A great spiritual truth is realized when we understand the God of Jacob. Jacob the conniver, schemed for over 100 years before finally wrestling his way into transition! Believe it or not he is still our example teaching a nature change from Jacob of Old, to Israel. Transformation from carnal to spiritual is highly significant and takes time!  Scholars say Jacob was 106 years old when he wrestled his way to "Israel" meaning God Rules! My own weakness is refusing to accept by faith that God is totally Sovereign in every situation that I face!  Let this little article impress to you OUR GOD IS SOVEREIGN!

     God declared: You shall not be called Jacob any more, but you are Israel. One meaning is this "you have prevailed with God".  Here's another result of Jacob's wrestling match: "And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (Gen.32: 30). God told Moses in Exo. 33, "no man shall see me and live", this type of visitation kills the natural man, but inevitably transforms a trickster into a noble son of God!

     A true Son of God must learn as Jacob, the Sovereignty and the continual abiding presence of the Spirit Within! John the Revelator repeats time after time, I WAS IN THE SPIRIT! More than just words, this speaks volumes to those allowing real change on the inside. It places us in a brand new sphere of life and revelation. Truthfully the old heavens have passed away with a great noise, and Heavenly Jerusalem has been established forever in the Secret Place of the Most High God ! One example I love is found in I Sam. 25, a man named Nabal defies King David and almost perishes. Abigail his wife tells the truth of it: "regard not this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he". Nabal was his name but folly, foolish and stupidity was his NATURE! With this in mind let's go deeper. Many years ago when rural folks lived by the produce they raised and could preserve, making pickles was serious and the women took pride in so doing. There were even 21-day pickles, and the phrase was coined "baptizing the pickles"! There had to be a real nature change from cucumbers to pickles!
     Remember Jesus re-natured  Simon into Peter and Saul into Paul. Now I strongly believe in water baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, however, we too need baptized into a new Nature. Jesus said "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name (nature and character) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"(Matt.28:19). I'm not talking about water here, but deep within we must stay totally consumed in "divine nature"  the name of the Father until His character, authority, power and maturity is embedded in our spirit! Baptized in the name of the Son until compassion, obedience, responsibility and selflessness is embedded in our spirit! Baptized into the Holy Ghost until the true teacher changes us from natural to Sons of the Spirit! He will teach us all things including the realm of super-natural, and give us an alive internal guide and Mediate and Comfort us unto the very end!  WHAT AN AMAZING GOD!      
In-Christ Always  Elmer Hart


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