Daily Devotionals

  • By Every Man Ministries

Too many men don't realize they can have an even better friend-to-friend relationship with Jesus Christ. And it's not about putting in a lot of prayer time to make that happen--that would be misunderstanding the context and purpose of prayer. Instead, when God's man puts prayer into the realm of interacting with God, he talks to God not only when he's seeking relief or comfort but (more importantly) because God is an indispensable, intimate confidant.

 

What drives you to pray and share your life with Jesus on a moment-by-moment basis? Is it relief or relationship? What moves God's man to seek that connections, which can give him the Holy Spirit's comfort and guidance through prayer? It's what God's man and Jesus Christ have between them--a cross. It has made the relationship possible, and it's what compels our conversations to be continual.

 

While God often receives and responds to our prayers eagerly and willingly (although sometimes we have to wait for an answer, since He has a different timetable), His desire is that the communication be much more than just a presentation of our personal problems. He wants us to tap into His power as well as into His person.

  • By Every Man Ministries

A bondservant didn't draw his prestige from his work, but from his relationship with his master. To some degree, he had no control over his reputation. It was based solely on whose servant he was. Being bondservant to a high priest would have been more prestigious than being servant to a local street merchant, for instance. But by choosing the life of a bondservant, he knew that if he served well and strengthened his master's house, he would strengthen his master's honor in the community as well as his own.

Have you chosen to draw your prestige primarily from your relationship with your wife? Probably not. Truth be told, most of us draw our prestige from our careers. It's our work and what we do five days a week (or more!) that lifts our self-esteem, not whom we're married to. If you must work long hours and nights for six weeks, it may mean some unusual business project came up. Everyone can understand that. But if you work long hours and nights six months, then you've made a crucial decision about what you value most in life.

  

  • By Every Man Ministries

A bondservant didn't draw his prestige from his work, but from his relationship with his master. To some degree, he had no control over his reputation. It was based solely on whose servant he was. Being bondservant to a high priest would have been more prestigious than being servant to a local street merchant, for instance. But by choosing the life of a bondservant, he knew that if he served well and strengthened his master's house, he would strengthen his master's honor in the community as well as his own.

Have you chosen to draw your prestige primarily from your relationship with your wife? Probably not. Truth be told, most of us draw our prestige from our careers. It's our work and what we do five days a week (or more!) that lifts our self-esteem, not whom we're married to. If you must work long hours and nights for six weeks, it may mean some unusual business project came up. Everyone can understand that. But if you work long hours and nights six months, then you've made a crucial decision about what you value most in life.

  

  • By Every Man Ministries

Character is carved our rather than instantly created. God's deal goes like this" "Reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground" (Hosea 10:12). To God, our lives are like fields that need to be worked. Once we have worked one Field of Change, we move on to the next plot, where He bids us to get back to work on other character flaws by tilling weed-infested soil. Sometimes this takes more time than we'd like, but we have to keep driving that tractor back and forth across the fertile earth.

 

Change will happen, and the Bible gives us insight into how it happens. Think of Joseph in an Egyptian jail. Moses in the desert. David's fugitive years. Jonah in the whale. Gideon in a cave. Job's catastrophes,. Elijah's encounter with the widow. King Nebuchadnezzar's riches-to-rags-to revelation. The apostle Paul's' blinding encounter with God. These stories, and many like them, recount God's relationship with men, and we need to look at those stories as forerunners of our own personal journeys. As history has shown, God will give a man a desert experience to prepare him for the future. 

 

  • By Every Man Ministries

Your goal is sexual purity. Here's a good working definition of it--good because of its simplicity:

 

You are sexually pure when no sexual gratification comes from anyone or anything but your wife.

 

Purity means stopping sexual gratification that comes to us from outside our marriage. But how do we stop it?

 

We're able to draw outside sexual gratification from only two places: the eyes and the mind. Therefore, to be successful in the battle for our sexual perimeter, we must blockade the "shipping lanes" of the eyes and mind. Beyond that, we also want to make sure that we have healthy, positive affections and attitudes in our relationships with our wives. In other words, we want our hearts to be right.

 

That means your objective in the war against lust is to build three perimeters of defense into your life:

 

  1. With your eyes.
  2. In your mind.
  3. In your heart.

 

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