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Man up!

Have you ever felt the energy in a room? Some rooms you walk into feel void of energy such as a doctor’s examination room when you are left there for 20 minutes to wait for the doctor to see you. Other rooms have an eerie energy that makes you just want to get out of there as soon as possible. A school imagebuilding with no children is a good example of this last one. And then there rooms with energy. Rooms you walk into and you immediately feel energized are my favorite kind of rooms. I have had the opportunity to be in such rooms on many occasions.

A conference room in Miami where over 1000 people were congregated to celebrate another good year for Cracker Barrel (I was a GM for Cracker Barrel at the time) is among my favorite ones. Beck Weathers was The speaker on that occasion, and for those of you who don’t know who he is, he is a mountain climber who survived a certain death on Mount Everest. He was rescued and has a very compelling story. The energy in that room was wonderful! But now, I have a new favorite room full of energy. Last night, I went to Westover Hills Assemblies of God church in San Antonio Texas for a men’s conference called “Man up”. In the spirit of Promise Keepers, this meeting was not only full of energy, it was full of dynamic, explosive and contagious energy. There were over 750 men praising and worshiping the Lord. The thing that caught my attention the most was how diverse of a group of men we were. There were men (and boys) of all ages. Some as young as 12 years old and others well into their 60s or 70s. There were affluent men as well as working class men and students. I saw bikers and low riders and the typical Texan with his trusty Ford pick up truck. It was like a glimpse of heaven to see this diverse group of men worshiping the Lord with all their heart and all their soul, TOGETHER.

imageMatt Roever was the speaker. And for those of you who do not know him, his dad is Dave Roever, A wounded warrior from the Vietnam era who has been an activist for other wounded warriors and founded the Roever foundation.

Matt was right on! Talking to the men about the need to man up. About the fact that we need to stop making excuses and take our rightful place as men in the kingdom of God. The challenge was set. The invitation was no longer optional, with his words he put us men in between a rock and a hard place. If we have truly heard the words of the gospel and are truly Christian men, then we need to project that on to our families. Being a godly husband is no longer an option but a mandate. Being a loving father that leads his children to the kingdom of God is no longer an alternative but our duty. And being A godly man is no longer something to be afraid of, it is now a goal to aspire to.

Thank you Matt for inspiring this awesome group of men and activating us in a powerful imageway for the kingdom of God. I appreciate the insight and wisdom God has given you to inspire others (especially men) to seek biblical manliness. There is no movement of God without godly men and with this group of men, I can already see the powerful movement that God is about to do in San Antonio with all these men full of passion.

Did you know that God is looking for Men full of passion? Christ followers are passionate people. Christ followers are people who burn with a passion to serve God and serve others.

However, all too often we take the life changing grace that has come to us very lightly. All too often we allow ourselves to rest in the comfort of the grace of God that provides us salvation and we never allow it to touch others around us.

This post is the first in a series of message that I intend to write to clearly lay out the expectations and opportunities for men.

imageI want you to know that serving God is much more than an emotional experience. More than great worship and good music. Serving God is more than reading our bibles and praying everyday. Serving God is more than keeping ourselves unspotted from the culture around us. It is imperative for us to understand that serving God is always about others.

God is calling men to another level of walking with Him. God is calling you to another level in your spiritual journey. Maybe you are resting. Maybe you have taken a break for a little while. Maybe you have put your time in and just don’t feel it any more.

God has no reserves or weekend warriors. God is looking for men who will serve Him by serving others.

There is a grave danger that men have fallen into in recent years. It is especially serious in some churches in the USA.

Because the kind of worship we do answers the emotional need of some people it becomes imagevery easy to become addicted to the “Sunday morning experience” and walk out of church emotionally stirred but never changed. God is calling us as men to begin to minister to other people. It is one thing to have a nice safe, seeker-oriented service that we can invite our friends to but we must be about more than a nice safe and wonderful experience.

Tommy Tenney in his book The God Chasers, says, “There is something in us that makes us afraid of the commitment that comes with real intimacy with God. For one thing, intimacy with God requires purity. The days of fun and games in the Church are over. What do I mean by “fun and games”? If your definition of fun is low commitment and lots of chills and thrills, then all you’ve wanted to do is date God.

God is tired of us wanting to get our thrills from Him without putting on the ring of commitment! Some are more enamored with the goose bumps than the glory! They are addicted to the anointing, liking the feeling of being blessed, receiving the “gifts” like a religious “gold-digger” happy with chocolates, flowers, and jewelry. The last time I checked He was still looking for a bride, not a girlfriend; one who will stick with him.”

Our goal in the next few weeks will be to help men discover a renewed or perhaps a new passion about serving God and others.

imageWill you make a commitment to serve others and in doing so serve the Lord? If your answer is yes, and you are a father and a husband, start right now by serving in ministry to your wife and to your children. Be the leader, the spiritual leader that your family needs! Start today. Would you like to know how? Are you struggling with this? When you hear the words “family devotional” do you shrug your shoulders and say “what is that and how do you start”?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then send me an email using the form at the bottom of this page. I will personally help you get started.

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