~ Therefore, dear brothers… ~

Okay gentlemen, this one is for you. The last blog I posted went over the different characteristics of a Godly woman; today, I wanted to dive into the attributes of a man of God. This blog is not just strictly for men, I honestly believe as women, we should be looking for these traits when it comes time to find a spouse. But, like my last blog post, this is going to be geared towards men and how the Lord desires men to be. All of us have unique personalities and different traits, but God always remains the same, He remains constant, and a godly man will have the following characteristics because the Lord is within Him. So let’s get started!

No matter how godly a man or woman may be, we are each still desperately in need of a Savior. So, what does the Lord say about how men can be transformed into men of God? What does a man of God look like? Today, we will be discussing 6 characteristics of a man of God, and provisions from the Lord in order to accomplish these traits. Just like the women in the bible, there are many many godly men throughout scripture. Were any of them perfect? None of them but Jesus. They still failed, they still made mistakes, they still had sin in their lives. But they lead a life of repentance and remained focused on the Lord. We still fail, we still make mistakes and we still have sin present within our lives, but there is grace and there is forgiveness. God desires to see the hearts of men throughout the earth to turn to Him and serve Him wholeheartedly, reflecting His righteous character to the world.

1.) He both seeks & fears the Lord ~ In order to be a man of God, you must seek God and fear Him equally. I know that all of the men in the bible who were men of God, were actively seeking God and His will for them. Though they do not do this perfectly or without flaws, they did it often wholeheartedly and with a reverent fear for the Lord. You will not only be able to tell when someone is chasing after the Lord, but as an individual, you will see the Lord slowly and gently molding you, shaping you as you continue to seek Him.

  • Matthew 6:33 ~ “ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
  • Deuteronomy 4:29 ~ “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
  • Psalms 14:2 ~ “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand any who seek God.”
  • Acts 17:27-28 ~ “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.'”
  • 1 Kings 22:5 ~ “But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, ‘First seek the counsel of the Lord.'”

2.) He is a leader: a provider and a hard worker ~ This is a unique role that is divinely given by God and there is no arguing with it. Men are responsible for leading, protecting and providing for not only his wife, but his family. This does not mean that men can dictate every decision a woman makes, nor does it mean that they have her life figured out. It means that the Lord has given men the responsibility and opportunity to help lead in the way of righteousness. He has been given the ability to see the needs of those around him, and act on it by taking initiative. He will work hard, with diligence and efficiency. Let’s look at the role of leadership in men throughout the Word.

  • Joshua 24:15 ~ “ But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 ~ “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
  • Ephesians 5:23 ~ “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”
  • Hebrews 6:10 ~ “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
  • 1 Corinthians 11:3 ~ “But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
  • Titus 1:9 ~ “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
  • Galatians 6:9 ~ “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

3.) He is a man of action; pursuing & initiating ~ A man of God is not timid; he is a man of action, knowing that when the Lord says speak, he will speak. He is not afraid to initiate something, nor does he remain passive. He knows when to hold his tongue, and knows when it is necessary to take action. Often in relationships, you will see the woman make the “first move”, but it should be the other way around. The man needs to pray for guidance, then pursue and eventually initiate the first step. This is the type of trait that almost always coincides with leadership. You will see those characteristics go hand-in-hand quite often.

  • Philippians 3:13-14 ~ “ Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
  • Proverbs 14:23 ~ “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
  • James 2:17 ~ “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

4.) He receives his strength from Christ ~ Most, if not all, men want to be known as strong. Physically, mentally, spiritually… They want others to know that they can take care of themselves as well as protect others. I have seen, even in women, that the desire to be strong can often lead to an arrogant attitude which causes people to stumble in their walk with the Lord. But a man of God relies solely on the Lord for his strength and remembers that his strength is not his own, but of the Lord. Not only do they know where their strength comes from, but they know where to go when they are in need of strength. A godly man knows that he can turn to Lord in any circumstance and He will hear his prayers.

  • 1 Corinthians 12:58 ~ “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9 ~ “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 ~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Joshua 1:9 ~ “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • Psalms 118:6 ~ “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • Proverbs 18:10 ~ “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
  • Luke 10:27 ~ “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

5.) He keeps his heart pure and mind sharp ~ Now, I know personally that men are not the only ones who struggle with sexual temptation, and this definitely character trait is not restricted to sexual sin only. Something a godly man does is knows the boundaries the Lord has set in his life, and is actively avoiding any situations that may cause him to stumble. He will be intentional about what he watches, what he listens to, the environments he is in, and the people he is involved with. God has given him discernment and the ability to know what situations he should or should not be in. You can see that the heart of a godly man desires to focus on the Lord and actively guard his heart and mind against the attacks of the enemy. He will work hard to overcome temptations and strives to avoid lust.

  • Romans 8:6 ~ “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
  • Numbers 30:2 ~ “When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 ~ “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~ “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  • Psalms 1:1-3 ~ “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
  • Psalms 101:3 ~ “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.”
  • Matthew 5:28 ~ “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 ~ “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

6.) He is in constant prayer & is obedient to the Lord ~ There were so many godly men throughout the bible that were on fire for the Lord and passionate about prayer. Someone who comes to mind is David, whom is mentioned in the Old Testament book of Daniel. He prayed three times a day and risked his life because he was dedicated to prayer and being obedient. That is what a godly man does; he prays despite the impossible that may be laid before him, and he doesn’t just pray when things are bad, but in all circumstances. He is a prayer warrior! Not only is he in constant prayer, but he takes his faith and puts it into action. An example that I think most of us can relate to is a dirty car. We can look at it time and time again, and tell ourselves “I need to clean my car,” and then continue on our day like normal. The do-er is the one who says “I need to clean my car,” and then gets right to business. This is a cheap representation of someone obeying the Word rather than just believe it. A man of God is not just a talker, but he walks the talk.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~ “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
  • Matthew 5:16 ~ “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 ~ “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
  • Joshua 1:8 ~ “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
  • 1 John 5:14 ~ “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
  • Jeremiah 7:23 ~ “but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.”
  • 1 Peter 1:14 ~ “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.”
  • Philippians 2:12 ~ “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,”

As a woman, I was lead to pour through the Word and discover exactly what a godly man will look like. I pray that I may have the honor and privilege of one day becoming a wife, and I believe that it is good to know what godly standards I ought to set based upon the Word. And this goes for guys too! It is important to know the character traits of a woman of God. As said before, godly men are not perfect, not even close. They still fail, they continue to have sin, they make plenty of mistakes. But so do I. No matter how much we try to be men and women of God, we will still remain sinful in our flesh. Praise God for His grace and for His desire to have a deep relationship with us, despite our sin.

Both these blogs are not to put either men or women higher not lower than the other. We both plan very important roles and the Lord cherishes both, using them for His glory. I hope that this was used by the Spirit to give knowledge and to shed light on character traits that seem to be dying away in our society. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The characteristics mentioned in both blogs are not of this world. These traits will set you apart, and you will see by the fruits of others and in your own life; that you are a man or woman of God, imperfect, but deeply loved and in love with Christ. God bless!

~Chaya

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