The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ SW #1 – Boots On Ground vs Over Your Skis

The Men We Were Made To Be

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

If a man’s gift is prophesying. Let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. ~ Romans 12:6-8

I wrote on my FB wall on Thursday, MEN…until you step up, we are screwed. It got a bunch more likes than usual which tells us something. It has hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks why so many men are missing in action. The modern church, absent Holy Spirit, and quite literally serving another master, has disarmed most Christians who have no idea we are at war, that it is a spiritual war, and/or how to engage an enemy that is murdering us and corrupting the souls of our children at this very moment…as I watch a yellow school bus drive by.

…and then I come across this post from my friend Lisa posted a few days earlier:

PSA: We do indeed have a masculinity crisis in the United States; a complete erosion of masculinity.  The radical left is ‘running a play’ to seize control of and dismantle absolutely everything in your life worth living for and some of you are completely content daydreaming about the start of fantasy football season. 

—Every child, WORLDWIDE

I need to be clear, some if not most of the men reading these words are Remnant Men, especially since God had me shake the dust a couple of weeks back, so I’m preaching to the choir in the case of these brothers standing tall against the enemy.

We are made, as men, “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26) Living life as a man made in the image of God is joyful, powerful, and kingly…in the good king sense of course. It’s humble…the heart of a servant, with the moral strength and John 15:13 love of the good shepherd. The rest of you, it grieves me to say, are slaves to a beast you haven’t met yet, wearing chains you have yet to feel. I would encourage you to stay with me through this series. My hope and prayer is that you will, in so doing, reclaim what has been slowly stripped away without your even knowing. I can safely promise you this. Your wives will remember why they married you, your Father will prepare a Luke 15:23 feast for you, and your children will live in a better world! Please share with every man you know…

SO, MEN, I have a small request, and a proposition. I’m going to ask you to please watch this Tucker Carlson from the other night: This Is What The Collapse Of Civilization Looks Like This is coming to our neighborhoods! The women have been holding the line long enough, don’t you think? So, my proposition is this…hang in with me for at least the next six weeks as I present the SW (Spiritual Warfare) Series for your consideration. The very first fact is this. Many if not most spiritual battles are won without physical violence for the simple reason that most wolves, when engaged by sheepdogs, will move on to the easier prey. So, Father God, I pray for every man reading these words to weigh them in their hearts and souls, and appeal to you for your guidance in each and every unique situation. Amen.

SW (Spiritual Warfare), Lesson #1

The Cross of Jesus Christ stands unique and alone. His Cross is not our cross. Our cross is that we manifest before the world the fact that we are sanctified to do nothing but the will of God. ~ Oswald Chambers, His Cross versus My Cross

My assumption at this point is that everyone who watched the Tucker piece above realizes we are in a state of war…

The first fact of life and cardinal rule in ALL warfare, physical and spiritual: it is impossible to win a war without boots on the ground! Now, I placed the Proverbs and Romans passages together up top because there is a paradox in their pairing. Many of us who ski understand the warning to not get out over our skis, which in spiritual warfare translates to knowing whether our action is Holy Spirit-ordered, or a result of “our own understanding”. The standard rule is, if in doubt, don’t.

The following is a recent exchange between myself and a good shepherd over the “Dominion Theology” argument (excuse) against standing…against manhood itself!

Sheepdog: If I was the wolf (devil), one of the first things I would do…if not THE first, would be devise a tool called Dominion Theology because nothing says “stay off my mountains” better than Dominion Theology! 

Shepherd: There’s all kinds of demonic alterations or twistings of the Gospel – “dominion”, “prosperity”, “liberation”, etc!  Paul seriously warns against it in Galatians One! 

There is no future or survival for America without God. There is no survival without revival…unless, of course, you are content to live in the metaverse hell. Our church (Howells) is dedicating the entire next weekend, September 23-25 to Seeking the Lord For Revival. I encourage you to watch the first four and a half minutes of what Dr. Corne Bekker refers to as our “Time of Spiritual Reckoning”

And the amazing prophetic vision of Chuck Pierce as Dutch Sheets’ Give Him 15 guest the other day, “Going Up Higher”

The messages of Adams, Bekker, and Pierce are very, very encouraging as far as God’s part goes. But, as in Bible time, after time, after time and again, He works through MEN. The “impotent church” they refer to is nothing but wood, stone, and hollow men. I encourage every single one of us to see the season we are in and ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts…

Please join us back here next Sunday to dive into SW #2 on the importance of heart and wisdom in spiritual warfare. Today’s Psalm 55:2 deals with distraction. Think of how the enemy distracts us. Armed with the Psalms heart and Proverbs wisdom we can easily discern the rider of the first of the four horses from the Proverbs Fool.

Freedom is never so precious as when you realize you no longer have it. Justice is never so important as it is when you seek it, and it cannot be found. It may never seem quite so remarkable as when it is found in the hands of someone more powerful than you. What then? ~ The Founders’ Bible, Our Biblical Right to Confrontation

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4 Responses to The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ SW #1 – Boots On Ground vs Over Your Skis

  1. Bill Banuchi says:

    Here we go…! (Notice “Superman”) It’s prophetic!

  2. Frank Bruno says:

    Hi Chip,
    I hope everything is good. Is this an older post?Seems like I’ve read this text before.
    For me, it’s like, heavy reading. In spite of my IQ, I understand the message to be,’ Men get off your duff and spring into action’. Agreed. And I’ll be the first to say that I fall into that category. So it makes me feel guilty. Rightfully so. But every man isn’t like me. More than a few guys I know including you work endlessly to the honor of our incredible God. My misunderstanding of the message comes from Romans. Different gifts are given to men.
    The verse from Romans, above, speaks of a gift every man has.
    The message clearly says that most Christian men are not standing up during this critical time. Are we all expected to have the same viewpoint as to what is the right thing to do when most that I know are following God‘s word. I’ll stop here. This is all I can think of right now. Your brother in Christ Frank B

    • Chip Murray says:

      My brother…I apologize. ALL week, I knew I had a message from you. ALL week, I searched texts, emails, FB, etc. And only this morning (9/23) I find it here. I wish to give it the attention it deserves…so I will weave it into tomorrow’s SW#2…love you brother!!

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