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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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What can God Do with Ordinary Men?

 

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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.

Benefits of Wisdom – Chap 2

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 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!

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

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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 20 – Steps Directed/Hidden Motives Exposed

Good morning everyone,  Bless the name of our Lord.  What a great day it is.  Well it’s the 20th day of the month, and we all should be studying and praying about chapter 20 of Proverbs.

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Theme: Director of our steps, and hidden motives exposed

In today’s study, verses 24 & 27  present  the Director of our steps and the light that penetrates our human spirit to expose every hidden motive.

Key Learning: Steps taken and motives behind actions key2success

Lesson #1: Motives behind the situations in this chapter:

  • Those being led astray by drink cannot be wise (v.1)
  • Your misguided motives that rouses the king’s anger (v.2)
  • The fools insistence on quarreling (v.3)
  • Those too lazy to plow in the right season (v.4)
  • The person with understanding knows how to draw out good advice (v.5)
  • Those who say they are loyal friends, why do they say it instead of just being a loyal friend? (v.6)
  • The godly who walk with integrity (v.7) (see post on integrity)
  • The ability of the king to distinguished the bad from the good (v.8)
  • Those who say, “I have cleansed my heart.” Are they really pure and free from sin? (v.9)
  • Those who use double standards of every kind, Why? (v.10)
  • Children are known by the way they act (v.11)
  • Those who love sleep and poverty (v.13)
  • The buyer who haggles and then says that the item Is worthless (v.14)
  • Why get security from one who guarantees a stranger’s debt (v.16)
  • Plans that succeed through good counsel (v.18) (see post on plans)
  • Why does a gossip go around telling secrets (v.19) (see post on gossip)
  • Why you should not hang around with chatterers (v.19)
  • Why your light will be snuffed out in total darkness (v.20)
  • Why obtaining an inheritance too early in life is not a blessing in the end (v.21)
  • Why you should not get even but wait for the LORD to handle the matter (v.22)
  • Why the LORD is not pleased by dishonest scales, he detest double standards! (v.23)
  • Why try to understand everything alone the way, when the LORD directs our steps? (v.24)
  • Why making rash promises to God traps you (v.25)
  • Why the wise king runs his threshing wheel over the wicked like wheat (v.26)
  • How the LORD’s light exposes every hidden motive (v.27)
  • How strength is the glory of the young (v.29)
  • How the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old (v.29)

Lesson #2: Misc. thoughts that you just might want to take heed to

  • Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies (v.15)
  • Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth (v.17)
  • Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love (v.28)
  • Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart (v.30)

We can fake each other out, but there is no faking the penetrating light of the All Seeing and All Powerful one who looks right through us into our inner man.

So for me I had to admit that my motives were not up to par and that I had the wrong motives in mind.  God’s light convicted me and I had to repent.

  Review

  1. Now consider that the LORD’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive, what do you think he sees in your life?
  2. How about you, as you read this chapter, are you questioning your motives?
  3. Are you looking at you or others?
  4. Is this something that you can use to improve your serve?

Please don’t look at the motives of others, you cannot do a thing about who they are nor can you force them to change.  You only have one that you can completely control, you!

Let’s pray now! The King is sitting in judgment, not me.  He is weighing all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. His penetrating light is searching for those hidden motives.

I am praying about the bad that is holding me back , and praising Him for the good that is producing the manifold(lots of)  blessings in my life.  Your Turn!

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It’s Prayer Time!

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!

Proverbs 8 – Wisdom’s Hearing

Today if you have been following the same path I have, then you should be studying and praying about Chapter 8 of Proverbs.

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The number 8 is significant biblically speaking, in that it represents New Beginning, it also means fence, enclosure, Inner Room, heart, private, and separate.

Let’s focus on new beginning, and heart or the inner room, were the real differences are made.

My prayer for you today is found in Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT) which states, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep your strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!”

As I prayed about and studied this chapter my focus was led to verse 8 so I will use it as the foundation to build on.  This verse states, “My advice is wholesome.  There is nothing devious or crooked in it.”

Theme:  Wisdom Calls for a Hearing 

Lesson #1: The Testimony of Wisdom

  • Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception (v.6, 7)
  • My advice is wholesome (v.8)
  • There is nothing devious or crooked in it (v.8)
  • My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge (v.9)
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold (v.10)
  • For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies (v.11)
  • Nothing you desire can compare with it (v.11)
  • I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment (v.12)
  • I know where to discover knowledge and discernment (v.12)
  • All who fear the LORD will hate evil (v.13)
  • Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech (v.13)
  • Common sense and success belong to me (v.14)
  • Insight and strength are mine (v.14)
  • Because of me, kings reign and rulers make just decrees (v.15)
  • Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments (v.16)
  • I love all who love me (v.17)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.)
  • I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice (v.18)
  • My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! (v.19)
  • I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice (v.20)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth (v.21)
  • I will fill their treasuries (v.21)
  • The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else (v.22)
  • I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began (v.23)
  • I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters (v.24)
  • Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born–before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil (v.25, 26)
  • I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans (v.27)
  • I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth (v.28)
  • I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries (v.29)
  • And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side (v.29, 30)
  • I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence (v.30)
  • And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family! (v.31)

Lesson #2:Expected Application   

  • Listen as Wisdom calls out! (v.1)
  • Hear as understanding raises her voice! (v.1)
  • Use good judgment (v.5)
  • Show some understanding (v.5)
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold (v.10)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.17)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth (v.21)
  • So listen to me my Children, for all who follow my ways are joyful (v.32)
  • Listen to my instruction and be wise (v.33)
  • Don’t ignore it (v.33)

Resolution:

Lesson #3: Positive outcome of Applying lesson #2

  • My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge (v.9)
  • All who fear the LORD will hate evil (v.13)
  • Common sense and success belong to me(Wisdom) (v.14)
  • Insight and strength are mine(Wisdom) (v.14)
  • Because of me(Wisdom), kings reign, and rulers make just decrees (v.15)
  • Rulers lead with my(Wisdom) help, and nobles make righteous judgments (v.16)
  • I love all who love me (v.17)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.17)
  • I(Wisdom) have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice (v.18)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth.  I will fill their treasuries (v.21)
  • All who follow my(Wisdom) ways are joyful (v.32)
  • Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! (v.34)
  • For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD (v.35)

Lesson #4: Negative outcome of not applying lesson #2

  • But those who miss me injure themselves (v.36)
  • All who hate me love death (v.36)

Lesson #5: 4 Reasons you should listen to Wisdom according to (verses 32-35)

  1. All who follow Wisdom’s ways are joyful
  2. If you will listen to Wisdom’s instruction then you will be wise. Don’t ignore Wisdom’s instruction
  3. Joyful are those who listen to Wisdom watching for her daily at her gates waiting for her outside her home!
  4. For whoever finds Wisdom finds life and receives favor from the LORD

Lastly, verse 36 states that, “those who miss me injure themselves.  All who hate me love death.”

Now that is enough to call all of us to prayer time.  I do not want to miss Wisdom and injure myself.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  Let’s Pray now!