Category Archives: power

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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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

Proverbs 29 – Authority/Power

Today we all should be in chapter 29 because it  is the 29th day of the month.

Today’s foundation verse is verse 2 which states, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.  But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

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Notice the change in this verse from in authority to in power, the difference could mean your life may be in great peril.

When the godly are in authority:  

  • The people rejoice
  • The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father
  • A just king gives stability to his nation
  • Righteous people escape the trap of sin, and shout for joy
  • The godly care about the rights of the poor
  • The wise will calm anger
  • The upright seek to help the blameless people
  • The wise quietly hold back their anger
  • The king judges the poor fairly
  • Discipline children produces wisdom
  • The godly will live to see the downfall of the wicked who are in authority who allow sin to flourish
  • People are joyful because they obey the law
  • The people walk in humility which brings honor
  • The people trust the LORD and this means safety
  • The people understand that justice comes from the LORD
  • The righteous despise the unjust

  When the wicked are in power:

  • The people stubbornly refuses to accept criticism
  • The people groan
  • The men hang around with prostitutes, and their wealth is wasted
  • A unjust  king demands bribes and it destroys his nation
  • There are those who flatter their friends which lays a trap for their feet
  • Evil people are trapped by sin
  • The wicked don’t care about the rights of the poor
  • Mockers get a whole town agitated
  • A wise person takes a fool to court but gets no satisfaction
  • The bloodthirsty hate blameless people
  • Fools vent their anger
  • Rulers may pay attention to liars, which could end in all of his advisers being wicked
  • Undisciplined children causes their mothers to be disgraced
  • Sin flourishes when the wicked are in authority
  • When the people refuse to accept divine guidance, they run wild
  • Fools speak without thinking
  • A servant pampered from childhood becomes a rebel
  • Angry people start fights and hot-tempered people commit all kinds of sin
  • People full of pride end in humiliation
  • Thieves are assisted by the people and those who are sworn to tell the truth , dare not testify
  • Those who fear people are caught in a dangerous trap
  • Many seek the ruler’s favor
  • The wicked despise the godly

If you are a godly person then as you read this list you can see in our society the effects of the wicked in power.

Perhaps you even hear the people groaning because of the effects of the wicked going after absolute power in our society.

The points under the wicked in power is just what we need to be praying about, things like those who refuse to accept criticism, the demand of bribes, people trap by sin, the rights of the poor, bloodthirsty people, agitators, fools who vent their anger, and rulers who listen to liars.  LORD pleas help us because we are in a pickle.

It really is Prayer Time!