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2 Timothy 1:8New Living Translation (NLT)

So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.

This Christmas Season involves opportunities to tell others about Jesus. Often times we pass up critical moments to share with others because we are afraid or because we are not prepared.

Being afraid or ashamed should be our least bit worry when it comes to talking about our Lord. The Christmas Story opens opportunities and softens people’s hearts more now than any time of the year.

Being prepared is critical. Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:2 that we should be ready in season and out of season. That means we are literally ready to share the Good News all the time.

Our news for today, men, is never be ashamed. Jesus came, and he is coming again. Allow your story of how Jesus came for you to be your testimony and be ready to share. He is not a baby in a manger. We serve a risen King who is mighty to save!

Strength and Courage

Michael

Vital Men will start back up after the Holidays. See you then.

 

The Prophecy

Numbers 24:17New Living Translation (NLT)

17 I see him, but not here and now.
    I perceive him, but far in the distant future.
A star will rise from Jacob;
    a scepter will emerge from Israel.
It will crush the heads of Moab’s people,
    cracking the skulls[a] of the people of Sheth.

Balaam gave a specific prophecy that specifically mentions a star coming out of Jacob. Wise men followed that prophecy in a journey that took 800-900 miles. This was all to see the Christ child.

They knew of him because of the prophet Daniel. Daniel was a man of wisdom who was placed in bondage as Israel went into bondage in Persia. Daniel made a difference in spite of his circumstances, and he continued to trust in God. He was a wise man.

There are 5 components that made the magi wise:

  1. Read and believed God’s Word.
  2. Sought Jesus.
  3. Recognized the worth of Christ.
  4. Humbled themselves and worshipped Christ.
  5. Obeyed God.

The magi or wise men were truly wise. How about your journey today? Are the 5 components in your focus? It says in Revelation 2:28, ‘They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!’ Jesus, men, is the morning star. Allow him to be your focus.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Matthew 1:18New Living Translation (NLT)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is only 15 days until we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. If you are not careful during the Christmas Season, it will come and go before you truly realize the meaning behind it.

As I was looking at this fact, the word ‘power’ struck me. What I mean by this, is that it was from the power of the Holy Spirit that Mary became pregnant. It was not through intercourse. It was the Holy Spirit’s power.

As men, it is hard to wrap our minds around this, but God in His power, His majesty, His greatness sent the Holy Spirit. His power came over Mary. His miraculous work made it so Mary was pregnant.

That is some power, men. Mary allowed herself to be obedient to the Father’s will for her life. She let it go and was used in a mighty way to be the mother of Jesus.

Allow the Holy Spirit’s power to fill you. In the Holy Spirit’s power we are able to fulfill the destiny God has for us. Mary fulfilled her destiny through faith and obedience. The same destiny can happen in your life through faith and obedience.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

The Gift Became Flesh

John 1:14New Living Translation (NLT)

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

The Word became flesh. This was the Father’s Gift to all mankind with no limitations. There are no limits on His love. There are no limits on His faithfulness. Jesus became the incarnate Word of God himself. Just thinking and writing about it gives me goose bumps.

There are two Greek words in the Bible that depict the term, ‘word’. First, you will see ‘rhema’ which means spoken word. A great example of that is found in Luke 1:38 where the angel told Mary that she would become the mother of God’s Son.

But the ‘word’ that is used here comes from the Greek work ‘logos’. This is used meaning total message. This is given in reference to God’s message to mankind.

Think about it this way for us today. The total message is not from a scribe, or a priest, or a prophet. The total package message or ‘The Gift” dwelt among us. When Jesus walked the planet in Israel, it was more than just His Words. It was His Message!

Obviously none of us has seen Christ physically, but some of us have seen Him in dreams and visions which are powerful gifts given at particular times. I have experienced such a gift once which came at a dark hour in my life.

The Gift of Jesus and His Message still exists today. How are you searching for it? James 4:8 says, ‘Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.’ What a gift! Pursue Him, men, with all your heart, soul, and spirit.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

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James 1:2-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

The Holiday Season can be a time of great joy and a time of great sorrow. Just remember, men, when troubles come your way, or when you are feeling low, you are not alone. Take that time as an opportunity to lean on the Lord. Think of it as an opportunity to get closer to Jesus. When your faith is tested and you make it through, you grow. It is a chance to grow closer to Jesus. So, go through joyful times and go through sorrowful times. Go through all times with the Lord. You will develop your relationship with our Lord Jesus, and you will develop your endurance. 

Vital Men will meet at the regular times next week. See you there.

Then we will take a Holiday Break December 12 – January 8.

Vital Men will pick back up the Week of January 9.  See you next year at one of our Vital Men Locations.

Strength and Courage 

Michael

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