Be a Man that God wants

September 14, 2012

God Wants You

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What kind of man are you going to be? What kind of influence are you going to be? Where will that influence take place? Life is full of questions and those particular questions can often times be overwhelming. I don’t believe anyone in their right mind wants to miss God. We want to be sure of direction as well as taking advantage of opportunities as well. That will mean getting close to God.

God said that He looked for a man to stand in the gap and make up the hedge for the land that He would not destroy it but He found none. Is that not disturbing? It is not that He didn’t find a man, for the word declares that man existed at the time. It is not that people were not “spiritual” at the time for they were offering their sacrifices and observing the Holy days. The problem was their relationship with God was lacking. They served God with their mouths and not their hearts. This is an intolerable act with God.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that there are a lot of things in this world that has not changed. There is a large portion of society today that does not believe, trust, or follow the teachings of Christ. Even among believers the views on critical issues such as salvation, maturity, and commitment vary. Some who consider themselves believers do not accept the bible as the infallible word of God. Many consider good works enough to secure eternal salvation as others hold fast to confession while treating their neighbors like trash.

God is still looking for a man who will believe and follow Him. God is still looking for a man who will trust and commit to Him. God is still looking for a man who will dare care for his neighbor and the world around Him. God is still looking for a man who believes that he can positively affect this society. I hope that person is you. That person can be you.

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I try my best not to over spiritualize things. Some things we experience in life have super spiritual meanings and others should only be considered as just something we have experienced. Learn from them and go on.

Joseph had a dream.  That dream was, as we now know it, concerning a much later time and a need that had not yet been manifest.  As is often the case the dream didn’t originally satisfy the desires of all involved.  In Fact it offended all the parties involved except Joseph.  That’s why it is important to keep in mind that knowing God’s will and accepting His plan is two different things.  That part is still hard for me.  I often times want to jump to the finish line and that’s not what God has in mind.

 

As we mature in God He will give us the understanding we need.  Our focus in life should be to walk through intentionally.

Maybe even with this intention.

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Don’t be afraid to dream.

It may be the beginning of God’s plan for you.

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Man_UP – Be patient and understand time

The emotions that come with the frustrations and the disappointments of life that are a result of the time involved in asking and believing and trusting for prayers and desires to be manifest can be at the very least be annoying and can escalade to overwhelming if not handled correctly. We are all going to experience things that catch us by surprise or don’t function according to our expectation. When those times occur how are we supposed act? How are we supposed to feel? What are we supposed to believe?

Those questions may sound like doubt but I don’t believe they are. Some of us have been taught that we are not to question God and there may very well be some validity to that teaching. There are times we don’t need to question God. However, until our faith grows and is established to the point that we don’t have to understand to believe or see to be able to accept, it is reasonable expectation that we would ask those questions. As a matter of fact it may be necessary for us to ask those questions. Having those questions push us to search out the answers for ourselves and establishes our faith and our belief system.

Consider this:

Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

The trying of our faith brings or encourages patience.

Hebrews says that we have need of patience after we have done the will of God to receive the result. There is often a time period between when we do what we are supposed to and receive what we expect.

James said to let patience have her perfect work. That time period that we are experiencing frustration, disappointment, discouragement, etc. really is for a purpose.

 It may not come easily. James gave more than one example of others having to wait on it.

In other words patience is important.

Two things I want you to determine to do.

1)      Exercise it – Hebrews 12:1-3

2)      Teach it – Titus 2:1-3

This is one of the hardest things for me to do and I know it is for others also. Stay focused. Stay determined. God has an end in mind and it is good.

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In our pursuit of a balanced and successful life in Christ we have found that hope is essential to achieving the success desired. We have discovered the roles that hope plays in supplying purpose and encouragement needed to maintain focus. The explanation of what hope allows or accomplishes can be defined as peace.

Peace makes our walk in Christ not only tolerable or manageable but enjoyable. We are going to be stretched not only in what we believe but how strongly we believe. To say I believe in Christ as the son of God and the one who died for my sins is one thing, but to receive ridicule or threat or consequence for believing is very different. Most of us are very fortunate we are not placed in a position that our lives are threatened because of our faith. Some are. Without the peace and assurance of the Holy Spirit life would be impossible.

We know from the scripture that hope comes from the expectation that is given from the word of God and the fulfilling experiences that God provides. As we evaluate the accomplishments allowed through our walk with God we discover peace in the midst of the storm raging around us. God is with us and that is all that matters for His grace is sufficient.

It is through faith and patience that God performs and supplies all our needs. Faith being the action of pursuing God’s plan by applying our skills, abilities, and understanding based on what we believe and patience is the resolve to remain faithful to what we believe until God performs and fulfills and supplies. Peace comes from the experience of God acting on our behalf. We must know that God is for us not just that He is with us.

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We have discussed the importance of hope in pursuing fulfillment or success in our lives but do we view it as essential. When I say essential I mean necessary. Do we really believe that it is absolutely necessary to obtain the success that we are looking for without hope?

I hope that the conclusion we come to is yes. I not only subscribe to the belief that it is a contributing factor but maybe the only contributing factor that will carry through. Think about it. Hope is established by our experiences that we have in life. We face circumstances or are put in the position to have to deal with hardships and as we experience the faithfulness or mercy or grace of God that delivers us from the hardship to the answer then hope is established in our lives. It is extremely important to keep track of God’s intervention.

We are also inspired or encouraged by the word of God. Scripture declares that it exists for that purpose. It is that inspiration or encouragement that causes us to believe. When we act on that belief it is referred to as faith. As we utilize faith and allow God to establish in us that He is who He is and He can and will do just as He said, then hope is established.

As we go through life we are confronted by things that have the potential to absolutely destroy us. Abraham’s body was old but the word says that he hoped against hope. It is not a false sense of security. It is being sure of what you know. It is trusting in God and believing that He is able. It is not just a way but the only way we will see ourselves through life. It is impossible to please God except to believe that He is and trust He will come through. That can be summed up by the one word hope. Hope is absolutely essential for our success in life.

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Hope is important

November 8, 2011

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So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. We have all heard the scripture preached about with the emphasis on the greatest of these is love. There is no doubt that love is the greatest because that is exactly what it says but we should not overlook the importance of hope in our walk with Christ. We know that we are going to be tested. We should know that at some point the very core of our belief will be challenged and when it is we will be shaken. When that time comes we are going to have to be totally convinced that God is for us and that He is able to fulfill what He said He would.

Job said even though God kill him he would still praise Him, however later he became so depressed that he cursed the day that he was born. Jeremiah became so depressed and discouraged that he said he couldn’t do it any longer. He quit until God was able to revive him to the place that he said I have to speak for it is like fire shut up in my bones. Ezekiel was an emotional wreck when he fell to his face and said are you going to kill them all. They each knew the truth. They each were subjected to the stress of their belief being challenged. They had lost or for some reason could not access hope. Life with no hope has the potential to destroy us.

It was hope that sustained Abraham when his core was tested. The word confesses that he believed that God would raise his son from the dead if needed. This same hope was the decisive factor that Jesus gave His life on the cross. He confessed that if He lay His life down God would raise Him again. Having that hope is absolutely essential for our success in overcoming this life. We are to believe that God is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We are commanded toward strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Hope is important. It is brought about by exercising faith and patience. In Romans we are told whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. What that means plainly is that we must be actively involved in the process of grasping that hope that God has for us.

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Hope for today

October 31, 2011

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One of the most important things we need for today is hope. We have come a long way in this world as it pertains to things of lifestyle accommodations. We travel around the world relatively easy. We communicate with others around the world somewhat comfortably. However the amount of stress that is experienced by most individuals seems to be more than ever. The stress related to jobs, the economy, families, self evaluated performance seem to exceed what many can handle. That concerns me for God says that He will not allow any to come against us that we are not able to handle. So something is obviously missing. I believe that ingredient is hope.

We need to be hopeful. I am not talking about a false sense of security. I am not talking about dreams of a fairy tale life that only good things happen. I am talking about the reality that disappointments and unexpected situations will occur but that is not what defines our outcome. It is God who determines and defines our outcome. Our hope is accomplished or gained by our participation in faith and patience. By faith we act on or pursue what we believe in or for. That same belief or trust in causes us to patiently or confidently wait or endure for. That doesn’t sound very enjoyable if you are going through a severe situation right now because we all feel as though we have been faithful and that we are being patient because and we assume they both entail a continued state of suffering and that’s not what we want to hear.

Listen to these words from Jeremiah chapter 29 and verse 11 that were spoken by God to Jeremiah.  For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope. They simply state that He (God) has a plan that is good and that He is for us. I believe this. Nothing will ever take the place of fulfillment. However something has to take in between and that is faith and patience. That faith and patience depends on what we believe. We must believe and I mean have it settled that God is not against us but for us. That is hope. The same hope that set Abraham apart that said God is able to raise him back to life is the same hope that Jesus said He could lay down His life because the father was able to raise Him up again and it is the same hope that you and I must possess that says what may look like the end is not the end because God has given an expected end. Have Hope.

Man_Up and be the man that God wants you to be.

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