I went to a men’s conference with my Dad in 2015 and jotted down quite a few notes. I then adapted the notes I copied down and adapted them for a message I shared at a men’s gathering in October of that year. I pray that in print, they will be an encouragement to others.
4 Men in David’s Life
1) Jesse – a strained relationship
David was a man after God’s own heart. But David didn’t necessarily have a strong father-figure in his life. Although David grew up to be a godly man we have not indication that he had a strong father in the home. The first time we see David, his father does not treat him like the rest of his sons…
I had the privilege of sharing with some men at a church Bows and BBQ today.
The Apostle John’s words were my text:
“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” 1 John 2:12-14 ESV
Rejoice! We are forgiven because of Jesus. I don’t know what you’ve done, but you don’t know what I’ve done. I know the horrors of my heart and I know that Jesus has forgiven me. I don’t just know Jesus name. I know Him and He’s changed my life. But the question we all have to ask ourselves, is do we know Him. The eternal God I know! Another thing we must ask ourselves is does God’s Word abide in us? Does it take root when we hear it preached, catch something on the radio or talk about it with a friend. Do you want to be strong. The only way to overcome the evil one and the evils of our day is for God’s Word to take root in us, in our hearts and transform us. And it all starts with knowing that our sins are forgiven by Jesus.