Category Archives: Equipping the Man of God!

Follow Jesus to Freedom

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BeFreeinChrist is pleased to recommend the ‘Purity Through Christ’ course. A free, 60-day interactive course, that allows for each student’s lesson to be read by an “Encourager-Guide”, who will encourage the student, pray with him, and give him good advice on how to change his life to one that more closely follows Christ.  The reason the course was written is to help get a man ready for the marvelous heart surgery that the Holy Spirit can do in him.” Interactive, Bible-based, Christ-Centered Course, engaging the enemy in this spiritual war for freedom from habitual, sexual immorality.

The course is administered by a small group of Christian men, grateful to the Lord Jesus for setting them free from habitual sin. It is because of that gratitude that they serve, hoping to help other men on their own journey to freedom through Christ.

 

Developing the Character to Avoid Compromise in the Workplace

Dr. Art Lindsley

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Sometimes it is costly to be faithful in the little things. It may mean saying “no” to the temptation to compromise.

I have a friend who worked for a number of years as chief of staff for a congressman. I thought he had great gifts of oratory and could run for political office himself. I would periodically ask him, “If you could do anything you wanted; what would you do?”

He always had the same answer: “I want to survive the year.”

His congressman could ask him at any time to do something he could not do in good conscience as a believer. He lived with the fear he would have to quit or be fired.

Fortunately, such situations only came up rarely, and when they did, he found a way to accomplish the same goals in a way that satisfied his boss and his own conscience. If he had compromised, he would have started down a different road and turned the central part of who he was into something different.

Often, situations that could lead to compromise don’t appear in big bold letters, but in a more subtle way. Perhaps in a business setting, the temptation may come from those higher up—if you want to be a partner (or similar status), you need to do certain things “as we do”—in a way, not entirely honest. Just as the promise of advancement is introduced, you have a choice about how you will respond.

In his classic essay “The Inner Ring,” C.S. Lewis talks about the danger of compromise:

And you will be drawn in, not by a desire for gain and ease, but simply because at that moment, when the cup was so near your lips, you cannot bear to be thrust back again into the cold outer world. It would be so terrible to see that other man’s face—that genial, confidential, delightfully sophisticated face—turn suddenly cold and contemptuous to know that you had been tried for the Inner Ring and rejected…And then, if you are drawn in, next week it will be something a little further from the rules, and next year, something further still, but all in the jolliest, friendliest spirit. It may end in a crash, a scandal, and penal servitude: it may end in millions, a peerage and giving prizes at your old school. But you will be a scoundrel.

That first compromise could lead you to bigger and bigger ones, and eventually into being a different kind of person.

Developing a Godly Decision-Making Pattern

We can choose to follow a pattern of choices to become a certain kind of person, follow a certain path, or shape character.

In his teaching, Jesus talks a number of times about such choices as “either-or” situations:

  • “Enter into the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). There are two ways—the broad and the narrow—and we are all headed down one or the other.
  • In a similar way, there are only two kinds of character. Jesus uses two trees to make his point. “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit…Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matt. 7:17-20).
  • There are also only two foundations that can be laid—one on the rock and one on the sand: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matt. 7:24-27).

In all three of these sayings the focus is not on isolated individual sin but on a way of life, a type of tree, a kind of foundation—it’s on becoming the type of person who acts in a particular way or the kind of person produced by a pattern of previous choices.

Notice in Matthew 7:24-27 that the foundation of rock is produced not only by hearing but by habitually acting on Jesus’ words.

How Character is Shaped, One Decision-at-a-Time

Stanley Hauerwas writes in his groundbreaking book Character in the Christian Life:

To stress the significance of the idea of character is to be normatively committed to the idea that it is better for men to shape rather than be shaped by circumstances.

Each choice you make at work sends you down a path to make you one kind of person or another.

C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity:

Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before…You are turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature…To be one kind of creature: that is joy and peace and knowledge and power! To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to one state or the other.

Our choices are serious matters. That little mark on the center of your soul moves you down one road or another, to be one kind of person or another.

There are inevitable consequences to building your house on the sand, either in this life or the next. The career you build will only be as solid as the kind of foundation you establish.

 

 

This article is republished with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears HERE. IFWE is a Christian research organization committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society. Visit https://tifwe.org/subscribe to subscribe to the free IFWE Daily Blog.

 

BeFreeinChrist would like to thank the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics for allowing us to share this message!

What the Bible Says about Lust

BeFreeinChrist is pleased to share a message on what Scripture has to say about lust. This message from Biblical Counseling Ministry, was published by Insight for Living Ministries (the Bible Teaching Ministry of Pastor Charles R. Swindoll) in May 2011.  We would like to thank Biblical Counseling Ministry, Insight for Living and Pastor Swindoll for allowing us to share this message and for their devotion to the Body of Christ.

What the Bible Says about Lust

God’s Word speaks to the depths of our sensual desire. Moral compromise is challenged by the truth of God’s unwavering standard of holiness. The Bible offers words of wisdom and instruction, prompting us to trust God for our deliverance from worldly desire. The following passages reveal the destructive power of unchecked lust and point to the way of freedom provided by the Lord.

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The Character of a Godly Man

By Dr. Charles Stanley

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The first step to becoming a godly man is to follow the Lord’s guidance, as outlined in Scripture. Then we should seek out relationships with Christ-like men—men whose wisdom comes from understanding the Word of God. They are uniquely equipped to refresh and encourage us so that we can succeed in every aspect of life. How can you actively grow your faith and build relationships that will help you become a godly man? You can start by being committed in your daily walk with Christ.

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The following resources are graciously provided by Dr. Stanley and InTouch Ministries. 

The Character of a Godly Man (Sermon)

The Character of a Godly Man (Study)

BeFreeinChrist would like to thank both Dr. Stanley and InTouch Ministries for their dedication to leading people worldwide into a  growing relationship with Jesus Christ!