- Fri Jun 20, 2014
Worthiness is what manhood is all about. On the human level, only another man can declare us worthy, and when a father shows that kind of respect, that’s worth a hundred times more. A father doesn't have to be a national wrestling champion to do this. He simply has to be a man. Fathers have size. They've got power. They've got wallets with real money in them. They've got beards like sandpaper. But most of all, they captured our hearts long ago, and because of that they have the words we’re dying to hear: “You fit, boy. You belong here with the men. You're worthy—a man to be reckoned with.”
Today I will remember that because of Jesus
I am worthy to be called God’s son, a man
To be reckoned with, with nothing to prove.
- Thu Jun 19, 2014
For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, "This man began to build and was not able to finish." (LUKE 14:28-30, NASB)
Good boundaries help us finish the course. They clarify our convictions. They provide us with clear moral directions by assigning a healthy, predetermined path as situations arise. They draw the florescent lines that we will not cross because of our love for Christ and our desire to see His plan realized in all areas of our lives.
- Wed Jun 18, 2014
As for man, his days are like grass...
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD'S love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's
children. (PSALM 103:15,17)
God is obviously interested in saving you as an individual. After all, He sent His son to die for you--personally. But He's equally interested in you as a link in an important chain because God knows that a Christian legacy, when passed on, has the power to change generations for the good.
If you're coming out of generational sin, you must continue to fight the good fight--for your children and for your children's children.
- Tue Jun 17, 2014
It's best to consider our rights with the heart of a bond-servant: We have no rights except those agreed upon by our wives. James says that clambering after perceived rights is the chief reason for fighting and quarreling: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it" (James 4:1-2).
When you go through married life saying, "I have a right to __________," it doesn't matter what you pencil in. You may think you have a right to go out with the guys once a week. You may think you have the right to choose every show the family watches on television. Decide where you go on vacation. Determine the restaurant you go to.
But these aren't rights until your wife agrees they are.
Would you rather have rights or righteousness?
- Mon Jun 16, 2014
It's easy to be God's man when life is on a roll, isn't it? But it's another thing to be faithful in thought, word, and deed when we're caught in the vortex of life's storms. But that's exactly when God's man steps up to meet the challenge with integrity. Some examples of stormy times:
- staying with God's way in the absence of an immediate result
- seeking God's purpose when circumstances arise that are beyond our control
- continuing to pray for God's will to be done in every circumstance
- doing God's will whether we feel like it or not
- being satisfied with a reward that may come in the next life as opposed to this one
- staying sexually pure
- doing a good job and earning our paychecks, even if we're not wild about our jobs
Our response both tests and reveals the true depth of our spiritual character.