- 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)
- Came with a single purpose of making David the king over all Israel
- 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
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!
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?
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.
Day 9 of the month, and time for chapter 9 of Proverbs. Today we are presented with the calls from Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly. Both are inviting us to come in and to partake of their feast.
Lesson #1: Who is invited to these banquets
- Everyone (v.3)
- The Simple (v.4)
- Those who lack good judgment (v.4)
- Those men going by who are minding their own business (v.15)
Lesson #2: A closer look at the Host of these banquets
Lady Wisdom offers:
- A great banquet, mixed wines (v.2)
- Solid advice for the ages (v.6 – 12)
Lady Folly offers:
- Brashness (v.13)
- Ignorance (v.13)
- Stolen water (v.17)
- Food eaten in secret (v.17)
- Association with the dead (v.18)
- A possible position in the grave (v.18)
Lesson #3: Expected Actions that obtain a positive resolution:
- Come in with me (v.4)
- Come, eat my food (v.5)
- Drink the wine I have mixed (v.5)
- Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live (v.6)
- Learn to use good judgment (v.6)
- So don’t bother correcting mockers (v.8)
- Correct the wise, and they will love you (v.8)
- Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser (v.9)
- Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more (v.9)
- Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom (v.10)
- Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment (v.10)
Lesson #4: Positive outcome of following Lesson #3
- Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life (v.11)
- If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit (v.12)
- When you rebuke a mocker you will get an insult in return (v.7)
- When you correct the wicked you will get hurt (v.7)
- If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer (v.12)
- You believe that stolen water is refreshing; and food eaten in secret tastes the best! (v.17)
- You don’t even know that the dead are at the banquet that Folly offers (v.18)
- You end up conversing with Folly’s banquet guest who are in the depths of the grave (v.18)
- Now let me ask you, who do you think has your best interest in mind?
- And who do you think offers the best advice?
- Which Banquet are you currently eating at? How is that working for you?
- Would you like your days multiply and have years added to your life? Or would you like to associate with those who are in the depths of the grave?
The choice is totally yours, you can become wise and benefit from it or scorn wisdom and suffer the consequences of your choice.
Lets pray for the right choice in choosing who we will listen to.
Amen does not go here, Amen comes after you gain the wisdom needed to multiply your days and add years to your life, then we say AMEN!
What a beautiful day to study the 3rd chapter of Proverbs. Good Morning!
Today the overarching theme of this chapter is: Trust
Today’s Theme verses are 3 and 4 which state, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Let’s define Trust, which is defined as: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability and strength, in this case that of the LORD’s.
Lesson #1 20 Actions that gain a Positive Resolution:
- Never forget the things I taught your (v.1)
- Store my commands in your heart (v.1)
- Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! (v.3) (see post on Loyalty)
- Tie loyalty and kindness around your neck as a reminder (v.3)
- Write them(loyalty & kindness) deep within your heart (v.3)
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart (v.5)
- Do not depend on your own understanding (v.5)
- Seek his will in all you do (v.6)
- Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom (v.7)
- Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil (v.7) (see post on fear the LORD)
- Honor the LORD with your wealth (v.9)
- Don’t reject the LORD’s discipline (v.11)
- Don’t be upset when he corrects you (v.11)
- Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment (v.21)
- Hang on to them(common sense and discernment) (v.21)
- Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them (v.27)
- If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” (v.28)
- Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you (v.29)
- Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm (v.30)
- Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways (v.31)
Lesson #2 The Positive Resolution
- If you do the above, you will live many years (v.3)
- Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation (v.4)
- Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones (v.8)
- Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine (v.10)
- The LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights (v.12)
- Joyful Is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding (v.13)
- Happy are those who hold Wisdom tightly (v.18)
- Common sense and discernment will refresh your soul (v.22)
- Common sense and discernment will keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble (v.23)
- You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly (v.24)
- You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security (v.25, 26)
- He(the LORD) will keep your foot from being caught in a trap (v.26)
- The LORD offers his friendship to the godly (v.32)
- The LORD blesses the home of the upright (v.33)
- The LORD is gracious to the humble (v.34)
- The wise inherit honor (v.35)
Lesson #3: The Negative effect!
- Wicked people are detestable to the LORD (v.32)
- The LORD curses the house of the wicked (v.33)
- The LORD mocks the mockers (v.34)
- Fools are put to shame! (v.35)
Lesson #4: Application – You can do this by taking heed to the following:
- It is so simple, the answer lies in your actions, to be clear there are 20 actions above that you can do that will get you on the correct path, if you so choose.
2. Of course it all depends on your relationship with the Father.
3. Start by working on your communication with Him, you know prayer!
- Have you tried listening to the LORD for a change?
- Are you interested in what He has to say about current events?
- Are you trying to get what’s in his hand, or are you working on really knowing Him?
- What type of relationship do you have with the LORD today? Loving, Friendly, Close, you know, or Distant.
- When was the last time you told Him that you love Him?
- Are you one who says, “You know I love you LORD!” What do your actions say?
Thank you LORD for direction in my life, and thank you for your help in choosing the correct path in my life! It is a pleasure to give you Praise for all you have done in my life.
Memory Verse: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” —Proverbs 3:5, 6
Today let us look at verse 2 of chapter 25 which states, “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.” Let’s focus on the words concealed things , and discover them.
Theme: Discover the things that were concealed by the LORD in His Word
Lesson #1: Define what it means to have privilege
First we must define privilege – prerogative, an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege: as (1) : one belonging to an office or an official body (2) : one belonging to a person, group, or class of individuals (3) : one possessed by a nation as an attribute of sovereignty
So having defined the word privilege you should note that you belong to a exclusive group if you have accepted the Lord Jesus as Lord. This group is call king’s kids (children of God) and you have the prerogative to discover things that God has concealed in His Word just for us.
Lesson #2: Concealed bits of wisdom within the Bible (v.2)
- the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the King’s mind (v.3)
- what it means to remove the wicked from the king’s court, and how justice will secure his reign (v.5)
- demanding an audience with the king or pushing for a place among the great (v.6)
- how it is better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace (v.7)
- why you shouldn’t rush off to court just because you’ve seen something (v.7, 8)
- how impossible it is to regain your good reputation when someone accuses you of being a gossip, because you betrayed another’s secret (v.9, 10)
- how timely advice is lovely, just like golden apples in a silver basket (v.11)
- how listening to valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry (v.12)
- how the spirit of the an employer is revive by a trustworthy messenger (v.13)
- how a person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain (v.14)
- how patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones (v.15)
- how eating too much honey can make you sick (v.16)
- how you can wear out your welcome by visiting your neighbors too often (v.17)
- how telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, or wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow (v.18)
- how putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot (v.19)
- what singing a cheerful song to a person with a heavy heart is like (v.20)
- how the LORD will reward you for giving your enemies food to eat when they are hungry and giving them water to drink when they are thirsty (v.21)
- how a gossiping tongue causes anger as surely as a north wind brings rain (v.23)
- how it is better for a man to live alone in the corner of an attic than it is to live with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home (v.24)
- How good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty (v.25)
- How a godly person who gives in to the wicked is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring (v.26)
- how seeking honors for yourself, is just like eating too much honey (v.27)
- How a person without self-control is like a city with broken down walls (v.28) (see self-control post)
Let us pray for guidance as we step into our privilege as children of God, and as we discover and act on the conceal things of God within this chapter.
http://bible.com/116/luk.11.3.nlt Give us each day the food we need,
God’s provision is daily, not all at once.
We cannot store it up and then cut off communication with God.
And we dare not be self-satisfied.
If you are running low on strength, ask yourself, “How long have I been away from the Source?”
*** Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 23 July 2015 ***
When my car needs gas I don’t just take it to any old gas station, I take it somewhere I know that I can depend on good quality gas, because I don’t want water in my tank.
When I need strength to climb over those obstacles that block my way, I go to the great source of fuel that will propel me over, under, around, and even through mere issues. To the manufacturer of the good stuff issues are what He loves to dissolve. The good stuff is tested and approved for these human vehicles. There is no knocking or pinging with this fuel. Jesus ran on this fuel for 3 years and he was able to perform like no other. Peter being full of this formula was able to motivate over 3000 people to change their brand and try his brand. Paul and Silas thrown in prison fill their tanks up with this formula and they rock the jail house to the point that the jailer said, “What can I do to be saved?” Fill me up Please!
How about you are you ready to change your brand, are you tired of your sluggish performance?
Do you find that your formula pings and knocks when you try to accelerate up those scary mountains.
What are you running on in your time of need, low tense or high tense the good stuff, you know God’s mercy, goodness, love, long suffering, and justice.
Have you been to God’s filling station to fill up on the strength that you need for today’s battles?