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Real Men Put First Things First Every Day (1 of 2)
Series: Real Men
INTRODUCTION: Real men are men with disciplined minds, sturdy bodies, and hardy spirits. They are men who are ready to stand up for God and do a vital work for Him in this day. God's work is not for cowards or the slothful. Vigorous, masculine, and bold men are filled with the Holy Spirit and stand for what is right.
I. LAYING THE FOUNDATION
A. DEFINING "REAL"
1. To be true and genuine, not artificial or counterfeit
2. To be fact and truth, not fake or shallow
3. 1 Kings 2:2 I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man.
4. Job 40:7 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
5. Ezekiel 22:30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap…
B. DAILY PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST
1. What are the first things?
2. What are the first and most important things in life?
3. What shall be my first things to live by?
4. Ed Cole: "To know what a man is, how to live as a man, how to act and react in conduct and attitude, glorify God and heal society, lead a family and nation, build character and develop relationships, love good and hate evil, we must look to Jesus Christ. He is every man's man!"
II. THE NON-NEGOTIABLES FOR A REAL MAN
A. NON-NEGOTIABLES ARE A SETTLED SET OF VALUES - QUOTES AND INSIGHTS FOR LIVING:
1. Stephen Covey, in his book First Things First Everyday says, "To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy." His famous principle is: "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." What is your main thing in life? What are the first things that push all the non-essentials out of your way?
2. Jesus knew His main thing, His law of firsts. He did not deviate from it. An ancient adage says, "If you want to defeat them, distract them!"
3. Daniel Webster: When asked, "What is the greatest thought that can occupy a man's mind?" rep ...
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