Brothers: A joyfully-serious challenge for 2018

Good morning Brothers,

 

I hope you had a good Christmas day with family.  I'm sure many did and some, perhaps, did not.  Yep.  Reality.  This is what my calling is.  To tell the truth.  To bring up tough subjects.  And by His Spirit, I am called to bear witness to tough truths that we Christian men need to hear or be reminded of.

 

So, for those who had a joyful day with family, I say "awesome", and have you thanked God yet? Really stopped and knelt down and humbly thanked God for His grace? The reality is that some of our Brothers likely experienced a tough day.  Perhaps not even on the outside, they spoke with family, they carried on conversations with relatives, they even helped clean up perhaps, but inside....INSIDE, there was turmoil.  Old wounds surfaced.  New wounds were inflicted.  And a day of hopeful joy turned into a nagging sense that something is very wrong here.  

 

On this day after Christmas, God had me up early and thinking about many spiritual realities...mine and others.  No less than 5 men or families contacted me yesterday one way or the other....some with good news, some with questions, important questions, some with pain.  So I spent time last night and early this morning in prayer...asking God to give me His wisdom to share with others, because my wisdom is so inadequate compared to His.  This is my calling.  To stop and listen to God. to get up early to open His Word because I am a treasure hunter.  I treasure God's wisdom and find that I need more and more..."God, lead me to truth.  Give me your grace and wisdom so I might share it with others."  And as I read Acts 25 and 26, I heard from God.. I will share some of these nuggets of gold this coming Sunday, but for now, let me just say this...Paul told men "in power" that repentance is needed and then deeds in according with repentance were necessary.  True.   

 

Brothers, this is an excellent time to repent of what we haven't done in 2017 and to ask God to lead us into 2018 as godly prayer warriors, faithful husbands, engaged fathers, servant sons, leading our families spiritually.  We must not abdicate our leadership role to the culture.  God has called us to lead.  and this begins at home.  I sat all three of my sons down last night and had "the talk" with them...it was Spirit-led....because it was hard to launch the discussion really. The talk focused on what being a godly man is all about.  Not the first time I have done this, but I needed to speak into their lives again. I had their attention, which doesn't happen every day.  The talk was about a lot of things, being a godly man...dad's successes and failures in 2017...ya know, real life...real Christian life. Told them the most important thing they could do is to Follow Christ.  All else pales in importance.  Yes, life involves success and failure, and I prayed that God would give me wisdom...words to impart not just to their minds but to their hearts....how obeying God is the key to success in this life...and that rebelling against Him will destroy...many things - including their relationships.  I asked them to pray for me that I might lead well.  I shared some fatherly wisdom, and I hope that I stop and share more in 2018...time is short...and there are a few key moments when we can speak and know they are paying close attention to what we're saying.  Life is too busy.  We have to lead and intentionally STOP the "busy-ness" sometimes. 

 

So, I rambled some there but back to the point...Brothers we cannot be reactive to our present reality.  Can we be pro-active, godly men - godly thinkers and doers in 2018?  Not only in our homes but in our church family? God doesn't want our excuses, He wants our obedience.

 

Would you join me in repenting from being too passive in our daily spiritual leadership?  The stakes are too high to just coast into the deadly, worldly atmosphere we breathe and then react to what hits us...and them....our precious families.  God-given families.  God-given roles and responsibilities.  Well, what are we to do?  I say we FIGHT!  Put on the Armour of God.  And Lead...spiritually lead our homes and our church.

 

Ephesians 6:10–20...10 and 11 here

 

[10] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

 

Let's be Doers of the Word. Pray. Read a Fighter verse or three. And then fight for joy in God, not sin. Call a Brother and ask him to stand with you. Join a Men's Bible Study. Read this (99 cents on Kindle and 3.99 paperback....our current Tuesday morning study...EXCELLENT!)

 

https://www.amazon.com/Absolute-Surrender-Andrew-Murray/dp/1546876154/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514299548&sr=8-1&keywords=absolute+surrender

 

 

Absolute Surrender.  I just ordered 6 copies with a gift card I received, so it is Free to the first 6 men who email me that you want a copy. Powerful book. Or  Read the Bible Through in 2018....with someone else for accountability.  Humble yourself and ask your wife to forgive you for not spiritually leading the way God intended. Let's be men and lead with God's wisdom and power with us...filled with His Spirit...ask Him to fill you daily.  Trust and obey.   

 

Check this out: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-does-it-mean-for-a-man-to-lead-his-family-spiritually

 

and I will be praying for you and me today....the battle is on.  Many are counting on us to engage...not disengage from this spiritual fight....this present reality!  Also, Look for an invitation soon to attend a special men's breakfast in January. We need you.  it is time to engage in the fight together!

 

God, help us to lead well, by Your grace. Your power. For Your glory.  And for our ultimate joy in following Christ....together!  

 

Thank you for reading all this....gotta run...time to engage.

Pastor Tom

Psalm 59:9–10

 

[9] O my Strength, I will watch for you,

for you, O God, are my fortress.

[10] My God in his steadfast love will meet me;

God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. (ESV)

Posted on January 1, 2018 .