From a message by Patrick O’Shea, Sr.
I write unto you little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 1 John 2:12–14
I would like to speak to the fathers and to the young men.
We are in a time now where manhood is under attack. We are being attacked by the Marxists. Way back in the 1800s, they wrote the abolition of the family. We are under attack by the globalists and the feminists, the politicians, Hollywood, and TV. They are looking to destroy man hood. They are looking to destroy the manliness out of every man in the world and they are being successful out there. Why do they want to destroy man hood? Because men are protectors, and if you destroy the protectors of society, you can manipulate that society in any way you choose.
We have makeup for men now. We have gender neutrality now.We have female clothing for men. We have skinny jeans. We have long hair. We have reeducation for men. In Sweden, when a child comes to school, you don’t say it is a boy or a girl. They say it is gender neutral. You can’t say that child is a boy or a girl; they get to choose later. It is right here in the United States, too. And men are suffering.
Men have to be men. The leading cause of death in young men in Europe is not cancer or heart attacks, it is suicide. We have a real epidemic on our hands. We have something very serious that we are dealing with,and we can’t allow it in any way to affect us.
What makes you a man? Not turning 18. I know 70-year-old babies men, so called. Manhood is the glory of a nation and if you are a man you need to take pride in being a man. When you walk down the street, you ought to put your shoulders back, walk tall and say, “I am a man. I know who I am!” I am a man, and I am not to be brought under. I am not to be bought. And I will not come under some silly agenda.
To be a man is a never-ending job. I want to grow in my man hood. I don’t want to stay the same. It requires continuous improvement.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6.
One of the signs of a time of restoration is when prophets come and restore fatherhood and manhood. Then the hearts of the fathers will turn to the children and the hearts of the children will be turned to the fathers. It takes a prophet to make a man. Most of us did not grow up in homes that knew what a man was. And some of us are yet growing in it and we need to become more manly.
A father has a tremendous influence–either for good or evil. When God gives you a precious, little child (worth more than all of this world’s goods put together) who is born into time, but will live throughout all eternity, you have a man’s job on your hands!
Fathers need to breathe their influence into their children.You breathe it in by holy living, by right living, by living close to God, and being a man of God.
Fathers are more than biological causes. “I have children and that’s the end of it.” It is just the beginning.
Fathers are faithful to their wives. Your wife is the best cup of tea you have ever had–with or without sugar. Once you get married, that is your wife to love, to cherish, and to hold, till death do you part. Faithful husbands. You are no closer to God than you are to your wife. If you are having problems there, you are having problems with God.
You are not a king of your home until you supply the needs of your home. You are last on the list. If there is any change left over, you get the change. Your children and your wife get the new clothes and new shoes.You are the last on the list because you are a man.
You are not really a father until you know how to get on your knees and play with your children; until you know how to play children games and know how to get into their heart. That is a man.
You need to hold your little daughters or someone else will hold them. Hold them and win their heart. Become like a hero to them. “That’s my dad, and he is my hero!”
Nothing is sweeter to a child than to hear their parents call out their name in prayer. How sad if your children haven’t heard that!It’s a life-changing experience for your child. Fifty percent of parents don’t spend significant times with their children. Fathers, don’t get so tied up in work that you forget about your children. Don’t spend your life working and then one day you turn around and they are all grown up and you have lost your influence with them by being too busy with other things. You need to labor to get into the heart of your child and that is manly work.
Set your children a pattern for excellence.
A father is not only gentle, but he is a protector. I made avow when my children were young and it was a vow I kept. I said, “Devil, if you ever come around my house and try to hurt my little children, I will rise up in more fury than you have ever seen in me yet.” We need to have something in us that is more protective than a she bear over its young. The devil has to know that if he messes with your children, he is going to pay a hefty price.And, men, we have that power! We have power with God. We just get on our knees and call heaven down. Be bold! Make sure the devil knows who you are.
Most men today are sucking their thumb. Are you? We need real men today.
We need men who know how to do a day’s work. There are days when you should go to your bed just exhausted when you know you have labored hard.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30.
If it was hard to find a man back then how much harder is it to find one today? Where do you get your picture of a man? You had better get it from the right men. Who is a man?
A man is someone who swears to his own hurt and changes not. When a man says something, he is going to do it whether in the long run it benefits him or not because his word is out there. A man keeps his word.
A man will do the little things right, so he can do the big things right. If someone comes around you talking about someone else or if you are talking about some one else behind their back, there is no courage in that at all. If you do not have courage to face someone face to face, close your mouth. It is not manly. It is not manly to be the one speaking or the one listening in those conversations. You are a fool if you listen to that. If they can talk about that person, they will talk about you some day. That is not manly. If you have ought against a brother, go to that brother. Look him square in the eye and make things right.
Backbiting, whispering, back talking is not manly and it does not belong in the church of God. You learned that in the world. You did not learn that from the scriptures or the ministers. Do not run when you hear one side of the story. You run, run, run your mouth until every thing is a mess and it all leads back to you. It causes division, strife, and envy. And you are going to say you are a man? You should get yourself a pink bow tie with a pink shirt. Men do not do that.
Men do not abuse their wives. You do not talk just any kind of way to a woman. “Well, I am the man of the house. Look at me.” You are a coward.
Little boys, don’t hurt animals for the fun of it.
Some of you won’t do anything because you are afraid of failing. That is sissy. If you are a man, you are going to step out sometimes and fail, but you did your best and you did what you could and you learned from it. Now, you go on, take the experience and be wiser. That is what a man does.
You have got to take manhood. The devil wants you to cower down with insecurities. What? I am a man! I have to move on. My measure of a man is not if he gets knocked down but how he reacts when he gets back up. Get back up ready to get back at it.
Some of you are hiding behind your personality. You say your personality won’t let you do some things. You need to over ride your personality. “Don’t you know I am quiet?” “Don’t you know I don’t like to speak in front of crowds?” “Don’t you know I am timid?”
Your personality has to stand back. Say “I am a man.” You are not subject to your personality, but your personality is subject to you.Stop using those kinds of excuses! “Well, I don’t fit in.” Make your shoulders a little wider and shove yourself in. Just push yourself in. You are a man.“But no one likes me.” Widen up your shoulders and step in because you are a man.
A man is consistent. You have to do things whether you feel like it or not.
To the young men: Don’t be a “one day wonder.” Don’t be glorious one day like a 4th of July firework and then we don’t know where you went. As a man, you dig and dig and dig and get more and more and more. If you win or lose, you have 24 hours to either glory in it or feel bad about it, but then it is another day and you have to move on.
Having many girlfriends is not manly. It is effeminate.Watching pornography is not manly. It’s disrespectful to yourself and disrespectful to others. Alcohol and drugs are not manly things because you are trying to escape who you are. Holding grudges is not manly.
If there were more men in this world, there would be no abortion. Men are to protect those who are weaker than them and cannot defend themselves. What kind of man would vote for abortion?
You know a man when you see one.
If you talk bad about your father or mother, that is not manly. It does not matter how your father and mother treated you, what they did, or how bad they are. You thank God for your father and mother whether they were saved or unsaved. If you don’t respect your father or mother, you won’t respect anyone. God knows what you need and He put you where He wanted you.
A young man who does not respect his elders is worthless.You rise up before the hoary head. You honor the face of the old man and fear God for He is Lord. That is scripture (Lk. 19:32). If you do not honor those who are older than you, you will not honor God. Get out of your seat when they walk by. Help them.
We are in great danger of the Lord not finding us doing manly business. We cannot remain in different to our duties as a man. To labor to be a man is a lifelong duty.
Young men, you need to be inhabited by God. You are as spiritual as you want to be. The most manly business of this time is to have God in you. You should not have to be pushed to spirituality. It is better to shoot high and miss than to shoot low and hit. You need to be pushing yourself. You need to know how to have a devotional life and call fire out of heaven. Stir up your own self. We are in need of young men who know how to bring the fire down. If we lose deep spirituality, we have lost everything.Strive with every fiber in your being.
We live in an age where everything is pampered and self indulgent. We need spiritual young men today who will not pamper their flesh.Get yourself by the throat and say, “You can’t do that anymore. You are a man.”
The plain truth that Jesus preached offended people because they would not die to that element of self-destructive preservation.There is nothing more manly than taking yourself and saying, “This pattern is going to end no matter what it takes.”
Be men of deep spirituality and godliness. I want you to provoke me.
Manliness is a continual growth.