Devotions for Men

The Red Lizard

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dr. Ed Young Author C. S. Lewis spins a remarkable story about a little red lizard that a certain ghost carried on his shoulder. The lizard twitched its tail and whispered continually to the ghost, who urged him all the while to be quiet. When a bright and shining presence appeared and offered to rid the ghost of his troublesome “baggage,” the ghost refused. He understood that to quiet the lizard, it would be necessary to kill it, and that seemed too harsh. Maybe the lizard need not die, but could be trained, he reasoned. The presence responded that training would not work; it must be all or nothing. Finally, with the ghost’s permission, the presence twisted the lizard away from him, breaking its back as he flung it to the ground. Then an amazing thing happened. The ghost became a perfect man, and the lizard became a beautiful silver and gold stallion, full of power and grace. The man leaped astride the great horse, and they rode into the morning as one. Lewis ends the story [...]

Win with a New Focus

April 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Bill Gothard When Jesus saw a woman, He did not lust after her. We know this because He “was tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). What then did Jesus “see” when He looked at a woman? He looked past her outward appearance and into her heart. This is consistent with the nature of God: “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). Based on the responses that Jesus had in His contacts with women, we can draw the following applications to the needs we should focus on when we see a woman, especially a woman with immodest dress or appearance: Think of her father, who has a God-given responsibility to train and protect her. How can we help him fulfill this responsibility? (Matthew 9:18) Imagine the concerned mother who will grieve over a daughter who is not protecting her purity and will feel a special sense of guilt and rejection. (Matthew 15:22) Realize the deep and destructive sense of [...]

Father of Provision

March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Os Hillman Son, I am your Father of provision. I always care for your needs. This does not mean you will not experience lean times. You may have to trust me for “manna” in your deserts. But it does mean that provision is rooted in obedience rather than sweat and toil (Ps 127). There will be times when you will receive very little for your efforts. But there will be other times when you will receive much more than you deserve. That is my grace in operation. Learn to walk with me and do your work unto me. As you worship me in your work, I will be the provider of all you will need. When my sons and daughters came into the Promised Land, they were successful because of their obedience, not their skill. So, too, will your success come because of your love and obedience to me. I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant (Joshua 24:13). Now may [...]

How to Love Your Wife

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Ed Young A man should know his wife as well as he knows his own body. How to Love Your Wife A man who loves his wife sacrificially loves her in a satisfying way. If husband and wife are “one flesh” in marriage, then to hurt her is to hurt himself, and to do good to her is to do good to himself. Husbands are to know what is satisfying to their wives, and to seek to give those things. So husbands, do you know those things? To determine whether or not I knew the things that were satisfying to my wife, I gave myself a little test. Let me encourage you to try it, too. I wrote down on a piece of paper three things I believed my wife enjoyed. Then I gave her the paper, and asked her to “grade” it. I was one for three. It’s funny—no woman, or very few, could live with a man for long and not score 100 percent on such a test. But we men are not so observant. Paul understood this gender difference and encouraged men to love their wives as they loved their own bodies. Men [...]

Fathers… Open Mouth… Insert Foot Here

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Brad Mathias Men, we have to take the humility road if we want to gain the trust, love, and respect of our daughters, wives, and moms. When we’re wrong, we need to own it. Fathers Okay, I know that men are widely criticized as being verbally challenged when compared with our female counterparts. We’re constantly being reminded by women, that females speak like a zillion words a day and we use 500 to make our point. That ladies are more capable of communicating with people in general and that men are emotionally unable to express their feelings and all that. It’s all fun and games until one day you start to realize… maybe those are not just stereotypes against the masculine gender, what if what they say about us is actually true? It may well be… You would think I might know better, I work in the Christian ministry and media world every day. I have four women in my life. My wife, my mom and two high school daughters all contributing to my emotional [...]

Honoring and Encouraging Our Wives

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Family Life First Peter 3:7 tells me to live with my wife “in an understanding way” and to “grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life.” Honoring and Encouraging Our Wives My wife Merry recently was with a group of young mothers, and she was struck by how many did not feel valued. They were in the daily grind of parenting, dealing with all the challenges of raising young children. Yes, they often felt fulfilled, but they also felt dry and stretched and frazzled. They wondered if their efforts would pay off. Merry said one of the big problems was, “They were receiving hardly any encouragement from their husbands.” They felt their husbands didn’t understand what they were doing, and they felt unappreciated. Our culture doesn’t offer a lot of encouragement to mothers. In contrast, I recently found the transcript of a wonderful 1905 speech by President Theodore Roosevelt. Speaking to the National Congress of Mothers, he said: No piled-up wealth, no [...]

What Breed of Man Are You?

February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Dennis Rainey The time has come for a new breed of Christian husbands and fathers. What Breed of Man Are You? A motto I heard recently goes like this: Winners concentrate on winning, while losers concentrate on just getting by. If that statement were carved into the granite at the front of a Fortune 500 company, you would nod your head in agreement. Inwardly you might say, Now that’s the way to run a business. I would imagine that company is really a company of excellence. They know how to do things right! Yet when it comes to the family, it’s interesting that most homes today would have to be characterized as losers. Too many marriages have become marred by mediocrity. Children are seen, at best, as a status symbol—a way to achieve something through them that we, ourselves, weren’t able to achieve when we were their age. Too many marriages today are concentrating on “just getting by.” With “squeaking by” as the goal, it is no [...]

Men Are Wired to Admire But

February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shaunti Feldhahn Men, you can build up your woman by not gawking at other women. Women, you can build up your man by expressing respect for his efforts not to cross that line. Men Are Wired to Admire But… Are you excusing men for lusting after other women/porn? An emotionally stirring issue. No matter where I speak—a women’s event, marriage event, on the radio, a college campus—this one question stirs emotion more than any other. Unfortunately, it is also the one topic about which I am most often misunderstood. No doubt about it, men notice attractive women. Still, the very fact that it happens is a painful reality for a lot of women to accept. Let me clarify up front, there is a huge difference between a man who notices an attractive woman, and a man who, continues to noticeably gawk at an attractive woman, making his admiration obvious to his spouse or friends, or later dwelling on those visual images for his own pleasure. That is not healthy for any relationship and [...]

Praying for Your Wife

February 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Sylvia Gunter Using the Word of God, pray for your wife from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Praying for Your Wife These prayers are personalized Scriptures that will challenge men in your most important duty as a husband: praying for your wife. Like none other, your prayers provide a covering of grace and protection for her. (Dads, you can pray for your daughters as well.) Present every part of her body to God, as His vessel of righteousness and grace (Rom 6:13-14). O Lord, help me to be the loving head of my wife, according to Your perfect plan. Thank You for being Lord over all in our home. Her Spirit Your Holy Spirit abides in my wife (Eze 36:26- 27). By Your Spirit, grow in her life Your abundant fruit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23),” as she dedicates herself to being filled daily with Your Spirit. Her Mind Lord, I pray that my wife will choose to put on the new self, [...]

A Humble Husband

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Boyd Bailey A humble husband has a hungry heart for the Lord and seeks to follow Christ’s commands. A Humble Husband “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7). A humble husband has a hungry heart for the Lord and seeks to follow Christ’s commands. He submits to His Savior Jesus before he expects submission from his wife. A humble husband hears from God before He seeks to direct his family. It is from a position of humility that his prayers are not hindered; indeed, heaven hears and answers. Furthermore, a husband who walks in humility is considerate and caring of his wife. He makes her feel special daily, especially on her birthday, wedding anniversary, and special days in between. Humility is respectful and loving, always watching for ways to honor God’s gift—his wife. Love and [...]