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Sturdy guide for “The Power in God’s Word”

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

Topic: The Power that sustain The Word of God

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: Isaiah 55:8-11

Now, please allow me to breakdown the passages from Isaiah 55:8-11, so that we can have a better understanding of it:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Let’s breakdown each passage:

  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” What does it means? I had heard of people teaching and saying things that this passage doesn’t say. In order for me to understand what the passage is saying I need to go from where the writer started his line of thought. Which in this case is verse 7 ” Let the WICKED forsake his WAY, and the UNRIGHTEOUS man his THOUGHTS: and let him return unto the Lord”. Their THOUGHTS and WAYS are way far from The Lord’s thoughts and ways, as the heavens are far or higher than the earth”. (v.9) By the way, verse 8 is one of two contrasting points.
  • “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” (v. 10).  second contrasting point, in which the comparison here is between the effect of the rain and snow upon the earth, which will produce a results; ” maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.”
  • “SO SHALL MY WORD BE that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (v. 11) This passage expressed very clearly the power behind The Word of God. It CAN NOT return VOID. The Hebrew word used for “void” is “rêyqâm”, which mean “without effect”.  In other words, God’s Word will do what God had said about it. When we pray and nothing happens don’t blame God or His Word. God had never failed, never He will. The failed is our for not believing what God had said in His Word. The Scriptures are loaded with examples of people that believed in God’s Word and they saw the results of it. The whole chapter 11 of the books of Hebrews speak of them;

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” Heb. 11:4

Many students of the Scriptures haven’t quite comprehend the power that God himself had placed on His own Word. Perhaps one of the factors that had unable many to reach this level of understanding is the lack of believe in what they read in the Scriptures. We must believe that what we are reading in The Word of God, it means exactly what it says, and not what I think it says in my own opinion or theory, which is exactly what most students do. If you take the challenge of believing what the Scriptures says, we will see the exact results that are meant to happen when faith is apply to it. Throughout this sturdy I will prove to you that God”s Word really works if you only add the most important element to it, which is your faith and trust in God. We will use only the Scriptures to prove such point, any other source is corrupted and polluted and it becomes useless in the definition and understanding of The Word of God. God doesn’t need out help to fulfill his own word, the only element that will unleash the power placed in The Word of God is faith. First let me prove this to you :

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death.” Heb. 11:5

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house.” Heb. 11:7

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Heb. 11:8

“For he (Abraham) looked for a CITY which hath foundations, whose BUILDER and MAKER is God.” Heb. 11:10

26 times the word “faith” is used in Hebrews 11.

The Greek word used for “believeth” is pisteuō”, which is related to “pistis” that is translated “faith”. Some people had taken the biblical concept of faith way beyond the what the Scriptures says about it. Faith is NOT mental powers nor concentration nor visualization of things as many teach today. These people had written books based and twisted concepts of the Scriptures. So, what is FAITH? you may asked. In the book of Hebrew 11:1 you will find the answer;

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“These ALL (mentioned above) DIED IN FAITH, not having RECEIVED the promises, but having SEEM them afar off, and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth.” Heb. 11:13

Did you noticed how detached were these men from material possessions? Living, walking and even dying in FAITH. It’s not like today where all we see in churches around the planet revolved about “How much possessions you have? How much money is in your bank account? How BIG is the building that you call church? these are the kind of Christian people we are raising today. If The Lord will come today, thousands of Christians will be left behind alone with their leaders. We are not ready for the rapture of the church. Thousands of people are dying and going to hell everyday and what the church is doing? locked up in four walls preaching to each other and worrying about money, while the needy is lost. There MUST BE CHANGES before the rapture of the church. My prayer today is that God awake us up, so that we are ready for that great day. As it is stated in Luke 21:36;

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things (great tribulation) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

This is what God had said about the definition of Faith. What meaning of “substance” in Heb. 11:1? it comes from the Greek word “hupostasis”, which mean :

  • a setting or placing under
  • thing put under, substructure, foundation
  • that which has foundation, is firm
  • that which has actual existence
  • a substance, real being
  • the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing
  • the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution
  • confidence, firm trust, assurance

What is the meaning of “evidence” in Heb. 11:1? It comes from the Greek word “elegchos”, which mean “a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested” and “conviction”. These concepts extend the meaning of the original word, so that we can have a better understanding when we ready the Scriptures. Faith is the foundation that will bring forth the results expressed in in each of God’s promises. Going back to the passage in Mark 9:23 that says “all things are possible to him that believeth. how is this possible? The answer is given in another passage;

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Everything that you believe MUST be in alignment with The Word of God, God’s perfect will and God’s purpose and these three are in COMPLETE HARMONY. Let’s observe another passage that will amplifier this subject:

“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6

This is a very simple statement about our approach in the subject of faith. “Without FAITH” you can not please God, it’s the only element that God required from you to unleash anything that He had said or promise. Later in the end of this sturdy I will point out all the things that unable faith to produce results in and through us.

The following passage refers to the Creation of the WORLDS by faith, which mean “that God designed everything within every realm and planned all things according to His perfect will.”

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Heb. 11:3

How do I grow in faith? The answer is found in Rom. 10:17;

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Let’s breakdown the passage so you can extract the divine principle in it:

  1. “So then faith cometh by”: meaning, “this is the channel from which faith is pass through and the result of it is faith”.
  2. “by hearing”: Faith is the ultimate result of hearing, but just hearing anything, because it point out what exactly develop the hearing.
  3. “hearing by the word of God”. This is the main element that ultimate will bring forth faith.

If you read the passage from the end to the beginning you can extract much better the meaning of it; “The word of God have the ability to develop your spiritual hearing, more Word, more ear, more ear, more Word, this cycle will produce faith. That is why Rom. 10:17 started with the words “So then faith cometh by”.

When praying you must believe:

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

The passage doesn’t say that you will receive whatsoever you ask in prayer…it says “whatsoever shall ask…BELIEVING, ye shall RECEIVE.” having your prayers answered by God is not based on your “positive thinking” as many have suggested in books. What will bring results into your prayer life is your conviction or certainty on the Word of God. Another passage that confirmed this line of teaching is found in Mark 11:24;

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye RECEIVE them, and ye shall have them.”

At the moment of prayer you must believe in the power of God that will be unleash because of your faith in God’s Word.

Even salvation is given by faith:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9

No surprisingly the Scripture says;

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Hab. 2:4

Healing comes by faith;

“And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at HOME SICK OF THE PALSY, grievously TORMENTED. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and HEAL him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: BUT SPEAK THE WORD ONLY, and my servant shall be HEALED. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, GO THY WAYy; and as THOU HAST BELIEVED, so be it DONE UNTO THEE. And his servant was HEALED in the selfsame hour.” Mat. 8:6-13

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” Mat. 9:29

“But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs, which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Mat. 15:26-28

“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Mark 10:52

Unbelief is an obstacle for miracles;

“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” Mark 6:5-6

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Mat. 13:58

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Mat. 17:19-20

The Word of God is so powerful that can sanctify us;

“Sanctify THEM through thy TRUTH: thy WORD is TRUTH.” John 17:17

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Tim. 4:4-5

“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

As silver is purified of all impurities in a furnace under extremism temperatures, the same way the Word of the Lord is pure.

12 reference of The Word of God:

  1. The Word is right. Psalm 33:4
  2. The Word creates. Psalm 33:6
  3. The Word heals. Psalm 107:20
  4. The Word is pure. Psalm 12:6; 119:140
  5. The Word is Truth. Psalm 119:160
  6. The Word rule the climate. Psalm 147:18
  7. The Word is tried. Psalm 12:6; 18:30
  8. The Word revive. Psalm 119:25, 50, 154
  9. The Word is eternal. Psalm 119:89
  10. The Word is sweet. Psalm 119:103
  11. The Word is lamp to our feet. Psalm 119:105
  12. The Word is light. Psalm 119:130

The Word MUST be ENGRAFTED in us;

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

The Greek word used for “engrafted” is “emphutos”, which mean “implanted by nature, sprout”. Why do I engraft The Word of God in me? By becoming one with it.

The Word of The Lord Sustain all things together;

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by THE WORD OF HIS POWER, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb. 1:3

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

God’s power is behind God’s Word!

May our God keep blessing your life!!

Desarrollándonos en el espíritu.

Por el Rev. Jay Werman

Colosenses 1:9-11.

“Por lo cual también nosotros, desde el día que lo oímos, no cesamos de orar por vosotros, y de pedir que seáis llenos del conocimiento de su voluntad en toda sabiduría e inteligencia espiritual, para que andéis como es digno del Señor, agradándole en todo, llevando fruto en toda buena obra, y creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios; fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, para toda paciencia y longanimidad”

12 cosas sobre las cuales Pablo oró para que los Colosenses fuesen llenos:

  • Llenos del Conocimiento de su Voluntad, llenos de toda Sabiduría, Inteligencia espiritual. Verso 9
  • Andéis como es digno del Señor, Agradando al Señor en todo, llevando frutos en toda buena obra, Creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios. verso 10
  • Fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, Tener mucha paciencia, Tener longanimidad, con Gozo. Versos 11,12.

Dentro del contexto bíblico “Conocimiento” Implica algo mas que tener una simple información, incluye que ese conocimiento produzca una formación. El conocimiento que adquirimos a través de los 5 sentidos físicos son almacenados en el intelecto, el cual es simplemente parte de nuestra alma. La información que acumulamos a través de los años y que obviamente esta almacenada en el alma, es usada muchas veces por la misma razón para argumental todo. Dicho sea de paso, el alma esta dividida o compuesta en 5 divisiones mayores: La razón, la Voluntad, el Intelecto, la Mente y las emociones. Una vez convertidos al Señor debemos de renovar nuestras mentes a través de la palabra. Efesios 4:23 dice: “Y renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente”, en otras palabras que “Tengas una actitud espiritual en tu mente”.

La formación de nuestro vida espiritual depende que la “Revelación de la verdad de Dios a nuestro espíritu”. Conocimiento de Dios implica “Conocer el propósito y plan de Dios para nuestra vida”, eso quiere decir que mientras mas nos empapemos o saturemos nuestras vidas con la Palabra Revelada por el Espíritu de Dios, mas conoceremos que Dios hizo, hace y hará por nosotros.

En Oseas 4:6 dice: “Mi Pueblo fue destruido, por faltó de conocimiento..”. Implicando que el no conocer la voluntad y planes de Dios conduce a la destrucción. La razón por la cual Jesús enseñó mas que predicar, es por que El estaba comunicando “la voluntad y plan de Dios” para con el hombre. De igual manera, Pablo dirige el 99% de sus cartas hacia la enseñanza, tanto así que en efesios 4:11 dice: “El mismo constituyó a unos Apóstoles, evangelistas, profetas, pastores y Maestros”. La conjunción copulativa “Y” indica “Unidad de Ministerios”, o sea, nadie puede ser llamado al ministerio pastoral sino tiene un vocación para enseñar.

Santiago 1:21 dice: “…Recibid con Mansedumbre la palabra Implantada, la cual puede salvar (Gr. Soteria que implica Cambiar) vuestras almas”. La palabra del Texto griego para “Implantada” es “emphutos” que indica “Que la palabra tiene la habilidad en ella misma de transformar, siempre y cuando ella eche raíces”.  Ese es el poder transformador de la palabra de Dios cuando cae en buena tierra. Mateo 12:3:30. La palabra es llamada “Semilla” (1 pedro 1:23; 1 juan 3:9) y cuando esa semilla crece tiene el poder de cambiar y transformar nuestras almas. A esa misma transformación hace Pablo referencia en Romanos 12:2; “Transformaos a través de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento”. Es la palabra revelada por el Espíritu que va a hacer crecer nuestro espíritu y de esa manera nuestra alma (mente, voluntad, intelecto, razón, emociones, etc.) experimentará una transformación.

Gálatas 4:19 dice: “Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros”. Cristo va a ser “formado” en nosotros cuando la palabra de Dios sea revelada a nuestro espíritu. En Isaías 11:2 habla de los 7 ministerios activos del Espíritu santo, los cuales son para revelar la palabra de Dios a nuestro espíritu, entre otras cosas. 1 Corintios 2:9-11 dice: “…Pero Dios nos las reveló a nosotros por el Espíritu;…”. Compare también Juan 14:26; 1 juan 2:27.

Muchos mal interpretan 2 Corintios 3:6 diciendo que el estudio mata, sacando de contexto el texto donde Pablo dice “por que la Letra mata”, haciendo referencia en los mismo pasajes acerca de la “Letra de la Ley”, no el estudiar y prepararse.

Proverbios 2:6 dice; “Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el conocimiento y la sabiduría”. Compare con Santiago 1:5.

En Efesios 4:12-16 muestra 9 razones por las cuales los ministerios fueron dados, entre una de esas razones esta “hasta que todos lleguemos a la unidad de la fe y del Conocimiento del hijo de Dios..”. (v. 13). El ministerio que hallamos recibido debe tener como objetivo esas 9 razones, de otra manera tenemos nuestras prioridades invertidas.

Mientras mas desarrollemos nuestro espíritu con la palabra de Dios, menos efectos tendrán los problemas, ataques, y los mismos apetitos de la carne sobre nosotros. En gálatas 5:16 dice; “Digo, pues: Andad en el espíritu (a través de desarrollarnos espiritualmente) y no satisfagáis los deseos de la carne”. En otras palabras, mientras mas nuestro espíritu se desarrolle a través de la palabra de Dios, mas control tendremos sobre nuestra alma (donde esta la voluntad) y la carne y sus deseos se someterán. Por esta razón es imprescindible e importante nuestro desarrollo espiritual.

1 Pedro 2:2; “desead, como niños recién nacidos, la leche espiritual no adulterada (Sin opiniones y imposiciones de hombres), para que por ella crezcáis para salvación”.

2 Pedro 3:18 dice: “Antes bien, Creced en la gracia y el Conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo…”.

God’s Breaking Through Process

“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” Gal. 4:19

Subject: God’s Breaking Through – Process of Internal Formation

Based Text: John 12:24

Definition: God’s Breaking Through is the process through which God “Make die, crushed, removes, breaks down, extract” things in areas of our lives where He has no control or do not have the primacy. As New Creature, which you are in Christ (John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17), having received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you must give him total control of your life. Obviously, this is not automatic, but rather “a process that involves an action on our part”. God uses the process of “Breaking Through” not only to rule in our lives, but also to “mold” our lives according to His plan and purpose for each of us. The breaking (of that specific area) will last as long as you understand that God has to be the “first” in all areas of your life. No one can experience the fullness of God’s manifestation in his or her life, unless God is in total and complete control. Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that “I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live (death of me), but Christ lives in (inside) on me … “. The formation of the character of God in us is also one of the reasons why we are process. Read Galatians 5:22-23.

Matthew 22:37 says:

“Jesus replied: ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

The used of the word “Break down” in the language of the text expressed by Jesus in John 12:24, which is implicit in the expression “falls into the ground and die”;

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

As a rule of interpretation we must give the passenger the right direction, which is the literal application with reference to Jesus’ death on the cross. But there is also “The Law of Double Reference”, under the same rules of interpretation, where we can also apply the verse in question in a “spiritual sense”. We must bear in mind that when using this method of interpretation not misrepresent or take the original meaning of the same passage. In other words, we can give a “limited” to the context of the same spiritual sense, is not going to be that we take this interpretation to the extreme to take or obtain a “misconception or error“. Now what Jesus meant is: “I must die, to be glorified and bring much fruit. Jesus could not establish a glorified church first if he was not glorified. Using the law of double reference in John 12:24 regarding the believer ” must die (in those things which God has first place or Lordship) so we can see the glory of God in our lives.” All the elements involved in God’s Breaking Through process, are aligned to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God will never uses a sinful or unclean element (this include the devil and his demons) to form the believer to the image of his Son. Compare Rom. 8:29, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Eph. 2:10, Col. 3:10-14. Keep in mind that God created us in three parts “spirit” (Pneuma), “soul” (psuche) and “body” (soma). 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12. Gal. 5:16-17. Our soul is divided into five major areas, which are: “your intellect, emotions, will, mind and reason.” When we received Jesus and we are born again, we received a new nature “eternal life” in our new spirit. John 1:13, 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Pet. 1:23. It is our soul that needs to be “renewed” after being born again, since it is here that lays the “inner conflict” of every believer after being born again.

In Galatians 5:16-17 expresses this internal conflict:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”.

Also in Matthew 16:24 Jesus said:

”…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Three things involved in this passage:

1. “If anyone would come after me” implies a voluntary act. God won’t force you but rather He will persuade you by His love, Word and His Holy Spirit.

2. “Let him deny (completely surrender control to the Lord) himself.” Jesus makes a direct reference to the Breaking Through process when he used the term.

3. “Take up your cross and follow me”: The word “Cross” in this particular passage means, “Mission, purpose for which it was called and work.” In Jesus case his “cross” was not only to die in a literal cross, but also bear the sin and the curse that humanity possessed. Galatians 3:13, 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Defining the entire passage Jesus meant that ” If anyone wants to follow me, you should be aware that any plan, personal aspiration and earthly everything is temporary. The focus must now follow and willingly submit to the purpose and will of God. ”

In the book of Mark 8:35 talking within the same context Jesus said:

”For whoever would save his life (Gr. psuche for Soul) will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

The Greek word for soul is “psuche” implying our part where the will, mind, emotions, reason and intellect are. No one can save his soul. Only God has the power and the ability to change the sinful nature, through the new birth and the ability to provide the believer to renew your soul. Every believer has the responsibility to develop spiritually and through this experience renewal of his soul, thoughts, attitudes, bad habits, etc. . . . The combination of spiritual growth and renewal of our soul have resulted in a genuine transformation has even affect our physical body. In other words, we will reflect on the outside what we have inside. Explain about this later.

Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit mentioned in Romans 12:2 that we do in our “soul”:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

Explanation of the verse:

I. “Do not conform”: Greek text “suschematizo” which means conforming to the example of others. It implies that your attitude should be in opposition to that which is against your new nature. Also used in 1 Pet. 1:14.

II. “This world”: the Greek text “aion” is translated as “age” and means “Do not settle or be conforming to the corrupt system of this world.”

III. “Be transformed”: the original Greek “metamorphoo” meaning “be transformed or transfigured by a supernatural change”. And the term is used in Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:2, Rom. 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18. This change is the product of “renewing the mind” through the word of God. Compare also 2 Corinthians. 4:16, Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10, Hebrew 6:6.

IV. “Through”: covers the method used to carry out what we want to achieve.

V. “Renewal”: means that we replace the old things that were stored for years by the new. This can only be achieved when our new spirit is fed with the Word of God. Col. 1:9-10, Heb. 5:12-14; James 1:21; 1 Pet. 2:1-3

VI. “Understanding”: refers to a part of our soul. In Ephesians 4:23 Paul said, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Indicating that we have a “spiritual attitude in our minds”, through saturate our lives in God’s Word. In Psalm 103 we see David reminding his soul about all the benefits he had received from the Lord.

VII. “That ye may prove”: the original Greek “dokimazo” which means to discern, distinguish, examine, and test. Implies that it is the only way to achieve and experience what has been expressed in verse. This word is also used in 1 Corinthians 3:13, Eph 5:10, 1 Timothy 3:10, 1 John 4:1, Luke 12:56 and 18 more.

VIII. “Good, acceptable, and perfect will of God”: experience three things everyone who is transformed by renewing your mind. If a believer does not know or have not experienced the good will of God correctly, is for the simple reason that you have not renewed your understanding. Notice that Paul says in verse 2 that God’s will is “good, pleasing and perfect”, and in line with the nature and character of God. Compare also Luke 11:2, Gal 1:4, 1 Thess. 4:3 and James. 1:17.

Summarizing Romans 12:2: No one may experience the full manifestation of the glory of God in their life if first has experienced “an inner transformation or metamorphosis”. In the language of the biblical text, we must remove, extract, break, crushed or die in those areas where God does not have full control, so that we can experience the flow of the Holy Spirit in and through us. “Process of Internal Formation” is the end result “a transformation of the inner man is reflected even in the soul (mind, will, emotions, reason, and intellect) and in our physical body. We must never forget that God’s Breaking Through is a process that involves our submission to God and that it will last the time we had to surrender to him completely in that specific area. God will never force us to do something we do not want, rather, God persuades us in love and through His word and His Holy Spirit: John 16:8-10, 2 Tim 3:16-17.

God has no favorites and given us all equally the same opportunity. Deut 10:17; Acts 10:34, Rom 2:11, Gal 2:6, Eph 6:9

In James 4:7 says:

Submit yourselves therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Being submitted to God is a sign that God has transformed the person. However, note that the passage states, “When we are submitted (rendered and controlled by God), the devil will flee from us”. Is not until we do our part that the second part of the verse is fulfilled. A believer that had surrender and is submitted under the guidance and direction of the Lord is an effective weapon to destroy the works of the devil. That is the reason why we have today so many false doctrines that feed the “ego” of the human being, to be ineffective in God. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Speaking in the same line of thought The Holy Spirit spoke through Paul in 2 Tim. 3:1-5, warned us about the character of men in the latter days and we have to avoid them.

Examples of men who were processed by God:

In Genesis 32:22-32 we find a passage where we can use “the law of double reference” again, drawing a spiritual sense, to apply to the use of breaking through process.

Let’s consider all the verses of Genesis 32:22-32.

“And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.” verses 22-23

This is Jacob protecting his possessions, wives and sons.

“And Jacob was left alone…” verse 24

Implying that God was going to deal with him first. In the breaking through process, God will “separates you or left you alone” to thereby put all your “attention” to him. Although you apparently alone, God let you know that he is with you. When God confronts you, you have to be “isolate” so that is totally your dependence on it. Many times you have to “strip you of things that are weighing on your spiritual life, “only you” you take away or subtract speed in your ministry or Christian race. Hebrews 12:1 Things maybe are not “sin” but that can eventually turn into just that. It is only when you are in the process of breaking when you start seeing things that hinder you. God will put you in a position where you have to take the voluntary decision of wanting to be “transformed“ God will never force you to do something. 1 Peter 5:6 says; “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, (wraps purpose) that He may exalt you in due time; .. “. “Humble” implies that “God is in control and dominion in your life” , that is, in “all areas of your life.” Within the context of scripture a ‘ humble’ is “one on which God has full and complete control.” Humility has nothing to do with “poverty”, as this is part of the curse of the law. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68, which encloses all the curse.

” … And wrestled with him (Jacob) a man until daybreak.” Verse 24

Several things wrapped up in the text:

The word “fought” the Hebrew text is “aw -bak ” which means “Being involved in a fight where there is physical struggle, and where any weapons are not used .” Word indicating that there was “a type of wrestling”. In addition, the custom at that time was that if you were someone on the road or place, and this stranger you kissed cheeks, implied he wanted a “friendship.” But if I started to ” wrestle ” with you , that meant that I was challenging a ” wrestling ” and the loser had to ” pay with material things”. Now, remember that Jacob had nothing with him, and all his possessions were across the creek. v. 22-23. Scripture does not say exactly how long they struggled physically, but the idea is to show “the persistence of Jacob ” and how God was going to change things for it . Throughout the struggle Jacob had not realized that it was God who was dealing with it. Is that case is not similar to ours? When God is dealing in certain areas of our lives and we are so focused on material things that we do not realize until God makes us know that He is himself who wants to change. Many times we have our eyes on things that just take away God first in our lives and everything that God remove the first place turns into “idolatry”. God does not share his place with anything or anyone or is all or nothing, there is no such thing as God has first place in some things and not others. Read Revelation 3:15-16.

“And he said unto him, what is thy name? And he said, Jacob. ” verse 27

Why God asks Jacob his name? (v. 27) did God not know? Why was it important to God that Jacob himself said his own name?

Let’s explain it:

Think of all that God could have said by way of reprimand. Instead, just ask the name of Jacob. God’s purpose in asking this question contains a lesson for all of us, too deep to ignore. In fact, it dramatically altered the history of the Old Testament. By asking God’s blessing, Jacob was forced by the question of God to live the last time you had asked a blessing, which had stolen his brother. The last time Jacob was asked for his name, the question came from his earthly father Isaac. Jacob had lied on that occasion and said, “I am Esau” and stole the blessing. It has now been found, after many lost years of running through life looking over his shoulder, before the all-knowing, all-seeing, Heavenly Father. Again after searching for a blessing, Jacob fully understands the reason and the indictment after God’s question and replied, “My name is Jacob”. “You have spoken the truth,” God said”… and you know very well what your name means . You have been a liar man with dirty tricks, fooling everyone wherever they’ve gone. But now that you make known your imperfect condition, I (God) can change you, and I will make of you a great nation.”

The greatness in the eyes of God is always preceded by humility before Him There is no way that you or I can achieve greatness until we come to it.
God changes Jacob of being “a liar, deceiver, crafty “to” Prince of God ” which is the meaning of the name “Israel”. The Hebrew word for Israel is “Yisael” which is taken from “sar” is ” Prince” (one who rules) and ” EL ” means ” God Force, Mighty, etc. . ” . Israel therefore be translated as; “Prince with God “, ” Soldier of God” and ”Prince of God”. The name Israel is used 2,450 times, and was given to Jacob. 2 kings 17:34; Hosea 12:3-4; their descendants. Exodus 9:7; and still is used with reference to Christ in Isaiah 49:3 where ” Jesus prevails with God and with men , in a deeper way and in a fuller sense than in the case of Jacob in Gen. 32:28

“And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.” verse 29

In other words; ” “Then Jacob asked him, and said, tell me your name. And the man answered: Why do you ask my name could you be so ignorant of who I am, “Did not you realize who I am”? That’s the implication in the answer God gives Jacob. God often is dealing with areas in our lives and we have not realized that it is the Lord who is struggling with us, to correct us and bless us obviously. In Apoc. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21. All these verses refer directly to that “only those who overcome” get the reward, implying that we should be “diligent, hardworking, consistent, and persistent “to be blessed. Only those who overcome will come out winners, stating that “those who do not will not be rewarded.” Only the winners will achieve all the promises of God!

Genesis 32:26 implies “material reward “not only within the cultural context of the time, but within the same scriptural context. Jacob did great honor to his name “crafty” and God wanted to change it because through Jacob was to be constituted “the nation of Israel”, which was to represent God on earth. What Jacob did not imagine that his life was going to be “changed in a radical way?”. As this male as “touched the hollow of his thigh, and Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him”. v 25, God will deals with those things in which we rely, trust and thus depend absolutely Him.

The Hebrew word used in this passage is very interesting because it reveals that the contact was not physical and spiritual, and I make this observation because many have tried to spiritualize this passage, when it was actually “a physical struggle”. In the Hebrew text is used the word “Naga” for “Touch” meaning “Lay a hand on”, “beat”, “hurt” . By striking the hollow of the thigh caused Jacob’s leg the thigh was out of joint. This same Hebrew word is used 48 times and is only used in a “literal” sense where physical contact is obvious. Gen. 3:3; 20:6; Exodus 19:12-13, etc.

By the way, this appearance of God in the form of  “Man” is known as a “Theophany of God”. Theophany, from the Ancient Greek ( ἡ ) θεοφάνεια ( theophaneia ) – which means “appearance of God” – refers to the appearance of one of the persons of the deity in a natural or human-like form . Also used of a divine revelation.

Now notice what verse 31 says; “And as he passed over Peniel the sun came out ; limping because of his hip.”

2 Things reflected in the verse:

“And when he had passed Peniel …,” implies that until we don’t realize that it is God who is “working in those areas where He should be in control” and we need to surrender then: which means “we submit to God’s process”. Until we are not aware of it, we can not move to another level in our relationship with God and His plan and purpose with us. “And when he had passed Peniel “also implies that “when we understand that it is God who wants to pour out his blessings not only on us, but also through us. We must pass Peniel; which is just an expression to say; “We have to understand that is God the one that is breaking through inside of us, and He is using elements around us to mold (shape) us. In this context I am not making reference to either illness or something else that the devil uses to attack us.

Galatians 3:13 says; “Christ redeemed us (made ​​free) from the curse of the law (see Deut. 28:15-68 explains everything that involves cursing) being made a curse for us”.

We must recognize that God wants to “Changes us” and we shouldn’t “fight against him”. Jacob wrestled (resisted) for not knowing that it was God. Lets make sure that does not happens the same to us.

Another thing to notice in Genesis 32:31 is the phrase “… the sun came out,” which indicates that Jacob understood that it was God who he was resisting or wrestled with. The sun rose is simply an expression to indicate “the enlightenment or to understand”, the meaning of this expression apply to us imply how God process our lives. Many times we are fighting against things that God wants to process in our lives, and many times we do not realize it until the end of this process when “The sun comes out”. It is only through our spiritual growth that we can comprehend that it is God who is dealing with us.

 What is the purpose of God processing us?

 1) – Having God as first in our lives. This implied the correct order of our priorities
 2) – Take me to a deeper spiritual level and improve our relationship with Him
 3) – The breakdown brings us the same “strength and comfort us.”
 4) – Bring in itself “divine meaning and purpose to your life.”
 5) – Guide us in everyday decisions in our lives.
 6) – Bring also reflect the life of Christ through ours.
 7) – To prepare “beyond what we can understand” to the time when we are before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

We should not resist or make opposition to God’s breaking process. All that God wants is to make our lives as “his Son Jesus”. Romans 8:29
there are certain questions to refer about the story in Genesis 32:22-32. “Why would God bother to go to all this effort just to turn the heart of Jacob? “. Why does not God just say, “Okay, you go your own way … trust your own strength … keep your own instincts and see where it takes you “? But do you realize that as soon as you examine these questions is no immediate follow them? Why bother God persist and fetch you? The answer is obvious. God cared about Jacob and He cares for you and me.
During the daily struggles and difficult times we face in life, God is making us a call to let Him take complete control of our lives. When this happens, then God through His Word and His Holy Spirit can guide us to the right solution. He also has surrounded us with people who teach us the truth. Ephesians 4:11-19

No one can get an answer from God if the “Peace of God” does not rule your life. A person who is disturbed, worried and anxious, can not get the answer that comes by the Spirit. John 14:26-27; 16:13-15. 1 Peter 5:6-7 recommended “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. In Philippians 4:7, Paul says:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In Galatians 2:20 Paul said death an expression indicating the “ego” and a total submission to God’s Breaking Through Process.

“With Christ I am crucified, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; and I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.

Death to the “ego” implies that “God has first place in your life”. We were purchased by the sacrifice of Jesus and our lives now belong to Him
Matthew 5:3 says; “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There has been a misinterpretation of passages like this as they interpret the text as implicating “spiritual poverty”. This interpretation contradicts many Scriptures, as a believer with spiritual poverty is not considered blessed. When analyzed within the scriptural text and under “parallel texts” context indicates rather “those who spiritually depends on God”, or “those whose spiritual strength from God“. The Prophecies in Matthew 5:3-12 wrapped 8 wrap promises even have a partial fulfillment in these times, also have their complete fulfillment in the literal second coming of Christ to establish His millennial kingdom. With regard to breach a person whose life is controlled or governed by God, recognized that his strength comes from the Lord and fulfills the prophecy of Matthew 5:3 partially. There are other parallel passages where “broken spirit, humble spirit” imply that they have “given complete control of their lives to the Lord” and have the same use as in Matthew 5:3 . Read Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 57:15; 66:2 and Matthew 11:28-30.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul said, ” And said to me: My grace is sufficient; for my strength is made ​​perfect in weakness “. Indicating what Jesus said in Matthew 5:3.

In summary, the process of destruction not only gives the Lord first in our lives (complete), but it helps us in the following areas:
 – Mature: Since breaking through every experience helps us achieve a higher level of understanding about how God deals with us.
– Grow spiritually: Since we give priority to our spiritual life, not our soul or body.
– We get more spiritual sensitivity: Since we have a more intimate contact with God and perceive spiritual things further. – Expands the divine vision: Our vision of the spiritual world is extended to be controlled by the Lord. We see and understand the Lord’s plan and purpose for our lives. Brokenness “expand your spiritual capacity” in all areas, including the ministerial work that each of us has been commissioned in particular. A believer broken is not difficult to use it for the Lord.

Our cooperation with the Lord in brokenness, not only streamlines the process itself, but it helps us to grasp things that are happening around us and we can advise and help those who are going through similar situations. One thing is important that we should understand is that God wants to use us all , and shed his blessings to the fullest, but give full control to God alone be able to enjoy “little blessings”. Ourselves we become an “obstacle” in the plan of God, as if we have not been “broken” just do things our own “ego” wants and desires, and not what God has for us. We come to eat “crumbs “that fall from the table instead of eating as we are children of God. Compare Matthew 15:2.

– God’s Breaking Through Process in Moses’s life : Called and commission from God; exodus 3-4

3 stages in the process of God with Moses:

1. He Spent 40 years in Egypt. Acts 7:20-23
2. He Spent 40 years in the wilderness of mount Sina. Acts 7:30
3. He guided the people of Israel for 40 years in the desert. Numbers 14:33-34

Moses did not enter the Promised Land for hitting the rock instead of speaking to it as God commanded him to do. Numbers 20:8-11 and died at the age of 120. Deut. 34:1-7

There many other examples of God’s breaking Through Process recorded in the Scriptures in which we can see how God deals with His people.

May our God help us to surrender our lives to Him!

El Quebrantamiento; Proceso de formación interna.

“Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros” Gal. 4:19

El Quebrantamiento es el proceso a través del cual Dios brega con áreas en nuestras vidas donde El no tiene el control o es tiene el primado. Una vez que recibimos a Jesús como señor, debemos de entregarle a él control total de nuestras vidas.  Obviamente, esto no es automático, sino mas bien “un proceso que envuelve una acción de nuestra parte”. Dios usa “El Quebrantamiento” no solo para tomar “El Señorío” en nuestras vidas, pero también “Moldear” nuestras vidas conforme a su plan y propósito para con cada uno de nosotros. El quebrantamiento (de esa área específica) va a durar el tiempo que tu entiendas que Dios “tiene que ser el primero”.

Mateo 22:37 dice;

“Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente”.

Juan 12:24 dice:

“De cierto, de cierto os digo, que si el grano de trigo no cae en la tierra y muere, queda solo; pero si muere, lleva mucho fruto”.

Como regla de interpretación debemos de darle al pasaje el sentido correcto, el cual es, la aplicación literal con referencia a la muerte de Jesús en la cruz. Pero existe “La Ley de doble referencia” también en la mismas reglas de interpretación, donde podemos aplicar el verso en cuestión en un “Sentido espiritual”. Debemos de tener en cuenta que cuando usamos este método de interpretación, no tergiversar o quitarle en sentido original del mismo pasaje. En otras palabras, podemos darle un sentido espiritual “Limitado” al contexto del mismo, no haya a ser que llevemos esta interpretación al extremo de sacar o obtener una “Idea errónea”.

Ahora bien, Jesús quiso decir “Debo de morir, para ser glorificado y llevar muchos frutos. No puedo establecer una iglesia glorificada, si primero yo soy glorificado”. Usando la ley de doble referencia en Juan 12:24 con relación al creyente; “Debemos morir (en aquellas cosas donde Dios no tiene el primer lugar o Señorío) para que podamos ver la gloria de Dios en nuestras vidas”.

En Génesis 32:22-32 encontramos un pasaje donde podemos usar nuevamente “La Ley de doble referencia”, extrayendo un sentido espiritual, para aplicarlo al uso del quebrantamiento.

Analicemos todos los versos de génesis 32:22-32.

“Y se levantó aquella noche, y tomó sus dos mujeres, y sus dos siervas, y sus once hijos, y pasó el vado de Jaboc. Los tomó, pues, e hizo pasar el arroyo a ellos y a todo lo que tenía. ” Versos 22-23.

En el verso 24 dice “Así se quedó Jacob solo;..”. implicando que Dios iba a tratar con él primeramente. En el proceso del Quebrantamiento Dios te “separa o quedas solo” para de esa manera pongas toda tu “Atención” hacia Dios. Aunque aparentemente estas solo, Dios te deja saber que El esta contigo. Cuando Dios te confronta, tiene que “Aislarte” para que tu dependencia sea totalmente de El. Muchas veces Tienes que “despojarte de cosas que son peso en tu vida espiritual”, que solo te “Quitan o restan” velocidad en tu carrera ministerial o cristiana. Hebreos 12:1. Cosas que quizás no son “Pecado”, pero que con el tiempo puede llegar a convertirse en eso mismo. No es sino cuando estas en el proceso del quebrantamiento cuando comienzas a ver que cosas te estorban. Dios va a colocarte en una posición donde tu tienes que tomar la decisión voluntaria de querer ser “Transformado”, Dios nunca te va a forzar a hacer algo. 1 pedro 5:6 dice; “Humillaos, pues, bajo la poderosa mano de Dios, para que él os exalte cuando fuere tiempo;..”. “Humillarse” implica que “Dios tenga el control y señorío en tu vida”, esto es, en “todas las áreas de tu vida”. Dentro del contexto de las escrituras un “Humilde” es “uno sobre el cual Dios tiene control total y completo”. Humildad no tiene nada que ver con “Pobreza”, ya que ésta es parte de la Maldición de la ley. Lea Deuteronomio 28:15-68, donde encierra toda la maldición.

“…y luchó con él (Jacobo) un varón hasta que rayaba el alba”. Verso 24

Varias cosas envueltas en el texto:

La palabra “Luchó” del texto hebreo es “abaq” que implica “El participar en una pelea donde hay forcejeo físico, y donde no se usan ningún tipo de armas”. Indicando esta palabra que hubo “Un tipo de lucha libre”. Además, la costumbre en ese tiempo era que si te encontrabas a alguien en el camino o lugar, y éste extraño te besaba las mejillas, implicaba que quería tu “Amistad” . Pero si comenzaba a “forcejear” contigo, eso implicaba que te estaba desafiando a “Una lucha libre” y el perdedor tenia que “Pagar con cosas materiales”. Ahora, recuerde que Jacobo no tenia nada con él, ya que todas sus posesiones estaban al otro lado del arroyo. V. 21-22. Las escrituras no dicen exactamente cuanto tiempo ellos forcejearon físicamente, pero la idea es mostrarte “la persistencia de Jacobo” y como “Dios iba a cambiar las cosas para éste”. En todo el forcejeo Jacobo no se había dado cuenta que era Dios el que estaba tratando con él. No se parece ese caso al nuestro? Cuando Dios esta tratando en ciertas áreas de nuestras vidas y estamos tan enfocados en cosas materiales, que no nos damos cuenta hasta que Dios nos hace saber, que es El mismo el que quiere cambiarnos. Muchas veces tenemos nuestras miradas en cosas que solo le quitan a Dios el primer lugar en nuestras vida y todo lo que le quite a Dios el primer lugar se convierte en “Idolatría”. Dios no comparte su lugar con nada, ni nadie, o es todo, o es nada, no existe tal cosa como que Dios tiene el primer lugar en algunas cosas y en otras no. Como esta expresado en los siguientes pasajes:

“Yo conozco tus obras, que ni eres frío ni caliente. !!Ojalá fueses frío o caliente! Pero por cuanto eres tibio, y no frío ni caliente, te vomitaré de mi boca.” Apoc. 3:15-16

Verso 27 dice “Y el varón le dijo: ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Y él respondió: Jacob.

¿Por qué el Dios le pregunta Jacob por su nombre (v. 27)? ¿acaso Dios no lo sabia? ¿Por que era importante para Dios que Jacobo mismo dijera su propio nombre?

Expliquemos eso:

Piensa en todo lo que Dios pudo haber dicho a modo de reprimenda. En cambio Simplemente pide el nombre de Jacob. El propósito de Dios al plantear esta pregunta contiene una lección para todos nosotros, demasiado profundo para ignorarlo. De hecho, se alteró dramáticamente la historia del Antiguo Testamento. Al pedir la bendición de Dios, Jacob fue obligado por la pregunta de Dios a vivir la última vez que había pedido una bendición, la que le había robado a su hermano. La última vez que Jacob se le preguntó por su nombre, la pregunta venía de su padre terrenal. Jacob había mentido en esa ocasión y dijo: “Yo soy Esaú”, y le robó la bendición. Ahora se ha encontrado, después de muchos años perdidos de correr por la vida mirando por encima del hombro, antes de que una todo lo sabe, todo lo ve, Padre celestial, una vez más la búsqueda de una bendición, Jacob entiende completamente la razón y la acusación tras la pregunta de Dios y respondió , “Mi nombre es Jacob”. “Has dicho la verdad”, dijo Dios, “y usted sabe muy bien lo que su nombre significa. Usted ha sido un hombre artero, engañando a todo el mundo donde quiera que iba. Pero ahora que usted reconoce su verdadero yo, puedo cambiar, y voy a hacer una gran nación de ti”.

La grandeza a los ojos de Dios es siempre precedida por la humildad delante de él. No hay manera de que usted o yo o cualquier otra persona para alcanzar la grandeza hasta que hemos llegado a él.

Dios lo cambia de ser “Mentiroso, engañador, astuto” a “Príncipe de Dios”, el cual es el significado del nombre “Israel”. La palabra hebrea para Israel es “Yisael”, la cual es extraída de “sar” que es “Príncipe” (uno que gobierna) y “EL” que significa “Dios, Fuerza, Poderoso, etc.”. Israel por tanto puede traducirse como; “Príncipe con Dios”, “Soldado de Dios” y también “Príncipe de Dios”. El nombre Israel es usado 2.450 veces, y fue dado a Jacobo. 2 reyes17:34; Oseas 12:3-4; a sus descendientes. Éxodo 9:7; y aun es usado con referencia a Cristo en Isaías 49:3 donde Jesús prevalece con Dios y con los hombres, en una forma mas Profunda y en un sentido mas completo que en el caso de Jacobo en Gen. 32:28.

Entonces Jacob le preguntó, y dijo: Declárame ahora tu nombre. Y el varón respondió: ¿Por qué me preguntas por mi nombre?. Verso 29. La respuesta de Dios fue ¿Puedes ser tan ignorante de quien Yo Soy?”, ¿No te has dado cuenta quien soy?”. Esa es la implicación en la respuesta que Dios le da a Jacobo. Dios muchas veces esta tratando con áreas en nuestras vidas y no nos hemos dado cuenta que es el Señor, el que esta bregando con nosotros, para corregirnos y obviamente bendecirnos. En Apoc. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21. Todos estos versos hacen referencia directa a que “Solo los que Venzan” obtendrán la recompensa, implicando que debemos de ser “Diligentes, esforzados, consistentes, perseverantes” para ser bendecidos. Solo los que venzan saldrán galardonados, indicando que “Los que no lo hagan, no serán recompensados”. Solo Los Vencedores alcanzarán todas las promesas de Dios!

Génesis 32:26 implica “Una recompensa material” no solo dentro del contexto cultural de la época, pero dentro del mismo contexto escriturar. Jacob hacia mucha honra a su nombre “Astuto”, y Dios quería cambiarlo, ya que a través de Jacobo iba a ser constituido “La nación de Israel”, la cual iba a representar a Dios en la tierra. Lo que Jacobo no se imaginaba era que su vida iba a ser “Cambiada de una forma Radical”.

Al igual que este Varón lo “tocó en el sitio del encaje de su muslo, y se descoyuntó el muslo de Jacob mientras con él luchaba”. Verso 25. Dios “quebranta aquellas cosas en las cuáles nos apoyamos” y de esa manera dependamos de absolutamente de El.

La palabra hebrea usada en este pasaje es muy interesante ya que revela que el contacto fue físico y no espiritual, y hago esta observación ya que muchos han tratado de espiritualizar este pasaje, cuando en realidad fue “una Lucha física” . En el texto hebreo es usada la palabra “Naga” para “Toco”, que significa; “Poner una mano sobre”, “golpear”, “Herir”. Al golpear el sitio del encaje del muslo hizo que se descoyuntará la pierna de Jacob. Esta misma palabra hebrea es usada 48 veces y solo es usada en un sentido “Literal” donde el contacto físico es obvio. Gen. 3:3; 20:6; éxodo 19:12-13, etc.

Dicho sea de paso; esta aparición de Dios en forma de “Varón” es conocida como “Una Teofanía de Dios”. Teofanía, del griego antiguo (ἡ) θεοφάνεια (theophaneia, 1)- que significa “aparición de Dios”, 2)- se refiere a la aparición de una de las personas de la deidad en una forma física o de apariencia humana. También se usa acerca de una revelación divina.

Ahora observe lo que dice el verso 31; “Y cuando había pasado Peniel, le salió el sol; y cojeaba de su cadera”.

2 cosas reflejadas en el pasaje;

“Y cuando había pasado Peniel..”. Implica que hasta que no nos demos cuenta que es Dios, el que esta “Trabajando en aquellas áreas donde él debe tener el control” y “Rendirnos”, lo cual significa que “Nos sometemos al quebrantamiento”. Hasta que no nos percatemos de eso, no podemos pasar a otro nivel en nuestra relación con Dios, y con su plan y propósito con nosotros. “Y cuando había pasado Peniel” también implica que “Cuando comprendamos que es Dios el que nos quiere quebrantar para derramar bendiciones, no solo sobre nosotros sino también sobre los nuestros”. Debemos de “Pasar Peniel” lo cual es simplemente una expresión para decir “Que has comprendido que Dios es que esta Quebrantándote y usando las cosas que te rodean para moldearte”. En este contexto no estoy haciendo referencia ni a la enfermedad o a alguna otra cosa que el diablo usa para atacarnos. Gálatas 3:13 dice; “Cristo nos Redimió (Hizo Libres) de la Maldición de la ley (lea Deut. 28:15-68 que explica todo lo que implica la maldición) hecho por nosotros maldición”. Debemos reconocer que Dios quiere “Cambiarnos” y “no Luchar en contra de El”. Jacob luchó (resistió) por no saber que era Dios. Que no nos pase lo mismo a nosotros.

Otra cosa envuelta en Génesis 32:31 es la expresión “…le salió el Sol..”. Lo cual indica Que Jacob “entendió” que fue Dios el que estaba bregando con él. “Salió el Sol” es simplemente expresión para indicar “Iluminación” o el poder “comprender”, el significado del proceso de Dios para con tu vida. Cuantas veces estamos luchando en contra de cosas que Dios quiere tener procesar en nuestras vidas, y muchas veces no nos damos cuenta sino hasta el final de ese proceso, cuando nos “Salió el Sol”. No es sino a través de nuestro crecimiento espiritual que podemos percibir que es Dios el que está tratando con nosotros.

¿Cual es el propósito de Dios al quebrantarnos?

  1. Dios tener el Primer Lugar en nuestras vidas.
  2. Llevarnos a un nivel espiritual más profundo y mejorar nuestra relación con El.
  3. El quebrantamiento trae consigo mismo el darnos “Fuerzas y confortarnos”.
  4. Trae en si mismo “Significado y propósito divino a tu vida”.
  5. Guiarnos en decisiones diarias en nuestras vidas.
  6. Trae también “reflejar la vida de Cristo” a través de las nuestras.
  7. Prepararnos “Más allá de lo que podemos entender” para ese momento cuando estemos frente al Señor en el Tribunal de Cristo.

No debemos de resistir, o hacer oposición al quebrantamiento, ya que Dios, lo único que desea es que nuestras vidas sean como “La de su Hijo Jesús”.  

Hay una pregunta que hay que referir acerca de este texto en Génesis 32. Leí el texto y me pregunte: “¿Por qué Dios se molestó en ir a todo este esfuerzo sólo para volver el corazón de Jacob?” ¿Por qué Dios no acaba de decir: “Está bien, sigue tu propio camino … confiar en su propia fuerza. Sigue tu propio instinto y mira dónde te lleva.”
Pero, ¿te das cuenta que tan pronto como me hacen esa pregunta hay un seguimiento inmediato a ella? ¿Por qué Dios se molesta en buscarte y persistir conmigo? La respuesta es evidente. Dios se preocupaba por Jacob y Él se preocupa por ti y por mí.

Durante las luchas diarias que enfrentamos en la vida, Dios está haciendo un llamando a nosotros, a dejar que El tome control de ellas. Cuando pasamos por momentos difíciles, Dios desea que le demos a El, el control de nuestras vidas y de esa manera poder guiarnos a la solución más apropiada.
Durante los años que Dios nos ha visto a través de tiempos difíciles, él nos ha rodeado de gente que nos enseñe la verdad. Y él nos ha dado su Palabra y su Espíritu para guiarnos en todo momento y bajo cualquier situación. Para poder escuchar la voz de Dios debes de tener “La Paz de Dios” gobernando tu vida; Una persona que esta “Perturbada, afanada, y ansiosa, no puede escuchar la voz del Espíritu. 1 pedro 5:6-7 recomienda “Echar todas vuestras ansiedades sobre él, porque él tiene cuidado de vosotros”.

En filipense 4:7, Pablo dice:

“Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa todo entendimiento, guardará vuestros corazones y vuestros pensamientos en Cristo Jesús”.

El apóstol Pablo dijo una expresión que indica muerte al “ego” y un sometimiento total al “Quebrantamiento, él dijo en Gálatas 2:20;

“Con Cristo estoy juntamente crucificado, y ya no vivo yo, mas vive Cristo en mí; y lo que ahora vivo en la carne, lo vivo en la fe del Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí”.

La muerte al “ego” implica que “Dios tenga el primer lugar en tu vida”. Fuimos comprados por el sacrificio de Jesús y ahora nuestras vidas le pertenecen a él.

Mateo 5:3 dice; “Bienaventurados los pobres en espíritu, porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos”. Ha habido una muy mala interpretación de pasajes como éste, ya que interpretan el texto como que implicara “pobreza espiritual”. Esa interpretación contradice muchas escrituras, ya que un creyente con pobreza espiritual no es considerado bienaventurado. Cuando analizamos el texto dentro del contexto escriturar y bajo “los textos paralelos”, indica mas bien “aquellos que espiritualmente depende de Dios”, o “Aquellos cuyas fuerzas espirituales provienen de Dios. Las profecías envueltas en Mateo 5:3-12 envuelven 8 promesas que aunque tienen un cumplimiento parcial en éstos tiempos, también tendrán sus cumplimientos completos en la segunda venida literal de Cristo para establecer su reino Milenial. Con relación al quebrantamiento una persona cuya vida es controlada, o gobernada por Dios, reconoce que sus fuerzas provienen del Señor, y cumple la profecía de Mateo 5:3 de forma parcial. Existen otros pasajes paralelos donde “espíritu quebrantado”, “humilde de espíritu”, implican que ellos han “entregado el control de sus vidas completas al Señor” y tienen el mismo uso que en Mateo 5:3. Lea Salmo 51:17; Isaías 57:15; 66:2, Mateo 11:28-30.

En 2 corintios 12:9 Pablo dijo; “Y me ha dicho: Bástate mi gracia; porque mi poder se perfecciona en la debilidad…”. Indicando lo mismo que Jesús dijo en Mateo 5:3.

En resumen, el proceso del quebrantamiento no solo le da al Señor el primer lugar en nuestras vidas (completa), pero nos ayuda en las siguientes áreas:

Madurar. Ya que a través del quebrantamiento cada experiencia nos ayudan a alcanzar un grado mas alto de entendimiento acerca de cómo Dios trata con nosotros.

Crecer espiritualmente: Ya que le damos prioridad a nuestra vida espiritual, y no a nuestra alma, o cuerpo.

Obtenemos mas sensibilidad espiritual: Ya que tenemos un contacto mas intimo con Dios, y percibimos las cosas espirituales con mas profundidad.

Expande la visión divina: Nuestra visión del mundo espiritual se amplia al estar controlado por el Señor. Vemos y entendemos el plan y propósito del Señor para con nuestras vidas. El quebrantamiento “expande tu Capacidad espiritual” en todas las áreas, incluyendo la obra ministerial que a cada uno de nosotros ha sido comisionada en particular. Un creyente no quebrantado es dificultoso para el Señor poder usarlo.

Nuestra cooperación con el Señor en el Quebrantamiento, no solo agiliza el proceso mismo, pero nos ayuda a captar cosas que están sucediendo a nuestro alrededor, y podemos aconsejar y ayudar a aquellos que están posando por situaciones similares. Una cosa es importante que debemos entender y es que Dios desea poder usarnos a todos, y derramar sus bendiciones a plenitud, pero, sino le damos todo el control a Dios solo podremos disfrutar “pequeñas bendiciones”. Nosotros mismos venimos a ser un “Obstáculo” en el plan de Dios, ya que, sino hemos sido “Quebrantado” solo haremos las cosas nuestro propio “ego” quiere y desea, y no las que Dios tiene para nosotros. Venimos a comer “Las migajas” que caen de la mesa, en vez de comer como Hijos que somos de Dios. Compare Mateo 15:27.

Que el Dios del cielo te siga bendiciendo!

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