- Tue Jun 24, 2014
When was the last time you heard a fresh word from God, either through prayer's revelation or through the written Word leaping to life before you in the Spirit?
Are you allowing God's Word to have its impact in you? Are you hungry for that encounter, or are you holding back in the rear of the congregation, marking time? Get hungry for God! You must be a man of the Word, and you must change the way you view scripture--an encounter with the Word is an encounter with God.
What's keeping you from kicking it up a notch and becoming a spiritual man of valor? Men of valor run to the smell of battle. "Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome" (Nehemiah 4:14). Seek Him through His Word, and He will transform you completely.
- Mon Jun 23, 2014
Our society doesn't glorify discipline all that much. This means it may take you some time to learn a disciplined lifestyle.
The apostle Paul said we're to be like Olympic athletes, beating our bodies and running so as to win. Most of us haven't disciplined our bodies to that extent, certainly not in the sexual arena. But the truth is clear. We're to crucify the flesh. Part of that process is learning not to put yourself in the same old situations that lead to sin.
Whatever your defense, set your rules and then be disciplined.
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (HEBREWS 12:1-3)
- Sun Jun 22, 2014
At its very core, humility is found in men who recognize the gap between us and God. No matter how smart we are, He is smarter—infinitely smarter. No matter how many accomplishments we have to our credit, He created the universe. No matter how forgiving, generous, or loving we can be to others, He possesses all of these qualities in endless measure. Coming face to face with God should lead a man into the only appropriate attitude: humility.
Destruction is certain for those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot ever argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, “Stop! You are doing it wrong!” Does the pot exclaim, “How clumsy can you be!”…
This is what the LORD, the Creator and Holy One of Israel, says: “Do you question what I do? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command.” (ISAIAH 45:9,11-12, NLT)
- Sat Jun 21, 2014
God is in the business of confronting us for our benefit, to heal us from our sinful past. These surgeries of the soul require faith in the Surgeon and His promised outcomes. Those who accept “going under the knife” often make the necessary changes to turn things around in their lives.
While God may confront us, He also extends His hand to calm our fears:
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will
turn the darkness into light before them and make
the rough places smooth. These are the things I
will do; I will not forsake them. (ISAIAH 42:16)
God not only understands our fear of change, but He seeks to help us at every turn.
- 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.