- 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.
- 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.