Honoring a “Man of God”
"Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
I. What does it mean “Man of God” / who is a “Man of God” “Man of God” is the description given to a man that follows God in every way, who obeys His commands with joy, who does not live for the things of this life but for the things of eternity, who willingly serves his God in giving freely of all his resources yet gladly suffers as a consequence of his faith. 1 Timothy 3:2-5
2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 1. does not swindle or defraud his employer by turning up late for work or spending an hour on the internet during work hours. 2. He doesn’t gossip or slander.
3. he keeps his mind and heart pure by guarding his eyes and ears from the filth of the world 4. He is the spiritual leader of his family.
5. He does everything opposite to what the world does or approves of. 6. He goes “against the grain” of society because he knows these things displease God. 7. He is a listener to other people’s problem and does not judge. Or can be sum up with the bible verse:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God What does God require??
TO ACTS JUSTLY - to exercise public judgment and justice; To render to everyone their due, superiors, equals, inferiors, to be equal to all, and oppress none, in body, goods or name; in all your dealings with men carry a chancery in your own beasts, and do according to equity. TO LOVE MERCY - o be kind, merciful and compassionate to all, not using severity towards any. TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD - Keep up a constant fellowship with God, by humble, holy faith; To walk with God implies constant prayer and watchfulness, familiar yet "humble" converse with God
II. How will you honor a “Man of God”
1. Consider his welfare (need; food, clothing, home, etc) 1 Kings 17:15
“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.”
2 Kings 4:8-10
8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
2. Consider his authority
Authority – the power to determine, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control; command, or determine.
2 kings 4:1
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 kings 4: 22
She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”
3. Consider his family
2 Kings 4: 11-12
11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 4. Consider them in...
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