Wussies to Warriors, Will the men stand up?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV) Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Our world is in desperate need of men who are strong mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our world needs men who are willing to stand though the heavens may fall. Men who are willing to stand for what’s right no matter the circumstances. God wants men, real men who are willing to stand up for him. Are you willing to stand up no matter what?

1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

Today we have too many boys with beards, men who stay children even though they can have babies and grow beards.

The swords of the warriors of the churches are dull,

We rely on the women to fight the battles in the secret place. We traded in our armor and our weapons for pink panties.

“The world is not so much in need of great minds as of good men who will be a blessing in their homes.”

Will all the real men please stand up?

A real man is a man who is willing to stand up for what’s right.

A real man is a godly man.

A real man takes care of his responsibilities.

Even in questionable situations real men stand up for what’s right.

SPEAK OUT: Silence in the midst of sin is a sin. Be courageous. Fear God not man. Speak the truth in love.

Proverbs 27:5-6(HCSB)5  Better an open reprimand than concealed love.6  The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

1 Peter 3:15(HCSB) but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

-An invitation comes from Mrs. honeypot inviting you to come over for a midnight rendezvous at the no-tell-motel because she says she needs some Bible studies. A real man knows how to handle that situation and stand up for Jesus.

You friends on the job invite you to go to happy hour after work. A real man knows how to stand up for Jesus in that situation.

Your tempted by all the sexual images that bombard you on a daily basis- a real man knows how to stand up for Jesus in that situation.

God is calling for some real men who are willing to stand up for Him.

Daniel 3:1-23 HCSB “King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, 90 feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up. A herald loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.” Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Some Chaldeans took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men have ignored you, the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Then in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire — and who is the god who can rescue you from my power? ” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings, and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. Since the king’s command was so urgent and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames killed those men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego up. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

We meet some men who hand to stand up and make a decision. They could either follow the crowd or follow the true and living God. It was a time to show where their allegiance lied. If it belonged to God then they could say Lord whatever you will have me to do I will do it.

Lord if you want me to be a better husband or father I’ll do it with your help.

Lord the only way I can be a real man is by having you in my life. Being a man has nothing to do with how many babies I can make across town or out of town but has everything to do with my relationship with the God of the universe

Daniel Chapter 3 opens with the image made by king Nebuchanezzar. This image stood some 90 feet and was erected on the plain of Dura. It was time that Nebuchadnezzar gathered people from all over his empire to bow down and worship this image. There were some others, however that also didn’t bow down. They were quick to go and give their accusations to the king. There will be folks that will “hate” on you because: you decide to live for God because you’re being a good man and handling your business they will say to you, “I remember when you used to_____________.

They will hate on you because you don’t prostitute your God given gifts anymore because of your relationship with God.

There will always be folks ready to accuse you.

The central theme in the great controversy is worship.

Isaiah 14:13-14(HCSB)13 

You said to yourself:

“I will ascend to the heavens;

I will set up my throne

above the stars of God.

I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,

in the remotest parts of the North.14 

I will ascend above the highest clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.”

Revelation 14:9-10(HCSB) And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb,

The only one worthy of our worship is the one who is able to create some-thing out of no-thing. Did you get that? Let me repeat that.

The only one worthy of our worship is the one who is able to create some-thing out of no-thing.

Revelation 14:6-7(HCSB)6 Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

Psalm 119:9-16 (ESV)How can a young man keep his way pure?

By keeping Your word.10  I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands.11  I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. 12 Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes.13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. 14  I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches. 15  I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways.

16  I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

Even way back then Satan was trying to get men of God to bow down and worship him or his image. He doesn’t care if we don’t worship him, he just doesn’t want us to worship God. He knows that we either worship God or we worship him by default.

There is no statue on the plain of Dura today but there are things the devil wants us to worship.

We worship our cars, women, jobs, financial status, homes, and vacation villas.

Help us Holy Ghost we worship our positions in the church.

My name is not bro.Gaspard its Reverend Gaspard. No, no sister it’s not brother Guidry it’s Deacon Guidry to you. We get all caught up and end up worshiping the titles and things of life instead of worshipping the one who gives us the ability to have these things. We don’t have lust problems we have worship problems, we don’t have drug problems we have worship problems.

We need to get to a point where we can stop trippin over trivial things and start living for the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:11-12(HCSB)But you, man of God, run from these things,

and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,

love, endurance, and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to

and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.

James 5:16(HCSB)16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

Daniel 3:24-30(HCSB)24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm. He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire?”

“Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king.

25 He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”[k]

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God—come out!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on[l] the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel[m] and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Because a few men decided to stand up and not bow to the establishment a whole nation served Yahweh.

We need to get back to standing up for biblical principles regardless of what the World thinks about us.

Real men Pray, real men, listen, show compassion, real men act like Jesus. Real men don;t look at porn, lust after other women. Real men go into battle for the things of the Lord. Real men aren’t afraid of what the world thinks but have a hole reverential fear of what the Lord thinks of Him.

Just like Gideon in Judges the Lord is calling us Mighty Warriors regardless of our past, regardless of our social status. He is calling us to be real men and take back the positions of prayer, take back the positions of compassion, take back the positions of care and discipleship.

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