Pastor Barry Bruce/ The Gathering Morphed Series/ Lesson 5
The Great Deception Ephesians 6:10-12, 1 John 2:18-23
What is a man? That is the question that all little boys inevitably will ask. I asked that question when I was growing up although I never verbalized it. Most boys think that they should just instinctively know what a man is, but they don’t! A child must be shown what he is to become. A little girl needs a woman to show her what she is to become and a man needs to show a boy. It is Satan’s great deception that one will just “become”. The perpetuation of this lie is the reason that our world is so messed up. God’s plan for mankind includes a gender plan no matter what society propagates.
The great deceiver (satan) lies to us every day. His minions are demonic hosts who war against us from the heavenly realms, but his followers propagate his lies just as well, perhaps even better. Most of them don’t even believe that he is real and therein lies the greatest danger. These followers are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They are teachers, politicians and pundits, they are grandparents and godparents, false preachers and friends. They are the “anti-Christ” (everyone who does not say that Jesus Christ is Lord) 1 John 2:18-23. They refute Jesus Christ and his teachings (the Bible) but pass themselves off as “real men” and “real woman”. They are not! To follow such people is to fall into a pit. Matthew 15:14
Watch Out! 1 Peter 5:8-9, Philippians 2:9-16
There is only one defense from the cunning deception that you will just “become” without the interaction of Christ in your life:
1.) We must be alert in the knowledge that there is a spiritual enemy among us and stand firm in the faith that comes from Christ.
2.) We must acknowledge that the name of Jesus is above every name and never to be used as an expression shock or disgust (You shall not use the name of the Lord in vain: Exodus 20:7). We must elevate that name above all names and hold firmly to the word of life (God’s Word the Bible/ Jesus Christ the Son: both are the Word).
3.) We must “work out our salvation” and hold out the word of life to this warped and crooked generation (“shine like stars”). Show them what a “real man” or “real Woman” looks like.
Becoming A Man Of God Psalm 1:1-6, Romans 12:1-2
Becoming a man or a woman of God is all in the path that one chooses to walk down. We follow Jesus and therefore we do not walk in step with the wicked.
1.) The world will try and tell you that anything spiritual is good and that “All Dog’s Go To Heaven”. Jesus says that “you must be born again (John 3:3) to see the kingdom of God and that apart from Jesus no one will see God (John 14:6).
2.) The world will tell you to mentally think within the perimeters of the world (popular) view. God tells us to be transformed by His word/ the Bible (Romans 12:1-2).
3.) The world will tell you to get in touch with your emotions and express your inner feelings whatever they may be. God tells us to be self-controlled and let His spirit work within you (1 Peter 5:8).
4.) The world will tell you to put your trust and effort into the physical and material. God wants our life’s emphasis to be on the Spiritual (Luke 12:19-21).
Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold. Be a strong tree planted by the river of life.
From Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk (http://drjamesdobson.org) comes some challenging Father’s Day words from the blog of JT Waresak :
“My wife and kids need a real man, not some wimpy guy that rides the ever-changing cultural tides of our times. For Christian men, this means we must continually immerse ourselves in God’s Word in our pursuit to become less so Christ can become more (John 3:30). In a very practical way, what we anchor our lives to will define us as men. If we’re anchored to Christ, God will shape us into the men He wants us to be. As a Christian man, my man code needs to be determined by God and not by the prevailing cultural norms of our day. Within the Person and life of Jesus Christ, along with God’s Word, I have the absolute picture of what a real man should look like. I also know a number of God-given directives that reveal some things that men should do as well as never do.
- Real men don’t leave their wives. See Ephesians 5:25-32, Mark 10:9, Job 31:1
- Real men honor their wives as co-heirs. See 1 Peter 3:7
- Real men teach their children God’s ways (both in word and in action). See Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 78:5-7
- Real men build into the lives of other men. See Proverbs 27:17
- Real men don’t use their words to demean others. See Ephesians 4:29
- Real men don’t let their anger get away from them. See James 1:19-20
- Real men lead best when they love most. See Ephesians 5:1-2; John 13:34-35
- Real men are sacrificial for the sake of their Lord, family, and others. See John 15:13
- Real men are servants. See Mark 10:45
- Real men can show their emotions (this includes crying). See John 11:35, Matthew 21:12, Matthew 9:36
My life aim is to follow after The One who is a “REAL MAN”. If I pursue Christ, He will pursue me (James 4:8). In doing so, He will build me into the man that my family and my watchers need me to be.