Occupy

Jacob's physical life is a picture of what Christians experience in the spiritual realm today. In Genesis 34 we read about how Jacob's daughter Dinah is defiled and her brothers take revenge by murdering all the males in the city of Shechem. Jacob was horrified with his sons and daughter. If you have time read back over the earlier chapters you will find that God asked Jacob to go to Bethel in the first place. But like us, Jacob was distracted by the things of life and he ended up in a place he didn't belong. He was outside of Gods will for his life. God told him again, "Go to Bethel". "Dwell in Bethel".

Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”  Genesis 35:1

 God told Jacob to go to the place where he met with God. Today we say that we should return to our First Love, Jesus. This is always the first place we should return when we find ourselves wandering away from God. We must repent and return.

God told Jacob to Dwell in Bethel (House of God). When we repent and return, Jesus will accept us back. But it's not enough to return. We must occupy. God doesn't just want us to return and repent. He wants us to occupy the ground he gave us. We must hold on to the promises of God, cover ourselves with the blood of Christ and stand our ground. We need to redirect our mind with the washing of the word from the things that distracted us in the first place.  

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  1 Corinthians 16:13