7 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:49 AM

Devotion: First win in the spirit

Gen 32:28 “No longer will your name be Jacob,” the man told him, “but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.”

PrayerHosea 12 : 3-6(AMP) “He(Jacob) took his brother by the heel in [their mother’s] womb, and in the strength [of his manhood] he contended and had power with God. Yes, he had power over the Angel [of the Lord] and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He met Him in Bethel, and there [God] spoke with [him and through him with] us–Even the Lord the God of hosts, the name of Him [Who spoke with Jacob] is the Lord. Therefore return to your God! Hold fast to love and mercy, to righteousness and justice, and wait [expectantly] for your God continually!”

Jacob was left alone on the night before meeting his brother Esau. Esau was coming with 400 men to attack him. Jacob had run away from him for years. He was possibly praying for safety when a spiritual being appeared to him.

Jacob knew that Esau was coming with his army of four hundred men not for peace but to attack him and revenge for the blessings he had cheated on him. He could not win any physical battle with Esau because Esau had more and stronger men than Jacob and that is why Jacob engaged in the spiritual battle and won.

In Hosea above, the story is well expounded that Jacob wept to God during this night and he got favour and prevailed in his supplication. Whatever interpretation different people may have, there is one thing that is evident and thus he fought a spiritual battle before entering into the physical battle with his brother.

When he won the spiritual battle, the following day his brother Esau who was coming with 400 army could not attack Jacob any longer in the physical battle and hence they became friends.

When something or someone comes to oppose you,or when you want to win a certain place, before you engage in any physical battle or physical planning, go into a spiritual one through and the Word and ensure you first prevail in the spirit. Our struggle is not physical but spiritual.Ephesians 6: 12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Most of the issues that look physical have their roots in spiritual realm. If you respond to them physically, you may not bring the desirable results. Pray and use the Word and prevail in spirit and you will prevail also in the physical. Use spiritual weapons before you can use the physical ones. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds..”

Dear Father, thank you for the opportunity you gave me to have an access to your throne room where I pray and present my petitions and through which I live a victorious life. Every day I am a winner because of the spiritual weapons I use which include prayer and the Word. I will never fail again. I am a victor all the way. In Jesus Name. Amen

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