Wednesday, March 22, 2006

We Languish for Men

Here is todays Tozer devotionals from Literature Ministries International.

March 22

Pastoral Ministry: We Languish for Men

Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
--Acts 21:13

The Church at this moment needs men, the right kind of men,
bold men....

We languish for men who feel themselves expendable in the warfare of the soul, who cannot be frightened by threats of death because they have already died to the allurements of this world. Such men will be free from the compulsions that control weaker men. They will not be forced to do things by the squeeze of circumstances; their only compulsion will come from within--or from above.

This kind of freedom is necessary if we are to have prophets in our pulpits again instead of mascots. These free men will serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary. They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious act out of mere custom; nor will they allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation. Of God and Men, 11-13.

"Lord, what would it take for me to be that kind of man? Do in me whatever work You need to do today, that I might die to the allurements of the world and serve You with high motives. Amen."

"To service Christ, by life or by death." This, once again, must be the battle cry of todays Christian man.


Neil said...

I didn't have the opportunity to meet you this week but understand that you were in revival with us one service, thanks for coming. I keep seeing your name on other friends posts and wanted to check yours out. Your desire to see men arise and be true men of God and men that their families need to obvious and much need.

In our church we do a men's Bible study one Sunday evening per month, we call it P.H.A.T.T. Men, it stands for Prophetic, Anointed, Teachable. Tenacious. We have determined that God is calling us to be leaders in our homes, church and the marketplace, that we are to be authentic, accountable, and to actively lead our church and families into a relationship with Christ. I wanted to share the five things we have coventanted with God, ourselves and our brothers to do:

1. To be Priests (Leaders) of the home. This speaks of spiritual headship

2. To Spiritual Prosperity, Personal and Financial. Psalm 103

3. Spiritual Connectedness, Psalm 133

We will seek to be unfied, accountable and have a spirit of likemindedness

4. Spiritual Multiplication

We will involve ourselves in mentoring and partnering, sowing into the lives of others

5. Spiritual Direction

We all have a destiny, we're going some where, but we must also have discernment to know where we're going!

I hope this is beneficial to you and that you find contentment in your passion to see godly men arise!


Pastor Neil P. Smith
Associate Pastor, Oasis World Outreach

Anonymous said...

You are right on the money Sean! The Church needs DANGEROUS men to rise up and take the reigns!
Keep it Up! Donny

libby said...

Hey, fella1 When ya gonna get to bloggin' again?

Sean McKee said...

wow, I didn't know my ramblings were in such demand. Must be a slow day over there :^)