Saturday, May 31, 2014

Arise, O Man of God

I'm treading on dangerous ground with this post.

Lust is not often discussed, much less by a young woman. It is brushed under the rug, ignored, and even accepted by far too many churches. Christian men, leaders, pastors - all have given in to this sin,but many are suffocating under it. Hardly anyone seems to believe that true victory can be found. Why do the headlines ring with the scandals of Christian leaders? Abuse. Pornography. Affairs.

It breaks my heart and angers me to see the way Satan has such a strong hold on my brothers in Christ! I've written the following as an encouragement to you. I know I don't understand the struggle that you deal with in lust, but I know the power of the God who lives inside of you. This battle is a hard one. The world you live in does not make purity easy. But, there is hope. There is freedom to be found in Christ.

I know. Women are plagued by their own temptations and are susceptible to lust as well. But, I am addressing this to Christian men because you are the ones chosen to lead the Bride of Christ. You are the ones with the weight and privilege of leading your family in righteousness. You are here to display Christ, my brother. He can and will do amazing things through a life surrendered to Him! I'm passionate about biblical manhood, and I long to see the mighty man of God rise up and show the world the power of the cross. So this, my brother, is for you. I do not post this with a heart of condemnation or hatred. It's quite the opposite really. Whoever and wherever you might be in this struggle, I love you as a sister in Christ and am praying that this will spur you on to fight the good fight, robed in the righteous purity of Almighty God.

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O weak and weary brother,
Bound and shackled by your sin.
The hounds of lust have pestered
And you’ve given in again.

The world cries, ‘Just accept it!
That’s how you’re meant to be!’
 But don’t listen to those lies;
God’s man lives mightily.

Where are you men of honor?
Have the faithful disappeared?
Fierce lions roam the land unchecked,
While the world sits back and sneers.

Victory is possible,
There’s One Who paved the way.
Your Savior bled to bring you life;
There’s freedom in His wake.

Resolutions will prove futile,
Your strength will only fail.
But look to Him and plead His grace,
The Lord will soon prevail.

I know that I am just a girl.
What right have I to speak?
But brother, He has burdened me;
I long to see you free.

It breaks my heart to see the church
Enshackled by her sin.
O God, arise and cleanse Your bride!
Bring purity once again!

Raise up a mighty army,
Restore the godly man!
With eyes and hearts for You alone,
May they vanquish Satan’s stand.

Awake, O slumbering soldier,
Don’t you hear the Captain’s call?
With the cross of Christ before you,
Live to prove that He is All!


1 comment:

  1. Hello Makenna. What a blessing to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also so blessed to stop by your blog "Unmerited Redemption" and the post on it "Arise O man of God". Very encouraging and guarding one self from the Lust. This sort of reminder is so important to our young people as well as the older one's. Satan has attacked great man and women of God and made them victims of this very temptation. Well I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, INDIA a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people like you as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai amongst poorest of poor to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to give them new life, hope and future. We would love to have you come with your friends to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during your summer/ Christmas vacation. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. We would love to hear from you very soon. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede.