I Am A Dangerous Man

I Am A Dangerous Man

Are you wild?  Are you dangerous? I’m an avid reader of Morgan Snyder’s blog Become Good Soil.  I was completely blown away when one of my mates shared Morgan’s post with us entitled ‘Castration – A Case For Carrying A Knife’.  I was immediately intrigued but also, if I’m being honest, fearful. But before I share a little bit of this story, check out this amazing video entitled ‘Hello Trouble’.     As a young boy, knives fascinated me.  They brought excitement and danger.  But because of one incident, they also brought me much fear. Let’s back-up to when I was 9.  I sneaked out up the river to fish by myself (something I usually did with my father).  At the time I figured it a good idea to take my father’s knife with me.  I remember trying to cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic bottle and ended up cutting myself quite badly in my hand.  Thankfully there was another fisherman nearby and he managed to get me temporarily patched up and got me home.  I remember sitting at our kitchen sink, trying not to pass out with the panic that I might have to go and get stitches, whilst my mother cleaned the cut and got me bandaged up.  Right there and then, I unknowingly made a huge agreement with fear.  Especially the fear of knives, that I have lived with for over 25 years. So about 4 months ago, God took me back to this memory.  He was so gentle.  I knew that something needed healed.  I knew that the wound needed opening up...
Armour Up.  This Is For Real!

Armour Up. This Is For Real!

I spent a little time with the Father this morning.  Just the two of us and my journal.  I was asking Him about my struggles.  About weakness.  Strength.  Forgiveness.  Preparation.  Victory.  I felt led to a particular verse in Ephesians 6: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” It’s verse 10.  Nestled nicely before the call to armour up and put on our ‘spiritual’ armour.  Crikey.  Sounds like we’re getting ready for a battle.  WRONG.  The battle has already begun.  I sensed words deep deep down inside my spirit, “Armour Up.  This Is For Real!!”  Do you realise that you’re in the midst of a great battle?  A battle for your life.  A battle for your marriage.  Your kids.  Your health.  Your freedom. I love this quote from John Eldredge in his book ‘Love & War’: “You live in a world at war. Spiritual attack must be a category you think in or you will misunderstand more than half of what happens in your marriage.” Well, actually, come to think of it that does make a lot of sense.  We live in a world at war.  We are caught in the midst of a battle against our heart.  Our enemies are very real.  Just because we can’t always ‘see’ them doesn’t mean they fail to exist.  Ephesians 6 v 12 puts it like this: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” So men, let’s not be foolish.  Let’s take this seriously.  We have an enemy.  He is...
The Springs Of Life

The Springs Of Life

The springs of life ‘Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.’ (Proverbs 4:23 Amplified Bible)The heart is a powerful thing and I’m not talking about the physical blood pump, as amazing as that is. No, I mean the heart that needs guarding according to the verse above. Our feelings and attitudes have the capacity to trigger behaviour that can snuff out the life giving part of us.  They can knock us off balance and it doesn’t even need to be a big wrong, or a big hurt. It can actually happen when we allow a lot of small niggles to gather momentum in our heart. Then when we hear others around us talk in the same vein – guess what?  We begin to agree with them, and not always audibly.  The heart is a complex area of our make up.  It requires cleaning out more than we realise, because the dirt can get deep, hiding under the surface.  Before we know it we stagnate, get bitter, and opinionated to the point that we actually suck the life from others instead of giving life to others without realising it – that’s why this verse is so powerful…...