Can’t Hardly Wait – Coming of Age, Coming to Freedom - Purity 810
Purity 810 08/15/2022 Purity 810 Podcast
Today’s photo of the sun shining above a stand of sunflowers comes to us from TammyLyn Clark as she captured this scene back on July 15th in. literally, her back yard. My wife has an eye for seeing the simple good things in life that God has provided and shares photos and art work that gives glory to God on her Facebook Group: Art4Him (https://www.facebook.com/groups/5261251240632105) .
She “created this group as a platform to share "original" works of art to give God glory”. I sent out invites this morning to virtually all my friends to join her group where she invites others to “share their own...original art for the glory of the Lord” in whatever art form you use, including “photography, painting, drawing, written word, poetry, songs, dance and more”.
And she also asks that “If you would like to share something from this group...reach out the artist FIRST AND (if sharing is approved) credit the artist in your post.”
My wife had started this group awhile ago and I have failed to utilize the wonderful photos she has shared for use on my blog, but no more. Sometimes I am at a loss for which photo to share each day and worry about whether or not the “artist” will approve of me using their work. I have had relationships broken over assuming my friends would want me to share their work! But I have given TammyLyn credit this morning and I know she supports my work fully, as I do hers. So I invite you all to join Art4Him and encourage you to share your original artwork to help lift someone’s spirit and to give God glory.
Well, it’s Monday again, and although I am sure most of us could have waited for another work week to begin, I “can’t hardly wait” for the next round of Freedom in Christ Discipleship Courses to begin. I know “back to school” may be a taboo phrase to drop around the youth and teachers who are enjoying their summer vacations but, friends in different parts of the country are already living in it and I look forward to the first session of the Men’s Freedom in Christ Course that I will facilitate that will meet the first Tuesday after Labor Day, in 3 weeks!
This morning I received an e-mail from Freedom in Christ Ministries’ Eastern Regional Course Coordinator, Sue Huber, where she anonymously shared some of the comments of the participants who have registered for the course of why they want to take the course I will lead, in order that I could begin praying for them before we begin.
Whether their reasons are to deepen their faith, to get encouragement for their ministry work, to get help in renewing their mind from negative mind states, or to receive assistance in overcoming personal and spiritual conflicts of the past, I am super excited at the prospect of being able to encourage these men and to help them either experience their freedom, maintain it, or to deepen their walk with God.
As I thought about the fact that I “can’t hardly wait” for the new session to begin, I remembered that there was a 1998 coming of age, party movie of the same name. I don’t really recall the details of the plot, but basically a bunch of teens graduate high school and go to a party. The film is an ensemble film and it follows different characters as they struggle with personal dilemmas, relationship issues, and the fears that surround facing the prospect of facing the future and finding love and purpose as they leave adolescence for adult hood.
This movie came out when my college days were over, but before I had kids with my ex, and although I still drank and did drugs like a college co-ed in my privacy of my home, in many ways the “party was over”. That youthful exuberance sort of goes by the way side no matter how much you drink or think you are “cool” when the classes stop and the school seasons are less meaningful because you have entered the working work and are full time “adulting”.
There are lots of coming of age party films that highlight the misadventures of youth, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Animal House, Losing It, The Last American Virgin, Porky’s, and Dazed and Confused. which unfortunately encourage youth to think that the right of passage into adulthood goes through experiencing wild times with alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Ironically the effects of these things that we think will make us “real men and women” can actually do the opposite. Instead of freedom, they can lead to bondage. Instead of liberation that can result in situations where you are stuck dealing with the negative consequences of momentary decisions for years. Instead of growing up, scientific studies and brain science indicate that addicts get “locked” in the stage of maturity they are at when they first start using.
Ever wonder why some full grown adults are as immature as they were in high school? Not only is it possible that they never learned anything from school, according to those studies they can be emotionally and mentally stuck in a mindset where they are grown up adolescents!
Oh that’s not good, if science says that I guess there is no hope for some people!
Well, that’s what the world would say I guess. They would tell you that once “an addict always an addict”, or “you can’t teach a old dog new tricks” or that “there are somethings that you will just have to live with as you will always struggle with them”.
But God’s word says something else. Jesus said in
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
If you have been trying to live without Christ, is it surprising that not much has changed since high school in your mind, in your emotions, or in your, soul? Without Him you can’t do much. He’ says without Him you can do nothing.
The Cast of “Can’t Hardly Wait” were in their 20’s movie when that movie came out. And even though we could watch that movie today to see them go through their wild misadventures of their youth, the party has long been over and now they are they in their 40’s! I didn’t do the research but you have to wonder, did any of them “grow up”. I did a couple of quick google searches of some of the cast members with the word “rehab” with wasn’t surprised that life imitated art in some cases as fortune and fame in youth comes with many worldly temptations.
So even if you are famous you can struggle but I got good news for the famous or the virtually unknow among us that struggle with the transition of “adulting” and dealing with the lies we believed in our youth that told us what it meant to be “free” or what it meant to be a “real” man or woman. I have good news to those you falsely believe that they will always suffer or those that believe they can never change. Although it may seem like you will never change and that some things are just impossible to get past or to overcome, Christ said that
27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
The Lord can set you free. God word declares:
Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
John 8:36 (NKJV)
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
So I can’t hardly wait for the prospect of encouraging some men who were bold enough to ask for God for help to discover the person that God created them to be. There are freedom in Christ courses available for anyone seeking help. Register now at: .
But I understand that not everyone will be able to get this help. The class sizes are limited and the times might not work for you. But hey, I podcasted the classes I taught in 2021, so you don’t have much of an excuse in my book.
I didn’t have an online class to go to. All I had was the word of God, a desire to follow the Lord to freedom His word speaks of, and faithful men and women at a local church to encouraged me to keep coming to church and to keep “walking and talking with God.”
So it’s Monday, and we might have a lot of work to do in the days ahead of us. some of which may seem impossible. But with God we have hope and power to persevere and to accomplish all that He has for us, if we simply abide in Christ and follow where He leads.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Lamentations 3:25-26 (NLT2)
25 The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.
Today’s verse speaks the truth that the Lord is good to those who depend on Him, who search for Him, and who wait on Him.
Talk about discipleship instructions! Enough said?
Depend on the Lord – Pray to Him for help. Listen for His still quiet voice to guide you.
Search for the Lord – Read His word, Apply it, seek to do the good works He has prepared for you.
Wait on the Lord – Abide in Him to give you peace and strength to endure as you wait for Him to work in and through you.
Pressed for time today, but today’s verses are “keepers” to encourage you to keep going where God calls you to.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from Clinton E. Arnold’s “Powers of Darkness”
As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Clinton Arnold’s books for your own private study and to support his work. This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.
PART III Interpreting the Powers for Today
We face two looming obstacles in interpreting the relevance of Paul’s teaching on the powers for the church today. First, there is the problem of the perception of myth. As pointed out in the introduction, Western society does not give credence to the notion of spirits, be they good or evil. To introduce the idea of evil spirits would be regarded by many as a reversion to primitive myth. We therefore need to grapple seriously with how to draw out the contemporary relevance of the biblical testimony on this theme.
The second major obstacle we face is the wide variety of interpretations of the powers. Traditional Christian interpretation has stressed the influence of the powers on individuals. The bulk of popular charismatic books on this topic have dealt primarily with ministering to people who are demonized. Both of these views, of course, assume that evil spirits really do exist.
More recent interpretations of the powers, in contrast, have stressed the influence of the powers on a broad scale; that is, the powers work primarily through the structures of our existence. Such things as economic and political structures are most often cited (capitalism, socialism, nationalism), but also other factors enter in, such as social patterns, cultural norms, group habits (like the development of a mob spirit in a soccer match). These “structures of existence” are then viewed as the objects of our spiritual struggle and may be regarded as demonic. Many who hold to this view would regard the biblical references to the powers as symbols of nonpersonal realities.
For most Christians, however, the issue of the pervasive influence of the powers has not been a matter of careful reflection. The following section will address the problem of how to interpret the powers for the twentieth-century setting and lead us into thinking more deeply about the influence of the powers on individuals and on a much broader scale. The remarks are limited to the implications we can draw from the apostle Paul’s teaching on the principalities and powers. Much more can be gained by a careful study of the life of our Lord, the book of Acts, the rest of the New Testament epistles and the book of Revelation.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 Clinton E. Arnold, Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 1992), 167–168.