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Magna Carta

Our Magna Carta

This Magna Carta was chartered in November 2009 by the attenders of Men of the City at the time.

 

I CHOOSE…

To follow Jesus – I used to believe that I could run with my own baggage, now I choose to throw off all that hinders me and run in the life God has in store for me.  I choose forward progress and in turn will receive abundant joy.  Heb 12:1-2  Rom 8:12  John 10:10

To actively pursue greatness – I refuse to believe that losing my life for the Lord is boring, annoying, painful or difficult.  Instead I choose to believe that losing my life for Him will in turn save my life and expand my capacity to love.  Matt 16:25  Rom 12:1-2 Mark 8:34

To fight unseen battles – My enemies are not government officials, pastors, my father, my wife or mean people.  My struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against unseen forces.  I choose to stand up against the enemy and it starts in my own mind.  Eph 6:12  2Cor 10:3-5

To be a risk taker – I believed that playing it safe was okay, but I realize that having faith actually means I have to take risks.  I choose to take risks and trust my Father above, and that this pleases Him.  Heb 11:6

To build strategic alliances and plans – I used to believe I could conquer and resist sin on my own.  I now choose to employ God and believe that brothers around me will help defeat these areas more effectively.  I understand that prayer in community divides the enemy and brings me closer to God.  James 5:16  1Cor 12:12 2Cor 6:14  Gal 6:2

To believe what God says about me – I reject the lie that I am not good enough, or that I have to measure up to others to succeed.  I choose instead to believe that I am God’s child and Christ’s friend, and that I may approach Him with confidence and that I can really do all things because He is the one who strengthens me.  John 1:12 Eph 3:12  Phil 4:13

… To be forgiven and forgive – In the past I believed that being a strong man meant I must not reveal my weakness to others because they would shame me or not love me.  Now I choose to be a true man who finds a close friend to confess my sin early to and receive prayer.  In turn, God can forgive me, heal me, and make me a stronger man.  James 5:16  1John 1:9  2Cor 12:9

To have Joy – I thought that if I complained about my circumstances I would feel better, or others might fix my problems. I realize that I should not complain and choose to find joy in whatever I am doing and wherever I am, and as I choose to be content, I will receive great gain.  Heb 12:2  Phil 4:4  1Tim 6:6

To believe that I am an agent for change – I used to think that that life is what happens to me and that I could not change it or others around me.  From now on I choose to be responsible for my actions or inaction and that I can actually do anything with God’s help and will seek Him for it.  Phil 4:13  Jer 29: 11

To find comfort in God alone – I used to believe that self-medicating was acceptable and provided me with satisfaction.  I choose to believe that complete satisfaction is found in the arms of my Father, and that he provides comfort.  2Cor 1:3-6  James 1:2

To believe I have worth – I used to believe I was not worthy of being someone who amounted to much.  Now I believe that Jesus is the one who has shown me I am worthy.  I do not have to be perfect now or ever even though I will strive to.  Eph 2:8-9  1Cor 6:19-20  Col 1:14

To submit to authority – In the past I believed that submission made me weak and vulnerable.  I will choose to submit to authority, both God’s and worldly, because I believe it offers me protection.  Heb 13:17

To pursue God’s kingdom first – I used to believe that earthly wisdom and knowledge determined my ability to be successful. As I choose to put aside the pursuit for material possessions, I will chase after a different kind of treasure in heaven, knowing that God will provide for my needs. Matt 6:19-33

To serve in humility – By competing and trying to out-serve others only offered me pride and self-centered goals.  Now I choose to put the needs of my neighbor, my family, and my wife ahead of mine. I choose to remind myself to be humble and follow the example Jesus set for us. Matt 6:1-4  James 4:10  Phil 2:5-9

To receive love and love others – In the past I thought that by judging others for their sin was okay and beating myself up for mine regained favor with God.  From now on I choose to receive grace and to let God have the judgment so I can focus on loving with all of my being, those who may not know the result of their actions.  I will also accept the love from God and forgiveness of my own actions.  Matt 22:37-40  Rom 3:21-24  Deut 6:5

 

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