Listening to the Father's Heart - July 14


God requires all of His leaders to walk with a limp to insure their dependence upon Him. In your weakness, His strength is revealed through you.

Son, do you recall the time my son Jacob wrestled with the angel? "So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till daybreak" (Gen 32:24).  Jacob realized his hope was in me alone; only if I blessed him would he survive the ordeal. In the past, Jacob had been one who sought to solve his problems on his own, in his way. But when he was faced with what he could not handle, he finally grasped for my way of doing things. All my sons and daughters must come to this place. Jacob was striving with me, but it was the right kind of striving; he held on in order to obtain my blessing on his life.  "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." The only way I could overcome the strong will of this son was to physically get his attention. The angel touched the socket of Jacob's hip. It was painful. It immobilized him. It was the place of total brokenness and surrender. No longer would Jacob walk in his own strength. He would now lean on a cane, symbolic of his leaning on me alone. He would walk with a limp the rest of his days. Son, I require all my leaders to walk with a limp to insure their dependence upon me. In your weakness, my strength is revealed through you.

I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; so the lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, even forever. Micah 4:7



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