Why Men Must Choose Platforms Over Stages

“Satan and his forces have a plan to terrorize your soul, to render you impotent as a believer, to make you worthless to the cause of Christ, and to make your life one of misery and spiritual defeat.”

The Invisible War, Chip Ingram

 No one needs to convince you that men struggle in life.

We lack purpose and direction and identity. We misunderstand our strength and our desire for challenge and adventure. We’ve lost sight of the fact that God has a mission for our lives.

And it is this mission that makes us an important target for the enemy.

If, after all, we understood the important work that God created us for, and if we understood the power of God that is available to us, we would be world-changers. Instead, we’ve fallen prey to “...sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.”

Satan lurks behind all of the issues we struggle with. He terrorizes us with the temptations of this world, and we allow ourselves to be drawn in. Pride gets the best of us. We convince ourselves that we can overcome our problems on our own, and we separate ourselves from God and the community of believers. We isolate ourselves from those who could bolster us against the struggle.

In order to find freedom, we must ask ourselves a single question as we move through our activities and commitments: Am I doing these things to be a conduit of God’s message? 

Think of it this way. We can operate from a stage or from a platform. When we speak from a stage, we speak for our own glory, and for our own benefit. When we speak from a platform, we speak for God’s glory, and our efforts serve His people. We share His message with people who need to hear it, and we align ourselves with Him instead of distancing ourselves.

The men of Junto Tribe have traded our stages for platforms. We recognize the enemy’s campaign of terror and we’re protecting ourselves against his weapons. But we aren’t stopping there. We’re sharing the message with others who need to recognize his methods. We’re coming alongside others who have fallen victim to his tactics.

If each of us lives according to this question, and if we encourage others to do the same, we will neutralize the enemy’s tactics. We’ll honor God, and we’ll bring others along on the journey as well. We’ll change the momentum in the invisible war, and we’ll begin the work of changing the world.

 Will you choose a stage or a platform?

 

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