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Man of God (Part 5)


Man of God (1 Timothy 6:11-14)

Over the past four weeks, we have been looking at 1 Timothy 6:11-14. From this passage, four characteristics of a man of God can be seen. By way of review, I would like briefly cover them again. These are:

1. A man of God is known by what he flees from. (1 Timothy 6:11a)
False teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), Greed (1 Tim. 6:9-10), Sexual Sin (1 Cor. 6:18), Idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), Youthful Lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).

2. A man of God is known by what he pursues. (1 Timothy 6:11b)
Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Endurance, Gentleness

3. A man of God is know by what he fights for. (1 Timothy 6:12)
A continual fight against Satan’s kingdom and taking hold of the eternal life each of us have been called to.

4. A man of God is known by what he is faithful to. (1 Timothy 6:14).
Faithful to the command to persevere in our faith and to be faithful to the Word of God.

If you’re like me, you understand and perhaps appreciate that none of these four characteristics is a one and done thing. Each is something that we have to be intentional with. You see, being a man of God is a call to a life of perseverance. We have to make fleeing, pursuing, fighting and being faithful a part of our daily lives. Living the life of a man of God is no easy task and too many of us think we can live a life of perseverance on our own. We all have of our challenges, our difficulties, our struggles and temptations that hold us back. Therefore, we need help to persevere as a man of God. The good news is this: help is available! Help is available from God, Who promises to fight for us (Exodus 14:14) as we battle our temptations, and from other men with whom you have accountability. You just need to take that step and ask for help in persevering as a man of God.

This Week’s Challenge:
Of the four characteristics of a man of God taken from 1 Timothy 6:11-14, which is the one that you need the most help with? As you identify that characteristic, pray to God to not only help you have success in your life, but to also bring along somebody to walk beside you to help you persevere as a man of God.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Man of God (Part 4)


Man of God – Part 4 (1 Timothy 6:11-14)

“In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Timothy 6:13-14)

A question for you to ponder. What are you faithful to? Many would say your wife or your family. Others might say their work. Some might say their bank account. Being in Nebraska, many would say the Cornhuskers. But, this question, “What are you faithful to?” is not a question we should take lightly, because a Man of God is known by what he is faithful to.

In the above passage, we read that Timothy is exhorted to keep this command. But, the command that Timothy and we, as men of God, are charged to keep is ambiguous and has been variously understood. , I believe there are two thoughts that stand out regarding this command that we are to be faithful to. First, is the command to persevere in our faith. Second, is to be faithful to the Word of God. You see, without being faithful to the Word of God, we will not be able to persevere in our faith.

To help Timothy and us as men of God be faithful to the command, Paul calls on two supreme persons to help hold us accountable. The first is God, in whose presence the man of God lives and who has the power to sustain us as we persevere in our faith. Second is Christ Jesus, who is the supreme example of the One who was faithful to the Word of God no matter what the cost.

Finally, we are to be faithful to this command without spot, which speaks to the character expected of a man of God, and without blame; meaning that we are not to give others the opportunity to lay blame upon us that contradicts the way a man of God is to live his life. In short, the man of God is to be faithful and persevere in his faith until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This Week’s Challenge:
Honestly answer the question: ‘What are you faithful to?” Is it persevering in your faith and being faithful to the Word of God? For me, the answer to that question is too often “no”. That is why I need other men in my life to challenge me and hold me accountable to be faithful to the Word of God.

Who do you have in your life that you are accountable to?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Man of God (Part 3)


Man of God – 1 Timothy 6:11-14
Part 3 – A Man of God is Known by what He Fights for

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

As a man of God we are in a battle. It is a constant battle against the flesh, Satan, and the fallen world that loves sin and hates truth and holiness. Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize we are in a battle. Too many of us seek positions of ease and comfort, but as men of God, this is not the stance we are to take. We are called to fight!

The verb fight that Paul uses was used in both military and athletic contexts to describe concentration, discipline, conviction, and effort needed to win the battle or contest. This is not a one-time fight, but rather a battle of continuous nature. It is a fight that we have daily in our lives as men of God. Therefore, we as men of God are called to continually fight a good and noble fight against Satan’s kingdom. You see, the man of God does not engage in the petty, meaningless battles of this world. The man of God sets his mind on things above, not things on earth, knowing that our citizenship in heaven is what matters and what we need to fight for. By doing this, we take hold of the eternal life to which each of us was called.

This week’s challenge:
If the Christian life is like a good fight, how are you doing: Still in training? Bobbing and weaving? Winded? Do you have a trainer in your corner?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Man of God (Part 2)


Man of God (1 Tim. 6:11-14)– Part 2
A Man of God Is Known By What He Follows After
“and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11b)

Last week we looked at things that a man of God is to flee from. But, a man of God doesn’t only flee, he also pursues. So, as fast as the man of God runs from sin, he is to run toward spiritual virtue.

In the passage we have been looking at (1 Tim. 6:11-14), Paul lists six virtues that every man of God must pursue. These virtues are: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Righteousness: God’s man is known for doing what is right. His is a lifestyle marked by obedience to God’s commands. Righteousness means doing what is right, in relationship to both God and man.
Godliness: This has to do with our attitudes and motives. Godliness refers to a reverence for God, which flows out of a worshiping heart.
Faith: Simply the confident trust in God for everything. It involves loyalty and unwavering confidence in His power, purpose, plan, provision, and promise. Faith is the atmosphere in which the man of God exists. The man of God trusts God to keep and fulfill His Word.
Love: The man of God understands the significance of Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-39: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Additionally, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Because he is a lover of God, the man of God loves those whom God loves.
Endurance: Perhaps better translated as perseverance, it means a victorious, triumphant, unswerving loyalty to the Lord in the midst of trials (cf. James 1:2-4). Endurance allows the man of God to stick with a task, no matter what the cost.
Gentleness: Means kindness or humbleness. A man of God is marked by gentleness!

This Week’s Challenge:
Of the six virtues listed, what one virtue do you need to focus on this week? What are tangible steps you can take to see improvement in this virtue? Who do you have in your life to hold you accountable to improving?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Man of God (Part 1)


There is a lot of confusion in our culture about what it means to be a man. Likewise, I believe there is a lot of confusion in our churches today as to what it means to be a man of God. To help us understand what it means to be a man of God, we are going spend the next 4-weeks looking at 1 Timothy 6:11-14:

“11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…”.

Looking at this passage, the first component we see of what it means to be a man of God is that a he is known by what he flees from. “But you, man of God, flee from all this” (1 Tim. 6:11a). Fleeing doesn’t sound like a manly thing, but as a man of God, we are called to flee certain things in our lives. Some of these include: false teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), greed (1 Tim. 6:9-10), sexual sin (1 Cor. 6:18), idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), and youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).

ManUp Challenge:
This week, look at your life and name one thing you need to flee. Maybe it’s a compulsive habit you can’t shake. Perhaps it’s an addiction you have been hiding. Maybe, it’s that resentful and bitter spirit that is breaking the relationships in your life. Or maybe it’s that envy, greed or insecurity that is driving your ambitions and driving your life at work and at home.

What is it you need to flee? Who do you have in your life that can walk beside you and help you? You see, we all need someone or a group we are accountable to. We can’t change on our own, but as men, we think we have to, we think we have to change on our own or do things on our own. Maybe that is the thing you need to flee from.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)