Note: This topic was something I always planned on talking about this year and now I can. This blog post was inspired by Genesis 2:18-24; where God created Eve out of Adam’s rib after seeing that Adam was lonely and by himself.
Disclaimer:I will be discussing some mature content (i.e. sex), so if you are a young reader please ask your parents first before reading.
What does it mean to be joined with Christ?
Well, in my opinion, I believe that being joined with Christ doesn’t just mean a Father/Son/Daughter relationship but also a relationship built around trust, commitment, and love for one another.
God loved us so much that He sent Christ into the world to redeem us; likewise, we as Christians and as human beings should do the same. Like Gomer in the Book of Hosea; who was an adulterer, we as Christians today can “flirt” with the desires of our flesh and through it; can become “lost” in this fallen world.
“19. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me. In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord.”Read More »
Sorry for the missed post. For the month of February, I’ve decided that I would be focusing on God’s love for us as human beings and as His children over the next couple posts. For this blog post, I couldn’t help but turn to one particular passage of scripture that I kept thinking about in Luke 18:22. In that verse, Jesus was trying to tell the rich young ruler that what he lacked was his inability to give all that he had to the poor and follow after Christ.
In my Bible, there is a notation at the bottom of my Bible that made me stop and think about what Christ is trying to reveal to us that may be hindering us from God’s blessing.
In my NKJV Study Bible, the notation said,
“Jesus was examining the ruler’s orientation to God by directly confronting him with the very thing that was hindering him…”
“22. So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing.See all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”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!”
Well, in Proverbs 3:5, in talks about how we are to trust God with our whole hearts and not try and understand His plan with our own understanding and God will direct our paths. Today, we will be asking the question, “Will You Trust God?” and God’s Word reveals the answer. Trusting God is an essential part of not just a Christian’s walk with God but is someone’s chance to change their life for the better. In the New Living Translation, Jeremiah 17:7-8 says that we are to trust God and that we are like trees planted by the river who suffer through the heat and come out better than we were before.
“7. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord, and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep in the river. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
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.”
Today, I will be talking about glorifying God with our bodies and how we shouldn’t allow the world’s view of glorification undermine and twist how we should honor God with our bodies.
So, what does it mean to glorify God in body and spirit? Well, glorify comes from the Hebrew word “kabod” meaning “weight or worthiness of something”, but it also translates to Honor. Okay; so, if glorify means to honor God then why don’t we honor God with our bodies? Why do we continue to allow our flesh control over our bodies? Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 6:13, where it talks about how our bodies are not meant for personal sexual pleasure but for God.
1 Corinthians 6:13
“…. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”Read More »
To some people, the word means that whatever you are attempting to do won’t work and to some; it is too difficult for them and they give up. But let me tell you a secret; it’s not Impossible; that is just the enemy saying, “That’s right. Whatever God promised you is too much for someone who has committed such terrible sins” But what does God say? Let’s turn to Jeremiah 1:5 to see what Jesus says about our self-worth.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I consecrated you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”