Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth , and having put on the breastplate of righteousness , and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace ; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
EPHESIANS 6:10-20 NASB
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Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14 NASB
How do we “Act like men”?
There is a pervasive poison in our society that pushes men toward unacceptable behaviors. It is true that there does exist a population of overly aggressive men. But there is now becoming an even larger population of men who have no idea what it means to be a man or a leader.
The answer is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your actions and thoughts. And any thoughts or actions contrary to the fruits of the spirit should be avoided (Galatians 5:22-26). Take the lead on something and own it, and do the hard things that benefits someone outside of yourself. Step out in faith and give God the glory when He brings you through.
Don’t miss it when your faith is being tested and don’t allow false doctrine and “modern manhood” cause you to be something you are not. Act like men. Be strong and bold in your faith. But let all that you do be done in love.
Do man things. Get dirty. Lead by example. Act in manly ways. Don’t be a pushover, and if you are attacked be prepared to defend yourself. Just always make sure you are not the aggressor. Treat all people with respect and love your neighbor as yourself. Help protect those who are unable to protect themself. Give generously and without grumbling. Provide for your family physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hold your brothers in Christ accountable.
And remember to allow your emotions to have a healthy outlet. Find a good friend to vent to and allow them to vent as well. Allow your gym time to be an outlet for reducing stress and frustrations.
Pray about fleshly temptations and find ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t focus on those desires. Tame your flesh. Go for a run, go lift weights, get on a bike, do something to focus your body on something other than the temptations that harm us and others. Find a group of men that will encourage you and make you a better man. And you too can help them grow.
Take care of yourself through meditating on God’s Word, doing Bible studies, reading books to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to capitalize on those.
Doing this will help all of us to keep ourselves in alignment with who God wants us to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Act Like Men.
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22-26 NASB
On this National Day of Prayer, remember to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:10
Here are 10 specific ways you can pray today for members of our persecuted family (published by Voice of the Martyrs):
- Pray they will sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5)
- Pray they will know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3)
- Pray they will experience God’s comfort (2 Thes. 2:16-17)
- Pray they will see God open doors for evangelism (Col. 4:3)
- Pray they will boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29)
- Pray they will mature in their faith (Col. 1:28-29)
- Pray they will be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23-25)
- Pray they will remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41)
- Pray they will be able to forgive and love their persecutors (Matt 5:44)
- Pray they will be deeply rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
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You keep pretending like you know it all. You say you’ve researched and know there is no God and Jesus was a myth. You claim that Natural process has caused all things to be as they are and started from nothing.
But in your heart, you know you are lying to yourself. And worse, you have used this false knowledge to destroy the world view of people around you.
God is still in His place and Jesus is preparing His return. They only wait to allow a few more to hear the Gospel. Then God will send the redeemer to gather up His bride (the believers) in His arms. And He will execute judgment on those who continue to lie to themselves that there is no God.
Come, accept the living water who is Jesus Christ. Believe in Him and be redeemed.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let the one who hears say, “Come.”
And let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
REVELATION 22:17 NASB