“Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father.”
Israel had many enemies, but one in particular would follow him all of his days on earth. Wherever Israel would go, his enemy would follow him—no matter where he went—Bethel, Shechem, Canaan, even to Egypt and Goshen. He harassed Israel in the most vulnerable moments of his life—like when his father died, at his wife's deathbed, and when he thought he lost Joseph forever. He was a merciless and relentless foe, chasing and hounding Israel everywhere he went.
The enemy was…himself. It was his old nature—a relentless, ever-present rival that followed Israel until the day he died. You see, Israel was battling Jacob—his old nature—every day, until his last day.
If you have a new nature, then you have an enemy that follows you everywhere—it is your old nature. The Bible says that since the very day you have been saved, your old nature has been continually corrupted by its deceitful desires. That means right now, your old nature is capable of so much more destructive sin than the day you were saved!
That old nature is battling for control! If you let your old nature take the reins for just a second, you could find yourself in a seriously complicated situation with serious lifelong consequences. Don't give it the opportunity! The battle belongs to the Lord—but…you have to ask Him and let Him fight for you. Cling to Him with all you have—just like Jacob when he was given a new name, a new nature, and a new identity.