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A Godly Man
me void but it shall accomplish that whichI please, and it shall prosper in the thingwhereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).
is a godly man or woman? What evidence exists that reveals them?
Who makes them? “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto Thee”
(Psalm 32:6). I was disturbed when entering the ministry how many churches weresatisfied just to get people saved and then spend time with the new converts pressing
them to get others saved. If faith is our portion as a result of hearing the Word of God
(Romans 10:17), such teaching is vital to our spiritual growth. “The prudent are
crowned with knowledge” (Proverbs 14:18). The man of God is growing in knowl-
edge of His eternal provision for His children. Since God has chosen a Book in which
to reveal Himself, we had better bathe our mind and heart in it. Remember, everything
God wants you to know about Himself is in this Book. Oh, how thankful we should
beside this, giving all diligence, add to
be for such revelation! Although Paul met Christ and knew Him by divine revelation,
hear his continued aspiration: “That I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). A godly man lives by faith in the revelation of God
declared to him in His Word, the Bible.
To believe God is to rest upon His declared promises. Where are these found?
How often do you read them? The greater knowledge of God, the easier it becomes
charity, for if these things be in you, and
to believe Him. Does He have sufficient power to perform as per His promises? If so,
faith is no longer laborious. Paul was conscious of this fact. “For I know whom I have
ther be barren nor unfruitful in the knowl-
believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto
edge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Peter
Him against that day” (II Timothy 1:12).
Love and Respect for the Word
A godly man will read it. The noble Bereans searched the Scripture daily. (Acts
tion is called “the power of God to salva-
27:11) The Bible states that Apollos was mighty in the Scriptures (Old Testament).
tion” (I Corinthians 1:24). When one is
We will meditate upon it. “It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). In study,
he places the promises within his heart and mind. The benefits are tremendous. “Your
claimed, it is coming direct from God.
word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). We must
be reminded that it is His holy Word that makes sin offensive to us. It should be more
important than our food. “I have esteemed the word of His mouth more than my
necessary food” (Job 23:12). “The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands
of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72).
A godly man or woman places themselves under the absolute authority of the
godly man will recognize the difference.
Scriptures. They recognize its origin and purpose. “All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
ber the first scripture used in this mes-
instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). The power of this Book is never
ending in accomplishing God’s purpose and plan. Here is the explanation for this
is conscious of God’s nearness and talks
ministry. We believe God’s Word, so we send it far and near. “For as the rain cometh
down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and
maketh it bring forth fruit and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the
eater; So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto
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In I Corinthians 6, and Galatians 5, we are given clear instruction as to those
who will not inherit the kingdom of God. They are not saved people. Most all
of us would have no problem understanding this when we relate it to the
people to do these things, and it certainly
sodomite who claims to be saved. But when it comes to the control of alcohol,
it seems to take on new meaning. Both are equated with not inheriting the
kingdom of God — as well as others in those lists. They choose to do this and
the record of their practice is not a slipup — it is habitual. They are devoted tothese things in a continuous manner. They are addicted. Before salvation, we
all were addicted to sin. First Corinthians 5 tells us that there are people who
reported the benefit of those prayers. Now
even claim to be saved who act in this manner. The genuine Christian is given
a clear command: “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any
son, John, said he was coming to Sebastian
man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a
to live so he could care for his parents.
railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
purpose is, of course, to have the person realize what he is doing is wrong. This
is done by separating yourself from him. If saved, he would lose all fellowship,
that. Now he assists in driving me around
be left to himself outside of the local church — given to the destruction of theflesh, in order to bring him to the place of repentance and confession to the Lord,
and restoration. If lost, he will find a home somewhere else with people of like
mind, saving the church from possible havoc.
The Bible speaks of addiction in only one way, and in only one place: “I
beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits
of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the
tive friends and relatives. My sister and
” (I Corinthians 16:15). The world has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear
to their own definitions, in order to give man a way out of facing the conse-
quences of their choices. Many churches, seminaries, colleges, denominations,
and preachers have done the same thing, but worse, for they have done it withthe perfect Word of God. Make sure, predetermine, now, that you will not be
All who are born-again have the same opportunity to serve the Lord Jesus
Christ, to determine to persistently, continuously and habitually to be devoted
to serving Him and His people. It is the least that we could do for our Lord and
Savior Who redeemed us in, and took us out of, the marketplace of sin upon
salvation. Be addicted to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saints.
It’s the clear choice for blessing and glorifying God.
area people have been most gracious.
Not knowing one person upon arrival,God gave us wonderful people to whom
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we could minister. Recently, they havenow ministered to us. This is the Lord’s
what their skills are worth on the open market has come up with a figure for the variety
“Based on a survey of more than 40,000 mothers, Salary.com determined that the
time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual
A Godly Man
salary of $138,095 for a stay-at-home mom,” the company said. The companymatched the 10 job titles and salaries that most closely approximated what moms do
for their families: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator,
sults with God about everything he does.
laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, CEO and
affects his relationship with his spouse,children, neighbors, relatives, and fel-
A Pleasant Surprise
The outpouring of interest, prayer support, and personal assistance was quite a
surprise when it came my way from all over the nation. Phone calls, emails, letters,
to accomplish God’s plan and purpose in
and sympathy cards came for a long time. Some were late in hearing of my wife’s
passing. Churches and individuals brought food to us. Neighbors came with a sincere
will have an entire eternity to thank God
desire to help me, not only through my spell of deep grief, but on into the days that
for the privilege of being a godly man.
followed. Different friends came by to check on me, to see if I needed help. Phone
calls came often, asking if I needed anything. Many mentioned the great times we had
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your greatest responsibility is the rearingof your family. Your children are to be
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This is the message we are to teach and preach. Here is the method God has chosen
ent, and ability. I hear it over and over:
to communicate the riches of His grace to sinners everywhere. This Book reveals
“But I am just a housewife.” There is no
spiritual growth for His children. What a privilege has been mine to proclaim it for
about 64 years. Today, as when I began my ministry, my one passion is to proclaim it
earth. Every time I approach this subject
in the power of the Holy Spirit and in language that can be understood. This is evident
in all of our free offers on our web-site, literature, and audio chats. A big thank you to
those who send us gifts for printing, postage, and equipment. I thank God we are not
burdened down with an appeal for funds. I am praying that many more will catch this
burden from the Lord and help us. Hundreds of thousands of prisoners have never heard
living for her family. It’s too bad and sad
the gospel from God’s Word. Many more outside of our penal system know not the
that some relative won’t pick up the tab.
Christ of the Bible. Some of them are in our churches across America
What a price mothers pay for being ab-sent in their home when children are
Millions of dollars have been invested in trying to convince us of an impending
disaster due to the rising temperature causing the ice caps to melt and the sea level to
rise. They blame pollution caused by industry, vehicles, planes, and gasses we produce,
despite the fact that the average temperature has risen and fallen for centuries. How
conceited to think that mere man’s action is going to change that which God has created
their husband, to love their children, to be
and maintains! One biblical verse dispels such nonsense: “While the earth remaineth,
seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter . . . shall not cease”
(Genesis 8:22). God informed us in Job 38:8-11 that God determined the shorelines and
“here shall thy proud waves be stayed.” The shores will not be changed by rising
phemed” (Titus 2:3,4). Every mother
oceans! Hebrews 1:3 states that the Lord Jesus is “upholding all things by the word of
needs a career.
She already has one in
His power.” To fear global warming is to be deceived by men. God has plainly stated
His absolute control. Eventually the world will be destroyed by fire, not by man’s
action that causes the ocean to roar over its assigned banks! (I Peter 3:10-12)
As a young man I observed the devastation of mothers going to work in the defense
factories during the second world war. Family relationships changed. Mothers, so they
FROM THE DESK OF . . . DR. MICHAEL ECCLESTON
Dwight Porter, D.D., Editor
“And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine,
and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
“But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our
father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons
“Thus we have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in
all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our
sons, nor our daughters.”
Jonadab was alive during King Jehu’s reign some 300 years earlier. The
Rechabites were a people closely associated to the Kenites and Midianites. They
were certainly not Jewish, but they were friendly during the wilderness wander-
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ings of the Israelites, and asked to go with the Israelites. By the time of the Judgesthey had become part of the Hebrew nation. In II Kings, they assisted in going
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Jonadab made four decrees that were still being obeyed in Jeremiah’s day: 1) todrink no wine; 2) to not build houses to live in; 3) to not sow seed, nor plant
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vineyards; and 4) to dwell in tents. All this was in order for them to live in the
the gifts received from those
land for many days. By not consuming alcohol, they contributed to preserving
who receive spiritual benefit
their health and prolonging their lives. By not engaging in Israel’s main
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occupations, they didn’t solicit any jealousies from them as competing with
or money orders payable to
them, with the distinct possibility of kicking them out of the land. The only
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reason that they were in Jerusalem at this time was because of the invadingarmies of the Syrians and Chaldeans. They were a nomadic people.
We needed this background to get to an important point to assist us into our
subject. I truly believe that the Rechabites were a picture of a time when the
saved Gentiles would be grafted in with the saved Jews to make one body in the
New Testament — the church, as manifested by the local church. With that said,
it is clear to me that the Rechabites were an addicted people — but not according
their time and energy in this ministry.
Addiction is a word with multiple associations today. I seriously want us to
understand the secular and the biblical definitions of the word and the ramifi-
cations afterward. Webster’s Dictionary defines addiction this way: 1) to give
or devote oneself persistently or habitually
; and 2) to cause to pursue or
. The Word of God gives this definition: to determine, to
arrange, to set
. Both agree to something that has been lost or ignored in dealing
with many problems. Addiction is willful and a continual behavior toward
some end. Not exactly the scenario painted by many voices today with their
“you can’t help yourselves,” “you’ve got a disease,” or “you’re hopelessly
addicted,” unless you submit to long treatments and dragged out counseling.
Look at Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but be
filled with the Spirit
.” We who are born-again have been given a double
“Be you steadfast, unmovable, always
command: one is negative and one is positive. The standard explanation of the
abounding in the work of the Lord . . .
first is that this is forbidding the misuse of wine, in getting drunk, while it is
You know your labor is not in vain
allowing for social-type consumption of alcohol. And the point is noted. But, the
in the Lord”
I Corinthians 15:58
verse is a direct contrast of negative and positive. If the above explanation is true,
then it is also true that a Christian can be content with being 85 percent filled withthe Spirit, or 10 percent, or not at all! Obviously, that is not the proper
explanation. What the verse is talking about is CONTROL
. One kind of control
is prohibited, while the other must be embraced. We who are saved are
forbidden to be controlled in any degree by another spirit (in this case, alcohol),
while commanded to be controlled in every degree by the indwelling Holy Spirit
of God. By the giving of the command, all Christians have been given the divine
power to obey both: to be addicted to both!
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