Becoming A Man Of Dangerous Faith
Discover a faith that is exhilarating and masculine.
What does it mean to live a life of faith?
It's not just believing in Christ although that's vital. It's not just church attendance or being in a small group although that's important. And it's not just how much of the Bible we know although that's also needed. Faith is the willingness to recklessly follow Jesus where he calls us, to do what he commands, and trust him with our lives even when it feels awkward and doesn't meet our expectations.
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One | Faith Is Responding To God's Promptings.
When God told Abraham to leave his homeland for a place that he would show him, Abraham had no idea where he was going. He didn't have a G.P.S. to guide him, couldn't Google the directions, and didn't even have access to one of those old-fashioned trifold laminated maps to chart his journey. Instead, he went on a walk of faith, trusted God, and followed Him. And he did this not knowing what the journey would hold or knowing what awaited him at his destination. But he did have faith in the God he knew well. When God prompts us about something in our lives, the man of faith says, "I will follow." And he follows when the journey feels uncertain, mysterious, scary, and requires risk. But hold fast because our faith is in a God who loves us and who is more real than the challenges we face.
Two | Faith Is Choosing God's Way Over My Way.
Many men look up to Christian leaders who know and can effectively communicate Scripture. But, I have even greater respect for men who know Scripture and act on it. And even more respect for the men, who in moments of decision choose God's way over their way. Faith is the willingness to choose God's way even when the rest of the world does not. This is never more challenging than in moments when it following God will require risk and inconvenience that cost us something. The purpose of studying God's Word is not solely to gain knowledge but to know our God and to live under his lordship ad in his way.
Three | Faith Is An Invitation To Live Adventurously.
Men love adventure. We are made by God to need a challenge and to live on the edge. There is nothing more exhilarating than to live on the side of faith where we choose to follow a dangerous God who calls us to dangerous things and then gives us the strength and wisdom to get there. Here is a dangerous saying: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-7). That is the life of dangerous faith.
Where is God calling you today to an adventure of faith? Will you take the challenge?
Vince Miller is a speaker, author, and mentor to men. He is an authentic and transparent leader who loves to communicate to audiences on the topics of mentorship, fathering, leadership and manhood. He has authored 13 books and small group curriculum for men and is the primary content creator of all Resolute materials. Contact Vince Miller here. His newest book is Thirty Virtues That Build A Man.