I want to share something with the fellas right now for a moment on how God has spoken to me today and put this on my heart and mind.
What I am about to share, some may not agree with me, or see it the same way, & that is fine. I am certainly not always right. My perspectives may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, & that’s fine too. You, or I were not meant to be “everyones’ cup of tea” We are all unique & wonderfully made. However, as believers we should drink from the same cup. What do I mean by that you may ask? If you are truly saved, accepting that Christ suffered, died, resurrected & sits at the right hand of the throne of God in intercession for you. That you have asked for forgiveness of your sins, & accepted Christ as your Lord & savior while confessing this with you words, & believing in your heart. Being born again in that you have now been forgiven from your sins, that you have put your sins away, the old ways of the flesh, now striving to the mark, running the race of life, fighting the good fight, to finish the course of your faith in the one true God. You are drinking from a new cup, a cup that fills you up, & quenches the thirst. The cup of salvation, the cup of communion in recognition for the blood spilt for you, & all who believe.
Pretty deep for a Friday morning, eh? What I want to share with all of you men, is that there is a war going on all about you, as well as in you. The enemy wants to put fear & doubt in your minds, hearts and souls.
The enemy wants to wreck your marriage as it is the example of one of the strongest examples of the covenant of God. The enemy wants to go after you at work, with peer pressure, enticing you to compromise, & destroy your testimony among others. The enemy knows that as men, we tend to clean to our careers and work to define us on who we are. The enemy likes to take advantage of that.
The enemy wants to come between you and time with the Father. He wants to put enticing entertainment & activities in front of your time in prayer, reading the bible, & going to church. Whether it may be sports, watching TV, movies, concerts, drinking with the boys, meaningless projects, a different book or magazine, and more.
The enemy knows your weakness and strives to capitalize on it. Whether it is an addiction, a discipline, or idols. And not all addictions are of alcohol, or drugs. Addictions come in many shapes and forms such as pornography, work, fitness, social media. Idols can be anything that takes precedence over your time & resources with and for God on a regular basis.
The enemy knows your past and will use circumstances, examples, people, and even “things of the air” (as the enemy has been called the “prince of the air.”) against you to seek to convince you that you are weak, un-qualified, a poser, a fake, a fraud. The enemy will use this and what ever device available to sow seeds of doubt to turn you away from the light, the truth and the love of God.
The enemy will not only use your weakness, but those around you whether it be a co-worker, or a friend, whether it be your wife, (or girl friend if not married), or for those with a child or children-yes even you child(ren) to get you off course, to get you distracted, to get at your heart, mind and soul.
How do I know this? It has been going on since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and throughout history to the present day. Do not think for a moment the enemy is a fool. The enemy knows the bible very well, the enemy also knows his/their adversary. Remember the enemy waged a rebellion and war in heaven against the Creator of all. Do not think for a moment the enemy is not a remarkable warrior, general, or strategist.
How also do I know this? I, like some or many of you have faced many battles, some I thought I would never win, or press through. I too have had my fair share of fear, doubt, and failures.
However, our Father is truth, and the creator of all. He does not lie, and He gave us himself in the form of his Son, Whom died on the cross so that we may not perish, but come to a close relationship and understanding of Him, and eternal life in His presence.
So what do we do? Well, we are men. We fight, we protect an we defend. There is a war that the enemy has been waging against the hearts, souls, and minds of men since the beginning. The enemy may have lost the war in heaven, but the enemy knows the best way to get back from that loss, is through what God loves the most, us. So rise in gratitude of the day the Lord has made, be glad in it. Put on the Full Armor of God, and fight the good fight, protect & defend for the Cause of Christ. Run this race of life with perseverance, looking unto the author and finisher of our faith which is Christ Jesus. Finish the course, and finish well.
Want to learn more about this war, and how to fight it? How to protect and defend? Then start on your knees first in prayer. Get prayed up, & pumped up. Learn the key elements of the Full Armor of God and use them. Use them for your family, loved ones, and neighbors. Get active, whether in a Men’s Small Group or other local church’s small group. Gather in your local church to worship, learn, grow, become equipped, serve, and be sent out. Go to the hedges and highways with another and be real to others. Demonstrate the realness of the love of Christ to others in a relatable manner in pairs or more. Get read up, & listened up with the Word. If you are not a “big reader”, (which may be something you may want to overcome), there is plenty of audio & digital sources of the Word, & devotions. It’s 2018, brothers, information is available at a touch of a button streamed on any device, in your vehicles or a headset.
The important thing is do not just sit back and let the enemy take territory over your heart, mind, soul, family, loved ones, friends or neighbors. Do not be a reclining chair observer or bench warmer. Get into the game! You have the best Coach, Team Owner, and coordinator in existence; God the Father, the Son, & the Holy Ghost. However, you must train, and train some more, then get into the game, catch the ball, and run it into the end zone for not just one touch down, but many. Is it the 1st quarter for you? Or do you feel as though you are in the 4th quarter? Are you at half field or in the Red Zone? Is the enemy in the lead and it seems like there is only moments left on the clock? Or has God allowed you to have the clock reset, and the score is 0 to 0? If Christ handed you the ball right now, what are you ready, and willing to do with it?
How is your Armor? Who is ready to fight to win? Who is ready to get into the game with me? Who are our quarterbacks, running backs, half backs, wide receivers, guards, tackles…