The Spirit's Strength

Jacob said, 'I will not let You go unless You bless me."
Genesis 32:26
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The Spirit's Strength
Such examples teach us that faith should not yield or cease urging or pressing on even when it is already feeling God's wrath and not only death and sin. This is the power and strength of the Spirit. . .. We should not immediately cast aside courage and all hope at the first blow but press on, pray, seek, and knock. Even though He is already thinking of leaving, do not cease but keep on following Him just as the Canaanite woman did, from whom Jesus could not conceal Himself . . .. Even if He hides Himself in a room in the house and does not want access to be given to anyone, do not draw back but follow. If He does not want to listen, knock at the door of the room; raise a shout! For this is the highest sacrifice, not to cease praying and seeking until we conquer Him.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 6:139-40)
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