Identifying Stumblingblocks That Hamper Spiritual Growth
Stumblingblock OT:4383 (used 14 xs in OT) mikshowl (mik-shole’); or mikshol (mik-shole’); masculine from OT:3782; a stumbling-block, literally or figuratively (obstacle, enticement [specifically an idol], scruple): KJV – caused to fall, offence, X [no-] thing offered, ruin, stumbling-block.
OT:3782(used 62 xs in OT)
kashal (kaw-shal’); a primitive root; to totter or waver (through weakness of the legs, especially the ankle); by implication, to falter, stumble, faint or fall: KJV – bereave [from the margin], cast down, be decayed, (cause to) fail, (cause, make to) fall (down, -ing), feeble, be (the) ruin (-ed, of), (be) overthrown, (cause to) stumble, X utterly, be weak.
MIKSHOL: Stumblingblock (Ruin)
People oriented stumblingblocks:
Lev 19:14 14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock4383 before the blind, but shalt fear thy Elohim: I am Yahweh.
Yahweh centered stumblingblocks:
Ezek 3:20 20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock4383 before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Stumblingblocks equals ruin:
Ezek 18:30 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith Yahweh ELOHIM. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin4383
KASHAWL: To Falter (Stumble)
Yahweh causes the proud to stumble and fall
Jer 50:32 32 And the most proud shall stumble3782and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
Wickedness brings about destruction:
Prov 24:16-17 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall3782into mischief.
OUR LIVES ARE LIKE A GARDEN: What kind of fruit do we offer the people around us and most importantly what do we offer our Father? (do we sow and reap thorns and thistles (stumblingblocks) or proper nourishment (righteousness).
Tilling the soil of our hearts is vastly important to ensure that we are producing Elohims love and character by allowing him to plant his word deep within our souls. When There Is No Ploughing the ground is hard and crusty and the roots have no depth. HARD CRUSTY GROUND will not receive the water of Elohims word or the rain of the spirit.
Hosea 10:12 – Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek Yahweh, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.
Jeremiah 4:3 – Break up your fallow ground, and do not not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to Yahweh and take away the foreskins of your hearts.
ITS EASY TO BECOME HARDENED IN LIFE.
In the parable of the sower discussed in Matthew 13 Yahshua describes the fact that the hard packed soil trampled by men will not and cannot provide nourishment for the seed.
Let us identify and discuss some of the things that causes our soil to become hardened: These things can be stumblingblocks for ourselves and others.
–Disappointments in our lives .
–Tragedy whereby we blame Elohim
— Marriage hiccups, Divorce, etc.
–Selfish desires over obedience to Yahwehs words.
–Worldy Behavior and the things we involve ourselves in
–Character flaws: Resentment, Bitterness, Criticism, Negative attitudes, Jealousies, etc., easily influenced by others,
–Personality traits; Can do no wrong, will not accept positive advise, wo is me attitude, narcissism
–To busy to pray, to read the scriptures etc.
–lacks communication skills
–unwilling to learn and or discuss certain topics (believes he/she could never be wrong)
–My ways is the only way and everybody else is wrong
–I am perfect!
_ addictive personalities (habits), illicit drugs, criminal behaviour, etc.
_ other stumblingblocks
We are to be rooted and grounded on love and we are to remove all this things that hamper our spiritual walk; We need the spirit to guide us, convict us, to bring to light those things that are causing us to stumble. We must trust in the sacrifice (which is an act of humility) that our Savior provided for us. We must be willing to trust and have faith that as we are obedient our Father, he is in control; we are to seek the ways of Yahweh and long for entry into his Kingdom. We do so by being obedient to his word and becoming new creatures in Him.