Brotherhood Part IV

Posted: 2012 03 08 by Chris Goforth in Authentic Man, Biblical manhood, Challenge, manhood, masculine, masculinity

Ecclesiastes 4:10-12 – If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

There are myths and lies that continue to be perpetuated – if they really knew me, they would reject me.  A real man takes care of it.  A real man doesn’t need anyone.  I got this.  I can handle this.  I don’t need anyone.  I’m just going to deal with it on my own.  Have you at any time thought or believed any of these to be true or even said them?  You have bought into the lies and perpetuated them yourself.  We need to call them for what they are, lies straight from the pit of hell.  They are ways in which Satan takes men out.

The truth is we are sinful people, broken, lost and in need of God to redeem us and save us from ourselves.  We cannot do it on our own and we will continue to make a mess of our lives.  If that wasn’t true, than we would have made our lives better and the world would look much different.

As I have continued to say in this series.  Men, brothers – you need each other.  You need each other to be there to call upon when you are tempted, when you are struggling, when you are tired, worn out and can’t go the distance any longer.  You need brothers to encourage you, tell you, you are enough, you have what it takes and you are the man God has called you to be.  You are the husband and father he has you to be.  You need brothers who can laugh, cry and rejoice with you.  In the end you need brothers who can come alongside you and lift you up in prayer.   When everyone else fails you or leaves you, they will be there and not leave your side.

As Ecclesiastes states, we do in fact need other men in our life.  It is valuable and shows when we are joined with our brothers in doing life together, Satan will have a difficult time destroying us.  Isolation should be removed from our vocabulary and our thinking.  This is where Satan does his best work.  When we want to isolate and remove ourselves from engaging with our brother, Satan will have a field day with our minds; twisting and turning what once was truth into more of his lies.

Brothers – it’s time you stop buying the lies, start engaging in relationships with other men and begin being strengthened.  Begin experiencing the love, acceptance and joy of true brother hood.  How much longer are you willing to allow Satan to win?  Today is the day you need to reach out and find another brother who is willing to walk through life; men are out there wanting it and needing it.  Today step out and be the example, a brother out there needs you to step into his life.  Be that brother.

  1. jelillie says:

    Thank you for this series on brotherhood. I need to hear it. The body of Christ needs to hear it!

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