For my brothas,
What does it profit a man to gain the world and to lose his soul???
Like I said in God’s Sons- Part I all of these earthly things are fleeting. Let’s really think about this guys. If we’re lucky, we spend what 90 years on earth? Yes, thats a long time BUT as believers we know that we will spend an ETERNITY either with our Lord Jesus Christ and the Father or in Hell. That’s forever, there is no looking forward to something else in hell. Sounds deep and scary but hey its truth.
It’s hard to leave and drop everything to live for God. It’s hard to walk away from sin even when you set your mind to follow Christ. BUT.. AhHa!!!
We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.- Romans 8:37
You can do this guys! If God be for us, who can be against us? ( Romans 8: 31) You know I really wish people would stop thinking about God and Christ as just some floating ghosts or “something” in the sky- As an imaginary friend or power. I wish people would realize that he is as real as real can be. We believe that there is air that we breath in -but we can’t see it. And that air is still very essential to us. God is Essential to us! okay back to my point tho….
It doesn’t matter who you used to be, what you used to do, where you used to be in this crazy world. Accepting Christ and publicly declaring that you are going to follow him is what truly matters. Romans 6:6-7, 11
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I think what may scare some guys away is the pressure. Unnecessary pressure at that! The World wants you to be perfect in every single thing. God doesn’t call you to be perfect. You can’t be perfect here in this crazy world. He’s not expecting you to have it all together before you get to him. He’s asking for your total submission so that he can live in you and help you to live the holy and righteous life he has purposed for each one of you. Let’s really think about it- if you are perfect already… what’s the point in needing God? ( BTW totally dangerous type of thinking) When you submit your whole heart, your mind, your spirit to the will of God, he can equip you to be the man you were meant to be. A soldier in the Army of Christ- God’s Son. Romans 8: 13-15
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.And by him we cry, “Abba,Father.”
Because of God’s spirit in you, you are not just [ insert your name here], NO! you are joint heirs with Christ! You are truly God’s Son. Romans 8:17
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Now, let me backtrack a little bit here. I said that God would equip you. He will equip you to face this evil, tricking, slick, smooth talking world. Well, how Sway??? You may ask.- The Armor. which I’ll write an in depth post about soon. Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 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 Lord’s people.
You guys- You Men are not options. You Men of God are NECESSITIES! You are a vital organ to which we, the family, the body aka the church cannot live without. If you do not take your place, play your position as leaders, teachers, protectors, providers, etc. We ALL suffer. It may look like day to day is going smooth but this car is just getting by day to day. It’s not flourishing, it’s not evolving it’s just getting by.Without you… everything falls apart. I know so many women want to tell you that you’re not needed. LIES! We can do it all by ourselves. LIES! We weren’t built for that. We will do what we gotta do to keep things afloat but we are struggling to move because you- MEN need to take your place.
So, you gotta part ways with the party scene. So you have to be single for a while…. like for real single none of this ” we just kool” business (-___-). So you have to honor your parents- yes, even when they are going off. ( sn: the Bible says they shouldn’t provoke their kids- but God will deal with them on his terms. Your job is to honor them because it 1. honors God and 2. keeps you with the promise of long life.) So you have to say no sometimes to the “fun, cool, trending things”. Finally, so what you’re different in a world full of clones. You my brotha are looking forward- to something greater……greater than us all!
Love Ya to Peace,