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From a Stump

Isaiah 11:1 New International Version (NIV)

The Branch From Jesse

11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Have you ever seen a tree that has been cut down and it appears to still have life in it? Along the sides of the stump you will see shoots that start growing. It appears to still have life in the stump.

This is the analogy the Prophet Isaiah uses to show that out of a stump, Judah, the shoot reflects that the Messiah will come. Even though the stump appears to be dead, life will come from it.

I see this analogy can be used for us as men. God has to literally cut us down to leave only a stump that is the only evidence that we once lived. From our stump, if we ask Jesus to be our Savior, a shoot of life will appear.

Like Jesus, the Spirit can rest on us. We too can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. New life in us can once again grow. Out of the brokenness, a new man appears.

We all have our brokenness. Like Israel, we need a Savior to lead us. As we begin this Christmas Season, let’s continue to remember the ‘Reason for the Season’. It is all about Jesus. He came once, and he is coming again.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Vital Men will start back up the week of January 7, 2019.

We will study the Book of John.

We will see how John portrays Jesus as the Son of God, and we will answer the question hat has been passed down from generations since, “Do you believe Jesus is Lord?”

 

Be Thankful

Colossians 3:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Being thankful is not just a one time event for Thanksgiving Day. The Bible says, “Be thankful in everything, in all circumstances.” Too often we get overwhelmed by life and worry about tomorrow. It is in those moments that we hold on to promises that God said he would never leave us or forsake us. We have truly been blessed by the Father with a free gift of salvation and eternal life.

I would like you to take time and write out what you are thankful for. You will find out just how much you have been blessed this year.

Being thankful is a choice, and I think all of us are thankful for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that we serve a God who never quits and forever loves his creation.

Thankfulness describes my relationship with my wife. I am thankful that she loves Jesus more than she loves me. That I am blessed with a treasure from the Lord, and I am thankful to have my wife to do life with.

I am also thankful our children, spouses, and grandchildren. I am thankful for my parents and family.

When you realize how blessed you are, you will be like George Bailey in the move, It’s a Wonderful Life, when he realizes how fortunate he is with family and friends. We all have blessings in our lives. Cultivate a thankful heart.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

There will be a new teaching series on KBOE 104.9 Radio.

The Road to Bethlehem.

Tune in every Sunday morning from 8:30-9:00 to get more Vital Inspiration.

 

Healing Inside

2 Kings 5:1 New International Version (NIV)

Naaman Healed of Leprosy

Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lordhad given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.

Like most men, Naaman from the outside looked like a valiant soldier, but on the inside, he had leprosy. Naaman was a Gentile in the Arminian Military. He was a men amongst men. He was a true leader and a true fighter, but he had a hole inside of him. The hole was killing him.

Most of us, as men, have an empty place inside. This place is where we either have a father wound or wounds that have hurt our hearts. The sad thing is if we do not get help in healing that wound, we will usually act out from that wound. It shows itself in forms anger, addictions, or solitude.

Naaman needed the Lord to heal his leprosy. The Lord was working in Naaman’s life by giving him victory or the Assyrians. He permitted Naaman to bring home a Jewish girl who trusted in God and know about the prophet Elisha, so she tells Naaman’s wife about the prophet, and she tells her husband.

The general has a choice to either continue and have his leprosy take its course or to travel to Samaria over 100 miles away. So, he makes the journey, but he gets angry and prideful along the way. He finally meets up with Elisha and was told to submerge himself 7 times in the dirty Jordan River.

Finally, Naaman submits to the prophet, Elisha. Then, Naaman is healed from his leprosy. It took one man to speak into the wounds of another for the Lord to do his work. 

Do you need healing?

Ask another man to walk with you and allow Jesus to heal you from the inside out.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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