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Men's Group Leadership

Brother Martin Parker

Brother Martin Parker
Men's Group Leader

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Meeting Notes for

January 21, 2017

Date: 01/21/2017

Presenter: Martin Parker with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Staying Strong in God!

Notes:

We must remain mentally, spiritually, physically, and morally strong for our families, churches, and loved ones (1 Corinthians 16:13). We are in a spiritual battle on a daily basis. The devil and his minions are constantly trying to take our salvation away from us. We must remain vigilant and prepared since we never know when catastrophe may hit. This preparation includes being spiritually ready in case something were to happen to us; we want to know that we are prepared for entry into God's kingdom. We should also be physically prepared for catastrophe. This includes having spare water, food, and medical supplies on hand in case of an unforeseen emergency.

We need to ask God to give us wisdom so we are prepared to fight these battles that are occurring around us daily. We must avoid quarrels and fights (Titus 3:1-2) since this is the enemy's way of dragging us down and tearing us apart. We need to remain as a unified front to fight these battles.

Know that God is with you regardless of your circumstances (Joshua 1:9). Our circumstances don't define God (any more than they define us). Do not be afraid (2 Timothy 1:7 and Deuteronomy 31:6) knowing that God will strengthen our hearts (Psalms 27:14 and Psalms 31:24). Be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10) and pray for strength to do what is right even when things seem too difficult or overpowering. Know that God will help us to overcome all of our trials and defeat the enemy (Isaiah 35:4) if we would just rely on him and know he has our backs,

On top of being called to be strong, we are called to be patient with those weaker than us (Romans 15:1-2). I take this to mean those who have less faith than us as well as those who aren't as strong physically or mentally as us. Do all things in love.

For the sake of our families and loved ones, we need to be mindful of the company we keep (1 Corinthians 15:33-34) and stay mentally sharp for you never know when catastrophe will hit. Don't be 'caught with your pants down.'

One way of being prepared is to have understanding. Learn not only from your own mistakes but learn from the mistakes of others. We must be prepared for the inevitable. To say you will have a chance to study the Word tomorrow is not the best decision you could make for we never know when tomorrow won't exist for us.

The bible is there for our learning (Romans 15:4). Several places the bible uses Abraham as an example. Romans 4:23-24 gives us a synopsis of Abraham. In Romans 4:21-25 we learn that Abraham believed (and trusted) in God. We should learn a lesson from Abraham's experience from God. Some people will tell us our own experience is the best teacher. But this is a harsh way to learn. The smartest way to learn is from the triumphs and defeats of others. Everything that happened in the bible is there for us to learn from. If we want to enjoy God, first we have to learn.

We should learn from the mistake those in the bible made (1 Corinthians 10:11). Some prime examples are outlined in 1 Corinthians 10:6-10. It is the beginning of your death when you stop learning. The wise man learns from the fathers. We should learn from the Word of God (Genesis 26:1, 5) and God will help us (defeat our enemies, conquer our trials, be strong in our faith, etc).

Be strong in your faith. Love God with all your heart. Learn from those who came before us and be prepared for the inevitable.