This is the third of four articles in our “Uprising –Series III,” where God’s men explore the “uprising” taking place globally where a rebellion is taking place against the suffering created by broken masculinity. This series takes us on a journey into our broken male culture, showing us that God is our Father and He wants us to return home to His family. This series will help you understand that we are all God’s children and — like any loving Father — He expects His sons to behave accordingly.
Deliverance. We all want it. We all need it.
Deliverance is the source of everything good in your life.
Think about your deliverance. Think about the man that you are right now, or maybe you want to become a delivered man? A strong and tender God has delivered you, you who are an alien in this world. When I get that, when I truly own that, I reproduce it. God reproduces that in your life. That’s what God is looking for!
We see deliverance when God commissions us to deliver aliens, just as he did with Moses and the people stuck in Egypt. You see it in Deuteronomy 10:19: “And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.”
God is telling us to love aliens, love people stuck in their own Egypt, whether it’s human trafficking, an addiction or whatever. We too have been may be in our own Egypt. We’re directed to love those people and deliver them in the same way God delivers us.
Men become what they worship.
If you worship stuff, you become a materialist. If you worship feelings and self-indulgence, you become a hedonist. If you worship power, you become a narcissist. If you worship God the Father, you become a deliverer. You become an agent of justice because that’s who He is.
In Deuteronomy 10:20-21 we read “Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
When you make a commitment in God’s name, it is synonymous with faithfully acting according to His character. What is His character? His character is to defend and deliver.
He defends and delivers the vulnerable, the marginalized, the persecuted, the oppressed, the lonely, the left out, and the left behind. He defends and delivers those types of people.
If we are listening to His Spirit of sonship in our lives, our hands and feet are going to move toward the aliens among us because we are taking our oaths, our commitments in His character. We are reproducing His character.
The question then becomes, what is your battlefield? Where are you called to deliver justice?
Who is suffering around you? Who is vulnerable around you? Who is oppressed around you? Who is lonely around you? Who is left out around you? Who is left behind around you?
Perhaps it’s in your own marriage. Maybe your wife suffers oppression under your current character. Maybe your kids suffer under the oppression of your own character, and they need to be delivered from you. The only way that’s going to happen is for you to be delivered first. It is through the relationship with Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today is the day to take action on whatever you need deliverance from. Dig into your relationship with God and repent from who you are now. Be or become a son of God, the way that God intended.
That is your mission on Earth. The Holy Spirit makes a man more like Jesus. You know, those words describe and define the target audiences. When you get into a relationship with the Lord, there is the Spirit that goes inside of you that is emotionally liberating, morally liberating, relationally liberating. You become a son, and when you become a son, you step into His identity with His values and beliefs, the character of God. All of the sudden things start changing, the game starts changing, and the focus goes off of self and on to others. You start being an agent of justice.
We become like the person we’ve always wanted to be, dangerous with goodness. That’s what I’m talking about, and we are going to do it together.
Watch “Uprising –Part III” where men’s expert and pastor Kenny Luck helps you to learn how God’s men are joining God’s “Uprising.”
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Kenny Luck is the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church. His 20th book – SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God – is the proven blueprint for men’s ministries, and was recently released through B&H Publishing. Watch and read more of Kenny’s teaching here at EveryManMinistries.com.