Its fitting that these are the last three character studies. They each showed us what we need to do as Christian men in order to become true men of God. Joshua showed us that through obedience to God we can accomplish feats that no man would deem possible. When god spoke to Joshua he listened and obeyed. This obedience pleased God so much that when Joshua prayed “let the sun stand still over Gibeon and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” That God honor that request.David showed us that through true praise and worship we can draw near to God, and be men after Gods own heart. He also showed us that no matter how close we are to God, we can still be tempted and fall to sin.Finally Jesus, the truth the way and the life. He showed us that through Faith in him we can be saved. He showed us through prayer fasting and faith we have victory through Christ Jesus. He was the great example of what it means and what it takes to be a man. He taught us how to pray and how to submit “Not my will but yours be done!”In closing, I want to thank all the Kings men for their prayers. This challenge has changed my life! I especially want to thank the Men’s Ministry leaders for taking the time to invest in me and the other men of our church. Sir. Rick, Sir. Charles, Sir. Joe, and Sir Justin, I thank you for being obedient and submitting to Gods will. I look forward to the next Challenge.
Although Joshua was talking about his military battles and the territory, I can apply the principles by which God had worked there with my spiritual battles I face everyday. If we listen to God it does not matter if it is a military or spiritual battle he will get us though the battle we just have to follow him.
David had to make a choice to run or stay and let Saul have him killed. As a young man David did not run from any task that God gave him and as a King, David had to run because Saul had put a hit out on him. David would go from cave to cave to stay alive and like us we run from one sin to another sin. Once David fully dependent on God nothing matter anymore. The same applies to us when we depend on God nothing matters anymore.
Let me first talk about my run in with Jesus back in the summer of 1988 when I took a .357 with semi hollow point rounds to my head. I wanted to die I was at rock bottom and felt like no one cared about me. So one warm afternoon I had wrote a note and place it at my church door, my parents door, and my front door which read bang bang now he is dead took a .357 to his head no one knows why and no one cares bang bang now he is dead. Then I took the .357 and try the first round did not go off, nor the second, nor the third, and so on and Jesus said to me did I not die on the cross for you. Did I not take your sins away. Don’t you know my father in heaven and myself love you? My father’s work with you is not done yet. When the police came to the house and saw the .357 and saw that the primer had been hit they had no answer. My father (on earth) took the round in the box and fired them. To this day all I can say is that Jesus and The Lord stopped the rounds from discharging. There is no other like Jesus who saw my sadness and ask his father if he could come and be with me. Beside who else would die for us. Be blessed.
It is written in John 1:1…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
and John 1:14
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Jesus is born of God through Mary. As the Son of God and the Word made flesh, Jesus was perfect with no flaws. Jesus’ greatest strength was his unending perfect love.
Jesus’ great acts of love can be witnessed throughout the Gospels. Jesus shows his love to a woman that committed adultery that the Pharisees had brought to him in John 8:4-11. The Pharisees were testing Jesus in trying to get him to stone her as it is written in the law given to Moses. He then rebukes them by saying “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” He then stoops down to her level told her “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Jesus knew when to show tender love, but he also knew when to show bold and tough love as well. He shows this tough love when tells a young rich man that in order for him to give to heaven he must give up all his riches and follow him. He tells him that because he knows what the young man loves more that anything else in the world, his money. Jesus wants our whole heart and full undivided attention, putting all things aside and severing only him for he is the only “way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by” Jesus (John 14:6). Jesus’ greatest act of love is that he gave his life for our salvation, so that the first Adam’s act of betrayal could be wiped away. All we have to do to receive that salvation is repent of our sins, accept him as our Lord and savior, and continue to spread the good news.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-39 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” As his disciples Jesus wants us the first the Lord above all else, then love you everyone to include your enemy as he loves them. He wants to strive to be like him and let his light shine through us for all to see.
We may struggle in our walk occasionally, but he is always there to help us along.