Building Men Of Character


// A Call to Arms Review

"A Call to Arms" went out and hundreds of men answered.
They gathered on the Rhema campus in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in November for Kenneth W. Hagin's annual men's conference. Speakers challenged and encouraged them to be God's men—learning how to live and lead His way and leave a godly legacy. Here are highlights. And be sure to save the date for A Call to Arms 2015, November 5–7.

Train Yourself to Be Godly

"Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please!" —1 Timothy 4:7 (Message)

It pays great dividends to show godliness in this ungodly world. But training yourself to be a godly man is a daily exercise for your entire life. You train yourself to be godly, and you keep yourself godly by training.

If you work out in the gym or at home, do you do it once a month or every quarter? No, it's a daily routine. And you can't hire someone to work out for you. You can't delegate it. Likewise, it's your responsibility to keep yourself spiritually fit. The Word will be your training guide. This is a 24/7/365 training session with God.

We need to train ourselves to be godly because we'll need the strength of God to overcome life's challenges. Sometimes the godly character we incorporate into our lifestyle is what helps us to be faithful. If it weren't for that character, we would fail, yield to temptation, and give up.

Look at Samson. He was a man of God, but he neglected to stay spiritually fit. He thought he could live the way he chose and still have the power of God. But he was stripped of his strength, and the enemy took him captive.

My point is this: We must train ourselves daily in the qualities that a godly man should demonstrate to his family—his sons and grandsons—and all of the young men he comes in contact with. Our godliness or ungodliness will affect future generations.

"The Bible says to resist the devil, and he has to flee from us. Why will he flee? Because he has no right to operate in our lives if we don't give it to him. Remember, the devil is seeking whom he may devour. I'm of the class of people that he may not devour, because I know who I am in Christ. When we know this, nothing will move us. Fear will not motivate us, because we won't be motivated by what we see and feel. We'll be motivated only by the Word of God on the inside."

"Everything you do while you're on the earth, at some point, will become history. But everything you set in
motion becomes legacy. That's why Rhema has an
incredible legacy. Something has been set in motion, and it's grown bigger than the house from which it was birthed. You know you have something that is birthed of God when God uses you to set something in motion that outlives you. Abraham is dead, but his blessings continue to thrive in the earth toward believers who have been grafted in by faith. We're blessed today because we're Abraham's children."

"Hebrews 10:35 (NIV) says, 'Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.' This is not the time to give up on your confidence. Don't give up on who God made you to be—on your dream, your prayer, or your vision. It's time to be strong. Don't you dare throw your confidence away; it will be richly rewarded! Though it has been a little delayed, it's still coming. You will reap a harvest if you faint not. We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed. We are of those who believe and are saved."





"Nehemiah gave people a reason to believe. Action leadership begins there. People aren't moved to action with the mind. If the heart is not convicted, people will not do great things."
Power of Leadership

"Is it disagreement that destroys teams? Or is it disrespect? Respect is the glue that binds the team together. It's the gift you give somebody, even before they deserve it."
Power of Family

"What you think about, what you focus on, will become your reality. You've got to be very aware of the thoughts that you are letting reside in your mind."
Power Of Purity

"Money is not ours to blow—it's ours to invest. It's ours to do something with in order to give back into God's Kingdom."
Power of Finances

"They said I would never get out of prison. I got a full pardon. The most powerful thing you have today is the testimony God has given you."
Power of Testimony




Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God.” Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God’s promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
Don’t Be Double-Minded
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn’t regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God’s Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to “speak” louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what’s going on in their body. It’s dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They’ll begin to say things like, “I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing.”
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
Look to the Word
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God’s promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can’t afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
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