Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fight Club, Part 1

At Faith City we call our men's ministry, Iron Men Ministries. Among the things that we do during the year, is our major monthly meeting every 4th Saturday which we call “Fight Club!”

Fight Club is the place that men of God come together to encourage each other to live the “good Fight of Faith”! We are fighting with spiritual and ethical bravery to lead our families, church, and community!

This year in Fight Club we have been working out the question; “What does integrity look like in the life of a man of God?”

Every month we take one key personal commitment that describes a man’s life when he lives with biblical integrity. Here are 6 commitments we are discovering and working on as Iron Men!
  1. An IRON MAN aspires to honor Jesus Christ by obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An IRON MAN will pursue vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him stay solid in his walk.
  3. An IRON MAN strives to practice spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity.
  4. An IRON MAN aspires to build a strong marriage and family through love, protection & biblical values.
  5. An IRON MAN willingly supports the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor and leaders and by actively giving his time and resources.
  6. An IRON MAN strives to influence his world, by living a consistent Christian testimony and sharing the Gospel when and where the opportunity presents itself.
Any man serious about becoming a man of integrity could use these six commitments to start his journey of self discovery... locating where you are right now, where you want to end up, and the road to get there.

I had the opportunity to ask some of the guys why they come to Fight Club... 
I will be sharing what they said in my next post...

Keep fighting the good fight men... Karl

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Got the POWER?

After 3 and a half years of training and apprenticing His disciples, Jesus told them to wait for one more thing, POWER!
In Acts 1:4 Jesus instructs once more; "...wait for the Promise from the Father... you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit..."
Then in verse 8 He continues, "You shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses... even to the ends of the earth."

I think it is a great lesson for us today, that even after all our training, studying, reading, and mentoring, we still need power, Holy Spirit power! Jesus tells us wait UNTIL we receive power, and many believers wait after they receive the power... or step out without the Holy Spirit's power, which can be tragic. To try to represent Jesus and act on His behalf without the same power that Jesus relied upon will lead to dangerous ground, and failure. 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 Refers to those "... having a form of godliness, but no power, from such turn away". Because of the lack of power, all kinds of fleshly desires will manifest and cause terrible times to flourish! Not a good scene. These disciples failed because they were all talk but no walk. Walking the walk takes Holy Spirit power, talking the talk isn't enough in the days we live. We can be guilty of the same thing today... just sharing the promises of the word through our talk, but failing to demonstrate the power through our walk! Jesus help us to not be deceived!

The great thing is we never have to stay where we are, "we can do all things through Christ, who gives us the POWER!" Phil.4:13

One of the lessons I have learned over the years of serving Christ is... THERE IS POWER IN PRAISE!
Psalm 8:2 tells us so... "out of the mouth of babes God has ordained praise because you have enemies that need to be defeated, that they may be silenced through your power in praise!" Your enemies will not hang around listening to the praises of God... Praise shuts the enemies mouth, so start praising God for His goodness. 

Today if you lack the power to overcome, start praising Him until you receive power from on high, the Most High! 

Blessings friend, Karl

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dealing with your STORMS in Life!

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!”Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:35-40

Just before this account is read in the Bible, Jesus is explaining and building faith in His disciples. Hearing Jesus sharing the Word all day we could discern that by the time the disciples were getting in the boat they had some faith in their heart. Faith comes by hearing the Word according to Romans 10:17. So what happens as soon as they get moving out in the boat? A storm of significant size...

Here is the spirtual lesson for us today... Every time you choose to believe and exercise your faith for a promise of God, you will attract trouble! Why? Because the enemy of our faith wants to distract you and make you think that you will never get where Jesus said you're going. When the word is sown the devil comes immediately to steal that word out of your heart.

So we have a desicion every time the storms start up... either give up and cave in, OR, take the Word of God as final authority and rebuke the wind and speak to the storm, in Jesus name!

The disciples gave up the faith that Jesus had just preached to them in a matter of hours... and we have done the same things at times... But we can react like Jesus did to the storm... He never gave in to a natural circumstance that countered what He previously said... No Jesus would not give in to the storm. He would always speak to the storms and command them to change. Jesus believed so He spoke... and so should we. If you don't believe a promise you won't say anything, but if you believe a promise from the Word of God then speak it out... Say something against the trouble... When trouble comes send the Word to stopp it and change it... It's your destiny. When Jesus spoke to the storm the Bible says, "the storm ceased'! Can be the same for you, speak to it and watch it cease! 
Peace, Karl