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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!

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)

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

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.

Physical Fitness

There were 44,760 capable warriors in the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows. (1 Chronicles 5:18)

Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. 

Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest.

  • Military service members know the saying “Physical fitness is the cornerstone of combat readiness” by heart.
  • Physical exercise keeps soldiers in top condition so they’re always ready for any mission.
  • Service members who don’t meet military fitness standards run the risk of an early discharge or disciplinary action.
  • Through carefully planned and implemented physical training exercises, each branch of the military is able to maintain a high level of combat readiness with healthy, capable service members.

Ephesians 6:10 – 19 our carefully planned and implemented training exercises, that should lead to a high level of readiness, healthiness, and capable members:

  • Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power
  • Put on all of God’s armor so that you can resist the enemy in the time of evil
  • Stand your ground
  • Put on the belt of truth
  • Put on the breast plate of righteousness
  • Put on the shoes, of peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared
  • Hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil
  • Put on salvation as your helmet
  • Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
  • Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion
  • Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere
  • Pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan  that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike

Synonyms: Able-bodied, capable, firm, fit, hearty, powerful, robust, stalwart, stout, sturdy, tenacious, vigorous

Antonyms: feeble, infirm, invalid, sick tender, unhealthy, weak

Define these and explain what they look like:

  • How one should be able-bodied (solid in the faith) not feeble, or weak, but strong
  • How one should be capable of walking by faith and doing prayer warfare when needed
  • How one should be firm, fit and hearty (sold out to Christ, does not allow sin to side track then)
  • How one should be powerful ( known to exercise in the power of the Holy Spirit)
  • How one should be robust 
  • How one should be stalwart
  • How one should be stout (in the faith)
  • How one should be sturdy
  • How one should be tenacious 
  • How one should be vigorous as a christian
  • Capable – effected as a christian
  • Warriors – prayer warriors
  • Skilled – filled with the Spirit of God and skilled in the things of the Lord
  • Combat – warfare
  • Armed with shields – armed with great and effected faith
  • Armed with swords – effect in the proper use of the Word of God
  • Armed with bows – able to deal with the enemy at the gate(mind) effectively

Acts Chapter 4

Scene 1 Act 4

Man Crippled from birth, healed miraculously! Acts 3:7-10

 

By what power, or in whose  name, have you done this? Acts 4:7

Do you want to know how he was healed? Acts 4:9

  • Peter and John were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees (v. 1)
  • The leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John where teaching the people that through Jesus there is resurrection of the dead (v. 2)
  • The leaders arrested them (v. 3)
  • Many of the people who heard their message believed it (v. 4)
  • So the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men not counting women & children (v. 4)

Cast of Characters 

  • Peter and John
  • The council
  • The captaining of the temple guard
  • Some of the Sadducees
  • Many of the people
  • All the rulers and the teachers of the law
  • Annas the high priest – Then Annas sent him, with his hands tied, to Caiaphas the high priest (John 18:24)
  • Caiaphas – was the person who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one man die for the people (John 18:14)
  • John – a member of the Sanhedrin
  • Alexander – was kin to the high priest, his name meant man defender
  • Other relatives of the high priest

The Question

  • By what power, or in whose  name, have you done this (v. 7)

  • Verses 8 – 12
    • Filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Rulers and elders  of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man?
    • Do you want to know how he was healed?
    • Clearly stated he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead
    • There is salvation in no one else!
    • God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved

The Council’s Response 

  • Verse 13 – 15
    • They were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John
    • They could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures
    • They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus

The Proof

  • Verse 14
    • Since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say

Another question

  • Verse 16
    • What should we do with these men?
    • We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it

The Response to the Proof

  • Verse 17
    • But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again

The Council’s Solutions 

  • Verse 18
    • So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak in the name of Jesus

The disciples’ response to the solution

  • Verses 19, 20
    • Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?
    • We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard

The council’s rebuttal 

  • Verses 21, 22
    • The council threatened them further, but finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot.
    • For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign–the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years

  The prayer for courage

  • Verses 23 – 30
    • When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God
    • O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them
    • And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants great boldness in preaching your word
    • Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus

God’s response to the Prayer

  • Verse 31
    • After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
    • Then they preached the word of God with boldness

  • Verses 32-35
    • All the believers were united in heart and mind
    • And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had
    • The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all
    • There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need

Reflect  

  • Are the people around you amazed by the boldness that the Holy Spirit has empowered  you with?
  • Do others see you as ordinary with no special training but gifted with the extra-ordinary power of God?
  • Are you recognized as people who had been with Jesus?
  • How has our society today tried to keep modern day saints from spreading what they call propaganda?
  • How has our society today tried to keep us from speaking in Jesus’ name?
  • Are you obeying God are your society?
  • Have you stop telling people about everything you have seen and heard in the spirit?
  • Have you stop telling people about the love of God? John 3:16
  • Do you put Christ first in the major areas of your life and are you taking steps to separate from sin?
  • Do you maintain a consistent devotional life and are you growing in faith and intercessory prayer?
  • Are you openly identified with Jesus Christ where you live, work, and do you manifest a heart for witnessing?
  • Do you know how to give your testimony clearly?
  • Do you present the gospel regularly with increasing effectiveness?

Your thoughts:  

   My prayer 

  • O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them
  • Give us, your servants great boldness in preaching your word
  • Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name  of your holy servant Jesus
  • Shake this meeting place Father God and fill us with the Holy Spirit that we may preached the word of God with boldness, in Jesus’ Name!  Amen!