- 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 take on 100 regular troops (12:14)
- leader perhaps a captain
- The strongest could take on 1000 regular troops (12:14)
- 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, death, sickness, depression, hopelessness, discouragement, desertion, 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!
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold
- 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”
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.
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- 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.
The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Proverbs 20:7
People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed Pr. 10:9
The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity Pr. 11:20
The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them Pr. 20:7
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity
For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it Pr. 2:21
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked Pr. 10:29
- 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 (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.”
- 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)
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 you 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)
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)
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”
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!
- 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
Proverbs 18:12 – Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor
Proverbs 11:2 – Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom
Proverbs 15:33 – Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom, humility precedes honor
Proverbs 22:4 – True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Proverbs 29:23 – Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor
- Do you choose a good reputation rather than take short cuts to gain great riches?
- Is silver and gold more important to you than being held in high esteem?
- Are you a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions?
- Are you one who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences?
- Are you aware that true humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
- Which are you borrower or lender? The answer tells whether you are servant or master.
- Are you truly generous and do you feed the poor?
- Do you notice that fighting, quarrels and insults tend to follow you around?
- Do you really love having a pure heart and gracious speech?
- Are you getting ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich?
- 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.