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Pitfalls for Men
All Campuses | Published on May 4, 2017
By Men’s Pastor Todd Cox
In our struggle to be the man God created us to be, there are roadblocks and pitfalls that continually trip us up. We need to be on the lookout for these recurring traps and make the necessary adjustments to avoid them.
1. We must take our stand against the devil’s evil schemes.
Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
2. We must be alert and watchful; Satan wants to destroy you.
1 Peter 5:8 reminds us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
3. Watch out for pitfalls.
Here are a few that have tripped up many men:
We are not meant to live life alone. I believe that men become men in the presence of other men. It is these key relationships with trustworthy and reliable men that give us strength in numbers. Do you have accountable relationships in your life?
Sexual desires are a gift from God when pursuing His noble pathways, but they become very destructive when we attempt to satisfy these desires outside of marriage. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself – accountability, web filters, passwords, etc.
We fear all the wrong things: We are afraid of what others think about us, afraid of failure, afraid of taking risks. Fear comes from looking at ourselves and our circumstances instead of looking at God and His strength. Are you putting your hope in Christ or yourself?
We often are angry because we don’t know how to express or handle the current situation or emotion. A mature man learns to properly respond to a particular situation and not emotionally reacting. Have you surrendered your emotions to God?
In Proverbs it says that “Pride comes before the fall.” Please stay humble before The Lord and don’t think too highly of yourself.
When I am tired, I make terrible decisions and have a short fuse. Many of us live our lives without any margin for life. We over-schedule, over-promise, and over-work. Life happens in the margin so make sure you are staying balanced in the key areas of your life.
My Momma always said, “Idol hands are the Devil’s workshop”. If you are bored, God has an antidote: purpose. We were created to be on adventure with God. Rick Warren said it best: “It’s not about finding the right career, achieving your dreams, or planning your life, or reducing your schedule. It’s really about, ‘Why did God put you here?’”