Today we start with line one of the Disciple vision statement:  I AM A MAN OF GOD. 

Take a moment to read and meditate James 3:2-12. It says that just like the tiny rudder turns the ship, the tongue turns the man. In other words, change starts with what you say,  and then becomes what you do. 

Saying "I AM A MAN OF GOD" may feel weird at first. You may feel fake, you may see your struggles and stumbles and think I'm really a sinner and a wretch. And your old man,  your flesh,  the way you used to be was! But 2 Cor 5:17 says you are a new creature,  old things are passed away! Ephesians 2:1-7 says you've been raised up with Christ,  and seated with Him in Heavenly places! Your address is in heaven,  not in this earth! 1 Peter 1:4 says you've been given an incorruptible inheritance! It's time to see yourself as God does! 

You need to turn the ship with your tongue, I AM A MAN OF GOD!  Say it with conviction,  believe it,  shout it from the rooftops!  When someone asks you what you do,  don't tell them your profession,  tell them I AM A MAN OF GOD! Struggles happen when you are faced with opportunity for sin,  and you don't have your mind already made up on who you are.  Are you the old man who follows the flesh, who goes down the highway to hell? No, I AM A MAN OF GOD. 

A MAN OF GOD doesn't go to that old place,  he doesn't do those old things,  he doesn't put on those filthy dirty clothes,  he doesn't return like a dog to his vomit! A man of God looks flesh in the face and says I AM A MAN OF GOD! A man of God looks opportunity for sin in the face and boldly proclaims I AM A MAN OF GOD even when he feels himself wavering. In fact,  that's when he shouts it over and over again,  I AM A MAN OF GOD! Get behind me satan, I'm gonna make you sorry you ever came to tempt me today,  I AM A MAN OF GOD! 

So say it. Let it roll off your tongue. Savor it like a tasty piece of meat. I AM A MAN OF GOD. I'm not a boy, I'm not a child, I'm not pushed around by sin, flesh and the devil, I AM A MAN OF GOD! 

I am a man of God! 
I am reading the Word! 
I am fasting and praying! 

I am a sower! 
I am worshiping the Father! 
I am a warrior of God! 
I am Blessed! 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 


March 21, 2015 — James Johnson

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