- Sat Jun 7, 2014
When Paul explained to Timothy that "Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner" (1 Timothy 2:14), he was noting that Adam wasn't being tricked when he ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Adam knew it was wrong, but he ate it anyway. In the millenniums since then, all of Adam's sons tend to be just as rebellious.
Our maleness brings a natural, uniquely male form of rebelliousness. This natural tendency gives us the arrogance needed to stop short of God's standards. As men, we'll often choose sin simply because we like our own way.
Lord, teach me to choose obedience and
humility over sin and arrogance. With
Your help I can overcome the natural
tendency to rebel.
- Fri Jun 6, 2014
Facing up to the truth always produces a loss of some kind: your income, a pastime you enjoy, your image in the community, a wrong relationships, or the companionship of certain friends. Jesus knows what a man must risk, but He also knows what's waiting on the other side. "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it" (Mark 8:35).
When we are confronted with the truth about where God wants us to go in our spiritual journey, we can choose the paths that lead to health, wholeness, and God's glory. Furthermore, we'll then have the confidence--and humility--to keep making the needed adjustments for Him.
- Thu Jun 5, 2014
When Jesus Christ knocks at the door. He finds two types of men. One man runs. The other man opens the door. One man's commitment is insincere. The other man is eager to go to work with God. One man fears his charade will be exposed. The other man sees himself as a work in progress. One man knows that he habitually lies to himself. The other man works with God to deal with his shortcomings. One man makes himself scarce so no one will see who he really is. The other man allows others to see his progress. One man pretends to know God. The other man partners with God and gives Him credit for the good work that the truth accomplished in his life.
When the mirror of truth is turned on a man, he will either face it or flee.
What will you do? Face it or flee?
- Wed Jun 4, 2014
Many say that total sexual fulfillment comes from total freedom, exploration of new things, and tons of creativity. But just as political freedom flourishes within the context of moral restraint and borders, sexual freedom and fulfillment can exist within the context of loving restraints and borders.
Why are borders so important? When we stay within the borders, we're meeting the terms of sexual oneness. When we cross the borders, we aren't.
It's far better to respect the borders. You may have less variety, but within the borders your wife can give her full creativity and ingenuity. After all, people get very good at whatever they practice a lot.
- Tue Jun 3, 2014
Caleb had a spine to match his great heart. For God's purposes that made all the difference. When the Israelites, after departing Egypt, were directed by God to cross the Jordan and posses the Promised Land they sent scouts ahead to check it out. Caleb's friends returned from their mission believing the place to which God was calling them could not be conquered.
But Caleb, the man with an undivided heart and a strong spine, saw the situation differently. He called on the people to believe God's promise and to be committed.
Sadly, the people were swayed by the majority opinion, but for his faithfulness, Calab was one of two men in his generation to see the Promised Land.
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit
and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into
the land he went to and his descendants will
inherit it. (NUMBERS 14:24)
Caleb found the new place God had called him to inherit. God is calling you to a new place. This new place can be conquered.