a call to man up. [this one’s for the boys]

I’m kind of addicted to this song right now. And I love the music video. These men of God are some of the most powerful voices of our generation. They’re not some hood rat rappers. They’re not spinning noise. These are some powerful, Bible-driven words of power.

Obviously I’m not a boy. Or a man-boy. Or a man-child, what have you. But girls saving their hearts and boys manning-up is a two-way street. Can you imagine how incredible a Christ-centered relationship could be if girls waited and boys became men? Just thinking about how much that would honor God gives me chills.

I also really enjoy all the movie references in this song…that has nothing to do with anything…it’s just how my thought process works.

[Let me take you back to the tree in Eden, if you read it you’ll see that Eve was deceived but Adam is the one who let it in.] If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll known how much I love the story of Adam and Eve. I have a few posts about it that I’ll link here. And here. I’ve always wondered why Adam didn’t man up and slap that apple right out of Eve’s hand and slingshot the serpent right out of that garden. I’m adding that to the list of questions I’ll be asking when I get to Heaven.

One of my favorite lines in this song is [Get up out of the treehouse leave the cookies alone it’s/Time to eat meat now]. Not only does it make me laugh a little bit, but that’s so scriptural!

Hebrews 5:12 says, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.” Man-up means taking up your cross and teaching others: encouraging your brothers in Christ and also the women of noble character that He puts in your life. A man of God moves on from the basics of the Word and digs deeper. A man of God isn’t satisfied with picture books, but seeks scriptural evidence and guidance.

116 is so passionate about young people (both boys and girls) stepping up and being unashamed of the Gospel, which is the whole idea behind 116.

Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Boom. What about you? Are you unashamed? Would you consider yourself to be a part of this movement? Or are you standing in the crowd, just clapping and nodding along?

[we’re the last of a dying breed/it’s time that we man up]

I would also encourage you to read the comments on this video’s YouTube page. Some of them are encouraging. Some of them are heartbreaking.

-Caitlyn

Listening to: “Man Up” album by 116


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the combination of a student retreat and a rap song.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of going with Agone Student Ministry, from First Baptist Church of Bowie, to Camp Copass for their Spring retreat. The theme was “Back to Basics” and we studied these verses:

“I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.” Hebrews 5:11-14 [The Message]

Lately, I’ve been struggling with having a daily quiet time. My friend, Alexz, and I have been working through Beth Moore’s study called “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” together and have been able to meet every week to discuss the daily readings and hold each other accountable. The problem is, we’ve both been finding it difficult to actually do the readings every day.

We kept focusing on setting goals like, “If I do at least two of these daily entries every week…I’ll be okay” or “I did two last week…so I’ll do three this week.” The problem is, that’s not the point of doing a bible study.

God wants us to find time for Him every single day. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 10, He deserves it. If we have to wake up earlier or stay up later, He’s worth it. At the retreat, we talked about how if we give God 1/100 of each day, that’s roughly 10 minutes.

Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Wow. Spit us out of His mouth. I’ve read those verses before over the years, but I’ve never been so caught off guard by those words. God doesn’t want us to sometimes focus on Him. He’d rather us either choose Him every day or not at all. In Lecrae’s song “New Reality”, he says,

“Well cold water we drink, hot water we cook
But lukewarm does nothing it just sits and it looks
And that’s you imagine these as the words of Christ.”

Cold water has a use. Hot water has a use. But lukewarm water? It sits there and has no purpose; it doesn’t help anyone. The majority of Christians out there are in this stage of life. We talk the talk, but ignore the whole walking part.

Instead of focusing on completing a certain number of daily bible readings a week, focus on spending at least 10 minutes every day working through the studies. Start your day with God. Dedicate the day to come to Him. God’s really been using multiple things to get my attention in this area. Music, the retreat, a speaker at DNow in Van Alstyne, everything around me seems to be illuminating the importance of spending time in His word every day.

You can’t fight a war without training, experience or knowledge, after all.

We don’t deserve God’s constant love or His omnipresence, yet He’s there for us. He deserves our everything, every moment of every day, yet how much are you giving Him?

-Caitlyn

Listening to: “New Reality” by Lecrae ft. Chinua Hawk