prepare for what’s coming…

 

We move off the poser into the wound this week at ManSchool.  We all have wounds.  This is a brutal world.  We will discover some of those wounds but even more importantly, we’ll discover how those wounds shape us and the agreements we make around them.  The issue isn’t the wound.  The issue is what you do with it.

The issue isn’t that your Dad was an abusive, alcoholic, cold, checked-out man.  The issue is the agreement you made along the way that, therefore, “I don’t matter” and how that now plays out in your life.

These next 3-4 weeks are key to the whole thing.  Press into it.  Push back in if you’ve stopped coming.  Or even if you haven’t been coming, join us.  God can break into some incredible new frontiers if you will just let Him.

In preparation for the wound (and frankly, in preparation for every day we step into this world), we need to armor ourselves and brace

Weapons and Battleground        2 Corinthians 10:3-5

….weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty through God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  The strongholds in peoples’ minds are prejudices and preconceptions

Basis of our victory         Colossians 2:13-15

Christ having disarmed the powers and authorities … triumphing over them by the cross.  Put on the full armor of God … Ephesians 6:10-17

Our defensive weapons

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with the belt of truth, put away any shame, hypocrisy, religious clichés, saying and doing things we do not mean having put on the breastplate of righteousness, the breastplate of faith and love. (Eph 4:16)

Guard your heart, for from it flow the springs of life (Prov 4:23) protection for the heart is faith and having on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace.               

Taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one this shield is big, protecting everyone and everything God has committed to us.

Take the helmet of salvation, the hope of salvation (1 Thess 5:8) protection for our mind is hope.

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  When tempted to “doubt,” Jesus answered “it is written”.  When we take the sword of the Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the wisdom and power to use it.

Notice, this is daily, full protection from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.  Include this in your daily prayer for yourself and your family and your realm of responsibility as we enter into this next phase of Wild at Heart

 

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