Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day: 'Be a Man!'

" A man's potential can best be seen when he is willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause."

"Men are created to be protectors, supporters and providers. We are, by definition, givers. The way men relate to God, is different from a woman. We live in a world of gender-confusion where masculine behavior has been anathematized and ridiculed as an exhibition of testosterone. I challenge men to give themselves to a higher cause.

First, a man needs to be dedicated to a daily discipline of prayer out of which his service comes. There can be no more excuses for not praying. To be a man of God requires that we spend our regular time before the Lord (i.e. Adoration). "Scripture tells us to be still and know that he is God.”

In that silence we have to deal with our own demons. Just as Jesus went into the desert and encountered the devil, our quiet times are when we confront our issues. "There, in our own desert, we recognize that we need the Lord. We become vulnerable, which is the key to our surrender and discover that when we are weak, we are strong. At that point we choose to place God in charge of our life.

A man has to come to the point of realizing that when he surrenders himself totally to God, good will come out of it. This is ultimately an act of trust.

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." A woman's call to entrust her life is connect with a unique call for her husband - he must be willing to lay down his life for her. Again, it is his call to sacrifice.

If you still have your Dad with you, love him and let him know how important he is to you. Together, let us celebrate the Gift of Fatherhood and kneel before the Father from whom every family in Heaven and on Earth is named in deep gratitude.”

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