Attributes of Good Soldiers

  • Experience warriors (1 Chron. 12:2)
    • Practical insight and exposure to warfare
  • Expert with shields & spears (12:8)
    • Expert with the shield of Faith & the spear of Prayer
  • Fierce as lions (12:8)
    • powerful, aggressive, violent, forceful, and not wimpy
  • Swift as deer on the mountains (12:8)
    • quick to listen, instantaneous in action, rapid response
  • The weakest could take on 100 regular troops (12:14)
    • leader perhaps a captain
  • The strongest could take on 1000 regular troops (12:14)
    • leader perhaps a general
  • Others were fully armed and prepared for battle and completely loyal to David (12:33)
    • state of readiness, faithful, true, and devoted
  • The spirit came upon the leader of the 30 (12:18)
    • filled with the Holy Spirit
  • They were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army (12:21)
    • lionhearted, courageous, and valiant
  • They were all eager to see David become king (12:30)
    • enthusiastic 
  • Came with a single purpose of making David the king over all Israel
    • focused
  • All prepared for battle armed with shields and spears (12:35, 37)
    • in a state of readiness with faith and prayer
  • Each was highly respected in his one clan
    • admired and honored
  • Some understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take (12:32)
    • wisdom and discernment

Wrestle

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:11 – 12)

We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against:

  • The devil’s schemes
  • Evil Rulers
  • Evil Authorities of the unseen world
  • Mighty powers in this dark world
  • Evil spirits in the heavenly realms
  • We even wrestle with our inner being, “Another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to sin that is still within me.” (Rom. 7:23)

Wrestling – (Greek word pale, pronounced pal’-ay a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck

  • Do you really believe that you can stand against the schemes of the devil by yourself?
  • Do you think that you can you stand against evil rulers?
  • Do you really think that you can have a wrestle off with the evil authorities of the unseen world?
  • Do you think that you can stand up to the Mighty powers in this dark world?
  • Can you stand against the powers of the dark world?
  • Can you stand against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms?
  • Do you think that you deal with the Evil spirits in the heavenly realms?
  • What success have you had with the power within that is at war with your mind?

An example of wrestling is found in the book of Job in our Bible. This wrestling match seem to be all one sided until the Great I Am enter the ring and tagged in. The match was all but over after God tagged the worn out man named Job.  Before God tagged in, Job was down to nothing but misery and suffering because his opponent was a wild man and he hit him with everything, things like robbery, death, sickness, depression, hopelessness, discouragement, desertion, disloyalty, and even the kitchen sink was thrown at Job.  In Job’s corner was a core group of so called friends and a wife who suggested that Job just give up and curse God. Job friends accused him of some apparent fault because his type of trouble just didn’t happen to good people for no reason. His friends kept trying to get Job to repent of what ever it was that was causing this terrible wrestling match that just seem to keep going.  All his friends wanted him to tap out so that this match might come to an end.

Job had nothing left but his integrity left in this awful wrestling match.  Job was about to be counted out while his opponent held him down in submission, when all of a sudden his tag team mate decided that enough was enough. The referee had counted to 2 and ready to count 3 and pronounce you’re out! It was then that the   presence of the great Wrestler known as I AM interrupted the match and tagged his team mate in a glorious way.  There was no hope for the opponent when he enter the ring and began throwing this vile and disrespectful creature around with the great ease, there was no matching the might of I am, The match was over and Job’s corner was made to repent for their lack of support and their assumptions of guilt.  The championship belt was given back to Job and the prizes that he received for his steadfastness was so overwhelming that Job could be seen praising the Great I Am with all of his renewed might.  He won twice more of what he had before the match of the century.

Now that is a great example of how to wrestle and not give in to tapping out just because the match looks like it all but over. I Am is waiting to tagged in for those matches that you are been told that you can’t win, don’t believe those well meaning friends, even your love ones who suggest that you curse God and quit!

What can God Do with Ordinary Men?

 

Ordinary Life

What can the military do with Ordinary Young men?

How many of you knew everything you needed to know about the military before you enlisted?

What did you learn about the military?

What were some of the things that you had to do before you could graduate and become a warrior?

After you became a warrior were you ready for service?

What else did you have to do before you were able to be a bonafid true warrior?

Think of what the military was able to do with you in a short amount of time, and then for those who made a career out of it the true warriors understand that it is the process of becoming.

So what can God do with an ordinary man?

Examples:

A child born of slaves, murderer and given to fits of rage (Moses)

A person who lacked confidence in his ability to rule (King Saul)

A runt (David)

A dreamer (Joseph)

The servant and follower of Moses (Joshua)

The impulsive one (Peter)

The mean and overzealous one (Paul)

So what can God do with you?

What gifts has He given you?

What is your purpose?

What training has He put you through?

Did you graduate?

Are you really ready for the role of warrior?

What have you learned about your role as warrior?

How’s your weapons?

Do you have a full complement of arms to deal with your adversary?

Are you skill in using the provided weapons that you have?

How are you at close order combat?

Do you really know how to use your shield

Are you skilled at using your sword

How well verse are you in using the spear

Those shoes of the gospel, have you led someone to Christ, or told someone about the good news of Jesus?

The Breastplate is it intact and ready for an attack of the enemy

How’s your belt, is it too tight or just right?

Wait, are you saved and know what that means? Do you even have the helmet on?

Are you anointed and fill with the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Do you see the evidence of His work in your life?  Ordinary to extraordinary!  In other words able to accomplish God’s tasks with Gods help.

My Testimony

This weekend our Pastor challenged us to share our testimony with those we cared about on social media. If you know me you know I love a challenge.  And if you didn’t know I do care about you!

So here is my stab at doing that.

Please don’t hate, I am talking about me not anyone else. I am just sharing my lousy life before Christ.  I will use the following way to share this with you because I care and I want you to know that I was not always the guy in the white hat.  As a matter of fact my hat was so black that I was shame to even share where I was and I really was not a very nice person to know.

  • Before I trusted Christ
  • How I trusted Christ
  • Since I trusted Christ

Before I trusted Christ

  • My outlook on life was dark
  • My behavior was wicked and ugly
  • I treated others as pawns on a chess board
  • Sin had me twisted up or entangled, things like lust, cussing, rebellion, disrespect, fear, dirty mind and thinking, porn, hate, backbiting, etc.
  • I was tired of the way I lived
  • I wanted to do right but just couldn’t
  • I turn over a new leaf only to do again and again with no results
  • I was at a point where I needed saving or else

How I trusted Christ

  • I really heard the Word of God that stated,
    • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NLT)
    • We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous, He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”  (Romans 3:22-24 NLT)
  • I admitted that I was wrong
  • I repented of my evil ways
    • Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NLT)
  • I acted on what I heard by believing on the name of Christ
  • I received him as my personal savior
  • I prayed and ask God to forgive me for the way I had being living and for all my wicked deeds that he could clearly see because he sees our hearts
  • I know now that I am forgiven based on His Word that states, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn–not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.“(John 1:12, 13 NLT)
  • I am truly thankful for the new life

Since I’ve trusted Christ

  • My outlook on life is now one of hope and brighter
  • I know how to really love others now
  • I put Christ first in the major areas of my life
  • I am taking steps to separate from sin daily
  • I am regular in applying the Word of God to my life with the help of the Holy Spirit
  • I maintain a consistent devotional life and I am growing in faith and really working on being a better intercessory who prays for others, still need some work in this area
  • I demonstrate Christ’s love by identifying with and serving other believers
  • I am openly identified with Jesus Christ where I live, work, and play
  • I am a learner who is now open and teachable
  • I am a visible follower and learner of Jesus Christ, and I am constantly working on being consistent and faithful in all of the above areas

Well that’s it I promise even with the issues of life I still see a brighter tomorrow and I am encouraged.

 

A Good Reputation

Proverbs 22:1
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold

Reputation defined:

noun

  1. the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
    “his reputation was tarnished by allegations that he had taken bribes”
  • a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic.
    “his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert”

Antonyms: discreditdisrepute
Ref. From <http://englishthesaurus.net/antonym/reputation

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land Joshua 6:27 

They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness Ps. 89:16 

A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker Pr. 24:8

Others may accuse you or gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation Pr. 25:10

Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation Heb. 11:2

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation Pr. 3:4

A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born Eccl. 7:1

Ten Avoidable Ways To Ruin Your Reputation

by Liz Ryan , CONTRIBUTOR

I write about bringing life to work and bringing work to life.  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

  • People don’t realize that reputations stick around for a long time. I didn’t realize it, either. I’m amazed now when someone says “Hi Liz! We met at such-and-such a conference in Chicago in 1989.”
  • People will remember you, especially people you work with directly.
  • They’ll remember you by the things you said and did and the things you didn’t say and didn’t do.
  • Nobody sets out to build a reputation as a con artist, a lightweight, a false friend or a person you can’t rely on — yet people get these reputations every day.
  • Once you have an unfortunate reputation, it can be hard to shake it.
  • I’ve heard that you have to repeat an altered or new behavior — let’s say, calling your friend back when you promise to rather than not calling him back the way you always used to do — at least ten times before your friends will believe the New You is real.
  • If you’ve established a name for yourself that is not the name you’d like plastered on your forehead, getting back to neutral requires lots of breathing, careful repetition of the New You behaviors you want to showcase, and above all patience with  yourself and others.

Here are ten regrettable and avoidable ways to ruin your reputation by accident: 

1. Burn a bridge and then ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.

2. Ease your own anxiety by talking about other people all the time.

3. Mixing business and social relationships to an excessive degree and losing your perspective about it.

4. Using poor judgment at work or in social settings with your workmates, or taking advantage of every professional event to get drunk.

5. Being two-faced: saying one thing to one person and the complete opposite to someone else.

6. Blaming other people for your mistakes or being out of the room whenever problems are being discussed.

7. Taking credit for other people’s work.

8. Ratting out your fellow employees to your manager. Promising to keep confidences and then doing just the opposite.

9. Pretending to be the supervisor when you’re not a supervisor, and bossing people around.

10. Generally treating people badly at work when you are cross, or all the time.

Ref. From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/09/18/ten-avoidable-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation/#5748a3b72618>

Integrity

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Proverbs 20:7

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed Pr. 10:9

The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity Pr. 11:20

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Pr. 20:7

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity

For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it Pr. 2:21

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked Pr. 10:29

Hot-Tempered

Don’t associate with hot-tempered people  Pr. 22:24

Hot-tempered people starts fights Pr. 15:18

Hot-tempered people commit all kinds of sin Pr. 29:22

Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty Pr. 19:19

A fool is quick-tempered Pr. 12:16

A hot temper shows great foolishness Pr. 14:29

Some short-tempered men might get angry and kill you and your family Judges 18:25

Short-tempered people do foolish things Pr. 14:17

Positive Temper thoughts

Anyone who controls his temper calms a dispute

But the prudent person overlooks an insult Pr. 12:16

Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding Pr. 14:29

How to deal with hot-tempered or quick-tempered:

Self-Control

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no Law against such things. Gal. 5:23

Instead, he must be  hospitable to strangers, must appreciate what is good, and be sensible, honest, moral, and self-controlled Tit 1:8

For this very reason, you must make every effort to supplement your faith with moral character, your moral character with knowledge, your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with endurance, your endurance with godliness, your godliness with brotherly kindness, and your brotherly kindness with love 2 Pet. 1:5-7