Relationships

Relationships!

Psalm 1

Who you hanging out with?

Was speaking with a minister one day, about a particular business deal I was considering, that involved a lot of money. I asked him about a certain leader, and he said to me something profound: ‘Chris, I am not too sure about the character of that man, but always remember you will be labelled by the people you associate with”

Today I am going to show you that who you hang around will determine your success in this life, that you need to come out from sin and things of this world in order to receive all that God has for you, and that you need to develop godly friendships.

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Here is a picture of the Saturday morning men’s prayer group I have attended since 2009 at Victory Christian Center here in Tulsa, Ok. Incredible group of men of God, doing great things in business and ministry around the world.

Psalm 1:1 ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Now, for those of you who have been around this for awhile, you know that the word ‘blessed’ means: empowered to prosper. That God is a good God, and if you want better for your children than you had, how much more God our heavenly father who loves you more than you love yourself.

v1 counsel : means advice. Who are you receiving your advice from?

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

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This verse tells us about three ways to be blessed by God.

The Bible says here that the person is blessed and given power from God to get ahead in life, if firstly you don’t listen to the counsel of the ungodly.

Jesus said “By their fruits you shall know them.” So when someone comes to speak into my life, the first question I ask myself is this: Are they saved?

What is their walk with the Lord like? Does what they are suggesting agree with the Word of God, does it bring peace to my heart? What is coming out of their mouth, for out of the heart, the mouth will speak!

Now Jesus is a friend to sinners and tax collectors right? He did not pray that we be taken out of this world, rather that we be in it, but not of it. Obviously, we need to live and work with those who are not yet born again, but that does not give us permission to talk like they talk, or do what they do. We are to be a witness, something they need to look up to.

This verse says not to stand in the way of sinners. Someone is going partying, or to the Casino, or for a smoke break. What do we do?. Get out of their way. Jesus is your way, and don’t get into some sloppy Agape kind of limp wrist-ed version of love. Gently say, “ I’m a Christian and I can’t go down that road with you. I love you, but I’ve got a family that needs me, a church that loves me, and my mind set on things above.”

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So you are a good witness at work, and growing in your love walk, and the fruit of the spirit, and you are seeking to win souls for you have read, in your search for wisdom

Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. But those around you begin to scoff and mock the things of God. Jesus said to seek and save the lost, not chase down the rebellious. No what does our verse teach us here, when those around you begin to mock the things of God, what are you to do?

Leave!

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Ps 1:1 ¶  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

While I was studying for ministry, I drove a school bus and picked up extra hours working at a bus depot, washing buses. The Bus wash was part of the yard, and the mechanic shop. Used to eat lunch with the guys, and they would ask questions about Jesus and the Bible, that were friendly at first. After a while, they began to deliberately mock God, His Word, and would see how perverted the conversation could get to try and gross me out. I began Eating lunch in my car because the guys had become scoffers. Spent the lunch hour listening to some good praise and worship music, and talking to Jesus.

Let’s ask God to show us people in our life that we have become too familiar with, and ask Him for the grace to spend the time we would normally spend with them, with Him studying His Word.

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Col 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Separate Yourself unto God!

Joshua 24:5  I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.

6  And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.

7  And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

8        And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

Now Egypt is a type of the worlds system that God hates, your old sinful lifestyle. Everyone say “He brought me out to bring me in.”

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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1) to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate

1a) in a bad sense: to exclude as disreputable

1b) in a good sense: to appoint, set apart for some purpose

The word of God, preached as it is under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is designed to impregnate your very spirit with the life of God. It is food, but it is the way God has designed to make you a success. Jesus said His words are spirit and life, and Hebrews 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

If Jesus is your Lord, the way he prefers to correct you is by His word, not in chastening after the flesh. Yet, if you continue to act in the flesh, He will correct you in the flesh. With children, we call this applying the board of instruction to the seat of higher learning!
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I have been asked why I teach so much, why I spend hours pouring the Word of God down people’s throats. Well, I am instructed as a man of God to teach the word, and be instant in season and out of season, to feed the flock of God among us.

Yet, I’m no fool, I’ve spent the hours and hours counseling people and walking with people from tragedy to trial to tears and finally Holy Spirit showed me a better way.

The Bible says that by these promises we have everything we need for life and godliness. God sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from all their destruction.

The answer to your problem is in the word of God. So what does a shepherd do? He goes before God, in prayer on your behalf, then God answers. He speaks his Word, and know this: God always backs up His word with His power. He cannot lie.  Psalms 138:2  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy  word above all thy name.

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God is your rock, and He has sent ministry into your life to lead you deeper into His plan for your life. I am simply an act of God’s mercy and compassion into your life. He knows not all of you have five hours a day for ten years to study God’s word and show you how to apply it to your life, so enter Chris Walsh, God’s little delivery boy into your life.

The package I deliver is God’s word: unwrap it, and apply it to your life, and it will produce blessing every time. God way is His word, and His word spoken from here will manifest His power to meet your need. Your answer is the Word of God. I spend many, many hours each day, simply praying for YOU!

Certain people would wear me out! They would constantly call me, in crisis, asking me to come pray for them, to go to the hospital, to come over for dinner, and they were usually very polite when I came, yet I noticed that those that often took the biggest chunks of my time, rarely attended services. They loved to hear the Word of God, but they missed God’s order in attending church: Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Finally, God set me free from chasing these people, 1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

I realized that if they were not among us, in regular attendance at church, my responsibility to feed, lead, and counsel them ended.

Yet, some Christians are that way? Let’s pray about God’s will for my life pastor. So we pray, and God speaks, through His word, and gives direction.

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

What’s the point? While we must love all people, some must be given reduced access to our lives if we are going to be people of impact. They will drain our critical energies, and finances if we let them, and it is our fault. Sometimes the best we can do for them is NOT return their calls, while fervently praying for them. We are not God, Jesus is Lord, and it is wrong to do for people that which they have the responsibility to do for themselves.

Perhaps they have some unmet emotional need and need sympathy, so they go to another meeting, and ask another group of Christians to pray. And surprise surprise, God tells them to do the same thing. I’ve met Christians who have been involved with codependent relationships and sin issues, and they refuse to sever ties to those sins. Obviously, if you quit drinking, you pour whatever alcohol is in your house, down the sink. When you learn about the presence of God that comes in worship and Christian music, you probably need to go through your CD’s and cassettes and pitch the ones that do not bring the presence of God into your world. Video’s, magazines, and even TV shows that glorify sin, need to be removed from your life. He’s bringing you out, so that He can bring you in.

John Hagee calls television “that little god in your living room” for “do not many prostrate themselves before it, and spend more time with it than in the word and prayer?”

3 John 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

I am a prosperity preacher. It’s in the word, yet as a shepherd, I need to bring you out so that I can bring you in. Notice in this verse we studied, that God wants you to prosper and be in health, as your soul prospers.

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God is a good God, and loves you more than you love yourself. He wants to prosper you more than your wildest dreams, but it must be done His way.

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Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. Many of you have been through hell emotionally, your mind is full of a mixture of the world and the devils thoughts with a little bit of God, and so your will, your day to day decisions wobble due to your pain and mixed up reasoning. God has more than that for you. He wants you to come out of the things that are causing you pain, and that dishonor His name. Why? So that He can take you in His arms and pour into you love, acceptance, affirmation, healing, comfort, strength, and confidence. All the things you never got growing up, God wants to restore to you, for He is a father to the fatherless. But you must spend time with Him, you can’t say you love Him, and then serve His enemy. Draw near to Him, and He will do things for you causing you to avoid things that years later will amaze you. His presence is prosperity; it’s the drug we all need. He brought you out of sin, that you may fall into His arms.

Well, my last point is short and sweet; God has a place for you in His kingdom, specifically for you. A place where you can grow and develop godly relationships.

Acts 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

God has a company for you. A company of believers in your home, in your workplace, at your school, and in a local church, where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: I want to be around people that have a like-precious faith. People that are quick to pray, to testify, to believe God on purpose.

For several years, I ran a construction company here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The church I attend, Victory Christian Center, is big on developing small group Bible studies, called connect groups, where we study the word of God together, and get to know folks. For several years, I attended three of these, some weekly, others bi-weekly, that each had a different focus. The three I attended have been: Business owners, men’s, and married with children.

In the business owners group, we deliberately have sought God for wisdom to run our respective companies, and have deliberately networked and prayed, in confidence for each others needs. The pressures, responsibilities, and crisis we often faced as business owners, grew us tremendously over the five years that we met, as faith and responsibility levels, met like precious faith and responsibility levels. God used that group to disciple and grow us strong, as men of God. We did this for 7 years, then stopped for a couple of years while I travelled as a missionary. As soon as I came back to Tulsa, I was asked by several men to restart the group, and I have: http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/01/19/contractors-bible-study/
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Like precious faith!

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Pr 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Deliberately seek out and cultivate relationships with those who are strong in the Lord, and doing exploits for the kingdom.

The converse of this is also true, ungodly people will betray you, and will corrupt you. The mighty apostle Paul realized this truth, as ungodly people lied about him, conspired against him, had him falsely accused, beaten, and imprisoned. He realized relationships are critical to success in life and ministry. Hear his heart:

2Th 3:2  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Just as there are relationships of honor, integrity, wisdom, strength, and like precious faith, there are treacherous people in this world, that will betray you, and siphon the very life and strength of God from you, if you let them. These people need to leave your life!

and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Today I have tried to show you that who you hang around will determine your success in this life, that you need to come out from sin and things of this world in order to receive all that God has for you, and that you need to develop godly friendships, people of honor, integrity, and like precious faith!

I’ve asked you to consider leaving relationships with ungodly counselors that drain us of time and strength, and spend the time you would have spent there talking to God instead. In his word, in prayer, and in Worship.  I’ve asked you to leave the trappings of sin, the things of this world to let Him bring you out so that He can bring you in to His presence and prosperity.Thirdly, I’ve challenged you to develop godly friendships on purpose to cultivate relationships with those strong in the Lord and the power of His might, that are doing exploits for Him.

I read this little story,that I find appropriate here. Perhaps you have already read it, but bear with me, it might encourage you to hear it again!

Reason, Season, or a Lifetime?

By: Brian A. “Drew” Chalker

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are. They are there for a reason,you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

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LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life…..

Now God needs to demonstrate this word, just so that you can know that God is alive and in the house. Maybe some of you don’t know Jesus yet today is your day. He is not I was, not I will be, His name is I AM. NOW Faith is! You need to give Him your life. He is Lord, and you need to sell out to Him totally, no compromise. He rose from the dead, and He wants to forgive you and save you and adopt into this great family of God, and show you the reason He created you, and the place He has called you to serve Him in.

If you have never understood the simple good news, here it is:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

Let’s Pray:

Father, I come before you, deciding to place Jesus as Lord of my life. I believe that because you love me, you will not fail me, that your plan for my life, is better than what I have planed. I receive you Lord Jesus, as my Savior, personal pastor, Shepherd, and counselor. Jesus, add to me, people of faith, honor, wisdom, strength, and integrity, and like Paul, I pray “that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:” . Help me to carve time out of my day, to listen to, meditate upon, and hear your Word, and worship, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.

Manhood – A Bit of Redneck Righteousness

Redneck Righteousness – A challenge to manhood

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It has been said that a Redneck is a guy, who grew up country. A rough and ready kind of guy, that is a man of action, taking care of business. Strong.

I originally wrote this on veterans day, a time to honor freedom, and the men who give it to us…

Most of you who know me, know that I have worked construction many years, and co-owned a millwork company in the rough and tumble of Oklahoma for seven years.

Here I think of some of the oilmen, ranchers, construction workers, military, police, and firemen I have met over the years, that would embrace these seven claims to manhood.

Men who love God, their families and this country.

Seven Claims of Manhood

1. A Man keeps his word – Word given, word kept

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Ps 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Heard a preacher preach this verse one day, made me chuckle: Psalm 50:9 (RSVCE) |
9 I will accept no bull from your house

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Our words should count! We do not need to be cute and full of show and no go. Say what you mean, and mean what you say, and you will be respected.

Read Job 29, the whole chapter and see what a man of God, respected in the community and by God looks like:

I pick it up here in verse:
8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth

Be that man!

2. Finishes what He starts:

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Re 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Re 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

If you bit off more than you can chew: chew! Get yourself some help if you need to, but finish what you start. The world is full of dreamers, schemers, and wanna be’s. Be a man of conviction, if you start something, finish it.

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3. Keeps a good name –

Many of you know, my father served 32 years as a naval officer. I grew up on military bases all over the place, but have learned that no matter where in the world you are, you need to keep a good name….

Pr 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Ec 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

redneck nameWhy is the day of our death better than the day of our birth? Because if we have served God, when we die, we enter into our eternal reward, the rest of the Lord we have worked our whole life for.

Don’t get all proud and haughty over this one. What I want to say here is stay faithful to God, and stay in the fight. When you do, you will end up with a good name, God Himself will make sure of it. You don’t need to blow your own horn:

John 12:26
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

All these people running around promoting themselves, get outta the rat race. You are not a rat, you are running a different kind of race.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

God is not deaf nor blind. If you seek Him first, and put Him and His Word first place in your every decision, your promotion will come, and nothing and no one can stop it. Keep learning, growing, developing, and He will open doors for you that no man can shut.

Psalm 75: 5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another

Servanthood, honesty and hard work will promote you, God has set these things in the earth for our eternal development, embrace the process. Read, learn, and grow…Push your limits, find a way around your limitations…

4. Attends Church –

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Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Need some more reasons? Read this: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/why-go-to-church/

Find yourself a good, life-giving, Bible believing church, where you can raise your family in truth. Shop if you need to. You do not need to attend the one you grew up in, if it is poison, and an inbred brood of snakes. Go somewhere with vision, where you can worship, serve, love people, and walk with Jesus.

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Never let your church become your God, Jesus alone reserves that place…six men

5. Protects and Provides for His Family, Home, Community, and nation

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1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Go to work!

Proverbs 14:23
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The old saying: ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’ has some truth in it. Intending to do something, and doing it are different animals. Get busy with what you know to do, and plan your work, and work your plan.

If you have been around the block a couple of times, we have all seen the latest greatest ‘get rich quick’ scheme, and truth be told, some of them actually work, IF YOU WORK THEM! There is no free lunch in life. Whatever you put your hand to, you gotta work at, and not half heartedly, go for it!

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

We only have one life to live, and living in light of eternity, with passion, purpose, enthusiasm, determined to write your eternal testimony on the fabric of HISstory is honorable.

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We are all going to die one day, but not today: so let’s bust a move and get something done, make something happen.

Live in such a way, that the great cloud of witnesses in heaven is leaning over the balcony, cheering you on, and each day,
you are putting a smile on Jesus face. I’m not wimpering through death’s door, with a whine of ‘Phew! I made it’, nope, when I hit heaven, it will be with a shout, yelling: ‘Jesus! That was a rush! Now where is David, Paul, and those mighty men I’ve been reading about?’

I’m going out with a shout!

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6. Helps folks in tragedy or with the poor

Isa 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

De 15:7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive

Pr 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Pr 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Pr 29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Was complaining to a buddy one day, about the homeless guys at the intersection panhandling, that would not work. This wise friend of mine said quietly: ‘I know we can’t give them money, or they will only drink it, so I keep a box of fruit, bottled water, granola bars and stuff in my console, so that when a guy asks me for something, I can at least give them something to eat.’

Made me think back on all the times I’ve been dealt a brutal turn in life, and been knocked down. Gotta help folks…

Wisdom, love, we are all gonna meet God one day, and if we need mercy, we need to give it…

Pr 29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Help your neighbor, your co-worker. If a guy goes to jail, visit him, and pray with him. If someone loses a loved one, love them, help them get their affairs in order, transition. People leave a big hole when they go, I know, buried eight of my family at one point, felt like a walking zombie for those years, like I’d been sucker punched. Great people walked with me those years and saw me through, now it’s my turn to be one of those great people…Someone ends up in the hospital, go see them. See someone without food or clothes, help them or point them towards help, love children and be a good example to them.

Be strong, stay fit, so that you can help the weak:

There might be someone needing help moving, or a vehicle needing pushed off the road somewhere. The Bible says to glorify God in your body, and to remain strong in the Lord. Be strong!

7. Submits to Righteous authority and Rebukes and prays for unrighteous authority.

Heb 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

1Pe 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

A man of God works hard, and fights to keep his word, strong in the love of God. When he sees someone playing games pretending to know something he doesn’t he is not afraid to speak up and be heard, silencing foolish men.

Jesus is a man under authority, and so are we. We honor just laws and uphold the honor of God and this nation. We are also not afraid to rebuke unjust, corrupt laws, as Deitrich Bonhoeffer said: ‘Silence in the presence of evil, is evil.’

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You want respect and authority, you must learn to first submit to righteous authority. Jesus did it, so can you.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Mt 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

If you think that you are like a wild stallion, that no one will ever put a rope on you, sign up for the military and learn honor.

You will respect authority, if you want to be respected.

We are to pray for authority, asking God to give them wisdom and help.
1 Tim 2:1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Notice this verse: We pray, so that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives, godly and honest.
I get angry when I see television constantly blasting leaders, politicians, or anything honorable. We may hate what a leader is doing, and cannot respect him. Respect the position, not the man! Pray for the office of the President, even if you do not like our current president.

You can stand against abortion, same-sex marriage, lying, bribery and corruption in government, and Islam, and still honor the offices of people in authority. We may hate certain decisions they make, but we can still pray for them, and honor God’s authority in this nation.

This is the verse we have used in our men’s group at church:
1 Peter 2:17
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

This is a very simple look at manhood. I have written a number of articles on manhood:

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/the-four-stages-of-manhood-the-age-of-the-patriarch/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/four-stages-of-manhood-fatherhood/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/four-stages-of-manhood-manhood-part-two/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/the-four-stages-of-biblical-manhood-part-one-boyhood/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/manhood-a-bit-of-redneck-righteousness/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/no-bull/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/the-warrior-heart-of-god/
I think I still need to write one on the importance of a man keeping his word, or watching over it to fulfill it. Sure, stuff comes up, and we cannot always do what we planned, but we can always pick up the phone, and communicate what we are doing, letting people know why we are doing what we are doing: respect…

redneck respect
Let’s pray:
‘Father, make us men of honor, responsibility, respectable, strong, and courageous. Give us wisdom how to treat all people, and to treat all honorably. Make us men of prayer and action, quick to seek you for direction, quick to correct our mistakes, quick to forgive, love, and make wrongs right. Raise us up as pillars in our families, communities, and this nation, in your name we pray Lord Jesus. Amen’

Ministerial Ethics

Ministerial Ethics

Ministerial Integrity
In business, clever negotiations are often referred to as ‘horse trading’. Oh, to God that this kind of integrity might again come to the business world, especially to ministerial leadership.
Horse Purchase
In the early days of the town of Starkville, Mississippi, a blacksmith (John McGaughey established a shop in the embryo of the city, and, in connection with his smithing, also traded in horses, keeping a few on hand all the time. Mr. Bardwell knowing this, and wishing to purchase a horse, called at Mr. McGaughey’s shop one morning and asked him if he had a horse for sale that would be suitable for a farm. Mac. Replying in the affirmative, they went to the stable, were Mr. Bardwell, after examining the animal, asked the price. To this Mr. McGaughey replied: “Eighty-five dollars.” “I regard that as too high a price,” said Mr. Bardwell. Mr. McGaughey, well knowing the aged missionary and having unlimited confidence in his integrity, asked him what he believed the horse to be worth. To which Mr. Bardwell replied: “Sixty-five dollars” “You can have him at that price,” responded Mr. McGaughey. Mr. Bardwell paid the money and took the horse. The trade was made in the spring of the year. Early in the following autumn, Mr. Bardwell called at the shop and, after the usual salutation, handed Mr. McGaughey twenty dollars, saying: “Here is that money that I owe you.” Mr. McGaughey, in much astonishment, replied: “You are certainly mistaken. You do not owe me a dollar, you have always paid me the cash for all the work I have done for you in my shop.” “True!” said Mr. Bardwell. “But this is not for work done in the shop, but is due you in a trade we made last spring.” “What trade?” asked Mr. McGaughey in unfeigned surprise. “Why! In the purchase of a horse from you,” replied Mr. Bardwell. “{But you paid me the sixty-five dollars cash, the price for which I told you, you could have him.” “True,” replied Mr. Bardwell, “But you judged the horse to be worth eighty-five dollars, while I estimated his worth at only sixty-five; upon trial I have found him to b e well worth the eighty-five dollars, the price you first asked for him. Here is your money.” “But, Mr. Bardwell, I cannot accept the money. It was a fair trade.” “Not so,” replied the aged missionary, “You were right, Mr. McGaughey, in your judgment as to the correct value of the horse, and I was wrong. I insist upon your accepting that which is your just due.” Mr. McGaughey finally accepted the twenty dollars but only through his great respect for Mr. Bardwell, whose feelings he knew would be wounded if he did not accept the proffered twenty dollars.
Let’s pray:
‘Father, purify us from ‘situational ethics’. May our word always be our bond, and may we conduct ourselves in business, as in the pulpit: holy in heart and in conduct, free from appearance of evil, more concerned with the testimony of Jesus in us, than even our own reputations. Amen’

Honesty can hurt!

Honesty can hurt!

The Pain of Honesty
Job 6:24-25
New International Version (NIV)
24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;
show me where I have been wrong.
25 How painful are honest words!
But what do your arguments prove?
True friends, tell each other the truth.
Pr 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Perhaps, there are people in our lives, that we need to have a ‘heart to heart’ talk with. No matter how painful, people of honor respect truth, sincerity, and honesty, and however painful the discussion might be, true friends, will tell each other the truth!
Let’s pray:
‘Father, help me know when to speak, and when to pray for my friends. Give me tenderness, courage, and wisdom to be able to speak the truth in love, to those I must reach, no matter how difficult. Help me Jesus I pray, Amen.’