Have you completely surrendered?

June 19, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

–Genesis 32:30

In the story of Jacob, in the Old Testament, you and I meet a man who reached a point of complete spiritual crisis.

Jacob had some serious flaws in his faith. He wasn’t a spiritual follower of God. He clearly had heard about God his whole life, but he didn’t know God personally. In fact, Jacob spent most of his days trying to use God, rather than being used by God. His faith was superficial and shallow.

Actually, Jacob sounds like many of the people who attend church these days. But God wanted more from Jacob, and he wants more from us, too.

God called Jacob to be a great man of faith. But he couldn’t be that person without giving his all to God. So God physically wrestled the struggle out of him and won Jacob’s complete reliance.    

Maybe you’re at a point of spiritual crisis right now. Maybe you’re struggling with your faith and trying to hold onto God and your old life. If so, you need to listen. The only way to win with God is to surrender.

Let this be the day you meet God face to face. Surrender to him and let him unleash within you the person you born to be!


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