Archive for November, 2007

Nov 23 2007

A Walk in the Woods

Published by under Thought of the Day

 

Two men were walking through the woods together, both of them were Christians.

The first was a younger man. He had only been saved a short time and was full of Fire, Energy and Enthusiasm.

The second was quite a bit older. He had walked with the Lord for many years, and in his eyes you could see Wisdom, Discernment and a Peaceable Spirit.

As they walked through the forest, they spoke at length concerning the things of God, Theological Issues, Biblical Passages, and the life they shared in Jesus Christ.

At one point in their discussion, and his zeal, the younger man finally spoke up and said, “Do you know I really want? What I Really Want is to know God the way you know God.”

The old man did not answer him and they continued their walk together.

And after a short time their path came down to the bank of stream. It appeared that the stream was not too wide and only about waist deep.

At this point, the older man spoke to the younger and said, “Let’s cross over here son, I want to show you something.” So, the two of them waded out across the water.

When they were about halfway across, the older man suddenly grabbed the younger and very quickly took him down under the water and held him there.

And, he held him..

And just when it seemed the young man could no longer hold his breath, the older one snatched him up and looked at him intently.

It was then that he said to the younger, “Son, when you want to know God as bad as you wanted to breathe just then, you’ll find Him. And why? Because the scriptures declare that it is those who hunger and thirst after the things of God that shall be filled. You see, Salvation is Free, but a relationship with Jesus Christ will cost you everything you have.”

 

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Nov 20 2007

Separate the Men (A Reflection)

Published by under Life Lessons

Where are the Men of Old that we read about in the scriptures, Men of renown that were willing to stand up for their convictions?

Where are those who would say “This far and no farther shall we go”?

And what of those who would shout from the hilltops that a Loving God does not equal a Blind Fool?

Where are the Abraham’s, the Noah’s, the Daniel’s, the Jeremiah’s, the Peter’s and the Paul’s?

What has become of the Men of God that we should be silenced in this lost and dying world?

The Book of Hebrews called them Men of Faith, who feared the Lord more than the reprisal of this world.

Many of these men died without ever having seen the promises that God gave them come to pass in their lifetime. And yet, stand they did.

Others were tortured and killed and of them the scripture states, “the world was not worthy of them”. Hebrews: 11-38

And how does my life stand up to this critique? After my time down here has run its course, how shall I be measured? And how shall my Lord welcome me?

These are the questions that burn, or should burn, within the Man of God. And I think I’ve had my fill of the Metro-sexual Preachers that plague our pulpits and airwaves. Give me a John the Baptist or a Joshua who said, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD”. Joshua: 24-15

I long to see the likes of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who, when confronted with death, declared that even if God did not spare them they would not bow down before King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel chapter 3.

But bow down we have. On our jobs, in our marriages, with our children, and with God’s people, we bow down and cave in to the predominant philosophy of our time.

And how, one might ask, have we done this? By the same way that Adam relinquished his position by yielding to the counsel of his wife. By the same way Esau forfeited his birthright to his brother for a bowl of soup. And by the same way countless Christian Men have made of non-effect the authority in Christ that has been given them.

We simply laid it down. The reasons for this may be numerous, and yet lay it down we have. For a brief reprieve from our spouses, or to please a difficult boss, or to pacify a wayward child, or even perhaps for a few moments of pleasure, the Men of God have abandoned their posts and left their God given Call to Duty in the hands of someone else.

Let me ask another very important question, and one that I believe is the hinge upon which this topic is fastened. In your mind, as a Man of God, what separates the Men from the Boys?

Apart from our willingness to admit that we need Christ to save us and are, in fact, all together unworthy of His love, what is the deciding factor between the Mature Steadfast Christian Man and the Foolhardy Immature Unstable Boy?

Is it not by realizing and accepting that, as Men, this world is not about what is “Convenient” or “Pleasurable” for us? As Christian Men, our priority is about looking after that “Which has been Entrusted to Our Care”. And this we do because we alone must give an account to the Lord for the responsibilities He has mandated.

After the events leading up to the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden had transpired, who did God initially come to and ask for an account? Was it the Serpent or Eve? No, it was Adam that He addressed and questioned.

The reply Adam gave, which was to blame someone else, held no water with God then, nor does that holey bucket fare any better today.

So, what now? We have laid down the Scepter and how shall it be recovered?

With prayer, diligence, and fortitude the Man of God MUST reclaim it.

1) Let us not leave the Spiritual Education of our children to our wives and Sunday School Teachers.

2) Realize that our responsibility to our families is not only a financial one.

3) Be willing to consult with our spouses over important decisions and be a Husband.

4) Pray over our financial decisions, as this is a primary cause for divorce.

5) Guard our Eyes and our Hearts. The Master sees what’s done in secret.

6) Raise our sons to be men of Dignity and Honor. They are our Mirror Image.

7) Don’t be afraid to object to your Daughter’s fashion. She will thank you later.

8) Establish and take a position on your Biblical Convictions, and study God’s Word.

9) Find a Ministry and get involved. Guys, nothing will please your woman more.

10) A Quote: “Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.”

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