Proficiency of a King’s Man

Praise the lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. (Psalms 144:1)

Ability, skillfulness

Antonyms:  inability, incompetence, ineptness

He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. (1 Corinthians 12:10)

So when we say that one is proficient we are in effect saying that this person is an expert, experienced, worth more than the average, brave and able to  carry out his or her assigned task.

  • So how do we apply this to our relationship to King Jesus?
  • Does He expect us to be expert in the Christian faith?
  • Does He expect us to have instant experienced?
  • Are we worth more than the average believer?
  • Are we really brave?
  • Are we able bodied in the Christian faith?

1 Chronicles 12:2
All of them were expert archers, and they could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right.

1 Chronicles 12:8
Some brave and experienced warriors from the tribe of Gad also defected to David while he was at the stronghold in the wilderness. They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains.

1 Chronicles 12:14
These warriors from Gad were army commanders. The weakest among them could take on a hundred regular troops, and the strongest could take on a thousand!

1 Chronicles 12:21
They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army.

  • Expert
  • Experienced
  • Worth more than the average
  • Brave
  • Able

When we compare ourselves to the men of David then we can begin to see areas that we need to work on in fervent prayer.

Let’s look at the basic tenants of our faith to really get our heads around being proficient as Christians.

  • Assurance of Salvation
  • The quiet time
  • Victory over sin
  • Separation from sin
  • Christian fellowship
  • The Bible
  • Hearing the Word
  • Reading the Word
  • Bible study
  • Scripture memory
  • Meditation on the Word
  • Application of the Word
  • Prayer
  • Personal testimony
  • Lordship of Christ
  • Faith
  • Love
  • The tongue
  • The use of time
  • The will of God
  • Obedience
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Satan–know your enemy
  • Dealing with sin
  • Assurance of forgiveness
  • Second coming of Christ
  • Witnessing
  • Follow-up
  • Giving
  • World Vision

Now look at each one of these areas and ask yourself if you are proficient in any of these areas and then began looking at the ones you are not proficient in.  We really need to be able bodied in these areas so that we can resist the enemy in our daily lives.  We must began searching out mentors who can help us to become warriors who are tried, tested, and stamped approved for battle. I can tell you that the enemy is already approved for battle and he does a really good job of shaking our brave factor. There is a battle going on whether we know it or not. We are in the middle of the battle ground and we are not prepared for the struggle yet we find ourselves wrestling with the enemy on many fronts and we are getting our hind ends kicked and it would seem that we even like it that way. Why would I say that you might ask?  Because we seem to repeat the same behavior end up getting hind parts kick over and over rather than taking a stand and saying enough is enough!

Let’s look at just one of the tenants from above and explore what proficient looks like. Let’s take Faith and see what God’s Word says about Faith.

  1. It is impossible to please God without Faith
  2. It takes positive expectation to achieve results
  3. One must become effective with the shield of faith, this is how we deal with the enemies fiery trials
  4. Look at the many examples of the champions of faith found in God’s Word
  5. How does faith come, it comes by hearing the Word of God
  6. Once you hear the Word of God then your next step is to act on what you heard.
  7. When God said Go, or tell my people, or speak to… or you will, it took faith to act on those things

What is God’s Word saying to you today, Go! Tell! Speak! Or You Will!

Perhaps God has given you a dream, it takes really faith to bring it to life.

It takes real faith to fulfill your purpose in life.

So what can I do to become a proficient warrior you might ask? I am so glad that you asked that.  One must began working on the above list and then one by one become proficient with each subject matter. It will take prayer, faith, practice, perseverance, determination, and guts to stick with it to become a proficient warrior that Christ can use for the glory of His kingdom and to bring honor to our Father in Heaven.  This would be the place to start and then move on to become leaders who can defend the faith and multiply the Kingdom of God.

 

inability, incompetence, ineptness

Do you see incompetence on your behalf in any of the above areas?  Have you ever wondered what God seees in your life?

As you examine your life in light of God’s Word, do you see proficiency or incompetence?

If you noticed inability in any of the above areas then you see areas that needs much prayer and focus.

It is no longer acceptable to allow the spirit of ineptitude to exist in our lives. We have a very powerful allied who is more than capable of empowering us to the level of professional in any of the areas above. So what are you waiting on?

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Faith of a King’s Man

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

To be a king’s man: 

  • One must have faith to start with.
  • One must believe or trust in God and his ability to act in a proper and trustworthy way.
  • One must believe that God is reliable in dealing with our issues.
  • Before one can march out as a soldier for the battle one must have complete confidence in the great qualities, fairness, truth, honor and ability of the leader (Jesus Christ).

Faith is one of those things that is made up of the following :  confidence, trust, reliance, assurance, conviction, and belief.  Put them all together and you have what should be known as faith.

Confidence

So we can say with confidence, “The lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

  • Belief in own abilities
  • Self assurance or a belief in your ability to succeed
  • Belief or trust in somebody, or in the ability of somebody or something to act in a proper , trustworthy, or reliable manner

Trust

Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

  • Reliance
  • Confidence in and reliance on good qualities, especially fairness, truth, honor, or ability

Reliance

“But blessed are those who trust in the lord and have made the lord their hope and confidence. (Jeremiah 17:7)

  • Dependence on another person or on something such as a service or a device
  • The need for something that he, she, or it provides

Assurance

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. (Colossians 1:27)

  • Freed from uncertainty

Conviction

He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. (Titus 1:9)

  • A belief or opinion that is held firmly

Belief

  • Acceptance by the mind that something is true or real, often underpinned by an emotional or spiritual sense of certainty

So we should be able to say if we are truly the king’s men then we:

  • Have Complete Confidence in God
  • Trust God with our lives
  • Rely completely on God
  • Have Assurance that God is alive and that He love us
  • Have a firm conviction in Father God’s Word or Words regard us
  • Have a solid Belief in Who He is and what He says

Questions to ponder! 

  • Did the soldiers have confidence in David?
  • Do you really have confidence in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
  • Did the soldiers  trust David?
  • Do you trust the Lord Jesus?
  • Could the soldiers  rely on David?
  • Do you really rely on Jesus with your whole heart, do you know what that means?
  • Did the soldiers  need assurances from David before going into battle?
  • In your everyday life do you need assurance from God before tackling the day’s activity?
  • What were the conviction level of the soldiers regarding David?
  • Did the soldiers believe in David?
  • Do you really believe on the name of Jesus?
  • Do you have confidence in God?
  • Do you really trust him?
  • Can you really rely on God?
  • Do you feel that God needs to give you assurances of blessings?
  • What is your conviction level regarding God?
  • What is your real opinion in regards to God?
  • Do you really believe that God exist?

So How’ s your faith after pondering these question?

Remember, “it is impossible to please God without Faith!

Lazy People – What Proverbs says about them

  • Lazy people are soon poor: hard workers get rich Pr. 10:4
  • Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry Pr. 19:15
  • Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors Pr. 26:16
  • Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes Pr. 10:26
  • Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave Pr. 12:24
  • Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper Pr. 13:4
  • A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things Pr. 18:9
  • Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth Pr.26:15
  • Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find Pr. 12:27
  • The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” Pr. 22:13
  • As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed Pr. 26:14

30 Principles To Live By

Proverbs 22:20, 21To make sure your foundation is trust in God, I’m giving you thirty sterling principles-tested guidelines to live by. Believe me–these are truths that work, and will keep you accountable to those who sent you.” (MSG)

  1. Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor, and don’t use your position to crush the weak,
    Because God will come to their defense; the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them. (Pr. 22:22, 23)
  2. Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads.
    Bad temper is contagious–don’t get infected. (Pr. 22:24, 25)
  3. Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hocking your house against a lucky chance.
    The time will come when you have to pay up; you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back. (Pr. 22:26, 27)
  4. Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors. (Pr. 22:28)
  5. Observe people who are good at their work–skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone. (Pr. 22:29)
  6. When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners:
    Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full.
    And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite. (Pr. 23:1-3)
  7. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself!  Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. (Pr. 23:4, 5)
  8. Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad; don’t expect anything special.
    He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself; he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it.
    His miserly serving will turn your stomach when you realize the meal’s a sham. (Pr. 23:6-8)
  9. Don’t bother talking sense to fools; they’ll only poke fun at your words. (Pr. 23:9)
  10. Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines or cheat orphans out of their property,
    For they have a powerful Advocate who will go to bat for them. (Pr. 23:10-11)
  11. Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge. (Pr. 23:12)
  12. Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won’t kill them.
    A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death. (Pr. 23:13, 14)
  13. Dear child, if you become wise, I’ll be one happy parent.
    My heart will dance and sing to the tuneful truth you’ll speak.  (Pr. 23:15, 16)
  14. Don’t for a minute envy careless rebels; soak yourself in the Fear-of-God–
    That’s where your future lies.
    Then you won’t be left with an armload of nothing. (Pr. 23:17, 18)
  15. Oh listen, dear child–become wise; point your life in the right direction.
    Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat.
    Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags. (Pr. 23:19-21)
  16. Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her.
    Buy truth–don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.
    Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents.
    So make your father happy! Make your mother proud. (Pr. 23:22-25)
  17. Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you. A whore is a bottomless pit; a loose woman can get you in deep trouble fast.
    She’ll take you for all you’ve got; she’s worse than a pack of thieves. (Pr. 23:26-28)
  18. Who are the people who are always crying the blues?
    Who do you know who reeks of self-pity?
    Who keeps getting beat up for no reason at all?
    Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot?
    It’s those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business. (Pr. 29-35)
  19. Don’t envy bad people; don’t even want to be around them.
    All they think about is causing a disturbance; all they talk about is making trouble. (Pr. 24:1, 2)
  20. It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation;
    It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies. (Pr. 24:3, 4)
  21. It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day.
    Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win,k you need a lot of good counsel. (Pr. 24:5, 6)
  22. Wise conversation is way over the head of fools; in a serious discussion they haven’t a clue. (Pr. 24:7)
  23. The person who’s always cooking up some evil soon gets a reputation as prince of rogues.
    Fools incubate sin; cynics desecrate beauty. (Pr. 24:8, 9)
  24. If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. (Pr. 24:10)
  25. Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help.
    If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook?
    Someone is watching you closely, you know–
    Someone not impressed with weak excuses. (Pr. 24:11, 12)
  26. Eat honey, dear child–it’s good for you–and delicacies that melt in your mouth.
    Likewise knowledge, and wisdom for your soul–
    Get that and your future’s secured, your hope is on solid rock. (Pr. 24:13, 14)
  27. Don’t interfere with wood people’s lives; don’t try to get the best of them.
    No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long;
    Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (Pr. 24:15, 16)
  28. Don’t laugh when your enemy falls; don’t crow over his collapse.
    God might see, and become very provoked, and then take pity on his plight. (Pr. 24:17, 18)
  29. Don’t bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
    Those people have no future at all; they’re headed down a dead-end street. (Pr. 24:19, 20)
  30. Fear God, dear child-respect your leaders; don’t be defiant or mutinous.
    Without warning your life can turn upside down, and who knows how or when it might happen? (Pr. 24:21, 22)