Archive for December, 2010

Many times I read the Bible and I find myself convicted by my actions. I’m reminded of something I said or did that wasn’t very honoring to God and I feel bad. I know that is the Holy Spirit within me reminding me of my negative behavior but that got me thinking of how many times each day I do or think something that disrespects God? Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:1 that we are to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

If you’re like me, sometimes you get lost in your busy day or your busy life and you forget that as believers, we are to be Holy before Him. In other words, “holiness” is our responsibility as Christians and not something we do when we happen to remember. Sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow because its not easy to be Holy when you’re mad at someone at work or maybe your kid spilled paint all over the garage…Holiness tends to escape me then…

But I can take this a step further; the verse also uses the verb “perfecting” which means action. The act of perfecting is an ongoing “Iron sharpening Iron”, along our life’s journey that is accomplished through real-world experience and prayer. What do I mean? Holiness is not simply a button you push and you are finished. You don’t just read the Bible once and you are holy. It takes a few times of falling down and getting back up. Frankly guys, it takes a lifetime of messing up and asking Him for forgiveness and then starting again…

Why is this important to all of us regular guys? When we forget to be Holy we disrespect God. I think you can agree with me that our concept of God and who He is can only be called “finite”. It is impossible to grasp how awesome a being He is. The point is, Paul reminds us to continue to perfect holiness out of respect for God. Guys, we cant be so busy with all of our daily stuff that we forget He is God. Through His sacrifice He has provided salvation for us which means eternal life with Him. Our RESPONSIBILITY to Him is humility and holiness…don’t yield to life’s requirement to be so busy. He deserves and expects our best…Your future depends on it…

I have often wondered why God allows or requires the Christian journey to be filled with pain, problems, unhappiness and sometimes misery. Why does God put so much emphasis on perseverance, striving for the prize and winning the race like it says in Phllipians 3:14, ” I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Why is the Christian walk a marathon and not a sprint?

I believe that all of the lessons and experiences learned through our lives or the “Iron sharpening iron” moments as mentioned in Proverbs 27:17, the falling down and getting back up, and most importantly, our ability to keep our eyes focused on Him in spite of the adversity set against us…The reason why the Christian walk is a marathon and NOT a sprint is because it ALL about the journey. God looks at how YOU handle the problems of this world…do you give up and walk away from what you are dealing with…or do you get back up and keep forging ahead…The ones that pick themselves up and keep their eyes on Him, those are the people that I firmly believe God has chosen to surround Himself with in eternity. Here is what we, the ones who have persevered, have to look forward to my friends:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21: 3-5

If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will…

The alarm just went off…time to get up…time to start your day…

When we actively seek God FIRST, each day, the Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 that “all these things will be given to you as well.” What are “these things” Jesus is referring to in this verse? I believe they are the many different “nuggets of knowledge” that God chooses to give us as we move through the journey of life. Another word for these nuggets might be just plain old experience.

To clarify from personal experience, I have learned a better understanding of the humility necessary to seek God. In James 4:10 we are told to “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”. When we are truly humble before God, we have as I call it, a “condition of the heart” necessary to seek Him. We cannot approach God all puffed up or arrogant. It wont work, I know, I have tried it…Just about the time we think we are so very good, God knocks us down a few notches and reminds us who He is…He will lift us up but that requires true humility, something that we are taught in today’s society really isn’t necessary. Take a look at Proverbs 22:4 where it says “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life”…kind of sums things up right?

A consequence of that “condition of the heart” I referred to earlier is recognizing the necessity of fearing God. Not the sheer horror frightening type of fear they show us at a haunted house during Halloween, but rather a glimpse of how incredibly amazing the creator of our universe is…That is the kind of reverent fear God requires of us. We are told in Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.” This may seem like a contradiction but the fear of God I spoke about earlier is the key to this verse. By keeping our eyes focused on Him…First, we receive a Fountain of Life, which can be interpreted in many positive ways for a Christian man and secondly, the fear of God turns a man away from the snares of death because true Holy Fear…frankly…keeps us from sinning. Take a look at Exodus 20:20 where Moses said to the children of Israel, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning”…

Guys, this was not meant to be complex at all, it’s God’s word, simply meant to encourage you by reminding us that God requires humility from us everyday and with humility comes the Fear of God which will keep us from sinning…That, my friends, is your ticket to heaven…

Hey Guys…

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Inspirational

And so we begin…

I have wanted to get started with blogging for a very long time. My excuse as to what took so long? Honestly, I think it was procrastination. You know what I mean though right? I just kept putting this off until the next week end and eventually, it turned to December and I was two months behind and still no Blog…So today, I just MADE myself sit down and take care of this once and for all and I have to say the feeling is tremendous.

So whats the plan? Well as Proverbs 27:17 tells us “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” that is the mantra for this blog. I believe that NOW more than any other time in history men need to stand up and be the men God intended them to be. We cannot be silent, satisfied and apathetic. When we do nothing all we care about and love is daily being assaulted and condemned as wrong. Satan is alive and well right now…what are we going to do about that?

The purpose of this blog is to provide men with tools and strategies from the Bible to help them tackle life from a Christian perspective. I am a born again Christian and firmly believe in the Bible as my bread of life. The journey of life is not an easy one and that is why we are not alone. As Christians, we are all in this together an that is how God intended life to be. We are to encourage and strengthen one another along the way.

My goal is to no only write what I have learned but also to have other guest posts from men I look up to as well. Men who are going through the same battles you are right now and have some incredible positives to share from their experiences. God has a plan for you and your family but sometimes we get side tracked along the way…that is the purpose of this blog…By the way, we may have trouble resisting the urge to throw in the sports comments now and then so humor us…

I look forward to what God has in store for all of us as we go along this path…