This is the fourth in a series we are calling “Uprising,” where God’s men seek to reject the material world and embrace God’s world. What does the future hold for us? What does the Bible say about the future of God’s men? This article — and the others that follow — take us on a journey into the broken male culture, where the men of God need to seek revival in God’s words, God’s laws and God’s desires for us to submit to His will. This series will help you understand, through the lens of Scripture, what God expects from his sons.
When men leave culture, come to Christ, and start acting counter-culturally, it inspires awe. It creates an “Uprising.”
We see this vividly in Acts 2:44 which says…
“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had in common. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together in the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.”
Isn’t it interesting that when men come into Christ, start getting healthy, and start being good that all of a sudden there is an unequivocal favor that now breaks out upon the men. It’s the right, Godly masculine culture that’s doing it. It creates this witness that God uses, “and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
So what do you do to get this going for you? You have to make an identity swap. Sons of culture must become sons of the King. You’ve now got a group of men who have God’s approval and validation, and who don’t chase the cheap validation offered in the world — and then all of a sudden — a fearless masculine counter-cultural “Uprising” begins.
What was God’s plan to birth the Church?
What was God’s plan to launch a Justice movement?
It was God’s plan to create an evangelistic phenomenon that took over the world though you and me. It was to turn the broken male culture on its head through the preaching of the Gospel. It was to take a small group of men who had run away from pressure and to engage them, giving them courage to create tumultuous change by His Spirit.
And guess what? It’s happening again. Let’s look at this Biblically.
In Acts 2:40-41 we are told, “Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners. Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. Those who accepted His message were baptized and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord. Thank God. That is the result of an Uprising that is Spirit-filled and formed. He warned them. He pleaded with them. He called them out of the corrupt male culture, which is producing most if not all of the suffering in the world.
What was the response of this bold call? Three thousand were converted in one day.
That is going to happen in this coming decade. It’s already started, worldwide through the Church. The Sleeping Giant of God’s men in the church is going to rise up. They already are.
They’re going to warn. They’re going to plead. They’re going to call men out — and then they’re going to share the Gospel, which gives the men an identity that transcends the cultural vision of this planet. They are going to start letting that power flow out of them to relieve pain, raise spirits and reach souls.
Be a part of it. Will you join with me in this prayer?:
Father, thank you that history is on your side. Thank you for what you are doing in the world today. Thank you for this big red target that you have painted on us as men. Sometimes we feel like we are painted in with the rest of broken male culture when we today are standing, trying to love you and love people and love our wives and teach our sons and daughters and for that, I thank you.
You have given us the ability to turn it around. I know you have in my own life.
But Lord it’s more than us. You want worldwide revival; just like the Prophet Joel says, with billowing smoke and the moon turns red because there is such an explosion of health in male culture through your people. Lord, there are 400 million of us men worldwide… reach into those 400 million and wake the Sleeping Giant called the men of the Church and then help us go. Plead and warn, and call out the men around us. Help us to share that message. Fill us with Your Spirit and create an uprising. Lord, we don’t want to sit on the sidelines. We want to participate. Convict and challenge each of us to step up and suit up and show up, in Jesus name we pray.
And God’s men said, Amen!
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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.