Seven Authentic Attributes of a Man of God

(From the Life of Jesus Christ—the Ultimate Man of God)
By Dr. Ron Woodworth

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory–
And the exact representation of his being”
(Hebrews 1:3)
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god-creation-man21. A Man of God is Humble
“Have the same attitude as Jesus did, who, though he was in same form as God, emptied him by taking on the form of a servant. And being found in the likeness of a man he humbled himself still further and became obedient to death—event the death on a cross! Therefore God highly exalted him!” (Philippians 2:5-9)

2. A Man of God is Holy
“If the infallible word of God describes your earthly rulers as ‘god-like’–because of their divinely appointed role in society; then why do you accuse the Son of God of blasphemy when I tell you that the Father has set me apart for his service and sent me into the world to accomplish his purpose?” (John 10:34-36)

3. A Man of God is Anointed
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 61:1; 11:1-5)

4. A Man of God is Gracious
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)

5. A Man of God is a Servant
“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27)

6. A Man of God is Filled with the Word of God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2)

7. A Man of God is a Friend who Loves at all Times
“When John neither eating nor drinking they accused him of being demonized. And now I, as the Son of Man have come eating and drinking, they say, ‘Here is a glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners’…A friend loves at all times, and a brother was born for adversity.” (Matthew 11:18-19; Proverbs 17:17)

Lord Jesus,
Let me know you.
And in that knowledge–to be like you.
And in that likeness–to impart you.
Amen!

Seven Ways Satan Binds Men

By Dr. Ron Woodworth

satanExposing the tactics of the enemy:

“When they accused him of casting out demons by the prince of demons, Jesus spoke this parable: How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand–nor can a house that is divided against itself stand either…In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.” (Mark 3:22-27)

 

Seven demonic traps with the corresponding biblical solutions:

  1. Abuse and/or wounding the inner man during youth.  As a result the adult man cannot function emotionally/mentally.  In effect he has a broken spirit that needs to be healed.
    a.  Solution: Inner healing for the wounded heart (Proverbs 13:12).
  2. Dysfunctional family structure. He never saw a healthy marriage and family modeled and is therefore doomed/cursed to repeat the failure.
    a.  Solution: Releasing bitter judgments for past offenses, breaking family curses, studying healthy family models in the church, and receiving personal mentoring with from godly men (1 Timothy 3:5).
  3. Lust of the flesh.  Sexual sins that defile him and render his conscience as his worst enemy.
    a.  Solution: deliverance, mind renewal, and spiritual disciplines (2 Peter 1: 5-9).
  4. Worldly distractions.  Also called lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17).
    a.  Solution: Become a servant of Jesus Christ and make the Kingdom of God your highest priority in life (Matthew 6:33).
  5. Financial bondage through excessive debt (Proverbs 22:7).
    a.  Solution: Liquidation/consolidation and budgeting.
  6. Occult involvement breeding spiritual bondage and deception.
    a.  Solution: Renunciation, deliverance, and discipleship (Colossians 1:13).
  7. Passivity. A failure to assume any role of leadership by insecurity or intimidation
    a.  Solution: Reaffirming your masculine heritage by emulating the character of Christ (Matthew 11:12). See “Seven Authentic Attributes of a Man of God”

 

Oh God, Give us Fathers

By Dr. Ron Woodworth

Oh God give us fathers,                                  Oh God make us fathers,
Fathers who’ll be there;                                  Fathers who’ll be there;
Fathers with a faithful heart,                           Fathers with a faithful heart,
Men of God and prayer.                                   Men of God and prayer.

Fathers with discernment,                               Fathers with discernment,
Seeing past the show;                                    Seeing past the show;
Fathers when we’re hurting, lost,                    Fathers, when our children hurt,
Can reach down deep below.                          Can reach down deep below.

Below the feeble reasonings,                          Below the feeble reasonings,
Below the proud excuse;                                 Below the proud excuse;
Below pretended strength of soul,                  Below pretended strength of soul,
And never let us loose.                                    And never let them loose.

Fathers who will discipline,                              Fathers who will discipline,
And set us in our place;                                   And set them in their place;
Fathers whose humility,                                   Fathers whose humility,
Reflects within their face.                                 Reflects without our face.

Fathers who acceptance,                                Fathers who acceptance,
Can grace our lives with peace;                      Can grace lives with peace;
Freeing us from doubt and fear,                      Freeing them from doubt and fear,
And grant our gifts release.                             And grant their gifts release.

Fathers who can understand,                          Fathers who can understand,
Their ministry should be;                                  Our ministry should be;
To love us into life dear Lord,                           To love them into life dear Lord,
And set out spirits free.                                    And set their spirits free.

Oh God thanks for fathers,
Father who can be;
By prayer and hope and thankfulness;
Fathers just like Thee.

Let the Lord be Magnified!

Dr. Ron Woodworth

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