[Wrestling with God] 1 John 5:4-5 ESV 01.26.2020
Rev. Tom Ragsdell
1 John 5:4-5 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Pastor Tom shared a message from the story of Jacob on how to let God take control to influence the things around us instead of striving to change things on our own. By wrestling with God through prayer and being in His presence instead of wrestling with the people and circumstances around us, God can change us from strugglers to overcomers.
Philippians 3:4-14 Holding onto Jesus
Genesis 28, 32-33
Jacob: One who struggles, grasps; ‘deciever.’ Jacob deceives his father and brother, Esau.
Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob meets God at Bethel
Genesis 32: Jacob prays, wrestles with God
Genesis 33: Jacob and Esau reconciled