Men Of God Leading The Way Pt. 2

Written by gregdenham on February 11th, 2012

Below is a Pt. 2 to the questions, “What does a man of God’s influence look like?” Or, “What does it mean that a man of God, leads the way?”


#9 He has a high expectation of God’s favor!

He understands that his relationship with God is based upon, grace!  That he has been rescued by grace. That he is sustained by grace. That he will be glorified by grace.  Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is His unconditional, provisional, redemptive and eternal love. God’s grace exchanges the man made “performance treadmill” of works (where a person seeks to earn God’s favor and attention), with His free gift of grace which allows for a face to face relationship and intimacy with the Heavenly Father–who knows everything about the believer and still loves them!

Therefore, a man of God enjoys the security of having the Father’s love, (which is provisional and redemptive today and forever) and his life says to others, “Our Father has us in His hands.  We are victorious in Christ!”

Men of God inspire others with an outlook that sees the redemptive and provisional possibilities. (Phil 4:13; 2Cor. 12:9; 1Tim.1:15-17; Rom.8:28-39)


#10 He is Christ-centric!

In the first sermon preached in Jerusalem after the cross, resurrection and ascension — Peter began his message to the multitudes saying, “You men of Israel hear these words” and the first words out of his mouth were, “Jesus of Nazareth …” (Acts 2:22). Paul underscored what his chief objective was with the church in Corinth saying, “I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2). Acts 4:12 reads, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (II Corinthians 4:3-4) “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”  (II Corinthians 11:3). If you “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)


#11 He is committed to the whole counsel of Scripture.

Paul declared, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27) Jesus said the Word of God (Tanach) “cannot be broken” (John 10:35). He said, “…until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Mat. 5:18, NIV).

2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” “Inspiration” speaks of the Word being “God breathed”. “Doctrine” tells us what is right.  “Reproof” tells us what is not right. “Correction” tells us how to get right. “Instruction” tells us how to stay right. “Equipped for every good work” tells us that God wants to transform our life!

Do we face challenges when studying the Bible? Yes. Are there Bible difficulties? Yes.  Are there errors in the Bible? NO!

There are no mistakes in the revelation of God in Scripture, but there are wrong interpretations of the Bible by man. So asking the question, “Are we interpreting the Bible correctly?” is a relevant and important one, especially when you consider the fact that the Bible contains a variety of literary methods. For example, there is the highly emotional poetic expression of the Psalms.  There is the wisdom literature in the Proverbs, which emphasizes principles not promises. There are the instructional and specific applications in the epistles, which in origin were directed to communities that existed two thousand years ago. There is also the narrative history of the Gospels.

Ultimately the Bible gives us the wisdom for Salvation in Christ, pointing us to Jesus Christ, and ultimately it is Jesus, who authenticates the authority and inspiration of the Bible!

Remember, God gave us His Word “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This means that God does not just want your life informed with right doctrine according to the whole counsel of Scripture, He wants your life transformed by His Word and the ministry of His Spirit. In order for this to take place you will need to think, Biblically! You will need to get the Word of God inside of you. You will need to have your mind renewed by the Truth of God’s Word. How does this take place? One way is to get in the habit of asking yourself, “What does the Bible say about ____?” “What does God’s Word say about ____?” You want to learn to “flex the muscle of recall” and “memorization” of Scripture throughout your day. You want to learn to see more and more through the lens of the Bible. This is possible for all of us! If you know how to worry, then you know what it is to have developed a mental habit. What you need to do now, is learn to switch your attention from thinking about your problems to thinking about Bible verses. In doing so you’ll not only have less to worry about — but your faith will soar!


#12 He is dedicated to giving his best effort.

Giving your best effort is the basis of excellence. On the other hand, success is more often measured by culture and weighed by name recognition, materialism and influence.   Excellence however, is what God notices and rewards whether or not there is cultural success.1 Cor 9:24-27 is a fantastic passage that identifies what excellence looks like in application.

#1 It is to give your best effort.

(Vs. 24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”)

#2 It is to give your best effort aligning with specific objectives and goals.

(Vs. 26 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.”)

#3 The catalyst that brings it all together is, discipline! Discipline is making consistent choices. This will require the right management of one’s body.

(Vs. 27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”)

#4 The motivation behind the application of excellence is that God is glorified!

(Vs. 25 “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.)

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. James McFarland says:

    Men Of God Leading The Way!

    I know it’s not December. And I know that Jesus was not born in December.
    But think with me, after that first Christmas, those wise men who came from the East to worship Jesus. In Matthew 2:1-12 we see how their desire to meet Jesus was fulfilled in a miraculous way.

    Incredibly, these guys had every reason to stay in the comfort of their own country, but they didn’t. They traveled a trackless desert to respond to God’s leading.
    They braved hostile tribes and crossed broad rivers like the Tigris and the Euphrates to be obedient to the call of God in their life.
    They discerned the voice of God calling them in a new direction, so they followed. That is why they were called “wise men.”
    These guys were the epidemy of a man of God, leading the way!
    What did the wise men do when they first heard about the star that could lead them to the king?
    They did not spend endless hours analyzing it, comparing it to other stars, or waiting for more evidence. They followed.

    Imagine how rewarding that first Christmas must have been for these men who found Jesus swaddled in a manger.
    Matthew 2:11 tells us, “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”
    In that simple act of worship and submission, Jesus went from being the God of the Jews to being their God. He became the King of their lives. God was now personal for them.
    All the searching and perplexity were over. They had found ultimate fulfillment.
    They now had ultimate purpose.

    Would I drop everything and be the man God wants me to be?
    Would I travel to places unknown, seeking things I was not aware of?
    God spoke to those men, they listened, the turned from their “regular” life for the encounter of a lifetime,they obeyed, and they saw Jesus and they worshiped Jesus!
    We too need to be such men.
    Will we “drop our nets” and follow Him, to worship Him, to proclaim to the world that He is Lord!
    Like them, we have the opportunity of a lifetime!
    God is moving again in our world; like he did 2000 years ago at the birth of Jesus.
    Will we be men like them?
    Will we carry the message of our savior to a world that desperately needs good news and hope?
    We can make a difference in our world!
    Let people see you following the King.
    Let people see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
    What’s holding you back?
    Make the journey- you will never be the same, and you will have the welcoming words of the master… Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

    Finish well my brothers, we are being watched!

  2. Mike Walker says:

    Thanks for the focus on being a Man of God and Leading the Way – we all need it. I’ve found wearing my white wrist band gives me frequent reminders about Leading and being a Man of God. I haven’t removed it from the Saturday morning I put it on. I want to finish well.
    Thanks for your leadership.

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