These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -- I John 5:13
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"Stand Up Men And Be Men Of God!"
Key Passages: Ezekiel 22: 30; John 15: 16
Evangelist Clifford M. Smith, Th.D.

God has chosen "Men" to lead their "Families" and the "Church of God!" Today, in the U.S.A., the "wives" of husbands are ruling the "Home", because "men" have become mostly lazy, concerning their "responsibility" to lead the family in the ways of God and in various other ways. Our society and laws, promote the lack of any form of "Discipline" by a parent toward their children, today. The "Family Unit" is under attack by "Atheistic, Agnostic and Humanistic Law-Makers" across America. "MEN", We Must Follow God's Plan For Our Lives, Concerning The Leading Of Our "Family" And Of Our Local "Church!"

* Ephesians 5: 21-25, the Apostle Paul said, "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

* I Timothy 3: 1, 2, 12 ,the Apostle Paul said, "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife... Let the deacons, be the husband of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."

God has chosen MEN to be His Leaders(Thank the Lord for Godly women, that have been leaders, when MEN didn't accept their responsibility!). God has also called Women to follow their husbands, as "Godly Wives and Mothers!" As Parents, we must train our children in the ways of God(Deut. 6: 1-9)! When we step back and see how far the "Family Unit" has crumbled, it can all be traced back, to "Not Following God's Plan!" WE MUST FOLLOW THE "WORD OF GOD!"

*** "A List Of Steps, For MEN To Do, To Get Back On Track With Christ Jesus!" ***

(1.) "Remember, Leadership Starts With A Vision!"

* Proverbs 29: 18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

(2.) "MEN Must Know, What God Expects Them To Do, Concerning Their Family!"

* Genesis 2: 24 says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

* Ephesians 5: 28 says, "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself."

* Proverbs 22: 6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

* Ephesians 6: 4 says, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

(3.) "MEN Must Know, What God Expects Them To Do, Concerning The Church!"

* Ezekiel 22: 30, the Lord said, "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."

* John 15: 16, Jesus said to His Disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain."

*** "Two Leadership Positions In The Church, That God Chose For Men (Only)!" ***

(1.) The Bishop/ The Pastor (Chosen As The "The Shepherd" Of The Church- "The Called Out Assembly"!) I Timothy 3: 1-7.

(2.) The Deacons (Chosen To Be A Helpers To The Pastor, In Caring For The Needs Of The Church!) Acts 6: 1-7; I Timothy 3: 8-13.

*** Examples Of Men, Who At First,Made Excuses When God Called Them To Leadership!" ***

Moses' Call (Exodus 3: 1-17)
(1.) His Excuses: 1."Who am I?"; 2."What is his name?"; 3."What shall I say unto them?"; 4."They will not believe me."; 5."They will not hearken unto my voice."; 6."I am not eloquent." and 7."O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send." [Seven (7) Times Moses Doubted (Questioned) God's Call]
(2.) God's Answer: 1." Certainly I will be with thee."; 2."I AM THAT I AM."; 3."I AM hath sent me unto you."; 4."What is that in thine hand(It is a rod)?"; 5."Put now thine hand into thy bosom."; 6."I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." and 7."And he (Aaron, thy brother) shall be thy spokesman unto the people."

Gideon's Call (Judges 6: 7- 40)
(1.) His Excuses: 1."Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel ?"; 2."My family is poor." and 3."I am the least in my father's house."
(2.) He Tests God's Call: "He tested God twice with a fleece - Judges6:36-40 (This Is Not Recommended -When God Calls, Say, "Yes Sir!") ."
(3.) God's Answer: "Peace be unto thee; fear not; thou shalt not die."

"IN CONCLUSION"- The "Greatest Call" of God is for "Men" to accept "God's Gift Of Salvation(Eternal Life- Romans 10: 9, 10, 13) Through Jesus Christ The Lord!" Men are called by God to be "Men of Faith (Heb. Ch. 11), Men of Hope (Titus 2: 13), Men of Love (I Cor. Ch13), Men of the Word of God (Heb. 4: 12), Men of Prayer (I Thess. 5: 17), Men with God's Power (Acts 1: 8) and Men of Obedience (I Sam. 15: 22; Matt. 7: 21, 24; I John 3: 22-24). It is a well-known fact of life, that everything rises and falls upon "Leadership!" When God "calls you" to "leadership", don't be like Moses and Gideon (Giving God Excuses!). Accept the "Call of God" in your life and say, "Here am I, send me (Isaiah 6: 8)." Jesus Christ is the "Head" of the Church (The Body/Bride of Christ- Col. 1: 18). "Stand Up Men, Again I Say, Stand Up! *Most Of All, Be "Men Of God", That Stand In The Gap (To Represent God Before Your Family, Your Local Church And The World!) For The Lord! I Pray, That You Will Let The Light Of Jesus Christ Shine (Through You), That Others Will See "Jesus" In You!