10/19/19 Leading Others

As the frontier developed, pioneers hired wagon masters, who hired scouts to guide them through unknown territory. These leaders were of utmost importance for the safety of the whole wagon train. Without them, the novice pioneer was doomed to succumb to the perils of the trip, and open prey to any hardship encountered. They relied upon the expertise of the wagon master for all details, and the scout for his knowledge of the uncharted terrain. These men had been there before and worked from personal experience, not from theory or guesswork. It was almost certain death to follow someone who didn't know what he was doing.
God is calling His men to an intimate, holy relationship with Him in these closing hours of time. He is raising up those men who choose intimacy with Him to guide others through the peril that is on the horizon. He is calling forth mighty men of God to teach others to overcome the world and its ways, and re-establish His ordained offices of husband and father.
As foolish and hazardous as it would be for an inexperienced wagon master or scout to hire on as a leader of a wagon train, a man unfamiliar with an intimate relationship with his heavenly Father in the throne room of God is almost certain death to those who will need his guidance for the challenges ahead. As Jesus did nothing of Himself but only what His Father told Him to do, so must a man who guides others. He will not be able to give away what he himself does not own. He will not be able to take others to the safety of intimacy with the Lord if he has not often been there himself.
The world is changing at a remarkable rate. A new frontier, a spiritual walk in the kingdom of heaven with God in Christ is required to overcome the world. Throne room familiarity is becoming a necessity.   Intimacy with God will be the only sure way of navigating the rough terrain ahead. A deep, personal, Christ kind of love will be the only option in bringing reason to the darkness that mankind is about to fall into. How will you, as a father and husband, lead others through the mire and above the world if you haven't been there yourself?
Today is the day to decide to take up a new address in the kingdom of heaven with God in Christ. It will require a decision to make intimacy your priority, not only to please your Father in heaven, but to gain what is necessary to teach others how to go there themselves. When are you going to go there so they can follow?
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Jim Corbett

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10/18/19 Daddy Issues

Over the years I have discovered that one of the most prominent foundations for harmful or broken behavior stems from issues dealing with the father figure in some way. Abuse of any kind by the father can bring a lifetime of pain and suffering. That's obvious; but what about the father who is absent physically or in spirit - meaning "he just wasn't there" or "he was too busy"? That basically non-existent relationship has no doubt caused harm to countless men and women through the ages.
God has established the offices of husband and father as the highest offices on this earth. A proper covering by the father creates a generation of men and women who can become key players in God's kingdom work. Conversely, a father who has no idea how to use his office effectively is a catalyst for producing a generation of wounded, hurting offspring who may never recover sufficiently to join the Lord in furthering His plans. Because of the errant actions of the father, these wounded children - of any age - will not truly be set free until they are functioning under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Men, your God-ordained role of father is far more important than you could ever imagine. God designed the office you've been given to give your offspring fertile gardens where they can grow and prosper, and become vessels that God can use to change their world. Anything less than that will be something you will answer for when you stand before Him unless you repent and change your ways.
It's not too late! Today you can ask the Lord to undo anything you've done that is harmful to those He has given you to steward. Today you can call upon the Lord for His power to make you a steadfast vessel for Him, so that you are equipped to lead your children past any "daddy issues" they may have because of your ignorance. Today Father God is ready to make you the kind of father He intends you to be for the good of your children and those they impact. He will even take you past your own "daddy issues" so that you can prosper. Are you willing to walk it out?
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Jim Corbett

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10/17/19 Circumstances

Few of us really understand how much circumstances rule our lives. Most of us men react to circumstances in the same way we did before we came to the Lord. We analyze the situation, check on the options, and then make the decision that seems best based on the known criteria. Few of us really understand how far that is from the way the Lord desires us to act.
Our Lord functions in the supernatural. His purposes are far from our way of thinking. As we are making decisions which seem best based on what we know, what if the Lord is using the circumstances to train us or those around us? What if He is not looking for the logical decision because He knows more about the ultimate result than we do? What if He wants you to do the illogical, even foolish, so your faith in Him can grow?
Often I have made a decision that seemed like a step of faith, thinking I was obedient to the Lord's wishes, only to find myself in a boxed canyon with no way out. I had prayed, sought counsel and then moved, thinking that things would work out perfectly. When they didn't, I thought I had missed God. God, on the other hand, had me just where He wanted me. I needed Him because I found myself with no answers. The circumstance had nothing to do with success or failure, but it had to do with my training. It had to do with the need for me to be out of answers and surrendering myself to Him - a much deeper work than I thought was being done.
Men, we are in training to hear God and move only where and when He desires to move. Our bottom line is answers. His bottom line is to make us more like Jesus, doing nothing of ourselves and trusting Him in all things. Will you trust Him wherever He leads?
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Jim Corbett

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10/16/19 The Purpose of Challenges

As part of His covenant with us, God has promised to give us every opportunity to become like Jesus. He allows us to go through challenges and devises means for us to come to the end of ourselves.  He guides and directs our responses to those challenges as barometers of our progress toward holiness.
Let's talk facts. Although this life is not about us, this life we live has great importance in God's eyes. His whole plan is the perfecting of those who will be spending eternity with Him. As we focus on Jesus, God is focusing on us to make us into His image. He is orchestrating opportunities for us to make decisions. Those decisions become more and more like the decisions that Jesus, in His holiness, would make as we submit to God's hand. Without opportunities to come to the end of ourselves and turn to God for help, we would never experience our Father's keeping power over us. Our need imparts God's wealth to us as we surrender.
As men after the Savior's heart, we understand that challenges are only spiritual opportunities to grow in Christ. As those who do want to become like Jesus, we have learned to embrace any and all challenges that come our way as acts of love, not as reprimands. In doing so, we release the power of the Holy Spirit to move in concert with God's plan for our lives as we grow closer to Him from challenge to challenge. Will you pay the price?
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10/15/19 The Image of the Father

Jesus is the image of His Father. Even though He walked on this earth as a man, He was the perfect spiritual imprint of Who His Father is. His Spirit is alive with the wealth of all that His Father is by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As spiritual men, men with the same Holy Spirit dwelling in us that lives in Jesus, you and I are to pattern our lives after His. We are to walk and conduct ourselves in the same way that He walked and conducted Himself. His pattern of doing nothing of Himself and relying totally on the Father should be our course in life. His desire to commune with His Father as the priority of His days should be a craving of our hearts. As we go to God in prayer, a primary petition should be to ask Him to make us like Jesus.
Because your offices of husband and father are spiritual in nature and ordained by God, the spiritual patterns you set are very important. As you imitate the patterns of Jesus' life, you give impressions about His life to those who are watching you. They see who He is when you represent His life properly.
Jesus showed us the Father. Now we are to show others who Jesus and His Father are through our lives. What do They look like to those who are watching you?
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