M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 15th Jan 2020
Colossians 3:12, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
Men of Compassion
A man of compassion is not about having a soft side to your nature that makes you cry at sad movies. Men sometimes struggle to express compassion as society deems it weakness.
Compassion is a choice, its not in our nature, in fact because of sin the human nature is driven to selfishness. The Apostle Paul instructs us to “put on compassion” Col 3:12
Compassion is more than feeling sorry for someone less fortunate, compassion drives us to reach out the hand of support, feelings don’t really help anyone.
I am sure you have heard the phrase “Charity begins at home” we of course are responsible to care for our families however, as men of God charity is not confined to our house.
Do you ever battle with selfishness?
Do you need to choose to put on and direct compassion?
MAN OF THE WORLD
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 14th Jan 2020
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him".
‘A man of the world,’ was originally used a phrase to describe someone who was not ‘A man of the Church’ now it is someone who is experienced in life and is not shocked by immorality.
Can I ask you to read Psalm 1, note a man who is blessed is far from being a man of the world.
Men who are blessed, make choices not to stand or sit with sinners, this is not about socializing it about being drawn into the behaviors of men of the world.
Do you need to make choices about the men you mix with?
Do you need to make changes in your behaviors to be a blessed man?
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Man to Man
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 13th Jan 2020
Proverbs 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Man to Man
“Lets sort this out Man to Man” When you hear that statement someone is looking for a fight.
Fisticuffs or a verbal exchange will never resolve any conflict because one person is often left waiting for revenge.
It takes more courage to be biblical man to speak without anger, in love to find a solution than to simply be the man who lashes out physically or verbally.
If you cannot find a resolution by taking the first biblical step read Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:15-17 to find out what to do next.
How do you find resolution after offence?
Are you still waiting for revenge?
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 12th Jan 2020
1Thess 5:11 encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Recognizing and acknowledging what is good about other people and their achievements is the act of giving encouragement, the Bible instructs to us “encourage one another and build each other up.”
The encouragement we receive can either enable us to walk in humility or fall in pride.
Perhaps a key to overcoming pride is to say “Thank You.”
Say “Thank you” to the person who has taken the time to consider and acknowledge you with words of encouragement, its ok to simply thank them.
Say “Thank you” in your heart to the Lord, who has enabled and equipped you with the skills, gifts and wisdom that come from Him.
Who are you going to encourage this week?
How do you cope without encouragement?
Men of Prayer
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 11th Jan 2020
James 5:17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!
Men of Prayer
So many biblical heroes can be called “Men of Prayer” Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Nehemiah, and Elijah.
None of these biblical heroes were born heroes; they became heroic servants of the Lord, setting us an example in relating to God.
It is worth noting; the place, and time of when they prayed is often highlighted; a mountain, a tree, a room, a place alone.
It is clear that a designated place and time of prayer was a key factor in these biblical characters becoming God servants in fulfilling His plan.
We often focus on what our biblical heroes did desiring and dreaming of the same happening in our times. However, we will only do what God wants us to do when we become who he wants us to be.
This year designate your place and time to be alone with God to become who he wants you to be.
What do you desire or dream of God doing in your times?
Are you becoming who God wants you to be?
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 8th Jan 2020
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
“Snowflakes” a term adopted to describe the easily offend of modern society, I was recently given a lesson on why we should not use gender pronouns, such as “her, him, she, he, his” it may offend some people who are non-binary! (I managed not to say anything in the lesson)
The Bible reveals that followers of Jesus will be killed due to the offence of the Gospel. I think the only way not to offend “Snowflakes” is to become a “snowflake” and preach a snowflake-gospel that pleases and accommodates every ear that hears.
While we must be wise in how we communicate the Gospel we cannot compromise on the Truth of the Gospel We should never go out to attack and offend those who are different, we should simply go out to win souls.
How do you overcome; holding back on sharing the Gospel for fear of offending?
Can you commit to winning a soul to Jesus this year?
1Peter 2:7-8, 1 Cor 1:18 Gal 5:11
Man of God
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 7th Jan 2020
1 Samuel 13:14 The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart,
When a new King was being sought for Israel, David was not considered worthy to join the parade of his brother to compare and compete for recognition, lots of accolades and mussels were on display, but none impressed God.
David was sidelined, however, “The Lord …. sought for Himself a man a after His own heart,” God clearly seen in David what matters most to Him, a Heart that seeks and follows Him.
I could at this point put out a list of characteristics to attain, however, there is a danger that the list would be turned into a tick box exercise and we miss the greatest commandment; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart………..”
How do you know when God has got your whole heart?
Do you need to surrender and sacrifice anything to serve God ?
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M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge 6th Jan 2020
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Bible does not use the phrase “Macho Man” however; perhaps Goliath typifies the modern idea of macho man; “a tall, strong, invincible and admirable male”
The macho man concept is far from the biblical qualities that God looks for in men.
Take time to read about the “Beatitudes” and the “Fruit of the Spirit”.
The difference between modern macho man and biblical man is reliance of self-power and God’s power.
I think the Apostle Paul’s challenge us not to follow the ways/idea/
concepts/expectations of the world but to be transformed by the Holy Spirit to become men reliant on the Holy Spirit to Men of God.
How many Beatitudes have you demonstrated so far this week?
Do you need to un-conform to any of the Worlds ways?
Take a Look: Matthew 5:3–12, Galatians 5:22-23
M3 21 days for 2021 Challenge
5th January 2020
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
My mum often said to me; “it goes in one ear and out the other” after I had messed up.
The Bible is so clear, it’s a fool is hears and does not act.
I know I have read and listened to the Word of God but have not heard what the Holy Spirit is saying? Which is often due to distractions, my plans for the day or I don’t like what the Holy Spirit is saying.
A wise man is the result of hearing and doing the Word.
What can you do to become more attentive/focused on the Word of God?
What is the Word saying you should be doing that you are not doing?
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"21 Days for 2021" (5th Jan 2021)
"Men at Work"
2 Tim 2:15 Do your best to know that God is pleased with you. Be as a workman who has nothing to be ashamed of. Teach the words of truth in the right way.
A verse that is so special to me because my Pastor’s wife Henny, sent me off to Bible College with those words from scripture. I think it was her way of saying to me, “you’ll have to work harder than others.”
The saying; “A bit of hard work never harmed anyone.” is so true when it comes to maintaining our spiritual foundations during this 21 days for 2021 challenge.
Read to 2 Timothy chapter 2 and you’ll see Paul advises us to be strong in the Word and to avoid that which is empty, evil and godless.
What changes to your day can you make to be a good workman of the Word?
Are there are any empty, evil or godless things you need to avoid?
Take a Look, 2Timothy 2:1-26
"21 days for 2021"
Welcome to day one of 2021.
My desire for DCC is we are a church that mentors men for the master. (M3)
I believe if you will commit to this first step of joining me on the "21 days for 2021" challenge together we can continue to establish a culture that helps men to be men of God.
Monday - Friday, finishing on the 29th January I will send the men of DCC a short devotion with self-challenging questions to spur us on to be men of God.
Each one of us has a key role to play in mentoring men for the master.
Prov 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."
Have a look; 2Tim 2:2, Ps 119:130, Prov 15:22