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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love." 
I Corinthians 16:13-14

This coming Sunday many will be observing Father's Day and honoring their fathers.  I would like to give tribute to all of those godly men who try so hard to be the men that God would want them to be, especially my husband and my brothers in Christ.  With this in mind, let me begin by asking, "What is a godly dad and what does he do?"  "How important or vital is a godly husband and father in the home?"  Let us read what Scripture says about that:  

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.... So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself."  Ephesians 5:25-28

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."  Ephesians 6:4

Sadly, we live in a culture where Dad is Mr. Mom due to a lack of godly leadership, perhaps divorce or even same-sex marriage.  It is very important for the man who professes to be a Christian to understand and apply godly principles in his life and be aware of what God through His everlasting Word expects and demands of him as a father and husband.   We live in a culture where there is no consistent training in the area of Godly Christian manhood for our young men or boys.  They are not being taught by their fathers and leaders the meaning of Christian manhood and how to develop godly character in them.  Satan has been working hard and has his training for our young men well organized and complete.  His evil training has saturated our present society, including the Lord's church, so that our young men cannot escape it completely.  Satan has effectively succeeded in fighting all that is Christian manhood.  Consider how Satan has saturated our present culture:

  • He has deceived many of our men with his empty philosophies that lead to nothing more than the destruction of the home.  
  • His evil training has come through Hollywood T.V. shows, movies, books, magazines, the internet, newspapers...
  • Through the worldly influence of so-called Christian friends, those who are not walking upright.
  • Through the unbeliever or acquaintances, worldly men positions of popularity.
  • So often through poor parental example. 

It is critical that our Christian young men learn an organized system of training for the practical facets of their spiritual warfare.  They need to be taught by their fathers and leaders all the Bible applications, foundations and principles so that they can apply them to themselves.  The Lord demands that men, fathers, and leaders, because of their position of leadership, to train our young boys in godly character and responsibilities.  Each of our boys has a specific job or specific position in a ministry.  It means that our young men must aim to become men of God: a man who is fit and well prepared to be used by God according to His divine plan.  We must train our boys to be spiritually strong men of God: men who are prepared to invest their time, character and talents in the Lord's work; in whatever area of service to which God directs them.  We must acknowledge that character building is of the Lord.  It is our Lord who raises up men of valor to serve Him.  Our Lord through His revealed Word can develop good and godly habits that produce godly manhood.  It is about time that our men get right with our God, give their life as a living sacrifice to our Lord, let the Lord use them for His glory and most importantly start acting like real men of God, like men.  I guarantee you the Lord provides through His Word a plan to prepare them.  He provides what is necessary to refine and strengthen the character in a young's man life.

It is crucial for our older men, those whose God have been given the duty or responsibility of training our young men to build the character of Jesus and shape the heart of our young men in their life. God's definition of  a man is beyond the physical characteristics that the world uses to define a man. It is the opposite of the speech, attitudes and behavior that the world expects to find in a man.  

"And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none."  Ezekiel 22:30

In Ezekiel 22:30, God sought for a man among the many who were physically men.  It is sad, but God found not one man because He was looking for a man of God.  It is time for our older men, our fathers, to start teaching, training and defining what a man of God is and to start setting godly character, the high standards of Scripture, as goals for our young men to reach toward. Our God still wants to find men who are willing to be used by Him, but our older men, fathers, and leaders, must train them up to be spiritually strong so that they may be men of God.  This training must be the characteristics, commands and duties of a "godly man."

With this in mind, let us look at some Scriptures that address the love of a husband as modeled by the love Christ has for His bride, the church.  There is no better example than the love of our Father in heaven toward us, His children.

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.... So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself."  Ephesians 5:25-28

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."  Ephesians 6:4

Isaiah 3:12 can be used to show the condition of our families, the church, and our Christians today. Our boys are not being taught all that is necessary to build godly character in them.  They are not being taught the areas that they need to develop into a man of God.

"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they that lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths."  
Isaiah 3:12

 Consider those areas:
  • Spiritual:   The command given by our Lord to be "strong" in Corinthians 16:13.  It means to be spiritually strong, strong in their faith and in their character of Jesus Christ.  That character of Christ that would help them control their mind (mental and emotional) and his body (physically).
  • Mental:    God demands all men to have a "sound mind" in II Timothy 1:7.  To use it to think clearly, to commit to love the Truth and to be the best servant in His vineyard.
  • Emotional:   God's Word instructs all men, especially the young in knowing how to express his emotions.  The emotions must be trained to be under His control according to the Word of God.  Philippians 2:5
  • Physical:   Taking care of his body so that it is physically fit to be used by God.  He must exercise the body in order to control it and bring it under the discipline of his mind.  He must learn to train it to be strong, durable and coordinated.  I Timothy 4:8
God in Ezekiel 22:30 found no man that He could use for His glory.  Our God is still seeking those men who are willing to be His men of valor and honor.  The towns and cities in our country are lacking strong Bible teaching all because there are not enough men, godly men, who are interested in the high calling of God to be preachers, teachers, and elders.  

There is a critical need of men,

  • That would go into the fields and labor for God and His kingdom. 
  • That would be fathers who are spiritual leaders in their homes.  
  • Who would put God first in the lives of those God has entrusted to him, his family. 
  • Who would teach and worship our God in their homes every second of their lives with family devotions, praying and counsel. 
  • Who would live a committed life for our Lord and Savior bearing good fruit in order to shine his light in this world of darkness.  
  • Who would be leaders of their home in word and in deed without any hypocrisy.  
  • Who would not abandon their God-ordained role as head of their home.  
  • That would be like Abraham, godly fathers, the right kind of man; the image of a godly father. 
  • That would practice love and joy in the lives of his children.  
  • That would be godly fathers that still want to remain pure in a society of so much darkness.  
  • That would seek to practice pure speech.  
  • That would avoid everything harmful in order to not pollute his home.  

Before I start with the characteristics of what makes a real man, a "godly man," I would like to start with the definition of what godliness is and what it means to be godly.  To be godly means to be devout; that is, to be a Cornelius as in Acts 10 or an Abraham.  Such a man does that which is well pleasing to God.  Godliness is a fear or reverence toward God.
"And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'"  Job 28:28
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."  I Corinthians 16:13-14

Characteristics or Traits of a Godly Man as Found in I Corinthians 16:13-14:  

Let us analyze in depth what a "godly man" would look like.

  • He would be a man "on the alert."  He is aware that he has to watch with intense vigilance his own soul and the souls of those whom he loves in order to protect them.  He will be watchful and careful. He knows that we are engaged in a spiritual war against a crafty and dangerous enemy.
  • He is to "stand firm in the faith."  He knows that he can succeed in standing firm only if he completely surrenders to God obeying Him with all of his heart, soul, and mind.  He surrenders to God's wisdom and not to earthly wisdom.
  • "Act like men."  He shows himself as a real man in Christ.  He labors intensely to show himself worthy of God, courageous in his steadfastness and his judgment.  He will not compromise his principles as cowards do.  
  • "Be strong."  He is strong.  His eyes are fixed on Jesus and he will not release his grip.  He trusts in His God with all of his strength, heart, soul, and mind.
  • "Let all that you do be done in love."  He knows that all that he does in word and in deed must be done in a spirit of love toward God and toward his neighbor.  He shines his light before all men.

I Corinthians 16:13-14 is crystal clear about how men are to behave before God.

  • They are to behave like real men.
  • They are to be responsible.
  • They are to be grounded in their faith.
  • They are to show strength in every area of their life.
  • They are to do all things in the spirit of Christian love.  

This is the only way that we are going to be able to have effective fathers, husbands, leaders in the church and lights to a dying world of darkness. This is what motivates a man to godliness and manliness.

Let us thank God for every godly father who is sincerely seeking to lead his children, especially his boys in the direction of heaven.  May his tribe increase for the glory of God and His kingdom.

May the Lord help our brothers in Christ to be godly men and to fulfill the great need that godliness provides.