Category Archives: Humility

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 lead 100 regular troops (12:14)
    • Superb leader perhaps a captain
  • The strongest could lead 1000 regular troops (12:14)
    • Great 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
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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 enters the ring and tags 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, the drop kick of death, sickness hold, depression lock, pinned with hopelessness, kicked with discouragement, knock down with desertion, slapped with disloyalty, and even the kitchen sink was thrown at him.  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 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 greatest 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! Once again adorn yourself with the Champion ship belt that says Child of God, World Champion Overcomer!

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.

Humility

Humility

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Theme: Humility, riches, honor, and long life

In this chapter, let’s look at those who walk in humility and those who are corrupt.

Key Learning:  Walk in true humility or walk a thorny, treacherous road and suffer the consequences! 

 Those who walk in true humility:humility

  • Choose a good reputation over great riches
  • Choose being held in high esteem rather than silver or gold
  • A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions
  • Avoid walking the thorny, treacherous road
  • Direct their children onto the right path
  • Have knowledge and they are preserved by the LORD
  • Blessed are those who are generous because they feed the poor
  • Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend
  • Listen to the words of the wise; and applies their heart to his instruction
  • They don’t rob the poor just because they can, nor do they exploit the needy in court
  • They don’t befriend angry people
  • They don’t associate with hot-tempered people
  • They don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else
  • They don’t cheat their neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations
  • They are truly competent workers who will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people

ref

Proverbs 18:12Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor

Proverbs 11:2Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom

Proverbs 15:33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom, humility precedes honor

Proverbs 22:4True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Proverbs 29:23Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor

review

  1. Do you choose a good reputation rather than take short cuts to gain great riches?
  2. Is silver and gold more important to you than being held in high esteem?
  3. Are you a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions?
  4. Are you one who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences?
  5. Are you aware that true humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
  6. Which are you borrower or lender?  The answer tells whether you are servant or master.
  7. Are you truly generous and do you feed the poor?
  8. Do you notice that fighting, quarrels and insults tend to follow you around?
  9. Do you really love having a pure heart and gracious speech?
  10. Are you getting ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich?

nuggetsNuggets of Gold:

  • True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
  • The rich and poor have this in common:  The LORD made them both
  • Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender
  • Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.  Quarrels and insults will disappear
  • Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend
  • The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it
  • A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away
  • Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.  For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.  I am teaching you today-yes, you-so you will trust in the LORD
  • I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.  In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you
  • The LORD is the defender of the poor and needy, He will ruin anyone who ruins them

Remember that, “Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.” Proverbs 22:5

Don’t forget that just reading these wise sayings is not enough, you must apply them to your life, with much prayer.

So with that said, it is Prayer Time! 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 27 – Wise/Critics

Good morning all my love ones and I do mean you family, friends and anyone else reading this post.  Blessings on you all for taking time to read my humble thoughts.

For my foundation today I would like to present verse 11 which states, “Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad.  Then I will be able to answer my critics.”

Theme: Be wise and don’t give the critics a reason to insult your father because of your behavior

You might see this as Father God talking to us, and the number one critic is Satan.

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So! How can we be wise and at the same time give Father God the ammunition that he needs to answer the critical observations of us?  Remember how our enemy railed against the man named Job?  If you are not familiar with Job just turn left in your Bible two books before Proverbs and read about this great man of God.

Lesson #1: 23 Ways to be wise and to stop the mouth of critics

  1. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring (v.1)
  2. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth–a stranger, not your own lips (v.2)
  3. Don’t be like the fool who causes resentment (v.3)
  4. Beware of anger and wrath (v.4)
  5. Beware of jealousy it is even more dangerous than anger and wrath (v.4)
  6. Don’t practice hidden love, an open rebuke is better (v.5)
  7. Listen to your sincere friends assessment of you (v.6)
  8. Don’t stray from home (v.8)
  9. Listen to the heartfelt counsel of a friend (v.9)
  10. Never abandon a friend, either yours or your father’s (v.10)
  11. Be a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions (v.12)
  12. Don’t be like the simpleton who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences (v.12)
  13. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt (v.13)
  14. Get a deposit from those who guarantees a foreigners debt (v.13)
  15. Be careful in being loud and cheerful early in the morning this could be taken as a curse (v.14)
  16. Don’t be annoying like a quarrelsome and complaining wife (v.15)
  17. Allow your friend to sharpen you like iron sharpens iron (v.17)
  18. Be like the employee who protects their employer’s interests, there is a reward in store for you (v.18)
  19. Be aware of what your heart really reflects, just like a face is reflected in water (v.19)
  20. Beware human desire, it is never satisfied (v.20)
  21. Understand that you are tested every time someone praises you (v.21)
  22. Don’t be like the fools who cannot be separated from their foolishness (v.22)
  23. Understand that riches don’t last forever, so know the state of your flocks,  and put your heart into caring for your herds (v.23, 24)

Review:  

  • Do you find yourself bragging about what you will get done tomorrow?
  • Are you known as one who pats themselves on the back regarding all the great things you have accomplished?
  • How do you handle jealousy?
  • Do you appreciate the heartfelt counsel of your friends?
  • When disaster strikes do you abandon your friends or do you act like a real brother or sister?

This chapter presented us with many aspects that we need to consider prayerfully.  As you study this chapter even more you will begin to see areas that you may want to consider working on even harder.

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Memory Verse:  Proverbs 27:12 “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.  The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

Number 11 from the above list really strikes a cord in my heart, I mean that I really need to pray about this area even more.  With that said,  It’s Prayer Time! 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 22 – True Humility

Today as I studied Chapter 22  I found myself focused on verse 4.  This is what it says:  “True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.”

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Theme: Humility, riches, honor, and long life

In this chapter, let’s look at those who walk in humility and those who are corrupt.

Key Learning:  Walk in true humility or walk a thorny, treacherous road and suffer the consequences! key2success

Lesson #1: Those who walk in true humility

  • Choose a good reputation over great riches (v.1) (see reputation post)
  • Choose being held in high esteem rather than silver or gold (v.1)humility
  • A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions (v.13
  • Avoid walking the thorny, treacherous road (v.5)
  • Direct their children onto the right path (v.6)
  • Have knowledge and they are preserved by the LORD (v.12)
  • Blessed are those who are generous because they feed the poor (v.9)
  • Those who love a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend (v.11)
  • Those who listen to the words of the wise; and apply’s their heart to his instruction (v.17)
  • Those who don’t rob the poor just because they can, nor do they exploit the needy in court (v.22)
  • Those who don’t befriend angry people (v.24)
  • Those who don’t associate with hot-tempered people (v.24)
  • Those who don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else (v.26)
  • Those who don’t cheat their neighbors by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations (v.28)
  • Those who are truly competent workers, will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people (v.29)

Lesson #2: Those who walk a thorny, treacherous road

  • They choose great riches over a good reputation (v.1)
  • They choose silver or gold rather than being held in high esteem (v.1)
  • They are simpletons who go blindly on and suffers the consequences (v.3)
  • They walk a thorny, treacherous road, and does not value life (v.5)
  • They plant injustice and  will harvest disaster (v.8)
  • They are not generous (v.9)
  • They promote fighting, quarrels and insults (v.10)
  • They are treacherous and their plans are ruin by the LORD (v.12)
  • They are lazy and make wild claims to keep from working (v.13)
  • They oppress the poor (v.16)
  • They end in poverty because they shower gifts on the rich (v.16)
  • They rob the poor just because they can (v.22)
  • They exploit the needy in court (v.22)
  • They befriend angry people (v.24)
  • They associate with hot-tempered people (v.24)
  • They learn to be like angry and hot-tempered people which endangers their souls (v.25)
  • They agree to guarantee another person’s debt (v.26)
  • They put up security for someone else (v.26)
  • They cheat their neighbors by moving ancient boundary markers (v.28)
  • They are not truly competent workers and they end up working for ordinary people (v.29)

Lesson #3: Important verses to take notice of in this chapter

  • True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life (v.4)application
  • The rich and poor have this in common:  The LORD made them both (v.2)
  • Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender (v.7)
  • Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.  Quarrels and insults will disappear (v.10)
  • Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend (v.11)
  • The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it (v.14)
  • A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away (v.15)
  • Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.  For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.  I am teaching you today-yes, you-so you will trust in the LORD (v.17)
  • I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.  In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you (v.20, 21)
  • The LORD is the defender of the poor and needy, He will ruin anyone who ruins them (v.23)

Review:  

  1.  Do you choose a good reputation rather than take short cuts to gain great riches?
  2.  Is silver and gold more important to you than being held in high esteem?
  3.  Are you a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions?
  4.  Are you one who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences?
  5.  Are you aware that true humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
  6.  Which are you borrower or lender?  The answer tells whether you are servant or master.
  7.  Are you truly generous and do you feed the poor?
  8.  Do you notice that fighting, quarrels and insults tend to follow you around?
  9.  Do you really love having a pure heart and gracious speech?
  10.  Are you getting ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich?

Remember that, “Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.” Proverbs 22:5

Don’t forget that just reading these wise sayings is not enough, you must apply them to your life, with much prayer.

So with that said, it is  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  Prayer Time!