The Principles of Courageous Manhood
Sermon shared by Ed Cole
Summary: The third of a three-part series on courageous manhood. A message with various principles that help men in their walk with Christ.
Audience: General adults
You take some man who wants to build a house. You have to come to an agreement with the owner of the property. In the United States, you have to get your license from the city. You have to have approval from the planning committee. You have to have all of these things in agreement before you can begin to build. To begin to build without that means you’re in disagreement with them. As long as you’re in disagreement with them, you’re powerless to build. It’s the place of agreement that gives you the power.
It’s the same way in the kingdom of God. Before you came to Christ, there was no power of God in your life that enabled you to live an overcoming life over sin. But, once you came to an agreement with Jesus Christ and said, “Lord I am in need. I have failed, I’ve come short of your glory, I’m making a mess of my life. I’m dumping the whole thing, I ask you to forgive me. Lord I agree with you that you’re my Savior and my Lord.” When you come to Him and admit that in repentance, Jesus Christ then changes your mind. He renews your mind, regenerates your heart. He gives you a whole new outlook on life and His Spirit comes into you to enable you then to live the Christ life.
What happens is that you’re translated from out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s own dear Son. The life you now live, you live by the faith of Him who gave His life for you. This is a whole new way of living. So, you no longer live in powerlessness, but now you live in the power of God. And even when we do sin, praise God, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous who, because of His presence at the right hand of the Father sitting before the throne of God, when we approach God and we ask in His name anything, the Father will do it because Jesus paid the price at Calvary.
The point is that before we came to Jesus, there was no power of God in our lives. But once the Spirit of God came into us, once the blood cleansed us, once the Word began to dwell in us, the power of God came into our lives. Disagreement results in powerlessness but agreement produces power.
The Bible says in Genesis 10 that the people were trying to build a tower up to the heavens. They wanted to make a name for themselves. God came down and took a look at them, saw that because they were all of one language, they were all of one political persuasion, they were all of one mind, they were all of one heart, because they were all in unity, they were going to be able to do it. So, God brought tongues and divided their ability to communicate. And when He brought the tongues so that it brought the disagreement, it resulted in powerlessness and they could not then be able to continue to build. So the disagreement brought powerlessness.
Now because God’s transcendent glory is God’s ability to take the things that are meant for evil and turn them around and make them work for good, God took the tongues of the Old Testament that produced the disagreement that resulted in powerlessness, and when the people came on the day of Pentecost and they were all with one accord and one place
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