Spiritual Training

Spiritual Training X2

  • Stacks Image 19073

July 2 - Evening

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess
knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have
insight, I have power.

By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth."

- Proverbs 8:12-16

Wisdom Brings Prudence, Knowledge and Discretion to Your Game

Wisdom claims to:
  1. dwell with prudence (sensible behavior as in 1:4 and 8:5)
  2. possess knowledge (factual information that aligns with reality)
  3. possess discretion (execution of plans that have been thought through)

Wisdom’s capacity to lead a man in an intelligent life of safety and profitable production with sensible actions and the successful execution of well laid plans is in contrast to the aimless life tossed about by emotions, situations and the results of reckless decisions.

Three things are indicators that wisdom is NOT in the house:
  • Evil – which is doing things the way they were not intended to be done by the creator.
  • Pride – which is the exaltation of the ability of self rather than honoring of realistic potential and responsibility
  • Perverse Speech – is the talk that comes from a man who is promoting his own evil and pride.

If evil is contrary to God and pride is placing self above God then perverse speech is the philosophy of evil and arrogance.

To rule successfully, as to do anything successfully, a man will need wisdom because wisdom will give him counsel, sound judgment, insight and power to accomplish his purpose.
Eupeithes (Gr) – open to reason (Eng) – the Greek word eupeithes appears only one time in the NT. Eupeithes is used by James in James 3:17. Eupeithes is used by Plato to identify a person who obeys the laws. Josephus describes disciplined troops with eupeithes.

eupeithes does not mean blind obedience to commanding orders, because Philo uses eupeithes when he says, “press people gently if they are eupeitheis, roughly if they are stubborn.”

Plutarch writing in the days of the apostles and the early church used eupeitheis in this way:
“He showed such eupeithes and tolerance that is was never fear but his own honor that made him carry out orders.”

At the same time Epictetus said that a wise person who is in discussion
“acts like a brother respectful to others opinions, characterized by eupeithes, goodwill in speech.”

A note concerning a Roman edict from 49 AD reads:
“I am forwarding to you a copy of the letter from the lord prefect with the attached edict, so that when you have seen it you may eupeithes to it.”

The word
eupeithes that was used by James in 45 AD means not blind obedience or strict adherence to the law, but “open to reason” and “willing to be persuaded. Eupeithes is a willingness to accept logical suggestions and conform willingly to reasonable expectations. This meaning makes sense since “wisdom that comes from heaven is not illogical and blindly obedient, but eupeithes.

 “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive (eupeithes), full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
I will use factual information and think thoroughly through my plans before I act or make decisions. I will execute my plans successfully and behave sensibly.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text


Family friends and their children


Long for Christ's return

A Roman aqueduct at Caesarea used to supply fresh water to the New Testament city and to Herod's swimming pool in his palace on the Mediterranean Sea. (More details 1, 2)
The fulfillment of the Sin of the Amorites predicted to Abraham in Genesis 15:16 and the four generation cycle. From Galyn's book "Hope For America's Last Generation"
(Book details. Download book.)

Someone to Quote

"There are two principles of atheism:
one - there is no God, and
two - I hate Him!"

Something to Ponder

Roman roads still exist today. Mile marker stones still exist from 6 BC. The Roman road was nine to twelve feet wide and allowed two chariots to pass. Mile markers were placed to indicate distances, and eventually, maps were made that detailed routes, miles, towns, inns, mountains and rivers. During construction a trench was dug six to nine feet deep to form the road bed. Lime or sand was placed in this trench to create a level base. Four to five inch diameter stones were laid twelve to twenty-four inches deep. Then came nine to twelve inches of concrete. Several layers of rolled concrete covered this at the depth of twelve inches on the sides and eighteen inches in the middle to crown the road for drainage. The final layer was made up of blocks of stone six inches or more, fitted together in the final layer of wet concrete.

Here’s a Fact

(PART TWO) Archaeologists from Harvard excavated Samaria, the ancient capital of Israel. This excavation revealed the remains of a palace ... dated from the time of Ahab’s “Ivory Palace” mentioned in 1 Kings 22:37-39 and Amos 3:13-15....
One of the rooms of the palace stored objects of ivory and stone including small boxes, vials and containers. Some of the objects had been used for cosmetics and contained   small holes to hold substances such as kohl (used for black), turquoise (obviously, for green) and ochre (for red). There was a depression in the center of one of the cosmetic boxes to draw colors out of the smaller holes for mixing. 2 Kings 9:30 makes it clear that this is what Jezebel was doing in Jezreel the day she died. (Details 1, 2, 3.)


"Wisdom will save you from...(men) whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways."
- Proverbs 2:12,15

Coach’s Corner

The greatest miracle is salvation. The godliest spiritual manifestation is the transformed soul.

Jeremiah 17
New International Version (NIV)
“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,     inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts     and on the horns of their altars.

Even their children remember     their altars and Asherah poles[a] beside the spreading trees     and on the high hills.

My mountain in the land     and your[b] wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder,     together with your high places,     because of sin throughout your country.

Through your own fault you will lose     the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies     in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger,     and it will burn forever.”
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,     who draws strength from mere flesh     and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;     they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,     in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,     whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water     that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes;     its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought     and never fails to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things     and beyond cure.     Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart     and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,     according to what their deeds deserve.”
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay     are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them,     and in the end they will prove to be fools.
A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning,     is the place of our sanctuary.
Lord, you are the hope of Israel;     all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust     because they have forsaken the Lord,     the spring of living water.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;     save me and I will be saved,     for you are the one I praise.
They keep saying to me,     “Where is the word of the Lord?     Let it now be fulfilled!”
I have not run away from being your shepherd;     you know I have not desired the day of despair.     What passes my lips is open before you.
Do not be a terror to me;     you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
Let my persecutors be put to shame,     but keep me from shame; let them be terrified,     but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster;     destroy them with double destruction.
Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy
19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People,[c] through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem. 20 Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem who come through these gates. 21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. 23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline. 24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the Lord, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on it, 25 then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever. 26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’”
  1. Jeremiah 17:2 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
  2. Jeremiah 17:3 Or hills / and the mountains of the land. / Your
  3. Jeremiah 17:19 Or Army
2 Kings 3-4
New International Version (NIV)
Moab Revolts
Joram[a] son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.
Now Mesha king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs and the wool of a hundred thousand rams. But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”
“I will go with you,” he replied. “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
“By what route shall we attack?” he asked.
“Through the Desert of Edom,” he answered.
So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.
10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”
11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”
An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.
12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.”
14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.”
While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha
16 and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”
20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
21 Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border. 22 When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red—like blood. 23 “That’s blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and slaughtered each other. Now to the plunder, Moab!”
24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 They destroyed the towns, and each man threw a stone on every good field until it was covered. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left with its stones in place, but men armed with slings surrounded it and attacked it.
26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they failed. 27 Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land.
The Widow’s Olive Oil
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
The Shunammite’s Son Restored to Life
One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’”
She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”
14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked.
Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”
15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”
“No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”
17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”
His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.
22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”
23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”
“That’s all right,” she said.
24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.
When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite!
26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’”
“Everything is all right,” she said.
27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”
28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”
29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”
30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.
31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”
32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.
Death in the Pot
38 Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.”
39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
Feeding of a Hundred
42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
43 “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.
But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’”
44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
  1. 2 Kings 3:1 Hebrew Jehoram, a variant of Joram; also in verse 6
  2. 2 Kings 3:11 That is, he was Elijah’s personal servant.
2 Chronicles 32:1-5
New International Version (NIV)
Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
32 After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to wage war against Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. They gathered a large group of people who blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?” they said. Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields.

2 Chronicles 32:30
New International Version (NIV)
30 It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook.

Reps & Sets     Today's Workout   |   Locker Room   |   Coach Wiemers   |   Radio   |   Donate   |   Contact