Stand Guard Like a Marine Over This Sacred Treasure

by | Feb 16, 2017 | Man

The battle for your heart can be won, but the war will always rage on against it.

(My personal experience)

“Be sober and watchful, because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). 

(If you don’t believe me, then this Scripture nails it.)

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most of you have experienced a hard moment of truth. Was there a time, moment or a conversation that made a huge impact on your way of life; a moment you’ll never forget?

When you were married.

When you had your child or children.

When you realized you could no longer survive as a boy but needed to become a man.

The last line I mentioned was the battle I faced over six years ago. Although I had graduated college, been married for nearly five years and had maintained my position at work; I was still a selfish boy trying to pose as a man.

Set aside your pride for a moment and be honest with me. Men, can you relate?

I was in my early 20s at the time and really thought the battle against my heart was under my control. It took a long time and a lot of pain to realize I had an enemy who was attacking my attempts to grow in real maturity and become the man God was trying to call me to be.

I was discussing the option of divorce.

I was accepting the idea of losing everything I had in my life.

I was ready to check out completely.

Why? Because the battle was on and the enemy was on cruise control in my life; He wasn’t even prowling at that point, because I was already devoured. My heart was lost. 

C’mon guys, can you relate? Can you read this and not wonder what kind of forces are against you?

Was that last fight with your wife over anything real or substantial?

Was that temptation really worth giving into again?

Are the television shows you watch or the music you listen to really the best influences?

I had to take step back and review my life and heart from above. I had to throw my ego out the door and hold onto my heart. I had to open up to a good friend and open up my ears to what he experienced in his life and how he overcame temptation.

Once I started to remove my blinders, I started to realize something critical: My heart was at war. 

Over six years ago, I realized this, and it has changed my life.

Here’s an awesome quote from the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge: “You can’t fight a battle you don’t think exists.”

Guys, I’m telling you now: If you haven’t read this book yet, I would challenge you to read it this year. It took me a while to read it, but when I finally did, I read through it twice.

Don’t believe the lie. There is a battle for your heart that is raging on, and it can be won. Now, I’m not saying that will be the end of the war, but being aware of the prowling against your heart will make a huge difference in your life.

The moment I realized this, years ago, is still fresh in my mind. I still fight off the attacks and temptations, but I now know the cost of giving in.

So my question to you is this: Are you fighting the battle against your heart? Were you even aware of it?

Now, you have no more excuses.

I want to challenge you to take a look at your life from above. Make notes of where you are struggling and ask why. Why am I struggling in this part of my life? What is really going on? Who is really behind it?

The war won’t stop, but with effort, the battles can be won every day.

Next steps:

Note two areas in your life where you’re struggling.

Pray over those areas and ask for clarity.

Be intentional in seeking change and resolution in those areas. {eoa}

Manturity is a blog built on establishing spiritual maturity in today’s man. The goal is to assist men in building better marriages and help them in grow in maturity and explore different aspects of manhood. Manturity.com features new weekly blog posts, daily social media updates and a powerful resources page. Stay up to date with the Manturity blog communities on Facebook and Twitter.

For the original article, visit manturity.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Do you think the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, and the God of the New Testament is a God of love? The truth is that God is the same throughout the entire Bible. His wrath and His love are revealed in both the Old and the New Testaments. So why, then, did...

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

Your heart is the most important part of you. It’s not only a physical organ that keeps your blood pumping, but when the Bible refers to the heart, it’s talking about who you really are. Each person has an inner and an outer life. There’s the person we show to...

How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

It's been a few days since the FBI raided President Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, and the Biden Administration has yet to explain to the American people why they did what's never been done in American history—the government raiding the home of a former president....

How the Holy Spirit Can Restore Your True Sanity

How the Holy Spirit Can Restore Your True Sanity

Most of my life I tried to avoid one thing—being crazy or insane. When I was growing up my mother had emotional issues and saw a psychiatrist regularly. She was on medication which only seemed to make her mood swings worse. She had high highs, and low lows. When I...

Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict

Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFFqAgykmU A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis,...

Why Partial Obedience to God is Disobedience

Why Partial Obedience to God is Disobedience

My husband had a saying for our children growing up. “Partial obedience is disobedience.” He wanted them to understand that doing half the plan would not get them the full reward. Another reminder we used to tell our kids was, “Don’t think about it, don’t hesitate,...

RECENT ARTICLES

Kingdom Economics: Why is America Declining Spiritually So Quickly?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a surprisingly strong July Employment Report.  Total nonfarm employment was 528K (398K previously, 250K expected).  Private nonfarm employment was 471K (404K...
Can You Discern Spiritual Wind?

Can You Discern Spiritual Wind?

The wind is a funny thing. We do not know where it comes from nor where it goes. We cannot see it, but we can see and feel its effects. Wind can be gentle and refreshing, cold or hot, strong, and dangerous, and everything in between. When the wind blows, we must...

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

It is interesting that, as a Messianic rabbi the question I am asked most often by Christians is if I believe that they as Christians have to celebrate, or observe, the biblical Holy Days. They are usually asking about those days listed in Leviticus 23: Shabbat, Yom...

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

As the crackdown against Christianity in America grows, it is a cycle believers have seen before. While no one celebrates their religious freedom coming under attack, God has used this persecution to great effect throughout history. Over the centuries, there have been...

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Change can be challenging. Some people look forward to change and embrace it. Some people dread change and try to avoid it. Since change is inevitable, so here are some of the dynamics surrounding change and the specific strategies to deal with change more...

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

This past weekend I preached at The Roads Church, a charismatic congregation located in the tiny town of Norris City, Illinois. Located amid cornfields, the population is only 1,325, but almost that many people visit the church on weekends. They come from all over...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]