A Changed Man; A Stormy Testimony and Discipleship

We want to thank Lonnie Berger, and the staff of Every Man a Warrior.  The majority of TJC authors have studied through their curriculum. This week’s DBOs are inspired by the first book “walking with God”. 

TJC is committed to growing disciples.  Following regional training events, we strive for  those local men to band together,  a cohort, and study through EMAW as the next step

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“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” Romans‬ 7:15-17‬ NIV‬‬

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians‬ 5:17‬ NIV‬‬

I was talking with my best friend this morning about reflecting Christ to others, especially our family.   I was making the point that personally I need to change and then when asked what happened, point to Christ.  I’ve tripped up others saying look how Christ changed me, knowing what they still clearly see is an angry, selfish and frankly a really crappy reflection of Christ. 

How is it Paul writes these two seemingly contradictory statements; I’m a new man in Christ BUT the sin in me is still acting out?   Sounds like the storms in life are ripe areas for discipleship. 

We’ve been talking this week about our wingman project and aligning mentor/discipler and mentee/disciple.   Paul sure seems to be a discipler to others and still need discipling. That gives me a ton of hope. 

A clear example in my life is lust; I’ve struggled with it, to include pornography over the years. Getting serious this past year and joining a “pure desire” group, I have now been “sober” since May.  Don’t get me wrong, I still get tired and bored and tempted. The old sin is still well known and attractive.  But the new sober me now stands on solid ground that my wife is the sexiest woman on earth for me, and she gets my pure attention. We pray on that together every morning. 

These storms we’ve been through, or now going through, are key to our discipleship process.  I can see that a man is struggling with a gambling addiction, but as it’s not attractive to me – I can only disciple tangentially.  Someone who has dealt with it directly has authority to speak into that storm.  I can speak to pornography impacts directly. That storm cloud is in my rear-view mirror, so I keep it In my cross check, and will speak with authority about it with another man. 

You are no different. You have been through storms and can speak into them, and disciple others, as a changed man; while still needing others to disciple you. This process of mirroring Christ is a lifelong sanctification process, that you cannot do alone. 

Daily battle order

Having now been assigned a wingman, or intentionally entering your own discipleship relationship – roll back those sleeves and share those wounds (or now healed scars) and get real with your wingman.  You both know what you ought to do as new creations in Christ. 

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