Roles of Biblical Manhood – The Planner

I bet you will agree with me when I tell you that the direction of a man’s life is determined by his choices.

The plans he makes, and how well he follows them, will ultimately determine his life.

As a Christian man, if you aren’t sure whether you agree or not, this article should be pretty eye-opening.

Before a man makes a decision, he has power over it. After a man makes a decision, it has power over him.

In this article, you will discover the difference between:

  • the biblical values that we need in our life.
  • the pressures of time that often prevent them. 

Key Scriptures:

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Proverbs 21:5 “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

Luke 14:28–29 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,”

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally, every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do?

Draw out every cent—of course!

Well, you have such a bank and its name is “Time.” 

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off—as lost—whatever of this you had failed to invest to good purpose. 

It carries no balances. It allows no balances. It allows no overdrafts.

Each day the bank of “Time” opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits the loss is yours.

In the journal of the great missionary Jim Elliott, the missionary killed by the Auca Indians in 1956, two weeks before he was killed he entered this in his diary: 

In studying Spanish, I left off English Bible reading, and my devotional reading pattern was broken. I have never restored it. Translation and preparation for daily Bible lessons is not sufficient to empower my soul. Prayer as a single man was difficult, I remember, because my mind always reverted to Betty. Now it’s too hard to get out of bed in the morning. I have made resolutions on this score before now but not followed them up. Tomorrow it’s to be—dressed by 6:00 A.M. and study in the Epistles before breakfast. So help me, God.” 

Here is a man that we could all revere as one of the greatest missionaries who ever lived. He is certainly one of the most well known today.

Two weeks before he died, he was struggling with the fact that he’d been spending all his time reading Spanish, and not getting food for his own soul out of the English Bible.

Jim Elliot said, by the grace of God, he would start all over again tomorrow at 6:00 A.M., and he wrote it in his journal.

That was a tenacious persistence to stick to his God-given plan.

Our Problem

Dr. R. C. Sproul said it painfully well: 

Here then is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word, not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.

As Christians, most of us have some changes and improvements that we would like to make in our lives, spiritually. Most likely physically as well.

Whether it’s improving our church attendance, our tithing, our personal evangelism, our bible study, or our prayer life, or purging our homes from worldliness. Most of us have room for improvement.

However, making those spiritual changes can be challenging.

1 Timothy 4:7 “….exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

Jude 20 “…building up yourselves on your most holy faith”

Question

Who is responsible for your spiritual growth?

The simple truth is, as a Christian, you are as spiritual as you want to be. No excuse will be acceptable.

If changes are going to be made in your life, to improve and grow spiritually, who is responsible to “exercise” and “build” you up spiritually?

Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

God gives you the tools, but it’s up to you to use them.

The Compass & The Clock

The clock represents our daily commitments, appointments, schedules, and activities. 

The compass represents our biblical values, & virtues, our principles & God-given priorities. 

For most of us, there’s a gap between the Compass & the Clock.

We say we want live by certain priorities, but that isn’t really reflected in our everyday agenda. 

Take daily Bible reading and prayer for example…

Nothing’s more important for exercising, building, and shaping our Christian lives…. yet only 18 % of Christians read the Bible daily, according to recent surveys.

Isn’t that an embarrassing statistic?

Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

In 1 Timothy 4:7, the word “exercise” is the word “gymnatsio,” from which we get “gymnasium.” 

The words “exercise” and “build” are action words!

This means that making biblical changes, and godly choices in your life, is going to require energy, and focus, and initiative. – it’s not going to happen by accident.

The key to closing the gap between the Clock and the Compass is a spiritual discipline. 

Are You Planning to Change? 

Bad habits are hard to break, and good habits are hard to start.

No one ever accomplished a goal by simply writing it down, as important as that may be. 

Whenever we plan, by the grace of God, to change something in our lives, we face an incredible war with HABIT. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

Being a hero is not achieved with a single act of valor, but with a lifetime of making noble choices every day” ~ Daren Dilts

We have to take the responsibility, and align our clocks with our compass, which is the truth found in the word of God.

When it comes to your biblical values and biblical principles, does your schedule reflect the importance of Bible reading, prayer, personal devotion to God?

While church attendance should be a high priority, it is a very sad substitute for the walk with God that you are supposed to have.

Are You Planning for Resistance? 

If you’re going to set spiritual goals, hang on tight….. You are going to have some resistance. 

The devil will do everything he can, to stop it from happening.. 

Ephesians 6:10–11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Before you set spiritual goals, understand that you’re walking into enemy territory, and you must put on the whole armor of God.

That should be a vital part of every devoted Christians daily habit.

Every day, you should put on the Armor of God, and be prepared for a battle with your flesh, and with the devil – if you are to accomplish your spiritual goals, every day.

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

You should pray every morning – “Lord help me today, to walk in the Spirit, and not in the flesh”

Review: Are you planning to change, Are you planning for resistance?

Are You Planning to Replace the Urgent with the Important? 

“Urgency Addiction” is a self-destructive behavior often created by our own procrastination, and lack of discipline.

Some people appear to be terribly busy, handling urgent things…creating a sense of importance.

We’re masters at responding to urgent things, but do we know the difference between the urgent and the important? 

The more urgency we have in our lives, the less importance we usually have. 

If you are going to have good spiritual habits every day, you have to be ruthless in pushing some of the urgent, but unimportant things away, to create a healthy environment for the spiritually important. 

If you don’t do that, you’ll never succeed in being the kind of person God wants you to be. 

There’s no way to be holy, except to make time for it.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Who is responsible for your spiritual growth?

This is – The Compass & The Clock.

Are the things that are truly important to the Lord, and to you….reflected in your daily schedule?

This is a Stewardship issue…it is the stewardship of your time!

86,400 seconds every day – how are you spending yours?

1 Timothy 4:7 “….exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

Jude 20 “…building up yourselves on your most holy faith”

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, For that’s the stuff life is made of.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

The Clock of Life – by Robert H. Smith

The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power

To say just when the hands will stop; At late, or early hour.

Now is the only time we own, to do His precious will,

Do not wait until tomorrow; For the clock may then be still.

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