father of faith. Abraham have done a lot of wrong. I've heard a lot of people. I'm surprised sometimes God still allows me to be in Ministry. He's still willing to work through me. And sometimes when wrongs come up, I think God is because of my sins of what I've done that I see these problems in the church as well. And it's so easy to, to blame myself and just go back home all the pressed and sad. And you know, I know that all of US, we have these feelings, isn't it? Friends, this is what Satan does. Look at US paragraph 2 of 620. Satan leads many to believe that God will overlook their own faithfulness in the minor Affairs of life. But the Lord shows in his dealings with Jacob, but he will in no Wise sanction or tolerate evil. So Devil he plays US with guilt, but he says, look, it's Ok all who endeavor to excuse or conceal their sins and permit them to remain upon the books of Heaven. Unconfessed and Unforgiven, will be overcome by Satan. The more exulted their profession, the more honorable the position which they hold the more grievous is their course in the sight of God, and the more sure the triumph of the great adversary. Those who delay a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or any subsequent time. The case of all such is hopeless. Friends to day is the day of our preparation. The time in which we live to day is what will determine our fitness for Jacob's time of trouble? How should we be preparing? How can we make sure that? Yes, we must make sure that we confess all our sins, but it's more than that. What did Jacob go through? Look at this 621 paragraph to this is our time of preparation. How we should prepare this season of distress and anguish before US will require a faith can endure what we are in US. The lay and hunger of faith that will not faint. Those severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all, to prepare for that time. Jacob prevailed because he was perseverance and determined. His victory is an evidence of the power of what importunate prayer all who will lay hold of God's promises as he did and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded, those who are unwilling to deny self to agonize before God to pray long and earnestly for his blessing will not obtain it, wrestling with God. How few know what it is, how few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire, until every power is on the stretch. When waves of despair, which no language can express, sweep over the suppliants, how few cling with unyielding faith to the promises of God, friends, how can we prepare for this time of trouble? That is soon to come upon US. We need a faith that can endure what delay we are in US and hunger that will not faint. When severely tried, we need to learn the lesson of importunate prayer. That what important is not when you're in unfortunate circumstances, it sounds like that isn't it. But the word importunate means what persistence, especially to the point of annoyance. Do you think Jacob was persistent when he saw the people marching against him? Absolutely. We need to have this sort of experience in prayer today. Self-denial agonizing before God, learning to pray long and earnestly for his blessing. Wrestling with God. Friends, maybe some of you are going through unfortunate circumstances right now. Maybe you're suffering in need. Friends, learn to pray, importunate prayers. He says, I will never leave you, no forsake you, and it seems like he's left you offer say, can you reach out like Jacob did? Because it seemed like Jacob in his situation, it seemed like God had forsaken him, that he was just paying the consequences of his own sin that he had committed 20 years ago. But he didn't let hold of God Let Go of God. He didn't let go. He reached out and he held on and he said, God, I will not let you go until you personally. But before we can claim his promises, the assurance that God is with US. Friends, we've got to confess our sins. You've got to repent of your sins. God cannot fulfill his promises. If we are still holding on to sin, you know too many of US get annoyed by the minor annoyances of life. What people say to your church, look, they aren't your enemy. But don't get offended by people what they say to your church. People have got offended because me as a pastor do not shake their hand and say happy about what people say to you at school or work getting left out of a Party. Your friends didn't call you friends. These are the minor annoyances of life. Do you understand that in relationships, how people people react some, some are so small and petty, you don't sit next to me. You don't open the door for me. You don't, you know, with the list just goes on and on. So many of US we get upset over small issues. Friends, we've got to learn to overcome the small things. If we can overcome them, we can be rest assured that God is building our character for the future time when there will be persecution that will come upon you when you do not do anything wrong whatsoever. You know, relationships get strained, friendships get strained over the smallest of things and how many of US we still Act like children in power Ting in sulking in throwing tantrums. And it's a matter of faith friends, all of this is a matter of faith. If we prayed long and learned to endure hardships and trials, we would find all these minor annoyances of life will no longer become issues. At the very end, God changes Jacob's name from Jacob to work Israel, that word Israel, it means God prevails. Finally, God has prevailed in the life of Jacob. God has given him victory. God has blotted out his sin. And finally, when he's been able to wrestle with God, He does not have any fear as to what is or will the friends, the Battle that we fight today is not between people flesh the flesh. The fusion 6 reminds US of there the Battle that we have to wrestle with is between US and God. Because God can change the heart. God can change the situation. God can change the problems. God can deal with issues. He can prevail in our life. And when he does, we have a New start. We have a New beginning, we'll have a New name. We'll have a New life because we've learned to go to the source of US strength, the one that can actually deal with any problem that comes our way. Yes, even coven, one team. God can deal with it. He can deal with your financial problems. He can deal with your marriage problems. He can deal with your relationship issues. You can deal with your Sabbath problems that you have for school and for work. He can deal with any problem that comes our way. We have that in the life of Jacob that Jacob's time of trouble, the trouble that we're going through right now. That's not Jiggers, how much trouble, all these small problems of a life of issues between people and money and property and car and whatever education God can overcome all of that. And as we learn to step step by step out with Christ, he's preparing US for the greater persecution that is going to come one day. Today is the day that God is trying to open our eyes to help US to see. He can make US more than Congress friends today. God, he says, I will hear you in the day of trouble. The name of the God of Jacob defend the friends. Many of US, maybe you've been living in the Shadow of sin and darkness for too long. All those sins that you committed in the past. They reared their head and that they want to crush out your faith. But friends Don't let it happen. Hold on to God. You know, wrestle with God. Don't think that God wants US to live this way because of our past sins. Don't let that pass. Life dictate how you should live today as a child of God. Hold on to God. Tell God I have confessed you are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins. But now Lord, blasphemy. Don't hold those out past sins accountable to my life. Bless me God, and I'm not going to let go until you do. Don't hold back onto your past sins, friends, hold on to God who is Mighty to save friends. He wants you to come to his throne of Grace and Mercy. The small today to find help in time of need. He wants you to sincerely repent of your sins, to turn away from it and have confidence to lay hold of his promises and have the assurance that he wants, that he wants you to give you victory today. He wants you to be an overcomer today. Friends, he wants to guide your life today. He wants to be your delivery call upon you call upon him in the Deva trouble and he will hear friends. Let's make a thorough work about repentance today. Let's make sure that we call upon God today. And Let's learn to wrestle with God because Jacob's time of trouble, the close of probation is coming one day. And the only one that can protect US is Jesus Christ, our Savior. But he can only protect US if we can 1st of all our sins. So friends today, Let's go to God. Let's bring all our sins before him. Let's make the work of our repentance. And then we can have the assurance that he will be with US, that he will never leave US nor forsake US, that he will deliver US out of that day of trouble. Because why we have the assurance that we can stand before him today. Friends, do you have that assurance? Do you have that assurance that you are following in God's will? Have you been assured of that? If not today, make sure before you progress on from the sermon before you move on to lunch or whatever other activity you have after this Michigan Uni's and you say, God, forgive me for this instance that I have not repented or confessed of yet forgive me. So that when we go forth from this place, we have the confidence that our Father and Jesus Christ, our Savior is with US. Let US pray, Father in Heaven. Lord, maybe some of the sins that we've committed has been much worse than Jacob. But father, we have the assurance that you will be just you will be faithful to forgive US. And to Cohens, US, if all the we will confess, Lord, so Lord as you stripping all the different layers of self-defense that we have layers that we would try to make US to forget of our past life. Lord, remind US again so that we can come for US that we can make it right, that we can have the assurance that you are with US today. So that whatever happens Tomorrow we are ready. We are prepared. So God, please guide US this day. Especially on this Holy 7th. I was Lord that as you have sanctify this Holy time, that you'd sanctify US as well. And so Lord Guide US, lead US. The less US the stay, we pray in Jesus This media was brought to you by audio verse. 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