Good Men need to DO

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Mr Burke has set the record straight.  We need to act.  Today's blog will provide a foundation from which our actions will be stabilized.

Young Men, in our last blog post we briefly discussed the soul and the need to care for it.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here we know that we are a spirit being.  We have a soul.  We live in a body.

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

God cares for your soul.  Why?  I figure our spiritual well being is more important.  However, the bible let's us know that God values the Human Soul.  Let's take a look.
The SPIRIT will live for eternity in either heaven or hell.  
The SOUL is the item that dictates the destination.  Our soul is comprised of our mind, our will, and our emotions.  We humans have the ability to reason, to dream, to imagine, to hate, to love, to be sad, or excited.  These lead us into situations that are good at time.  Other time these leading are unhealthy or even  detrimental.  Now you can see why God is concerned with our thinking, our feelings, and our determination.  He offers us the opportunity to partner with Him to get our soul in great shape so that we can enjoy eternity with Him.  This blog will focus on one aspect of our soul: the emotions.
Our emotions are our earthly desires.  God designed us.  We are human.  We have emotions.  Our feelings are to be expressed.  They are to be felt.  We need not be ashamed of how we feel.  Our emotions empower us to communicate well with other humans.  However, according to information we glean from Ephesians we need to be cautious at times.  Let's have a look.

EPHESIANS 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

This sixth chapter of Ephesians is describing the armor of God and its uses.  The very first piece of armor is the belt of truth.  You may be asking, "What does any of this have to do with my soul?"  We will get to that.  Initially we need to understand some relationships.  Stay with me while we lay the ground work together.

Armor in the general sense is designed to protect the human being during armed combat.  The armor of God is designed to protect the christian so that the christian can be spiritually effective in this earth.  We know one of our directives in this life is to bring Gods will to this earth.  We will discuss this topic in a future blog post.  For now, you need to be aware that you must have supernatural protection in order to do you job well.  Remember life is not about you.  Jesus taught us that we need to invest our life serving others.  Mr Burke's remark at the start of this blog urges us to action...for the good of others.

This concept of action bring us back to our emotions and the belt.  When it comes time to take action or make decisions, we must put away our emotions.  Our soul is a wonderful part of our being.  God created us in a wonder fashion.  However, he also has placed within our directives cautions and procedures.  This one verse in the middle of Ephesians chapter six in one such procedure.  Our emotions are healthy for us.  They are useful.  However, when it is time to make decisions or take action we must not use our emotions as a tool to get the job done.  We are instructed to gird our loins with truth.  The term "loin" refers to our emotions.  The verb "gird" means to restrict, to hold back, to stabilize.  From this basic investigation we know we are to separate our feelings about a situation from the action necessary to deal with the problem.  What then are we to use when solving problems.  The truth is what we have used to bind the emotions.  therefore we must use the truth to solve dilemmas.  When it is time to take action or make decisions, ask yourself, "what is the truth in this situation?"  The truth will provide the direction toward repair, correction, help, assistance, solution.

Example:  Ryan has just embarrassed Jack.  Jack wants to retaliate.  Jack feels threatened.   However, Jack puts away that emotion and discovers to truth of the situation.

Young men, you need to take action often.  God has placed you on this earth where you are.  He has place you here at this time.  He has placed you with those around you.  None of this is by accident or out of His control.  Know, He needs to impact this place, these people, right now.  He is looking to use you.

When you are called to take action and/or make a decision, find out what the biblical truths are that surround this situation.  God will open your eye so that you can see things from His point of view.  God will open your ears so that you can hear what He hears.  God will share His thoughts with you, if you will allow Him to restore your soul.

Hit the comments tab.  Let us know what concepts you would like to investigate with biblical truths.

Next week we will look at some applicable scriptures on which to meditate so we can be prepared for action.

Your Fellow Warrior, Bruce Stansbury

 

Read Your Bible

Practical application of spiritual truth is the core for the existence of the Timothy Group.  We know that all scripture is inspired by God. We know that all scripture is useful. However, very few of us know the scriptures and much fewer understand how to apply that scripture to benefit our daily living.  God sent His son to live on this Earth in order to, among other things, live a life for us to follow as an example.  We know that from Christ's example we are to be obedient.  We are to be loyal.  We are to be in relationship with those around us.
We are to know God's word and apply it to life.  Jesus used God's word to overcome difficulties in his life on Earth.

Psalms 19:7-11 gives us an opportunity to use God's word in our daily living.

Verse seven focuses on God's law.  We are bound to God's laws by the principles of justice, and our consent.  If we do not consent to His laws then we have no protection or promises associated with them.  It is therefore prudent that we become familiar with the laws of God.  Read your bible.  Verse seven goes on to say that the law is perfect.  God's laws have all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics.  His laws are as good as it is possible to be.  The verse goes on to say the laws of God cause the soul to change in form, character, or function.  This change is critical.  Notice the relationship between us and the law.  If we know it and obey it we are protected and reap benefits.  According to Psalm 23:3 God is concerned with our soul.  Our soul consists of our mind, emotions, and will.  These need to be cared for and submitted to God.  A study of our soul requires further investigation.  Notice a use of the mind in the next part of verse seven.  God's solemn declaration of truths is certain; unfailing; infallible.  If we listen to the testimony of God, we will begin to experience a belief and know that His propositions are true.  These evidences are the effect of that declaration on our mind, or the degree of light which it affords.  Therefore if you use God's truth, He will make you wise.

Verse eight shares Gods statutes with us.  These acts extend God's binding force to all of us.  These are commanding us to action or prohibiting something. Statutes owe their binding force to a positive declaration of God's supreme power.  These acts of His supreme power are of a private nature and are intended to operate only on us as individuals or as His chosen people.  The acts of our creator are intended as a permanent rule.  These statutes are right.  In other words, they are just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. Knowing that we are loved by God and He wants to protect us should make us feel wanted, desired, a member of His team, His family.  This inclusion should make our hearts rejoice.  Verse eight continues with the concept of the commandment of the Lord.  God's mandate; an order or injunction given by His authority is free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral depravity or wickedness; holy.  God's commands are His owe.  They are not comprimised by our lifestyle, our thoughts.  Knowing He created the commands and that they are for us to obey will lead to great results.   God uses these commands to enlighten our eyes.  He needs to give light to us.  He needs us to have clearer views.  He needs to illuminate our thinking.  His commands will instruct us.  We will be able to see or comprehend His truth.  God has given us this tool in order to enlighten our mind and understanding.  Read your Bible and God will illuminate you with divine knowledge, or a knowledge of the truth.  Let's continue on to verse nine.  

The term fear in scripture has many definitions.  In Psalm 19 verse 9 we are concerned with the definition that most resemble the law or teachings or word of God.  The word of the Lord is one hundred percent separated from all foreign matter.  No thing whatever is extraneous to it.  It is free from anything foul or offensive.  The word of God is Holy.  God's word will last forever.  Young man, let the Word of God be your foundation.  It will not be shaken.  More of verse nine concerns judgement.  The judgments of the Lord are true.  In them there is not wavering, no faulty reasoning.  There is not chance of change.  They are conforming to truth and faithful to His word. God has a process of examining facts and arguments, to ascertain propriety and justice.  This process of examining the relations between one proposition and another is in agreement with the divine will of God and His justice altogether.

Verse ten lets us know these judgments, fear, commands, statutes, testimony, and laws are to be desired more than gold.  The confidence supplied by these gives you great comfort, stability and sanctification.

Verse eleven puts the responsibility for your well being on you.
You are warned by these.  There is a saying, " forewarned is forearmed".  Now that you are aware of these you can use them to protect yourself and better yet to be proactive in avoiding danger.
Only when you keep these concepts we have just studied are you promised great reward.  You are not rewarded for knowing them.  You are not rewarded for studying them or memorizing them.  You must do them.  You must obey them.  You must use them when making decisions or taking action.  Read Your Bible.  Get organized.  Get equipped.  Get trained.  Get up. Get out. Get going.

Preparing for Battle (who really is The Timothy Group?)

Prepare for Battle

A few weary men gather around a fire warming their hands, one begins to massage his blistered skin ripped feet. He looks around, his colleagues were some of the best trained soldiers in the world. They had fought for many years and the victories far outweighed any defeats. They were proud to be the best. He would not dare venture to call any of them a coward. But here they had realized that not even the strongest amongst them was willing to take on this newfound foe. Their pride had gotten the best of them. Accept defeat? Give up without a fight? This was it, when faced with a giant, the strongest, fiercest, the meanest, looked away; would anyone take a stand? Their own willpower could not overcome the fear. But then, a boy, yes a boy, stepped up claiming he would take on this giant because his trust was not in himself, but in the almighty God. He would face this towering foe, he would not let others words mock him because he was simply a youth. Being a warrior for Christ knows no bounds. He answered only to the greatest, and so David stepped up to the plate, looked Goliath in the eyes, and said, “I’m a warrior for God the Almighty, bring it on.”

 

The fight against giants did not end in this battle. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they are backed with a great spiritual force, because we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and the overwhelming darkness of this world. Claiming the title as a warrior of Christ is scarce these days. Manhood has been demasculated within our society, much less Godly manhood. Godly and manhood? That’s a thing? Going to battle at 14 years old? Are you crazy? The battle against Satan and his fierce demons does not begin when a boy departs for college, or when he turns 18, or when he buys his own home. In Jewish culture, a boy became a man at the age of 13. If we do not equip our young men to be prepared for battle now, we, and I mean we, are setting them up for defeat in this world. The Timothy Group was founded to confront this Challenge. We train only the best to be warriors for Christ and not shy away in time of battle, but to be a leader, a servant, a young David who will not shy away from even the strongest foe.

 

The Timothy Group is a leadership school for young men, teaching practical applications with spiritual truths. We are a faith-based non-profit organization combining specific armed forces training with Biblical teaching to forge an elite warrior for Christ. The Timothy Group graduate values human life at home and abroad and is willing to be a living sacrifice so that others may live to know their Creator.

 

Who Do We Train? (Psalm 144:1)
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.

We train men of all ages. We have events for ages ranging from 9-17 and 18 on up. We have worked with Boy Scout Troops, Police Departments, SWAT Teams, Church groups, Military Auxiliary Units, Small Business and many individuals.

 

Where Do We Train?

Our training location is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. We have conducted classes in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, and Ohio. Contact us to bring our training to you.

 

How Do We Train? (1 Timothy 4:12)

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

The Timothy Group uses physical activities to teach spiritual truths. We find that incorporating practical biblical training into physical scenarios, allows the student to remember the training. We equip young men to set that example spoken of in 1st Timothy.  We are enthusiastic about what we teach because we want our graduates to be able to confidently use their God ordained abilities.

 

Why Do We Train? (John 10:10)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

This is not a world for shallow Christians of soft character.

Our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ, is looking for strong men, who are tested, toughened disciples ready to defend life and to live life to the fullest. Our purpose is to educate our young men in the truths found in God’s word. Through our training programs, competence and commitment are instilled.

We apply these truths both on a personal level and in the field. We operate globally by using the skills and character training we have instilled to confront our foe on the field. Our graduate conducts high risk mission trips in restricted nations, assists in delivering the Gospel to unreached people groups, provides actionable intelligence to the global Christian community, and provides strategic safeguards and tactical security for missionaries.  We do missions too hard to reach, high risk areas where few men go. Are you willing to answer the call? And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

So what if you could combine mission field training, survival, tactical, SCUBA, medical, rappelling and ropes and many other practical skills of training all from a biblical viewpoint while equipping you to be a leader in this intense world?

Come prepared to be pushed and proven; to be mission-ready; to live and to display the redeeming love of Christ to those in need in this hard to reach world.
 

Persevero,

Matthew Carnley
(Chief Operations Officer of The Timothy Group)

 

Prayer Basics: Part Two

You can know that God hears you when you speak with Him.  You can know that God will engage with you.  You can expect God to act on your behalf.  He chooses, He desires, He is ready to answer your prayers.  Just read the end of 1 John Chapter 5.  There is a multitude of items you can know to be true. 

What in-the-world are you doing?

The term originated in Christian context.   The initial use described a consecrated life set a part for religious service such as a priest, nun, etc.  Vocation is an occupation to which a person is especially drawn or for which they are suited, trained, or qualified.  Frederick Buechner, theologian, has written that ‘vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need’.  

What to do when you don't know what to do

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to do? Where you were out of options and in between a hard spot and rock? I remember one time I was in a situation in which I didn’t know what to do. I was seven years old and living in Costa   Rica with my family. We went on a trip to the zoo and some how or another I became separated from the group and became lost. I remember the feeling of dread and terror. I didn’t know what to do. Long story short I was reunited with the rest of the family and we continued our trip. In our Christian walk we may sometimes come up on times and situations where we don’t know exactly what to do. Below are listed some things that we can continue to do even in these situations.