“Heroes: Character of a HERO”

Character of a HERO
 
This world is in jeopardy. Right and wrong have fallen victim to a people determined to define truth by their personal experience. We need new HEROES, men and women willing to step up, step in, and lead our next generation. When we find ourselves in challenging times, where are our HEROES?
 
Key Points:
-A Christ-centered legacy requires christ-centered leadership.
-Leadership inspires confidence & promotes character.
 
Character of a Hero
Christ-centered CHARACTER is:
-doing what’s right even if it feels wrong -integrity to God’s moral will -surrendering my appetite to God’s diet
Character is revealed through difficulty.
Character is developed though discipline.
Character is passed on through discipleship.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who is someone whose character you really admire? Why?
2. Character is doing what’s right even if it feels wrong. Do you agree with this statement? Why is this so hard?
3. Character is surrendering your appetite to God’s diet. What does this statement mean? What does your appetite crave?
4. Read Judges 13:1-5 Would you sacrifice your diet for a baby?
5. Read Judges 14:1-4 What did Samson crave? What did his parent’s crave? What happens when we feed our appetites?
6. Character of a Hero Why is difficulty necessary to reveal character? When has a difficult time reveal something to you?
7. Character of a Hero How does disciple develop character? What is discipleship and how can character be passed along?
8. How would you describe your character? What do you need to do to strengthen your character? Who is learning by watching you?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 16:31-33
These are powerful lines. Jesus basically says to his disciples that “you’re all going to betray and abandon me, but I’m not worried because God is with me.” And then he says that this should give us peace. How should this give us peace? We can have peace because Jesus wins. And he won for us. Pain is inevitable. But if we stick with Jesus, Jesus promises to stick with us. We can have peace, despite the pain, because Jesus is with us. If the disciples had run from their trails, they would have ran from Jesus. In what ways are you enduring struggle and pain? How are you choosing to stick with Jesus? Where are you experiencing His peace?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful that you endured the cross for me. Help be be disciplined and endure my cross, sticking with you.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 12:1-13
Discipline is an interesting word. It can appear to have two distinct meanings. When I discipline my children, many might assume I am bringing punishment on them. Yet when I practice discipline myself, I am holding myself to high standard and staying steadfast in my resolve of reaching a goal. This passage suggests that the two meanings for discipline are more similar than we might want to think. We are both called to practice discipline and God disciplines us. In both cases, it is for our good. In both cases, it is about attaining a high goal (holiness). In both cases, there is purposeful pain. How are you experiencing discipline today? Are you practicing it yourself or is God leading you through it? Remember, in both cases, it is for our good and God’s glory to lead us to holiness.
Pray: Heavenly Father, we so often fear discipline. Help me trust you, that you want the best for me. And help me run the race well.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 12:1
Someone should have tattooed this proverb to my forehead as a child. I would argue with anyone trying to correct me, especially my parents. Why do we fight correction? Why do we fear failure? So often we allow our self-image to be wrapped up in our performance. The irony (clearly stated by the passage) is that the more open we are to critique and correction, the more we grow. Are you open to correction? Are you open to someone challenging your actions, your motives, your beliefs? Why or why not? And how are you seeking it?
Pray: Creator God, am I really open to correction? Lead me to humility and people who will lovingly correction me so that I grow.
 
Thursday – Revelation 3:14-22
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Nothing makes it harder on me as a parent than when my children seem indifferent to my correction. I always wonder how hard, how painful I must make it in order to get their attention. I wonder what God thinks when I walk down dangerous paths. Does God grieve, wondering what it will take for me? How much pain will I endure before I wake up and turn back to God? Nothing is more dangerous than indifference. Are you sensitive to God’s teaching and correcting? Or are you stubborn, indifferent?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my hard heart. May I be sensitive to God’s love and correction, eager to live in the way that glorifies God.
 
Friday – Psalm 94:12-15
We don’t talk about God’s Justice much today. The idea of God being “Just” sounds good but it brings along some sticky details we don’t like to contemplate. Justice means there will be restorative balance to right and wrong. It means there must be punishment for wrongs. We don’t like to talk about God punishing, but without it, there is no justice. And if God isn’t Just, then God isn’t very loving. Would you call it love to allow those that harm you to be rewarded? Here is the rub. Justice must be for all. My wrongs are just as wrong as the wrongs others have done to me. I deserve punished. Loving punishment isn’t just pain or torment. It is always pain with purpose. The purpose is that we will grow to be just, loving, and holy. Do you trust God’s discipline? Do you lean into God’s Justice and what it will mean for you?
Pray: Almighty God, I believe you are truly JUST, and will right all wrongs. Through Jesus you have saved me and called me your child. Wisely discipline me as your child, so that I may grow in love.
 
Saturday – 1 Timothy 4:7
What do you want most? We so often spend way too much time on silly pursuits, inconsequential arguments, and godless chatter. Just read internet chat discussions, and eventually it will nauseate you. What do you want most? In the end, what we should want most is the very thing God created us for…to have perfect intimacy with God. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, this is available to us…if only we commit to it. How are you distracted most easily? What holds you back? May God truly be the desire of our heart!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart