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Well, good afternoon and welcome to another episode of the man warrior king podcast. I am Matt Halleck. I am the author of the DNA of a man, and I am the founder of the man warrior king movement.
I want to thank you for joining us today on the podcast and for everybody who has been listening over these last several months and a couple of years, um, you guys mean a lot to me.
Thank you so much. And before we get jumping into our topic for today, I want to take a minute to, uh, just remind you or announce to you if you don't know yet that the ranks of Adullam is going to be the launching in the next couple of weeks.
And there is currently a deadline to sign up at a super low price. That deadline is going to be Wednesday, August 4th.
All right. And this is very exciting. Everybody. The ranks of a dilemma in the past has been a premium priced membership for a three month program.
The started finished three months premium price, okay. Everywhere from 700 to a thousand dollars is what it was priced at.
In the last couple of weeks, the Lord has been talking to me and asking me to trust him with the change.
And this change is going to work out in everybody's favor. It's going to work out, especially in your favor because now this program that has been transformative in the lives of men in helping them rebuild their marriages, reconnecting with their wives and helping them find their confidence, discover their mission in the earth and learn how to hear God's voice and learn how to walk in miracles so that they don't feel like they're sitting on the sidelines anymore.
But like they're actually living in the book of acts and seeing the holy spirit move around them. This program is now going to be at this, for this coming week, $50 per month.
All right. If you join before August 4th, you will be able to have that $50 per month price for as long as you choose to remain.
If you join after August 4th, the price is going to go up. No, it will still be very Accessible, But it's going to go up to somewhere around 70, 80, something like that.
Okay. So I just want you to know about that. If you want more information on it, please go to man warrior king.com/adullam.
That's spelled a D U L L a M. And I'm going to put a link to it in the show notes for you as well.
Okay? So this is incredibly exciting, gentlemen. I want you in, and, and more than that, I think you want to end because our culture is missing.
It's missing a group of authentic non-religious men who are going after Jesus and learning how to be real men together.
And I say non-religious because we are so locked in things of religion and it's been powerless and it's been draining the life out of us.
And it's been hurting our marriages, our businesses, our minds, it's been hurting our health and our wellbeing. So, so I'm not interested.
I'm not interested in the same old religious do's and don'ts that we have put on ourselves in the church in order to try to live better lives.
I am interested in men coming alive and getting on fire because they know intimately their king, and they've been filled with his spirit.
And there's a way of going about life up here and out here in your mind and out around you. That actually model what Jesus says in John, which is that rivers of living water are literally going to flow out of you.
Okay? That's what I'm after. That's what I want for my men. That's what I want for myself. So I invite you to check it out again.
The link will be in the show notes. Now for today, gentlemen, I want to encourage you. I want to challenge you to rekindle your fight.
This, this day and age is filled with so many men who are, who are losing hope, losing their drive, losing their, their grit and their fight and their determination to keep pushing.
Because so many things are going on in our individual lives and around us that are discouraging. And we have been immersed into an understanding of the faith of Christianity, of Jesus that has actually been powerless.
And it's led us down. No, it hasn't given us anything to work with. And so if you are feeling weak, wounded, weary, then you're in the right place.
You were in the right place because the, the, the message here is for you. Now, if you remember the story of David, when he was out in the wilderness Cade before, before he sat on the throne, right?
This is after God anoints him to be the next king through Samuel. And then after David fights and kills Goliath.
And after David serves in Saul's court, playing music for him and whatnot, he goes on the run because Saul turns on and, and wants to kill him.
And while David is on the run and he's in hiding, and he's waiting on the fulfillment of the promise of God that doesn't look like it's going to come to pass.
Because if God says, Hey, you're going to be king. And next thing you know, you're on the run out in the wilderness with no kingdom.
Yeah. It doesn't look like it's going to come to pass at all. And David is out in the cave at the cave of a duty.
It says that about 400 or so men came to join him. It doesn't say how they knew he was there.
It doesn't say whether he invited them or not. It doesn't say any of that. It just says these men came and gathered to him and it doesn't describe them in any kind of flattering way, just so you know, okay.
It's not impressive. This group of men that came to his side, in fact, it says that these men we're bitter in soul.
I wonder if that's you, aren't you feeling bitter, are you feeling disillusioned? Like you thought there was more that God was offering and it has turned out to be next to nothing.
Or maybe you're not quite that far. And you know that it's not next to nothing, but you still bitter because you can't figure out why you don't seem to experience the joy of your salvation.
Why you don't seem to experience a victorious life. It doesn't mean everything is going to go all hunky Dory your way.
But it doesn't mean that you don't have to live defeated and down and discouraged all the time. Are you feeling bitter about that?
Are you feeling bitter because things in your marriage are hurting and have not panned out the way you thought they would.
Yeah. Bitter about business or ministry. You thought you were going to be in ministry as some powerful minister of something.
And it's just never happened. Are you bitter? Because you're battling sickness and you can't figure out how to get it to go.
So are these men, so that's the first thing it says they were bitter. Then it says that they were in distress.
Sounds like they were being pressed on all sides. It's sounds like they were being under. They were under threat. There were circumstances pushing in on them, threatening to take them out.
Maybe thought that their own death or the end of their life was imminent. There were so many stressors demanding from them.
They couldn't handle it anymore. And it says they were in debt. These men, or not in a good shape, they were not in a good place.
Maybe you are in debt. Literally. Maybe you are battling debt. And that is your distress. So these men who gathered to David or in this place, and I want to read to you something that I wrote a while ago, it was about these very men.
Maybe it'll speak to you. Let's see here. It says this. Imagine with me for a moment, you're a husband, two beautiful wife whom you've loved for 15 years.
Since you were barely old enough to be called a man, you started off well building a house for the two of you to start your family in receiving a large land inheritance from your father.
That was more than enough for you to farm and make a good living. Soon. She became pregnant with your first, then your second and third and fourth.
And now you have a large family who all looked to you as their leader, protector and provider, but things have gone wrong.
Your father died tragically shortly after your second was born. And on top of that, a famine hit and wiped out your crop.
You had to sell most of your land just to be able to buy food for your family that year and over the seven or eight years, since you've never been able to recover.
Suddenly the big family doesn't look like such a good idea. And the years of discouraging poverty in spite of your backbreaking work, which has never enough, are starting to take a massive toll on your body and your mind.
It seems like no one in your home is happy and no one is happy with you. You're trying. God knows.
You're trying, but it's never enough. You don't have what it takes. If your father were still alive, he'd be able to help you if he still respected you enough, but he may not even accept you.
If you've become such A failure, You've taken out several loans over the years and are too deep in debt to be able to pay any of them back.
Your wife is suffering and the insecurity of not knowing if you'll make it from one month to the next she's distant, worn, weary, and hurting.
You can't remember the last time you both laughed together. Enjoyed the warm summer night together, embraced in long, passionate times together.
So you've all been checked out. Maybe you drink, maybe you don't either way you drown your concerns one way or another, and you've stopped facing life.
Head on like the man that you once were. You find yourself hoping it will all just go away. And then one day you hear that the king is just outside of town, but he's not in some entourage or leading some army off to battle.
He's in a cave alone hiding. He has no one to support him to serve as his subjects. No one to rule over.
He likes you is actually just trying to make it. He's trying to survive. He's not living in the destiny that everyone thought God had declared over him.
Years ago, the old crazy prophet had told him that God wanted him to be the next king. And after an incredible display of kingship, when he killed the giant things, haven't seemed to work out.
He's been accused of treason. He's been attacked. And now he's hunted by the current king. That's funny. It sounds like his life is about as bad as yours.
Sounds like he's messed up his calling. Just like you have. He may not be able to offer you much, but if you'd go out and see him, he might at least offer some understanding years, more understanding than God has been lately.
In fact, you don't even know whether God has ears or not. You've heard all the stories of how he used to show up pretty much daily, but that's all they are stories.
Your life is the reality. And in your reality, he's lets you down time. And again, and you aren't quite ready to admit that.
Maybe he's not real, but you sure can't figure out why he's not answering your prayers because God knows you've prayed.
You've prayed for abundant harvest. You've prayed for more land. You've prayed for clearing of your debts for a happier wife or a happier home or happier you, but nothing changes.
But maybe, maybe if you go out to meet this king, you'll find something. It doesn't really matter what it is.
Anything we'll do. So you tell your wife one evening after you've come in from the field, I'm going to go see this, David.
I hear he's set up a camp in the caves. I'll be heading up there on the next Sabbath. Sabbath course.
You'll wait until then. You can't afford to sacrifice a day of work. So that day comes and you pack enough supplies for a day's hike, food, water, clothes, and you're taking your two oldest kids with you.
You might as well. They could use the change of pace. After a few hours, hike out to the caves. You come to what?
Now it looks like a small encampment of who knows about a hundred or so others, mostly men, some of them you recognize others.
You've never seen before for all of them look like hell. And you wonder whether bringing your kids was a good idea.
As you walked through the different campsites, you see men roasting carcasses of animals. They hunted earlier that morning, others sparring with sword, spirits, even pitchforks, and yet others are circled around placing bets on whose face will get slammed in the mud.
Next, you hear men telling stories of battle glory. That you're pretty sure are only minimally true. Others are arguing with each other or there's a recounting their own sob story.
All of it with healthy amounts of cussing vulgarity and the kind of talk that again, you wish your kids weren't around to hear and you can't help, but come to two conclusions.
One, these men look like they're here to stay. They are home. Some of you had gone back to wherever they came from to bring their families back with them though.
None of them look too happy about it and who can blame them? When a woman marries a man who takes a vowel to protect her and love for and provide for her, she doesn't expect him to uproot her from their home and move her and their children out to a semi-permanent campsite to follow an outlet.
The second conclusion that you come to is this. You're not alone and that's both good and bad. Good, because it feels good to know that your sorry, state is not unique to you.
Maybe you're not the lone screw up in the world bad because you know that these other men who are like you are not the kind of men you want your kids around, not the kind of men you want your wife around, not the kind of men you'd want to stand by you in battle.
Should things ever come to that? In fact, the best way to describe them as a bunch of ragamuffin boys, who've forgotten what it means to be men.
They're scrawny. They're dirty. They're sloppy. They're disheveled. Yeah. In distress, in debt, bitter in soul, you don't trust them and probably won't ever, but yeah, with a child under each arm, you vigilantly keep walking up the slope, Rocky terrain to what you only assume the cave.
The one where the supposed king is, there's nothing particularly noteworthy to designate it as such, but you see a small gathering of men waiting outside as if to speak with someone.
And your conclusion is affirmed. You're not alone. Soon enough. You hear something alien to this place. It's nothing like the sounds of men cursing and fires crackling.
And the swords clanging. It's not the complaining or arguing. It's this man's voice coming from the cave. But you can't tell whether he's singing weeping or praying.
So you pull close to the mouth of the cave, alongside a Boulder, where you prop your kids so they can hear, you want to enter.
This is after all, why you came to talk to the man that you assume is David, but something says you shouldn't.
It feels too personal to sacred. So you wait and the sound of his praying and singing in a weeping and pouring out his honest heart to a God who now seems more real than he did an hour ago.
Thanks to this concert. It all causes you to break the toughest side. You've put up until now, just shattered into tiny shards around your aching feet.
And you slowly sink to a knee sobs. Well up from your stomach. And you're sure one of these shady men standing by is going to spot your weakness and strike you dead.
Like a Wolf hunting, the slowest, caribou, your, the wink link. But no one cares. No one notices the tears in your face are yours alone.
And your children's they see, they wonder why daddy is crying. And you wonder too, and you tell them, you don't know, but you're tired.
You're hurting. And you're not sure how much you have left in you. You don't tell them that they hear it from your eyes time.
Probably no more than a few minutes, the sound stop. And the men around you straightened, like they know something you don't, but it doesn't matter to you right now.
You're not sure who the heck you even are at the moment. So thoughts of proper decorum escape, you David emerges from the stark shadow, angled down by the early afternoon sun.
He too has tear streaks on his cheeks. He too looks like a man and done, but there is one key difference between him and you.
He clearly knows who he is is you. You're just as an orphan, trying to scrounge up some bread. His tears are mingled with a countenance of peace, confidence and belonging.
Yours are falling through a desert of loneliness and despair. And you wish you had what you see in him in just this one moment you can tell he is a king, but not just the king of a divided nation.
He's a king in his very blood it's in his DNA, which is strange. He was just a shepherd. While all of this is swirling in your head.
He steps you of all people. He moves not with a stiff pomp of a king, but with the normal casual comfort of an old friend, he sees your kids on their boulders, smiling at each and patting them on the shoulder.
He looks at you and your unmanly state asking, why are you here? You don't really know what to say. So you just talk.
Honestly, I don't know. My life is falling apart and has been for years. Now. I've tried to fix it. I've tried to provide, I've tried to love my wife.
I've tried to be a good dad, but I'm just failing. It's all gone to pieces. I turned to God, but he did nothing.
I turned it to lenders and now I'm in debt. I turned to my wife, my wife, but she is running on empty.
I turned to myself and I found that I too am empty. I don't know what to expect from you other than listening ears.
Even just for this one moment right now. I'm sorry. David takes it in. And after a second, he replies. Well, I'm glad you're here.
If you decide to stay, you will be welcome. If your children and wife join us, they are welcome. I can't offer you anything.
I have nothing to give other than a promise. And the prophecy that I will be king one day, but you can't pay your debt with that nor can you heal your marriage.
David. Why are these others here? Well, they're like you they're worn out, beaten down failures. They have nothing to offer me and I have nothing to offer them.
Okay. So why do they stay? David laughs that's easy. He pauses considering his next words. The cost of going back to the way things were is greater than the cost of risking.
Hope. One more time, You take this in completely understanding the sentiment, but can't go back to the way things were.
I can only risk going forward And hoping. And before you stopped them, the next word sneak their way out of your gut.
I want what you have. And now you're embarrassed. Like you've spilled your true inner inadequacy all over his shoes and that embarrassment sweeps over you.
But David is unshaken. He's clearly heard this before from each of these other men around when you really want it.
And if you know, Gentlemen, the history of David and his mighty men, then you know that men like this, who came to him at the end of their resources and the end of their patients with life.
The end of they became the fiercest warriors. The world has ever no, they're legendary. Should've killed 800 at a time, but Nyah killed a lion and an Egyptian giant and two Moabite heroes.
Abishai killed 300 men at one time with only his spear. It's in the book of second Samuel chapter 23, you can read about these men.
They were formidable warriors, but they started like this. They started life. You it's time for you to rekindle your fight.
It's time for you to discover that this too is in your DNA. I'm inviting you into this journey. You may need a marriage help.
You may need financial help. You may need ministry help. You might need to be healed in your body. You may need all of those things.
Thanks. If you restrict yourself only to focusing on fixing those problems, then you're going to be massively missing pretty much.
Yeah, because in the middle of your pain, the answer is not to solve the problems. The answer is to come to the king.
That's what I want for you to reconnect with your king. Dear brother of mine just sent me this email, actually a couple in there longer than I'm going to read You, but he was Sharing a prophetic word for me, for the man warrior king movement for the ranks of Adullam.
But in it he quoted Matthew chapter 11 And is here in Matthew chapter 11. Okay. Verse 28. This is the amplified version of Jesus is saying, come to me.
All of you who are weary and heavily burdened burdened by religious rituals that provide no peace. And I, Jesus will give you rest, refreshing your souls with salvation.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, following me as my disciple for I'm gentle. And I'm humble in heart, and you're going to find rest.
You're going to find renewal. Bless it, quiet in your souls Because my joke is easy. And my burden is light.
You want to rekindle your fight. Then you have to start by coming back to the feet of Jesus. And you have to start by laying everything down that has caused you to be bitter that has caused you to be in distress, even your debts before him.
And you say, well, I can't move forward with these things. I have to solve them before. I can be thinking clearly before I can function in the kingdom before I can be of any good.
And I'd tell you you're wrong and you don't have to earn the right to come before the king and lay yourself down.
You don't have to solve the problems and you don't have to force him to solve them for you first. You first, you sorry.
You surrender into the mess. Surrender into the brokenness, surrender into the pain, surrender into the fear failing And you surrender it all into him.
This is what I'm inviting you into. I'm inviting you into this journey. You can reconnect with your mission and your identity and get back to the business of being a warrior in Jesus's changes.
Will you join me? If not literally in the ranks of a doula, will you join me in your own life?
You joined the ranks or not. Will you do this? Now, if you do want to join the ranks, I would be honored to have you.
We have a plan. We have a program. We have some training or going through action steps, homework, assignments, all these things.
But more than that, I'm letting go of this. I can't bring the healing that you need. I can't solve every problem.
I will not claim to be the answer, but I can give you the cave that you can come to can be the man who's run this path.
A few steps ahead of you and I can provide the grit and the fire and the passion that you need to suffer.
But I know as men come and they fall at the feet of Jesus going to come alive and you're going to find healing beyond what I can bring you.
You're going to learn what it means to be a man. Again, you're going to learn what it means to have a victory or two under your belt.
You're going to learn what it means to love a woman. Well Whether you join me or not, gentlemen, I love you.
And I want your life to be everything. God meant it to be. I want your life to be epic and legendary like these men.
And I want you to be so passionately connected and committed to your king. That nothing pulls You down from that.
I want in her life to be moving from one glory to Another I love you until next time