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We all have heard the story in the book of Genesis about Adam & Eve. They both had a great relationship with God and then it happened. But we must notice the part about the flaming sword after they had been told to leave. The garden of Eden was a special place and we today can have the tree of life within us. The same Flaming Sword will be there for us and protect us. But we must realize that we can be productive and have the fruits of the Spirit Alive in us. When we are connected to the True Vine. There is much to learn in the Living Word of God.

We as Men love or dream at some time in our lives to be a Macho Man or just to have strength to battle anything in life. Myself i was always adventurous type of a person and liked challenges. Just like Indiana Jones, always looking for treasures in life. We as Men and Women do have a treasure within us to discover through Jesus Christ. This treasure is the Kingdom of God, and the Bible speaks of Jesus to return and Rule the Earth from Jerusalem for His thousand year reign. Yet in here and NOW, the Kingdom of God has been setup for us through Kingdom Principles, Covenants, Responsibilities, Privileges, Rights, Rules, Coverings and Authority.

“The Kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field”. A treasure that is worth fighting for. A priceless treasure. The reason why most Men and Women are not living with this treasure, because they have not understood the mystery of the Kingdom. Instead they settle for trinketts, gadgets, golf clubs, video games, careers, cars, and vacation packages. These things are OK …unless they take you off the course from pursuing what God has for you through “The Vine”. Men and Women God has a Standard. He has a Goal. Yet what so many have done is lowered His Standard only to then congratulate themselves. It shows up in our Country. In our Culture. In the Economy of our world.

The impact of a lowered standard leaves its scars no matter what race, income bracket, or community a person is in. The outcome may be different depending on the location, but they are just as devastating. We still see emptiness, depression, chronic irresponsibilty, family breakup, misuse of finances, divorce, violence, chemical addiction, overeating, indulgence, bankruptsy, low self-esteem, general aimlessness plague our society as a direct result of the abuse or neglect of Biblical Manhood.

Our world is on a disparging path of self-destructive behavior. That must

CHANGE. Yet that change will not occur unless Men will raise the Standard to where God had origanally placed it. This lesson is all about raising the standard and defining Manhood as God intended it to be. It’s about discovering what it means to be focused toward the “Vine” and be Rooted. A Man of God is the kind of Man that when his feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh Crap, he’s up! When a Man of God steps out his door each day , heaven, earth, and hell take notice. When he protects the woman under his care, she can do little to resist him. His children look to him with confidence. His church calls on him for strength and leadership. He is a persuer of culture and a champion of society to keep out evil and usher in “GOOD”.

A Man of God understands that God never said a Godly life would be easy; He just said it would be worth it. Men we must realize we are in a battle. The stakes of this war and its casualties are higher than a checkmark in the win or loss column. Lives will be lost. Eternities will be shaped. Destinies will either be discovered or dismissed. Dreams will be attained or relinquished. Jesus has not asked you or me to be a Fan. He has plenty of fans already. Every Sunday morning. His Fan base shows up full force. They show up in stadiums, often filled to capacity, all around the world. Within these stadiums, there is great emotion, great singing, preaching, excitement, cheers, recognition and statements of affirmation. But Jesus is not interested in just having fans.

No Fan ever set the stage for a battle to be Won. Jesus wants Men who will carry out His agenda, governance, and guidelines in a world in crisis. Jesus wants Men who will Rule Well. This Kingdom of Men has been intentionally placed in a location called Earth, yet these men receive thier instructions from the league office in Heaven. This group of Men is neither swayed by what the majority says, nor by what the most popular thought at the moment might be, nor even by their own personal preferences. Rather these Men are goverened by the Vine from God which they belong. Men who make their calls according to the Book uner Authority of their Commissioner, The Lord Jesus Christ, so that chaos will not ensue in this war called life. Keep in mind, that to rule something does not refer to domination or illegitimate control.

Human kind’s MISUSE of the term {Rule} through dictatorships and abusive relationships has distorted the legitimate call on Man to rule under God’s sovereign rule and according to His principles. If you listen closely, you might hear the cry for Men of God to rule well too. You can hear it in the chaos in the culture causing a cry to rise up from the homes, schools, neighborhoods, communities, states, and from every shattered soul affected by the absence of a Man of God. Never has our nation, or our world stood on the adversity in such dire need of Men answering the cry to rule well.LISTEN. It is everywhere. It is LOUD. It is in the heart of every child born or raised without a father, every woman’s dream drowned by an irresponsibile or neglectful Man, every hope snuffed out by confusing circumstances, every lonely soul of a single woman searching for someone worthy to marry, and every sanct uary and community devoid of significant male contributions.

5 Rough Attitude Alignments

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Someone once said, “Having a bad attitude is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing things wrongly, and applying unsuitable remedies”. 

I have also seen people wearing that wonderful shirt, “I Love my Bad Attitude!”

If I am honest, there are times I really want to wear a shirt like that. I don’t know what it is but sometimes I can just be in a “Mood”, and, sometime, I like it. I know, how unhealthy is that?

There are also times I can recognize a bad attitude in others yet fail to see the bad attitude in myself. Somehow I justify my bad attitude but hold you accountable for yours!  I know, how unhealthy is that?

So, Why The Bad Attitude?

And more Importantly …What To Do About It!

Reason#1: Unhealthy Comparisons

“Comparison is the root of most inferiority.” It’s true. When we compare ourselves or our work to others we can feel we are the best or the worst. On a number of occasions I have told myself, “Victor, that wasn’t good enough. Look how much better Jay did. Look how awesome Martin is. Everything he does is topnotch. Why can’t you be like these guys? My inner dialogue, when I compare myself to others, effects my attitude in a negative way.

What To Do About It: Remember Your value

“You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way. You got that way of living from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, but not with something that ruins like gold or silver. You were bought with the precious blood of the death of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 ICB

Reason#2: Unending Hurriedness

We live in a culture that says, “If we don’t get our food in under a minute we have the right to get angry.” After all, it’s called “fast food” for a reason. We have evolved in our thinking and believe if we don’t get what we want when we want it we have the right to a bad attitude. When we live in the future instead of in the moment we get frustrated and when we get frustrated our attitude begins to slip.

What To Do About It: Slow Down And Rest

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to His Loved Ones.” Psalm 127:2 NLT

Reason#3: Unrealistic Expectations

You expected the house to be clean and it isn’t.

You expected a promotion and you didn’t.

You expected to go and you couldn’t.

You expected a raise and they wouldn’t. 

You expected the light to be green and it wasn’t.

What To Do About It: Lower your Expectations

How much better would your attitude be if, on your next drive around town, you expected every light to be red? What would happen when you pulled up to the intersection? You would think to yourself, “well, it’s red, just as I expected.” No need for a bad attitude, right? As a Bonus, when you come to a light that is green you would be ecstatic! “Wow! I expected the light to be red and it was green! It must be my lucky day!” The key to a happy life, low expectations! LOL

Reason#4: Unresolved Conflict

When conflict goes unresolved, our attitudes head down hill, don’t they? We begin to hyper focus on the conflict and that can cause an attitude spiral in the wrong direction. We go to bed thinking about it and we wake up thinking about it. To put it bluntly we are in perpetual “funk” that we can’t seem to shake.

What To Do About It: Ask for Forgiveness

I think Paul understood something about conflict and conflict resolution and how it affects our thoughts and attitudes. He reminds us, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12: 18 NLT. Once you have done all you can, it’s time to move on.

Reason#5: Upsetting Circumstances

We can’t control our circumstances, they just happen. Someone treats you in a rude manner. You get an unwarranted negative phone call or email. You get a flat tire or run out of gas on your way to an important meeting or event. Or, you are trying to write a blog in Starbucks while the guy next to you has a phone conversation at peak level oblivious to you or anyone else around them. Life happens, how we respond to it reveals our attitude.

What To Do About It: Choose Joy

Life has it’s ebbs and flows. We all can give a testimony. Knowing that upsetting circumstances are coming and, more importantly, why they are here is half the battle. Paul suggests that, “when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2 NLT  Try reframing the word “problem” as “Opportunity”. I find it helps me change my perspective.

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Everyone has a story and I am one that really understands struggles. Those days are lone gone and I don’t regret going through my trial and errors. Many people blame different things for problems in life. But I cannot blame anyone, because it was all my own choices.

Those days may be gone, but I will never forget them. I remember leaving home in the 70’s and was on a journey. Where was I going? I didn’t know and certainly cared nothing about other people’s feelings. I just wanted to runaway and had no idea where. There were no particular situation or difficulties in life. I just had to move down the road of  “NO -RETURN”.

Did you ever have thoughts that just getaway in another zone? Well, I was just tired of being in the location of emptiness. I guess you can say, I was searching for something and had no vision in sight. We all have our own little thoughts that just carry us nowhere. Those days in the 70’s were very different than now. If you tried to get a ride somewhere, it was much easier. Many people hitch-hiked more back then. People had better trust and I believe cared more.

Families were much different in those years as well. Many people ate at the kitchen table and they were more sociable. We all just seemed to help one another and talked more. My father had a place of business and after school, I went to work with him. Whenever I got home I helped my older sisters, we took the clothes off the line in the back yard. My job was usually to pick-up the clothes pins and put them in a bag. When we got the clothes in the house, I helped fold the bed sheets. We were one big happy family and had our chores.

I remember running away from home as a child one time. A friend and I went strolling down the railroad tracks and we ended up in a town 30 miles away. We slept in an old baseball dugout and there was an ice cream shop across the road. We had found a purse along the side of the tracks and found money in it. We felt “rich” at the time, that was the most money we ever owned. There were days I helped my father at work, and he bought me a Moon Pie and RC Cola. Sometime my dad would allow me to play a game of pool. But most of the time, I just got something to drink for my pay.

Our parents received a phone call from the law and come to pick us up. We were in “big time trouble” and there was some punishment. But we really enjoyed ourselves and very tired. Many parents these days very seldom put a belt on a child. But we got plenty licks at home and at school as well. Those were some memorable days. I guess you can say, I really liked those days. When I look at some families, I wish there would be more discipline. We can all say…Times have changed.

Living on the streets was not an easy life. Every day was very challenging and there were struggles for survival. There were day I had to eat food out of dumpsters and other days worked for food. But those days will never be forgotten. Everything seems more valuable and has some worth. Many times I barely could stand the sore feet and smell. Those days I worked, I would buy a bar of soap and clean up. The appearance always meant something too me hitch-hiking. Many times I got better rides, because I looked more presentable. Most of the time I walked with my thumb in the air, and hardly ever sat down.