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“Man Up!”
By Mickey Stonier - July 3, 2013

In our Rock Church Through the Bible Reading Plan today we are currently reading in Isaiah 43-46.

In this section of Scripture we come across the exhortation in Isaiah 46:8 that states, Remember this, and show yourselves men.” Literally, the Hebrew reads, “Remember this and BE MEN, take courage.

Similarly 1 Corinthians 16:13 teaches, Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave (literally ‘ACT LIKE MEN’), be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

God loves it when men rise up to be men of integrity, men of faith, men of truth and men who emulate Jesus Christ.

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; see now and know; and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes justice, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her. Jeremiah 5:1

Revivals happen when God finds men like this.

What is a Godly man like?

Psalm 112:1-3 states, Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

Ezekiel 22:30 asserts, So I sought for a MAN among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

God is seeking for Godly men who have His heart. This July 4th as we celebrate the founding of our country, we need to realize that many men (and women) have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Men who value honor, courage and commitment are sometimes a rare commodity in our culture. In fact, Proverbs 20:6 states, Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

This past week I had the honor of speaking to one of the Arizona fire chiefs and a fire department union leader regarding the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives in the Prescott area. These men are to be honored for their courage and sacrifice as they gave all to fight those horrific fires.

In a similar way, God is calling us as men to be men of honor, courage and commitment to fight the flames of compromise, wickedness and complacency.

Let’s be men like Isaiah when he heard the call of God. “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’”


Mickey Stonier
Care Department Pastor
Mickey Stonier is the Pastoral Care Pastor for Rock Church. He also serves as the chaplain for a number of police and fire agencies throughout San Diego County.
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