Stop Pretending 

“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.'” (Genesis 32:28)

After pretending to be his older brother Esau, stealing his birthright and his blessing, and spending 21 years estranged from his family, Jacob finally decides to return home and face Esau once again.

On his way home, before he meets with Esau, Jacob wrestles with God. At first, Jacob doesn’t even really know it’s God, but he is grabbed by something. Many scholars believe this was an encounter with the pre-incarnate Jesus.

The two of them wrestle until daybreak. At this point, Jacob is suffering from a broken hip. Then the Man demands for Jacob to let Him go. But Jacob replies, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26).

Jacob is determined. The same tenacity that made him a schemer, a con man, and a deceiver is now working for him because he has it focused on the right ambition.

The Man asks Jacob his name. Remember, Jacob had been blessed by Isaac through pretending to be Esau. But he is no longer trying to be blessed through deception. He tells the Man his name, and that’s when God blesses him and gives him a new name.

God gives him the name Israel, which means triumphant with God. Jacob doesn’t just get a new name — he gets a new identity.

Our culture plays a huge role in defining our view of success, self-worth, and beauty, but God has a different view. You may think you have to be someone you’re not in order to get where you want to go.

The truth is, God can only bless who you really are, not who you pretend to be.

You will never get what you’re after if you’re always trying to get it by being someone or something you’re not. God has a destiny unique to you. Don’t settle for someone else’s blessings when God wants to give you your own. 
                 ~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

Living My Write Life

Today I had a notice on my Instagram page that someone commented on a post.  
The account was @livingmywritelife 

I went out to check their page since the clever name intrigued me….. WOW! 

This lady, Chelsea is talented! 
Such a simple and creative way to share her beautiful gift of poetry.  

The lead image is an example and you can head over to follow her on Instagram Here 

Who doesn’t love a little more encouragement? 

Sharing is caring so reshare with your friends too! 

      ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

A Love Letter 

I just love 1 John. To me this letter from John is my love letter. 1 John shows us how to love. Not only ourselves, but others as well. Most of all it tells us about how much Jesus loves us. So much that He was willing to die on the cross for us and our sins. If we believe and confess our sins, God’s love and His light shall shine on us for eternity. 

       It doesn’t get any better than that!  

In 1st John 5:13 it says “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are confident that when He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our request, we also know that He will give us what we ask for. If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death. We know that God’s children’s do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and He has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And know we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and He is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 

These are His words, not my words. They are God’s words. Straight from His Word (The Bible)

So my friends, if you are feeling condemned from you sins, your condemnation is not from God! Confess your sins to Him, and He will forgive you. But you have to let it go because He remembers it no more. It is time to move forward. Have a great day my friends, and remember there is no greater love than God’s love.

~ Michelle Smith