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For 13+ years I have been blessed to train mentors from New York to LA.
Men from around the country have stepped forward to active a new level of personal and spiritual success. From different walks of life, various backgrounds and insurmountable odds men have come forward to submit themselves to God’s leading through training and I have seen some serious transformation.
With a ministry dedicated to the subject of men standing up during an unexpected pregnancy and leading men to be fathers, one might assume, that my greatest joy is seeing Daddy’s man-up.
Believe it or not, helping Daddy’s is a close second.
What really gets me going is what I call the “Ananias/Saul Syndrome”
Look at this (observe what’s in BOLD):
“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” Acts 9:1-19 (NIV)
THE ANANIAS/SAUL SYNDROME DEFINED:
- Saul is chasing down persecuting and murdering Christians.
- Ananias, a disciple of Christ, observes this behavior and naturally fears for his life.
- God calls Ananias to be ‘the one’ to heal Saul and set him on his way for The Church.
- Ananias argues with God and doubts God, however, eventually obeys and delivers the good news.
- Ananias greets Saul as BROTHER, heals him and witnesses Saul then become Paul, and fire up the Church! Boom!
WHY THIS IS MY GREATEST JOY IN TRAINING MENTORS:
- Many young men are running around clueless as to the personal damage they are doing in their and other peoples lives.
- Thousands of Christian men are observing this behavior and like Ananias have formed a bad opinion of them.
- God is calling these same men to be the very ones to deliver good news to men in unexpected pregnancy and to set them on their way for a great life.
- Like Ananias many men argue with and doubt God that they are the one to help yet they also eventually obey and begin delivering good news.
- Totally submitted to God they greet men as BROTHERS, bring emotional healing and witness young men RISING UP as Fathers and new Christians! BOOM!
The greatest joy I have in training so many men as mentors is to watch men, like me at one time, go from a place of disbelief to absolute abandonment in Christ and to see the fruit of their work. It is this place, where true transformation occurs (UPSTREAM) that a newfound father in unexpected pregnancy can be affected (DOWNSTREAM).
Think about it.