The motto of The K.I.N.G. Movement is “Strong in the Lord.’’ For us as men to fulfill this call and truly walk in strength, we must build up our Inner Man, first making him strong and following him on the path God has prepared for us.
Israel's King David, who is widely known as one of the most significant kings in history, was on his death bed when he gave this charge to his son in 1 Kings 2:3-4:
"BE strong, ACT like a man, and OBSERVE what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to Him, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and regulations as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go."
God tells us to "be strong and act like a man." True strength comes from the soul, the Inner man. The Inner Man is what guides our thoughts, emotions, and will.
God then tells us to “observe what the Lord God requires.’’ This first necessitates us being obedience in hearing His voice; obedient by reading His Word, seeking His face in prayer, praising Him, so that we can plainly know what God requires of us.
When we do these things, God promises us that we will prosper in WHATEVER we do and WHEREVER we go. Success will be defined on God's terms, not ours.
- No Excuses
- No Short Cuts
- Be Receptive
Anyone who works out for sports and training today knows that your core is your foundation. How can we increase our speed, power, vertical jump, shooting range, etc. if our core is weak? We can’t.
It’s the same thing in the spiritual realm. The more clear we are, and the more we understand our Inner man, the more God can build on it. This is where He wants to strengthen us first. Then HE can show us what our successful future looks like.
Being successful in the future will require that we have a vision. The more specific and detailed our vision, the more willing others will to buy in and join us.
As we build up our Inner Man in hopes of growing closer to God and achieving the success he has laid out for us, let this be our prayer: "Lord, show me where I need to strengthen my Inner Man. Give me a sharp picture of what it looks like so I'll know where to make no excuses and take no shortcuts."
For me personally this means:
For us as a group/family this means:
Allan Houston played 12 years in the NBA, making two All-Star teams while with the New York Knicks. He currently serves as the Knicks’ assistant general manager. Allan also leads his Legacy Foundation, an initiative that funds fatherhood and mentorship programs including his own, “Father Knows Best.’’ He and his wife Tamara have seven kids. Yes, seven kids!