- Men are taught not to show emotion.
- They don’t want others to see them crying…because it is a sign of weakness
- They suppress their emotion
- Assume religion demands an emotional response, they avoid spiritual matters.
- Don’t need religion
- Men sometimes feel they don’t need it as much as the “weaker” woman does.
- But there is a big difference between having religion in your life and having Christ in your life.
- Satan has twisted God’s plan for man to be a spiritual leader into a macho attitude that prevents him from following his wife in anything, especially coming to Christ.
- Brought up by mother – (believe that being a man is not being like mom.)
Colossians 2:13–14 (NIV)
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Many people live in a constant state of regret, continually lamenting, “If only I hadn’t done that” or “If only I had made these changes..
“When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past, there must be something good in your future that he does not want you to see.”
God has forgiven all our sins and canceled every record of the debt we had to pay. He did it by allowing Christ to be nailed to the cross.
Jeremiah 31:34 (NIV)
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
John 19:30 (NIV)
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Romans 8:1 (NIV)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Through Jesus, You Can Conquer Your Problems
Take your focus off your problems and focus instead on God’s promises.
Romans 8:35 (NIV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:37 (NIV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Psalm 35:27 (NJKV)
Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
God Does Not Let Your Past Define You
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
2 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
Whatever it is you may be dealing with, say;
“I have the Grace of God to overcome this!”
You are empowered to be victorious in life.