Men of Vision
The Men of Vision Prayer Breakfast will be on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
7 February Topic:
How to Survive a Power Failure
Men of Vision
7 February 2015
We know that we have lost great men of God within our church. Each one of them has touched us in one way or another. They have planted a seed within our spiritual soul that allows us to seek God more and more, to read the Word of God, and to Live the Word of God. There are three men that have touched me spiritually and have given me the motivation that I need to seek more about God and what He has in store for me (besides God Himself): Pastor Rick, Pastor Mike, and John Novotny. Don’t get me wrong you all have been there for me, but these men have all told me that God has something for me, I have been praying and reading Gods Word and waiting for God to shed His light upon me.
2 Peter 1:3
[Growing in Faith] By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Have you ever been in the Word or Praying and the DEVIL decides to rare his head and give your faith in God a power melt down?
Main Theme: If there’s one thing we men love, its power, agree?
Whether it’s that big Ford F250 pickup truck with duals on the back and as big as an elephant, a big block 454 in your favorite muscle car, a circular saw that can tear through a two-by-four like it was a loaf of French bread, or a 3 wood that can smack a golf ball 200 yards down the fairway, or if you are a quarterback and have the power to control your team, plays, and the power to throw the ball 40-50 yards, but overall having power in your hands is an exhilarating experience.
But sooner or later, you’re going to experience a power failure. Maybe your marriage will be in trouble. Maybe you'll have to watch one of your parents dying slowly from cancer or Alzheimer’s. Or maybe something will happen at work and you'll lose your job.
Being powerless is every man’s worst nightmare. We can’t stand watching a bad situation unfold and being unable to do anything about it.
Since we were little boys, we've been taught that a real man takes charge and makes things happen. He studies the problem, figures out what’s wrong, and then does what it takes to solve it.
Too bad life doesn't always cooperate with that scenario. You don’t have to be a Christian very long to find out we’re not immune to trouble. In fact, many of us have even more problems than nonbelievers.
What do you do when you can’t make things right?
What do you do when you have no power and all you can do is stand on the sidelines and watch?
There’s Watching, Then There’s Watching:
We tend to take an either/or view of Christianity. We believe that if only we follow Jesus Christ , he'll give us the power to plow through life with nothing stopping us. Or we believe that we’re in the passenger seat, just along for the ride, and that God doesn't need us to do anything.
The truth lies somewhere in-between.
As we read the Bible, we will see that the great heroes of faith, like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Gideon were active. They did their part and learned to get out of the way when it was time for God to do His part.
They were both doers and watchers, and that’s what we need to be. Yet the kind of watching they did wasn't passive. It was active because of what was going on inside them.
How to Receive God’s Power
These great men lived out their trust in God. They saw his power working in their lives because they learned how to surrender .
That’s the key to surviving life’s power failures. The amount of God’s power in our lives is directly proportional to how much we surrender to him. No surrender, no power. Little surrender, little power. Total surrender, unlimited power.
It’s simple, really. God can’t fill a heart that’s full of itself, and in our pride and arrogance, that’s how we men often are.
Surrender is scary. It goes against our masculine nature. In every endeavor in life, surrender is a bad thing, but in our relationship with God, surrender is essential.
We don’t believe this until our lives hit rock bottom, until we get into one of those power failure situations where our own power is worthless.
Even then, we fight against it. We’re too stubborn to let God take control. Surrender is so distasteful to us that we go through unnecessary misery rather than give in to God. Our pride prolongs our agony, and Satan just loves that.
Stepping Out By Degrees:
Spiritual growth is gradual.
“[ Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth ] When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father”.
We don’t go from being a fresh-faced convert to a mature saint in one easy step. If we’re wise, though, we begin to give God opportunities to demonstrate his faithfulness. We step out by degrees. Most of us men are too bullheaded to do it any other way.
Over the years, we learn that God can be trusted, not only in small things but in life’s worst tragedies as well. This idea of surrender becomes a proven reality in our lives.
Like the Apostle Paul, we discover the true meaning (2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT) “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ..For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Our Christian faith doesn't guarantee that every tragedy will have a happy ending. But God does promise to pour his power into our lives to the degree that we let him. Once we make that truth our own, it will help us survive every power failure we have to face.
So let’s keep our power from not failing. Pastor Rick, Pastor Mike, John Novotny and many other men have touched us in one way or another. Let us take the divine power of our God and move forward, whether it is with our families, work, or grocery store. As men we must be strong and help others whose power is failing, lift them up to the Lord and His word…We are Men of Vision…In time like these, God give us Men of Vision. We believe that it is our duty to endeavor to be Men of Faith, Men of Prayer, Men of Character and Men of Integrity because we help hold up the banner of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel: so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me”.
Ezekiel 3:17 (NLT)
REMEMBER: GOD FIRST and let’s make sure that we back our Pastor and church.
Women of Wisdom
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