Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Men's Fraternity Week 23

Men’s Fraternity
Week #23 – Practical Step of Manhood




Introduction:

Malachi 4:6
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.

Four week focus:

To take action by leaving a godly legacy of faith, hope and love through the art of letter writing.

Our definition of the word “Blessing”: It is the unmerited, undeserved favor of God.

Four Biblical Principles Concerning the Blessings of God


2 Timothy 1:2-3
I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace. Timothy, I thank God for you – the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
  1. We are to ask for the blessings of God.
    1. His favor.
    2. His power.
    3. His protection.
  2. We are to recognize the blessings of God.
    1. Cultivate a thankful heart.
    Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Proverbs 18:22 The man who finds a wife finds treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 1:8-9 My son, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
  3. We are to receive the blessings of God.
  4. Three prerequisites to do this are:
    1. Fear and revere God.
    2. Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    3. Trust God.
    4. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.
    5. Obey God.
    6. 1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance
    • God wants us to give Him [trust Him with] our:
      • Time
      • Talent
      • Treasure [money]
  5. We are to give the blessings to others.
  6. Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Exercise: 15 min.
Take the time we have left and use the fill in blanks and write why you are blessed to have your wife as your wife. If you are not married, write this letter to your oldest child, a sibling, mentor, teacher, pastor, etc…

”I am blessed because…

Sharing: 5 min.
I want each of you men to share 3 reasons why you are blessed to have your wife as your wife, or sibling, friend, etc…

Before next week

By next week I want you to set up a time with your wife or whoever you wrote the letter to. If you ave the courage, take that letter and read it out loud. Then pray a prayer of blessing over the moment. See what God does in that moment.


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