Seven Marks of a Godly Man
Terry J. Hallock
June 21, 1998
A Father's Day Sermon
Men, it's never too late to be the loving father God called us to be, the servant husband He gave us the privilege to be and the real man He created us to be. Here's the good news, brothers! Despite the messages we receive from culture, we do not have to make it up as we go along! In His living Word God has provided an unchanging pattern of how His kind of men think, act and live.
One of the clearest presentations of that pattern is found in the life of His servant Job -- a man's man, God's kind of man. Outside of Jesus, what better person to show us how to be God's man than Job? He wasn't just godly when the times were easy. He stayed godly when the times were hard. Job not only shows us what a godly man is like, he demonstrates to us what a godly man reaps. Even after Satan created circumstances which took all Job's children, land and possessions, Job stayed true to God's principles and thus reaped God's reward -- the restoration of his earthly riches 100 times greater than what Satan had taken away.
In the 31st chapter of the book that bears his name, Job presents seven marks of a godly man. They are seven character traits that will shape us into God's men and shower us with God's blessings.
1. A GODLY MAN IS SPIRITUALLY FAITHFUL. "If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,' if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high" (Job 31:24-28). A godly man always remains God's man. He never forgets whom he is, whose he is or where the meaning and power for his life lie. A godly man begins everything with God, submits everything to God and tests everything by God. ...
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