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February 18, 2017 12:30 pm
The heart of every man is a great image or life doesn't usually feel that way.
Jesus speaks of narrow gates wide roads masculine journey is filled with many twists and turns.
So how do we keep from losing heart trying to find a way when life feels more like a losing battle than something worth dying for, grab your gear, request with your band of brothers will serve as the guides and what we call masculine journey masculine journey starts here now. Welcome masculine journey. We are glad that you're with us today and it is a holiday week is probably it is. It's like well if you guess you call the holiday week it's it's Valentine it's not Valentines eat.
After Eve liked when I don't know well yeah it's it's it's that made up holiday that we celebrate it in the good thing is that that didn't go really well for you this year we have a great opportunity for today were talking about leveraging Cupid on a concept one. How can I leverage Cupid obviously were few days after Valentine's Day.
And so either went well or didn't start in the books that were were not really talking about Valentine's Day are really know it. You know intelligence book he wrote pursuing God, which is just absolutely amazing. He made a statement that just has my attention, sits in there and makes me wonder, he said, the closer you get with God and the more you pursue them, the more you realize that the spiritual is more real than the physical and one of the aspects of the spiritual as you know Elijah will point out to his buddy early should depend on how you are saying the exact that those forests are greater than those from against Essen and is partner there got to see you know the Angels and so what in our lives that we see as real as far as angels are concerned and strewn and pull even references that very clearly about our battles, aren't against flesh and blood right it's in the spiritual realm and so is your Paul who you really knew God pretty well. I think you're probably a lot better than me. At this point he spent a lot of time with the hours and stuff and an inherent scripture in a really really well and so it he knew that it wasn't in what was written as much as what God is Susan God's word.
I don't plan it wasn't but it was more in that spiritual realm and we read it very literal and there is a literal application of the Bible do we read it with the spiritual application, not just with us in our heavenly father, but in a greater landscape of the battle right and so you know, the concept of Cupid itself is like really that that we picture angels, a lot of us by the things that we saw his kids and whatever.
And you know lovely wonderful and cute and cuddly, but Scripture does not show that in this we begin to grasp this reality that angels their big and bad, and that's a scary situation. It is an inward and have a couple clips about how Hollywood's pretrade angels, and then talk about how Scripture betrays him and really not just the understanding about, but how do you use them to help in the battle do we have the authority to command and will talk about that yes or no. Do we have you know these things, but that they are with us.
Elisha says that very clearly right there on the same side were fighting the same. Morse obviously were allies. There is a whole lot going on and how real is that in your life and you do you want to take the blue pill or the red so you know that the clip that we've used before. But we love it because it gives us this idea. There's a lot going on out there that is affecting our lives that were slaves to all the time that we are not seeing similar to what the matrixes and so is Neo is discovering that wow I didn't realize that there was this outside world.
Maybe, like me, your discovering more and more how much this matrixes all around us and it's controlling me and what how can I begin to go down the rabbit hole and so why not play this clip from the matrix last.
As you no doubt have guessed I am Morpheus which is please imagine right now you're feeling like I was tumbling down the rabbit hole. I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he's expecting.
Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate. Why not like the idea that I'm not in control of my life. I know exactly what you let me tell you why you are here because you know something what you know you can't explain what you feel you felt that your entire there's something wrong you don't know what it takes but it's like a splinter driving. It is this. Do you know what I'm talking about.
Do you want to know what it is.
The matrix is.
It is all around us, even now in this very room.
You can see when you look out your window when you turn on the television. You can feel it when you go to work when you go to church when you pay your tax.
It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth that you are a slave like everyone else you were born into bondage going into a prison that you cannot smell or taste, touch prison for you. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrixes you have to see it for years. This is your last chance after this there is no turning you take the blue pill historian you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want. Take the red pill you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole member. All I'm offering is the truth was a pretty awesome clip you really listen to it in you and I know that the writers matrix you were Christians. They did write a spiritual element and things like that but there's so much truth in that original movie and it went when Morpheus talks about this being a prison you for your mind in a prison for your mind to prison for your heart that spiritual warfare is really about and think about the days I really have a bad day at Weiner's days.
I don't feel well and we all get sick with the flu or something, but aside from that, the days that things don't really go well, I'm not fighting a very good spiritual battle and honestly Sam, I found myself there in January like wow I keep getting my butt kicked dirt and I can sense that the I'm not making progress here, in certain aspects of relationships with friends as is these things seem to be blowing up and minefields are going off and I'm losing friends and and so I began to adopt a strategy of daily prayer of this spiritual battle because I'm realizing that it's going to take some real work and if I meant to be in this in this battle because as it becomes more real. You see the casual you know I think that we as Christians we learn as we walk in a race walk to God is a little bit different path while going in the same direction from a different place. That is we move towards him. We understand that we can't do it on our own right and we have to have his spirit.
We have to have his support to get through, but that's not all that God offers. We got off his hat and that's amazing. But there's more that is needed. And God knew that when he created the stage at which players were going to be and he created angels for a reason he created them because they're needed. Their powerful impulse can't say it more clearly.
He says in Ephesians know we talked a bit about it earlier, but he says our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms pretty clear right and there really a difficult flow if you don't have that other group that allies should clearly relation clearly saw and was able to tell his you know you able to help him see what what the battle was, but it shows how we need the general of Angel armies you know on our side, but moreover begin to understand how it is that we can we can fight this battle and what role do angels have absolutely and when you think about just the fact it talks about in Revelation 12 that Satan and 1/3 of the angels are cast down to earth. That's who are battling against and then that you got scary versus like Hebrews 13. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers because what you may have been entertaining angels so these people are like in disguise. What the heck what when you think about Abraham and the three visitors that he had was clearly an example of that angel, that is not got the wings and not got the inner glow and we we got an amazing clip back up but you know there are.
That's another whole concept that wow if you're down in this rabbit hole of Morpheus and whatever, you realize that some the people that you might have dealt with today were actually amongst that group absolutely and angels are active like you said, you know, I remember the story Daniel when you Daniel and Angel comes in. Dana's been praying. He's been praying and praying and nothing's happening.
And finally, an angel gets time, and what he tells you was you know I've been battling to even get to you the father sent me, God sent me to you but it there wasn't a clear path I fight and fight his way down and he was delayed over a month. Michael Michael Michael John Travolta. My different character than the Bible says talk about going coming up April 16. I love to have you there is a life-changing experience.
Register now you wondering what God has for you and 27 one things for sure. I know he wants you to have your heart there is an opportunity for men that's coming up this April 6 through the nine listen to what Frank only $169.05 payments of $33 and a large stir today as I talked about ways you can help support Lily email@example.com where we can get PO Box 552 785 is about a guy that's missing you. I don't get life. I need help I need something more than what the TVs good, giving me an and in that he's calling on the angels which we know we need to call on God got the right thought I need some help here. You need somebody to come help me fight this battle because life is tough and apparently in the movie Michael Edith Bunker Stapleton, Edith Bunker, she calls on Michael and she likes and Michael come down here come down here and in the people in the living room are expected to come down you know out of the sky, but he does, comes down the stairs because he's is a different kind angels. He explains help to send me my you hear my last last last so many visits allow so I grabbed the Satan will John Paul said no. The Beatles is John Travolta never had light. The remedy will be different kind of Angel are. It is a completely different kind Angel as far as Michael's concern, but he does have wings in the movie he had bouts of bowling is also to shenanigans or go on but at the end of the day it is. It is about love for him and Jean Stapleton's character obviously had an opportunity to see an aspect of life that I wonder if I get to see and I wonder if I really understand it, and in one of the things that brought this out to me when you brought up the idea was in John Eldridge's prayer and is moving mountains bookie. He actually speaks to that we can reference you know that we can call on this resource at least asked the Lord to send his angels because there's some heavy-duty stuff. That is, come on. The main one of my favorite ones. My sense of humor.
The angel that whacked Peter upside the head when he was sleep between the two guards you know in the book of acts, and I think it's acts chapter 12.
You know he's asleep, which is a funny thing is fixed to behead him, but you know so you can tell that he's got some peace and he's asleep in this angel whacked him upside the head and then almost like in the movie the Santa Claus you know we uses tinsel to take the gates off but nonetheless opens the chains and in Peter's coming out and Peter thinks he's having a vision he doesn't even realize what's going on and then one of the cool things that the angel does is he says he opens the front gate of the city you can imagine that for them. This is a major event on so that you don't just open the front gate of Jerusalem. I mean it just income it open in the middle of the night, but this angel makes that happen and so you get the idea. They got serious power.
A lot of people died at the hands of angels and recording scriptures.
If you if you're not familiar with the way that that city was structured. It's a great thing to go. You know, look it up online and say okay what was all Jerusalem look like unite and they have the sheep gate to have all these different gates and realize it was a Garden City and so the only way they kept the enemy out on a routine basis is keep these gate shut and only let certain people and in so what a huge deal that the main gate. The largest thing that they protect restaurant open by the Angels of the Peter can go out at it it's it's a mind blowing event that's going on that this is completely real and this is an aspect of life that you know we get a picture of because of what Morpheus says in in my view, if you take that pill. It is like if you read the Bible you begin to see how deep the rabbit hole goes that there's a lot that is gone on that really does not seem like what we view reality to be even the fact that we are at times entertaining and I talked about times on the show.
I mean, I grew up in a church.
It was very very nice nice people.
We never ever talked about spiritual warfare. I don't remember ever being referenced. And so my whole context of growing up was not this big battlefield.
This battlefield where God put these angels in place that he commands to go protect his people go read through Scripture. It's full of that but were God protects his people with angels in a couple stores or talk about off on the break yeah well it undoubtedly is a Christian car guy a couple times I've asked people to call him with their experiences where they saw God, and I'll never forget the one man whose son it doesn't seem like about cars, but he related the story had a special needs son was not able to roll over and I think at the time he was like one or two years old and he was in the crib and totally disabled.
And somehow or another. He fell out of the crib, but miraculously according to the caller that there was a pillow that made its way somehow miraculously underneath where the boy felt it was used to be on the bed. The left and not only did he land on the pillow, but he landed face up. When you think about how we would've rolled out of the crib. According to the Mama called. There was no way that that would happen and he knew he knew that God had sent an angel to protect his son's life and end I've had lots and lots and lots of callers to explain things that happen to them that this would make no sense unless something else jumped in their again I think it's important to note who is behind that the gods God's active meaning is active in your life with the spirit is active. Also with this. This group of people called angels descending out to battle for you. You want to go back into Scripture. It doesn't how good would Scripture be if it was exceptions and not examples. You only hear somebody talk about something like that. You got something feels kind of weird right about that, but that's exactly what Scripture talks about Daniel in the lion's den that he was pretty well protected. He was it's as they sent an angel to shut the lion's mouth, but the important thing is that got out and you see in the book of acts. Jesus commissioned your to be my witnesses.
What have you seen of the matrix a like Morpheus were all out there sharing the red pill and we do have the choice we can say not take the blue pill to go back to Sunday morning and and I am missing God's praises of love, which is amazing but I just don't feel like fighting that whole spiritual battle you're going get hammered tell you have been there. You're going to get hammered. That battle is raging around you. So what other option you have. But to take the red pill into be calling on God that I need your angels. I need your favor. Here he loves you when you his favorite rally right and we were all favorite. So why wouldn't he send things to help protect his favorite.
It doesn't mean that life won't happen to you right. Life happens and sometimes it doesn't always work just like that Angel had a battle for 30 days to get to Daniel Bilotta life happened to Daniel during those 30 days right so does mean that God doesn't care to set battle is going on and so calling on that realizing that regardless of what you're going through what God what's what's happening in your life. God is active in he's pursuing you and protecting you and he's got some serious firepower, but part of the aspect of the matrix from my standpoint spiritual warfare that were not aware is the people that are arrayed against you are extremely powerful. They have some really bad stuff coming your way, your family's way and you can need some real firepower in order to battle it and as you pursue God as you grow closer in your prayer life to him and whatever as he begins to reveal these things that you realize more of what it is that is going on. You look backward. Jesus tried to command Legion right it to Jesus two times it Jesus the son of God, the holy Trinity, having the IM me and God were there. He he was the word and he had to command twice.
So what you think were going to be able to do. Yes, we have authority in Christ through his name. We need help now or the other exam. He spoke of earlier you've been praying, praying, praying, praying, looking for an answer and wondering why it's taken six weeks left were talking Daniel here took Daniel six weeks, there's a possibility years might be 7#7 I have really get me some traffic but where were dealing with these dark principalities and we can sit there and say I don't want to think about that as a set a minute ago but what's your other option to play walkable seizure term Robbie you're going to get hammered into heaven that daily prayer that you talk about you do. Robbie the father, I need your angels. It doesn't make a big difference for you everyday. I have really realized I've been working on for six weeks. I didn't mean to make a New Year's resolution is kind of worked out that way and I really feel like it least. I'm understanding the battle better. I don't know that I'm winning it anymore.
But at least I'm seeing what's what's out there and I'm I'm seeing where I can engage in loving on people because that's kind of where that goes in so you're getting what Elisha was asking for you getting to see that battle getting to see that that enemy that's coming at you more clearly instead a clouded with others. Things that happen in life clouded with the way the world has it been more than you can follow God's lead in the love of true that in speaking loving other people I'd like you to pray for inventing loses life a couple weeks.
I can imagine what he's going through right now is missing dearly love them dearly and I hope this data continue to lift him up through this challenging time.
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