Pastor Rachel

Genesis 28:11-17 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

Definition Encounter

  • An Encounter is a memorable event ,which is never forgotten

Effects of divine encounters

  • When Daniel had a divine encounter, his knee began to shake
  • Our body is not optimized for such encounters, after the original sin of Adam and Eve
  • Things will instantly change !

What can be learned from Jacob (Gen 28:11-17)

  • Jacob did not know that it was the gate of heaven when he rested because of the sunset: It was God’s orchestration
  • Sometimes you are not aware that you had an encounter
  • Jacob did not get the full benefit as he was not prepared
  • Alertness and response types are  important
  • Later on in (Gen 32 from 27)
    • Jacob was prepared and his name was changed from Jacob (=Trickster) to Israel
    • It was obvious how Jacob progressed (from Bethel to Peniel)

Different categories of encounters

  • you can be the recipient of a divine encounter
  • you can facilitate the encounter
  • you can witness an encounter
  • You can initiate encounters
  • an encounter where somebody is destroyed (Sodom and Gomorrah)


Our Prayer for you:

  • You will experience a divine encounter and your situation will instantly change
  • You will not have a minor sensation of God’s presence but you will fully experience it
  • You will be ready and prepared for divine encounters

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