Summary: The male seed (man) is under attack today. Men have taken the world’s definition of manhood instead of understanding God’s. Learn why men are under attack and the solution that will save a generation!
I don’t believe that there’s anyone who isn’t aware that we’re living in the last days. The last days began when God raised Jesus from the dead. The last days are taking us to the end of this dispensation, the dispensation of grace and begin the thousand-year reign.
This is a pretty good description of what the world is like today. We’ve become insensitive to sin and suffering. We’ve seen so much of it that it doesn’t bother us anymore. Scenes of abuse, crime, death and destruction are everyday occurrences. We’ve lost our identity as men. And, when you lose your identity, you lose your purpose. And, when you lose your purpose, you misbehave. That is, you miss the behavior you’re supposed to be doing. Many of our youth are misbehaving today because we’ve failed to tell them who God is. Men are definitely under attack in this generation!
Today, I intend to challenge your concepts of what it means to be a man. Many of us because we don’t understand the times we live in, have a misconception about the definition of being a man. My prayer is that, after hearing this sermon, you’ll be better men because you’ll know what it’s going to take for you to go to the next level as it relates to being who God created you to be.
Let’s read 1 Corinthians 13:11. Now this is a powerful verse. If we’re going to truly be men, we’ve got to put away childish things. How do children act?
A child wants to have their cake and eat it too. So do many of us. We want to be Christians, but still dibble and dabble in the world: we still want to go to the club, play with drugs and alcohol and still receive the favor of God. A child whines and cries when he doesn’t get his way. A child is ungrateful, unappreciative and selfish. In many respects, so are many of us. It’s time to grow up.
To understand what it means to be a man, we have to go to the beginning of all things. Turn with me to Gensis 1:1-3, 26-28.
We read "In the beginning, God . . .". God called everything into being. In verse 26, we come to where God says, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness . . .” God made man to be in His image (to look like Him). Not physically, but spiritually. We are, after all, really spirit beings. And, God made us after His likeness. That means we were made to possess the very character of God. We’re supposed to act like God.
What does God act like? Let’s read Genesis 1:28.
God commanded us to be fruitful. This wasn’t a suggestion. God is saying “Be productive.” Jesus cursed the fig because it wasn’t productive. God is serious about this. Even though it looked like a fig tree and smelled like a fig tree, it didn’t have any fruit. God is looking for fruit in us. Where’s your fruit?
As we read in the above scriptures, we find that from the very beginning, God gave man dominion. The word dominion means "to have authority and power to rule". The word authority means "the legal right to act". This means that authority is ordained of God and accountable to God. Authority is also positional. By this I meant hat God goes to the position not the person in the position necessarily. For example, God goes to the office of President of the United States. It doesn’t matter to God who the president is. Just as in Genesis: God didn’t go to Joseph, a righteous man, when He wanted to tell of the coming famine. No, he went to ungodly Pharaoh, because Pharaoh held the position of authority.
God goes to the position of husband and father in the same way. Having authority doesn’t bring greater freedom. On the contrary: authority brings greater responsibility. So men, you have been given authority and dominion which is ordained by God.
Let’s read Genesis 1:31. In this verse, we find that everything God made was good. God didn’t make any junk, including you. Not only did God command men to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth, he also told us that we were made good!
After reading this sermon so far, are you living up to your potential? Most of us aren’t as men. We’re confused, frustrated, and unhappy because we’re not living as victoriously as we know we should. We instinctively know we’re destined to do better. We’re void of understanding of the things of God.
When Eve fell to the devil, it wasn’t Eve the devil was after. The devil was after Adam all the time. He used Eve to get to Adam. If only Eve had eaten of the tree, God could have fixed things. But, when Adam ate . . .The devil knows if the man ever finds out who he is, the whole family will also come into the image and likeness of God. That’s why the attack on the man is so great.