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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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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)

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

A Good Reputation

Proverbs 22:1
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold

Reputation defined:

noun

  1. the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
    “his reputation was tarnished by allegations that he had taken bribes”
  • a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic.
    “his knowledge of his subject earned him a reputation as an expert”

Antonyms: discreditdisrepute
Ref. From <http://englishthesaurus.net/antonym/reputation

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land Joshua 6:27 

They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness Ps. 89:16 

A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker Pr. 24:8

Others may accuse you or gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation Pr. 25:10

Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation Heb. 11:2

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation Pr. 3:4

A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born Eccl. 7:1

Ten Avoidable Ways To Ruin Your Reputation

by Liz Ryan , CONTRIBUTOR

I write about bringing life to work and bringing work to life.  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

  • People don’t realize that reputations stick around for a long time. I didn’t realize it, either. I’m amazed now when someone says “Hi Liz! We met at such-and-such a conference in Chicago in 1989.”
  • People will remember you, especially people you work with directly.
  • They’ll remember you by the things you said and did and the things you didn’t say and didn’t do.
  • Nobody sets out to build a reputation as a con artist, a lightweight, a false friend or a person you can’t rely on — yet people get these reputations every day.
  • Once you have an unfortunate reputation, it can be hard to shake it.
  • I’ve heard that you have to repeat an altered or new behavior — let’s say, calling your friend back when you promise to rather than not calling him back the way you always used to do — at least ten times before your friends will believe the New You is real.
  • If you’ve established a name for yourself that is not the name you’d like plastered on your forehead, getting back to neutral requires lots of breathing, careful repetition of the New You behaviors you want to showcase, and above all patience with  yourself and others.

Here are ten regrettable and avoidable ways to ruin your reputation by accident: 

1. Burn a bridge and then ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.

2. Ease your own anxiety by talking about other people all the time.

3. Mixing business and social relationships to an excessive degree and losing your perspective about it.

4. Using poor judgment at work or in social settings with your workmates, or taking advantage of every professional event to get drunk.

5. Being two-faced: saying one thing to one person and the complete opposite to someone else.

6. Blaming other people for your mistakes or being out of the room whenever problems are being discussed.

7. Taking credit for other people’s work.

8. Ratting out your fellow employees to your manager. Promising to keep confidences and then doing just the opposite.

9. Pretending to be the supervisor when you’re not a supervisor, and bossing people around.

10. Generally treating people badly at work when you are cross, or all the time.

Ref. From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/09/18/ten-avoidable-ways-to-ruin-your-reputation/#5748a3b72618>

Benefits of Wisdom – Chap 2

benefit

 of Wisdom

key2successTo obtain the benefits of Wisdom you must first:

  • Tune your ears to wisdom (v. 2)
  • Concentrate on understanding (v. 2)
  • Cry out for insight (v. 3)
  • Ask for understanding (v. 3)application
  • Search for them (v. 4)
  • Be honest (v. 7)
  • Walk with integrity (v. 7)
  • Be faithful to the LORD (v. 8)
  • Follow the steps of good men (v. 20)
  • Stay on the paths of the righteous (v. 20)

If you do the above, then you will gain the following benefits:

  • You will understand what it means to fear the LORD (v. 5)
  • You will gain  knowledge of God (v. 5)
  • The LORD will grant you wisdom (v. 6)
  • You will receive from his mouth knowledge and understanding (v. 6)
  • You will be granted a treasury of common sense (v. 7)
  • You will have the LORD as a shield (v. 7)
  • The LORD will guard your paths (v. 8)
  • You will understand what is right, just, fair, and you will find the right way to go (v. 9)
  • 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)
  • You will remain in the land as long as you are godly and have integrity (v. 21)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 2:2 – 3, “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight (discernment), and ask for understanding.”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It’s Prayer Time!

Purpose of Proverbs – Ch. 1

purpose

Of Proverbs

  • To teach people wisdom and discipline (v. 2)
  • To help them understand the insights of the wise (v. 2)
  • To teach people to live disciplined and successful lives (v. 3)
  • To help them do what is right, just, and fair (v. 3.)
  • To give insight to the simple (v. 4)
  • To give knowledge and discernment to the young (v. 4)
  • To help the wise to become wiser (v. 5)
  • To help those with understanding to receive guidance (v. 5)
  • To help all of us to understand that fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge (v. 7)
  • To show them that they need to listen to Wisdom’s counsel (v. 23)
  • To help them to understand that Wisdom desires to share her heart with them and to make them wise (v. 23)
  • To help them understand that Wisdom often calls and reaches out to us (v. 24)
  • To remind us not to ignored Wisdom’s advice (v. 25)
  • To remind us not to rejected the correction Wisdom offers (v. 25)
  • To keep us from being overtaken by disaster and calamity (v. 27)
  • To save us from eating the bitter fruit of living our own way and from choking on our own schemes (v. 31)

Wisdom says that she will laughlaugh when you are in trouble!  (v. 26)

Why? 

Because I(Wisdom) called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.  I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.  You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. (v. 24, 25)

For this reason Wisdom says that she will mock mockyou when disaster overtakes you — when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you . (v. 26)

Wisdom further states that when you cry for help, I will not answer.  ignoreThough you anxiously search for me, you will not find me.  (v. 28)

Why? 

Because you hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.  Because you rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected you.  Therefore you must eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, choking on your won schemes. (v. 28, 29)

 

simpletonSimpletons turn away from me(Wisdom) to death (v. 32)

 

Fools foolare destroyed by their own complacency (v. 32)

 

But all who listen to me(Wisdom) will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. (v. 33)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 1:4 “These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young”

Let us Pray for the spiritual insight and strength to stay on the right path. 1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346

Proverbs 19 – Foolishness Ruins lives

It’s the 19th day of the month and that means we all should be in the 19th chapter of Proverbs.

Theme:  25 things that can ruin your life

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Verse 3 is the foundational starting point today.  It states, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness then are angry at the LORD.”

Lesson #1: 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.

Key Learning:  Foolishness that ruins your life key2success

  1. being dishonest and a fool (v.1)
  2. having enthusiasm without knowledge (v.2)
  3. being hasty and making mistakes (v.2)
  4. allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD (v.3)
  5. being in poverty which drives your friends away (v.4)
  6. being a false witness and a liar (v.5)
  7. despising your poor relatives and friends (v.7)
  8. being a fool who lives in luxury (v.9)
  9. being a foolish child (v.13)
  10. being a quarrelsome wife (v.13)
  11. being lazy and sleeping soundly (v.15)
  12. being idle (v.15)
  13. despising the commandments (v.16)
  14. not disciplining your children (v.18)
  15. being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered(v.19)
  16. not getting all the advice and instruction you can (v.20)
  17. making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose (v.21)
  18. not being loyal (v.22)
  19. being dishonest (v.22)
  20. being a mocker, and simpleminded (v.25)
  21. mistreating your father and chasing away your mother (v.26)
  22. not listening to instructions (v.27)
  23. being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice (v.28)
  24. having a mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil (v.28)
  25. not understanding that punishment is made for mockers are and the backs of fools are made to be beaten (v.29)

Review 

  1. Are you honest in all of your dealings?
  2. Have you ever notice that you have rush out so excited that you forget to get all of the information needed to complete the task?
  3. Does your hasty ways cause you to make a multitude of mistakes?
  4. Do you find that you are regularly angry with the LORD?
  5. Do you have your foolishness in check?
  6. How’s your relationship with your father and mother these days?
  7. How well do you listen to instructions?
  8. What is your Loyalty based on, honesty or dishonesty?
  9. Has your hot-tempered ways caused you to pay the penalty lately?
  10. Do you help the poor on a regular basis

Lesson #2: General observations that you just might want to consider

  • To acquire wisdom is to love yourself (v.8)
  • People who cherish understanding will prosper (v.8)
  • Keep your life by keeping the commandments (v.16)
  • When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you (v.17)
  • Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives (v.18)
  • Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life (v.20)
  • You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail (v.21)
  • Loyalty makes a person attractive (v.22)
  • Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm (v.23)

Enough Said!  1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  It is truly Prayer Time!