“Six Battles Every Man Must Win”

9780842382878     I bought this book sometime last year, but I have never got around to reading it until now. I must say, I’ve only read the first two introduction chapters and it has been amazing! The things that are said by the author, Bill Perkins, are hard hitting and really motivates you to get serious about being a man of God.

     In the first chapter, Perkins deals with finding Christ and living as thought nothing else matters exceptknowing God. This phrase is said many times in this chapter, “nothing else matters compared to knowing God and fighting at His side.” Wow, every time I think about that statement, it really convicts me to live my life fully for God and living to know Him better and to fight for the things He values! Perkins also deals with his own salvation experience in this first chapter. He brings out the point that from the time he was saved until now, there sometimes seems to be a passive attitude that takes root over time. This is what he says, “That experience (salvation) changed my life. What disturbs me is that now, years later, while I still believe that nothing else matters compared to knowing God, I often live as though I don’t believe it. I struggle with spiritual passivity. It eats away at me as convertly as termites in the walls of my house. And I know that most men are weakened in the same way.” Those statements are very real Christian men today, and we must fight against the spiritual passivity that we all face! Perkins ends this first chapter with this simple question and answer, “How can we combat this passivity? We must choose to live with a focus on God.”

     In the second chapter, Perkin deals with the describing the spiritual war that is wagging around us and in us between Satan and his demons who are out to destroy us and God and his angels that are watching over us. Perkin dives into the subject of why is life so hard in this chapter. He says, “The disoppointments of life arn’t intended to strip away at our manhood. God allowed every hardship you’ve experienced to strengthen you by driving you to Him.” I love how Perkins put this because that is something we all need to be reminded of. That God allows hardships in our life to drive us to Him. Perkins also says this, “Yet God allows you to get knocked down by hardship, discouragement, and even defeat as a means of toughing you up for a bigger battle.” As a child of God, God is constantly molding you and growing you into the image of His Son. He has big plans for us, big battles we must face, and God knows that even by putting hardship in our lives, He is getting us ready for something much bigger! Perkin also talks about King David’s mighty men that are talked about in the end of 2 Samuel. It is very interested what the Word of God says about these “mighty” men. 2 Samuel 22:2 says, “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader.” It seems that the mighty men were not always so mighty! God wants to make each of His men mighty and Godly men, but sometime we have to go through the hard times to get us there.

     This is a great book that I would highly reccomment for any young man or older man who is interested in living a strong, Godly life for the Lord. I will post a few more blogs about it as I read this book.

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Truths Found in James 1:2-8

James 1:2-8 (NASB) “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”

I love these verses! I read over them again last night and took a few minutes between each verse praying about what each verse said. It was amazing of just how many little truths are found in these vereses. I would like to just highlight a few that stuck out to me last night and hope they will be a blessing to you.

First, James tells us to consider it a joy when we face trails. Wow, this is a hard one! Out of the million times I have read this verse, it really becomes real when you are actually going through a trail in your own life. Thats me. I am currently going through a trail in my life that is really hard and I am having to hold to God with everything I am while going through this hard trail. But this verse tells me and you to consider it a JOY when we go through trails like I am currently going through. I had to stop and pray about this one for awhile because honestly I can’t consider it a joy when I face a trail. And to be honest, you can’t eaither. It’s only with the help of the Holy Spirit that indwells us believers that we can face trails with joy. James gives us a reason why we can face these trails with joy and that reason is found in the next few truths.

Secondly, when we go through trails, it produces endurance. Endurance is what every Christian needs. We are living in a world that is full of sin and evil. We Christians, are being attacked from every angle and our beliefes and values are being attacked also. There may very well be a day in the future, for us American Christians, that are faith will be attacked more extremely and real persucution will be something we may have to face. That is why we need endurance. Because we have a glorious home waiting for us after this life, but we need endurance to get through this life. That is why we can count it a joy when we face trails because those trails produce in us endurance and like I stated earlier, we need endurance.

Thridly, endurance always have a perfect result. I had to stop and think about this truth for awhile. I prayed about it and I feel like God put something on my heart about what this truth is saying. It seems to say that endurance has a perfect result. The more I think about it, the more it becomes real to me. We know that God always has a reason for even the hard trails we face. God puts us through these trails for a reason. He puts us through trails to change us, mold us, moves us, correct us, and like all these things, they are a result. God has a perfect result for every trail we go through!

Fourthly, if we lack wisdom, ask God!This one is pretty bold and easy to understand, but we as Christians always seem to forget it or skip right by the applying of this truth. God Word tells us right here in James that if any man lacks wisdom, ask God and He will give that man wisdom! Ryrie says, “God gives wisdom abundantly and graciously when we ask.” That is the key though, when we ask! God wants to give each of us wisdom when we face trails, but we must come to Him and ask Him first!

“I Will Rise”

I love this song. The message is so powerful and it really gets you excited about the day when Jesus will call us believers home and we will rise up to meet our Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds! This song has been a great encouragement and help to me in some rough times. I got the chance to see Chris Tomlin perform this song live at his concert which was awesome! Here is a video I found on Youtube with the lyrics to the song. Take a moment and listen to the song while reading the words on the video. It is amazing to think back on what Christ did for us and how we have a great future with Him to look forward to!

Tenth Avenue North at Dove Awards

I saw this video on a blog I read periodically, www.collegeministrythoughts.com. These guys, Tenth Avenue North, have came on the contemporary music scene this year and are by far one of the best Christian bands out there right now in my opinion. At first look, these guys don’t look like the normal “Christian contemporary” band, but their music is very powerful and you can see through their music and attitude, they truly love God! Watch this video of them playing at the Dove Awards and make sure to watch the end when they get and accept their award!