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The last few days have been a struggle spiritually. It felt like the Lord was trying to tell me something but I just couldn’t put all of the pieces together. I would seek out in one direction and find a dead end. Hopeful that I was on another track in the right direction, it too would lead nowhere. Then in the middle of the night without warning all of the pieces came together. So for over an hour, right when I should have been getting some of my best sleep, I was up making notes on a legal pad with everything He was telling me.

There has also been an internal struggle with writing these weekly blogs. Why me? Don’t get me wrong, there is a part of me that enjoys doing this because I never proved to be the student in school who could do something like this. So I dig the irony of it. But why me? He gave me that answer also.

If the most wretched, sinful, selfish dumpster fire of a human being can write these things then only God can get the glory. This is all Him. It is not me. He has always known that, now I know it because I heard it from Him and you can have full confidence it’s all Him because you have read it here. So here it goes.

There has been much talk and I have read some things about Revival. About how we need revival. How the church needs revival. How the country needs revival. That seemed to make sense but just didn’t seem right. It was just too easy an answer and in some ways seemed a bit trite. There has to be more to it than that. We seem to have taken a different and more drastic turn than in the past. What has got us to this point?

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
– 1 John 3:9 (NIV).

The answer is abortion. Not that abortion. It’s not that taking the life of an unborn child is not important because it is. But it’s only a symptom of what the real issue is. The real issue is Spiritual Abortion. We have taken the spiritual seed or life that God has planted in each of us and tried to alter it to meet our wants and in some cases have tried to remove it completely. This is especially true in men which has helped to create the havoc we live with today. Yes, this is an issue with women also but not to the extent that it is in men. There are Godly women waiting for their husbands to be the men and the leaders of their families that God has called them to be. Too often women have been forced to take the spiritual leadership role in their family and in churches because most men have aborted their spiritual lives to be worldly men instead of Godly men.

Not all of us are called to be leaders in everyday life. If we were all leaders, it would be chaos. If we were all followers, nothing would get done. So to function properly in the world we must understand which one we are and be that man. One is not better than the other, it takes both to be successful. All great leaders had to have some great followers to do the work. But that is the world not the family. If as a man you have a family, you ARE the leader. No question. If you have questions, seek God’s word, it is clear. Is this sexist? Sure. Is it misogynistic? Fine. Call it what you want but if it is biblical and Christ-centered you have to call it truth. It is past time for us to be the leaders we are called to be.

So how do we do this?
How do we be the leaders God commands us to be?

 

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READ GOD’S WORD DAILY.

Seems simple. But how difficult do we make it? We fill our lives with so much garbage we don’t have the time or more truthfully, don’t make the time to seek God’s guidance in His Word. We make time for what we want to make time for. There is no reason we can’t carve out 15 to 30 minutes each day to spend reading the Bible.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 (ESV).

We have the unlimited wisdom and knowledge of the Creator God at our fingertips. Yet, we often wonder why we don’t hear from God. If you are not making this a part of your daily life, it’s time to do so. Flush the excuses. Just Do It!

ACT LIKE MEN.

Again, it seems simple. But we know it’s not. We are being told that being a man is wrong. It’s evil and hateful. The greatest male athlete from the 1976 Summer Olympics now claims to be a women. There is a deodorant company with an ad that tells men it is acceptable to wear makeup. And as if we don’t have enough signs to show that we are at the threshold of Hell, a company is selling a men’s Romper. Yes, a men’s onesie. Wake up guys! It’s going to get worse if we don’t act like men.

But this feminization of men has been our fault. When we hear “act like men”, we act like dictators, ogres, bullies and tyrants. We are called to be “Servant Leaders.” Emphasis on servant. Our example is Christ. When we act like men, we should act like Christ. If your wife is treating you like a child then maybe you should stop acting like a child and act like a man in the image of Christ. If your children treat you like a friend with no respect then maybe you should start acting like a father in the image of Christ.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
– 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 (ESV).

Below are two sermons by Dr. James MacDonald titled, “Act Like Men.” I urge you to watch them and listen to what he shares.

Act Like Men Part 1 | James MacDonald

Act Like Men Part 2 | James MacDonald

Servant Leaders lead by example and put the needs of others before himself. That is the very example that Christ set. We may not believe it, we may not see it and we may not want to do it but our families are waiting and longing for us to be the Servant Leaders we are called to be. Where do we spend our time when we are away from work? If most of it is not with our families then maybe we need to act like men and spend time with them. Just like making time to read the Bible, just do it.
“The servant often gets lost in the service and we should be ok with that.”
– Dr. James MacDonald.

MINISTER INSIDE & OUTIDE YOUR FAMILY & CHURCH.

As followers of Christ, we are ministers. We may not all be Preachers, Speakers or Sunday School Teachers but we are called to minister to those around us. For some of us it’s easier to minister to people around us than it is to our own families. For others just the opposite is true. We all have a role to play. We each have a unique set of gifts to be used to minister to others and further the Kingdom of God.
There is a variation of Pareto’s Principle that states: “80% of the work is done by 20% of the people.” You have probably experienced that at work or at home, but how tragic that it holds true in the church. Are you part of the 20% working in the church or are you part of the 80% that lets the 20% do the work? What example are you setting for your children and others?
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
– Galatians 5:13 (NIV).
Serving in a position is a ministry but so is cutting a widow’s grass. Taking someone to the doctor is just as much a ministry as helping during Bible School. There are countless ministries in the church that can’t be performed by 20% of the people. The same goes with your family. If you go do something for someone else take your children along. What better example can you set?

Doing the dishes one night or cooking a meal is just as much a ministry to your bride and children as cutting the grass and repairing things around the house. Ministering as a servant leader will set an example that will glorify Christ and benefit your children in the future.

PRAY FOR YOURSELF, EACH OTHER, FOR OTHER MEN & WITH YOUR BRIDES.

Not that one is any more important than the other but how often are you spending time with the Lord? Prayer is crucial to our spiritual growth and relationship with Christ. How successful is any relationship you have with someone if you don’t talk and listen to them?
Our prayers shouldn’t be a list of things we want. We shouldn’t treat prayer like a child’s wish list at Christmas. Our prayers should align with Gods Will and His purpose in all things.
Pray for yourself. God knows what is going on with us but wants us to communicate with Him. Speaking out loud has power when you are praying. Find a place where you can be alone, in a closet or out in the woods. Get alone and open your heart and share your desires, concerns and needs to Him. Then listen for His response. It may not come immediately, but it will come. Just be listening and expecting.
Pray for others. We all need prayer and there is no such thing as too much prayer for someone. God honors our intercessory prayers and they have power in the lives of those for whom we pray. There is a sense of comfort that comes when someone tells us that they are praying for us. So pray for others and let them know you love them enough to pray for them. We are not just called to pray for those we like, we are called to pray for our enemies as well.
Pray WITH your Brides. This may be the toughest of all but it will have the most impact in your life, your marriage and your family. I can’t say I have done this for a long time. As a matter of fact, I didn’t find the courage to start this until September 1, 2015. How I wish I would have done so sooner. Nothing can increase the intimacy of a relationship like praying. There have been many nights we have had to pray over the phone because I was out of town. But some of those nights of prayer on the phone have been the most intense and emotional. Some nights our prayers are short due to long days and we have missed maybe two nights during this time but nothing has had more of an impact on our marriage.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
– James 5:16 (NIV).

Maybe pride or fear is preventing you from taking this step. I challenge you to slay those obstacles in the same way David slew Goliath. It will change your life, your marriage and your family for the better.
Restoring A Man’s Purpose has been who and what we are but now it’s time for us to put actions to our purpose. God is calling us to do more than talk, He is calling us to be the men we have talked about being. Allow the spiritual man that God has placed in you to grow into the man He wants you and calls you to be. Just Do It!
Read, Act, Minister, Pray and run to the Cross!
Hugh
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