- 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)
- 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
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 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.
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
As I read and studied the 2nd Chapter of Proverbs, I found myself focusing on verses 2-4 which states, “Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures, ” and the heading in my Bible, “The Benefits of Wisdom.”
Theme: “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands” — Proverbs 2:1
Lesson #1 The Actions Needed to Obtain the Benefits of Wisdom
- Tune your ears to wisdom (v.2)
- Concentrate on understanding (v.2)
- Cry out for insight (v.3)
- Ask for understanding (v.3)
- Search for them (insight & understanding) as you would for silver (v.4)
- Seek them (insight & understanding) like hidden treasures (v.4)
- Follow the steps of good men instead (v.20)
- Stay on the paths of the righteous (v.20)
- Be honest (v.21)
- Walk with integrity (v.21)
Lesson #2: The Positive Benefits of Wisdom
- Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God (v.5)
- For the LORD grants wisdom! (v.6)
- From his mouth come knowledge and understanding (v.6)
- He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest (v.7)
- He is a shield to those who walk with integrity (v.7)
- He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him (v.8)
- Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go (v.9)
- For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy (v.10)
- Wise choices will watch over you (v.11)
- Understanding will keep you safe (v.11)
- Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted (v.12)
- Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman (v.16)
- For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it (v.21)
Lesson #3: The Negative & The Disadvantages of ignoring wisdom
- These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths (v.13)
- They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil (v.14)
- Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong (v.15)
- The immoral woman has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God (v.17)
- Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave (v.18)
- The man who visits her is doomed (v.19)
- He will never reach the paths of life (v.19)
- The wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted (v.22)
Conclusion of the whole matter:
- Verse 20, 21 states, “Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.“
- Verse 22 states, “But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted“
Well I hope that you see the choices presented in the last part of this chapter, the choice of being righteous or wicked.
You may freely choose which you shall be, the choice is clearly yours.
Prayerfully I hope that you choose to tune your ears to wisdom, concentrate on understanding, cry out for insight, ask for understanding, and search for them like hidden treasures.
To gain these Benefits you need to know that it all starts on your knees, sitting down, or standing up in prayer.
Memory Verse: “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.” Proverbs 2:1