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6 Pieces of Advice For Male Millennials

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Some of you may or may not have known, 2 months ago, I released my 4th musical project by the title of “22”. It is pretty much an artistic musical of my life story in 15 songs and its free! I put in all that hard work for you guys to enjoy some good music with no cost. You can download it for FREE at http://noisetrade.com/lordbadulive/22 and Stream it here https://soundcloud.com/lordbadu/sets/lord-badu-22 , and Spotify.

I have a song on that project titled “MYOB” in acronym for “Mind Your Own Business”. It is made on an Afro-Beat type (West African style) instrumental; and what I did with that song was throw some important gems that I believe would be beneficial to the young male millennial. Though the song may seem as a party song, the advice you can receive from this track could be very life changing and I would like to break it down for you to see where I am coming from. I will only highlight and speak on the advice I was trying to push fourth.

[Lyrics]

You looking for a perfect lady/ (stop that x3)
but all you want to do is be lazy/ (stop that x3)
You’ve got to do better (x 2)
Be strong/ but yet be gentle
You never need a reason to wrestle/
take your time and never mettle/
never think its ok to settle/
we are one (x2)/ I will never run
in all things

[Hook]
Chale Mind Your Own Business (repeat)

Verse 2 (rapping)
Life is something that goes up and down/
you need to focus on how you getting out of your town/
chale mind your own business/ make am go they own way
try to do your own thing/ even if its lonely/
find your identity/ It’s not gonna be easy/
but if you know the Lord/ you won’t have to copy the TV/
cause he who is in you is greater than who is in the world
/
im just tryna bring a rev

olution to these boys and girls/
have a plan/ and grown in your maturity/
never be a beggar cause they’ll treat you like a charity/
never follow heresy/ cause doctrine is important/
if you ever cuff a chick never let her get an abortion/
invest in your friends/ cause some of them are heaven sent/
they the ones who pick you up when you never make any sense/
which is common/ common/ I never do this often
im just tryna make a change before I end up in a coffin.

  1. You looking for the perfect lady? STOP THAT.

There are too many young men around that say they haven’t found the perfect wife for them. I hate to break it to you, but the perfect woman does not exist. Social media lied to you and everyone else who thinks like that. Instead of shopping for women and seeing which one best suits your wants, put your effort and energy in becoming and being transformed into the image of Christ, and being watchful, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, and being strong as Apostle Paul stated in (1 Corinthians 16:13). This will make you a better man and husband all together.

No one on this earth will ever give you the satisfaction that Christ can give to you. If you are looking for that from your spouse or any human being, you will be highly disappointed because like my brother S.O said “Only Christ can truly satisfy”.

Now Men, if you are married, you will realize you have not married the perfect spouse, but God helped us find a GOOD thing, and we can’t complain (Proverbs 18:22; 19:14). Stop looking for the perfect one as if you missed her, but rather enjoy the blessing the Lord provided.

 

  1. Be strong/ but yet be gentle

A few weeks ago, I was blessed with an opportunity to speak at an amazing youth conference called Yuhglo (Youth Under God’s Glory). My task was to speak to young men, and the LORD really put in my heart to hit on the identity of man. This generation is in such an identity crisis that they either don’t know who they are or they tend to forget. A lot of men don’t know if they are meant to be soft, or tough and this leads to a bunch of males living aimlessly. I believe we are in of need young men who are courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalms 27:1) and willing to fight for what they believe. I remember hearing a Christian Rapper state “you think being meek is weak/try being meek for a week.”

We most definitely need men who are strong. Throughout the bible it talks about men who are physically strong (Samson) and emotionally and spiritually strong (Abraham, Elijah, Peter, JESUS etc..)

The bible also does talk about being tough as David was, the bible shows that he had never lost a war before. But being tough does not mean that you are to be insensitive, and that’s where the struggle lies with Kingdom men. There must be a balance, and it is something that we must work on continuously.

“We need men in the church who are strong, dependable, courageous, and tender.” – Constantine Campbell

  1. Find Your Identity

Us, young men MUST understand that our identity is hidden in CHRIST and nowhere else. I remember when I was young, I used to watch movies like “Get rich or die trying” by 50 Cent or “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington, and these were the type of movies that influenced me. And that was only so because I didn’t know who I was in Christ. Once I understood more about the perfect man, my heart was convicted to be more like him. We must understand that we must be anchored in Christ, and that is the FIRST step to fulfilling your destiny, your purpose, and your calling.

We must move from just knowing about Christ to knowing him in personal relationship. Jesus Christ was the ultimate man, and every kingdom man should be striving every single day to be like him. Since we are image bearers of God, LIVE LIKE IT. WALK LIKE IT. TALK LIKE IT.

  1. Have a plan/ Grow in your Maturity

When I was talking to the men at Yuhglo, I told them about the 3 hoods that I discovered.
Malehood – Which happens by birth
Boyhood – Dependent, immature and not yet responsible
Manhood – When you are responsible to take of someone or something

We see plenty males who appear to be in manhood, but they are still in boyhood, making no effort to progress in anyway shape or form. It was said that back then, you would become a man at 21, then it started shifting to later years such as 30, and it seems in our generation, it’s as if it is 40 years old now. The Men are decreasing and the boys are increasing.

You must have a plan for your maturity, be a visionary man, know what you want, know how you are going to get it; if what you are trying doesn’t work, use a different method. Kingdom Men are willing to fight for what they want and will never give up until they achieve it. Put away the sins of your youth and GROW UP. Apostle Paul said “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

What is your Maturity Plan? Because getting older does not mean you will mature.

  1. Never Follow Heresy/ Doctrine is Important

Be a man who has studied to show himself approved (2 Tim 2:15) and don’t follow every wave of doctrine that you come across. It truly does take the holy spirit to understand some of the deep mysteries of the scriptures so he’s the only person you can put your trust for interpretations. I love theology and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it but my plead with you is, as you study more and more, don’t let it become a god to you. Be strong in the word but also in your spirituality and intimacy with the holy spirit. Follow ONLY TRUTH, because a half truth is a whole lie. Be sound theological, spiritual men, who can defend what they believe at all cost!

  1. Invest in your friends.

I am only 23, but throughout my life I’ve had about 4 close friends that are all my brothers in Christ. (if you really want to know them click this video link here) These brothers are the ones I go to when I need to talk about any and everything, and I encourage young men to have at least two or three brothers you can have accountability with, be vulnerable with etc. True male friendship is hard to find in our generation but it’s necessary, we all need people who can strengthen us in ways our spouses and girlfriends can’t.

The only thing is, since we are human, understand that man can and WILL disappoint but that doesn’t mean you have to shy away from the very thing we all need and were created for, which is fellowship. A mentor of mine once told me “everyone needs a Paul, a Timothy, and a Barnabas”. If you want to find out specifically what that is, check my last article called “The Power of Accountability”.

The Power of Accountability.

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What is accountability?
Let’s get straight to the facts; accountability is the act of being accountable. In this context, it means trusting someone to encourage and pray for you as you do the same for them. Many Christian men and women have accountability groups that they form within their churches or they may just be close to Christian friends who meet on a weekly basis to encourage, pray for, and confess to. Now, I must admit, when I was young, I thought accountability meetings were an absolute waste of time because of my experience I personally had with it, let me share a few of my thoughts when I got into it:

  • Accountability was extremely depressing because all we seemed to talk about was our failures….and most of us were struggling with the same things; it’s hard to listen to the rebuke of someone who has the same log in their eye.
  • I felt like everyone at the meeting wanted to hear what you were struggling with so that they didn’t feel as bad about their sin (lol…lame right?)
  • There was no growth or progression in my walk with Christ

But as I grew older, I realized I was doing it all wrong. I shouldn’t have been in an accountability group with a bunch of teenaged, immature Christian boys because we were all technically at the same levels in our faith. I should have looked to a mature man of God in the faith that had conquered the struggles I was facing and would push me towards spiritual maturity.

Why is it important?

Because any Christian who is not accountable to somebody is a dangerous Christian. It is for your own protection. We must understand that all man has fallen from the grace and glory of God and therefore we are all sinful (Rom 3:23). If you don’t associate yourself with a fellowship of believers, you might not see it yet but you are headed down a prideful path. A path in which you don’t want anyone in your business, telling you what to do, or living a life that you don’t want anyone to know about. You, my friend, are being blind to the things that you are doing. We all need a friend, a mentor, and someone to hold us accountable, especially in this race we are running as Christians.

God uses fellowship and accountability to protect us from straying away from the path that we are on through Him. He wants us to keep on going down a path of righteousness, TOGETHER. A mentor of mine once told me “every Christian needs a Paul, a Timothy, and a Barnabas. Paul is meant to guide us, Timothy is to help us mature, and Barnabas is there to challenge us.” Be accountable to somebody, and have somebody be accountable to you.

Let Iron sharpen Iron.

Problems are Great & Solutions are Golden!

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Being raisProblems are great,& (1)ed the average way; society causes us to think that problems and situations are never really a good thing, and that you should avoid problems as much as you can. But every visionary understands that all problems need a solution, and solutions are your tickets to reaching your goals to be whatever you desire to be and fulfilling your call and purpose in life….What am I getting at? Just wait for it.

When a problem arises, we try to pass it on and tend to want someone else to deal with it. But as a person of purpose that is not the right state of mind to have and that is not how one is to progress or improve your quality of life. When there is a problem, there is always an opportunity, and especially being a Christian, I believe in the sovereignty of God and how he gives us burning passions for unsolved issues that we would have to step up and do something about it. The only downside to this topic is that; we can talk hours about making change, and everyone actually gives good ideas and inputs but NO action is ever made. Usually when an entrepreneur starts a purposeful business or organization, it is because there is a problem that they are targeting and with determination, going to solve.

While reading biographies as usually, I came across an amazing entrepreneur by the name of Richard Branson; he gave a story about how he would always be traveling, and he would always get annoyed and disappointed at the poor service they would give on these airlines, and he felt that other people must also feel this way. He went on to start his own airline….I Know right? What a guy!…but not only that, he hated that banks would have so much hidden fees to confuse him and other clients, so he decided with his company to start a bank. See? Every issue is an opportunity to do something legendary. Especially when you’re passionate about something.   Since I am a devout believer, I relate everything to Jesus. Jesus saw the sinfulness of man and realized that they had a problem and he was the only solution. He died for mankind to have salvation. There was a problem and there was a solution that greatly affected the world in a positive way.

Entrepreneurs see that someone’s needs are not being met, most of the time that someone is themselves. They start with one issue and it actually opens your mind to see more opportunities. It just takes that one push to go fourth and accomplish it.

So whenever you encounter a problem, see it as God is giving you a task to get busy with.

Peace and Love People!

Embracing Wisdom

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prov-1-2Last year, somewhere around this time, I had an awesome opportunity to intern at Lisle Memorial Baptist Church in Jane and Finch (Toronto, Ontario). While I was interning there I had an opportunity to share the word of God with the saints that worshiped there. It was a very interesting experience being 20 years old, coming from a traditional (African) Pentecostal church, to sharing the word with a completely different audience of ethnicity, and denomination. It put me in a challenging position to grow as an aspiring preacher and I really enjoyed it. The gospel was preached and I believe lives were changed. That day, I believe I preached a sermon from the book of proverbs on “embracing wisdom”; as I have been reading a proverbs a day throughout this month of June, Proverbs 7 threw itself right out of the page in my face, and it is quite similar to a section of my sermon dealing with the purpose of the Proverbs and who and what wisdom is.

Wisdom is embodied in the Proverbs and acts as God’s dynamic word.
In the New Testament, Jesus becomes the wisdom and the word of God.
Embracing Wisdom is Embracing Christ.
Christ is Wisdom

See the graph below.

 

Origin of Wisdom Teaching of Wisdom Value of Wisdom
In God (v.22) Prudence(vv.5,12) Yields riches and honor (v.18)
From everlasting (v.23) Understanding (v.5) Greater than gold and silver (v.19)
Before all things (vv.23-30) Excellent thing (v.6) The wise are blessed (vv.32,34)
Truth (v.7) The wise find life (v.35)
Hatred of wickedness (v.7) The foolish love death (v.36)
Righteousness (v.8)
Knowledge (v.12)

Discretion (v.12)

Fear of the Lord (v.13)

 

A call to good works!

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GEN_History_GeorgeWilliams_ContentDoing my biographical researches, I found out that the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was created by George Williams, a British man, devoted to God who gathered young men together to create a place that would not tempt them into sin through the teaching of the word and physical recreation. It was also to develop the mind, body, and spirit. The written purpose of the YMCA was to unite all young, male Christians for the extension and expansion of the Kingdom of God. Mr. Williams believed in something called “Muscular Christianity”; it was a movement committed to piety and physical health basing itself on scriptures from the new testament, from concepts of character (Philippians 3:14) and well-being. When I woke up this morning a question came to my mind, and it was; Where are the George Williams of our day? As believers we have been called to good works, and to expand the kingdom of God by any means. We need more innovative entrepreneurial Christians who will take the world by storm for Jesus. There are many of you sitting there, reading this right now, with a burden to bring change to your community and possibly the world. Go out and do what the Lord has put in you, if it’s a business, a nonprofit organization, a gym…whatever it is, just do it; with the Lord on your side and a cleansed heart, he is more the able to grant you your petition. Keep in mind that no everything that is Christian necessarily says Jesus or has crosses on it; The reformer Marin Luther allegedly said “The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” Let’s work, and let’s do it well for the glory of God saints.

5 Ways to Master Your Money

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5 WAYSWe all (well, most of us) have something to pay off, whether its school, a car loan, a new home you’ve purchased and so on. When it comes to financial situations, they can become quite discouraging and much of a struggle to even look at how much you owe. I’m an advocate of tackling and mastering all areas in our individual lives, and one very important area we will be discussing is “How to Master Your Money”. It is important to be financially sound and stable; reason being because you do not want to be somebody that is always borrowing and never having enough to pay back. Proverbs 22:7 says “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is a servant to the lender. Other versions say a “slave” to the lender. The person or thing you now owe becomes your master.

Contemplate on some financial decisions you’ve made, and ask yourself if it was a smart idea to have purchased the things you did. I sure made BIG MISTAKES as a young man with my money lol. But everything becomes a learning lesson and is supposed to make us wiser. I’m glad I made most of my financial mistakes while I was still living at home, that saved me big time!

Here are 5 ways I came up with to master your money and take control over your income.

  1. Have debts? Pay it off Buddy
    The mistake many of us make is that, by the minimum payments were paying on our credit cards, we think it becomes alright to purchase more and more things. But that just increases the amount of time it will take to pay it all off and increases the interest rate. When you have things like a car, and student loans to pay off, don’t take those lightly. If you have other things you have to pay for, especially on your credit card, pay it off and have that liberty of being free from a monthly payment coming out of your account. It may not sound like anything special but that gives you the liberty to have money for yourself.
  2. Don’t use your credit card if you know you cannot pay it off.
    If you know you can’t pay off what your buying in the next 2 months, don’t purchase it. Live within your means and don’t always go for the things you want. Go for the things you need.
  3. Live a reasonable lifestyle
    as I said, Live within your means, and if possible live below your means. It is only temporary and there will be a time where you will be able to get the things you want and go the places you’ve always thought of traveling to. It takes time and planning, though it seems as if it may never happen, persevere and have in mind that you will one day you can save all you want, give all you want, and spend when you want.
  4. Educate yourself on finance
    Deep down, everybody thinks they know everything there is to know about how to save and spend, but reality is we know nothing until we actually study the topic. There are many things we must educate ourselves on in order to save, and invest correctly. There are many books and authors that can educate you on the topic. A few names would be Dave Ramsey, Chris Brown (not the singer lol), and Rachel Cruze.
  5. Budget your money!
    Budgets are super super super important. It helps you to keep track of all your money and what your spending on. When you budget your money, you are in control of your money and are basically paying for the necessary things you ought to pay for. For instance, my budget consists of school, car, insurance, tithes and rent payments. Once these payments are down, I put a specific amount in for saving and whatever is left is for me to spend. When you continue a consistent pattern of this, you will see that you actually have control over your income and where it’s going, it’s a really good feeling. Especially for a young Christian man like me.

Monday MOTIVATION! (The Whole Armor of God)

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Its Monday! MyMonday -


For plenty, it’s the worst and most tiring day of the week but the way I see it, it’s a way to start afresh with your goals. Think about the things that you want to achieve, conquer, or put to rest this week; if it be sin, better budgeting with your money, taking the next step to doing a very important project in your life etc. Be motivated to be a victor!

I like to mix my motivations with devotions because I believe the word is the foundation we should stand on. My devotion will come from Ephesians 6:10-20. This is my personal motivation for today. Putting on the whole armor of God and consistently acknowledging it throughout the week and even the rest of the month so it becomes a lifestyle of mine.

This is a very practical message and is one of the most famous and richly rewarding scriptures in the new testament. Paul had plenty of time to observe and examine the parts of the roman soldier’s armor. After all, he was constantly guarded in his house arrest in Rome.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Vs10: Be strong
This could be translated as “Be made strong” passively meaning we cannot do it on our own.

Vs11: The whole armor of God
This is the believer’s protection against evil and the Evil One. Paul presented the extended metaphor of the battle dress roughly according to the order in which the pieces were put on.

Wiles of the Devil: are Satan’s subtle tricks to defeat Christians in spiritual warfare.

Vs12: Our real battle is not with human cultist, fetish priest (JuJu), atheist, or agnostic, but the demonic beings working through them, of which even flesh and blood opponents are sometimes unaware.

Vs13: The Evil day
is taken by some to refer to the end times when the evil one will launch a furious campaign against Christ and his army.

Vs14-17
Paul presents the 6 pieces of spiritual armor. Four are mentioned specifically and the belt and shoes are implied. Soldiers girded themselves with a belt from which hung strips of leather to protect the lower body. Truth is considered crucial by Paul because a dishonest Christian cannot hope to withstand the father of all lies. The truth referred to here is integrity, a life of practical truthfulness and honesty.

The Breastplate: of roman times went completely around the whole body, so that the back of the warrior is protected. It was made of leather or metal.

The Righteousness: That the breastplate represents is not the righteousness of Christ which all believers possess, but practical righteous character of one who is already saved.

Vs15: A roman soldier’s feet were shod with hard studded shoes. Paul used this image to represent the preparation of the gospel of peace. Personally, I see two things that came from this, one could mean that the gospel is the firm foundation we stand on or that the Christian soldier must be ready to go out and defend the gospel.

Vs16: The shield is said to possibly mean, it is to be used against everything or to cover the whole armor. The shield protects the Christian against any fiery darts of the wicked one.

Flaming arrows cannot penetrate the fireproof shields of the ancient roman soldier nor can the assault of Satan penetrate to the believer who places their faith in Christ. (Oh yea!!)

Vs17: The Helmet of Salvation: This intricately designed helmet protected the soldiers head and also made him look taller and more impressive.
Sword of the Spirit: is the only offensive weapon in the believer’s armor. This is not necessarily the bible as a whole, but the specific word that needs to be spoken in a specific situation. To have a precise word ready, a person must know the bible intimately.

The Apostle Paul was not afraid to ask the believers to pray for him that he might have courage to preach the gospel. Even as a prisoner, Paul still wanted to be a faithful witness for the Lord.

As the week starts afresh, Be motivated Like Paul!

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