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Countenance, Carriage, and Courage

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Being a carrier of God's presence changes one's countenance, carriage, and courage. Each hero of faith one can find were indeed affected and afflicted carriers of the presence of God. In harboring within themselves, the very residence of God, drastic changes occurred in them all.
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Jacob, before he was known as Israel, cunningly persuading others to give him that which was rightfully and lawfully not his to possess. He worked diligently for Rachel but got a taste of his own medicine when he unintentionally wed Leah. God had big plans for Jacob, putting him in a position of dependency so he could develop within him a carrier of the presence of the God.
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While on the road from the house of his father, Issac, the countenance of Jacob's heart changed through a God-given dream. It was in this dream God proclaimed a promise concerning the generations of his descendants. Jacob understood at that moment God cared for him and was making provisions for his future.
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When Jacob met and wrestled with God while fleeing the "wrath" of his brother, Esau. God, in a moment, called Jacob's flesh into submission, causing an alteration in his carriage (the walk of his flesh) by giving him a limp with which he lived the remainder of his days.
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Jacob's tendency to pursue fleshly desires of position and favor led to him receiving God's blessing as Israel while in Bethel; taking a man with a squeamish and underhanded approach to gaining success into a man with a courageous heart tenaciously pursuing what God had for him and his people.
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Jacob was not perfect. He daily had to realign himself under the authority of God. Just the same, we who call the God Jacob Lord are carriers of the presence of God, which is Holy Spirit. Our duty as Christians is to live, so others see his countenance, carriage, and courage within us. 

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