- Thu Jun 12, 2014
The means to sin rests in our bodies--we can't walk away from our eyes and mind like we can walk away from drugs. This also explains why prayer alone is often not enough for total victory. We can go to the alter of prayer and be freed, but if we stop short and never fully close the gates of our eyes to sensual pollution, the sewage seeps right back in day in and day out. The chemical highs return, and we're captured again.
While we're to pray about sexual sin on the spiritual front, we have our orders on the physical battlefront as well. We're commanded to actively avoid sensual sin by choice--"to flee." It isn't unspiritual or "fleshly" to take an active role in this battle and to build defenses. We're commanded to do so by God. What's more spiritual than obedience?
- Wed Jun 11, 2014
For many men, going to church, attending a Bible study, serving in a ministry, and making an effort to connect with other men are definitely doable things. But embracing a partnership with the Holy Spirit has been something they've never pursued.
The Holy Spirit, like a good vacuum cleaner, is not effective unless, in a sense, He is plugged in. God's Word makes it imperative for God's man to initiate, cultivate, and maintain a close partnership with the Spirit. Like any strong relationship, this one requires desire, dialogue, and ongoing decisions to work together. If we choose not to pursue the relationship, both God's man and the Holy Spirit suffer a genuine loss.
Do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by
the way you live. Remember, he is the one who
has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that
you will be saved on the day of redemption.
(EPHESIANS 4:30, NLT)
- 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.