A Godly Man Must Pursue His Destiny

The definition of a Godly man must be a man who has a desire to be like God. This is a natural desire if you believe you were made in the image of God. That is a noble thing but it is another thing altogether to actually make progress towards this goal.

To be like God also involves the willingness to submit to God and to His ways and plans. That includes, in a big way, His plan for our lives. In order to be a Godly man, one must be concerned with God’s plan for your life or your destiny.

A Godly Man Has A Destiny

Thinking about your God-given destiny and wanting to know the details about your destiny is a great place for Godly men to start. There is much more involved, however.

There are many forces in play that are working against you on your path to realizing your destiny in life. As a  result , it becomes very important for you to pursue your destiny. It won’t come jump on you and it won’t wait for the right alignment of the stars.

A Godly Man Looks Like

A Godly man must be persistent, must walk in faith and prayer, must be willing to invest in others, and must seek the counsel and support of other Godly brothers in Christ.

Years ago I felt a calling from the Lord to run for a state office. I was shocked by this and spent time praying about it, discussing it with my wife, and getting advice form some close friends. I decided that this was indeed a path that the Lord wanted me to take.

Everything involved with running a campaign was a struggle for me. There were endless nights making phone calls. I involved my family in designing campaign signs and getting permission to post them across my district in Louisiana.

There were numerous receptions and debates and interviews which I just thoroughly enjoyed. I put a huge amount of effort in what I believed was my destiny from the Lord. I sacrificed a lot of time with my family.

To make a long and painful story very short, I did not win the race. I was quite devastated. I asked the Lord what went wrong. My conclusion was that I had submitted to the Lord and ran a campaign that honored Him. I had to leave the results up to Him.

The point is that I pursued what I truly believed to be my destiny in Christ as a Godly man. Do I still believe that my God-given destiny is to serve people through a government office? It may still be in my future some day.

I do feel certain that my destiny involves working with men to become Godly fathers and husbands. There is such a strong desire in my heart to provide men with a vehicle to help them discover their destiny and support to achieve it.

That’s why the Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams were created.

If you call yourself A GODLY MAN or want to learn about Godly manhood, I challenge you – I double-dare you – to go to the link above.

Michael Ecuyer
Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams Co-founder

A Much Needed Follow-Up To Promise Keepers

Promise Keepers has done an awesome job of ministering to men all over the United States and overseas for the past 20 years. Their ministry is accomplished through large stadium gatherings where thousands of men can learn how to walk with integrity through a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

Promise Keepers Beliefs

The core beliefs or the 7 Promises of Promisekeepers are life-changing principles to live by. They are deep principles that demand a commitment in order for them to become pillars of stability in your life.

While the Promise Keeper conferences are emotionally and spiritually moving, there needs to be vehicles that men can hop onto after the conference is over. This follow up needs to be easily accessible for men so they have a way to continue on the path of Godly manhood.

My Promise Keepers Experience

I remember when I attended a conference at the Superdome in New Orleans years ago and became a promise keeper. It was a very powerful spiritual experience for me. I was already a born again Christian but I learned some very useful and practical steps I could take to grow spiritually.

The problem is that this journey of spiritual growth cannot reach its fullest without the companionship of other believers. Several months down the road those powerful principles were now lost in the busyness of my life.

Were there any ways for me to join with some men in my church to keep these Godly principles operating in my life? Yes, but it would have taken a lot of effort and time for me to get those men motivated. As a result, it didn’t happen.

Christian men and women all face this same challenge of keeping our walk of faith and love fresh and alive day after day. There must be a simple way to follow up and build much-needed spiritual momentum just as I needed after attending Promise Keepers.

Effective Promise Keepers Follow Up

To keep that momentum growing for men, something else is required. It is called “fellowship” with a purpose. I know this is a difficult word and activity for most men. Men usually avoid fellowship because it threatens their sense of independence, their sense of being a conqueror.

That is why Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams were developed. These are small teams of 4 men who have a heart to learn about the things of God
and pursue His picture of what it means to be a man. This is not a Bible study and it is done over the internet with skype preferably or chatting.

Whether men will admit it or not, they need the support from other Godly men and it takes courageous to face up to that and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

So here is the challenge men. I’m getting up in your face and telling you that it’s okay to say I can’t live a Godly life on my own. I can’t walk with integrity at my job and as a husband and father by myself.

I challenge you to spend 5 minutes right now and learn about this vital follow up to PROMISE KEEPERS here. If you have never attended PK, you are still welcome to become a courageous man of God.

Michael Ecuyer

Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams

The Outrageously Simple Solution for Ministry To Men

Ministry to men is a huge key to the health of our families, the church, and even our nation. I applaud the awesome work that is being done by many men’s ministry organizations all over the world. But it’s not enough! HAAAA!

Ministry To Men

It is not enough because there are many men who will continue to avoid the hands-on, kum-bai-ya, face-to-face church ministry that is currently available. Men for the most part are not “touchy and feely” when it comes to new social events, and especially spiritual gatherings.

You’ll have to hog-tie most of them and throw them in your trunk to get them to attend a men’s event. The problem is that you’ll never see them again.

Churches are constantly struggling to come up with new mens ministry ideas to attract new men. While daily devotions for men are an important tool to help equip men, other methods must be developed.

There are several obstacles that must be overcome before men will become a part of a church’s ministry to men. Let’s take a look at what some of those nuclear waste zones are and the plan to deal with them.

Ministry To Men Obstacles

1) Responsibilities: Many men already feel so stretched thin with their responsibilities (like NFL weekends and backyard barbecues) that they are
slow to add on another worthwhile activity.

2) Self-Evaluation: One thing men avoid like the shopping mall is taking a closer look inside to find out where they are missing it. This is really a useless activity since men are rarely wrong and have little to improve on.

3) Communication: Men typically communicate about practical or superficial things and struggle with sharing their feelings and heart-felt
desires. A common conversation may sound like this:”You better pass me those chips before I douse you with this salsa.”

4) Superman Complex: Every man has a secret identity complex in which he believes he is “stronger than a locomotive.” To admit that he is struggling with some character defect would be worse than retiring his riding lawnmower. Men put on a strong front to a ridiculous fault.

5) Accountability: This is one of the biggest secrets to success in life, but few men will submit to it. Every person would benefit by getting an accountability partner. Can anyone say, “the hole I am in is getting deeper”?

6) Procrastination: I’ll have to do a great job of explaining this one because no man is going to have a clue what I’m talking about. Several things can cause this behavior like fatigue, or being disatisfied about something or sometimes there can be a spiritual cause.

7) Prayer-phobia: This is the fear of praying around others. Prayer is a powerful activity, especially when there is agreement with others.

Even men who are already involved with some type of church men’s ministry can get contaminated by these toxic attitudes.  The great news is there is a way to handle these dangerous obstacles without wearing a decontamination suit.

Ministry To Men Solution

It is called the Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams. To get more information about this outrageously simple and free on-line solution for men’s ministry, follow this link now.

Michael Ecuyer
Family Life Winners

Obedience To God Keeps You Standing Through the Storms

Your obedience to God will often mean the difference between success and ruin in your life. Many times we foolishly convince ourselves that we know what the best course of action is, and a careless prayer tossed into the heavens will secure our future paths. 

It’s a bit like many adolescents who think they are ready to take on any challenge while dismissing their parents’ “out-dated” ideas. I admire their boldness and passion, but the warning signs laid out on the path ahead by good old Mom and Dad are there for a good reason.

Obedience To God is Wise

While we may have a more complete picture of circumstances that our children face, our Heavenly Father knows ALL the in’s and out’s and the up’s and down’s for every situation. He is aware of every possible variable for the challenges we will face and His desire is for us to come out on top.

Our culture teaches a very dangerous myth that will prevent us from getting to that place on top.  Many people, both young and old, live by the myth that obedience to God is boring and confining. They want to be able to say “I did it my way.”

“It’s exciting to be rebellious” is screaming at our young men and women through music and media and all types of entertainment. The problem is there is a huge price to pay when they fall for those lies.

Thank the Lord that He sent His son Jesus who paid the price of our disobedience. It is through His sacrifice and resurrection that we can be restored from the destructive effects of our disobedience.

Obedience To God Is…

A simple but very important key to our obedience to God is walking with God. As we do this, we start talking to Him and more importantly we learn how to LISTEN to Him. It takes quiet and practice to listen to God.

God talks to us in many ways: through the Bible, through the still small voice of our spirit man, through circumstances (we need to be really careful here), through others, through dreams,  and through the wisdom and counsel from His Holy Spirit.

The big question is what are you going to do after you hear what God is saying. Obedience to God is not that tough. It is simply making a decision to SUBMIT to His wisdom and strategy for a situation. I know the word”submit” is a dirty word in today’s culture.

Without it, you risk missing out on being an over-comer. Obedience to God is a powerful force that will unleash heaven on your behalf and give you victory in the face of all kinds of trying circumstances.

Not only can we stand tall in the face of those coming storms, but we can gain new ground and new rewards and favor. This may be tough to believe but God is a REWARDER. Being rewarded is a scriptural concept. It is God’s plan.

I invite you to take a close look at what Jesus said about obedience in Luke 6:46-49.

Following God’s plan for your life and for those everyday decisions is always much easier if you have some Godly help. Check out our  online Courageous Men’s Destiny Teams to help your OBEDIENCE TO GOD.

Mike Ecuyer

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This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made-How To Really Live By It

The simple truth of “this is the day that the Lord has made” has been ignored by so many Christians. If you learn how to live by this powerful truth,  your life can be totally transformed. Each day holds awesome treasures from our Heavenly Father for us to lay hold of.

In order to be able to do this, all you need is a big mouth and about 5 minutes of your time each day. Bold faith and a positive attitude are NOT required to get started. You will find that these 2 traits, however, get stronger in your life if you are persistent in following some simple steps.

If you are like me, you are very familiar with this scripture out of Psalms. The problem is that we can get so familiar with a Bible passage that it becomes common to us.

When this happens, we are in danger of ignoring the life-changing power that is available to help make us the over-comers we are supposed to be in Christ.

Recently, I woke up and noticed a vague sense of dread about the upcoming day. There was nothing troublesome scheduled for my day and there was no reason for me to be feeling this way. It then dawned on me that this had been happening to me a lot lately.

I got angry because I had been allowing this feeling to come up frequently and had done nothing about it.  A familiar tune to “this is the day that the Lord has made” came up in my spirit and I started singing it.

Immediately I knew that I had to grab the truth in this Scripture and DECLARE that this new day was going to be full of blessings. I slowly began to look forward to the coming day with great expectation. The Lord had made this day and He made it for me to come out smelling sweet.

The first thing I noticed was that the sense of dread had left me. I was now determined to see God’s presence and favor show up that day. This is how we must start each day off to see God’s victory in our lives.

I am not suggesting that if you do this you won’t have any challenges or struggles for the day. I am guaranteeing that as your heart gets established on the truth of this Scripture, you will be prepared for whatever comes your way and will end up standing victorious.

This Is the Day That The Lord Has Made Easy Steps

This is how you can put your big mouth and 5 minutes each day to work for you. Do this any time after you wake up or on the way to work.

1) Open your mouth and loudly speak the words of Psalm 118:24. Repeat these words several times slowly and with meaning. Don’t rush through it.

2) Thank the Lord as you invite Him to show up in specific events or tasks you have to complete for the day.

3) Place a written reminder wherever you need inside your house or in your car.

FOR THE LADIES: You can get more awesome ways to get your family aligned with God’s timing here – THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.

FOR THE MEN: Learn about how you can be part of a Courageous Men’s Destiny Team here – THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE.

Mike and Charleen Ecuyer

P.S. Share with us your comments about enjoying the blessings of the Lord’s days.