Do you ever feel like life’s challenges are too overwhelming to face? It can be difficult to find the courage to “man up” and tackle the obstacles that come your way. But with the help of the Lord and the support of the Holy Spirit and others, you can find the strength to do just that.
I'm sure you have heard the statement, "Man up". It's unpopular now a days, but, nevertheless it's a quality of manhood. One that mans up takes personal responsibility, is strong in the Lord, and courageous in times of conflict.
When faced with difficult situations, it’s easy to shrink away and try to avoid the problem. But that’s not the best course of action. Instead, we should "man up" and face whatever challenges come our way. But how do we find the courage to do this?
The Bible is full of passages that can help us find the strength to man up and tackle the challenges life throws at us. In 1 Corinthians 16:13, we’re told to "be on our guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong."
Proverbs 28:1 tells us that "the wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." And Isaiah 41:10 promises that "God will strengthen you and help you; [He] will uphold you with [His] righteous right hand."
It’s important to remember that men are not in this alone. We can draw strength from God and from others. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that "as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." We need to seek out those who can help us become strong in the Lord. We also need to take ownership of our lives. Strength and courage for two main traits of manhood.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us to "do everything with all your might." It’s not enough to simply take action; we need to give it our all. And Ephesians 6:10–11 reminds us to "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."
It’s also important to remember to stay focused and motivated. Joshua 1:9 tells us to "be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Psalm 27:14 encourages us to "wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." And 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind."
Finally, we need to remember that we can do anything we set our minds to. Romans 8:37 tells us that we are "more than conquerors through him who loved us." And Philippians 4:13 reminds us that "we can do all things through him who strengthens us."
Manning up and facing challenges takes strength and courage. But with the Holy Spirit’s help and the help of others, we can find the courage to take ownership of our lives, stay focused, stay positive, and do the things we’re afraid of. So don’t be afraid to "man up" and face life’s challenges head-on. The rewards will be worth it.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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