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Restoring The Balance

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Balance is defined as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. The words upright and steady are not often used when referring to the character of most men, especially men who call themselves believers. Because of the many roles men are forced to play, it is sometimes difficult to maintain a balanced life; we may find it difficult to distribute the weights placed on us by the demands of this journey.

Author Gary W. Keller stated this about a balanced life:  “Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”  As Mr. Keller states some things in life don’t bounce back like a rubber ball when we drop them, they get scuffed, nicked or even shattered.

One of the areas in our lives that have been shattered is our relationship with the Lord. Men are no longer leaders in spiritual matters; we no longer take the forefront in leading our families, nation, and church to the Lord. This lack of spiritual leadership has created an unbalance in our society.  Women are raising sons and daughters who have no concept or idea of what it is to be loved by a father or an example of what a real father should be.

The ancient Hebrew writer and prophet by the name of Joel wrote the following about the last days:

“It will come about after this; That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
Joel 2:28-29 (NASB)

Did you notice the balance in the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the text – “sons and daughters” and “male and female”? If you remove man out of the equation, there is no balance. While women may be more sensitive to Spirit of God, they do not receive more of God’s Spirit than men, it is an equal outpouring. It may be that men may have removed themselves from the equation, and as a result our society, our country, and the world are out of balance. Did you also notice that the text emphasizes the role of the man? The text specifically mentions, “old men will dream dreams.” Where are the dreamers?  It would appear as if old men only reminisce about the past and are not dreamers, and “young men” are not visionaries, but only live in the moment. It is time to restore the balance.

The first place men need to restore the balance is in our personal walk with the Lord. It is time for us to take back our rightful places as spiritual leaders for our families, nation, the world and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Let’s commit to doing the following so that we may begin to restore the balance:

1. Let’s start by repenting and turning our face to the Lord in prayer.

“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

Psalm 51:17 (NLT)

“In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.”
1 Timothy 2:8 (NLT)

2. After repenting – ask your families, friends, and church to forgive you for your shortcomings and neglect of your role in spiritual matters.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

3. Promise to take your place in your home, church, community, and the world and become the man God destined you to be.

“But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NLT)

4. Continue to excel, grow and become the man God has called you to be, by devoting yourself to prayer – personal and corporate study of the Word of God.

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

5. Commit to mentor, father, teach and lead other men to become the man God has destined them to be.

“Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.”
1 Timothy 4:13 (NLT)

Remember, the balance can only be restored when man takes his place and becomes all that God has destined him to be!

It’s time to restore the balance!

Be Blessed,
Your Iron Coach
Bishop Roberto Jemmott

Be On The Look-Out

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The recent public problems of star athletes have made me angry, disappointed and cautious. Angry because I believe that a man should never physically or mentally abuse a woman, no matter what that the woman has done. While I believe in discipline, we should never discipline in anger because anger opens the door to abuse. I am disappointed by the reactions of the public to these men. We tend to forget that we are products of our environment; the fact that I am a super star athlete making millions of dollars does not mean that I am equipped to handle all of life’s crises. I am not making excuses, but where is the compassion and the belief that everyone deserves a second chance, and the opportunity to learn from one’s mistake?

I am cautious because what happened to these athletes could very well happen to all of us; none of us know how we will react in a moment of crisis or anger. Here are words of wisdom from Solomon, which I hope will help you guard against some of life’s pit falls:

“Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked. It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to seek glory, their own glory, causes suffering and is not glory. He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.”
Proverbs 25:26-28 (AMP)

Solomon shares three powerful life changing principles that should help any Spiritual Ironman or anyone who needs to build a strong foundation, which will help you navigate difficult and trying times.

The first principle: Never Compromise You Integrity

To compromise morally, mentally or socially is to accept or allow standards that are lower than is desirable. The Word of God is the moral standard we all try to live by. Anytime we allow ourselves to fall below that standard we compromise or muddy and pollute the pure waters of God’s standards. When these standards are polluted, people don’t see the clarity of the Gospel in our lives. “Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked. (v.25) Don’t compromise your integrity.

The Second Principle: Pursuing Glory

It’s one thing to pursue glory for others, but you should never pursue your own glory. Solomon said that the pursuit of self glory will result in suffering. Your personal pursuit will result in suffering not only for you but to those who are closes to you. “So for men to seek glory, their own glory, causes suffering and is not glory.” (v.27) Pursuing self glory blinds you to the hurt you are causing to others.

The Third Principle: Self-Control

John Maxwell in his book, Developing the Leader Within, says the following:

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves . . . Self-discipline with all of them came first. The Greek word for self-control comes from a root word meaning ‘to grip’ or ‘take hold of.’ This word describes people who are willing to get a grip on their lives and take control of areas that will bring them success or failure.”

If you fail to take control over the areas of your life that will bring you success or failure, then you will be “like a city that is broken down and without walls.” (v.28)

Every Spiritual Ironman needs to live by these principles.

Be Blessed!

Your Iron Coach,
Bishop Jemmott