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Are you looking for motivational messages for him—for a good man? If so, this article is chocked full of insight and quotes about being a good man in God’s eyes. If you’re a man who’s looking to be inspired, motivated and provoked to a level of greatness, keep reading.
Author Philip Neri once stated, “The man who loves God with a true heart, and prizes him above all things, sometimes sheds floods of tears at prayer, and has in abundance of favours and spiritual feelings coming upon him with such vehemence, that he is forced to cry out, Lord! Let me be quiet!”
As a man, you were created and mandated to fulfill several deeds throughout you life. Love God. Serve. Protect. Pursue purpose and vision. Build up people. Ensure growth among all those who follow. Nurture and raise up your seeds. Be good stewards over resources. Operate in strategy. Love your wife as Christ loved the church. Build alliances and face conflicts. Essentially, you were deigned to rule as the king you are.
And as a King, you are responsible for building the kingdom that God has called you to build, fortifying and overseeing it. The job as a king is honorable and noble, but it also requires a level of strength, wisdom, critical and creative thinking, counsel and many other activities to help your kingdom withstand internal and external attacks.
It’s unfortunate, that, most motivational messages for him, or men, fail to promptly address a key issue. Many men have forgotten their royal selves. Due to heartbreaks, a variety of losses (in all forms), and unrelenting pressures, many men have left their thrones and have decided to watch life from the side lines. And as a result, they’ve become displaced, complacent, unmotivated, stagnate and unmoved to live life in the fullness as instructed by God.
Before I continue on with this article, I must state a few facts.
Men, you are an incredible specimen—one of God’s finest creations. You have the power to speak life into people—the power to provoke others to greatness—the power to excel in the face of adversity and uncertainty. When God created you, He took a step back and said, “It is good.”
Yet, in order to access the potent power within, you’ll need to get back on the throne. You’ll need to get back in touch with your Creator. You’ll need to get back to who you are in God. It’s only through these courageous steps you’ll be able to return to the life you were called to live.
I’m both hopeful and prayerful that this article gives you the strength to abandon the thought of running, to flee the mindset of compromise, and to repel the spirits of complacency and mediocrity. I’m sure it will provoke you to reclaim your throne!
What is a Throne—the True Place for Men?
One of the collegiate definitions I’d like to use to define a throne is, “the chair or seat occupied by a sovereign power or authority.”
Let’s identify what a sovereign power or authority is.
In Genesis 1:27, the scripture reminds us what sovereign power and authority looks like. It says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” This such a motivational message!
The word “created” as presented in the scripture means “shaped” and “fashioned.” Therefore, we as men were shaped and fashioned in the greatest sovereign power and authority there is. When you have sovereign power and authority, you have the ability to achieve whatever your ideal outcome or desired result in life is.
Need a little more convincing?
Consider Luke 10:19 as a reference. “Behold, I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Essentially, the power that God has given you is greater than any opposition in life. Yet, in order for you to operate in this level of power, you must first be on the throne. It’s only on the throne you’re able to achieve the level of greatness for which you were called. It’s only on the throne you gain the strength to pursue purpose and vision. It’s only on the throne where you appreciate the vastness and richness of your life.
12 Examples of Thrones Men Usually Abandon
Earlier, I spoke about your need to hop back on the throne, but I didn’t give you some examples of what a “throne” in your life is. With that being said, let me give you a few examples to help you identify which throne you might have abandoned or need to reoccupy:
- The throne of being a father
- The throne of being a husband
- The throne of being a leader
- The throne of your purpose
- The throne of your vision
- The throne of your dreams
- The throne of your business
- The throne of your integrity
- The throne of you destiny
- The throne of your future
- The throne of humility
- The throne of compassion
The above list isn’t an exhaustive one, but I believe you get the picture. After reviewing the list though, which throne have you abandoned or left unattended? It’s okay to be honest!
The key to identifying the throne you’ve left behind is necessary for you to determine the strategy or course of action you’ll need to take to return to your “seat of sovereign power or authority.”
Why Men Abandon Their Thrones
As men, can we continue to be real with each other and address the fact we might have erred a little? What we’re addressing today wouldn’t be motivational messages for him—them—me and you if we didn’t. So, stay with me and let’s go deeper.
It’s interesting that around the world, countless men have decided to leave their thrones unattended, and as a result, they have decided to watch everything they’d built to be overtaken by someone or something else. What has come into your life and caused you to leave?
In 2 Samuel 15, we find that the mighty David flees his throne once he learns that his overly ambitious, highly disrespectful and ungrateful son Absalom desires to take it by force. And as a result, David leaves the kingdom. Once the king left, the people were subjected to the actions, leadership and treatment of someone else.
By leaving your throne, whose hands are you leaving your purpose in? Whose hands are you leaving your dreams in? Whose care, or lack thereof, are you leaving your family in?
Don’t take this as an attack by any means. We’ve all made mistakes and have fallen short of the Glory of God. But it’s time that we get ourselves together and prepare ourselves to reclaim our rightful place as kings.
As we look at the scripture, some people argue that David fled or abandoned his throne because he was afraid of his son; others, however, say he was afraid of what he might have done to his child as king. Either way, the throne should not have been unattended.
Whether you believe it or not, we all have Absaloms in our lives—situations, reasons and connections that have come to take our thrones. And just as David did with Absalom, we’ve helped give birth to these attackers.
When you’ve aided in the birth of your Absalom, it’s much harder to address it. As the patriarch of your circumstances, relationships, anguish and adverse situations, you have given both life and strength to those that desire to overtake you. If you had dealt with your Absalom in its infancy or in its youth, you would’ve never have been in this place you are now. But here you are.
20 Reasons Why Men Flee Their Thrones
As we look at the scripture a little closer, and as we put ourselves in David’s shoes, we may have compassion for this great man. When Absalom desired to take the throne, David had a decision to make: act as king, which means he would have had to “kill” his son; or, act as a father, and leave the seat of his purpose and calling.
When it comes to your purpose, there’s no one or nothing worth you giving up your place as a king. Although it might hurt or cause you emotional pain, you have to take a stand. So, as we continue, let’s take a look at some Absaloms you’ll need to face and overcome.
· Selfish desires;
· Unhealthy relationships;
· Attachments to the past;
· Self-doubt and self-sabotage;
· Negative self-talk;
· Self-limiting beliefs
· Depression and anxiety;
· Poverty and debt;
· Lack of commitment;
· Destructive behaviors;
· Unhealthy connections;
· “Mean-well” friends or family
· Death or loss
I could fill up several pages with the type of Absaloms that are out there. Sadly, each of them have caused great men like you to abandon their thrones. If you see one, or several, of yours in this list, that have negatively impacted you, be inspired because the next section will help you overcome them.
Reclaim the Throne: Strategizing Your Comeback
Wherever you are in life, you can reclaim your throne. As long as there’s breath in your body and a strong desire to do so, you can achieve it. Impossibility doesn’t exist. All you need is a strategy, tactics and the courage to proceed.
In the highly acclaimed book “The Art of War”, Sun Tzu reveals many methods to defeating opponents through strategy and action. One particular quote is, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
Thus, you’ll need your own plan of attack before you can reclaim your throne. Here are a few methods many other men have used to achieve victory in their lives.
Step 1: Be Honest about where you are
When you left the throne, something happened inside of you. What was it? Why did it have so much power over you? Now that you're here, how are you feeling emotionally right now? Guilty? At peace? Unhappy? Remorseful?
Identifying where you are will help you to determine your level of motivation. If you’re at peace, for example, then you probably shouldn’t have had a throne anyway. If you feel discontentment or any other negative emotions about where you are, this is good. It’s a step to healing and rebuilding.
Step 2: Get Divine instruction
You must remember that God put you on your throne in the first place. And since He created you and your life, He can instruct you on your next move. The best way to start a conversation with God is to apologize for your actions and ask for forgiveness. Consider 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins (mistakes), He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (excuses, reasons, etc.).”
Step 3: Enter WARRIOR mode
Before you left your throne, you fought like hell to get there, didn’t you? Now it’s time to return to that fearless, ferocious, calculating, strategic and “take no prisoners” self. This is important because warriors have to separate their emotions from the actions they must take to achieve an objective.
A good way to get into warrior mode is to remind yourself of your greatness. Remind yourself that your throne belongs to you—no one else. And then realize, that, any opposition must be executed.
Step 4: Devise a strategy
Jim Rohn once stated, “Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to succeed, but more importantly, what’s your plan to succeed?”
Your strategy is your outline for how you’ll attain victory. It helps you identify your gaps, what alliances and resources are required, and what actions you must take.
If you’d like an example of an effective strategy, consider the one outline in the hit book Defeating Goliath.
Step 4: Execute your strategy
At this step, there’s no turning back. You’ve come to a place where you’ve realized that reclaiming your throne is more important than anything else. The time for talk is over. The time for dabbling or wallowing in negative emotions is over. It’s time for combat. It’s time to remind people, circumstances and the world why YOU ARE A KING!
Top 10 Quotes about Being a Good Man (King)
Each day of your life presents different challenges; some of these challenges can cause you to leave your purpose, dreams, goals, responsibilities and life unattended. When that moment happens, use these following quotes as small motivational messages:
1. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one” – Marcus Aurelius
2. “It’s in his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man” –Publilius Syrus
3. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine
4. “If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.” – Buddha
5. “The way of a superior man is three-fold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.” – Confucius
6. “To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name.” – Burl Ives
7. “You have to have a bunch of dimensions to yourself. You have to be able to adapt in this world. You can’t be a nice guy living in a world of savages.” – Mike Tyson
8. “The heat of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.” –Suzanne Curchod
9. “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell
10. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.” – Seneca the Younger
There are countless “good man” quotes that are out there for you. I hope the ten you’ve just read reminds you to move in the strength of your kingly self. Strive for greatness. Reclaim your rightful place. So what if it won’t be easy. Getting where you were before wasn’t either. Yet, now is your time to get your life back--to reclaim your throne.
We all get knocked down. Such is life. Yet, we don’t have to stay down. The challenges you face are temporary—as with the emotions you're undergoing. In this article you’ve been enlightened and given an action plan to follow to help reclaim the life to which you’re entitled and purposed. You are a man—a king. And since you’re a king, you must remember to rule and guide your life as one. This means every action and decision you make should be toward building the kingdom you’ve been given.
Remember this important fact: You are too incredible of an individual to be defeated. That being said, rise up my good man and live as the king you've been called to be.
Sometimes you need a little more guidance and assistance to help you reclaim the life you desire and deserve. The following resources will help you. Pick one or all of them, and add them to your arsenal.
Defeating Goliath: Rated 4.5/5 Stars on Amazon, this incredible book reveals the winning formula to turning problems into power. Thousands of men have used the strategies within to reclaim their lives. Check it out here.
Ellard Thomas is an internationally-selling author, motivational speaker and the founder of Power and Success Ministries--an organization that's dedicated to helping people with overcoming obstacles and achieving their personal definition of success.
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