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One of our greatest challenges as men is to find some sort of purpose to our life. In this search we find trials, testing’s, and most of all – temptations. Would you like to know how to escape the temptation trap and effectively say “No!” to your sinful habits? Do you desire to avoid the snare altogether and stop giving in to the beast? Would you like to know how to live completely and unreservedly as a Super Man of God? Do you long for the time when you never have to lie to cover up your sin? Then you’ve come to the right place my friend.
Welcome to The Point of Purity Podcast. A weekly study filled to the brim with the all the tools from Scripture you will ever need to build a lasting life of Biblical purity. I’m your host Steve Etner, and this is Episode #130. In this week’s episode we are going to continue our new series looking into becoming a Super Man of God. This week’s episode is entitled “The Purpose of Purpose.”
As I said in this week’s opener: One of our greatest challenges as men is to find some sort of purpose to our life. Guys want to know they’re important. Guys want to be appreciated, we want to feel – well, we want to feel manly. Without a sense of direction and feeling of significance, men will wander (physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually). Usually, we will withdraw to our safe place – our go-to-spot, that thing or place that makes us feel like men (insert an appropriate man-grunt here).
For some guys it’s sports – football, basketball, baseball, hunting, fishing, you name it. For others it’s cars. Let them tinker under the hood for a while and they’re as happy as a tick on a lazy dog. Some guys choose to sit in front of their entertainment device of choice (be it X-box, PlayStation, the computer, or whatever) and try to just zone out for a couple of hours. And let’s be honest, for some guys it’s porn, or alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes, or going to the local establishment just to hang out with the guys.
Gentlemen, I challenge you to pause long enough to consider this fact: you were created for one purpose alone, and that is to know God and live a life that brings honor and glory to Him in everything you think, everything you say and everything you do (1 Corinthians 10:31). Only when you are living out that God-given purpose will you find real significance.
Let me restate that last comment: God created you for a reason. You were designed by the Almighty to glorify Him. It’s programmed within your very DNA! It’s at the very heart of who you are as a man. Whatever you do, whenever you do it, wherever you are as you’re doing it, you are to always and at all times do it in Jesus’ name and for God’s glory. (Colossians 3:17) Watch this now: Choose daily to live like that, and you will indeed be a Super Man of God.
Think about it this way, the object of a football game is to score a touchdown (or field goal) while keeping the other team from doing the same. All 22 players know exactly why they are on the field. They know what their position and purpose is, they know what is expected of them, what is at stake, and they know what they should be doing every moment the game clock is ticking and the ball is in play.
The object of a basketball game is to get the ball into the basket while preventing your opponent from doing the same. All ten players on the court know this. As a result, each team member is playing the game with purpose and direction. He has a specific objective in mind. If he didn’t, he would be wandering around aimlessly on the court, getting in everyone’s way. Truth be told, he wouldn’t be playing for very long.
When that which is created does all that it was created to do, only then is it complete and whole. If it’s not functioning according to the manufacturers’ specs, it’s broken and needs to be fixed. In my ministry I rely heavily on my iPad. I expect that when I turn it on, it will quickly boot up and then, as I touch the screen, it will do what I’m telling it to do. That’s what it was made for. A couple of months ago it stopped doing what it was designed to do, and I stopped being pleased with my iPad. What was intended to be a tool very quickly became a trial. Instead of trashing it though (which I was very tempted to do), I took it to someone who was knowledgeable and experienced with such things. He was able to diagnose the problem, fix it. I now have a fully functioning tool once again.
So, what exactly is the purpose of having a sense of purpose? What is the point of being a Super Man of God? When you were conceived, the Creator (God Himself) knew exactly what He was making. He knew why He created you, and what you – as His creation – are supposed to do in life. God always knows exactly what He’s doing, and he never makes a mistake. You have been created for a specific reason and purpose. Until you discover what that purpose is (spoiler alert: it’s living a life that honors and glorifies Him), and then determine to live out that purpose every day of your life, you will always be seeking, never able to find fulfillment, meaning and satisfaction.
When we aren’t living a life that honors God, when we are not doing what God created us to do, we experience a big hole in our heart. You have felt it – I know you have. Something is missing. We end up wandering through life trying to find it, trying to make sense of it all. Solomon felt that hole and spent most of his life attempting to fill it with anything and everything but God. Nothing worked! Why? Because nothing, absolutely nothing can take the place of God! Only God is God, and only He can fill that God-hole in your life.
So, the real question here is, are you doing what God created you to do? Are you fulfilling your purpose in life? Isaiah asks the question, “Why spend your labor on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2) I want to encourage you from the get-go to take your eyes off of things that cannot satisfy and put your laser-like focus completely on living a super powerful life that glorifies God. Solomon started with self and ended with God. May I suggest that we learn from his mistake and just remove self from the equation altogether and simply start with God? I don’t want to see you get to the end of your life and say, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.” (Isaiah 49:4)
So, let me give you a couple things to think about here. First, As a man, what is your primary purpose in life? Let me give you a hint: it’s NOT to make money, be a success, have a family, or any of a gazillion similar responses. Scripture is clear. Our primary purpose in life is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17). So here’s my second question for you. Understanding that your primary purpose in life is to glorify God, what are some practical ways you can choose to live that purpose out TODAY? And my final question for this episode is based off of Ecclesiastes 12:13 which says, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” OK, here’s my question – If you choose today to follow Solomon’s advice, what would happen?
OK. Let’s hit the pause button until next week’s episode as we continue to look at some snippets of my book “Are You A Super Man?” If you would like to learn more about today’s study, or if you’re interested in learning more about The Pure Man Ministry, be sure to visit our website to see the multitude of resources we’ve made available to you – you can find our website at ThePurityCoach.com.
Let me take a moment here and tell you about the book this current Podcast Series is based upon entitled, “Are You a Super Man? How to Become God’s Man of Steel.” You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com.
Here’s what I want you to know: If you’re a man looking for a 12-week men’s Bible study then this book is a must. “Are You a Super Man of God? Becoming God’s Man of Steel” is a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at what it means to be God’s Man of Steel in a world that is Anti-God, Anti-Christ, and Anti-Bible. Let’s face it guys: As Christian men we try to be the Super Man of God that others want, need, even expect us to be. We do fairly well most of the time at presenting the “spiritual man of steel” persona to those around us, yet inwardly we know we are far from being the godly man we want to be.
As a Super Man of God your strength, your ability to effectively live a life that honors and glorifies God, comes directly from the SON. The closer you are in relationship to Jesus Christ, the greater your power to resist the archenemy of your soul (the devil) and watch him flee from you (James 4:7).
Yet, truth-be-told, you also have a weakness. It’s your Kryptonite, that radioactive element of your life before Christ that your spiritual archenemy uses to his advantage. The fact is, when you play around with your Kryptonite, it weakens your will and ability to stand firm and fight the fight of faith.
In this 12-week men’s Bible study you will learn how to identify your Kryptonite, steer clear of it, find your super-spiritual strength as you daily draw closer to the SON, and be the man of steel God has called and equipped you to be. So, let me encourage you to go to Amazon.com today and purchase your copy of “Are You a Super Man of God?”
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So, until next time this is Author, Speaker, and Purity Coach Steve Etner reminding you that if you are going to glorify God in your everyday living, He must first be glorified in your every moment thinking.
Please understand that your involvement in this program does not provide any guarantee on the part of Steve Etner, The Purity Coach or The Pure Man Ministry. In other words, we are coming alongside of you for the purpose of coaching you toward accountability and purity. I am not a professional counselor and I cannot guarantee you specified results. I am, however, a man who has been where you are and has seen God work in my life in a mighty way. This program is what changed me. And God has used this program to impact the hearts of countless men across the globe!
I'm here to encourage you, to challenge you, to pray with you, and to share with you what God has taught me. I look forward to coming alongside of you in this journey!