Created Male #4 Combat Zone
Created Male #4 Combat Zone
To be the man the Creator made you to be, you, have to flourish in a right relationship with God. The first step in establishing a right relationship is acknowledging that sin has estranged your relationship with God, believe that Jesus through His sacrifice has made reconciliation possible. The two, you and God, at odds, with different agendas, now walking in harmony, because you have committed yourself to learn how to be God’s man, you’ve bent the knee, proclaiming God to be your Lord, your controlling partner, your commanding officer. Then to flourish you do everything you can to enhance and deepen that relationship with God, refusing to do anything that might endanger it.
To flourish you practice the 7 habits of a disciple. You’re in the word, applying the truth revealed in Scripture to your life. You pray like you talk to a best friend communicating with God your thoughts and desires, hearing from God in your heart of hearts what He needs for you to do, the new assignment, the new mission impossible. You get with others who God also is making into men, it’s called fellowship, cohorts in the chaos this world churns up. You use your strength, your know-how, your resources to help others who need help, for you know by serving you bring heaven to earth. You make the will of God your will as you are being transformed in faithfulness, you desire to do the will of your Heavenly Father, just like Jesus. When times get tough, you pull away to be alone with God, to search your heart, to hear from the Holy Spirit, to be encouraged to overcome the challenge, we give that a fancy name, contemplation. Flourishing you become a force to be reckoned with and the very Gates of Hell will not prevent you from accomplishing the call of God upon your life. The 7 habits are all about connecting with God.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Part of that shield of faith is a band of brothers. I’m not talking about a group of guys that you get together with to play cards and drink a couple of bears. I’m talking about a group of men, passionate about expanding the Kingdom of God, bringing out the best in one another, supporting one another, holding each other’s confidences, and sharpening one another to a razor edge. Men need the company of men to live lives of no compromise.
A man needs the company of men to hold him accountable. It’s like my experience with my workout buddy. We would meet at the gym and work out hard. But I discovered when he wasn’t there spotting me, I went easy on myself. A man needs a man to hold him to the high standards of being authentically masculine. A man needs the real friendship of other men, friendships that allow for authentic interaction, for bonding, for standing next to him in the fight.