- Tue Jun 10, 2014
A World War II vet named B. J. "Bernie" Baker was told he was dying of bone cancer. Given only two years to live, he told the doctors to fight the disease. "Give me the treatments," he said, "I'll keep living my life."
Nine years after the diagnosis, he was struggling with shortage of breath and loss of strengths but said, "I'm going to keep fighting. Might as well."
Those words were not said in resignation. They were the words of a fighter, a real man, a man who had faced bombs and machine-gun fire in the South Pacific before returning to America and eventually starting Baker Mechanical Company with two pipe wrenches and a $125 pickup truck. The cancer hit him hard, but he had no plans for surrender.
Might as well keep fighting. What was B. J.'s alternative? To quit and die.
What's your alternative to fighting? To stay ensnared and die spiritually.
Right now you're in a landing craft, inching closer to shore and a showdown. God had given you the weapons and trained you for battle. You can't stay in the landing craft forever.
It's time to plunge ahead and go like a man.
- Mon Jun 9, 2014
Giving up certain inner beachheads--spiritual footholds--determines our spiritual destinies time and time again. These footholds are the small but strategic areas of a man's life that either keep him under the rule of the world--the flesh and the devil--or liberate him spiritually to achieve the next level. Control of these beachheads is critical, which is why the Bible warns us: "Do not give the devil a foothold" (Ephesians 4:27).
The only difference between spiritual warfare and actual warfare is the bloodletting. But lives still get destroyed anyway.
Today I will guard my heart and mind
against the subtleties that would give the
Enemy a foothold.
- Sun Jun 8, 2014
What good is your Christian faith if you can't lay your career on the line in obedience to God's truth? Thousands of martyrs have done far more, and we'll have to look them in the eye some day.
It's our nature to work hard and want to work hard. But what if we chose to make our home our primary source of prestige? What if we risked slowing down our race up the corporate ladder for the sake of oneness with our wives? What if we risked trusting God for our corporate advancement, so we might put Him first and honor her essence, strengthening our marriages and our families? This strength would live on in our children long after we die.
Do you really believe that if you put God's kingdom first, He'll give these things to you? Have you laid anything on the line to prove it? Think about it.
- 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.