God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you.

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT)

Much of whom a man becomes and what he settles for has been learned over time and through the shaping experiences and conclusions he makes during his life. Can you imagine the sum of all our conclusions, all the beliefs we hold in our hearts, being accurate? Some of them, yes. But all? No way.

We all harbor inaccuracies, lies about ourselves, others, or God, in which we have learned to hold and live. These lies arise from wounds, they become ways in themselves, and our wounded ways in turn affect others.

It is therefore of paramount importance that we experience healing and treatment so something glorious and good can replace the pain, guilt, and shame. Just as wounded hearts wound other hearts, so a whole heart can help other hearts become whole as well. The damage is reversed and the wound is redeemed. What was intended for bad, God makes good, so now what is passed down comes from the good stored up in the heart. It is part of what Jesus was talking about in Luke 6:45 (NIV), 

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart.

We need to receive from God the good things we didn’t get and give to him the bad things we did get. We need to experience the reality of being Beloved Sons; then we’ll be able to take our rightful place in the story God is telling and the part he has created for each man to play.

An excerpt from The Heart of a Warrior.

The Heart of a Warrior

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Men have a glorious and significant role in God’s Larger Story. They also are the target of a special warfare aimed continually and ruthlessly at the center of their being… their masculine hearts. Naivety and ignorance keep many men running in circles while misinformation and poor training keep many more in bondage. Men are wounded, frustrated, angry and being crushed under the weight of criticism and expectations. The attempted solutions of recent years is education; tell men what they are doing wrong and give them a list to memorize. This strategy isn’t working and its time we fall back to an Ancient One. What if we are setting men up for failure rather than helping them be free? Join author and guide, Michael Thompson, as he invites men to a place of training and orientation that will ensure both a settled heart and a fierce courage. A man cannot enter this battle without knowing he is a Beloved Son. After all, that is what the battle is all about!