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Making Men Requires Assessing and Improving

2 Kings 13:17New International Version (NIV)

17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”

I love this portion of Scripture where the old prophet Elisha is still at work while being bed ridden and unable to get about. This old prophet is still full of God’s power and ready to help Jehoash.

We see King Jehoash calling on Elisha for guidance and help. The enemy was at his gate to pounce and defeat him. Not knowing which way to turn he calls on Elisha, a man of double the portion of his mentor Elijah.

The prophet knows just what to do for Jehoash. Open the window and shoot the arrow. The arrow is significant because it shows the Lord’s power of victory over his enemy.

Then Elisha told King Jehoash to strike the arrows against the ground. The only problem is, he only strikes 3 times. The prophet gets mad and says, “Why only 3? You should have struck the ground 5 or 6 times. Beat your enemy!”

The only problem was that King Jehoash was a passive man. Three strikes got him by. He thought that was enough. This was a spiritual battle for Jehoash. The great I Am was in control and willing to conquer Jehoash’s enemy. The only problem was faith. He only had faith to get by.

The root of passivity, men, is an unwillingness to submit. When we fail and are passive to submit we lose purpose for which we were created. Failure to live up to the calling as a man is passivity.

We mush admit our passivity as men and ask God to help us improve through our weaknesses and failures. We must be willing to name them and in doing so at the moment, we break their power over us.

Like King Jehoash, God is wanting victory in our lives to defeat our enemy who knocks on our gates. Assessing and improving your life in Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you will break your passive faith. Do you have the hairs standing on the back of your neck right now? If not, I do not know what will.

Stand against the passivity in your life. Grab it by the throat, name it, and allow God to change it! Enough said!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Teaching for next week: Requires Assessing and Improving – April 11-15 – Bring a Friend

 

May 2: Vital Men Event at Vermeer Pavilion. Go to vitalministries.org for more information

May 15: Calling all men for our Gun-and-Run Sunday. We will meet at 12:00 at the Newton Church of the Way. If you have a motorcycle or other means of transportation, come and join us. We will commute to Ames and have lunch at Hickory Park. We will then head to Johnston in Des Moines and go to Cross Roads Shooting Sports. (Please pre-sign up ahead of time to save time.) So bring your gun and let’s run for a fun afternoon.

Ephesians 4:4New International Version (NIV)

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Have you ever had to make that one call? It could be for an emergency, information, or to dig up something. Doing construction we always have to make that one call before we dig or it could be disastrous.

I believe we make those one calls to God as well. Calling out to Him for help, wisdom, or discernment, whatever the case may be.

Maybe today you need to make that one call for help. Our Father is always ready to take the call. Do not wait until you hit the wrong line in your life before you make that one call.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

Making A Man Takes Honor

Isaiah 43:20New International Version (NIV)

20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,

Define the meaning of HONOR?

A man’s sense of honor affects his life and his legacy. We like the word, HONOR. It shows strength and respect. We all like to receive it, but I hope we all like to give it. We are going to look at three ways to show HONOR in what the Bible says.

  1. Honor Your Parents: The Bible says in Exodus 20:12, ‘Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you’. We often find that we do at times the opposite. Disrespect amongst teenagers, and even adults can happen. Trashing parents on Facebook, texting, and even on snap chat is a poor choice. What is the purpose in it, and it sure does not show the honor that God asks us to do as men or young men. My dad always reminds me that honor is a choice, and God commands us to honor parents regardless of the circumstances.
  2. Honor Those In Authority: The Bible says in Romans 13:7, ‘Give to everyone what you owe them. If you owe taxes, pay taxes, if revenue, pay revenue, if respect, then respect, if honor, then honor’. I am going to use our highest authority in our land as an example. I did not vote for President Obama. He is the elected official of our nation and holds the highest authority. What will my choice be: honor or disrespect? We do not always agree in the decisions that are being made by our president, but his position creates honor and respect. The Bible commands us to do so. How is your honor? I will be honorable toward our leaders.
  3. Honor Church Leaders: The Bible tells us to honor church leaders. In 1 Timothy 5:17 it says, ‘The elders who direct the affairs of the church are worthy of double honor, especially those who work in preaching and teaching. When you decide to honor those who lead you spiritually, I guarantee you that they will take very seriously the role that God had placed before them. How do I do that? I go out of my way to honor them. I honor them in my words and my actions. Give the honor freely. Treat honor like it is the most valuable resource in your possession.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

 

Vital Ministries News

Up Coming Vital Events and News

New Series:  Making Men

We will be studying what it takes to have HONOR.

 

Vital Men Event May 2 – Quarterly Men’s Event

Vermeer Pavilion

Doors Open at 5:30

Guest Speakers: The Schmidt Brothers

Music By: Now Serving 7

Food Served By: Country Catering

Fun Feature: Men’s Obstacle Course

 

Fellowship of the Sword Midwest Quest Coming in September

Be in prayer about going.

Go to Fellowship of the Sword’s website for more information.

 

Coming! New Logo Design with T-shirts, Hats, and Polo Shirts

 

In Need of Revival

Revelation 1:10-11

10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Ever feel like you need a spiritual awakening from the state of dormancy or stagnation? Revival is the place in your heart that encompasses the love of God. In essence, it is the passion that is within our souls.

I hunger for that place of revival in my heart. In the need of revival in my own self and among men. We have been battling against the enemy and his legion, but I believe a great awakening is coming!

The out pouring of the Holy Spirit is the evidence of revival which creates changed lives. How do we get that revival out pouring? Great movement toward righteousness requires spending time in prayer, reading, and obeying God’s Word. By doing so will have confession of sin and ask for repentance.

Let’s be in prayer together as we make ready for our Vital Men night on May 2. It will be a night of ‘guys’ growing up to be MEN. Bring your sons, bring your fathers, and invite a friend. Trust the Holy Spirit for His outpouring as we come with expectancy of revival.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Making Men – Submit

Proverbs 1:5New International Version (NIV)

let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—

The gateway, the beginning step to authentic manhood is submission. It is allowing the Creator of the Universe to be in control of your life.

When I wrote down this statement, my first inclination was ‘Heavy’, but think about it for a moment. True manhood has a price, and that is submission. We learn it when we grow up from our parents, going to school, and taking on a job. It al requires submission.

The problem with us as men is that we like to fight it. We want control like a wild stallion that runs free, has never been bridled, is head of a heard, and leads with abandonment. A stallion is without submission until it is bridled.

I do not know if many of you remember the movie, ‘Man from Snowy River’. I loved that movie. A man by the name of Jim tried to capture this one stallion, and in the process his father was killed. He was forced off the mountain to work for a man in the valley who was a cattle rancher.

This forced young Jim to learn submission. His whole quest in life was to get that stallion. Along the way he made friends, worked hard, and fell in love with a young girl.

Finally, as destiny had it, this young man gets his chance. The only problem was he had lost respect from the other men, except for one man and his young love. He chased after the herd of wild horses and catches the lead stallion.

He gets an opportunity to catch that stallion and demand that horse’s submission. When he conquered the head stallion, he had conquered the herd. A great story of submission of not only the horse, but within the young man. It was at that point of submission that he grew in strength and courage.

That is how it is with men. In order to lead, you must submit. Authentic manhood requires submission to the Father. The book of Proverbs is loaded with wisdom in how to be an authentic man of God.

Submission is not weakness. It is redirected strength from the Father. The Bible is full of men who submitted to the Father, and in doing so, they found authentic manhood.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

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