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A man of god

The Upward Look by Jon Forrest

A Man of God

It seems to me that modern culture is doing everything within its power to change the role and delineate the value of masculinity in men. I realize that there are men who are self-centered and devalue their wives and children by putting them down. But there are many who have been told over and over again that manhood is no longer valued; that masculinity is a toxic poison on society. Sadly, many men have devalued themselves by stepping away from the childrearing process and leaving it to their wives, the teachers at school, the television set, the video games and the media in general. Some men

In his book Kingdom Man: Every Man's Destiny, Every Woman's Dream, Dr. Tony Evans writes these powerful words…

“When your feet hit the floor each morning, do you make your enemy the devil, say, “Oh crap, he’s up”? When you step out your door each day, do heaven, earth, and hell take notice? When you protect the woman under your care, can she do little to resist you? Do your children look to you with confidence? Do other men look to you as someone to emulate? Does your church call on you for strength and leadership? Are you a preserver of culture and a champion of society, one who keeps out evil and ushers in good? Are you a man who is fulfilling your destiny and able to satisfy the woman in your life? More than all of that, though, when God searches for a man to advance His kingdom, does He call your name?”

In 1 Kings 2, King David, on his death bed, charged his son Solomon to be a better King to the people than he had been. The first thing he tells his son, is to be strong and be a man.

Not all men can be physically strong, but any man can be strong in his faith and in his commitments to God and family.

God intended for godly men to lead their families and stand for righteousness in strength.

One of my favorite statements in the Bible comes from God’s commission and challenge of Joshua when he was leading the Israelites into the Promise Land, “6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9.

Over and over God tells his man “Be strong and courageous.” Why? Because, without strength and courage he would have melted under the massive task God had given him. Men, God has given you massive tasks. You are to protect and be the spiritual leader for your wives and children. You are to be examples to the younger men in the church and community. God wants you to accomplish great things for him. He will give you everything you need to be strong, courageous and manly if you are being his man, his leader, his inspiration in the world.

I look forward to bringing our message this Sunday, Advice for Leadership from 1 Kings 2:1-11. I hope you will be there to glean guidance for yourself in the tasks God has for you.

Seeking to be a man of God,


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