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CONTENDING BY FIRE

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 8:05 AM

CONTENDING BY FIRE

(Acquire the Fire to Meet the Desire)

 

INTRODUCTION

Every child of destiny like Jacob of old will have to contend with an Esau adversary in one form or the other and at one time or the other in life. Esau is a destiny contender, a destiny challenger and a destiny waster. As a child of God you are a type of "Jacob" - a destiny child or a destiny carrier, and God has good thoughts and plans of a glorious and fulfilling future for you. His plan is that your light should shine forth such that you make headway in every endeavour of life. But you need to understand that there is a spirit called “Esau”; whose his primary mission is to hinder you from accessing your inheritance.

 

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it (Oba. 1:17-18).

 

The struggle between Jacob and Esau started right from their mother’s womb and later worsened when Jacob took Esau’s firstborn-blessing by deceit. Consequently, Esau vowed to kill Jacob over the matter. This led to Jacob fleeing to exile in Haran, where he stayed in the house of his uncle Laban for 20 years. There, he acquired a large family and possessions and God blessed him mightily. But when he was returning to his father Isaac, Esau showed up with four hundred fully armed men. Apparently Esau was coming to revenge his birthright and prophetic blessing that Jacob stole. When Jacob saw them on the way, the Bible says he feared greatly, therefore, he sent gifts to buy Esau’s favour. But Esau rejected them all, ostensibly because he claimed to have enough, but what he actually wanted was Jacob’s life.

 

• And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, this is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now: And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, we came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

 

• And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove (Gen. 32:1-8, 13:16).

 

Jacob certainly understood what Esau meant by rejecting the gifts, so he quickly relocated his wives and children, crossed the river, and took shelter under a tree where he prayed to God to deliver him from the hand of his brother. He cried out to God and while he was crying, an angel appeared to him. He grabbed the angel and both of them wrestled until Jacob acquired the fire from the heavenly being.

 

In a most amazing and dramatic manner, Jacob wrestled (a figure or picture of an intense prayer, supplication and intercession) with a live angel! Standing before a live angel in a full angelic glory and power could literally dematerialize or incinerate a person. But Jacob had a prolonged hand-to-hand, body-to-body contact with this live angel from evening till the early morning of the next day! Jacob literally held on to a ‘heavenly high voltage live-wire’ without getting ‘electrocuted’. Fresh from this encounter at Peniel, Jacob became a ‘mobile power bank’ – full of divine fire. As a proof of this rare spiritual and intercessory encounter, the angel dislocated Jacob’s joints, so he began to limp as he walked to face Esau the next day.

 

Just as he was leaping and leaving the place, Esau showed up on the horizon accompanied by four hundred men fully armed for the purpose of attacking and wiping out Jacob and all his household and properties. But when Esau saw Jacob, he ran to hug and embrace him and the moment they embraced or touched each other, Esau broke down in tears. Esau had spiritual ‘electric shock’, and his stony, hardened and vengeful heart melted like wax in the sun. Esau broke down in tears and wept like a baby. Esau wept for quite a while, and Jacob himself became so emotionally overcome that he broke down in tears as well.

 

• And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved (Gen. 32:22-30).

 

• And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept (Gen. 33:1-4).

 

Apparently, Esau was mesmerized by the fire that Jacob carried such that he began to weep at the battle front. After the emotional outburst and outpouring was over, Esau composed himself and began to ask about the welfare of Jacob, as he warmly greeted every member of Jacob’s household! A killer who came to plunder and destroy had suddenly and mysteriously become unusually friendly! I suppose Esau’s 400 hired killers were extremely puzzled at this sudden twist of events. Esau later offered to provide escort for Jacob through the wilderness, persuading him to allow them travel together. The man who came to kill offered and volunteered to become a bodyguard! The vengeful spirit of hatred in Esau was finally arrested; he bowed to the ministry of fire! However, the animosity between the nation of Israel and Esau (Edom) continued in successive generations. On several occasions in the history of the two nations, Edom would join with enemy nations to attack Israel and plunder her. He vehemently resisted Israel; he even disallowed the Israelites from passing through his territory on their way to the Promised Land.

• And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword (Num. 20:18).

 

• Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him (Num. 20:21).

 

• These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz, [16] Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are the dukes that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah (Gen. 36:15-16).

 

A duke represents a captain of a thousand. Therefore, duke Amalek represents the father of the nation of Amalek. This nation later became one of the undying enemies of Israel. The battle between Israel and Amalek was one that required the continued intercession of Moses while the battle proceeded. Later on in the battle, Aaron and Hur had to support the hands of Moses that were being mysteriously weakened by unseen forces. Amalek was one of the descendants of Esau that continued hostilities against Israel. Esau had died but his spirit lived on in successive generations of his descendants. So the house of Esau became a perpetual adversary of the house of Jacob because Jacob carried a strong destiny.

 

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation (Exo. 17:8-16).

 

THE TRANS-GENERATIONAL CONTENTION

The contention and animosity between the descendants of Esau (Edomites) and (Jacob) Israelites continued in successive generations until it practically became trans-generational. So Esau transformed from being a physical person to become an opposing and afflicting spirit against anyone who is either a Jacob, or anyone who has anything to do with Israel or anyone with a place in destiny.

 

As long as you know you are a kind of Jacob and you have a place in destiny, be prepared for an encounter with an Esau spirit or personality. Be ready for an attacker of your destiny. Let me put it in a way that will help you to realise this important fact:

 

For Every:

• Abraham, there'll be a destiny-hindering Lot.

• Isaac, there is a mocking and rival Ishmael.

• Jacob, there'll be all opposing Esau.

• Joseph, there'll be 10 merciless household wickedness brothers.

• Moses, there'll be a murderous Pharaoh.

• David, there'll be a stubborn pursuer king Saul and a satanic Goliath.

• Naboth, there'll be a covetous and murderous king Ahab.

• King Hezekiah, there'll be an unrelenting attacker Sennacherib.

• Mordecai, there will be an unrelenting mass killer-Haman.

• Elijah, there will be a notorious witch-queen Jezebel.

• Nehemiah, there'll be a satanic siamese twins of Samballat and Tobias.

• Isaiah, there’ll be a destiny delaying King Uzziah.

• Jesus Christ, there'll be a wicked Pontius Pilate.

• Peter, there'll a murderous King Herod.

• Paul, there'll be an Alexander the coppersmith who is a specialist in evil works.

 

Therefore if you are a destiny child then prepare for battle with your own Esau which could be at home, in the office, market place, work place, or even in the church! Esau is meant to limit you and ensure that you do not enter into the fullness of your destiny. Let us look at the different manifestations of the spirit of

Esau and how to deal with them.

 

WHO IS AN ESAU?

1. Esau is a Destiny Contender

Esau is a personality that strives to fight your good dreams and aspirations of life into a standstill. Esau is a person or group of people who are bitterly jealous of your progress in any area of life so he does everything possible to oppose your progress on the way to destiny.

 

2. Esau is a Foundational Adversary

Esau is a personality that knows your background and has vital information about you and uses them to unleash attacks on you. He knows the right spot to lay siege against you.

 

For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house (Micah 7:6).

 

3. Esau is Household Wickedness

Esau is an enemy of your destiny that disguises as your friend; an adversary that appears as a relation. Esau is the evil power of your father’s or mother’s house.

 

And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? (Luke 22:47-48).

 

4. Esau is an Unrelenting and Implacable Adversary

Esau is an enemy that takes offences and refuses to be placated; he habours ancient animosity and does not forgive or easily let go.

 

5. Esau Employs the Power of Witchcraft or Sorcery

Esau is a diabolical evil personality that manipulates and afflicts you with killer afflictions in certain aspects of life.

 

 

6. Esau is a Trans-generational Adversary

Esau is an angry spirit that pursued your parents and is bent on dealing with you, your children and your children’s children if not stopped.

 

7. Esau is the Power that Strikes You from the Back

Esau is a personality that betrays you at your weak moment; it’s a spirit that takes advantage of your innocence to stab you. Amalek, the descendant of Esau waited till Israel was weak and feeble in the wilderness before attacking them from the rear.

 

Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it (Deut. 25:17-19).

 

8. Esau is Mr. Wickedness or Mrs. Wickedness

Esau is a merciless personality that causes disaster at the edge of breakthrough. It’s a power that specializes in turning joy to sorrow.

 

9. Esau is a Destiny Waster

Esau vowed to kill Jacob after he lost his birthright to him. He was bent on wasting Jacob's destiny, until God’s fire in Jacob stopped him.

 

10. Esau is an Opposition Leader

Esau had been opposing Jacob from their youth until both of them became adults. And when both died, Esau’s seed throughout different generations were opposed to Israel.

 

11. Esau is a Territorial Power

Esau waited for 20 years for Jacob to pass through his territory on his way back from Laban to his ancestral home in Canaan. He was a type of territorial power and satanic strongman of limitation, bondage and oppression.

 

 

 

12. Esau is an Obstacle to the Promised Land

The Esau spirit is the spirit that is determined never to allow a ‘Jacob’ child to reach or get to his or her Promised Land.

Remember that in their lifetime, Esau had waited for twenty long years with armed conspirators in an evil confederacy at the border of the Promised Land, Canaan – all in an attempt to stop Jacob from reaching and taking possession of the Promised Land. The Esau forces are the wicked powers in different institutions, organizations and systems that through satanic gang-ups try to prevent and block other people’s promotion, progress and prosperity. Esau waylaid Jacob with four hundred men. He was the leader of a killer squad arranged to kill Jacob.

 

THE SOLUTION TO ESAU IS FIRE

In Obadiah 17, 18 God promised to make Jacob a fire such that Esau and all he represents would be totally consumed by it. The solution to the problem of Esau is for Jacob to become a flaming fire. Jacob must go through the divine process of becoming fire and be transformed into fiery Israel.

 

And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it (Oba. 1:18).

 

According to the Bible, Jacob would have to acquire fire in order to deal with Esau. Your Esau, as far as God is concerned, is stubble - dry grass. But God says you must acquire the fire because he has made your Esau dry grass. God’s prophetic word in Obadiah 1:18 says …the house of Esau shall be stubble (dry grass). So no matter the physical, social, political, religious, economic or spiritual configuration and constitution of your opponent (Esau), God’s word declares them as ordinary flammable and combustible dry grass. They are not as strong and as formidable as you think or suppose. But dry grass remains dry grass and constitutes an impediment to movement as long as there is no fire. However, a single stick of match kindled in a dry savannah grassland can burn several hectares of grassland and make a highway for you in the savannah. So as a believer, you must acquire divine fire otherwise ordinary dry grass will block your way of movement and progress. In other words, though the adversary you contend with is weak in the light of your position in Christ, he will still continue to oppress and hinder you from accessing your blessings as long as you have not acquired divine fire. But when God’s blazing prayer fire is at work in your life, the enemies of your destiny become as easily combustible as stubble. Therefore, whatever be the powers of opposition, darkness or personalities behind your issues or challenges, the ministry of fire will subdue them. You must acquire the fire to meet your desire.

 

THE PROCESS OF BECOMING GOD’S FIRE

There are certain basic steps that will help a genuine seeker to become God's flaming fire that is capable of consuming every stubble (Esau) of life. As we pointed out in earlier chapters, the process of generating physical fire involves combustion and this requires frictional contact. This is also true spiritually. If you truly desire the fire, get ready to move out of your comfort zone, and follow the following divine procedures:

1. Personal Salvation

It begins with the certainty of genuine repentance and personal salvation - a fact we cannot overemphasize.

 

• Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).

 

• Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:37-38).

 

Without the personal experience of salvation, you can as well forget about acquiring divine fire. Becoming a born-again Christian restores your relationship with God and guarantees you eternal life.

 

2. Holy Ghost Baptism

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is another fundamental step next to the experience of salvation. Baptism in the spirit kindles or sparks divine fire in your inner-man.

 

• I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matt. 3:11-12).

 

• But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

 

3. A Prayer Altar

A strong altar of intercession and devotion for daily divine encounter must be raised and maintained.

 

And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out (Lev. 6:12-13).

 

Personal altar implies a consistent prayer and fasting life. To become progressively strong you must pray and speak in tongues for a long as you can in your prayer time. You must also be an addicted worshipper and praiser of God. Prayer without quality praise may render your prayer mechanical and fleshly.

 

4. Sanctification

A commitment to God's practical sanctification and personal holiness is also a vital imperative for acquiring and sustaining the fire. Impurity of life in any form can become either a fire contaminant or a fire extinguisher.

 

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not (Isa. 6:5-9).

 

5. Word Addiction

Regular meditation in and copious intake of the Word of God is mandatory. God’s rhema (revealed) word in your spirit supplies the spiritual fuel of divine life to enhance the quality and sustainability of your fire.

 

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces (Jer. 23:29).

 

God’s word in your heart will produce in you strong faith in God about your privileged position in Christ and a corresponding holy boldness to confront every satanic opposition.

 

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all (Eph. 1: 17-23).

 

6. Service

Utilize your gifts and talents for Kingdom service, beginning with a commitment to evangelism and soul winning for Christ. Kingdom service provides a very veritable avenue for the expression of your prayer fire.

 

 

7. Exercise of Authority

Regularly exercise spiritual authority. Learn to release God's fire of judgment on every stubborn, persistent pursuer of your life and every anti-gospel and antichrist forces.

8. Obedience

Learn to walk in total obedience to the Holy Spirit. It is only those who submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit that can qualify to be the sons of the God of fire, and only they can qualify to manifest in fire and power.

 

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Rom. 8: 14).

CONCLUSION

With Esau and his co-travellers in diabolism and wickedness perfectly and permanently neutralized by fiery Jacob; after a brief period of journeying without fear in the wilderness, Jacob and his entire household arrived safely in his ancestral home, Canaan – the Promised Land. Jacob reached his goal and fulfilled a major part of his destiny. Jacob acquired the fire that helped to meet his desire. You too can.

And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him (Gen 35:27-29).

 

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