In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: Genesis 25:19-34, 31, Romans 7:4, 9:10-13, 2 Peter 1:8, Galatians 5:16-17, Hebrews 12:16, 2 Corinthians 4:18
In the Old Testament, Isaac and Rebekah cried out to God for a child. Just as the marriage of man and wife picture the relationship between Christ and His church, we can learn deep and powerful principles about the relationship we have to Christ today and His church, and what Jesus expects from that relationship. As Dr. Merritt examines these scriptures, we will see a surface truth as well as a deeper truth. We are going to see how the children produced by this marriage, and the differences and division between them, pictures the struggle between the flesh and the spirit in every child of God.
"The moment a person gives their life to Christ the battle begins. When a person is saved, his sin is forgiven, he becomes a new person, he is made spiritually alive, but his regenerated spirit must battle his rebellious flesh. Esau represents the flesh and Jacob represents the Spirit. This is obvious when both are examined." --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, parallel, foretelling, flesh, Spirit, indifference, tragedy, birthright, selling, blessings, God, chosen, hunger, death
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.