Here’s what comes to mind when I think of a man of valor – courage under fire, heroic action in the face of great danger, and duty above self. It’s what most men dream of – a chance to prove that they have what it takes.

Since most of us will never have to participate in combat we will have to prove our valor in more mundane ways. The enemies attacking us will not be soldiers on a battlefield, but the inner enemies that war against our souls – things like fear, egotism, selfishness, materialism, lust, and the abuse of power. These are the enemies that ambush us at every turn, that threaten to rob us of our destiny. And these are the enemies we must defeat if we are to become the men God has called us to be.

 

In pursuit of this quest, I have identified seven characteristics possessed by valiant men throughout history and today. They are: 1) Spiritual passion; 2) Courage; 3) Loyalty; 4) Integrity; 5) Sexual purity; 6) Wisdom, and 7) Compassion. Using Scriptural principles and real life examples I will show you how to cultivate these traits in your lives and become true men of valor.

 

You may feel it is too late, that you’ve been robbed of your destiny. Don’t give up! God has a plan for your life even if you can’t see it. As a man created in His image, you are destined for greatness. Whether you realize it or not you were created to be a valiant man! You were created to conquer! That’s what the Bible says, “...Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it...”i

 

Don’t measure your future by your past. God is about to intervene in your life and do a new thing. Let Gideon be your

example. He was an ordinary man at best, yet the Lord called him a “...mighty man of valor!”ii “Then the LORD turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?’”iii

 

“‘...O my Lord,’ Gideon said, ‘how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’”

 

Does that kind of negative self-talk sound familiar? Have all your efforts to prove your masculinity, whatever form they may have taken – athletic exploits, financial success, sexual escapades, or even feats of courage, all proven futile? Are you convinced that if others knew you as you know yourself, they would see you for the phony you often feel you are? Gideon felt that way too. Yet when the Lord finished with him he was a mighty warrior, a true man of valor who delivered Israel.

 

Your inner enemies can never be defeated with the carnal weapons of physical prowess or business acumen.

For we are not fighting “...flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

 

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”vi The truth — God’s truth — is the weapon that will defeat these enemies and set us free to fulfill our destiny.

 

 

Set in devotional format, the following chapters are short and hard-hitting – straight to the point. Utilizing action steps that are designed to help you integrate these principles into your own daily walk, they build one upon the other, day by day, until the false pretenses of the enemy have been replaced by the truth of God.

 

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