“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 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. 26 Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’
But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’
27 The man asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Jacob,’ he answered. 28 Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome’” (Genesis 32:24-28).
Jacob wrestled (struggled, Hebrew word “Israel”) with this mysterious being, that some have said was an angel, others Christ, and some even God the Father. However, we know the Bible consistently teaches that no one has ever actually seen God. So that would lead us to conclude that Jacob encountered God’s representative. Passages such as Judges 13:18 and Hos. 12:4-5, sure support this line of thought. Don’t lose sight of the big picture here; Jacob struggled (wrestled) with God’s representative for God’s blessings. You should be so determined in seeking God’s blessings on your life!
Here’s our short list of the remaining seven of the twelve “blessed zones” of living:
The Sixth Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – A HEART TO WORSHIP GOD – Exodus 23:25 – “Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. 27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.”
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:4-5).
The Seventh Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – STAND IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL – Genesis 12:3 –“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
The Eighth Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – STAND UP FOR THE UNDERDOGS OF LIFE – Deut. 24:19 – “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble” (Psalm 41:1).
The Ninth Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Live – FAITHFUL IN TITHING – Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
The Tenth Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – A GIVING HEART, ESPECIALLY FOR THE POOR – Deuteronomy 14:28-29 –“At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”
“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done” (Proverbs 19:17). Here are some other passages: Deut. 15:10; 16:17, Ps. 37:26, Prov. 22:9
The Eleventh Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – WILLING TO SUFFER FOR THE FAITH & PERSEVERE – Mt. 5:10 –“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“If you are insulted because of name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rest on you” (1 Peter 4:14).
The Twelveth Key To Unlocking Blessings Into Our Lives – WHOSE SINS ARE FORGIVEN – Psalm 32:1-2 – “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2).
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” (Romans 4:7-8).
Choose that you are going to live in the zones that God has biblically and historically blessed! Live your life in the blessed by God’s Blessed Zones!
To blessed to be stressed~Barry