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A-men

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  29th Jan 2020

A-Men

If you are still with me, you have made it to day 21, well done.

Now it’s about saying “amen” over what they Lord I pray has placed in your heart.

‘Amen’ of course, means ‘so be it’ ‘let it be.’

‘Amen’ means you are in agreement with what the Lord has taught you.

All that the Lord says to us can become irrelevant if all we say is “Amen” with our mouth and not practically and spiritually put into practice what God has instructed us.

Amen without Actions is like looking in the mirror and forgetting what you look like.

Perhaps look back over the 21-day challenge and remind yourself of what God has said to you and consider how you have acted on God’s Word to your life.

There is only blessing in obey God’s Word

Again thanks for sticking with me.

If your 21-day challenge has been good for you encourage the ladies in you life to join Lizzie and I on their 21-days for 2021 in during February

Big Blessings & Amen

hard man

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  28th Jan 2020

A Hard Man  Luke 19:21

A Hard Man carries the reputation of being ‘rough, tough and aggressive.’

Jesus tells the story of three slaves entrusted with their master’s money and what the slaves did with that money. Two invested and made money from the master’s money. The third said to his master “I know you are a hard man” so kept the money to give back to you.

Of course much in this story is about how we invest what God has entrusted to us. I want to note the use of the phrase “hard man” the slave made the assumption his master was a hard man, when in fact he was generous, and trusting.

Appearance and reputation does not reveal the heart of a person.

Assuming can lead to misunderstanding, bad attitudes and missed opportunities.

Read the following;

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24

Before jumping to conclusions, opinions or assumptions simply get to now the person under the exterior.

 

Self-Challenge

1.     Who do you think you know without talking the time to get to know them?

2.    Are your opinions of a person/s based on the “fool’s” who likes to express his/her opinions about others ?

Able Men

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  27th Jan 2020

Able Men,  Neh 11:6

Nehemiah is known as the man who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. However, we know, there is no way Nehemiah could have rebuilt all those walls on his own, men and women got stuck in to making this vision and calling a reality. Some men the story of rebuilding the walls, are referred to “able men, valiant men or men of good standing”

I don’t think Nehemiah is making reference to their building skills, they were brave, trustworthy men prepared to watch out for the enemy and be first into battle to defend the work of the Lord.

While the church needs a diversity of gifts, it also needs watchmen, prepared to lookout for danger, willing to give a shout to warn of danger and ready to do battle to defend the work of the Lord.

These men are men who have got your back, men you can trust not only to stand with you when you are present but defend you when you not there.

Paul said; “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1Cor 15:58

 

Self-Challenge

  1. Do you defend your brothers when they are not present?

  2. What are you standing firm for?

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Men of Learning

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  26th Jan 2020

Men of Learning Job 34:2

“I am not very smart” I have heard it so many times. Not being smart does not stop us learning. There will always be someone smarter than you if you keep comparing and competing with others.

Learn by Studying the Word. 2Tim 2:15

Learn from others, its good to be around people who have experienced more than you. 1Cor 4:6

Learn from personal experience and mistakes. Prov 24:16

Becoming a man of learning does not make you a know it all, in fact I have found the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know.

The important point of spiritual learning is not to fill our heads with knowledge but to fill our hearts with the desire to know God and to live out what the Lord is teaching us.

I try to follow the moto “learn from everyone and copy no one” I simply want what God has for me and the church we care for, it may look like what others do but as long as its what God uniquely wants for us, I want it. 

 

Self-Challenge

  1. Do you study or just read the Word of God?

  2. What are you learning from the experience of others?

 

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Good, Bad & Ulgy Men

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  25th Jan 2020

We know from God’s calling of King David, God looks not on human appearance but on the heart.

A good man’s heart dwells on what is good, on things above. Take a moment to practice meditating on the goodness of God that has come from above and touched your life. Col 3:2

Bad men allow what is vial and evil to enter their hearts and so what comes out of their lives is ugly. Matt 15:17-20

I read the following;  “an extraordinarily beautiful woman married to an extraordinarily ugly man. When a family friend once asked how such a beautiful woman could have married such an ugly man, she replied, "He has never once hurt my feelings.”

Ugliness is not about appearance, it is about what comes out of our heart and how we treat others.

 

Self-Challenge

  1. Are you a good, bad or ugly man?

  2. Has any ugliness come out of your heart that you need to repent of?

 

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men of Encouragement

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  22nd Jan 2020

“He lights up the room” does not mean he just flicked the light switch on, it means his presence brings a different atmosphere into the room.

The change in atmosphere doesn’t just happen when they walk in the room, it is because that persons reputation precedes them, they are know as someone who makes others feel good.

Making people feel good, it not about telling them a good joke, it’s about seeing something good in other people and telling them.

Encouragement, is saying what you see, if you see something a person is good at tell them. After you tell them what they are good at that they will do it all the more.

Encouragement is about spurring and cheering people on.

Paul puts it this way; “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thess 5:11

Self-Challenge

  1. Are you an encourager?

  2. Take time to think, about those in DCC who serve us so well and you have never taken the time to acknowledge their service, it is time to tell them.

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Men of Honour

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  21st Jan 2020

1 Peter 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

To honour someone is to value, respect and esteem them As well as our parents God instructs us to honour the aged, and those in authority (Ephesians 6:2; Leviticus 19:32; Romans 13:1).

God clearly intends that the practice of honoring is instilled in us from childhood, in that we are commanded to honor are parents.

In the western world we often hold back honouring one another, this may be because of the competitive and critical nature of our society or we like to support the underdog until they succeed.

In Church we may hold back honour because we don’t want people to get a ‘big head’ and fall into pride.

Honouring is an attitude of the heart, its easy to say and do nice things and appear to honour, however the our hearts can be full of vial attitudes towards the same person we publicly honour.

When our hearts truly value, respect and esteem our words and deeds towards those we honour taken on supernatural value, for example those who honour their parents are promised long life Eph 6:1-3

So not only do we bless those we honour we put ourselves in the position to reap God’s blessings.

Self-Challenge

  1. Who have you honoured this week?

  2. Do you struggle to rejoice with those you don’t like when they succeed?

Rom 12:10, 13:7 1Tim 5:17

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YesMen

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  20th Jan 2020

Weak leaders love ‘yes men.’ Donald Trump surrounded himself with ‘Yes Men’ if they said “no” they were out the door, the same door Donald is going through today.

God loves obedient men who can say “yes” and “no”

Our ‘yes’ and ‘no’ needs to always be in accordance with the Word, Will and Ways of God.

Men who are stubborn, obstinate or awkward to prove they are a man are just egits.

Being a decision makers is our God given responsibility.

Husbands please remember you are not the boss; you are in a partnership of love and mutual submission. Eph 5:21

At times you as the spiritual head will be required to make God led decisions.  

So if you lead yourself, your family, an employee or a Church it takes wisdom to say “yes” or “no.”

Fools do rush into making decisions, the wise take time to consider, consult and commit to a decision.  Prov 14:16  However, you could still get it wrong.

Self-Challenge

1.     How do you know your “yes” or “no” is God led?

2.     Husbands, are you man enough to submit to your wife’s wisdom?

2Cor 1:17, Matt 5:37 Prov 13:10

MenEncouragment

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  19th Jan 2020

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

Men of Commitment

I once had a friend use an acronym of “F.A.S.T” to describe me, the “S” stood for “Stick at It”

Men of Commitment stick at it.

Too many people give up on their marriage, jobs, church, and projects and even their life when things are difficult, men of commitment stick at it.

Elijah, Moses, Job and even Jesus felt like walking away like Peter and the other Disciples. What kept them going and I believe will keep us going in rough times is;

1.   Committing the work to the Lord, its all for Him, Proverbs 16:3

2.   Trusting the Lord to be your helper Galatians 6:9

When you Sticking at it, you’ll see the Lord do what you cannot do, you’ll experience supernatural wisdom and strength.

Self-Challenge

1.   Do you need to go back to anything/anyone you have walked away from?

2.   Can you testify to where your labour for the Lord has not been in vain?  When you thought it was not worth the effort.

Take a Look;  Proverbs 16:3   1 Kings 8:61,  Philippians 3:13-14

Men of courage 

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  18th Jan 2020

 

Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

In movies the courageous risk life and limb to save the world or the girl. Thankfully we are not in a movie and we don’t need to jump through fire or out of cars.

For me, Men of Courage simply don’t walk away from the challenge to do what they think they cannot do.  It may be you think you cannot serve, forgive or even stop doing something.

Over and over God’s servants are encouraged to be “Strong and Courageous” because God promises to be with them.

Perhaps when faced with the challenge we focus on what God can do rather than on what we can’t do.

 

Self-Challenge

  1. What has God has asked you to do that are you not doing?

  2. What things stop you being courageous?

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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.

 

Self-Challenge

  1. Do you ever battle with selfishness?

  2. Do you need to choose to put on and direct compassion?

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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.

 

  1. Do you need to make choices about the men you mix with?

  2. 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.

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“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.

 

Self-Challenge Questions

  1. How do you find resolution after offence?

  2. Are you still waiting for revenge?

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humblemen

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.

 

Self-Challenge

  1. Who are you going to encourage this week?

  2. How do you cope without encouragement?

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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.

 

  1. What do you desire or dream of God doing in your times?

  2. Are you becoming who God wants you to be?

 

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Snowmen

M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  8th Jan 2020

Snowmen

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.

 

Self-Challenge questions

  1. How do you overcome; holding back on sharing the Gospel for fear of offending?

  2. 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………..”

 

Self-Challenge Questions

  1. How do you know when God has got your whole heart?

  2. Do you need to surrender and sacrifice anything to serve God ?

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M3  21 days for 2021 Challenge  6th Jan 2020

Machomen

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.

 

  1. How many Beatitudes have you demonstrated so far this week?

  2.  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

Wise Guy

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.

 

Self-Challenge Questions

  1. What can you do to become more attentive/focused on the Word of God?

  2. What is the Word saying you should be doing that you are not doing?

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Working Tools

"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.

 

Self-Challenge Questions

  1. What changes to your day can you make to be a good workman of  the Word?

  2. Are there are any empty, evil or godless things you need to avoid?

 

Take a Look, 2Timothy 2:1-26

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"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