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Five Star Man - Youth Edition

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What is manhood?

Me learning to start a camp fire 6 years ago...even with a starter log it wouldn't light
What are some examples in culture today of a "man" What makes them “men”
Ron Swanson

There are 5 passions in every man

Adventurous Spirit
Entrepreneurial Drive
Gallant in Relationships
Faithful in Character
Philanthropic in Cause

Adventurous Spirit

You were born to relate on the field of contest
Exodus 15:3 (NLT)
The Lord is a warrior
Face-to-face vs Shoulder to Shoulder
Around the grill not the table

Football Field

Sharpening Stone - one doesn't get sharper from a soft touch

Life of David

Young Man guarding the father's sheep
the Lion
The Giant
The conqueror of the middle east

The moment he left the field of contest

Was bored
Walked out on the balcony
There was adventure in getting away with it...so he thought

Entrepreneurial Drive

Name your first job?
This past fall I had a chance to visit New York and See the Bull at NYSE
God's first statement to man - be fruitful

Rule, dominate, populate

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Gen 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it

Plans vs Purpose

Proverbs 16:9 ESV
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs says that men make plans, but it's God's purpose that prevails. Any time that you have a plan that is contrary to God's purpose, you're going to find yourself into confusion. It's interesting that that's exactly what God did. God came down and confused their language. They no longer had the ability to communicate with clarity and they no longer had the ability to work together in synergy in order to accomplish their purpose.

Three Ingredients to draw out the entrepreneurial Drive

You must have a work ethic

You are not going to be able to accomplish your dream and your vision for your life if you do not have the desire and the ability to work.

Desire to reach

There comes a time that you have to get out of your comfort zone. You have to push yourself, and you have to dream beyond what you can see. That's what faith is.

You have to have influence

Proverbs 22:1 ESV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

The drive inside of you

Within every man is an entrepreneurial drive. You must get to the point where you understand that what you have within you is greater than what anyone can promise you outside. It's deep within you. That reservoir is your true value.
I believe that God is wise enough, smart enough, to put within his creation enough resource for that creation to not just sustain life, but to live life abundantly. That is the key to living life to the fullest, drawing upon that entrepreneur gift within you, leaving the excuses behind, and saying, "I am going to pursue God's best for me. I'm going to stay in line with his purpose, and I believe that everything that I plan to do according to that purpose, he's going to help me prosper."

Gallant in Relationships

Gallant...an old word
This year is 22 years for LaDawna and I
When we are out on a date together, I still open her car door
My boys know to open the door for ladies walking into a building
To be gallant means to show special attention and respect toward women in an honorable way.

How to relate to women

Older as my mother
Younger and peers as your sister
The only woman who receives my intimacy and passion is my wife.

The Gallant Man is Protective

Gate of Authority

Listen to me guys, you're the gate of authority and the gate that you open up is the gate that the enemy will use to enter your family. We have to build a hedge of protection around the family.
In fact, Jesus said this amazing statement. He said, "You must first bind the strong man in order to enter the house to get the goods of the home, the possessions of the home."
We have to build a hedge of protection around our hearts and home.
That's what it means to be gallant. We have to put ourselves in a position to protect our home and it comes in our relationships. Job said it this way, "I've made a covenant with my eyes that I will not sin. I will not look upon a young maiden, lest the destroyer get my home."
Guys, I know that this is a cultural phenomenon, I know that we have access to all kinds of pornography, all kinds of sin, but if you want to be an authentic man, if you want to live at a high level of dignity, then you must live according to the purpose of being gallant in your relationships.

Build a hedge of protection around your purity

Pay attention to wisdom (Proverbs 7:1-5).
Keep your distance from seductive women (Proverbs 7:6-8).
Don’t give an ear to seductive words (Proverbs 7:5).
Go home after school/work (Proverbs 7:9).
Bounce your eye from the brazen look (Proverbs 7:13).
Know the difference between lust and love (Proverbs 7:18)
Don’t be persuaded (Proverbs 7:21).
Understand that impurity is a trap (Proverbs 7:22).
Remember that she will embarrass you (Proverbs 7:23).
Consider that she’ll escort you to your death (Proverbs 7:27)

Faithful in Character

God created you in His image. God wants to have a personal relationship with you. How do you do that?
Hebrews 11:3 ESV
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
The Bible says in Hebrews chapter 11: Now faith is a substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what is seen is not made out of what is visible.
What's interesting about this verse is that incredible verse 3: By faith we understand the universe was formed at God's command so that what is seen is not made out of what is visible.
What that means is when God gives you His Word and God speaks to you, if you will turn that around and begin to speak that confession, if you will speak that out, it will literally change your time, it will change your world.
Guys, I hope that you get this, I hope you understand this.
What this means is God wants to relate to you daily. He wants to commune with you daily. He wants to challenge you by His Word, and I promise you if you'll do this, it will change your life. It will change your family, it will change your destiny. This is so vitally important that you get it.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A FAITHFUL MAN

A FAITHFUL MAN HAS CLARITY OF VISION.

You are able to focus on details; yet at the same time, you’re able to see long range. Faithful men are able to discern things that others can’t see. They see what’s ahead and are able to plan accordingly. A few years ago, I began to see troubling signs in the economy. I felt a very clear warning to change the way that I managed my money. I had a strong urgency to get out of debt. As I prepared to do so and set my course, the housing bubble burst. I can honestly say that if I hadn’t heeded the warning, I could have gone bankrupt. A faithful man is able to prepare for the worst of situations by seeing ahead of coming events. Noah was warned about the flood, so he built an Ark to save his family.

A FAITHFUL MAN SPEAKS CLEARLY.

Your words matter more than you may think. The Bible says that your words have the authority of life and death within them. A faithful man should speak truthfully. He should speak clearly, making the most of every opportunity. Your words should be precise, accurate, and appropriate for each moment.

A FAITHFUL MAN MUST HAVE CLEAN HANDS.

A faithful man makes sure that his hands are not misused in business or in personal affairs. You’ve heard the saying, “Keep your hands clean.” This statement is not concerned with the dirt of work, but the corruption of business. Make sure that you’re conducting your business with integrity.

A FAITHFUL MAN IS CREATIVE AND PRODUCTIVE.

Don’t devise schemes that are dishonest. Use your talents wisely, investing your energy toward noble purposes. I’ve known men who have devised all kinds of moneymaking ventures that are nothing more than Ponzi schemes. I’ve often thought that if they would use half of their creativity and effort to do something useful, they would not only be productive, but they would also prosper in the process.

A FAITHFUL MAN AVOIDS EVIL.

Don’t go where you would never take you wife or mother. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Well, it’s business. I have to do it. I have to entertain clients.” I’ve seen men throw away their integrity by going to the bar or strip club for the sake of “entertaining clients.” If you have to bribe your clients, then you need to rethink your product.

A FAITHFUL MAN DOES NOT GOSSIP.

You should avoid gossip like the plague. Don’t belittle or speak a rumor about anyone. If you spread lies or tell stories so that you can curry favor with someone, you’re gossiping. Don’t do it. Avoid the conversation all together. If someone begins to speak about a situation that is none of your business or outside of your authority, simply excuse yourself from the room.

A FAITHFUL MAN OVERLOOKS AN INSULT.

There will always be people who speak negatively about you. There will be people who are jealous and envious of you. Don’t react. Ignore them. If you start chasing after and defending yourself against every insult, you won’t have time to do anything else.

A FAITHFUL MAN IS PRUDENT.

You don’t hear much about prudence, but it is an art form. If you are prudent you will take care of your possessions. Solomon said, “A prudent man roasts his game, but a fool devours all that he has.” A faithful man keeps his house in order and his car clean and well maintained. You can’t get a new car just because your ashtray is full. Take good care of your possessions.

A FAITHFUL MAN IS DISCIPLINED.

You must stay in control of your personal discipline. Watch how you eat, and maintain your health. Make sure that you stay away from any addictions, be they food, alcohol, drugs, or even caffeine. A faithful man controls his appetites.

A FAITHFUL MAN MANAGES HIS MONEY.

Money is a means to an end. Don’t chase after money for the accumulation of it. It will sprout wings and fly away. If you’ll give each dollar an assignment, you’ll raise its value to fulfill your purpose. Spend less than you make, and you’ll see your money grow and grow.

A FAITHFUL MAN IS DILIGENT.

Don’t be slack in your work. Work as if you’re working directly for the Lord, as if He is going to pay your wages. Be faithful no matter who sees what you do. This will bring you prosperity and promotion. Promotion does not come from man, but it is dictated from the Lord.

A FAITHFUL MAN HONORS THE WIFE OF HIS YOUTH.

Don’t dishonor your covenant with your wife. I’ve never seen an adulterous man live a full and complete life. His life is cut short. The Bible says that the Earth trembles under the feet of a married woman who is unloved (Proverbs 30:23). God will avenge your wife, if you abandon her to chase after teenage fantasies.

A FAITHFUL MAN SEEKS WISDOM.

I’m disgusted with reading that men are simple-minded, that we are not readers. That is foolishness. As I said before, leaders are readers. If you are going to be a faithful man you must have an insatiable appetite to read. Reading books enlarges your world. Don’t blow this off. It’s not manly to be a fool.

A FAITHFUL MAN IS PATIENT.

Don’t get in too big of a hurry. Making haste leads to poverty. Pace your success, and expect the results of your work. It won’t happen overnight, but if you’re consistent and don’t become weary in doing good work, you’ll see your reward. It will be favorable for you. Anything significant in life will require an investment of time and effort.

A FAITHFUL MAN BUILDS HIS LIFE ON THE WORD OF GOD.

Reading the Word of God is the energy of life (John 1:4).
Reading the Word of God renews your mind and keeps it clear of offense (Psalm 119:165).
Reading the Word of God scrubs your stinking thinking (John 15:3).
Reading the Word of God protects you from impurity (Psalm 119:9).
Reading the Word of God instructs you in righteousness (2Timothy 3:16).
Reading the Word of God elevates you above your competition (Psalm 119:98).
Reading the Word of God illuminates your spirit (Psalm 119:130).
Reading the Word of God makes you happy (John 15:11).
Reading the Word of God clearly identifies right and wrong (Proverbs 3:7).
Reading the Word of God makes you wise (Proverbs 2:6).
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