MEN OF HONOUR STAND TALL was given to me by the Holy Spirit in June 2017. This is a precursor to a workbook I have completed to build, guide and support men in their journey to being strong, responsible and accountable leaders. The idea is to showcase men in the Bible following their faith in God, character, strengths, weaknesses and lifestyle. Let us encourage men of honour to seek the Kingdom of God first above all else (Matthew 6:33 NKJV), search the scriptures daily and apply the word to their lives. My prayer is for the men of honour to see themselves as God sees them victorious in every area of their lives as they fulfil God’s will and walk in God’s ways. “I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart” (Psalms 40:8 NKJV).
I am using David as an example because of God’s favour on his life. This can be the yardstick for our men of honour stand tall. God said ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do’ (Acts 13:22 NKJV). This should be our desire. Yes, David failed as we all do but he did not stop seeking and serving God single-mindedly and wholeheartedly.
God sees our hearts
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”, (1Samuel 16:7NKJV). “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV). God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24 NKJV). We are encouraged to live in the Spirit, for the Spirit leads us into all truth (John 14:17 NLT). He goes ahead of us in every circumstance, struggle and situation.
Saul saw David in the flesh, looking at his outward appearance and not seeing his God and heart for God as he went to fight Goliath. David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he’s been a man of war from his youth” (1 Sam 17:32-33).
Let’s see how David sees God when he goes to fight with the Philistine
God is David’s Defender, Deliverer, his Source of strength, his Saviour and Sovereign. David could see God as the Sovereign Lord is on my side! Who will declare me guilty? All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths! (Isaiah 50:9 NLT). David could see God as his Deliverer, Defender, and his strength. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall (2 Samuel 22:30 NLT). David could see the one true living God. David had a relationship with God. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 NLT), He is Unchanging and every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17 NKJV). He did it before and He will do it again.
David saw himself through God’s eyes, he was seeing in the Spirit when he fought the lions and the bears while taking care of His father’s sheep. David spoke with confidence and faith in the Mighty Power of God Almighty. This same Mighty Power that resides in us, that God is able to do infinitely beyond, no limits, to what we ask, think or even pray for (paraphrased Ephesians 3:20 NIV). He quickly defended the God he served for the Philistines defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who saved him from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear. Saul tried to give David his armour to fight but David chose to put on the whole armour of God and he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag and, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, started across to Goliath. Goliath walked out toward David with his shield-bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this nice little red-cheeked boy!
“Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals,” Goliath yelled.
David shouted in reply, “You come to me with a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of the armies of heaven and of Israel—the very God whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head; and then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And Israel will learn that the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfil his plans—he works without regard to human means! He will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:34-47 TLB).
Goliath was destined to falter, fail and fall because his shield bearer went ahead of him while the Lord of heaven’s armies had gone ahead of David. David was destined for triumph and the throne. Goliath used weapons of sword and spear whereas David used the name of the Lord. A name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father (Philippians 2:9-11 NLT).
Men of honour stand tall; you have been created and moulded in the Potter’s hand to fulfil His plans not your own. Men of honour stand tall, follow the instructions and will of our Father to live as an overcomer and receive victory in your lives every day.