This morning at FBC, Lafayette, we had our quarterly gathering of men called “Daniel’s Men.” I am always so encouraged by this gathering of men. Their hunger (pardon the pun since we do eat breakfast) to be with other men and be challenged is a super encouragement to me.
Why do we call this group Daniel’s Men?
I have always loved the example of Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a man of purpose. He purposed in his heart not to defile himself. He believed that some things were always wrong and some things were always right and he purposed to do the right things. Think of the trouble that we would save ourselves from if we just always acted according to that principle.
Daniel was also a man of prayer. Prayer was his habit. When prayer is our habit, we will pray when things are good, but we will pray when things are bad. We will turn to God in prayer when we need wisdom. We will pray even if we are told not to pray as Daniel did.
Third, Daniel was a man who had good friends around him or, as we men sometimes say, he had some good “podnuhs.” Men, we need other men who help us do the right thing. We need men to stand with against temptation. We need men to encourage us to be better husbands, fathers, and leaders. We need to build around us men who will pray for us. These men must be godly themselves and encouragers, men who know how to encourage us and not drain us.
I challenged our men this morning from Psalm 1. In Psalm 1, I see several important principles for living Godly in an Ungodly World.
1. Surround yourself with other Godly men.
2. Saturate yourself with God’s Word.
3. Be Satisfied with the things of God.
4. Heed the Stop Signs that God sends your way.
I closed with this easy to remember motto: Wake up, pray up and read up, so you don’t mess up! Do it all again tomorrow!
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