Brave Men Do Bold Things

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And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.” — Acts 8:24

So what's happened is Simon, who was the David Blaine of his time, has believed in Jesus and been baptized. But days later, he watches as the apostles impart the Holy Spirit by the laying on their hands, and he is fascinated by this event. He, of course, immediately is mystified by the apostles' power and asks if he can purchase this power. But Peter gives him a strong verbal reprimand clarifying that this power is not bought. And after being called out, Simon does not respond as we might expect. He doesn't push back. He doesn't even explain himself. He accepts the challenge and asks Peter, the man who corrected him, to pray for him. I think that's a pretty surprising and mature response.

You know, I think these types of care-frontations are missing from Christian relationships today. There are a lot of reasons why we don't see this anymore. Here are some of my own opinions. Men isolate themselves from male relationships. Men have few, if any, spiritual friends. Men, I believe, have become more averse to being challenged (which is a nice way to say we have become wimpy). Men lack mature spiritual roles models in their life that can speak into them. Men have no idea how to be challenged and respond appropriately. These are some of my thoughts. But maybe you have some of your own, and you can feel free to share them in the comments below.

In this story, we don't get to see what happened to Simon after this event. But there's a great lesson in this for all us who are followers of God today. What you see here are two believing men of differing levels of spiritual maturity. They were within close enough proximity to one another that they could experience one another. And then, one man challenged the intent of the other based on his behavior. Do you see that? One man helped the other because he was close enough to know his intent.

Here's my challenge for you today. It's very specific.

Put yourself in spiritual proximity to another brother. And then let him a trial you are facing. After you lay this trial out there, go one step further and expose the motives you feel behind it and the actions you think you should take. And then ask the hard question to that brother about your trial, motives, and intended actions — "Am I wrong for feeling, thinking, and acting this way?" And then invite him to give whatever feedback he wants while keeping your mouth shut. And when he is done, don't become defensive. Just ask that brother to pray for the intent of your heart.

I dare you to try this. If you are up for the challenge, leave these words below. "All in."

ASK THIS: What trial are you facing right now?

DO THIS: Go get advice, wisdom, and prayer from another brother! If you are in, leave these words in the comments below — "All in."

PRAY THIS: God, purify my intent in the trial I am facing!

PLAY THIS: Purify Me — Desire Worship.

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  1. Sam Blower says:

    So many times I have needed a “care-frontational” person in my life, and so many times I have felt prompted to be that “care-frontational” person in someone else’s life, but I hesitated, shyed away or just in some way held back and denied myself and someone else the joy of seeing God in action working through one or both of us. I see all of the reasons you mentioned that cause us to fail at this working in my life, and I hate it. Oh how I long to be a “Peter”, not the one before the cross, but the one after the upper room experience. The Peter who gave it all to the Lord, his voice, his hands and feet and simply submitted it all to God and became a holy vessel that God could use whenever and however He wanted to expand His kingdom. Please pray for me that I would resubmit myself to His service and become all He wants me to be, to be “ALL IN”.

  2. Cory Doden says:

    There are many times when I’ve been “challenge averse” in my life. Most of them in my secular life but sometimes spiritually too. I have noticed some of the bigger challenges I have accepted is when I seek the word of God first and become spiritually convicted. Giving up alcohol, starting and then shutting down a business, accepting significant roles in my church to name a few challenges that I was very hesitant to take on, until going to the Lord in prayer many times. The next challenge I’m accepting is restarting men’s ministry in my community with my friend Dave. Amen Brothers!

  3. Keith Panicko says:

    To be challenged and respond appropriately. That’s where we need to focus. Our ( men’s pride and arrogance ) prevent us to listen and not be defensive. Yea we need to listen first then respond with a Godly response. Right on Vince. This devo is perfectly said. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  4. Jeff Williams says:

    This devo makes me feel so incredibly thankful for the mens group I’ve been part of for about four years now, specifically the men who are not afraid to be vulnerable and those who are not afraid to call each other out in a “care-frontational” way. I pray our words and actions would have a great ripple effect throughout our community and circles of influence.

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  5. Jason Marshall says:

    Why is it so hard for men to open up when they are facing trials or sin in their lives, even when there is open trust amongst each other?

  6. Adam says:

    All In. Thanks for the encouragement Vince. This led to a great conversation and better understanding with a friend. It was needed.

  7. Rich Thomas says:

    Lord thank you for many godly men in my life that I have been confronted by and that I have confronted.

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  8. Curt says:

    Men usually don’t know how to respond or ask for help..it’s not like us.we can make it,look a covid ,we have become divided ,not helping each other

  9. Tim says:

    I am working on getting a one or more guys that I can tell my struggles to. I agree with those 5 reasons as why men struggle. Thank you Vince for speaking truth.

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  10. Don says:

    All in….thank you Vince. I listen to most every day since you came to New Mexico two years ago. You have help me many a day!

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  11. Tom says:

    All in!!! I am blessed to have an accountability group where we lay it all out. We are not afraid to tell of the trials as well as the blessings. God is good to have these men as a huge part of my life. He knows I need men to walk with me. Thanks Vince.

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  12. W. James Anderson says:

    I get the ‘All In’ challenge or whatever you call it. There is a mystery to what that truly is. From our perspective anyways. I respect people that sincerely try and live out the faith. To often, in my opinion, we wrap to much of our understanding around what we think God is saying in a specific situation. This isn’t to side step what I/We need to do to continually develop or work out our Salvation. Hardly. It’s more of a reluctance on my part to follow advice or whatever from men that think they know what I need. Regardless of their level of authority. Which I am a firm believer of authority structures. I have a bit of a different perspective on how I live out my faith. On what my understanding of His way is. His specific guidance on how to live the overcoming life. Which I believe He has. I appreciate your vids and I am in a unique situation at the congregation Shanna and I go to. I feel like I need to connect with someone and explain why I’m even at the congregation. I DO NOT agree with a significant amount of the theology but , for now,will remain there. Kind of awkward but it is what it is. I might, in the future, check out what you do but for now I need to clearly communicate where I’m at but I want them to know I’m not the guy who is going to call out anything or say they’re wrong or whatever. We are all in Gods family and we can still participate in Gods plan. Anyhoo… So, I am All In. On His terms though. I hope my comment makes sense and is an attempt to clearly explain my motives on how to live out this thing we call faith. Peace🌺💀🌺

    • Dan says:

      If you disagree with the theology then one of two things. The theology is tainted or your understanding of it requires some homework. If they’re not preaching the gospel then run away as fast as you can. FYI, the skull in your posts weakens your remarks.

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      • W. James Anderson says:

        I prefer finding a middle ground. As far as the skull… let it. 🌺💀’s and🌈’s🌺

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        • Cory B says:

          With all do respect brother, you may have missed the entire point by explaining yourself both times instead of simply saying “all in” or receiving advice, accepting it and then being quiet. I say that as a person myself who tends to explain myself all the time, so I can relate.

          I think the whole ALL IN concept Vince preaches is that we are giving our best effort to be the best version of ourselves as God intended. And hopefully at the end of the day, we are better men and more Christ like every day. He did it for us so I believe it’s the very least we can do. ❤️🙏

          • W. James Anderson says:

            Cory. I know what he means by ALL IN. I don’t know you or Dan. I can assume both of your intentions are good but if you tell me to be quiet and expect me to comply by only saying ALL IN. I suggest you skip my comments. 😎

  13. Mark says:

    ALL in! I am fortunate in that God has placed in my life several brothers and we do have the types of spirtitual brotherhood allowing us to do exactly what you’re talking about Vince. It really is a brotherhood that matters in my life.

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  14. Dan says:

    Been all in for 20 years.
    There is no substitute for a spiritual brother who is not afraid to call you out.
    We all need a Peter in our lives AND we need to be Peter to others.

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