- Fri Oct 24, 2014
In the company of women, we simply don't discuss the things we need to deal with as men, nor are our wives able to identify with most of the struggles we wrestle with.
Men who meet together regularly with the intention of spiritual growth often become accustomed to stepping into the hard spaces of one another's lives. They become so connected that no subject is taboo, especially if one of them is struggling with something. These men conduct spiritual business, study God's Word for advice they can trust, share their weaknesses with one another, pray for each other, and hold each other accountable to live as God's men.
Men do not become men in the company of women. It's simply the way God create us. Men become men in the company of men.
- Thu Oct 23, 2014
Sexual sin once robbed your heart of something very precious. Every little boys sees the fight for right and desires to be an agent of good, to be the good guy who saves the day. Every little boy has dreams and visions of one day being someone great and doing something great, but sexual sin often steals these drams away until heaven intervenes and recaptures them for God's man on the battlefield. Victory restores these hopes and renews the dreams that were once vaporized in the midst of sexual sin.
The dream lives! Now you know what you can do in Him. You feel it. You're a fighting machine, confident as you approach any battle. You've proven that your Commanding Officer can trust you with much as long as you abide in Him. And He's proven that you can trust Him to supply all you need in any battle.
Battles test and transform soldiers, and this test revealed the depth of your love for Him. You're stronger, and you're changed. God is a strong God, and He wants strong, confident soldiers in His kingdom who are good in a fight, even when facing daunting odds that seem overwhelming.
- Wed Oct 22, 2014
It is especially critical to hear your wife's voice when she's speaking from the very center of her gifts. Our wives are fellow heirs of grace, every bit as worthy to lead our homes as we are, except for God's grace in granting us that role. This ability to lead is especially evident in the areas of their strengths.
Please view your wife as your helpmate. When she accepts this role, she commits her gifts to supporting you and lifting you to Christian greatness as a husband and father. You've got to admit, she can be a big help. Her very presence is an encouragement, especially during those dark days when you have many dragons to slay.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and
receives favor from the LORD. (PROVERBS 18:22)
- Tue Oct 21, 2014
The first step toward integrity with God is throwing our way out, surrendering unconditionally to His standard, and then moving fully toward His plan. The reason so many men are unfulfilled in their relationships with God is that they will not give up their ways. That's why the doorway to integrity and intimacy with Him is the response of faith.
This is how a relationship with God begins initially, and it is the way a relationship with God is maintained continually - by faith. Practially, it means God's man must simply take God at His Word and leave the relsults to Him, based on who He is and what He did to earn our trust in Christ.
Today I will lay down my life in front of
my Maker and give up my attempt to fight
God's plan for my life. I will give myself to
the prevailing power to administer the plan
for renewal and growth. I will submit to
God, His plan, and His process. In
unconditional surrender I acknowledge,
"Yes, Lord, You know better."
- Mon Oct 20, 2014
If you've ever masturbated, you know that your heart is often gripped with heavy grief and sorrow afterward. At that moment, it is very clear that you don't deserve all the grace Christ has given you, and you can barely lift your head to look into your Father's eyes. The distance is very real.
But our mistakes and this distance are never the centerpiece of God's focus on us. If you would manage to look again into His eyes and run to the foot of the cross, you'll find that Christ's outstretched arms and His desire to forgive are always the glorious centerpiece to every Christian's story. Every one of us can tell our own story of His amazing grace, stories that He Himself has authored and will perfect and complete, regardless of our sin. This is God's focus. It must also be ours.
Does that mean we shouldn't fear God? Does that mean we should be slack on sin? Heavens no!