- 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)
- Came with a single purpose of making David the king over all Israel
- 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
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?
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.
Good Morning on this 18th day of the month. I will be sharing my thoughts on the 18th Chapter of Proverbs today.
We will focus on verse 10 which states, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”
Theme: Strong fortress the godly run to!
So why would the godly need to run to the LORD in this chapter? Could it be because of the people around them?
What Is it that the godly need to be kept safe from?
They need to be kept safe from:
- Unfriendly people who care only about themselves
- Those who lash out at common sense
- Fools who have no interest in understanding
- Those who only want to air their own opinions
- Those who are disgrace by doing wrong
- Those who bring contempt by their scandalous behavior
- Those who acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent
- The constant quarrels of fools
- Fools who trap themselves with their own foolish lips
- Those who allow the dainty morsels of rumors to sink deep into their hearts
- A lazy person who is as bad as someone who destroys things
- The rich who think that their wealth is a strong defense
- People who are haughty and are headed for destruction
- Those who spout off before listening to the facts
- Those with crushed spirits
- An offended friend
- Arguments that separate friends
- Those who love to talk, who do not understand that death or life is in the tongue (see new post on the tongue)
- The rich who answer with insults
- Friends who destroy each other
- Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook
- Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor
- Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge
- Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
- Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents
- Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction
- The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD
- There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother
- Do you show yourself friendly or unfriendly in your neighborhood?
- Have you ever lash out at someone who was operating with good common sense?
- Do you find that you are only interested in airing your own opinions?
- Do you have any scandalous behavior in your past that you wish would just go away?
- Do you use words that cause constant quarrels?
- Has your mouth set any traps lately that you know will ruin you?
- Are you still working on the last dainty morsel of a rumor that has sunk into your heart
- Do you imagine that your wealth or income is a strong defense that will keep you safe?
- Have you ever being known for spouting off without first listening to the facts?
- Are your ears really open for knowledge?
If you look up the word for Strong in this chapter you will find that the Hebrew word for strong is OZE, which means strength in various applications, such as i.e.. force, security, majesty, praise, boldness, loud, mighty, power, strength, strong.
The Hebrew word OZE also had it shorten version to OZ which really surprise me seeing how the movie Wizard of OZ was a favorite as I grew up. But I wonder if this was Hollywood’s way of saying that God was a little man behind curtains, faking out others making them thing that he was all powerful and yet weak and just a man.
Of course we know better, but people who don’t know or understand the Existing One, “Jehovah” are not aware that He is not to be played with nor to be made fun of, the consequences are staggering! Just ask history how God dealt with societies that took him for granted. Their high ideals crash down around them, and left them wondering what happen.
This is one of the reasons I love to stay in Proverbs, the wisdom here continues to put me in check.
So, who are you running to for safety?
Do you recognize the need for protection from those in the list above?
Blessing on you all.
Good Morning love ones it is the 14th day of the month and that should mean that we all find ourselves reading and praying about Chapter 14 of Proverbs.
Before we get started let me briefly share God’s idea of what real Love is, as found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13
- Patient and kind
- Not jealous or boastful or proud
- Not rude
- It does not demand its own way
- Not irritable
- Does not keep record of being wronged
- Does not rejoice about injustice
- It rejoices whenever the truth wins out
- Never gives up
- Never loses faith
- Always hopeful
- Endures through every circumstance
Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love— and the greatest of these is love
Theme: “Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise him.”
Verse 2 is the verse of choice this morning that I will use to share my thoughts with you. Hopefully I can paint the picture of this chapter as it floods my mind and heart, if not just look at the picture that accompanies this text. Hopefully you will understand what this chapter says about the right and wrong path.
One definitions of Path is: “the course or direction in which a person or thing is moving”
The Right Path people fear the LORD and follow by:
- Being wise and building their home
- Showing respect for the LORD
- Being wise and using words that keep them safe
- Being a honest witness that does not lie
- Being a person of understanding whom easily obtains knowledge
- Staying away from fools
- Being prudent and understanding where they are going
- Acknowledging guilt and seeking reconciliation
- Flourishing because of their godliness
- Being good people who receive their reward
- Being prudent and carefully considering their steps
- Being wise, cautious, and avoiding danger
- Being prudent who are crowned with knowledge
- Being wise, which allows them to wear wealth as a crown
- Being a truthful witness that saves lives
- Having understanding which allows them to control their anger
- Having a peaceful heart which leads to a healthy body
- Helping the poor which honors their Maker
- Being godly, which allows them to have a refuge when they die
- Having an understanding heart, therein is wisdom enshrined
- Being wise servants, the king rejoices in them
The Wrong path people despise the LORD and take the wrong path by:
- Being foolish and tearing down their home with their own hands
- Despising the LORD
- Their foolish proud talk
- Being a false witness that breathes lies
- Being a mocker who seeks wisdom but never finds it
- Running with fools
- Being a fool who deceives themselves
- Being a fool who makes fun of guilt
- Being wicked
- Being backsliders who get what they deserve
- Being a fool who plunges ahead with reckless confidence
- Being a short-tempered person who does foolish things, and a schemers who is hated
- Being a simpleton who is clothed with foolishness
- Being evil and wicked
- Belittling their neighbor
- Planning to do evil
- Being a fool who’s effort only yields foolishness
- Being a false witness who is a traitor
- Having a hot temper which show great foolishness
- Allowing jealousy to rein in their lives which is like cancer in the bones
- Oppressing the poor which insult their Maker
- Being wicked which leads to them being crushed by disaster
- Being a fool, wisdom is not found in them
- Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest
- Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy
- There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death
- Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains
- The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends”
- It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor
- If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness
- Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!
- Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness
- Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children
- Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death
- Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people
- A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him
- Which path are you on today, the right or wrong path?
- Do your words keep you safe or do they become a rod that is used to beat you?
- Are you a honest or false witness?
- Are you looking for knowledge among known fools?
- Do you know where you are going, or do you practice the fools way, who deceive themselves?
- Wicked or godly, house or tent, which have you chosen?
- Are you on the path that seems right to you, does it lead anywhere?
- Which are you, backslider or good person?
- Are you a wise servant or one who disgraces the king
- Do you have a an understanding heart or is wisdom lacking with you?
Memory Verse: Proverbs 14:22 “If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.”
How about you how’s your path looking?
From the Nuggets of Gold, “Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.”
The choice is yours, Right Path, or Wrong Path, you can have the fruit of the one that your choose. Not sure which path to choose, then just look at the two list above and decide which path is right for you.
I pray that you choose correctly!
It’s the 13th day of the month which means we all should be reading and studying chapter 13 of Proverbs.
Today I will use verses 5, 6 for my foundational verse which states, “The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.”
That’s finding on your new job that your name is written on the door in chalk–and there’s a wet sponge hanging next to it.
Theme: “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.” Proverbs 13:6
If you have read chapter 13 already, then you see that in verse 5 we are presented with two type of persons, the godly, and the wicked person.
Using only this chapter, let’s work on understanding what God’s Word has to say about each type of person.
The 23 ways that godliness guards a godly person:
- A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline
- They use wise words which wins them a good meal
- They control their tongue, which leads to a long life
- Those who work hard will prospers
- The godly hates lies
- They are blameless and their path is guarded by godliness
- Some are rich but pretends to be poor
- They can pay a ransom for their lives
- The life of the godly is full of light and joy
- They are wise because they take advice
- Their wealth grows over time from hard work
- They succeed because they respect a command
- Their instruction is like a life-giving fountain, those who accept it avoid the snares of death
- They have good sense and are respected
- Wise people think before they act
- They are reliable messengers who bring healing
- They are honored because they accept correction
- They see their dreams come true, and how pleasant is that?
- They walk with the wise and they become wiser
- The righteous are rewarded with blessings
- Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren
- They love their children enough to discipline them
- The godly eat to their heart’s content
The 22 ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace:
- They are mockers and they refuse to listen to correction
- They are treacherous and have an appetite for violence
- They do not control their tongue, they opens their mouth and ruin everything
- They are lazy and want much but gets little
- They are wicked and cause shame and disgrace
- They are evil and misled by sin
- They are poor but pretend to be rich
- They can’t pay a ransom for their lives, they won’t even get threatened
- They are wicked and their light will be snuffed out
- Their pride leads to conflict
- Their wealth quickly disappears from get-rich-quick schemes
- They are asking for trouble because they despise advice
- They are treacherous and are headed for destruction
- They are fools who don’t think before they act, they even brag about their foolishness
- They are unreliable messengers who stumble into trouble
- They end in poverty and disgrace because they ignore construtive criticism
- They are fools who refuse to turn from evil to attain their dreams
- They associate with fools and get in trouble
- They are sinners and trouble chases them
- They are sinners and their wealth passes to the godly
- They spare the rod of discipline which shows that they hate their children
- They are wicked and their belly goes hungry
- Verse 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life
- Verse 19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them
- Verse 23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away
- How are you at accepting your parent’s discipline?
- How are you at accepting the LORD’s discipline?
- Do you have an appetite for violence?
- Have you ever open your mouth and just ruin everything?
- Do you want much but get little in life?
- Do you find that you cause shame and disgrace?
- Have you every pretended to be rich?
- Do you find that your life is full of light and joy?
- Are you really willing to work hard to see your wealth grow over time?
- Do you want to be respected or find yourself headed for destruction?
Memory Verse: Proverbs 13:19 “It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.”
Ways that godliness guards a godly person, and ways the wicked cause shame and disgrace, choose very carefully, you will either be respected or find yourself headed for destruction!
It is the 28th day of the month and time to look at chapter 28 of Proverbs.
The foundation for today’s review will be verse 2 which is what the image below is based on.
Theme: Two aspects of this chapter, moral rot, and wise and knowledgeable leaders.
First we will look at the moral rot found in this chapter:
- The wicked running away when no one is chasing them
- The poor person who oppresses the poor
- Evil people who don’t understand justice
- The rich and dishonest, some poor are just as dishonest
- Young people who have wild friends
- Income gain from charging high interest rates
- Persons who ignores the law
- Those who lead good people alone an evil path
- Rich people who think they are wise
- The wicked who take charge
- People who conceal their sins
- The stubborn who do not fear to do wrong
- The wicked ruler is dangerous to the poor
- A ruler with no understanding who oppresses his people
- Murderers who have tormented consciences that are protected
- The crooked who are not blameless
- People who chase fantasies
- People who want quick riches
- People who show partiality
- Those who do wrong for a mere piece of bread
- Greedy people who try to get rich quick
- People who love flattery
- Those who steal from their father and mother, and say, “What’s wrong with that?”
- Those who trust their own insight
- Those who close their eyes to poverty
- When the wicked take charge
Now let’s look at the knowledgeable leaders found in this chapter:
- The godly who are as bold as loins
- The wise and knowledgeable leaders who bring stability
- Those who obey the law, and fight against the wicked
- Those who follow the LORD understand justice completely
- Those who understand that it is better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich
- Young people who obey the law
- Those who are kind to the poor
- Those who are honest, and they will inherit good things
- Those with discernment who can see right through rich people who think they are wise (see post on discernment)
- When the godly succeed, everyone is glad
- Those who confess their sins, and turn from them
- Those who fear to do wrong and are blessed
- A ruler who hates corruption
- The blameless who are rescued from harm
- Those who are hard workers
- The trustworthy person who gets a rich reward
- Those who appreciate honest criticism
- Those who walk in wisdom
- Those who give to the poor
As for me I choose to be a wise and knowledgeable leaders, because I have had a taste of the moral rot group and it was nasty. Anytime you have the word rot associated with anything you can almost smell the awful odor it emits. Can you even imagine swallowing this stinky object? Every day we are presented with stinky situations caused by moral rot.
I for one am tired of the odor that is emitted by the decay that is happening in our city, states, country, and the world.
There is only one way to deal with this odor, we need lots of GLADE. Gods, Love, Anointing, Defense, and Encouragement.
What does that mean, you may ask? It means that you need to:
- Allow the LORD to create in you a godly spirit
- Ask the LORD for wisdom
- Ask the LORD to help you obey his law
- Follow the LORD
- Be kind to the poor
- Be honest in your dealings
- Ask God for discernment
- Confess your sins and turn from them
- Choose not to do wrong
- Be blameless
- Work hard at what you do
- Be trustworthy
- Accept honest criticism
- Walk in wisdom
- Give to the poor
Do these things and you will stop the moral decay in your area at least, so get out that GLADE and join me in Prayer.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”