Manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous

Being a male is a matter of birth, being a man is a matter of choice

Your word is your bond

You don’t drown by falling into the water, you drown by staying there

Lower morality leads to higher mortality

You are committed to what you confess

Are you gonna keep it going ?

Dear Mike,

 

So many people are caught up in the question – will we make it through this crisis? The answer must always be a resounding “Yes!” And I’ll tell you why—we’re not the first people to go through a world in crisis. Jesus was born during terrorist occupation, the early church lived in the middle of persecution and crisis.

 

While the world watches what’s happening in China and Italy, our focus is on God and His Word. A remarkable example of tenacity in the face of crisis is what Jeremiah wrote to the nation of Israel when Jerusalem had been destroyed and their children taken to Babylon as slaves.

 

Let this powerful story take root in your heart so you will live as a conqueror, overcomer, and victorious warrior. In fact, print this out and make notes on it. Get this into your spirit. This is not a day to play defense. It’s time to be fully engaged and on the offense.

 

Here’s the story:

 

Daniel and his family, friends, and thousands of people from his nation were brutally taken as captives by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon in 605 BC.

 Babylon forces ransacked David’s temple, ruined Israel’s crops, destroyed businesses, killed thousands of civilians, then took the best and brightest back to Babylon. Four of those men were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
 

 

Only about fifteen to eighteen years old, the four friends were already strong, brave, discipled men. (This is huge!) They stood up to the godless culture they were in and refused to partake of the king’s table or his heathen lifestyle. 

 

Key for us today:
 

 

At the same time, the prophet Jeremiah wrote a message from God to the exiles in Babylon. His word produced courage in the hearts of the captives, hope in the life of Israel, and eventually brought remarkable increase and influence.
 

 

As Jeremiah wrote, the future of Israel hung in the balance, thousands were dead, the economy was ruined, and fear was rampant. What will the future look like? How will we make it? What should we do? 

 

Sound familiar?

God's word to them is a word for us today.

 

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 

Build homes and plan to stay. Plant gardens and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. 

Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.

“Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the Lord.

 Jeremiah 29:4-9

When all their plans had been destroyed, Jeremiah laid out a fresh game plan. This is your game plan for the next 60 days:

 



1. BE EXCELLENT

 



Use your skills and strategically plan out your future. Don’t lose your rhythm of life. For some, it’s the right time to start a new rhythm, to begin new habits and contexts. For others, it’s time to dig deeper. 

 

Our CMN Board chairman Bishop Dale Bronner is still up every morning at 4am in prayer. It’s the rhythm he’s practiced for decades.

 

 

Get rid of stuff that easily distracts.

 Read more, write, meditate.

 While people are getting sloppy, keep up your personal hygiene! Ha, ha – I know – that’s too personal, but it’s real. 

 

Don’t get knocked off stride – stay in the game.
 

 

2. BUILD YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW

 



”Build homes. Put down roots.” Change. Building a house always starts with the right foundation. The height of a building is always directly related to the depth of the foundation.

You will never grow beyond your level of consecration. 

 

Make this the opportunity of a lifetime. 

 

Don’t back away – don’t live in a victim mentality.
 

 

Start a new ministry to men, launch the CMN MONDAY NIGHT MEN weekly men’s intensive with some friends, or with your church.
 

 

Take a moment and review where you are in your mindset, actions, words. Then change what needs to be changed: perhaps the words you’re using with your wife or family. Are they uplifting, brave, filled with faith?
 

 

Build now.
 

 

3. STAY ALIVE IN THE PRESENT

 



Plant crops. That means: Do what you know you need to be doing. 

 

For some, it’s starting a new habit of Bible reading. For others, it’s learning a new language, building out your woodworking shop, calling and connecting with old friends you haven’t spoken to in years.
 

 

Do that. Stay alive in your mind and spirit – this is an amazing opportunity to reset life!
 

 

4. KEEP DREAMING

 



MULTIPLY! If you’re following me on Facebook, I’m bringing a fresh, encouraging word most mornings here

 

I said recently, “Every young Christian couple in the world needs to have more children. Don’t stop your family and your future based on the shifting context of this world!”
 

 

And, it’s not just about that. It’s about the business you want to start, the work you desire to scale. Start working on it now!
 

 

5. TUNE OUT NEGATIVE WORDS
 

 

God told his people not to listen to the hysteria around them, and that’s the word for you today. 

 

Don’t be obsessed with things that look like magic, or don’t have the Word of God as their foundation. Don’t read every prophecy on the internet and guide your life by someone who’s just making noise or is trying to make a name for themselves.
 

 

Turn off the 24-hour news cycle and don’t engage in arguments about who is right or wrong. Be informed but don’t live in a mindset of frenzied negativity.
 

 

Here’s the point:

 

Jeremiah then writes:

 



“For the Lord knows the thoughts he has toward you, not for your destruction, but to give you a future and a hope!”
 

 

That’s it! The promise is that when we move in obedience, he brings a blessing to our lives.

 



NOW – rest in that, live in confidence, move with strategic focus – and let’s do this!
 

 

I believe in God, and I believe in you.

 You are the answer that the Father placed on the earth right now to bring hope, salvation, and healing to this generation.
 

 

HOPE IS ALIVE. HOPE HAS A NAME. HOPE’S NAME IS JESUS!

 

In His Grace and Peace, 

Your friend, brother, and ally.

 

  

 

Paul Louis Cole

 

P.S. The deadly virus has canceled all of our CMN events. 100% of that income is gone. We are filled with great resolve, and we are so very thankful for friends like you. Thank you for being generous in prayer and partnership. Many blessings. PC

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