by Clarence Boyd on November 18th, 2018

Hebrews 1:1-3 reveals something that is essential for the man to understand. It reads:
 
“In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at
many times and in various ways, (2) But in these last days He has spoken
to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom
He made the universe. (3) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact
representation of his being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.”
 
The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that Jesus is the only person able to represent the Father in the earth. The point is made that Jesus has been appointed the heir of all things, but more importantly is the fact that everything was made through him. Then a revelation is shared for us to meditate on. The Son has the responsibility to sustain everything by the power of His word. In short, Jesus is the source of all creation. Because He is responsible for what He has created, He has the responsibility to sustain it.
 
This revelation cannot be overlooked by any man. Every man has the potential to be a father because the Bible reveals that ‘the life of anything is in the seed.’ This is why every created thing can reproduce after its kind. The conclusion must be made that the seed is in the man. Thus, the man is the source of every child born. The baby comes into this world through his or her mother, but the woman is not the source of the baby. Whether it still is the standard of today’s culture, there was a time when the mother of a child could have expected covering for both her and her child. Men accepted their responsibility as a husband and a father to take care of their family. It has always been the responsibility of the man to cover his wife and children. Even if the man and the woman were not married, the expectation remained the same—the man was still responsible for the child he was the source of.
 
We live in a culture today where men have forgotten their responsibility to cover. The devastating consequence of this reality is the absence of fathers in the lives of their children. The absence of the man in the context of the family has opened the door for the redefining of family, and a general shift in the perception of how much the man is needed. Manhood, as a whole, is being redefined while the role of the man is being questioned. We continue to witness generations of men who have no inward sense of their responsibility when it comes to being fathers. Everything that exists in this world comes from a source. There is nothing that exists without a source. The text used in this blog testifies of the fact that God takes this seriously. God, the Father, appointed His Son, Jesus, as the heir or the one responsible for all things. Also, it was made clear that there was an expectation that the Son would be responsible for sustaining the creation He was not responsible for. Jesus is the source of all things.
 
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word, sustain has many meanings. It means ‘to give support.’ It also means ‘to supply with, or to nourish – understood as providing sustenance. It also is defined as ‘to support the weight of or to bear up under.’ The man is the foundation of the family, and as the source of everything, he is accountable to see that his wife and children are supported in a way that is acceptable to God and them. The relevant question for all today is how do we help men grasp the greater purpose for which they were created? If mothers and children rightly expect to be covered, then men must respond. However, they must not just respond because they are responsible for responding, but must respond because they realize they will be held accountable for their response. God created every man with the expectation that he would take care of his garden. Adam, the first man, was responsible for the Garden of Eden which included the woman, and ultimately their children.  Let us pray that God will help us wake up a generation of men that covering is not just something they are expected to do, but rather something they were born to do. 

by Clarence Boyd on September 6th, 2018

​The word opportunity is defined in two ways. First, it can refer to “a favorable juncture of circumstances.” An opportunity also involves “a good chance for advancement or progress.”  The combination of these two definitions reveals that an opportunity occurs under the right conditions or circumstances while providing the possibility to advance. If a man is to take advantage of opportunities, he must prepare in advance. Many men miss the chance to advance in life because they fail in one way or another to discern the possibilities associated with the challenges they face in life. Every man will face challenges! Men will face challenges as husbands in their marriages. Men face challenges daily as fathers and leaders in their homes. No man is exempt from the responsibility of providing for his own. However, it is evident today that many men remain unprepared and miss the opportunity to represent authentic biblical manhood.
 
This point is illustrated in the life of David. Samuel, God’s prophet, provides insight and understanding of how an opportunity can be missed, or taken advantage of. This chapter provides the account of David and his response to the Philistine giant, Goliath. This chapter also records the response of the men who made up the army of the Lord. The Bible verifies the account that Goliath challenged the army of Israel continuously for forty days. The Bible also confirms that no man in Israel’s army took advantage of the opportunity for advancement communicated by Saul, their king. “Now the Israelites had been saying, Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out o defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.” This set of circumstances definitely represents a favorable context for advancement.
Unfortunately, no one in the Israelite army took advantage of this opportunity. The Bible explains that the entire Israelite army was afraid. Every man was afraid of Goliath. 1 Sam. 17:11 reveals: “On hearing the Philistines words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” Verse 24 states: “When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.” Every man in the army of Saul missed the opportunity to take advantage of the advancement offered to them.
 
We also learn in 1 Samuel 17 that David arrives at the Israelite camp at the time the army was going out to their battle positions. David witnesses the threats of the Philistine giant, Goliath. However, David responds with a different attitude. He is obviously upset that Goliath would be permitted to disrespect the God of Israel. David takes this personally and cannot be quieted by the soldiers in general or his brother specifically. David was able to recognize the significance of this moment because he had seen it before. There will always be defining moments in each man’s life. Becoming a husband is a defining moment. Becoming a father is a defining moment. Every man will be proven by defining moments. These moments are the result of a favorable juncture of circumstances that provide the chance for advancement or progress. Each man must figure out how he will respond in these moments. Everything may be on the line in these moments. Everyone may depend on the man at this moment. These moments don’t happen all the time, but when they happen, the man must be prepared to act.
 
David responded as a king! He realized that this moment was greater than himself. This moment was about representing the God of Israel. This moment was about the future of God’s people. This was one of those opportunities that only come once in a lifetime. This was a defining moment that involved not just David, but King Saul, his sons, and all the men of Israel. All of Israel would hear about this moment. History would record how each man responded. The same thing is true today. Manhood is under attack and fatherhood has been compromised by the failure of so many men to take advantage of their moment. Every man must realize and acknowledge that once a moment has passed, it cannot be relived. The response of every man to this kind of moment will determine whether there will be advancement or progress. So much ground has been lost because men have not taken serious the opportunities before them. May every man realize that opportunities have a purpose. For men, it is the opportunity to become a king! May the Lord bless every man who uses divine moments to become the king he was born to be.

by Clarence Boyd on July 14th, 2018

​There are two scriptures that speak loudly to this concept. First, is Malachi 4:6 which states: “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Then there is Prov. 22:28 that reveals the following: “Remove not the ancient landmark, which the fathers have set.” There are a couple of things that must be addressed up front. It is implied from the book of Proverbs that ‘the fathers are responsible for maintaining the ancient landmarks.’ The emphasis is placed on “ancient’ landmarks. It is apparent that we are witnessing a generation of men who have either never been exposed to these landmarks, or others who have forsaken them. At some point, what it means to be a man has been compromised over generations. The result of this concession by men is that we now see a new generation of men who have no idea of what manhood really is about. At some point this generation of men must be awakened to the ancient landmarks.
 
Today’s generation of men have been, and continue to be exposed’ to new models, definitions, and trends concerning manhood. Young men today have been desensitized to what manhood originally was meant to represent. There can be no genuine understanding of manhood apart from a healthy revelation and respect for fatherhood. Our initial text, Mal. 4:6 confirms that something critical to manhood has changed. Today it is possible to define oneself as a man while taking no responsibility for the child he has fathered. This is truly a departure from the ancient landmarks set by the fathers of generations before them. The fathers of old took their responsibility seriously and this included raising their children. It is obvious that many fathers struggled to pass this truth on to the sons who followed. This is the origin of the problem—generations of fathers have failed to model manhood before their sons. As a result, the sons of this generation are following examples that misrepresent the biblical model of manhood.
 
The second challenge being faced is that fathers have forgotten to model what it means to be a husband as well. In fact, for this current generation, most of the sons have grown up without a father in their lives. This has created a burden too heavy for any generation to carry. The weight of this dilemma continues to foster wounds that have never been adequately healed. When a son has been wounded by a father, or the absence of one, his tendency is to pass that same wound on to the next generation. The Bible calls this reality “the sins of the fathers.” However, this is not the end of the problem. It is the wife that suffers directly, and all women in general. Wives and daughters suffer because they don’t have the covering they were created to receive. Today our communities are plagued with mothers who must do the job of both parents because the hearts of fathers have not only been turned away from the children, they have also been turned away from the mothers who carried those children. This problem has reached epidemic proportions. Everyone seems to be suffering from this reality, but the only solution to this heartache is a manhood solution.
 
God created the man to be the foundation of the marriage relationship. The man was given the responsibility to cover his family, including both his wife and his children. We want to applaud the many men who are representing fatherhood to their wives and children, including the many single parent men. There would be no discussion of marriage or family without the man. This represents truth because the man is the source of life when it comes to mankind. No one can deny the fact that “the seed is in the man.” Everything birthed in this world comes from a seed. Every man is responsible for what he is the source of. This truth does not change simply because the man fails to fulfill his responsibility concerning his own family. In the same way God called Adam after his failure to provide the much needed covering for his wife, God will ultimately call every man because every man will be accountable to God for his own family as well. Before this blog is closed, it must be noted that Adam’s sons suffered because of his mistake. He had departed from the ancient landmark laid by God, Himself. This point should alert every man to the reality that it does not take long for a son to go astray because of the mistakes of his father. The Bible never speaks of the ‘sins of the mothers,” but specifically address the “sins of the fathers.” This reality has never changed. Simply put, the source of anything will be held accountable by God for what it is the source of. All men are called to accept this challenge and respond to it accordingly. As men, we must be committed to the truth that “iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (or in some translations ‘another man’).” This - is - the answer to this challenge. May the Lord bless men everywhere to become an army that cannot be stooped! 

by Clarence Boyd on May 21st, 2018

​Leadership is something that is inherent in every human being. God created man, male and female, and then gave to each of them dominion. As a result, every man and woman born into this world is born with leadership on the inside of them. There is no exception! The question is not whether one has leadership potential, but whether one is willing to develop the leadership gift that he or she possesses. The question of leadership ability is one that each must comprehend and then accept as a fundamental part of their lives. Simply put, leadership potential comes with the package. It is a part of who you are as an individual. All that is necessary is for each man and woman to realize this truth and then act upon it. 
 
God is a leader. In fact, God is the leader of all leaders. Everything God does is done as a result of the leader He is. God lead in creation because there was no one else that possessed the leadership knowledge necessary to accomplish this feat. God lead in redemption because there was no one with the experience needed to fulfill His plan according to His ways. God never just leads as if it is something that He must do. In contrast, God leads because that is who He is. Leadership comes out of who God is. It is part of who He is – and it is out of His being that He accomplishes all that He meant to do. God put this same leadership capacity in every man and woman. God’s will was that the man and woman would represent His being as a result of being created in His image and His likeness. Everything the man and the woman were to do was meant to reflect the leadership trait of their Creator.
 
God is also an “excellent” God. Excellence simply refers to the way God does things. Excellence testifies to the standard God sets when He does anything. Everything God does is done in excellence. Everything God says represents excellence. Be reminded that God never says anything that fails to accomplish His purpose for saying it. God never says anything that He does not mean. His Word will never return void. In fact, God’s very words are filled with leadership. Each word must become the reality that it represented when the Father spoke it. The words of the Lord are filled with excellent faith. This is the only kind of faith that God knows. Each word portrays the faith of the one who spoke it. Therefore, every word God speaks has no alternative but to fulfill the His purpose. This is the essence of true leadership. Leadership happens when the leader’s word accomplishes the purpose of the leader even though the follower is now speaking it.
 
Every man and woman must not just know that they are leaders, but that they were created to become excellent leaders. Excellence is the foundation of leadership. If excellence refers to the way God does things, it must also testify to the way man and women do things as well. Jesus did things in ways that represented His Father. His ministry impacted multitudes because of the Spirit of excellence that was upon Him. Jesus, Himself, declared that His followers were to do greater things than He did. This declaration must not be limited just to the things he did. No, it is important that the focus remains more on how He did what He did, not just what He accomplished. Every man and woman must discern why they do what they do. The priority must always be on one’s motive for doing anything. God is always mindful of the motive. The right or wrong motive determines whether something is done in excellence or lacks the excellence necessary to represent the Lord.    
 
Be reminded that the followers have been called to represent the life and ministry of Christ by being “salt” and “light.”  Followers will never be the actual salt or the literal light. Their lives and ministries are meant to be a testimony of  “true light and actual salt.” Both salt and light were created with purpose. Men and women operate in excellence when their lives simply reflect the purpose for which salt and light were created. Light achieves excellence when it fulfills its purpose. Salt exhibits authority just by being what salt is. Similarly, every man and woman will walk in leadership when they becomewhat they were created to be. May we become a better representation of leadership and excellence by just living in ways that others see what Jesus did…and who we have become!

by Clarence Boyd on April 8th, 2018

Everything God created was created with an identity. Identity is always specific to the created thing. For example, when it comes to mankind, each is created uniquely. You are the only you that God created. No one else can be you, and no one else will ever become you. Identity is so individualized that each person can be personally singled out. Also, identity is never limited to appearance. There are so many personal and character traits that belong to each person. Every individual can be recognized by their appearance, but more importantly, they should be recognized for their character.
 
Whenever identity is compromised, character is also impacted. In other words, no one can change his or her identity without affecting their character. Character is core to identity. Character validates identity. Character is how a person is known, and this awareness of character confirms the identity of the person. It is sobering to notice how quickly one’s character can positively or negatively alter the perception of that person’s identity. This word, identity, is defined as “sameness of essential or generic character in different instances.” This simply means that regardless of the situation or circumstances one faces, it is their response under pressure that is the greatest testimony of who they really are. An individual’s identity and character are proven through trials and tribulations. 
 
1 Samuel 22:1-2 testifies of a time when David, the future king of Israel, was on the run. His life was  threatened by the current king, Saul. Also, this was a time when the leadership of the nation was in jeopardy. The Bible reveals: “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. (2) All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.” The Bible confirms that David was running for his life. David had no other choice but to run from his own people. In fact, the king he used to serve was now pursuing him with the intent to kill him. In short, David’s identity has been compromised. Who he was before - when he served as Saul’s armorbearer - would no longer represent his true identity. He now was someone who was threatening the throne of Israel. Someone had tampered with David’s identity!
 
The change in David’s identity was the work of King Saul. The king was intent that no one would replace him on his throne. David was a target because he had acquired the praises of the people and could be perceived as a future king. When a man’s identity is altered, it causes collateral damage. It made no difference whether the change in his identity was the result of something he had done or something someone else had done to him. People only remember what they hear or witness last. King Saul was after David, but his pursuit of David would impact others. The Bible reveals that “when David’s brothers and his father’s household heard about it (his plight), they went down to him there.” When a man’s identity is altered, so is his family’s identity and his household. No man can endure a change in his identity alone. It would become evident that David’s family would also be subjected to Saul’s pursuit.
 
Every man who went to David was in distress, or in debt, or discontented. Another way to verbalize this is to state the obvious: they were without leadership. The number one challenge to manhood is the lost of identity. No man can be a man without leadership - or without an example of what real manhood is. David became their leader, but there were yet other men who followed King Saul. Whether it is realized or not, the stage had been set for who would ultimately become the example of authentic leadership. The revelation of who would represent authentic leadership would also validate who served as the example of true manhood. A man’s identity will always be known by his leadership, or the lack thereof. 

by Clarence Boyd on January 26th, 2018

​Nothing comes from nothing. Everything has a source. This is a very important principle to know and understand because mankind has always wanted to be the source of everything. It is a fact that men and women have invented many things and should be credited for their contributions to humanity. However, mankind must realize that their gifting and talents came from a source. God has always been the Father of creation because He is the source of everything. A father can reproduce himself because life is inside of him. Life is in the seed, and the seed is in the man. Everything created with seed in it can reproduce itself. The man was created by God with seed in him. Thus, it should not be a surprise to anyone that the man has the potential to be a father. It is safe to conclude that in every man there is a father. Although some men never become fathers, the capacity to be a father is still in them.
 
God is our Father. In fact, God is the Father of all creation. He alone is the source of life. He alone sustains all creation. God ensures that His creation operates in order. He planned creation a certain way according to a divine plan. God even created man with the intent that he would mirror his Creator. The man was always supposed to be an example of a godly father. His responsibility was to reproduce himself with the understanding that he was the source of what he produced. It was this mindset that was to motivate the man concerning fatherhood. Being a father was always more than just the ability to produce an offspring. Being a father would always involve a commitment on a higher level. God intended for fatherhood to be realized in the context of a family. God willed for the man to be in a relationship with his wife and together they would represent divine order. Their marriage would be a testimony of a father’s commitment to caring for what he was the source of. Men taking care of their wives and children testifies to the truth that God takes care of His creation.
 
God is also a shepherd. The Bible reminds us that “The Lord is our Shepherd, and we shall not want.” (Psalms 23:1) The inference from this verse is simple – the shepherd takes care of his sheep. The shepherd makes sure that his sheep want for nothing. The shepherd provides for all of the needs of the sheep. The shepherd even protects the sheep from danger and rescues them when they go astray. God serves as the supreme example of what a shepherd is supposed to be. God, alone, is the example to men of what it means to be a shepherd. We live in an age where men have forgotten that part of their roles as fathers also includes being a shepherd. God wills for men to take care of their families in the same way He takes care of them. His heart is that men would be the example to their wives and children in the same way He is an example to them. Luke affirms this truth in his Gospel: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:11-13)
 
Today there is a great need for men to be examples of fatherhood. This point must be emphasized. Sons need examples of true fathers – those who do more than just produce a child. Children need real examples of men who are not just fathers, but shepherds as well. When men become both fathers and shepherds their families will change.  When men become both fathers and shepherds marriages will be impacted postitively. May the day come quickly when this revelation will become truth experienced by every man and and appreciated by every wife and every child!
 
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by Clarence Boyd on November 16th, 2017

​Many people assume that they could live without some things. In fact, this assumption is not just limited to things. We live in a society today that has become accustomed to living without things and people. The Fatherless Generation website shares the following statistics:
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (Center for Disease Control)80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (National Principals Association Report) 
This same report sheds light on ‘the father factor in education.’ The following are some examples:
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
  • Children with Fathers are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. 
These are but a few examples of the impact fathers have on the family and in the lives of their children. These statistics validate the premise that the absence of a man in the home has devastating effects on children, not to mention wives and women in general. As a society, we cannot afford to lose additional generations of men. What can be done to turn this reality around? Our communities can no longer afford to ignore the collateral consequences resulting from the absence of the man in the context of relationships.
 
From a biblical perspective, the man is central to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for the family and for society at large.  From the first chapter of Genesis we know that God created things with seed in them.  (Gen. 1:12) The Bible confirms that everything with seed in it was to reproduce after its own kind. (Gen. 1:13) Thus we can deduce that life is in the seed, and it is obvious that the seed is in the man. Therefore, if you get rid of the man, you have also gotten rid of the family. There would be no family without the man. The enemy’s strategy is not limited to getting rid of the man, but also to eliminate the family.  The seed represents the source of life. God is the source of all creation. As a result, God is responsible for everything He has created.  God sustains every created thing because He is the source of it. Every created thing depends on God for its life and existence. This is why God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the valley.
 
In a similar sense, the man is also responsible for everything he is the source of.  Therefore, if the man is absent as a father, we know the devastating consequences this reality will have on his family. This fact cannot be overlooked and his absence cannot be ignored.  Thus the conclusion is always the same: “Manhood cannot be hidden.”

by Clarence Boyd on September 23rd, 2017

​It is evident that most of us have grown up under the influence of independence. Man’s sinful nature promotes the mentality that he or she can do things alone.  Men and women remain convinced that they can navigate life’s terrain all by themselves. Many individuals operate independently of biblical truth. They have replaced God’s truth about order, unity, and headship with philosophies that fit better with their dispositions and feelings. Everyone seems to be moving in the direction of independence.  Parents raise their children to become independent. The world bombards women with the spirit of independence resulting in a misconception of the value of relationships and the roles of the man and the woman.
 
The battle to fully discern the impact of the influence of independence has resulted in the compromise of the marriage relationship as the cornerstone of our society.  The spirit of independence has challenged the traditional family and fueled the reality called “the absentee father.” Underlying the exaltation of independence is the increasing deterioration of our communities, our cities, and our nation. It is the male-man that has been injured most by this epidemic.  The man has grown apart from his brother, his family, and even himself.  Boys don’t know their fathers. Young men lack authentic and genuine examples of what it means to be a man in today’s world. The church is no exception. The man is visibly absent here as well. There has to be an answer to this challenge; and whatever that answer is, the man must be involved. In fact, the man must lead in the restoration of the family, relationships, and play a significant part in the future of the church.
 
In the Book of Beginnings, the Father of all creation addressed this reality. He shared His answer to this problem. From the beginning, God had a response for the pain men, and women suffer today. His answer has not changed.  The Lord has not altered His strategy.  His Word rings true through the ages and if applied, will work in this present day context. Genesis 2:18 reveals the answer. “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” God realized that mankind, men, and women, would need help. It was never the intent of God that men and women would operate independently of His influence. It was never the Father’s will that men and women would live independently of each other. God knew that most things involving mankind would require relationships.   From the beginning, God revealed that man was better off with a helper. Man would function better with someone else to help him. The man’s need was so important to God that He made it His priority to make someone comparable to him.
 
God created Adam to exemplify the kind of leadership necessary to respect order, promote relationship, and preserve unity.  Every man lives for this purpose. Each man is accountable to God for his own life. But the man’s responsibility was never meant to begin and end with him. No man can fulfill the will of the Father alone. The man must learn this lesson first. The man’s mentality must change if he is to represent the Father's ways to others truly. God taught the man that relationships are valuable. The Father revealed to the man that being alone was not his best option. God reveals this revelation to the man over and over again. The man must first know this revelation and then respect it. Every man must realize that he was never meant to be alone.  When men internalize this revelation, they are then positioned to admit their need for help humbly. 

​When men realize their need for help, their marriage will be better. When men admit their need for help, the family will be stronger.  And when men accept the fact that they need help, they will also be better. Some things were never meant to be done alone!

by Clarence Boyd on July 19th, 2017

​The question is not so much “whether a man has influence?’ The more important question will always be: “Was the man meant to have influence?” It seems apparent today that men don’t seem to have influence or their influence has been minimized. This appears to be the norm because many men today have grown up witnessing their influence being compromised.  Too many men feel as though their input is not necessary and have taken a back seat when, in reality, they were created to lead. Leadership has always been about influence. The one who is doing the leading is the one who has the influence.  It is obvious that no man will always be the leader. He will have others in his life who have influence where he is concerned. Although this is true, the man is still responsible to lead.
 
The word—influence is defined as: a) the power to change or effect someone or something, b) the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen, and c) a person or thing that effects someone or something in an important way. In the book of Numbers 13:31 it reveals: “But the men who had gone up with him said, we are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” This is the message they proclaimed to the entire nation of Israel while they were at the door of the Promised Land. This moment in time serves as a testimony of the power of influence. Let us also be reminded that twelve men, representing each of the twelve tribes, had been chosen to spy out the land and return with a report for the people. Ten of those who went representing their respective tribe came back with a negative report. It is evident that they did not realize the power of a man’s influence.
 
The confusion comes when men fail to lead and then use their influence in ways contrary to who they are supposed to be. If a man does not realize that he is a leader, he will have no discernment concerning the weight of his influence. When men are confused about their leadership the result will always be the misuse of influence. These men who spied out the land allowed their influence to affect the future of a nation. Without forcing anyone, they caused the nation of Israel to miss the will of God. As a result, the majority of those living never entered into the land promised to them. They died in the wilderness and the succeeding generation entered the Promise Land in their place. This revelation is relevant even today because the absence of male leadership, or the loss of a man’s influence will have similar consequences in this present age.
 
It must be noted that when the people came under the influence of misguided leadership they turned on their current leadership and demanded a leader of their choosing. This is a dangerous place to find oneself in because God will never bless this kind of leadership. God’s response to the people serves as a testament that leadership is absolutely critical when it comes to following His will. This is the responsibility of the man! The man was created alone from the dirt and is the only one commanded by God. This means that he is not only responsible to represent the will of the Father, he is also accountable. Put bluntly, he is to lead.
 
The good news is that there were also men who represented the heart of the Father. Caleb and Joshua gave a good report of the land, but their influence was missed by the people because they had already come under the influence of the other ten spies. It is our responsibility to raise up leaders—men who are aware that they are accountable to God for how they use their influence. Husbands cannot take for granted the responsibility they have, but use their influence wisely when it comes to their wives. Fathers must see beyond the moment realizing that their failure to guide correctly could jeopardize the futures of their own children.  There will always be giants in the way, but that is simply where they are! They are in the way. May every man, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, share the will of God in such ways that their wives, families, and associates will validate their leadership by following them!

by Clarence Boyd on May 9th, 2017

​“Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Gen. 1:26) It is apparent that man was always in the mind of the Creator. From the beginning God had man in mind. When the Father began creating the world, He knew man was necessary and that he would have a significant role to play in His plan.  Man was always important to the Father and to His will.
 
Notice that when the Father made His declaration to make man in his image and likeness, the Bible reveals that He had “them” in mind. Here the word for man is technically referring to mankind. In other words, God is not referring to a singular person, but rather to both the man and the woman.  He is literally talking about humanity. The point being made is that no man or woman could be responsible for humanity alone. Both the man and the woman are required if the goal is to produce the human race. We know this to be true because it is confirmed in the Book of Beginnings: “God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen. 1:28)
 
This is very important because God created someone to fulfill His divine purpose. Nothing was created by God without His purpose in mind. Everything created by God was designed to fulfill his purpose for creating it. God was very specific about everything he created. Whether big or small, every created thing had a place where it fit and a contribution to make.  God did not create anything to be wasted. Everything was unique and important to God because no other created thing could fulfil another created thing’s purpose. Everything created was created to fulfil its own purpose.
 
From the beginning it must be understood that God created everything.  He is the source of all creation. In his Gospel, John testifies of this truth by revealing: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3) Simply put, God is the source of every created thing. In addition, God is the revealer of the purpose for everything thing made, including man! Therefore, one can safely deduce that there was a divine purpose for God creating man as male and female. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27)
 
God created “him.” Put another way, God created the man. However, it is confirmed that whatever God was creating had to represent the Creator. Man was created to represent the image of God.  God is God all by Himself.  He is whole and He is one! When God created man, he created him whole and as one. So in the man was humanity. We know this to be true because in the man was also the woman. The woman was necessary if humanity was to become a reality. So God created him, the man, as male and female because this couple represented his image, his order, and his purpose.
 
Any response related to what God made—when he made man—must be addressed in the context in which man was made.  He was made as male and female. This is a topic of great discussion today and every man and woman must come to a realization of truth. Truth does not stand alone, it too has a source. The source of truth will always be more important than how truth is interpreted. May we always respect the source more than the interpretation.  This revelation will help us better understand what God made when he created man!