Our world desperately needs people, especially men, who have fire in their eyes and the sword of the spirit in their hands to forcefully advance the Kingdom of God.
God made man in His own image, but the enemy wants to distort that image and define man through his influence of our culture and society. Because men were created to be spiritual leaders, Satan relentlessly tries to get them to conform to and desire the things of this world. His intention is to distract them, pulling their time and attention away from God so they become weak. If he can succeed in this, man’s devotion level towards God will become minimal, causing him to be powerless to worship, to pray, and most importantly, to lead.
Men, you need to break the epidemic of weakness in our culture so that you can affect a change in our families, our cities, and our Nation. God has called you to be strong and courageous. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:9 NIV
There are many men in the Bible that we can look to as our examples. Joshua was part of the group that was delivered out of slavery from Egypt. When they reached the Promised Land, Joshua and others were sent out to spy the land. Out of twelve spies, Joshua and Caleb were the only ones that came back with a good report, and they were ready and willing to act on God’s Word. The others allowed fear to distort their viewpoint. They saw themselves as weak against the giants. Why did Joshua stand out among the rest? Why was he able to see things from a place of victory, unafraid to move forward in battle and take ground? The answer is that he had a different relationship with the Lord.
Now Moses took a tent and set it up outside the camp,… he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone who wanted to consult the Lord would go to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would stand up, each one at the door of his tent, and they would watch Moses until he entered the tent… The Lord spoke with Moses face to face, just as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his assistant, the young man Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the inside of the tent. Exodus 33:7-11 HSCB
All the others only watched as Moses and Joshua entered the tent, although all were invited. Even after Moses left, Joshua tarried in God’s presence. It was there that he learned to wait upon the Lord. He allowed God to speak to Him and mould him into the great warrior and leader that he became. In the tent of meeting God’s signature was written upon Joshua’s heart. All that God is was imprinted upon him in those intimate encounters.
Whose signature is on your heart? Is it the signature of things, money, entertainment, or your own selfish desires? Do you allow the world to define you? Are you weak and lacking courage? Although we can all search our hearts and ask ourselves these questions, I’m especially addressing men.
Many have lost the drive to go to the tent of meeting and stay there. I believe that when you lose that vital, living relationship with the Lord, you become weak.
Men, God has a great calling upon your life. You are called to lead with strength and courage! Don’t allow the world to put its fingerprints on you and define you; rather make the time to seek after the only One who can mould you into what He created you to be. Read the Word and clothe yourselves with the presence of God, and in those intimate times, He will write His signature on your heart.
Time spent in the tent is the KEY to victory. You will emerge from those encounters changed and equipped to lead the charge in the Kingdom of God. You will be filled with true courage and the ability to lead your family and change your Nation.
By Barb Rudoski