Real Man Ministry (week 9)

 

COURAGE lesson 1 and 2

Tonight in class I made reference to my essay from week 8.
I said if you fully obey God and carefully follow all his commands, many blessings will come upon you (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). Then I gave some examples of how I wasn’t fully obeying all his commands. My point
was to illustrate how this curriculum has heighten my awareness and
inspired change within my life.

For example, everyone knows not to fight, sell drugs, use drugs, gamble,
etc…But what about giving a friend a cup of coffee. Or loaning a friend a
stamped envelope so he can write his kids?

Is that okay?

To my surprise, many of these dedicated Christians said, ”yes.”
Including Drew, a leader in the Christian community. Drew knows the Bible
extremely well. He’s been studying it consistently for 20 years. That’s why I was surprised to see him defend misconduct on any level.

He even backed up his position with scripture.
Unbelievable!

After he made his point, I made mine. Very clear.
And that is, you can’t cherry pick which rules you decided
are worth obeying. Scripture clearly says, ”fully obey God and carefully follow all his commands.”

One of his commands is : Submit yourself for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. (1Pete 2:13-14)

This means we must submit to the authority that governs us inmates.
And that means we must follow the rules, regardless if we disagree with them. And guess what? It’s against the rules to loan, trade, borrow or give
anything to anyone. Period!

After class as we were walking back to the unit, a guy I’ve never spoken to,
approached me. He thanked me for my insight and said I was very impressive with how I articulated my point. He then went on to inform me
that Drew went to a clemency hearing where he got shut down due to his infraction history.

Drew is a good guy. Well liked and well respected. A good Christian brother.
His infraction record isn’t full of fights, violence, drugs, tattoos, or anything like that. By all means he is a model inmate. However, he was infracted for having an extra pair of socks.

I guess that’s one of those rules he thought he didn’t have to obey.
He must have deemed it too petty. He can probably justify the entire situation through scripture.

My takeaway from all this is, if you’re breaking one rule then that means
an entire section of your brain has created a category full of similar rules
that you deem insignificant, and thereby don’t need to obey.

And what does the Bible say about that:

If you don’t obey God and don’t follow all his commands,
many curses will come upon you and overtake you. (Deuteronomy 28:15)

I don’t know about you, but I prefer blessings over curses.
I’ve seen enough and have been through enough to realize
the truth in these scriptures. I am finally the Captain of my own
destiny.

Thank you Jesus for the road map to prosperity.
Now all I have to do is be obedient and obey.

I pray for the strength and mental fortitude to constantly
remain focused on Gods commands, no matter what!

Please God, help me.

 

Steven Jennings

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Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

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