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CHRIS TOMLIN-WHOM SHALL I FEAR
Living by conviction is centering our life on God’s Word. That’s the bar that God set for us. It's supposed to challenge us to live by a higher standard! If you listen to my show on a regular basis, I hope you hear the challenge that I've been throwing your way: Make God's Word your moral foundation if you want a break through.
The Bible might make us uncomfortable sometimes, but it was written to bring out the best in us!
I've been reading a lot about John The Baptist & the prophet Isaiah. They both spent a lot of time challenging people around them to repent and come back to a relationship with God. Repentance is a word that some people may falsely align with judgment, but it's really about freedom.
Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL these things will be given to you as well! Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
The Bible was written with a kingdom mindset behind it. As we interpret God's Word though our filter of democracy & capitalism, we naturally want more choices and personal liberty. That's not how the Hebrews and early Christians interpreted God's Word.
As Chris followers, we're part of the "kingdom of God." Our American mindset has a hard time comprehending what absolute power looks like when it is completely just, pure and honest.
I'll be honest with you. When it comes to being a Godly man...a good husband...a role-model dad, I feel like I fall short. I feel like I am walking through a furniture filled room, blindfolded.
I was raised by a single mom. How she pulled that off without losing her mind I will never know. My father lived nearly 2,000 miles away. I saw him, very infrequently. Hence my insecurity about my own "manly" abilities. If "man cards" were real, mine would have been likely repossessed long ago.
All that to say: praise God for the men out there who are toughing it out. Doing what they can to be Godly influences. I'm grateful to watch you and to learn from you.
Here's some top notch advice for anybody you know who'd like to learn more about what being a Godly Man means:
Remember your very first teacher. I'm not sure what she taught me, but I remember she really liked cats. She REALLY liked them.
Last week I attended the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit simulcast over at Canyon Ridge. Craig Groeshel from Lifechurch.tv shared about bridging the gap between the older & younger generation.
This may sound oxymoronic to you (if that's even a word), but I am a political junkie who is disgusted by our nation's current politics.
To put it another way: the art and power of politics has always fascinated me. I believe the political process, when used properly...with dignity, honor, respect for your opponent, honesty, etc., can actually be a very good thing. I was once so taken with politics that I majored in Political Science as a college student in Michigan. I interned for a state senator. And that's when the disillusionment started.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
Ephesians 6:18 (The Message)
This article challenged me so much about praying for my husband. It's hard to know how sometimes.
I think this will encourage you.