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Call For Confirmation

Judges 6:17New International Version (NIV)

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.

We see in the Bible, the story of Gideon’s fleece. A man who asked the Lord several times about confirmation about direction for his life and leading the people of Israel.

Their are always times in our lives that we seek confirmation from the Lord. We see in Scripture that God did not condemn Gideon for wanting confirmation, and I believe that still holds true for us today.

As we seek God for guidance and confirmation, we can ask these questions to confirm how God is speaking to us.

  1. Does it align with the Bible? God’s voice never disagrees with the written Word.
  2. Does Godly counsel agree? What are other men or your wife saying about the matter? Do not just go to those who you think might agree with you.
  3. Does peace reign in your heart? Do you have peace in your decision? 

Maybe today you are looking for confirmation in some situation in your life. Allow these 3 principles to direct you in your decision.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Treasure

Proverbs 2:4New International Version (NIV)

and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,

It is obvious this portion of the Bible is talking about the wisdom of God, but for me, I also like to think of treasure in my spouse. As men, we like to go and divide and conquer in our work and life.

I have always regarded my wife as a treasure from the Lord. She is a help mate, my companion, and the love of my heart. But we can get in a rut in the road and continue through life and assume our wives just know we treasure them.

The greatest gift that I can give to my wife, the treasure, is to help her know I have got her spiritually. What I mean by that is I pray for her daily, and I also pray with her daily. That has become the most special moments in our marriage.

When we pray, it is not about the kids or every day life. I pray a hedge of protection over her. I pray for her physical health. I also pray against the enemy. I pray about 2-3 minutes over her. Men, my wife knows where she is in my heart. She is a treasure.

I want you to think about this challenge in praying with your wife. Yes, at first it is a little awkward, but I promise that you will get over it quick. By praying over your wife, men, it can be some of the most special moments of your day.

Lead, men. That is the key that opens the treasure.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Ephesians 5:33New International Version (NIV)

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Are you set for Valentine’s Day? Yes, are you, not your wife making plans? Often, as men, we allow our wives to make the plans or give suggestions for Valentine’s Day. That is not the right way, men. Let’s look at a few suggestions that will keep you out of the dog house and into the right way of looking at the big day.

  1. Actually plan ahead – Make a plan for Valentine’s Day, get suggestions from her, but you take the initiative to make the call.
  2. Give her a card – I suggest you add a small letter attached with the card, letting her know that she is the woman in your life, and let her know she is a treasure.
  3. Meet her for lunch – Ask her out for lunch, that would shock her, and get the fire started early in the day.
  4. Intimacy – Without a doubt, that is a part of the plan. The beginning of the day has been established and make it all from the heart.
  5. Lights Out – When all is said and done, a small token showing her she is special will make her feel treasured: A bottle of her favorite perfume, body lotion, or something that is special to her.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Everyone Is Called

1 Peter 2:10New International Version (NIV)

10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Every Christian you see has at least two major callings in their life. The first is the call to use your vocation for the Glory of God to bless other people. The second is the call to make disciples.

All to often we assume that only the people in ministry carry that obligation or calling on their lives. I have been privileged to live both in the day to day world and in ministry. But, guess what? Most of my opportunities came through my work as a builder in my day to day life.

It is important to realize that most people put up walls to people who are in ministry. To be truthful, in ministry, people want you to pray for them and solve their problems. In the secular world most people are not looking for you to solve their problems as to what they need to do. Most people look for that door. They are looking for advice our counsel.

I have found that in those moments in my day to day life, people are more open to hear the Gospel Message. You get to share your story. This is one awesome feeling knowing that Jesus used you to help someone find Him.

So, use that call on your life. You are called to use your vocation for His Glory, and you are called to make disciples. In essence, men, we are all called to advance His Kingdom.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Exodus 25:22New International Version (NIV)

22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

During worship God meets with us and speaks with us. That is an incredible thought. Our God wants to meet with us and speak to us. This next week in Vital Men, we are going to look at what it means to hear God’s voice through worship.

Most men struggle with how this works. Are you going to ask me to stand, lift my hands, and sing? Before we look at that question, let me pose another. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do?

Think with me. You are in church, or you are in your vehicle, or maybe you are out in nature. How do you position yourself before the Great High God?

This past week I had the opportunity to get alone for three days and chase the Father. As I was out on a walking trail. I had music playing. I was in full worship. It was God, me, the trees, the eagles, and the deer. I was praising and worshipping. 

One of the songs I was using to worship was from Hillsong, ‘I Surrender’. I was walking fast. I had my hands up. There were tears falling as I sang ‘I’m desperate for you’. What a worship time it was. The Holy Spirit met with me and spoke to me. There is nothing better than being in His Presence.

Men, we have a powerful teaching this next week. Do not miss the blessing of what God has for us. We can hear His voice through worship.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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