Monday, May 26, 2008

What is a Prevailing Man? Part 2

A "Prevailing Man" is also…
1.    A man of God
•    There are several places in Scripture that refer to men as men of God. I love this identity. I do not want to be a man of this world but I want to be a man of God.
•    1 Tim. 6:11-12 - 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.
2.    A man of the Word
•    It is my firm belief that a man cannot be a prevailing man of God unless he is also a man of the Word. It is the Scriptures that renew our minds, restore our souls and redirect our decisions and outcomes. A prevailing man loves it, reads it, studies it, meditates on it, is rooted and grounded in it, believes it, obeys it, rightly divides it and communicates it.
•    Psalm 1:2-3 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
•    2 Tim. 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
3.    A man of Prayer
•    A prevailing man loves talking to and listening to God. He prays without ceasing and he prays about everything.
•    Ephes. 3:14-21 For this reason I kneel before the Father, [15] from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. [16] I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, [18] may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, [19] and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [20] Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
4.    A man of the Spirit
•    He knows the Holy Spirit. He walks in the Spirit. He keeps in step with the Spirit and does not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
•    John 14:16,26 - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
•    Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
5.    A man of Purpose
•    He knows the purposes, gifts and calling of God in his life and lives with a mission.
•    1 Tim. 4:14 - Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
6.    A man of Balance
•    He understands his roles in life, marriage, family, work and church and knows how to balance them.
•    2 Tim. 3:10 - You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance…
7.    A man of War
•    He knows his enemies and daily fights the world, the flesh and the devil. He lives with a wartime mentality.
•    1 Peter 5:8-9 - Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
•    Eph. 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Would you describe yourself as a Prevailing Man?

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