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2021-11-12 | Genesis 28-32 | Behavioral Patterns What’s your problem? You know, everyone has at least one. We’ve all witnessed or endured something significant. I would not have to press too hard for you to remember at least one serious event or circumstance that was so impactful that it is now lodged in your brain. It’s stuck in your mind as if it is actually engraved in your memory.

As you search your memories, and consider both sides of those meaningful events, whether you were the perpetrator or the victim, I am confident you will find several. And what you will notice, as much as you’d like to ignore it, and as painful as it might be to contemplate, the cycle of those traumas have repeated over and over again. I am sure this has made you wonder; “How can this keep happening?”

Well, the answer is rather simple…it boils down to our Behavioral Patterns. Whether you like it or not, we have all inherited corrupted DNA, just like Jacob. Let me be clear, this is not an excuse, especially for the Believer! Let’s just call it a reason, not an excuse. The Bible encourages us; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Wouldn’t getting rid of those Behavioral Patterns be included in “all things”? The answer is a resounding YES!!

The Biblical account of Jacob’s journey, after he was asked to depart in search of a wife, points us to several Behavioral Patterns. We must, must recognize them; and even more critical, we must forbid ourselves from repeating them!