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The Spirit Helps

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The Spirit Helps

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Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.—John 16:7

We all want an advantage. And Jesus gave us one. He called his advantage the Helper (aka: "The Holy Spirit"). And this third person of the Trinity dwells within followers. And while Jesus had to go away, he did not leave us without guidance. He left us with the ultimate advantage—a part of Him. Today live humble but bold knowing that God guides your every step and will never leave you or forsake you.

DO THIS: Be confident that you are never alone.

PRAY THIS: God, help me to tune in today to the Helper. Spirit be my guide. Teach me and help me walk in your ways.

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He Heals A Land

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He Heals A Land

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Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.—Jeremiah 33:6

We are so quick to forget the lessons of past generations. We are destined to repeat history because, in times of plenty and prosperity, we fail to remain steadfast, sure, and secure in God. Simply put, we get lazy and trust in self rather than trust in God. But God is looking for men of faith. He wants men to proclaim a message of faithfulness. He looks for a man who will trust only in him when death and destruction loom, and he's ready to provide true health and healing.

DO THIS: Trust God, the one who heals.

PRAY THIS: God, I keep tending toward trusting in myself, my ideas, and my opinions—may I entirely trust in you today.

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You Cry Out For It

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You Cry Out For It

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Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.—1 Peter 2:2

We are dependent creatures from birth, but along the way, we are compelled to live independently. But this is not the best way for a man, especially a Christian man. Dependence is the place where our masculinity, character, and virtue is best formed. In dependence, not independence, we find the best nourishment, our pure spiritual milk. So are your thirsty? Need milk? God's got it!

DO THIS: Be dependent on God today for something today.

PRAY THIS: God, I like doing life my way. Today show me your way. And then help me to submit to it and become more dependent on you.

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The Fire

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The Fire

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Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?—Jeremiah 23:29

With God, there is always a noticeable distinction. And the difference is so profound that you cannot miss it. His word in comparison to those who proclaim untruth, lies, and deception, which promote chaos, fear, and violence, is evident. And his word annihilates any falsehood that comes in its path like a fire and a hammer. So fellas, trust me on this one go with God trust His word, and nothing else—it burns like straw and breaks like a rock.

DO THIS: Trust in the fire and hammer of God's word.

PRAY THIS: God, the messages of this world have me running all over the place. Help me today to hide in the hope of your word.

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The Eruption

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The Eruption

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Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.—Psalm 37:8

While anger is allowed, men are encouraged by the writer to reign it and refrain from it. For man's anger never usually ends good but bad. And why? Because the slow brewing of our emotions is a pack of wild horses that is hard to reign in once it breaks into a full stride. And, unlike God's wrath, our wrath is unjust and evil, leaving destruction in its path. But what signals the eruption of man's anger—it's fretting! So stop allowing everyday annoyances to grind at your heart, soul, and mind till finally, you erupt.

DO THIS: Don't fret today. And if something makes you fret, turn it off or turn away.

PRAY THIS: God, I have been irritated, frustrated, and just downright angry. The world and my life are causing excessive fretting. Help me to get controlled by being controlled by you.

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You Love It Or Hate It

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You Love It Or Hate It

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Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.—Proverbs 12:1

There are different types of discipline here. One is a self-inflicted discipline; this is the type that we choose to subject our character, behavior, and desires too because we know that it will produce positive results. The other is an others-inflicted discipline called here "reproof," and this is executed on us by others because we are not able to inflict discipline ourselves. They are both painful, and they both have the potential to produce positive results. That is unless we hate it—then we are stupid. Don't you love the truth—ouch!

DO THIS: Don't be stupid.

PRAY THIS: God, make me more sensitive to your discipline so that daily I become wiser and less of the other.

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Don’t Sow It

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Don’t Sow It

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Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.—Proverbs 22:8

We are industrious people. Our work, industry, and business sows something. It either scatters a message of justice or injustice, and with this, it reaps blessing or calamity to self and others. The contrast is simple! Be industrious, but measure the impact. For you are either sowing justice or injustice in your industry, and sowing fury will only infuriate others, and it will soon fail.

DO THIS: Do your work with justice today. Be just, and sow truth.

PRAY THIS: God, I need wisdom for the situations I am encountering this week. Give me the greatest of wisdom to know how to handle the issues I am facing and help me stand for justice.

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Stay Focused

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Stay Focused

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Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.—Proverbs 4:25

Fellas, today, it is so easy to get distracted. We are bombarded with thoughts, ideas, concepts, and images that are near overwhelming. Much of this is creating unthinkable stress for so many men. And, also, we must not forget we have our daily challenges at work, in relationships, and within our personal life that have not gone away. So what is a man to do? Well, this writer suggests looking directly forward. But look forward to what, or instead to whom? The answer is simple—Jesus Christ. But doing so requires that we eliminate other distractions. Maybe today, we need to remove one so that gazing straight before you is just a little easier.

DO THIS: Consider one distraction that is clouding your gaze and remove it today.

PRAY THIS: God, my thoughts are bombarded. I feel far from you amidst all the turmoil. Draw me closer to you by helping me to remove the distractions.

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King of King

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King of King

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They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.—Revelation 17:14

There is a war coming, and it will be a war like no other. Opponents will make war on Jesus, and there will be a winner, and there will be a loser. And it would be wise to be on the side of God, for there is only one Lord, and he is the King. He is not made with hands, and men do not establish him. And the ones who follow him are called chosen and faithful. So be that guy and on his side and not his opponent.

DO THIS: Choose now the King you serve.

PRAY THIS: God, there are so many false gods today that it is easy for me to become distracted. Remind me today that you command my full attention, and help me to serve you faithfully as Lord.

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God’s Got This

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"For God so loved the world..."—John 3:16

We sometimes forget this, but this is God's world—not ours. He made it, formed it, and loves it more than anyone of us. And while we are stewards at no point should we think or say "we've got this"—we don't. It might do us well to strike this phrase from our language because we don't "got this" at all. If we did, we would not be encountering a world-wide pandemic, and besides, personal issues on top of it all. So maybe today, try and let God love the world. He loves it more and better than you, and his love is entirely competent to bring life to a dying and decaying world.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."—John 3:16 

DO THIS: Let God love you and everybody else.

PRAY THIS: God, I confess I get in the way of your love. May I today, in some way, reflect your love.

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Walk The Talk

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Walk The Talk

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Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.—1 Peter 2:12

Honorable actions have a powerful impact. So why not let the world see them? And let them see them not to put on a show but because they tell a story. For we all know at some point people are going to speak evil about us. But it's harder for them to do that when our deeds communicate something different—that we seek God's glory and nothing else.

DO THIS: Do one good deed today.

PRAY THIS: God, show me a good deed and let me do it for your glory.

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You’re Killin’ Me

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You're Killin' Me

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"Present your bodies as a living sacrifice."—Romans 12:1

Paul uses two words in conjunction here that call to mind a morbid and violent image. He's beckoning us to present our bodies as a "living sacrifice." Now people who understand the Old Testament sacrificial system would say there's no such thing as a "living sacrifice." Sacrifices were offered dead, not living. So what's he talking about?

Paul is connecting past imagery to present activity. God has been teaching all humanity about sacrifice since the beginning of time, culminating in the sacrifice of Jesus. And with Jesus Christ, he embossed on our minds the value and meaning of sacrifice. But Paul wants us to understand that we carry the same sacrificial system forward. But now it's not the presentation of dead sacrifices but living sacrifices. It's us living as a sacrifice. The only question is, what sacrifice will you make today?

DO THIS: Make one sacrifice today.

PRAY THIS: God, give me a mind for a single sacrifice, one you want me to make.

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