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Lecrae: What Does a Real Man Look Like?

What does it mean to be a man?

When you grow up with no good living examples of manhood, you can get lost. Sin has marred our perspective of what masculinity and manhood really is.

In Genesis 1 and 2 God gives life and breathes life into Man. He begins to cultivate and do what God has hardwired him to do. Man was created to cultivate, to build, to create, to grow things. Even if you don't have the discipline, you have the desire. 

God has given man a blueprint:

A will to do

A command to obey

A woman to love and to respect.

When we look back at the scriptures, we see Adam failing. Romans 5:17-19 compares Jesus and Adam. Men are either following Adam or Jesus. Romans reads "For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous."

A Real Man is Someone Who:

Rejects Passivity

Accepts Responsibly

Leads Courageously

Invests Eternally

Jesus led where Adam didn't. Jesus didn't wander aimlessly. He had a goal and direction. What happens when it gets hard? the difficulties remind us of the gospel. What are you cultivating in your life? What are you building? Are we being spiritual cowards?

Are you fighting?

You never know what Prayer is for until you understand that life is a war. You fight in the power of the gospel, not in your own might. In Genesis 3 where we see the fall happen, we also see God giving us hope.

God doesn't just leave us. 

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