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February 1, 2013

Man's faith vs. male's flesh

ORANGE — It was reported that over 100 million people witness this year’s AFC and NFC championship game. It was very powerful to see one of the most feared linebackers to ever play the game giving God praise and worship. Ray Lewis is a perfect example of the manifestation of the transformation from male to man. A few years ago he was on trial for keeping bad company. Today the company he keeps stands bold on their conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord of and in their life. Ray for the duration of his football career has shown that he is very strong in his flesh. As an adult male he has made a name for himself with his work ethic for keeping his flesh strong. After getting Godly counsel, God began the manifestation of transformation from male to man in his life. Ray works just as hard if not harder to ensure that his faith is strong just as his flesh. The biggest fight in the life of a man is to battle against his flesh. Paul tells us in the book of Romans that there is nothing good in this flesh and the things that we don’t want to do we do. As males we look to depend on our physical and mental ability to be able to handle things when it will do nothing but lead us to destruction. Men realize that doing that which is right and pleasing to God will take strong faith. Men understand that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Strong faith breeds a strong spirit which produces favorable results. If we are not careful we as men can find ourselves like Samson. Samson was very strong physically but depending on his flesh cost him his life. Samson believed that his strength would protect him from anything and anybody. The more he depended on his flesh, the more his faith in God weakens. Our true strength lies in the strength that God can and will sustain, guide and direct us. As Delilah continue to press Samson’s flesh, Samson needed to press toward the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus. The very thing that destroyed Samson, is the same thing that brings down a lot of us today, trust in our male flesh. Men look to strengthen their faith while males look to satisfy their flesh.

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