Sunday Mar 15, 2015 – God uses circumstances to break us. The opposite of control is submission. In relationship with God, you have to transition from need to relationship.

The easiest thing to do is the hardest thing to see all the way through: prayer. –Dwayne Terry

The Test of Control

Passing The Test, Part 3

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Romans 9:21 – Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

 God uses circumstances to break us.

Psalm 32:8-9 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Genesis 25:26 – After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.

 The opposite of control is submission.

Genesis 32:3-6 – Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’ ” 6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”

Learning To Trust God’s Control

The easiest thing to do is the hardest thing to see all the way through: prayer.

Genesis 32:9, 22 – Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac…” 22 That night Jacob got up and … crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

Jabbok – emptying

Genesis 32:24-28 – So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

 In relationship with God, you have to transition from need to relationship.

Genesis 32:29-32 – Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

 Peniel – “Face of God”

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 – Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,