Last December we had our first ever all day Leadership Seminar inside the prison that I serve at. The day was focused in raising up Christian men as leaders, who will not be afraid of sharing the gospel around themselves inside of prison. Last week I shared my first blog post about this special time which you can read by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. This is the second blog post in the series of three blog posts that I am sharing with you about this event.
After spending some time in worship singing songs such as, I’m a Solider in the Army of the Lord, and Power in the Blood, our third speaker of the day began sharing his message titled, “Godly Character.” He started in by making the difference between subjective and objective views on character, saying, “Subjective character is only based on what people believe character should be , but objective character is what God tells us that character is.” He spoke out of Psalms 15 where it says, “O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He challenged the men by saying,” He continued by saying , “As believers we should be compassionate, humble, joyful and content. Even though we are locked up behind these fences we no excuse to not be joyful and content. Believers should also be holy, merciful, and pure in heart. These are some of the things that define the character of a Godly man.” He also touched on sonship and that we as Christians are all sons of God so as a son of God our lives should portray Him to those who are around us. In closing he called the men’s attention to several scriptures on abiding in Christ as well as Micah 6:8 which says, “O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” After the message the men spent several minutes discussing how as Christians they might maintain a Godly character while being locked up inside of prison. This time was well spent as these conversations led many to be challenged even in the simple things such as respecting those around them and those in authority over them.
As the day went on we were challenged once again by another message titled “Prayer.” The speaker who has been a pillar in our church inside of prison began his message by using examples of prayer throughout the Bible. He continued on in his message by asking the question, “What is prayer?” Answering his own question he said, “That prayer is a privilege conversation between me and my Daddy. It is about intimacy; it is about me telling my Daddy about my hurts and struggles. God is God to some but to you brothers who believe, God is our Daddy. If you are not talking to Him, praying to Him, then you are not seeking Him.” He also challenged the men that we are to abide in in the Word saying, “If you are not abiding in God’s Word but still want to dump your prayers on Him then you are like a hot air balloon crying out to God. God hears the prayers of the righteous, not our righteousness, the things we do or have done but the righteousness of God in us through what His Son Jesus has done.” He then spoke about what prayer should look like from Matthew 6 encouraging the men that through prayer we receive the courage and boldness to be a witness in this earth. As the message came to a close he challenged everybody to pray for the other men inside of prison and that through our prayers change will happen. After the message the men began singing softly, “He knows my name, He knows my every thought, He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call.” After the course was sung the room became silent as the men quietly cried out to their Daddy in Heaven.
I will be posting next week part three of this first ever Leadership Seminar inside of the prison that I serve at. Thank you for reading these posts and I pray that you may be challenged by these words which were mostly spoken by men who were once known as murders, robbers, rapists, but now are known as faithful ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.