- Fri May 30, 2014
Your wife gave up her freedom for you. She relinquished her rights to seek happiness elsewhere. She exchanged this freedom for something she considered more valuable: your love and your word. Her dreams are tied up in you, dreams of sharing and communication and oneness.
She's pledged to be yours sexually. Her sexuality is her most guarded possession, her secret garden. She trusted you would be worthy of this gift, but you have cavalierly viewed sensual garbage, polluting and littering her garden.
She deserves more, and you must honor that.
Have you given less? Your wife risked much and traded much to marry you. Was it a good bargain for her?
- Thu May 29, 2014
You may have fallen down so much that you feel like staying on the ground. You may have stumbled so many times that you don't know what it is like to stand up for something again. But you don't have to do that. You can begin to build on the residue of character within you and start developing it to resemble the character of God--today. Isn't that what you really want? Don't you really want to do something that will grow you closer to God?
For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again. (PROVERBS 24:16)
- Wed May 28, 2014
Once He can trust you, God will give you a place of service fir for trustworthy men. Like Jabez in the Old Testament, God will see you as honorable:
Jabez was honorable above his brothers.... Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request. (I CHRONICLES 4:9-10, AMP)
God wants to freely bless you, and once He knows you've allowed His work to be completed in you, He also know you're ready to run with the horses on any battlefield. He's freer to enlarge your borders and to expand your tents in His service.
What's life like on the other side of purity? You can stand like a man. There is freedom, and that's the kind of life we're meant for.
- Tue May 27, 2014
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.
- Mon May 26, 2014
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.