Good Monday Morning my friends,
This past Friday evening & Saturday morning I had the privilege of attending the 20th Annual Iron Men Retreat at Riverbend Retreat Center in Glen Rose, Texas. This was my 4th Iron Men to attend and they get better with each one. There is something special about 1000+ men praising & worshipping God.
As I looked around I couldn’t help but think to ask myself how many of these men praise & worship like this at church when the pews next to them are filled with people they don’t know. I couldn’t help but think about how many of these guys where on fire for Jesus this weekend but this week they will make every excuse why not to go to church. I couldn’t help but think about how many men would walk into work this morning and not mention a word about Iron Men to their co-workers.. I feel really ashamed that I was thinking about those things during this awesome gathering of men but I’ve seen it time after time, after time. Men go to these retreats/conferences and get their fire lit but as they drive out the gates their fire begins to fade and within 7-10 days their fire no longer exist. Fires have to be stoked. They have to be prodded & poked. You have to continue to add wood or else your fire is going to go out.
A man’s walk with God is similar to that of a fire. When you are walking with God you stoke your fire by attending church and hearing the Word of a God preached on Sunday morning, Sunday night & Wednesday night. You add wood to your fire by attending Sunday School and by not just reading your Bible daily but by studying your Bible daily. Diving deep into His Word and increasing your knowledge. You do these things so you can learn to resist the temptations of the world. Once you start doing these things you will no longer want to watch the trash on tv or look at the smut on the internet. You will find yourself no longer using those choice words and distancing yourself from those that do. You will discover that you no longer want to do what’s right in societies eyes but instead you according to the Bible. You will no longer want to hang with those friends that want to go hangout in the bars and drink until their incoherent and bring you down but instead will find yourself wanting to hangout with other couples that are living the same life as you that will lift you up..
My friend as the man of your house your family needs you to be on fire for Jesus. They need you to be the spiritual leader of your family. You need to make it a priority in your life to be the spiritual leader. When you’re attending church take your hands out of your pockets and raise your hands to worship & praise your Savior. Stop worrying about what the men are thinking sitting behind you. Shout Amen when you hear the Word and you’re in agreement. Be a leader of men in your church. Other men will follow and feed off of you. Don’t be afraid to pray in front of the congregation.
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. (Isaiah 50:10-11)
My CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Ignite your fire and keep you flame blazing for Jesus.
I hope you all have an MAGNIFICENT day.. Blessings & much love….D
Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!