Be a spiritual man today!

Bible Teacher

By William J. Brown

Being a spiritual man is harder than it looks. This old world system doesn't want to hear about things of the spirit. It would rather ignore spiritual things. They view men who are spiritual as weak.

But if there's anything this world needs, it's men who will stand up for what the Bible deems as good and wholesome. We need spiritual men.

But I'll take it even a step further than that...

You need to be that spiritual man

In this Bible study lesson, we're going to look at three principles that will lead each one of us to be a better spiritual man.

But one caveat before we continue...

These three principles lead to great spiritual power for the spiritual man. But there is an important prerequisite to gaining this strength. That important first ingredient is the power of salvation through Jesus Christ.

We don't have time to go into details here. But if you have not yet met Jesus click here to meet the only source of true spiritual power.

You'll need your Bible for this one. So have it handy or click here to get an online version.

All right...

All set? Good. Let's look at three principles from Colossians 1:9 that can lead each of us to becoming a better spiritual man.


The Principle of Communicating

We, of course, aren't speaking of just any communication here. We're talking about communication with God through prayer.

Want to be a spiritual man? You must first master the art of prayer. Well...maybe it isn't an art. But it is very important to a man's spiritual well being.

Colossians 1:9 says this...

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Paul says he does not "cease to pray" for them. Why?

He explains in verse 10...

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Paul knew the power of prayer. He knew those he had influence over couldn't make it without its power. He probably had never met most of these people. But he prayed for them. And in doing this he encouraged them to do the same.

Still not convinced this is an important part of being a spiritual man?

Look at the life of our Lord, Jesus. How many times did He begin His activities in prayer?

In Luke 3:21 we see Jesus praying at His baptism when God the Father's voice declared Him the "beloved Son."

In Luke 6:12 we see our Lord praying before He choose His disciples...

In Mark 6:45 we see Jesus praying before walking on water...

In Luke 9:18 we see Christ praying before Peter made his great declaration that Jesus was the "Christ of God."

In Luke 9:28 we see Him praying before He is glorified on the "Mount of Transfiguration"...

And...

In Matthew 26:36-46 we see Jesus praying in Gethsemane to prepare Himself for His crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

The point is...

Amazing things happened when Jesus prayed! And He obviously saw importance in it. Shouldn't we as spiritual men see the same importance.

Unfortunately, we miss this first step, and it throw off everything else. We make excuses. We're...

...too busy...

...too tired...

...too preoccupied...

...even too "successful" to make prayer part of our lives.

But, guys we should be...

...too busy...

...too tired...

...too preoccupied...

...and even too successful not to pray!

To be a truly spiritual man, we must PRAY!


The Principle of Learning

This one is hard for us, guys. No man wants to admit he doesn't know. That's why we never ask for directions (but make sure we don't let our wives know the real reason! We don't know!)

We're just too proud to learn!

But that isn't spiritual! Let's look at Colossians 1:19 again...

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Did you catch the last thing Paul said in that verse? He explains that he prays for them that they "might be filled with the knowledge of his will" and have "wisdom and spiritual understanding."

Prayer is only the first step. We must next learn. That's right! To learn, we must admit we don't know everything. That's difficult because, in our minds, if we admit we don't know, we might...

...look bad in the eyes of our family.

...get ridiculed by some of our coworkers.

...get fired from our jobs.

It's been drilled into us that to admit we don't know is to admit weakness. And if we admit weakness we might fail. And if we fail, we must not be much of a man.

But that's waaaay off. It couldn't be further from the truth. To be a spiritual man we must learn. And to learn we must admit we don't have all the answers.

So if we don't have all the answers who does?

I'm glad you asked!

Psalm 1:1-2 says...

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Notice it says that a spiritual man is one who doesn't do wrong. He only does right. But how?

Verse two (2) tells us the spiritual man's secret of success...

He "delights in the law of the LORD." He learns. But he doesn't learn just anything. He doesn't get his spiritual learning from...

...books...

...magazines...

...television...

...or...

...the internet.

He learns spirituality from God's Word.

Read Colossians 1:19 again...

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

The "will" spoken of here is God's will. And the "spiritual understanding" is knowledge that can only come from Him. God's Word must rule in our lives if we are to find spiritual success.

Without the direction of God's will and understanding, no man could ever be a spiritual man.

We must seek the direction of God's Word!


The Principle of Fighting

Unfortunately, the word fighting conjures up visions of when we were young, fighting with our best friend over a girl we both liked (ah, to be young again!)

But that's not quite the idea. Let's look at Colossians 1:20...

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.

The word translated "power" is the type of word people would use to describe a huge army. It describes overwhelming numbers, so much so that they can taste victory. It's simply a military term.

And Paul uses this term to describe the last ingredient of a spiritual man...

...the fact that he's always ready for a fight!

No, I'm still not talking about grade school scuffles. I'm talking about doing battle, battling the enemy.

Who is the enemy of the spiritual man? Paul puts it this way in another passage, Ephesians 6:12...

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Our enemy is spiritual. Quite frankly it's Satan, the Devil. And he's out to destroy us. He has great strength.

That's where God comes in. On our own, we would fall to the whiles of Satan. But, as Paul told us in Colossians, we have been given "glorious power."

God has provided us with the military might of all the legions of Heaven. We have "glorious power" at our fingertips.

But we need to be ready to use it! But how do we do this? How do we become warriors for God?

Let's review...

We must pray.

We must learn God's Word, the Bible.

And we must always be ready to fight.

Only after we have followed these steps can we succeed. Only through this process found in Colossians 1:9-11 can we rise above our circumstances.

Begin your journey toward becoming a better spiritual man today.


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