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  • First of all, one great love.

  • To love the Lord our God

  • with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

  • And that should be something

  • that is set before us daily.

  • As we see in Deuteronomy chapter 6,

  • it’s something that should be written

  • on the doorpost of our house.

  • That when we leave, when we come in,

  • we are constantly reminded

  • that the great thing we are about

  • is to love the Lord our God.

  • That when it all comes down

  • to the basic root of everything,

  • I’m to love the Lord my God,

  • and I must be reminded

  • that this is the thing I’m to do.

  • I’m to have one great love,

  • and then again, I’m to have one great passion.

  • We listen to Matthew 6:33,

  • that kind of sums it all up:

  • "But seek first His kingdom

  • and His righteousness

  • and all these things will be added to you."

  • Men.

  • How different would we be

  • if only these two verses were taken seriously?

  • If only these two verses

  • were brought before our eyes

  • two or three times a day?

  • And as I said this morning,

  • is it not true,

  • that you and I can go weeks

  • without being reminded

  • of the most important things in the Christian life?

  • The things that God Himself incarnate

  • set out for us

  • are forgotten.

  • In all our activity

  • and all our busyness.

  • And everything we do

  • we are to do because it is the will of God,

  • and because it brings glory to God.

  • Even the most menial tasks.

  • Something that I often ask myself:

  • 'When was the last time

  • you drank a glass of water

  • to the glory of God?'

  • 'That you relished a glass of water

  • to the glory of God?'

  • 'When you drank it knowing

  • it is a gift

  • from God?'

  • It comes from Him

  • and is to return to Him in praise.

  • In a sense we are to be reminded of Him

  • every time we think,

  • every time we look down at our hands and feet,

  • every time we attempt any endeavor

  • we are to do it to the glory of God.

  • There has never been a time

  • in the life of Paul Washer

  • that I have loved God

  • as He ought to be loved.

  • And there has never been a time

  • in the life of Paul Washer

  • that I have glorified God

  • as He ought to be glorified.

  • You see it changes everything doesn’t it.

  • Now it’s not just a knit picky little legalistic system

  • that you can check off and say,

  • 'I’m a righteous man.'

  • You see holiness,

  • when it comes down to it,

  • is separation from the things that displease God,

  • in order to be separated unto the person of God.

  • To esteem God above all things,

  • infinitely above all things His value,

  • and to live in accordance with that estimation.

  • So as men

  • our goal

  • is to learn,

  • is to grow in this truth

  • that everything we do

  • we're to do for the glory of God.

  • I have met men in the world

  • that were not only consumed by passions,

  • but were controlled by them.

  • Men who are controlled by singular passion.

  • I’ll give you a perfect example, it's about to come upon us here

  • and it’s the Olympics.

  • I in no way want to speak on this in a negative light,

  • but I want to use it as an example.

  • There are men

  • who since they were six years old

  • have done nothing

  • but run down a 100 meter track.

  • Every day of their life

  • since they were six years old.

  • They have gone without sleep.

  • They have gone without hobbies.

  • They have gone without lives.

  • They have gone without dating.

  • They have gone with absolutely everything in their life,

  • for one purpose;

  • to run down a 100 meter track and get a medal.

  • Is that not true?

  • Look at the gymnasts,

  • they're absolutely amazing,

  • their bodies.

  • Many of them since they were three

  • and four years old,

  • all they have ever done

  • is eat and sleep

  • this passion.

  • And then there’s us.

  • It’s not some gold medal

  • to be hung around the neck

  • or some wreath that will be put on our heads

  • that will last only for a day.

  • But you and I.

  • You and I are called

  • to be controlled

  • by one singular passion;

  • the doing of the will of God

  • and for a crown, that does not perish.

  • We must strive

  • to be in the center of God’s will.

  • Now, another thing that He has given us,

  • not just one great love,

  • not just one great passion,

  • but He’s also given us a great commission.

  • Men,

  • we were not made

  • to live like most men.

  • We were made to fight.

  • We were made to strive.

  • We were made to work.

  • We were made to conquer.

  • We were made to give ourselves for something that is eternal.

  • Adam was given the command to do what?

  • To go out and subdue.

  • To bring everything in creation

  • in harmony with the will of God.

  • To do all his governing,

  • all his things

  • within the context of God’s will.

  • Now we live in a fallen world

  • that lives in darkness

  • and death.

  • The kingdom of the evil one

  • spread abroad throughout the land.

  • You and I were not called to play video games.

  • We were not called

  • to sit in front of a television set.

  • We were not called to give ourselves to trifles.

  • We were called to advance a kingdom!

  • To live with a passion,

  • to fight for Him!

  • And to only every once in a while

  • drop our swords and look up for a smile.

  • I want to fight!

  • I don’t want comfort!

  • I don’t want ease in Zion!

  • Because the kingdom of God

  • is built

  • not by those who rest easily in Zion,

  • but by those who go out into the streets and fight.

  • And the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

  • They are mighty.

  • Intercessory prayer,

  • the proclamation of the Gospel,

  • and sacrificial love.

  • Men.

  • Rise up O men of God.

  • Do what you were called to do!

  • Be valiant and strong!

  • And know

  • that it’s going to cost you.

  • You take your stand beside Jesus Christ and His cause,

  • and you watch the devil come after you

  • buffeting you from the outside and from the inside.

  • But that’s what war is about.

  • And so He has given us

  • a great commission.

  • To pace a room at night saying,

  • "There Is a place, there is a place

  • where He is not worshiped,

  • where He is not worshiped.

  • There is a place where He is not worshiped."

  • "I can not sleep."

  • "There is a place where He is not worshiped."

  • "There is a place where the flag of Zion does not fly."

  • That’s what we were made for,

  • to set aside

  • our little temporal causes,

  • and to give ourselves

  • to this one great battle.

  • And so if we set aside

  • these basic principle difficult things,

  • in order to jump out there

  • and do something public

  • and something great.

  • Then we prove ourselves to be hypocrites.

  • What is the most important trait in a man,

  • is it giftedness?

  • Absolutely not!

  • Some of the most gifted men in the world

  • are self destructive,

  • and destroy others.

  • What does your wife need?

  • What do your children need?

  • What do your children need?

  • What does the world need from you?

  • Christ-likeness.

  • This is what were are to strive toward

  • and it breaks my heart.

  • Sometimes you know,

  • I don’t like to go to conferences,

  • I don’t like to preach in them.

  • Sometimes in the middle

  • of all the stuff being said

  • all the time,

  • I just want to stand up and say,

  • "Enough!"

  • "I’ve already got more truth

  • than I know how to obey."

  • I don’t just want to 'know!'

  • I want to 'change!'

  • And I don’t want to change on the so called 'spiritual level.'

  • That at 'public' level, (maybe is a better word.)

  • I want to change

  • in the inner chambers of my heart.

  • That even His thoughts,

  • -the deepest expression of who He is-

  • it was His desire that they be according

  • to the will of almighty God.

  • The freest man on the face of the earth

  • is the one who makes himself

  • a slave to a perfect master.

  • Where has God been wrong,

  • and where has He wronged you?

  • Has there ever been a time when you've listened to Him,

  • when you've obeyed Him,

  • when you've sought out His will,

  • that He has misled you somehow?

  • Never!

  • But have you ever followed your own ways

  • and been misled by your own devices?

  • Always.

  • It is extreme.

  • It is deliberate.

  • 1st Timothy 4:7-8

  • "But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women,

  • on the other hand discipline yourself

  • for the purpose of godliness."

  • Now here’s an extremely important question.

  • When I go to an Olympic athlete