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Playing the Man Means Being Peaceful Not Passive

When men act like Godly men everyone wins.

Families are strong. Communities flourish. The local church is active as designed by God. And those truly in need are taken care of.

But passivity forced upon men by a godless culture has corrupted the view of proper manhood.

As men we must speak up and speak to. It’s hard. I know it’s hard because I want to just keep quiet and mind my own business most of the time. But often times that isn’t what we should do.

We become passive and disengaged because of fear really. We fear ridicule. We fear being ostracized. We fear being labeled something we are not.

But if we put ourselves last and stop worrying about what others may do to us or how we will be treated, then that is when He (God) will lift us up.

Put God first, family second, and put yourself third. And as we put Him first He will be the source of our strength and supply.

We have to live knowing that we do so for His glory always.

Be peaceful not passive. Stand up for what’s right. Stand strong for the truth in the face of opposition and fear. Pull courage from the source of strength that is our faith in Jesus Christ. Be a man after God’s own heart.

Act Like Men

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.

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
https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.5.22-26.NASB

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The Place Where The Spirit Lives

A temple. 1 Cor. 6:19‭-20 says our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Our body was not made for immorality. It was made to glorify God.

It’s our job to glorify God in our body. Consistently.

And if we are going to glorify God with our bodies, then we must maintain this temple and keep it in good working order as much as we can.

We must use our body in service by carrying the Gospel message to our communities, that is the top priority.

A faith that is alive produces a desire to accomplish works of love.

Secondarily, we must keep this body temple in shape by loving our Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and with all our strength (Mark 12:30). Jesus, said that this is the foremost commandment of all.

Don’t be a SadClown (@F3NWArkansas @F3Nation). Do what you can to maintain your temple in all four areas of Lord loving that Jesus described.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19‭-‬20 NASB

Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31 NASB

How are you maintaining your temple this week (mind, heart, soul or strength)? Please comment and share with others.

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40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Those who have gone before us and have lead by example are an inspiration.

Resisting evil, speaking for and protecting those who can’t speak for themselves, caring for the oppressed and downtrodden. These are attributes of a Christian with a faith that is alive and well.

James 2:17-26 is easy to understand. Faith without works is dead. Faith without works is useless.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an example to us, in modern history, of a person whose faith was not useless and was not dead. He acted.

I’ve recently started this devotional hosted by Bible Gateway. I would encourage each of you to join me.

40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“WHEN CHRIST CALLS A MAN, HE BIDS HIM COME AND DIE.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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