Category Archives: Mens Devo

Engaged

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Engaged

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.—Proverbs 22:6

Parents today are engaging in ways that are much different from previous generations. Sports and competitive events are consuming the time, energy, and money of parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages. While many focus on the negative impact on long-standing spiritual traditions, I wonder if there could be a positive side? Could this be a path of reengagement in a society where the family unit is disengaged and under attack? Is this a way to recapture time with children that reinforces character, ethics, and even spiritual values?

Time will tell the real story, but distancing ourselves from the world and sports is not the answer. "Training up a child in the way" requires engagement. It infers parents must invest time, energy, and money. And while there are unhealthy levels of recreational engagement that turn into idolizing the wrong things, we are called to train in a world full of idols that tempt our children, and us, at every turn.

DO THIS: Engage. Train others how to think and act biblically.

PRAY THIS: God, give me one opportunity today to show someone Your Way.

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Plan Your Diligence

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Plan Your Diligence

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.—Proverbs 21:5

Have you made some plans for the coming year? If not, you might be planning poverty. So don't invest in debt—be diligent. Set a goal, and prepare for it. Get the tools needed. Get the support required. Get the resources wanted. Stop putting off spiritual abundance.

DO THIS: Sign up for this—Called to Act: 35-Day Challenge

PRAY THIS: God, give me the resources and time to plan diligently.

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Limitations

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Limitations

Men love to push the limits. I'll push the boundaries of my time, talent, and treasure persistently. This is precisely why men drive faster, spend more, and feel physically exhausted at the end of the day. But in our search for adventure as we push the limits, are we subsequently limiting our discernment? This wisdom saying of King Solomon is clear; each step you take is from the Lord. So why do we make choices that push our limits all the time? Could it be evidence of our desire to be like God?

Quit testing your limits and recognize your limitations. Ask God to clarify the next steps. Let Him order them. And then, in faith, take them one moment and one day at a time.

A man's steps are from the Lord;
    how then can man understand his way?—Proverbs 20:24

DO THIS: Ask God to clarify the next steps.

PRAY THIS: God, in my uncertainty, impatience, or need to control, I will take steps without you. Instead, today will order my steps and guide me toward the decision and actions that honor you.

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Satisfied

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Satisfied

The fear of the Lord leads to life,
    and whoever has it rests satisfied—Proverbs 19:22

We have all had that fantastic meal that leaves us feeling some sense of gastrointestinal satisfaction. But the satisfaction we experience is momentary. Hours later, we are hungry again. But imagine having your hunger satisfied. Completely satisfied. Permanently satisfied. And the meal begins with fear. But not any fear. Not human fear. Not circumstantial fear. But a holy fear set on the object and person of the Lord.

If you feel unsatisfied today, perhaps your hunger is for something different. Turn from human fear toward holy fear and thus turn your fears toward the Lord and be permanently satisfied. In the end, the Lord is all you need; everything else is secondary.

DO THIS: When you feel unsatisfied in the things of this world, be satisfied in the Lord.

PRAY THIS: God, I feel unsatisfied today, but show me how to find all my satisfaction in your by trusting you with [insert your fear] today. God of Great Provision provide me a satisfied soul.

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Stick Closer

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Stick Closer

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.—Proverbs 18:24.

We have all had a moment where we've been disappointed in a friend. Maybe they've failed to deliver on a promise, embellished an untruth, spoken a word of gossip, said something hurtful, or merely left you out. Frequently we jump to several conclusions, including "What's wrong with me?" This thought is followed by feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment, and before you know it, our thoughts cycle entirely around ourselves. When you find yourself doing this, consider less what others need to do to be better friends. Instead, consider what you need to do to be a good friend—or maybe make better friends. Because there is "a friend, who sticks closer than a brother."

DO THIS: Be a friend by telling a friend thank you for their friendship today.

PRAYER: God, bring friends into my life that make me better. And help me to be the best of friends.

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You Need One Of These

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You Need One Of These

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.—Proverbs 17:17

You know you want them, but they are often hard to find—they're friends. The kind of friends that will get up at 2:00 am and rush to your aid for no other reason than they care about you. While you may be afraid to admit it openly, I bet you wish deep down you had friends like this. A friend that was "closer than a brother." Yet men, too often, go through life without one.

This proverb speaks openly about what men seldom confess. We long for meaningful relationships with other men. (I made that bold, so you don't miss it.) It's a friendship that ascends the bond of two male siblings. It's a masculine need to be known, valued, and loved regardless of our successes or shortcomings. And it's not something you stumble upon; it's something that you must intentionally build. We commonly call this friend a "brother" because he means so much more than "friend." 

DO THIS: Be a brother today, and thank someone for their friendship.

PRAY THIS: God, you know my need for friendship. Help me to be loved and to extend love to others. God, send me a friend who is closer than a brother.

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Tripped By Pride

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Tripped By Pride

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.—Proverbs 16:18

Men who accomplish an extraordinary level of position, prosperity, or prestige frequently become immortalized by the world. We all know at least one athlete, business leader, or well-known author to which this has happened. Sometimes the elevation of these men by others has a way of distorting their view of self and the world around them. I am sure you can think of more than one example of a man whose fame has gone to his head.

But a man who knows his pride, and when and how it manifests itself can resist it before it distorts his perspective and ruins his identity, character, and relationships. This is what was so amazing about Jesus. He was willing to live out his status and position with power humbly and yet persistently redirect attention away from himself to his Father.

DO THIS: Know your pride and say no to it.

PRAY THIS: God, help me to know my version of pride and keep it from "tripping me up" today.

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Slow It Down

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Slow It Down

"A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
but he who is slow to anger quiets contention." —Proverbs 15:18

We cannot deny we all have moments of anger. Yesterday I witnessed multiple accounts of anger throughout my day. I saw a parent shouting at their teen, two adults arguing while driving down the road, a woman at a customer service desk infuriated about service, and then listened to a friend who was enraged about a situation at work. This verse is clear; anger brews inside us all. Like a crockpot coming to a boil, we each have a speed by which this happens—some get hot fast, and some get hot slow. Yet only you know your rate of boil and the triggers that accelerate the boil. Therefore, give pause to the triggers that make you "hot" and learn to moderate because unmoderated anger only stirs up strife.

DO THIS: Write down one thing that triggered your anger yesterday. Identify the trigger and moderate it today.

PRAY THIS: God, help me to moderate what triggers my anger before I become a hot-tempered man.

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Do You Devise?

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Do You Devise?

Do they not go astray who devise evil?
    Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.—Proverbs 14:22

There are three men I imagine above. There is the man who plans evil, and they plan to go astray. Then there is the man who plans good, and they plan to meet steadfast love and faithfulness. But there is also the man who plans nothing, and they get nothing. All three of the men get the result they devised. So what are you getting? Could it be precisely what you planned?

DO THIS: Plan for spiritual growth. Write down one thing you need to grow spiritually.

PRAY THIS: God, provide me with [insert your one thing here] this week so that I can grow and mature in you.

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Poverty’s Benefit

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Poverty's Benefit

The ransom of a man's life is his wealth,
    but a poor man hears no threat.—Proverbs 13:8

We all want more wealth and security than we currently have. But it's hard to tell the person who wants more that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Yet if you want to be wise, take a lesson from King Solomon, who was one of the richest men ever to live. He discovered that wealth came not with security but with the stress of insecurity. He called it ransom—the ongoing fear of theft and threat that resulted in the need for perpetual self-preservation. And while we all want more than we currently have, don't forget there's a burden that comes with more—it's the energy needed to preserve that wealth. But a poor man does not need to exert this energy and effort. He hears no threat and is relieved of this burden, finding his security only in God for the provision of the day.

DO THIS: Turn all your insecurities over to God and be secure in Him, and let Him be your Provider.

PRAY THIS: God, I need you to provide today, precisely what I need. God, you know my need to decimal. May I accept your generous provision.

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They Win Every Time

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They Win Every Time

The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be put to forced labor.—Proverbs 12:24

As you mature, you realize there is something about hardworking people. There is wisdom for us to learn from their diligence. They understand that eventually, they will win, not because they're smarter or more gifted than others, but instead, they are a little more diligent than others.

So are you about to quit? Have you hit your wit's end on a challenge or relationship?

If so, pray to God for strength but be diligent and don't become slothful. You have no idea what one more day of diligence might teach you—and the payout is great.

DO THIS: Write down one thing you want to quit on, and why you want to quit.

PRAY THIS: God, I want to quit on this [insert the thing you wrote down] because [insert your reason] but give me the strength of your Spirit to carry on.

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Be Just

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Be Just

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    but a just weight is his delight.—Proverbs 11:1

We long for justice. Want proof? Pay attention when someone:

  • Cuts you off in traffic.
  • Takes credit for something you did.
  • Yells at you for circumstantial issues out of your control.
  • Disregards the agreed-upon rules.

In these moments, a justice trigger alerts each of us. But these moments of injustice are not only irritating, but they're also infuriating when they stem from a false balancewhich indicates an intent to deceive.

On the other hand, a just weight is lifegiving to humanity and delightful to God.—which indicates an intent to not deceive.

DO THIS: Instead of unfairly weighing the balances of justice in your favor determine to be truthful and bring attention to justice which is the delight of God.

PRAY THIS: God, may I be justice in all I think, say, and do today.

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