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!

by Clarence Boyd on April 2nd, 2017

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
 
In every man there is a king! One might assume from this revelation that since kings have kingdoms, so do men.  These verses testify of the life of Saul who was king over God’s people, Israel.  These verses also reveal that every king’s leadership will be tested.  Every man must respect the fact that even though he has been given authority, he is still under authority.
 
King Saul made the mistake of choosing to be led by the people rather than leading them. Put another way, the people influenced the king verses the king influencing them. However, the greater mistake was that the king listened to the people instead of heeding the Word of the Lord.  This is the challenge that any leader, and all men, face—who to listen to!
 
It is obvious that this has been a problem since the beginning. Adam, the first man created by God, also made the mistake of listening to Eve and suffered the same consequence. Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden while Saul was rejected as king. These men serve as examples to other men of how weighty their decisions can be. Every man should take seriously how he represents leadership.
 
“Notice that God gave His instructions to Saul, and he was to represent God’s will to the people. This was a test of leadership, and God expected Saul to lead. Personal leadership has to do with obedience while corporate leadership is always about vision. God does not just look at what one does in obedience, but also the way in which one does it. This has to do with the ability of the leader to cast God’s vision to the people.” (Page 36)
 
May every man take heed who he listens to and may every man respect the voices he hears. Then may every man know the voice of God and obey that voice above all others. This is imperative because the only thing at stake is the loss of his kingship and the forfeiture of his kingdom.

by Clarence Boyd on March 7th, 2017

Whether one realizes it or not, everything in life comes with a cost. In short, nothing is free. There is a price connected to everything. We often associate price to material things. As a result, one might save until he or she has enough money to purchase the item desired; or the item desired may be purchased using credit. However, the point being made is that whatever is desired will always come with a cost.
 
In contrast, there may also be other things in life that have a price attached to them, but these things cannot be obtained with money or possessed as a result of using credit. In reality, these things can only be realized by using another kind of currency. They cannot be obtained or purchased using a visa or a master card. The cost of these things is beyond natural means.
 
If the truth were told, no human being is the manufacturer of manhood.  No man or woman holds a patent on this product. There is no company that has a corner on this market.  Although manhood is of great value, no one possesses enough to own it. The price of manhood is far beyond the limitations of money or the availability of credit. The price of manhood supersedes the natural realm in that it has always had a spiritual origin. Therefore, manhood still evades the skill of any entrepreneur. The price of manhood remains divine.
 
Manhood cost so much that it has always been under attack. Because manhood carries so much weight the man has come under attack. Generations of men have failed to realize the significance of manhood while generations of women have overlooked its importance. Even our present culture seems committed to the destruction of its purpose and the compromise of its identity. All of this seems to be transpiring while no one entertains what life would be like in the absence of the man!
 
Once again the time has come for men to teach boys that there is a cost associated with manhood. The moment is now for fathers to reveal to their sons that manhood must first be realized. Every boy must innately internalize the truth that he must become a man! When it comes to manhood the real price is paid by the man himself as opposed to the things he can provide. One respected man, one true father, or one committed husband will always be worth more than anything money can buy.

by Clarence Boyd on February 18th, 2017

In Genesis 2:15 the Bible reveals: “The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” At this time the man was the only one physically in the garden.  There was no other human being there with him.  He was alone with his Creator. It was at this time that God gave him instructions that would forever portray his commitment to the Word of the Lord. God put Adam in a place uniquely prepared for him. His responsibility was clear—he was to work the garden and to take care of it. The KJV interprets his responsibility this way: “he was to dress it and keep it.” The Amplified Bible reads: “he was to tend and guard and keep it.” Regardless of the interpretation, it is clear that the man was responsible for the garden and everything in it.
 
It must be noted that the woman was not yet in the garden physically, but she was in the man. It is evident that the time would come when the woman would join the man in the garden. However, until that time came it was imperative that the man learned his lessons well.  He must master tending the garden. This work means to pay attention and to apply oneself.  He was also responsible to guard the garden. The word guard implies that someone is responsible to carefully be on watch for possible danger, threats, or problems. A further meaning involves a person whose job or duty is to watch and protect someone or something. Thus we conclude that Adam was responsible to keep the garden as God had created it. The man knew the Lord’s expectations because he received them directly.
 
Every man must realize this responsibility while understanding the value of this lesson. God had entrusted to man His creation. He was to manage it, but never alone. It was the original intent of the Creator that both the man and the woman would oversee this responsibility together. However, this would require that the woman understand the commands of the Lord in the same way the man did.  Adam’s responsibility was to communicate more than just words spoken to him, he was to represent the leadership of the one who had spoken to him. Hindsight reveals that Adam shared the words, but did not maintain the order. His greatest challenge was the woman and the failure took place on his watch.  Men must realize that the mandate to work and take care of the garden is still his greatest priority.  May men today take to heart their duty to watch and protect their wives and children so that the mistake is not repeated on their watch.

by Clarence Boyd on January 17th, 2017

It is always this time of the year that we think of change. This is especially true during the change from one year to the next. As men, this represents another opportunity to make a greater difference in our own lives, in the lives of our families, and the future of our children. No one wants another year to pass by without any significant change. This is not only the cry of every man, but also the prayer of every wife and the hope of every child. They need there to be a change in the men in their lives. They are acutely aware that circumstances have little or no potential to change without covering in their lives.
 
Every man has the opportunity to be a better father or husband depending on his situation. Regardless of the particulars, there is room for change and the need for improvement. No man can afford to be comfortable with his present situation or take for granted his current experience. Each man should approach this New Year as an opportunity to become better, to do more, and to go further. There is a child who is depending on a man to show up as a father while there is a wife expecting her husband to come through. They desperately need to realize this change now as opposed to later.
 
Nothing rarely changes by itself nor is much accomplished alone. In this New Year let us not only pray, but also encourage the men in our experiences to become the change that is so desperately needed. In this New Year we can all safely assume that something needs to change. As men, may our focus be on what we need to do to make the change needed a reality. This will only happen when we focus on the changes that we need to make as men and not continue to blame others for the lack of change that we desire. This is not only what true leadership looks like, but also what it requires. Let that “something that needs to be changed” in this New Year be the men who are so needed by those who love and depend on them!

by Clarence Boyd on December 11th, 2016

The season of Christmas magnifies the truth that men are supposed to provide covering. Covering is not just a responsibility, but also a calling. Be reminded that everything God created was intended to be covered. The Lord, Himself, exemplifies this calling by taking the responsibility to cover everything He created. It is a fact that God takes care of all of His creation. Nothing is overlooked or missed when it comes to the sustaining power of the Creator. God takes care of every flower, all the birds of the air, and every human being.  God has proven His faithfulness to all by taking care of both “the just and the unjust.” 
 
Jesus, like His Father, serves as the original example of covering. No one could cover all that the Father created but Jesus. Only God could cover the sins of all mankind. It was for this very purpose that Jesus came into the world. No one could shed his or her blood for the forgiveness of sins other than Jesus. In short, Jesus covered all of mankind by sharing man’s humanity, by being subjected to the temptation of the flesh, and ultimately by dying to pay the price for mankind’s redemption. In this Christmas season we are reminded of the Father’s great love and the Son’s unbelievable sacrifice. All of this was done with covering as the motive. All of this was initiated by the Creator on behalf of the created.
 
Every man, every father, is encouraged to follow God’s example when it comes to covering.  Like God, every man is not only responsible to cover those he has fathered, but also to take care of the woman who is the mother of his children. This was always meant to be more than a responsibility. It remains a divine calling! Covering is a cornerstone of manhood. The absence of the covering of fathers has proven to cause unimaginable consequences for both women and children. In this season of Christmas may every man and every father be convicted of his responsibility to provide covering and become the gift so desperately needed by mothers and families. If men would fulfill their calling to provide covering this would truly become a Very Merry Christmas! Men, join us in declaring this truth and in sharpening each other to become an original example of covering.

by Clarence Boyd on November 22nd, 2016

“In an age where more and more fathers are absent in the home, how important is the covering of a father? The role of fatherhood is changing so fast and being redefined so quickly that most people are not even aware of the changes. The average home today is perceived as a single-parent home, usually led by the mother. In fact, the general rule in the home is to prepare daughters for independence. This does not mean that she may not marry, but that she should not be solely dependent on any man.” (Endangered Masculinity, page 22)
 
Let it be said up front that regardless of the circumstances, God has not changed His mind.  Everything created by God was meant to be covered.  This still means that men were created to cover their wives and children. It is understood that this does not seem to be the case in light of research and reality today.  However, just because something has suffered setbacks does not mean that it is totally lost.  Although it is a fact that the many men are absent from their homes, it does not mean that men cannot be redeemed. The Word of God declares that it is the plan of God “to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Mal. 4:6)
 
The question must be raised: “Do you feel that our land, our communities, even our nation is suffering under the curse that is the result of the absence of fathers in the home? Put another way, is the absence of covering contributing to the growing challenges related to the male man and the increasing confusion surrounding the whole concept of manhood in general? This question must be addressed by both fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, by every man who is concerned about the fact that masculinity is under attack.  Will you join this discussion and help us find answers to this dilemma? Your input is valuable, but your joining the battle to preserve authentic manhood is imperative.  We look forward to your involvement and appreciate your input.

by Clarence Boyd on October 16th, 2016

​The assumption is that “everything God created was created to be covered!” David confirmed this assumption when he wrote: “Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:3, 4) The Father, Himself, provides covering for those who put their trust in Him. Over and over again the Lord proclaims that He is committed to providing covering for mankind.  We also know that God has always wanted His presence represented in the earth. God created the male-man with His hands and gave him the responsibility for guarding and taking care of the Garden of Eden.

Let it be understood that God gave dominion to both the woman and the man.  However, it is clear that at the time Adam was placed in the garden he was physically alone.  He was directed to provide covering for the garden and to maintain the order that had been established in it. This responsibility was preparation for the future when Adam would be challenged to provide covering for Eve while communicating to her what the Father had communicated to him.

Covering is critical and provides men the opportunity to represent God’s presence in the earth. When men are taught that they are the foundation of the home and the family, they must understand that this means to cover those who have been placed under their care. Sons must be taught that they will be responsible to lead their families and to make sure that the spirit of their homes reflects the heart and mind of their Creator.

Thus the question: “Are men supposed to provide covering?” I invite you to share your response to this question and know that your input will help other men to think about this in light of their own families and homes. We anticipate hearing from you and thank you in advance for your input.

by Clarence Boyd on September 19th, 2016

​There are some things that every man should know! One revelation is recorded in Gen. 3:6, 7 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” It must be discerned that when the woman ate of the forbidden fruit nothing happened. However, as soon as the man ate of the same fruit, everything changed. The revelation for every man is that whatever you do; whatever decision you make has the potential of changing everything. This is why men need to know where they are and its impact upon everything that are associated to. This is also the reason why every man should know that he is accountable to God not only for his decision, but for those he shares the decision with. Adam was responsible for his wife with the expectation that he was to lead as opposed to being led. This is not meant to mean that women are not leaders, but rather that they are not to alter the response of a man to themselves as opposed to his responding to God. For the first time Adam followed the voice of his wife as his source as opposed to God.  This became the very foundation of The Lord for pronouncing a curse upon the man. “To Adam He said, because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You must not eat of it” (Gen. 3:17). May every man consider seriously this awesome responsibility and not take for granted his accountability for whatever response he makes?
 
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