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 »

The Parable of the Leaven (Part 5)

What does it mean to be the leaven of the Kingdom of God?

Well, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, but what is leaven? Leaven or yeast is what was used by bakers to make the bread rise and expand and grow; just like the Kingdom of Heaven. Like the previous parables, the Parable of the Leaven focuses on the Kingdom of Heaven from the Holy Spirit as said in Matthew 13:33. Although the shortest of the previous four parables, the Parable of the Leaven will give us insight into how God’s kingdom is meant to grow.

If you haven’t read the Parable Series; you can click here: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 .

Matthew 13:33

33. Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

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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 of the Soils (Part 2)

What is the foundation of your heart like?

In the beginning of this series, I talked about how Jesus was referencing the “house” as us; the people and Christians who are called to be the “temples” of the Holy Spirit and how if we don’t have Christ as our foundation then we will be like the “FOOLISH” builder who built his house on the sand and was swept away by the rain, floods, and storms.

Today, I will be expanding on the topic of foundation with the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23 where the four soils represent us as human beings and the mindsets of our hearts.

If you haven’t read Part 1 of the Parable Series, you can click on the link to read The Parable Series – The Parable of the Two Builders (Part 1).

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