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What does it mean to Give up?

21 Apr

If you’ve ever watched the Olympics this year, it is quite evident that there are those who are the best at what they do, and they smoke everyone in their event.  Then there are those who it looks as if they will not make it and lose.  Yet by some miracle they pull through and take home the gold.  One thing that you will find is they all will end up saying that the only reason they won is either by the help of their teammates or simply by not giving up.

There is a saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  This is a statement that most people forget all about and when the going gets tough they break down and give up.  I believe that there is One who is here to help us keep the faith and not lose it.

1.) When the Going Gets Tough

There are a lot of people who believe that sometimes there is a fight in everything. If you are not fighting against something you are weak and feeble.  But our fights should never be with flesh and blood.  The Word of God says our fight is a spiritual fight.

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We tend to believe that what we come against in our daily lives is just something that the Lord wants us to go through and not do anything about it, and suffer under the circumstances. I believe when the going gets tough it is not because God wants us to go through it, he allows us to, but he never wants us to go through testing. We are to push through, bind the enemy and rely on God to bring us through.

Look at King David’s mighty men in 2 Samuel 23. Here were men who didn’t know what was going to happen. The land of Israel was torn apart by war, not only between Saul and David, but also by the Amalakites, Philistines and many other nations who would have liked to see Israel destroyed.

Israel didn’t give up and they continued what the King asked them to do, with reckless abandon.

Our lives and families need to have the same hardcore value towards our King – (Jesus). We need to live our lives with reckless abandon and teach our children and families to live with the same passion.

What does “reckless abandon” mean?  “To give up completely to…” In other words, if we are to live our lives in reckless abandon to God it literally means, “To give up completely our lives to God.” We abandon our own lives for the sake of the King.

No matter what happens in our lives, it is not God’s wanting. He allows it to happen, because bad things happen. He is there to pick us up when we do fall.

2.) The Tough Get Going

We all have been given a call to fulfill.  The question; are we going to just sit there and pout when things don’t go our way or when things get hard?  No!  We need to learn to get up and move forward, push through with the word of the King and fulfill our calling.

Things in life will hurt.  There is no question about it.  Yet, like David’s men, are we going to do what the King asks of us?  The man in the lentil field kept fighting even though everyone around him left.  He fulfilled what was asked of him – “Protect the field.  No matter the cost.”  This is what is implied in this passage of scripture.  He managed to fight off the enemy and hold the field.

The question we need to ask ourselves is; “Are we going to allow Satan to take from our fields?”  I pray that is not that is not the case.  Many Christians live a defeated life and live a life of no victory.  Yet the scripture teaches us that Christ already has the victory.  He conquered death hell and the grave.

1 Cor.  15:54-58

If we take what Paul says we are able to be steadfast, immovable.  This is how we are to live.  When this is what we strive for, no matter the cost, we will be able to touch more lives for the Kingdom of God.  Why?  Simple, when we are remain steadfast in our trials we have a testimony that people will want to hear.  There are scores of people who want to be free from their trials, but it we teach them to place their trust in the King we will begin to see miracles take place in our areas of influence.

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God never said that He would make us go through hard times, He said that He would never leave us nor would He ever forsake us.

Alfred Pennyworth from Batman Begins said this to Bruce Wayne, “Why is it that we fall Master Bruce?  So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT:

***What are you doing right now to pursue God with reckless abandon? What do you do when things get tough and you want to quit?  Leave your thoughts below.

WebHeaderJason Sisam is the author of “Divine Providence”, blogger and full-time pastor at Life Church in Minneapolis.  You can read more about him at his website at http://jbsisam.com/.

A Big Milestone!

19 Jun

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We have hit an important landmark here on More Than A Beard: As of yesterday, this site has shared 100 posts!

I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has submitted articles to the site–without you guys and gals, this site wouldn’t exist! In honor of the occasion, here are 10 classics from “Season 1” of MTAB that you should read if you haven’t yet…

“A Porn Viewer’s Prayer” By Brad Andres

“Lead Like Jesus” By Brandon Pachey

“Things Have Changed” By Daniel Day

“Out Of Gas” By David Wonders

“Do Or Do Not… There Is No Try” By Jason Hesse

“Head And Heart” By Forrest Johnson

“More Than What If” By J.B. Sisam

“Learning To Be Dependent” By Jeremy Riley

“Husbands, Reject Miss Bliss” By Chris Morris

“Fight Club And The Prosperity Gospel” by Steve Macks

 

Archive

21 May

Aaron Clark

“C” Is For “Compassion”

Aaron Pearson

“Q” Is For “Quiet”

Adam Hannan

Engaging Your Children

Road Trip 2.0: “Are We There Yet?”

Adam Rozanas

Give Her A Compliment, Man!

“O” Is For Obedience

Brad Andres

A Porn Viewer’s Prayer

Fighting Porn Addiction

Pornography And Proverbs 5

“R” Is For “Respect”

Brandon Pachey

Don’t Leave Them Behind

Why Men Hate Going To Church

Overwhelming Life, Overwhelming God

“Save For Later”

Lead Like Jesus

I Think I’m Having A Meltdown

“H” Is For “Hustle”

Discontent

Deviating From The Plan

Letting It Grow

Bryan Logan

BattleBots and Perspective

Don’t Be The Fun Parent

Ask Not What Your Wife Can Do For You…

Are You Waiting To Start?

Chad Ray

“M” Is For “Maturity”

Chris Morris

Husbands, Reject Miss Bliss

Book Review: What It Means To Be A Man

“T” Is For “Tomfoolery”

Daniel Day

Things Have Changed

Intentional Christian Ep 1: Good Intentions

Intentional Christian Ep 2: Common Callings

First Steps

“G” Is For “Gentleness”

The Shot

David Wonders

Book Review: “Who Do You Think You Are?”

So God Made A “___”

Beyond The 78.2

How Do We Respond

Punch Fear In The Face

The Parent Dictionary

Men Wanted…

Out Of Gas

Building A Great Men’s Ministry (Part 1)

Ricky Bobby Hands And Linen Ephods

“F” Is For “Forgiveness”

Book Review: “Seven Men”

My Favorite Music Of 2013 (So Far)

Book Review: “I Call Shotgun”

Building A Great Men’s Ministry: Consistency

I Made A T-Shirt Cannon For $10… And So Can You!

My 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Reads of 2013 (So Far…)

Teach Me To Number My Jelly Beans

Book Review: “Clean”

A Few Words On Saving

A Few Words On Seasons

A Few Words On Editing

A Few Words On Islands

Four Things I’ve Learned In 4 Years Of Marriage

Book Review: “Death By Living”

A Few Words On Priorities

A Few Words On Eruptions

G. David Boyd

The Dinner Table

Forest Johnson

Head And Heart

Broken Crowns: Mumford & Sins

The Wedding Funeral

When God Says No

“S” Is For “Sarcasm”

James Prescott

“E” Is For “Encouragement”

Jason Hesse

“Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try.”

Escape

Jason Otwell

“K” Is For “Kind”

J.B. Sisam

More Than “What If?”

“D” Is For “Devoted”

Jeremy Riley

Learning To Be Dependent

I’m About To Become A Father

Joel Onyshuk

Beating Women… To The Door

Rethinking “Finding Your Calling”

“W” Is For “Will”

Josh Collins

“B” Is For “Brave”

The Most Important Thing We Forget About Growing

Becoming Initiated

Josh Irby

“N” Is For “Nobility”

To: You, From: The World

Joy Lenton

“I” Is For “Integrity”

Keagan Blanke

Debt, Doubt, And Decisions

Kim Fortenberry

What Do Women Need From Men?

Lucas Dougherty

Climb Those Mountains

This Whole Parenting Thing

Why Do Bad Things Happen? God Where Are You?

Mark Seignious

“P” Is For “Perseverance”

Matthew Gannon

“U” Is For “Unflappable”

Mary May Larmoyeux

He Had Two Affairs In 18 Months

Ryan Reveley

T-Ball, Here I Come!

Happy Birthday, Superman!

“A” Is For “Average”

Lessons From The Baptizer

Sam Couture

If Jesus Gave “Man Cards”

Sean Seehan

I’m New Here… And I Think I’m Lost

“Y” Is For “Yearning”

Shelley DuPont

“J” Is For “Just”

Steve Erickson

“V” Is For Vision

Steve Goble

“L” Is For “Legacy”

A Few Words On Help

Steven Macks

Fight Club And The Prosperity Gospel

Boys And Girls

Ted Goodwin

1% Greater Than 99%?

Tim Gallen

“Z” Is For “Zany”

Alphabet Of Manly Virtues: “D” Is For “Devoted”

16 May

dIf you’re anything like me, you’re probably a Star Wars fan!

You’ve watched the movies, tv show and read as many novels as you can—you can’t get enough. Looking at the SWEU (Star Wars Expanded Universe) you’ll notice Luke Skywalker has set up a New Jedi Order on Yavin 4. In this order, young Padawans were trained to use the light side of the force. These would be dedicated to serve their masters. The Jedi had a code. This code was to respect all life, care for others even at the cost of yours. They were completely devoted to not only their Master, but they were also committed to the Force.

Sometimes, we as men feel the need to conquer the world. This is okay, so long as we don’t lose our focus on what’s truly important; our relationship with God. I want to focus on two aspects of what it means to be a devoted man. This applies to you if you’re single, married or simply dating. Continue reading

More Than “What If?”

12 Apr

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I recently read a quote by author John Bevere on his Twitter page, “Don’t judge your future by where you’ve been! If you do, you’ll never go beyond your past!”

The question I pose, what in your past, is holding you back from fulfilling who Christ has called you to be? We’ve all heard the phrase, “What if…?” But the attitude behind this phrase is the very thing that holds us in bondage. It keeps our minds and spirits at bay by forcing us to keep reliving the past. Continue reading


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