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The Foundation

Proverbs 10:25New Living Translation (NLT)

25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,
    but the godly have a lasting foundation.

How is your foundation? Quite a question to think about. Most of the time we acquire the word foundation to an actual one. This is something that holds up a building or a house.

I was raised putting in foundations from the time I was 14 to 29 years old. That was what I did. I worked for my father in the summers while going to school. Then as a young man, I continued. I packed 3’x8′ forms in and out of basements.

Most of the time a foundation required a footer and a 8″x8′ wall. Most people think that is all that is to that, but there is more. I learned to understand the dirt after the dig by assessing the color and the consistency of the soil which are factors in the formation of a solid foundation. 

Now for the spiritual foundation. How is your spiritual foundation? Many times we have heard it said that Jesus in my Savior. We see the word Savior used 36 times in the Bible. The key to your spiritual foundation is allowing Jesus to be Lord. Lord is written 7,800 times in the Bible.

The word, Savior, describes the work Jesus did for us on the cross. The word, Lord, describes his position in Heaven as Lord and King.

So the full measure of your foundation is to deny yourself and allow Jesus to be your Lord and King. This is denying self and allowing Jesus to be the supreme authority over your life. When we do this, men, your foundation in him is rock solid. Nothing will take it out.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Proverbs 14:12New Living Translation (NLT)

12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.

How is your way of life today? Does it seem right in your own eyes? It is easy to get caught up as men doing what we think is right continuing our same attitudes. We are not careful with our words or actions.

King Solomon said this way will lead your life to a spiritual death. You are numb to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. There is a loss of hearing that still, small voice. There is spiritual separation between you and Jesus.

Men, the enemy wants your life to seem right in your mind, as opposed to being right with God. We can become convinced in it that life passes us by, and we lose out on the right way with God.

Got off the path of death! Get on the path of life eternal! This is truly the calling of every man in Christ!

Next Week: We will be continuing our ‘Good or God?’ series. We will be in chapters 4 and 5. ‘The Foundation’ and ‘Is Desire Enough?’. Do not miss this read by John Bevere. Get the book! It will push us to staying on the right path of God. See you next week!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Strengthen Me

Judges 16:28New Living Translation (NLT)

28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.”

Ever prayed an audacious prayer to the Lord? We see throughout Scripture men like Samson praying those prayers. Samson was literally blinded by his enemies as he fell to the sensual sin of sleeping with a woman who was not an Israelite. He was blinded first by deception and later physically by the Philistines.

Samson chose not to listen to his parents by marrying a Philistine girl. He walked away from the Nazarite vow. He disregarded the warning of God and disobeyed the Word of God. It was a stream of sin that tore his life apart.

As men, we can follow that same descent. We quit listening to those who are close to us. We stop listening to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and eventually quit reading God’s Word. Then we wonder why we are in the mess we are in.

One thing I love about the story about Samson is he cried out, “Lord, strengthen me!” He came to the end of himself. It took him to be like a donkey and push a wheel at a grinding mill. He found his end.

I must say, I too was at the grinding wheel. I was blinded by the enemy’s tactics. I was full of myself and full of pride. My house of cards came falling down. I cried out one dark night, “Lord, strengthen me!” And Jesus did.

How about you today? Are you blinded and walking in deception? Are you at a grinding wheel. Is there no hope in sight?

Ask Jesus to strengthen you. He is mighty to listen and mighty to safe.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Romans 12:2New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

This coming week we are starting a new teaching series: ‘Good or God?’. Without transforming and renewing, how will we ever truly discern what is good enough in our lives? I am challenged by this new series by the author, John Bevere.

I believe that we can truly commit to a journey of seeking truth from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and in prayer. We can truly find the goal that God sought for all mankind. We will seek whole heartedly for the source of truth that God wants the good in our lives.

We are in six different communities throughout the week. Come and bring a friend as we discover ‘Good or God?’. As I believe we will be empowered to engage in every aspect of our lives. Do not miss out!!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Grit

Mark 14:36New Living Translation (NLT)

36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Grit is the ability to persevere over difficult times and for long periods of time. It is a relentless resolve to keep pursuing a desired goal and not giving up.

Jesus, the man who knew sorrows, prayed a prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was an incredible prayer. Jesus faced a horror that no natural man could face. He gave up his own life when he said, not my will, but your will be done. He took on a cross and moved relentlessly toward it with full determination. Never has more grit happened or been seen all for the sake of love.

Grit requires courage. It is the ability to manage fear of failure as we face adversity in our lives.

There is a quote by Teddy Roosevelt who describes grit this way: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds cold have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat, and blood; who strived valiantly; who errs; who comes again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spreads himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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