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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
Throughout the month of October, please continue to read Philippians on your own. If you missed last week's devotion, please check that out now and consider the question at the end. This is actually one of three key questions we believe all Christian men should ask themselves often: 1) What needs to become part of my life? 2) What needs to stop being part of my life? and 3) What is God's big plan for my life? Today we will focus on the second question.
In Philippians 1:20-23, Paul says, "...I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ...I'm torn..." (NLT)
To be bold and to act honorably, a man must have full confidence in his code of honor. Effective soldiers have confidence in their country, their training, and their fellow warriors. Athletes have confidence on their training and skills, their coach, and their team. As Christian men, we place our confidence in God, in the truth of His Word, and in each other. Still, even the boldest of men can sometimes be crippled by their own fears, failures, weaknesses, bad habits, or lack of focus. Our shame--or our fear that whatever shames us will be revealed--can easily overpower even the most well-placed and solid faith. So...
If you aspire to "never be ashamed" and to "bring honor to Christ" in greater ways than ever, what needs to stop being a part of your life? What habits, relationships, etc. need to stop and clear the way for the goodness God wants to produce in you?