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Wrestle

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!

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Acts Chapter 4

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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!

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 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!  

Proverbs Chapter 2 – The Benefits of Wisdom

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

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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)

Resolution 

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)uprooted_tree
  • 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

It’s Prayer Time My Friends!