And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Acts 13:22 -- David was a king after G_d's heart in which we can look to as an example of the effect that men after the heart of G_d have on those around them.
I've been thinking a lot lately about manhood, what it means to be a father, the state of world affairs, some of my more personal troubles, issues, and struggles with respect to my sons, bible living, and bible prophecy. I know that sounds like a lot, but I guess to put it in a simpler manner, I've been thinking about what it means to be a man of valour after G_d's heart in today's world.
We're living in some harsh and crazy times whether we realize it or not, and I try to stay before the Lord of Host daily requesting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom concerning the navigation of these treacherous waters.
With respect to fatherhood, I take my role very serious, and aim to be the best dad that I can be to my sons in order to bring to fruition strong, valiant, and sharp pointed "arrows" to be shot at the Kingdom of Darkness capable living a good life in a crazy upside down world. My sons didn't ask to be here so it's my duty to ensure that they're ready for Spiritual battle before they leave the home. For I know it's impossible for the Kingdom of Darkness to prevail over valiant men of war who possess the Spirit of the Living Lord of Host in them!
We must remember that it's our duty to produce men who are spiritually prepared for spiritual combat who possess the heart of G_d. For valiant men after G_d's heart who have been spiritually prepared are capable of pulling down strongholds, smashing soul ties, and are capable of putting to flight thousands of demons. The question was asked, "Who can stand against a man in relationship with The Almighty!?" What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
In addition, men after God's heart are a blessing in so many other ways such as acting as towers of safety, keeping evil at bay while maintaining order, and ensuring that the community in which they live is prospering. Thus, I take my role as a father in pursuit of being man after G_d's heart very serious. For, I understand the power and significance of what it means to produce men of G_d, and be a man of G_d. With that said, I encourage you to do the same no matter your troubles, situation, or circumstances. No matter where you find yourself, do your best to maintain, develop, and grow a relationship with your sons and daughters. This is very import, and we cannot allow the adversary to stand in our way of having unity, community, and strong relationships. In short, Men of God are needed, and are essential to Kingdom work.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:1-10
A man that fears the Lord is a blessing not only to his wife, children, and immediate family, but he's a blessing to the community and ultimately society as a whole. As men, we should aim to govern every aspect of our affairs under the instructions of the Bible in order to produce life, wealth, and prosperity that will have resonance for generations to come.
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. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:1-6
The Bible is clear in that when men allow G_d to govern their heart, those around him are blessed and his enemies are put to shame. When men don't follow the Spirit of G_d, and allow the instructions of righteounesss to reign in their life, then they are setting themselves up for a heap of trouble. I can definitely attest to that.
Before I started allowing G_d to lead me in my endeavours, it seemed that whatever I'd determine to do would come to naught, but since my letting go of pride, and acknowledging that I need help, I've been living in a state of perpetual rest, peace, and restoration. Now, I'm not saying that everything is perfect and in order, or that I've reached a state of "nirvana," but I'm not the person I use to be and, my life is not the same. I'm able to dwell with a clarity about the nature of reality that I didn't have before, and the state of world affairs, my personal life struggles, or issues don't get me down. Life is so much more enjoyable, and the fiery darts of the enemy don't worry me. I've learned the art of just giving it over to Jesus. If you don't get anything else from this article, I hope to you recieve this one thought, and that is to just let the worries of the world go, chase the heart of G_d, and allow Him to rule and reign in your life if you're searching for something more. Life is much more vibrant and better with Him as opposed to not having Him in your life.
In short, I just wanted to speak to the necessity of having, being, and producing men of valour after G_d's heart. To be a good man is honourable and worth pursing these days no matter what the world would have you believe. The Kingdom of G_d is in need of them and can use a few good men! May the grace of Jesus be with you always!
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