Monday, February 23, 2015

We live in a very strange world.
We see the news headlines about young men who are falling prey to all kinds of evil.
We don’t have to ask the question: Is masculine culture broken? We already know the answer is yes.
The real question is how do we combat it?
How do we fight against a darkness that is attempting to take our young men and flush them down the proverbial toilet?
I honestly believe the answer is found in Eph 4:22-24

20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
If you look at men who have a real encounter with Jesus, their lives are never the same. They walk away different from that moment.
Because God created every man ( and woman) to have a relationship with him. Our very nature is made in such a way to be able to encounter and interact with the God of the universe. The problem is that when sin entered the picture it fractured the entire idea of this relationship, putting a massive hole where God was supposed to reside. So what is taking place on a whole scale level is men are attempting to fill that hole with anything and everything in order to find some type of peace. But you know what’s happening? It’s not working. Anything you attempt to put in the place of Jesus will never satisfy.
So what is to be done? Put off the OLD self…and come alive (be renewed) in JESUS (who is our life).
If I could tell men anything it would be this…Jesus is better.
Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer…I know in the moment you think ‘no way, THIS is better.’
The only problem with that is we are temporary. I know you think 80 years is a long time, but on the scale of eternity it’s not even a blink.
There is coming a day when what you thought was better is going to seem so trivial and petty when you see the face of Jesus Christ.
What every guy needs to know is that Jesus can and will fill that empty void you have been trying to fill with everything else you have been trying to fill it with.
Take the advise of Eph 4:24
24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
You’ll sleep better this way.


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