Tag: Integrity

Purify You’re Heart

Within every man lies a human heart: that unknown to mankind is the subconscious and it helps make up one half of your mind, the subconscious is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). It is your responsibility each day to solicit God’s aid in circumcising that heart and daily submit to God so He will create in you a new, clean heart (Psalm 51:10).

 

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart,” Christ says (Matthew 22:37). This is His command. You shall hold nothing back.

 

What is the state of your heart? Where is it divided? Where are there shadows? What are your areas of weakness?

 

A Godly man is the genuine article. He lives with singleness of heart allowing his subconscious = (the heart) and the conscious = (the spirit in man) to commune with each other in unity as one, striving diligently to think with integrity and to live in harmony with how he speaks. Singleness of heart and purity of the spirit in man means mastery of your mind. It is a heart chosen to be uncluttered with the things of the world, uncomplicated by the lusts of the flesh. To achieve such a state takes real diligence and effort, and can only be truly achieved by yielding to God.

 

King David kept that first and great commandment perhaps better than any human except Jesus Christ. His psalms enable us to scrutinize the most intimate details of his relationship with God and to emulate them.

 

“O God, thou art my God, I yearn for thee, body and soul, I thirst, I long for thee, like a land without water, weary, dry. … Thy love is more than life to me …” (Psalm 63:1, 3;). How did David achieve such an unnatural craving, such heartfelt, and Christ-like sincerity in the spirit in man that is his innermost being?

 

Such love is shed abroad in a human heart by the Holy Spirit, which is a gift from God (Romans 5:5). Once receiving that Spirit upon repentance and baptism, we maintain its flow and influence in our lives by (acquiring action through choice) submitting ourselves wholly to God, moment by moment. This requires training your heart. With diligence, vigor, and strength.

 

David trained his heart like a great general trains a soldier, demanding constant exercise to run it in its proper course. That is the only way to train something so unruly as a human heart.

 

The Path to True Manhood

Feminists say they want equality for women. But in how they approach equality; how many of them actually want weak men? No woman applauds a man for being addicted to video games and pornography. What is honorable and worthy of admiration is the man with self-mastery, who refrains from being entrapped by such sins. We yearn for the man with self-control, with temperance, and with strong moral character.

 

A strong man is a blessing to his wife and children. He provides more than money; he provides security, attentive engagement, successful leadership, firm guidance, emotional stability, and real love defined by God.

 

Society, often without realizing it, cries out for masculinity of substance: strong character, untarnished fidelity, exemplary behavior, and empathetic yet decisive leadership. Deep down, we yearn for men with spines.

 

Society still appreciates such men, yet it teaches and pressures males to do the opposite. To grow into a real man, you must be strong enough to follow a different path.

 

Where is that path? How do you walk it? What is true masculinity? By now it should be clear that you aren’t going to find the answer on cable television, the news media, bookstores, legislatures, or universities. To know what manhood really should be, you need to look into the Holy Bible and consult the Creator of manhood.

 

Learn God’s definition of manhood. Learn your God-given duties. Understand what masculinity truly is. It’s a definition that does not change from day to day, from year to year, or even from generation to generation. It’s everything a Godly man is and everything a God woman needs in a man after God’s own heart.

 

You are living in a society that has launched a revolution and successfully overthrown biblical manhood. Most men have joined in or allowed themselves to be silently led along. You now have a choice: Will you be different? Will you live your life as a man according to the pressures of society or according to the clear commands of God?

 

Your job as a man is perhaps the most challenging job God gives you! The Bible shows that you hold an office: the office of a son, the office of a brother, the office of a husband, the office of a father, the office of a man.

 

Any man who wants to live up to God’s definition of manhood has real work to do. He must devote his energies to swimming upstream against society. He must make it his unwavering aim to grow (against pressure) in those qualities that will arm him for the rigors of true manhood. He must eschew the pastimes that weaken men. He must avoid the addictions that eat away at men’s minds, blacken their consciences and destroy their confidence. He must stoke the flames of ambition in his life. He must aim high and equip himself to become an able leader of a strong, capable woman, and a builder of family and society.

 

If you want to be one of those men, the study category here in “Manhood in the Bible” will help you in this noble, invigorating process.