Gen 28:10-22 “Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.’ 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’ 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.’”
God gave a word to a man named Jacob, but it was after he was transformed into ‘Israel,’ that he was able to catch it. He knew what the angels were doing because he’d caught it. Jacob saw a ladder, angels taking prayers going up to Heaven’s Gate and angels bringing the answers back down. A transaction took forth. It was a prophetic dream, a lot of symbolism.
In God’s house, there is stuff happening in heaven and earth. This is the first place in Scripture we find something out about the House of God.
Jesus said, ‘On this rock, I’ll build my house.’ You only need one rock. You need a revelation.
What revelations has God given you and how have they changed your life?
Jacob was in awe at this revelation. He recognized God was speaking directly to him. He was even willing to pay tithes! He took the rock that he’d slept on and poured oil on it (symbolizing God’s Spirit). He called that rock a pillar and set it up on the premise of that dream.
The reason why God gave Jacob a vision, a dream, is because something had to stay inside of him in order to get him through some stuff. He’d been lied on and cheated. He got none of the money he’d earned from his father-in-law. He decided after he’d had children that he needed to go home. He had God’s promises. He had that dream and followed it.
He sent his family on ahead and stayed behind to pray. He grabbed an angel because he needed something. He refused to let him go, wrestling with him all night. He held onto those promises. He wanted that blessing—a new name, a new future, peace with his family, change his past, make him different. This encounter was All. Night. Long.
The word he got was in Jacob, but the answer was in Israel. God gave him a promise in his situation, but the fulfillment was in a new nature, a new identity. No longer was there depression and suicidal thoughts, now there was preaching and love and hope and life.
He caught the dream when he became Israel.
If you want the dream, you may have to have an encounter with God. You may have to wrestle for it. It won’t come because of someone else. YOU have to fight for it.
What dream/s do you feel God is calling you to fight for? How will you do that?
This isn’t for Chicken Littles among us. It’s not about doom and gloom. Don’t give up. Never give up! If you have a little chicken in you—fry it!
It is promised that we will suffer. This kind of faith takes a little bit of crazy! But, we have promises to hold onto in spite of our circumstances.
Micah 7:8 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.”
In the fight, you will grow a little bit, you will learn about yourself, you change when you wrestle.
Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
Those who don’t make it are the ones who gave up.
Salvation isn’t free, it cost Jesus His life on a cross. Salvation is free—for YOU.
Blessing requires striving, pressing, work!
You can squeeze a grape and get juice. But, you can’t squeeze an olive to get the oil. It must be pressed. If you want something from God, you’ve got to press. If you want to bust loose, you’ve got to press. If you want to change, you’ve got to push through. Those obstacles are no match for pressing in.
Mat 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Suffer doesn’t mean ‘cause hurt,’ it means ‘to allow.’ Violence doesn’t mean ‘hitting and causing damage,’ it means ‘passion’ and ‘pushing forward’ and ‘pressing.’
It’s about seeking after Jesus with everything you’ve got. If you press in, you’ll get in.
You are not entitled to anything at all. You’ve got to want it enough to work for it, fight for it, press in. Say no to some stuff and yes to God. Do you want the Kingdom more? There is no fear in spending too much time with Jesus. There is no such thing as too much God. Get Jesus in every area in your life. Keep pressing until this is your reality.
What have you given up on? What are you afraid of? What do you feel entitled to? Are you willing to seek the Lord and change what you need to change in order to see those dreams fulfilled?
It should have been ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.’ The second born fought for it and we say, ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’
Something happens to you when you want more of God, when you say, ‘God, I want more anointing in my life.’
There are strings attached to you and you’ve got to lay them down, your money, your stuff, your identity. If you want God’s will for you, you must give up some things, entertainment, identity, your will. There is a wrestling match going on in your spirit. Pin down that will and call out to Jesus!
Jesus won’t give out freebies. He’s looking for those who’ll kick down some doors.
Gen 38:27-29 “And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, ‘This one came out first.’ 29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, ‘How did you break through? This breach be upon you!’ Therefore his name was called Perez.”
It’s important who breaks through first. In the womb, there’s a fight going on. All of a sudden, it was the time of labor. The first brother stuck his hand out, then the second brother pulled him back and got there first.
That second/first born child was named Perez, which means ‘the blessings and the breakthrough.’
Sometimes you’ve got to reach out and catch that dream.
Luke 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”
You’ve got to press into it.
You have to be willing to ‘dig deep’ in order to accomplish your God-given dreams. He will help you, but are you willing to give up something good for something better, for something supernatural? What are you going to do to work towards seeing that God-given dream become reality?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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