Biblical Manhood

Godly Qualities Every Man Can Possess

What does it mean to be a man?  Today’s media depicts men as sloppy, ignorant, self-indulgent, wimpy, sex-crazed, cowardly fools.  Movies feature women heroes saving the day while their male counterparts indecisively limp through the myriad of problems encountered, unable to accomplish anything except get in the way.  It took just a few decades, 1960-1990, to completely alter the image of modern man from victor to villain, courageous to cowardly, winner to whiner. 

The effect of this role reversal on today’s family is dramatic and tragic.  Instead of rising up and fighting for their families, many men just grab the remote and channel-surf to a safe place away from the problems of home.  Sadly, the church hasn’t been much help.  We’ve taught our men to ‘be nice’ and to ‘not make waves,’ hearkening to the mantra of feminism-that men should be seen and not heard.  We want our men to be ‘safe’, which translated means polite and quiet.

Tragically, we’ve emasculated our men and turned our warriors into pacifists. What is God’s design?  God’s plan and design for man is one of radical bravery and courageous conquest.  God didn’t create wimps, we did.  God’s man is a valiant warrior with hands trained for war and feet ready to carry him into battle.  His mind is tuned to God’s Commander of the Army of the Lord.  God’s man had strong arms, sharp eyes and a heart that beats with passion.  Don’t believe me?  Then read it for yourself:

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Gen. 1:26-28 NKJV)

Subduing (conquering) and exercising dominion (ruling over) are not for the faint of heart.  Men are to be strong and valiant warriors on this earth.  Men are to be like God, mighty in valor and noble in deed (Isaiah 32:8 NIV), for God is a mighty warrior and strong in battle:  The Lord is a warrior, yes, the Lord is his name (Exodus 15:3 NLT).  The Lord will march forth like a mighty man; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury.  He will shout his thundering battle cry, and he will crush all his enemies (Isaiah 42:13 NLT).  But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior (Jer. 20:11 NLT).

How does that apply to men today?  God is still recruiting men.  The earth is not subdued and godly men are not fully exercising dominion over it.  The war is still being fought.  Today, just as in biblical times, men are needed to enter the Promised Land and drive out the giants that dwell there.  This is not about Palestine and the Middle East , but the entire earth.  The battle is being fought in our homes among our family and friends.  The moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we also enlisted in the army of God.  This army is charged with the responsibility of waging war against the enemies of the Cross of Jesus-the devil and his angels. 

 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12 NKJV).

Men are to be strong and valiant warriors on this earth. 

Men are to be like God, mighty in valor and noble in deed.

Jesus said: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10a NKJV). The stakes are very high-eternal life or death-so the war isn't for wimpy, weak-kneed, milquetoast weenies. Instead, mighty men of God are needed who will fight for their families and not allow the enemy to have them: "Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses" (Neh. 4:14 NKJV).

How men fight – We’re in the war, so we must stand and fight.  However, this war isn’t like any we would fight in the natural realm.  Therefore, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the devil’s strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:4 NLT).  Paul urges us to use all of the armor that God provides so we can be victorious. 

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Eph. 6:13-17 NKJV) We fight on our knees with prayer, the mightiest weapon in God’s arsenal.  Through prayer, the atmosphere of the battle is set and the victory declared before any skirmish is fought.  Prevailing prayer virtually guarantees the battle will be won because it marshals all the forces of God into the fray.  Rise up mighty warriors of God.  Fight for your families, your homes, your friends and your fellows.  Engage the battle to win.  Fight with valor.  Remember, God is standing beside you like a mighty warrior urging you on to victory.  His promise is sure-you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13).

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