The Godly Man’s Picture: Study 8 by bigplew
January 19, 2007, 5:20 pm
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by Mike Plewniak


Well, we are continuing our book study through Thomas Watson’s “The Godly Man’s Picture”. This week, we are on our tenth characteristic of a godly man (pages 67-77): A godly man has the Spirit of God residing in him.

A godly man lives by the Spirit, leads by the Spirit, and loves the Spirit of God.

J.C. Ryle in his book “Thoughts for Young Men” says that one of the greatest problems in young men is that they lack true religion. They lack passion and zeal for the things of God and are often “pulled away” from God by the things of this world. To combat this temptation, young men need God’s Spirit. Paul told Timothy that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:7) and that “the Holy Spirit…dwells within us” (2 Tim. 1:14).

Why does Watson consider this so necessary for a godly man? Because the Holy Spirit teaches us, sanctifies us, gives us life, governs us, softens our hearts, and gives us strength. Are you lacking in spiritual power? Are you passive? Do you lack passion for God? Pray that God would fill you with his Holy Spirit.

Watson writes: “Consider how necessary the Spririt is. Without him we can do nothing acceptable to God: We cannot pray without him. We cannot resist temptation without him. We cannot be fruitful without the Spirit. Without the Spirit, no ordinance is effectual to us.”

Men, if you desire to be godly men, if you desire to lead others to God’s throne of grace, if you desire to glorify God by obeying him, if you desire to display his infinite worth to a lost and dying world, you need his Spirit!

The great news is that because of Christ finished work on the cross, because of his resurrection and ascension to the Father, He loves sending His Spirit to his disciples. John 7:37-38 says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ Now this he said about the Spirit.”

Let us, this week, experience this grace and this power from above. Let’s cry out for God’s Spirit and become godly men!

For next week: pages 77-87.


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VERY encouraging Mike! Thanks!

Comment by Jonathan Oldacre

I found the quote I was thinking of by J.C. Ryle: “There is the painful fact that there are few young men anywhere who seem to have any religion… I tremble to observe how few young men are led by the Spirit — how few are in that narrow way which leads to life — how few are setting their affections upon things above — how few are taking up the cross, and following Christ.”

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