Probably will make many of you mad but...

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Lucy-Pevensie

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Those are valid questions. But it can be even more complex than what you are suggesting.

Us men are held to account by the church using a very high standard. We are expected to take charge of our families and be perfect spiritual leaders while at the same time, the world emasculates us.

Wives are being told more and more that it's okay to leave their husbands if they are not perfect Christians. After all, "if he did that, he was never saved in the first place."

All this is taking place while pastors around the world are disengaging with their flocks. They would rather build bigger churches and cram them with more people than spend time with the likes of individual men who are facing spiritual attacks, alone on a battlefield with absolutely no allies.
I agree these are extremely challenging times for men. Both within the church and in society as a whole.
It seems to be another symptom of the church allowing itself to be made over too much in the image of the world.
We are constantly bombarded with alternative moral standards. It looks to me even from a woman's perspective that
the pressures men face are often overwhelming. There isn't really a support mechanism in place for men that I know of either.
I think you have legitimate cause to feel discouraged. I hope you don't despair though. God does value you.
 

Butterflyyy

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You're right....it did make me mad. And that's because I doubt all of what you just said. At least when it comes to myself anyway. Maybe God loves and cares about other people, but he certainly doesn't give a flip about me.


I don't think God wants me to be happy. I think he wants me to be down in the dumps all the time. I don't know....maybe I did something wrong. Maybe my parents did. Who knows. I say that because I always wonder why my life is the way it is.


I fear that my luck is never going to change. I keep hoping for some kind of miracle that will take away or relieve my worries and burdens, but nothing ever happens.


So things will actually get better for me? Don't take this the wrong way....but I'm not going to hold my breath.


I feel like I'm the man in the iron cage that John Bunyan wrote about.
Stop listening to the Liar, hold up your shield of faith which will quench all his fiery darts and put your trust in God because He is trustworthy; get your eyes off yourself we are all weak,we all need Him and totally depend on Him and His Blood despite our weakness. Keep your eyes on Jesus, this is how Peter walked in water but when he looked at his circumstances he started to go under.
Sending love in Christ to you, and thank you for posting; I needed to remind myself of all that😊X
 

Butterflyyy

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I agree these are extremely challenging times for men. Both within the church and in society as a whole.
It seems to be another symptom of the church allowing itself to be made over too much in the image of the world.
We are constantly bombarded with alternative moral standards. It looks to me even from a woman's perspective that
the pressures men face are often overwhelming. There isn't really a support mechanism in place for men that I know of either.
I think you have legitimate cause to feel discouraged. I hope you don't despair though. God does value you.
God is able 🙌
Sing some of the old hymns they are full of this truth that God and His Word are mighty; a lot of the songs today are getting the focus on our weakness instead of His mighty power💪
 

Prycejosh1987

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God love you.
God sees you.
He knows your inner struggles.
He knows your fears.
Your worries.
Your pain.
God doesn't only see it but He is moving in it. No storm is too great.
No mountain too high.
No road too rough.
I think this defines Gods persona.