Today, I would like to ask that as you read this blog post, you reflect on this question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who Do You Say That I Am?” As we go into the Christmas season, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday and that it’s about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. But, it’s also about how we as human beings perceive God and His Son Jesus Christ.
What did Christ really mean when He asked the question: “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
Well, to me, I feel that Jesus was asking a very simple question but it’s a question that I feel, we as Christians just skim over and never really dig into. I feel that Jesus is asking us this question out of a sense of curiosity because He wants to know; how we as human beings perceive Him. In the Bible, God refers to Himself as “I AM” to Moses and as the God of the Israelites and even Jesus Himself said that phrase “I AM”. In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks this very question to His disciples, but it’s Peter’s response that should show us who Christ really is and not who we perceive Him to be.
“29. He said to them, “But who do you say that I Am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ”.Read More »
Well, to me, giving it all to God means that I need to relinquish all of my pain, regrets, sadness, guilt, shame and even the good things and lay them all at His feet. But also, it means that whatever I may be going through, I can give it over to God knowing that if I can’t handle it; by faith, God will get me through it. In the Bible, we see many times the prophets and later the Apostles urging us to give all that we have to the Lord.
But here’s the question: Why do we hang onto the things of the past? In Psalms 55:22, it is telling us to cast all of our burdens onto God and He will sustain us.
“22.Cast your burdens on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”Read More »
Well, the words give thanks come from the Hebrew word Yadah, which means “to make public acknowledgment” in conjunction with another Hebrew word Yad, which means “hand.” So, in essence, to give thanks to God really means to lift our hands in public acknowledgment Him. But do we as people give thanks to God like we should?
Giving thanks to God is one of the most important things we as Christians and people should do because it is only through God that we are alive and it’s only through God that we wake up each morning. In Psalms 35:18, David calls the nation of Israel and even us today to give thanks to God before people.
“18. I will give you thank in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people”Read More »
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.
“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!”
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.
“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 »
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.
“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?”
While reading this blog post, I want you to ask yourself this question: Am I humbling myself according to God’s Word?
What does it really mean to “Humble Yourself?”
Well, the word humility comes from the Hebrew word anavah meaning “modesty” or “gentleness and meekness.” In Part 1; we talked about how Pride can lead you down a dangerous path away from God and what He wants for your life, but today; we will be talking about the other “I” trait: Humility and how we should strive to humble ourselves and think of others instead of letting our pride consume us.
In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus tells us that if we don’t humble ourselves and become like little children, we will have no means of entering the kingdom of Heaven.
“3. … unless you are converted and become as little children, you will have by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”Read More »
So, today throughout this post; I want you all to ask yourself this question: Am I focusing on myself or am I humble and focusing on others?
What does “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall” really mean? (see Proverbs 16:18).
Well, the word Pride comes from the English word meaning “A sense of one’s own proper value or dignity” or “A overly high opinion of oneself.” God calls us as people and as Christians to give up our pride and humble ourselves, but how can we do that when we as human beings are prideful and arrogant? In Isaiah 13:11, Isaiah talks about how God will punish the world for its evil; particularly the arrogant, proud, and haughty of humanity.
“11. I will punish the world for its evil; And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Well, as human beings; we are told that “fear is an illusion” or “fear is just our mind’s perception”, but as Christians, we know that fear is not of God, but of the enemy as said in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” with the so-called “Spirit of Fear” being Satan’s way of counteracting our trust and faith in Christ. Although we as human beings think that we can overcome fear with a man-made solution, there is no man-made solution to an internal struggle. The only way that we as people and Christians can conquer fear is by putting our trust in God first and letting His Word strengthen and encourage us to fight our fear.
1 John 4:18-19
“18.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19. We love Him because He first loved us.”