NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
This is a message of encouragement to all men. Recognizing our place in God,
Father’s Day is being celebrated today and we’d like to look at the position men must place themselves in to walk in the place of true godly manhood
1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
We will also be focusing on Joshua as one of the great examples of manhood
The Soldier. Athlete, farmer training disciplines similar to disciplines a Godly man should have
There is a real challenge to the manhood in so many walks of life challenge to the place and perspective from God’s perspective
Judgement pronounced on the people of god in that day.
WE have learned of the 3 ways God brings judgment, war, pestilence, famine.
A famine for Godly leadership when men of god not operating in their calling.
The bread, the food, water and the mighty man, men of prestige of oversight, leadership
men of leadership being replaced by children, women and babes ruling over them. Causing you to err.
Youth will have more honor during times of judgment. Children are oppressors, women rule.
The breakdown of the family unit as ordained by God.. The bible says God is the head of man.
There has been a breakdown of the family unit as ordained by God. A breakdown of roles and responsibilities in the family.
Godly Roles, hierarchy: The bible says that Christ is the head of man and God is the head of Christ. Man in a place of oversight and authority in the home. directly from God and was held accountable for fall.
What does it take to maintain this place of accountability and manood.
What it takes.
Elijah waked in great authority and boldness.
Famine came in the land because the people had turned away from the true and living God..
The same things are happening in the land today.
Elijah propesied no rain for 3.5 years.
How long will you halt between two opinions?
A great challenge in the world today. Who are you going to serve? As men given responsibility in the home.
Elijah had victory and ran away from Jezebel out of fear. Paul asked the Galatian Christians, “who did hinder you?
God has a plan, but the devil has a plot to deceive you and bring you into destruction.
Sampson with great physical strength, in a matter of days brought to destruction.
We must be godly men and discipline ourselves in the things of God. Can’t be like Peter who got revelation from God. Jesus changed his name to Peter – a rock.
Soon afterwards, Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Men must be steadfast like a rock. Hear the voice of god, speak boldly to proclaim the name of Jeus. God is faithful to perform his word.
You must not come under the threat of the enemy.- enticement and seduction of this world system. Position yourselves, commit yourselves to prayer, have the heart of a servant and a leader.
Be diligent, of a sound mind, under self control, faithful.
Trained disciplines of Holy Spirit.
take notice of training methods of the soldier, the athlete, the farmer
(necessities of Food and sleep for fitness)
Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
He is running the race to win!
Must run by the rules, stay in his lane, can’t look to the left or to the right, keeping his eyes on the prize
Forget failures of the last play
Learn from mistakes
You didn’t fail, just realized you had to do it a different way
Press toward the mark (Philippians 3:14) 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
Keep your, mind , emotions , don’t let __________???
God has not given you the spirit of fear
Food: diet and nutrition are important for taking care of the body
You want to be a vessel that is useful
The Farmer: sows in hope, he has a vision of what he wants the harvest to be like
Sow into your vision, your wife, family, church, etc.
Have a servant heart and walk in position of a leader – in the midst of the Gods of the world
Minister means “servant”
Servant to your children, etc.
Responsible for the welfare of others
Joshua 24: leading men into the promised land don’t be double-minded
Decide who you will serve. The gods of Egypt, gods of money. Things of this world
You cannot serve God and money, but you can serve with your money
The things of this world take wings and fly away
(Proverbs 23:5) 5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Set a standard and prioritize
Fear the lord and serve him in sincerity and truth.
(John 4:24) God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Joshua 24:14"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your sage blowing ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
Hinduism, Yoga. Sage blowing, astrology have nothing to do with God’s word, but are mixing with the truth of God’s word
(Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Men must be able to explain the gospel
Slight of men and doctrines of devils leading many away
Men, stand up in the home, - serve them or God
Let your light so shine that men will come and glorify the Father
There were many Gods in Egypt – make a choice- serve them or God
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
We have a great privileged and responsibility
Study, discipline to maintain what God has called you to do.
Serve, lead, have oversight!
Many are counting on you, man of God, to stand!