If you have a Bible, please read Hebrews 10:21-25 now..
The words “Let us” is mentioned several times in this scripture. This is a CHOICE. Let us….the word LET is similiar to “allowing”
I want to focus on one sentence and one word….in Verse 23…which says “and let us consider how we may stir up one another toward love and good deeds”
The word I want us to focus on this weekend is “STIR”
Before we get into that word, lets look at another scripture from Ezekiel 22:30 which says:
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none”
Today’s word that we are going to focus on is Shepherd / Warrior
(1) In order for US, as men, to STIR up each other…we have to become SHEPHERDS
What does a SHEPHERD DO?
- a shepherd leads with courage. –it does not back away from fear. If God is for me, who can be against me?
- a shepherd protects bravely. –it doesen’t mean that you will always be brave, but again..if your trust in the Lord is strong, who can overcome you? Noone.
- a shepherd sacrifices himself — it always been said that Christians should think of others first. The World tells us to think of ourselves first. Christ led by a great example. If we think and sacrifices for others, God will bless us for that.
(2) In order for US, as men, to STIR up each other…we have to become WARRIORS
The scripture that I want to share with this word is from Matthew 10:34-38 which says:
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword…”
“and whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me”
What does a WARRIOR DO?
- a warrior is not passive — warriors are never LOOKING for a war, but they are always READY for a war. Wars are happening now inside our homes, our families, our communities, and our churches. Satan has thrown all temptations in our lives. We need to be MEN building up the walls, and standing in the gaps and protecting our homes, our families, our communities, and our churches.
Revelation 3:15-16 says: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one of the other. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth”
Too often, we have MEN being lukewarm….gossiping about others…..putting down others….badmouthing the church or the pastor….lukewarm people are the reason why our churches are in trouble….why our families are falling apart….
(3) In order for US, as men, to STIR up each other…we have to become COACHES
What does a COACH do?
- A coach calls the plays. — in other words, the COACH makes the decision. Not the wife, not the children, not the in-laws. The MAN who is under God’s authority, making godly decisions…is the one who makes the decisions.
- a coach trains the team –it is the father’s responsibility to teach and train the family, the children, the wife. Not others. The church is not responsible. The pastor is not responsible. The DAD is responsible. In Ephesians 6:4 it says: “...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord“
- a coach cheers for victory — when your wife gets promoted…cheer for her. Don’t grump about it. when your child accomplishes something, cheer for them. Your best time as a husband is being a cheer leader for your wife. Your best time as a father is being a cheer leader for your kids.
(4) In order for us, as men, to STIR up each other…we have to become ALLIES
Two things that common MEN say in their lifetime are:
- I CAN DO IT BY MYSELF
- THIS IS HOW I AM, I CAN’T CHANGE
Men, if you do not have ALLIES..people to support you..you are in DANGER. You need ACCOUNTABILITY.
It says in Ecclesiastes 4:9…“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”
What does an ALLY do?
- An ally supports you in your needs. –meaning if you go home after this is all over, you need to praying for your brothers in need. If they contact you, dont make excuses…make time for them. call them, text them, check on them, do whatever it takes to reach out.
- an ally is not afraid to be blunt. — i enjoy brothers who get in my face and rebuke me. Why because it helps me to improve myself. Many times I have been stopped, told that I was not doing something right, and I improved myself as a father, as a husband, as a servant of God. We need to be willing to listen to those who try to help us….
Some may ask, “what about my wife?” Guys…I admire you for your thought, but your wife CANNOT be your ONLY ally. You need men to support you in times that ONLY men understand.
(5) In order for us, as men, to STIR up each other…we have to become KNIGHTS
What does a KNIGHT do?
- a knight must give up his life. –a knight, when blessed, has sworn his life for the King only. He is loyal only to his country and its king. He is always ready to die for them. (John 15:13 says: Greater love has noone than this; to lay down one’s life for another”
- a knight must give all his strength. –his strength is an asset. his strength isn’t depending on himself, but the passion of serving his king. Who is your king? who are you passionate about serving? Shouldn’t be being giving our ALL to serve each other too?
- A knight must decide what is priority. –what is important to you? When you go home after all this is over…what is it that you want your wife to see? your kids to see? your friends to see? your church to see? I pray and hope that you will change and CLAIM to change for the better.
You know there are two important words in a KNIGHT’s vocabulary… STRENGTH & HONOR…. when a knight sees another knight….those are the first two words they say to each other…
May you have STRENGTH and HONOR to your families, your homes, your communities, your church, to each other, and to our KING.