What does it mean to wrestle with God? When is it good to wrestle with God? Why are you wrestling with God? In a relationship with God, there will be defining moments. Your relationship with God affects every relationship you have. Jacob was sly, Manipulative, and cunning. This pattern affected all of his relationships until eventually he wrestled with God. A deep encounter with God is transformative and gives us a new direction and depth in our lives.
What does it look like to listen to God and trust His direction during the day? We need God’s clarity, God’s courage, and God’s process. Are you teachable in these three areas? Deciding a career, where to live, who to marry, choosing friends, and when to pray are all significant decisions. Many people forge their own path based on feelings and ignore God’s Word and voice. God sees the entire story and wants to guide us with love.
How can God be the source of peace in the season you are in? Maybe being a parent is not a role you have yet. Maybe your child is now an adult. Regardless of the season of life you are currently in, God’s relationship with Abraham described in Genesis 22 can guide you on your Relationship Roadmap with Him and others. God wants to be, and can be, “the” source of strength, wisdom, and peace in your life.
Why do we repeat the same sins? How does Jesus help us overcome addictions? What does it take to break a spiritual stronghold of darkness in your life? Abraham had a pattern of telling lies. He was crafty and cunning, but ultimately God convicted him of his rebellion. The core issue is that he was not trusting God and not secure and God’s love. Your view of who God is will affect all of your decisions and relationships.
God protects you far more than you realize. God will give you a song in the darkness. God will give you a solution in the dispute. God will give you a delivery in the battle. When have you seen God’s protection? How do you thank God for His mercy and grace? Is God directing you to rescue someone else?
What blessings has God brought into your life? How are these blessings connected to the nations? Are you open to God expanding your vision? God blesses you because He is good, and demonstrates His love to you. God also honors you as you honor Him. God rewards those who seek Him and trust His word. There are many reasons God blesses you. One reason that is often overlooked is that God blesses you so that you will bless other people.
Are you listening to God? What is your view of the Bible? What is your response when God asks you to do something difficult? Noah and his family were alive during one of the darkest times in human history. God provided a rescue for anyone who would believe Him. Jesus is the Messiah and the ark points to Him. Noah’s family united together with faith, purpose, and endurance.
Why are sibling rivalry is so common? What is happening in our hearts when we are involved in unhealthy conflict? How do families overcome strife and experience reconciliation? Competition, comparison, and manipulation are common traps in relationships. Great intentions can become rejection which ultimately leads to dehumanization. Jesus breaks this pattern and teaches us how to love one another, including the most tense relationships we have.
Marriage is the most intimate human relationship, and it can be the trickiest relationship too! Why is peace, joy, and unity a challenge in marriage and family? What are some practical steps that can be taken to improve your marriage? Let’s take the 30 day strengthening your marriage challenge together! God is able to bring healing in our relationships when we open up our hearts and trust Him. The One who is the author of marriage is also the great restorer.
How are you praying for your country? What healing is needed in your soul? How is God moving in this season of your life? When God does something new, He often announces it through the prophets. Isaiah brings hope to people with a glimpse of the future and the faithful promises of God. Seek God’s presence and know that the trials will fade as we walk by faith with Jesus.
As we live in an unprecedented time, and in the middle of the Christmas season, it is important that we show the kindness of Jesus in practical ways. When we first experience the kindness of Jesus in our life, we can live it out to those around us. In our family, neighborhood, and community giving and receiving kindness from one another is something we all need to participate in each day.
Jesus is faithful even in the hard times. We see this graphically evidenced in his promise that all nations will hear the good news before He returns. His Church is being built globally now. Because He is faithful to His promises, we want to be faithful to Him in what He has asked us to do.
How do you respond when you reach a low point in life? Where do you find hope? How do you move forward by faith? Joseph was missed treated by his family, sold into slavery, thrown into prison even though he was innocent, and yet continue to abide with God. His story includes trusting God, serving other people, courageously bringing the truth, and forgiving and saving the ones who hurt him.
Jesus’ persistent love goes beyond feelings, temptations, and preferences. It is an unselfish investment and leads to redemption. You can have an abundant life because Jesus was completely faithful on his mission. Why and when does God want us to be persistent? How do you persevere in prayer? How do you overcome the temptation to give up?
Real patience includes trust in God, persevering, and letting him transform your life. God is patient with us and is committed to helping us become more like Jesus. Patience is an expression of love. How can you be more patient with other people? When has God been patient with you? What are the consequences of being impatient?