Don’t Play with Fire

Sometimes you just need to cut some things off. If you play with fire…you are guaranteed to get burned in time.
God will favor and reward you greatly for letting it go.

“And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5:30)

“Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?”
(Proverbs 6:27-28)

#CutItOff #TrustGod #DontPlayWithFire

Our Lives for Our Wives

Although honorable and necessary, laying down our lives for our wives isn’t always limited to taking a bullet or fighting off a physical threat. Often, the Lord will call us to do other practical things, such as, but not limited to, the following:

1. Denouncing and unsubscribing from sites and apps that depict women as sexual tools and appeal to the spirit of lust. (As I often mention, God led me to unfollow Christian fitness trainers on Instagram a few years ago after realizing the spirit of lust at work in my own heart over time…Also had a friend who had to get a dumb phone in order to completely cut himself off from specific temptations on his phone.) In other cases within the workplace, men take pride in sharing shameful images and such, of women. This is not a practice real men of God engage in. We stand for, protect, and honor all women as sisters and daughters, not shame, manipulate, demean, use, and dishonor them.

Be sure to protect and guard your heart proactively to protect your wife, family, and God’s will for you all. Specifically, we need to allow God to transform us so that they are the only women we think about from an intimate perspective. It is not only possible but necessary.

2. Cutting back on that hobby or job to spend intentional and uninterrupted time with your wife and family. This can be to talk, lead them in prayer/devotion, or just have fun family time. All are important.

3. Most importantly, make time to consistently seek the face of God. This can be in private devotion, joining a men’s group, and the like. Your personal relationship with God is the single most important relationship on the face of the earth. If this is good, all other things will be added and be in proper order also. If you don’t have proper order now, God will forge that path as we faithfully walk with and trust in Him as He transforms us. It doesn’t matter how smart or successful you think you are or aren’t. God often works the biggest miracles in the least of us.

Men, the world needs us. Let’s step up in private and public for the glory of God! ????????????

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25)”

Samuel & The Cost of Child Neglect

Samuel was one of the great prophets of old, known for all kinds of signs, miracles, and wonders. But towards the end of his tenure, he allowed his sons to judge regions of Israel as well. Because of their thievery, partiality, and overall wickedness, the people of Israel were even more provoked to demand that they be given a king like all other nations around them.

Though Samuel was an amazing prophet and judge towards Israel, it’s highly probable that he neglected the most important ministry he had been called to, his family. Though Samuel did better than Eli, whose sons actually died from their disobedience, their actions affected the nation and the known world for generations to come.

God, help us to effectively disciple, exhort, and rear our children for your Kingdom’s sake. Let us not sacrifice our families on the altar of public ministry or our jobs/obligations due to us being overly busy. Help us to learn from Samuel and Eli. Let not our neglect bring about more evil opposition and difficulty in the future. Though we may not have seen it before, guide us in rearing and sharpening our arrows effectively so that they will be vessels of God used to bring about many victories and God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.

Amen.

The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.

But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

1st Samuel 8:2-5