Get Back to Your Inner Hero

As boys and girls we spent a lot of time being heroes in our play.  Heroically we protected and defended our families.  We fought to defeat what was bad and evil around us.  We were heroes to make our world a better place especially for our families.

I suggest that God placed into people, especially boys and men, the desire and heart to be heroic for the sake of their families and their world.  I suggest also, that Satan tries and many times succeeds in beating the heroic out of men and women.

Heroic is – to help others. … to uphold good and defeat evil … to act in ways that supports the joy and welfare of our family. … to stand up for something bigger than ourselves … to stand up for what is true and long lasting (rather than momentary, self-serving, and money serving.).

Satan twists up heroism by displacing it with the struggle for money, the tussle with our hectic schedule, a focus on self-gratification, and the feeling of slavery to our job.    Satan works to turn us into human machines focused upon accumulating things and surviving one day to another.

For many men, Satan works to corrupt the desire to be heroic into violence and anger.  We are no longer trying to help others – we just want our way.

When enough time passes a man might look at the world filled with troubles, wonder, “Why should I try?”  Then the hero has been beaten out of him.

Regain the heroic energy that God wants and Satan is trying to beat out of you.

First realize that there is more to you than all the tasks of the day.  We are not human machines enslaved to our programing and schedules.  We are dear and precious children of God with eternal souls, and, in Christ Jesus, given a renewed heart, soul, and image through his forgiveness and the faith the Gospel builds.

God states, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him has eternal life” (John 3:16).  God’s love is for the living, to make people alive in Christ.  At times we may feel almost crushed but that is the window through which Satan hopes we will view our world.  See your life through Jesus, a “window” through which we see forgiveness, redemption, life, joy, peace, and hope.

To return to our inner Hero we need to see the Gospel picture – Jesus who died for sin and who guides our daily lives.  Repent of sin.  Believe the truth. With faith in Jesus we have the gospel strength to be the hero the Lord encourages.

Husbands, be a sacrificial hero similar to Jesus and love your spouse as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (see Ephesians 5:25).

Wives, be a hero who respects her husband, as you respect Jesus himself (see Ephesians 5:22,33).

Be a family hero by taking your children by the hand and helping them fight the troubles, temptations, perversions, and ways of the world. Do not be so wrapped up in the schedules and events of the day to forget to train the young souls in your care.  Each of our lives becomes a treasure chest of experiences – faith-reactions with blessings, and faith-weaknesses that bring growth.  Some are comparable to precious gold or precious gems and some to silver and nice gems. Take time to share your treasures with your children, so that they can begin filling their treasure chests with godly truths of love.  If you do not share and help their treasure chests to fill, their treasure chest will be filled by the world.

Dads especially, be heroes for your children.  The world is very happy to draw them into its influence.  If you don’t share what is right and wrong, pop-culture most certainly will.  If you do not share what their lives are to be like, many TV shows most certainly will.  If you do not pass on what a husband, wife, father and mother are like, the world most certainly will show them what their lives and relationships are to be like without Jesus through TV and pop-culture.  A family hero wants to boldly pass on the wisdom and light of Jesus and godliness to their most precious treasures.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9b).


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