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Delivered By
Bob & Julie Petersen
Delivered On
August 28, 2016

What if I told you that you could have a life that was peaceful and secure, free of fear and worry.

  • As a child of God you already have it.
    • Out of fear, we sabotage God’s plan for our lives.
    • Fears cause us to attach to things to a place that we labor in worry and often manipulation trying to get them to come to pass.
      • Fear and worry are typically a product of our desires.

Matthew 6:27 AMP And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?

James 4:13-15 AMP 13 Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. 14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air]. 15 You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing (NAS If the Lord wills), we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing].

Jacob was the ultimate “willful” person

  • Jacob (Hebrew) heel-catcher (i.e. supplanter)
    • Supplant (Dictionary)
  1. to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
  2. to replace (one thing) by something else.

Jacob has a promise given to him about his life:

  • Genesis 25:23 NAS The Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger."

Jacob tried to bring God’s plan into being by his own power.

  • Genesis 25:26 NAS Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob
  • Genesis 25:29-31 NAS 29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."
  • Genesis 27:18-19 NAS 18 Then he came to his father and said, "My father." And he said, "Here I am. Who are you, my son?" 19 Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me."
  • Jacob ends up reaping the trickery he sowed

Psalm 37:1-6 (AMP)

Genesis 29:18-29 NAS 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." 19 Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me." 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her." 22 Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. 23 Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her. 24 Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. 25 So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?" 26 But Laban said, "It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the firstborn. 27 "Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years." 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.

  • Even with angelic visitation Jacob is still reaping fear from what he has sown.

Genesis 32:1-7a NAS 1 Now as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him. 2 Jacob said when he saw them, "This is God's camp." So he named that place Mahanaim. 3 Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He also commanded them saying, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: 'Thus says your servant Jacob, "I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now; 5 I have oxen and donkeys and flocks and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight."'" 6 The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him." 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed

  • Jacob’s final wrestling

Genesis 32:24-28 NAS 24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28 He said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel (Heb. – he will rule as God); for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed."

David was the opposite of Jacob.

  • David would not make his own way even when Saul was delivered into his hands.

Having a strong will can be a great thing.


Submitting your will to God is not a passive thing

  • You should submit from your choosing based on knowledge and not from intimidation or pressure.

Strong willed people are:

  1. More apt to press through something hard
  2. Less discourageable
  3. More likely to complete hard tasks
  4. Don’t give up easily
  5. Believe there’s an answer to everything, even when they’re told there isn’t

Proverbs 14:12 NAS There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

If we would just let go and let God

We sabotage God’s plan for our lives.

Leaders cannot be self willed and led by God at the same time.

  • Titus 1:7a NAS For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed
  • Strive to enter God’s rest!

Hebrews 4:10-11 AMP 10 For he who has once entered [God's] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. 11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].


Matthew 7:21 NAS Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.