Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Where Are The Men?

"I sought for a man among them and I find none..."
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The failure of the world we live in today is not caused by corruption, bad governance or civilization; it is caused by the failure of men who ruled the affairs of the world they live in. No government or country can be corrupt if there are no corrupt men and women in it. Men are the major culprit behind bad leadership, godfather-ism, terrorism, thuggery, hooliganism, rape, sex predators, cybercrime, misappropriation of funds, false prophets and so on. 
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Where are the men that would stand for a just cause? Babies are born but men are made. What makes a man starts from the home and what influences him to become what he intends to be are products of the choice he makes in life. If a father fails to raise responsible children, they'll end up becoming cancerous adults in their society. It is better to a mould a child but very difficult to mend an adult. Mind you, a man that cannot lead his family properly cannot lead a nation successfully. 
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It is quite unfortunate today that boys in male's figure are parading themselves as men. They brag about their cheating escapades, drinking spree, religious bigotry, wrongdoings, domineering traits and fail to own up to the responsibility of their actions and inaction - they blame their parent, government, wives or family for their inaction. 
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Where are men like Abraham? Men who will walk with God perfectly and lead their children and household in the law and judgment of God (Gen. 18:19). Not men who will shift the blame of their fatherhood failure to their wives. "It's your mother that spoiled you", as if it was the woman's name the children bear. 
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Where are men like Philip whom his four daughters were filled with the Holy Spirit? Where are men like Joshua whom together with his family(wife and children), he served the Lord? But today, we have men who don't care about their family's spiritual upbringing and development but only ensure their academic development and failed to give them adequate moral trainings. Know this folks, academic and moral trainings makes a child relevant here on earth but spiritual training make them relevant in eternity and cope with the challenges and demands of life. 
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Where are men like Joseph who will say no to fornication and not call it fun? Where are men who won't demand sex from their secretary, house help, female friends or as a means for granting jobs, promotions and recommendations? The world is tired of men who are chasing ladies up and down and it's a lie from the pit of hell that men are polygamous in nature. We can't continue like this and pass this baton to the next generation. We need men that would say no to premarital and extramarital sex. 
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We need men that won't call sexual infidelity sugar coated names but would live to be disciplined, faithful and would embrace the fear of God. We need men who won't place illicit sex as a criteria for marriage or fertility test.
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Where are men like Daniel? Men who would purpose in their hearts not to defile themselves with the 'delicacies' of the world. Men who determined in their lives not to follow multitude to do evil even if it'll cost them a lot of sacrifice. Men who live by purpose and the fear of God, not men who are ruled by pleasure are so rare to find. 
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Where are men who won't bow to the god of their times like Shedrach, Meschah and Abednego? In spite of the threat to their lives and belief, they do not obey dignitaries to disobey God. Are you the kind of man that would not bow to the god of illicit sex, corruption, greed, irresponsible fathers and the likes? 
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Men and women are corrupt these days from the political to the religious organization. They no longer want to do what is normal in the discharge of their services without expecting a compensation before or after. Where are men and women who would do what is right and godly? Where are these kind of people? 
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Where are men like Epaphras? Those who would labor fervently in the place of prayers for lives to be transformed and be saved. Men like John Hyde, who was later known as the 'praying Hyde'. Unfortunately, self-centered prayers top the list of our prayers. But unfortunately we have so many lazy men spiritually, but when it comes to soccer, they know it all without traveling abroad. It's not a crime to love watching football, but it's a shame on you as a man if your spiritual life is non-existent. 
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Lots of wives have become and are becoming victims of false prophets because the man in the home is not a priest who can stand in gap for his family Spiritually. What makes you a man is not the rounds of sex you can go, it's about fulfilling your responsibility as a father, husband, leader and a priest to your immediate family and others. Show me a man who can spiritually protect his family and I will tell you the sacrifices he has made to do so. It is not the duty of men of God to be the only one who are closer to God, you can be a man that hears God clearly without becoming man of God. 
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See you are a failure as a man if you cannot hear God speak or your wife is more closer to God than you and you accept it as a norm, this is not competition; it shows that something is wrong with your head (authority) as a man. 
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Where are men like Jesus, who came to seek and save the lost? Where are leaders like Apostle Paul; men who would serve God's flock and take careful oversight of them, not for filthy lucre or gain? Where are men who will lead with love and not rule with a fist of iron? Were are men who can raise leaders and great minds from their children and those within their area of influence? We don't need rulers, we need leaders who are shepherd like, they lead and go before the flock, not those who are selfish and monetize their obligations. 
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You don't have to become a man to do what is right. Boy Samuel and Josiah sought-after God while they were much younger and do not depart from it at old age...and from a child, Timothy knew the scripture that was able to save him. What are you learning as a young man? What kind of man will you become in the society even you have access to power, fame and influence?
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Are you that man that God can vouch for to stand in the gap between life and death? This is the time to cry out to God so that He can make you a man after His heart. All of these men were cited so that you can learn one or two things from them. All the attributes of these men can be found in you only if you'd humbly seek God's face and reposition yourself with God who knows the purpose you're to carry out in your generation. 
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Don't let this article raise your ego that you'd become defensive or offended, humbly see areas where you have missed it as a man and run to God to realign you to His original purpose. 
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Oh Lord, make me that man after Your heart that would serve my generation according to Your will and would lay my sword at Your feet!
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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