Father, Guide Me In Your Ways!

What does it mean let God guide you?

Well, in my opinion, I think that what it means for God is guide you; is to allow for Him to not only use you and your testimony to impact and inspire others, but also to mold us into the person He has called us to be. Guidance from the Lord doesn’t just mean asking Him, “Where should I go?” but also “Lord, How can you use me to impact the people and the world around me?” 

By asking God where He wants us to go, in my opinion, causes us as Christians to recognize that we don’t always know where we are going and that sometimes we need a “guide” that can show us the way to go. When I read His Word, it feels so amazing to be able to use it as a sort of “compass” that continues to “show” me not only how to live as a Christian but also how to treat others.

Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) says, “105. Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
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Justified by Faith – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 3)

As we go into the third week in our in-depth Bible Study on the Book of Galatians, we’ve talked so much about God’s grace and our redemption because of His grace, and how we as Christians are to defend our faith in Jesus Christ and it only gets better from here.

In this week’s post, we will be discussing chapter 3 of Galatians where Paul is speaking to the people of Galatia about how they are justified by faith and NOT by their adherence to the Law of Moses about being justified by works in order to be saved and how this chapter can be applied to us as Christians today.

We know that the word justification means to “declare righteous” and so; as we dive into this chapter, we will begin to see that we as Christians are justified by our faith in Christ Jesus and have been saved from the wrath of God.

As Christians, we have been justified by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9-10 (NKJV)

9. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10. For if we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”Read More »

The Parable of the Dragnet (Part 7)

Well, it’s been a while since I did a parable blog post. In The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price, I talked about how we as Christians should be obtaining the true treasure of the Kingdom of God; which is having an eternal life with Christ and being renewed by Him every day when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior over our livesIn this parable, I just want us to think of ourselves as the dragnet or net that comes to catch fish of every kind and draw them into a relationship with Christ.

If you want to read the other parable blog posts, you can check here.

What does it mean to be the Dragnet in the Kingdom of Heaven?

Well, what is a dragnet? A dragnet is a net designed to encircle a large area and gather fish near the bottom of a lake. So, if a dragnet is designed to catch fish, then what does that make us as disciples of Christ? In my opinion, I think this means that as disciples of Christ, we are tasked with gathering the “fish” or people of every kind and make disciples of every nation; just as Jesus commanded we do before He ascended into Heaven.

However, as the “dragnet” that will be used to bring people to Christ, we as Christians and as people should also remember that we are still human. In Matthew 13:47-48, Jesus gives us a depiction of not only what happens to disciples of Christ but also to those that reject Him and turn away from His gift of eternal life.

It’s our duty as disciples of Christ to gather people from all nations; just like a net comes and catches fish of all kinds.

Matthew 13:47-48

47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48. which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.Read More »

Are We Wrestling with God or Ourselves?

What does it mean to Wrestle with God?

Well, the word wrestle comes from the Hebrew word pathal which means “to struggle” or “be morally torturous”. So, to wrestle with God really means to struggle with Him, but why do we wrestle with God? For me, I feel that we aren’t really wrestling with God but wrestling with ourselves and the decisions we made in our past that come back and tell us that what God has planned for our lives is not possible.

We see in the Book of Genesis that Jacob struggles with all of the decisions he made when he was younger and finally accepts what he did and in the end, God blesses and rewards Jacob with a new name that will define the nation forever: Israel.

Genesis 32:25-26

25. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip, and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26. And He said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks’ But he said, “I will not let go until you bless me!”

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Are You Willing to Suffer for Christ?

Today, I want to talk about the suffering Christians face as followers of Christ and how we can still find joy through the suffering.

While reading this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself this question: Am I willing to endure suffering for Christ?

What does it mean to Suffer for Christ?

Well, the word suffer comes from the Hebrew word Oni which means “misery” or “poverty”. To suffer for Christ is something that we as Christians talk about and preach about, but we never actually discuss because we feel that we already know what it means. But do we? In Philippians 1:29, the Apostle Paul says that as Christians, we will suffer for Christ because we have faith in Christ and Paul says that suffering for Christ is actually a gift from God because it’s in the suffering that He comforts us.

Philippians 1:29

29. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.Read More »

“Will You Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me?”

What does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Him?

In previous blog posts, I have discussed the topic of discipleship but today, I’m going to delve a little deeper into a topic that I feel we as Christians talk about but don’t explain. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus makes three separate references about carrying your cross and following Him, but He warned us that by following Him; we would face persecution.

As Christians, we shouldn’t be surprised when we find ourselves a target of ridicule for our willingness to follow Christ, but then, why are we as Christians and people so surprised when we all Christ asks us to do is take up our cross and follow Him? Well, in Mark 8:35-37, Jesus tells us what we could lose or gain if we choose to follow Him.

Mark 8:35-37

35. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37. Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Part 4)

Are you the branches of the Kingdom of Heaven?

Well, today we will be discussing the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the growth of the Kingdom of God. In my previous blog posts, I discussed Building a foundation on Jesus Christ, what was the foundation (the soil) of your heart, and the tares that are planted to destroy and uproot the wheat of the field; but today, I will be discussing the mustard seed and how; when sown into the ground becomes the tree of God’s Kingdom in Matthew 13:31-32.

If you haven’t read the Parable Series, go to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Matthew 13:31-32

31. Another parable He put forth to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32. which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”Read More »

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Part 3)

Are you the wheat or the tare sown into the good soil?

According to Webster’s dictionary; a tare is “An undesirable or bad element that endangers the well-being of what is good and beneficial.” If a tare is undesirable and endangers the well-being of what is good; what does that say about our relationships with people or our relationship with God.

If you look in your Bible, you will see that the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares comes right after the Parable of the Soils (see Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23) and I like how Jesus; in my opinion ties the parable together. In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we will see how Jesus compares people to either the wheat or the tares.

If you have not read ( Part 1 and Part 2) of this series, you may check those out before continuing with the blog post.

Matthew 13:24-30

24. Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25. but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?

28. He said to them, “An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29. But he said to them, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.Read More »

The Parable Series – The Parable of the Two Builders (Part 1)

 

Today, I will be starting a series that will focus on Jesus’s parables throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each of the parables, I will be examining the context of each parable and giving a biblical perspective too often times various issues in our lives. Throughout this series, I pray that you gain a better understanding of who Jesus is and His immense love for us and how God wants us to live our lives.  Each parable blog post will be featured on Tuesdays. 

At the end of each parable’s blog post, there will be a PDF file linking to the Bible Study Notes for that parable.

What is a parable?

A parable is a story told by Jesus that has a metaphorical meaning which can be applied to our lives. One such parable is the Parable of the Two Builders; a well-known bible narrative told to young children but has a much deeper meaning. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells the story of two builders; one who is called “WISE” and the other who is called “FOOLISH”, but the teaching is in the parable.

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Trust in God’s Plan

What did Jesus mean when He said, “… Not as I will, but as You will”?

Well, in Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:35-36, and Luke 22:42, they all center on Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane asking God the Father to take the “cup” (the approaching separation from God) from Him, but acknowledged that it wasn’t by His will, but by God’s Will that the approaching separation and taking on the sin of the world be done. But, what does Jesus’s declaration of trust in God say about our own? In the Message Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and acknowledge God because He will direct our path.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (Message Bible)

5. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. 6. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

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