Wages

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Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
“There is a great divide between the poor and the rich, in which greed will never supply a proper solution of enlightenment.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Entitlement

Becoming rich is a good thing, but typically ends up in tragedy because you can lose your first love in God.  It is required that the rich take great care of the poor, working class, and helpless.  We are not doing such a great job at this!  Choose the best options for all parties involved and let the love of God reign in your decision process.

Big Business

Big business has enslaved the working class, minimized small towns, and small business because they have monopolized the system, corrupted the ways of good economic policies, and paid their friends to look the other way.  God sees it all and will repay the rich who practice these crooked policies, since we all will die, soon to account for our lifestyles.

Big Brother

There is this huge wedge between resources, common sense spending, an absolute waste of manpower, and time when we look at all aspects of functions in our cultures.  We build things like Pharaoh in the story of The Ten Commandment and we control the housing market like Mr. Potter in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life.  These clear examples of evil thinking should aid in finding truthful, honest, solutions for humanity.
Today’s Question
Did you keep, steal, or hide your brother’s wallet, wages, or saving because of your schemes, price gouging, with inferior services, products, and solutions?
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2 Chronicles 14

Early Years of Asa’s Reign

14 [a]When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years. [b]Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. He removed the foreign altars and the pagan shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands.Asa also removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah’s towns. So Asa’s kingdom enjoyed a period of peace. During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for the Lord was giving him rest from his enemies.
Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion.
King Asa had an army of 300,000 warriors from the tribe of Judah, armed with large shields and spears. He also had an army of 280,000 warriors from the tribe of Benjamin, armed with small shields and bows. Both armies were composed of well-trained fighting men.
Once an Ethiopian[c] named Zerah attacked Judah with an army of 1,000,000 men[d] and 300 chariots. They advanced to the town of Mareshah, 10 so Asa deployed his armies for battle in the valley north of Mareshah.[e] 11 Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”
12 So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians[f] in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled. 13 Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar, and so many Ethiopians fell that they were unable to rally. They were destroyed by the Lord and his army, and the army of Judah carried off a vast amount of plunder.
14 While they were at Gerar, they attacked all the towns in that area, and terror from the Lordcame upon the people there. As a result, a vast amount of plunder was taken from these towns, too. 15 They also attacked the camps of herdsmen and captured many sheep, goats, and camels before finally returning to Jerusalem.
Love,
Jonathan

Rude

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“There is no need to be rude or impatient, especially when God and His people are trying to help you out with understanding the things about work, life, family, love, and eternity.” ~ Jon Barnes

Much

There is plenty of missing pieces with communication when people are so busy doing too many jobs and not one job with excellence.  Time and attention of the working class are stretched into too many directions to focus on efficiency, resource management, and quality.  Find a way to maximize the energy and talent that you have for God.

Is

It IS time to rethink, recalibrate, and rewire our energy into making things better for the good of all and not just our own selfish ideas.  Listening, explaining, and asking good questions will help us all to learn how to treat each other better in the best or worst of times. God’s wisdom teaches us how to rethink and not be rude.

Required 

You are required to be kind at all times to show the love of God and the Power of wisdom in your thinking, actions, and solutions you choose.  The best communication, answers, and knowledge will come from God when you humble yourself, pray, and ask Him for leadership, guidance, and love. Relax and let God’s Power do the work for the kingdom, which is full of His Glory.
Today’s Question
Are you treating people like slaves with your negative attitude, lacking focus, love, and honest fairness or is life about your own glory?
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2 Chronicles 13 

Abijah’s War with Jeroboam

13 Abijah began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah,[a] the daughter of Uriel from Gibeah.
Then war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam. Judah, led by King Abijah, fielded 400,000 select warriors, while Jeroboam mustered 800,000 select troops from Israel.
When the army of Judah arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and shouted to Jeroboam and all Israel: “Listen to me! Don’t you realize that the Lord, the God of Israel, made a lasting covenant[b] with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever? Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a mere servant of David’s son Solomon, rebelled against his master. Then a whole gang of scoundrels joined him, defying Solomon’s son Rehoboam when he was young and inexperienced and could not stand up to them.
“Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the Lord that is led by the descendants of David? You may have a vast army, and you have those gold calves that Jeroboam made as your gods. But you have chased away the priests of the Lord (the descendants of Aaron) and the Levites, and you have appointed your own priests, just like the pagan nations. You let anyone become a priest these days! Whoever comes to be dedicated with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of these so-called gods of yours!
10 “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not abandoned him. Only the descendants of Aaron serve the Lord as priests, and the Levites alone may help them in their work. 11 They present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the Lord every morning and evening. They place the Bread of the Presence on the holy table, and they light the gold lampstand every evening. We are following the instructions of the Lord our God, but you have abandoned him. 12 So you see, God is with us. He is our leader. His priests blow their trumpets and lead us into battle against you. O people of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed!”
13 Meanwhile, Jeroboam had secretly sent part of his army around behind the men of Judah to ambush them. 14 When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear, they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priests blew the trumpets, 15 and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of their battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel and routed them before Abijah and the army of Judah.
16 The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat.17 Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day. 18 So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 19 Abijah and his army pursued Jeroboam’s troops and captured some of his towns, including Bethel, Jeshanah, and Ephron, along with their surrounding villages.
20 So Jeroboam of Israel never regained his power during Abijah’s lifetime, and finally the Lord struck him down and he died. 21 Meanwhile, Abijah of Judah grew more and more powerful. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22 The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including his words and deeds, are recorded in The Commentary of Iddo the Prophet.
Love,
Jonathan

 

Denial

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Today’s Quote
“Deny the foolishness of this world and embrace the love of God in your heart and your mind will sing praises of repentance, contentment, and actions of learning, language, and lifestyle, acceptable to Jesus.” ~ Jon Barnes

Certification

Christ is the author of your teaching credentials with your life of love, hope, and giving to people who can not pay you back.  Starting with your family and expanding to others around you, shine the preparation of service, God has developed in you.  Your gift and purpose will be obvious, since you are good at it. 

Documentation

Many will have fake documentation by pretending to be about God’s business, but in secret, they are evil and selfish.  Motivate your heart to follow God’s path and your mind will follow your love for God!  Your soul will be happy you did.

Cancellation

Rejection will be the reality of many who got lost in their own scams and schemes of witty, selfishness, laziness, and personal plans of stealing God’s substance for their own gain. The devil will use God’s Words, greed and lust to confuse and entrap many into the world of sin and corruption, denying Christ and accepting the heat of fate.
Today’s Question
Are you a certified fool or did God certify your name in His Book of Life?
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2 Chronicles 12 

Egypt Invades Judah

12 But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed him in this sin. Because they were unfaithful to the Lord, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign.He came with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horses,[a] and a countless army of foot soldiers, including Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.[b] Shishak conquered Judah’s fortified towns and then advanced to attack Jerusalem.
The prophet Shemaiah then met with Rehoboam and Judah’s leaders, who had all fled to Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah told them, “This is what the Lord says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.”
Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is right in doing this to us!”
When the Lord saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem. But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.”
So King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem. He ransacked the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. 10 King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace. 11 Whenever the king went to the Temple of the Lord, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.12 Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger was turned away, and he did not destroy him completely. There were still some good things in the land of Judah.

Summary of Rehoboam’s Reign

13 King Rehoboam firmly established himself in Jerusalem and continued to rule. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah, a woman from Ammon. 14 But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the Lord with all his heart.
15 The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Shemaiah the Prophet and The Record of Iddo the Seer, which are part of the genealogical record. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other.16 When Rehoboam died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Abijah became the next king.
Love,
Jonathan

Deliberate

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Deliberate love and respect for God and people will fuel your growth in wisdom, song, art, and faith with honesty, integrity, and good work.” ~ Jon Barnes

Fit

You will fit into your environment and bring positive infusion of hope, charity, and purpose, as you enjoy the path set before you.  The challenges that it brings will be overcome by the wisdom of God, given to you by deliberate, studies, meditation, prayer, thanksgiving, and focus.

Misrepresentation

Giving attention to the steps of wisdom will keep you from falling into the self-indulgence of disobedience, idolatry, lust, and sin, which is a direct misrepresentation of God’s Truth.  The heart of God rebukes such misrepresentation and will expose the lies, cheating, and scams of people.

Omission

Leaving out pieces of the truth in what God represents will find you on a deliberate course straight to hell, without bottle water to quench your thirst.  Foolishness follows the corrupt and death follows those who denied Christ Lordship of All.
Today’s Question
Where do you fit in and are you misrepresenting God’s Word?
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2 Chronicles 11 

Shemaiah’s Prophecy

11 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the men of Judah and Benjamin—180,000 select troops—to fight against Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself.
But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the man of God, “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the Lord and did not fight against Jeroboam.

Rehoboam Fortifies Judah

Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and fortified various towns for the defense of Judah. He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These became the fortified towns of Judah and Benjamin. 11 Rehoboam strengthened their defenses and stationed commanders in them, and he stored supplies of food, olive oil, and wine. 12 He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control.
13 But all the priests and Levites living among the northern tribes of Israel sided with Rehoboam. 14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and moved to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons would not allow them to serve the Lord as priests. 15 Jeroboam appointed his own priests to serve at the pagan shrines, where they worshiped the goat and calf idols he had made. 16 From all the tribes of Israel, those who sincerely wanted to worship the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem, where they could offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 17 This strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they supported Rehoboam son of Solomon, for during those years they faithfully followed in the footsteps of David and Solomon.

Rehoboam’s Family

18 Rehoboam married his cousin Mahalath, the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab son of Jesse. 19 Mahalath had three sons—Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.
20 Later Rehoboam married another cousin, Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. Maacah gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 Rehoboam loved Maacah more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and they gave birth to twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22 Rehoboam appointed Maacah’s son Abijah as leader among the princes, making it clear that he would be the next king. 23 Rehoboam also wisely gave responsibilities to his other sons and stationed some of them in the fortified towns throughout the land of Judah and Benjamin. He provided them with generous provisions, and he found many wives for them.
Love,
Jonathan

Uncovered

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Today’s Quote
“We tend to strategically hide from ourselves and God by covering up the truth with small lies and hidden personal motives to feed our lust, greed, and ambitions.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Class

Sign up for self help classes with Jesus and enjoy helping out your local church, schools, and working environments to practice your new skills of love.  It is a personal one on one class that connects all of the people you meet and how you interact with them. Start Today, its free, but it cost love and honest integrity!!

Self 

Individually, you get to enjoy personal daily reading sessions about what The Love of God is and how it applies to your life and others.  Step by step examples of stories from the bible will help you reach out to God and understand His Ways, Will, and Plan for your life. Be positive!

Help

Asking for help is easy with the Lord’s Prayer as a daily model and guide to uncover the unknown problems that are in your heart and the light of God will shine in the solutions.  Jesus will provide fresh help each day, which keeps a smile on your face and a happy healthy, positive, spiritual heart beating.
Today’s Question
Do you want to uncover your mess and let God teach you each day or will you crash and burn with your personal conspiracy?
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2 Chronicles 10 

The Northern Tribes Revolt

10 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon. The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and all Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.”
Rehoboam replied, “Come back in three days for my answer.” So the people went away.
Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?”
The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. “What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?”
10 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11 Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’”
12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam’s decision, just as the king had ordered. 13 But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors 14 and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, “My father laid[a] heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!”
15 So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of God, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.
16 When all Israel realized[b] that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded,
“Down with the dynasty of David!
    We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
Back to your homes, O Israel!
    Look out for your own house, O David!”
So all the people of Israel returned home. 17 But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.
18 King Rehoboam sent Adoniram,[c] who was in charge of forced labor, to restore order, but the people of Israel stoned him to death. When this news reached King Rehoboam, he quickly jumped into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. 19 And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David.
Love,
Jonathan

 

Deliverance Today

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The biggest miracle you’ll ever get from God is your salvation and being delivered from your selfish ideas about life and love.” ~ Jon Barnes

Knock

Your active sin closes doors and prevents new miracles from happening in you life because of your self inflicted, poisonous behavior, and lack of Love.  When you are not shining light, you are casting darkness.  Either your light is on or you have none.  Knock on the door and ask God for the light and don’t let it burn out.

Seek 

Seeking the light is like keeping your electricity on by working and paying your bills.  If you don’t work, your light gets turned off, with eviction, and you become homeless.  Being homeless without God is like being homeless on the street, spiritually and physically. 

Open

When you refuse to knock, seek, and follow God, the door will not be open for you to enter and walk with God.  Hiding or ignoring God will not help your salvation or deliverance needs either.  We all need Jesus to open the door to the Gates of Heaven to deliver us from evil, because God’s Will, TRUMPS your will.
Today’s Questions
How long have your selfish ideas ruled your lifestyle and do you want Deliverance Today, since tomorrow may never come?
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2 Chronicles 9 

Visit of the Queen of Sheba

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind. Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built, she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings[a]Solomon made at the Temple of the Lord.
She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements[b]and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told. How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom! Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”
Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds[c] of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 (In addition, the crews of Hiram and Solomon brought gold from Ophir, and they also brought red sandalwood[d] and precious jewels. 11 The king used the sandalwood to make steps[e] for the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and to construct lyres and harps for the musicians. Never before had such beautiful things been seen in Judah.)
12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for—gifts of greater value than the gifts she had given him. Then she and all her attendants returned to their own land.

Solomon’s Wealth and Splendor

13 Each year Solomon received about 25 tons[f] of gold. 14 This did not include the additional revenue he received from merchants and traders. All the kings of Arabia and the governors of the provinces also brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 15 pounds.[g] 16 He also made 300 smaller shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 7 1⁄2 pounds.[h] The king placed these shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
17 Then the king made a huge throne, decorated with ivory and overlaid with pure gold. 18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, and the figure of a lion stood on each side of the throne. 19 There were also twelve other lions, one standing on each end of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!
20 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!
21 The king had a fleet of trading ships of Tarshish manned by the sailors sent by Hiram.[i]Once every three years the ships returned, loaded with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.[j]
22 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth. 23 Kings from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him. 24 Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots, and he had 12,000 horses.[k] He stationed some of them in the chariot cities, and some near him in Jerusalem. 26 He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates River[l] in the north to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt in the south. 27 The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.[m] 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt[n] and many other countries.

Summary of Solomon’s Reign

29 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, and also in The Visions of Iddo the Seer, concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat. 30 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years. 31 When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.
Love, 
Jonathan

Attached

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Ideas, time, talent, and intelligence means nothing, when there is no good fruit attached to the actions there of.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Attachment

Attachment disorder is the act of being detached from God and doing whatever you think is clever.  This self-proclaimed idea and belief that God should be ignored or does not exist is in the darkness of the abyss.  It comes from nowhere and to hell, these ideas and followers will go.  Understand that your disorder of sinfulness has a permanent resting place in fire and brimstone with an eternal attachment clause.

Attach

Re-attach yourself to God so that He can heal you from your wicked ideas and self-destructive behavior.  Your negative vibrations have disconnected you from the reality of God’s Truth with your life attached to sickness and unhealthy things.  Be Strong in the Lord to Keep your path vibrating like a champion in Love.  Your positive vibe will be uplifting.

Attaches

God attaches to those who love and follow Him.  God is everywhere, but His presence is not attached to evil things.  We all see good and evil all around us, yet good people will find good things to do with their time.  Attach who you are to what you do, singing with Joy and Gladness unto the LORD! Otherwise, don’t do it.
Today’s Question
Are your ears detached from God’s voice and loving instructions?
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2 Chronicles 13 

Abijah’s War with Jeroboam

13 Abijah began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah,[a] the daughter of Uriel from Gibeah.
Then war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam. Judah, led by King Abijah, fielded 400,000 select warriors, while Jeroboam mustered 800,000 select troops from Israel.
When the army of Judah arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and shouted to Jeroboam and all Israel: “Listen to me! Don’t you realize that the Lord, the God of Israel, made a lasting covenant[b] with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever? Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a mere servant of David’s son Solomon, rebelled against his master. Then a whole gang of scoundrels joined him, defying Solomon’s son Rehoboam when he was young and inexperienced and could not stand up to them.
“Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the Lord that is led by the descendants of David? You may have a vast army, and you have those gold calves that Jeroboam made as your gods. But you have chased away the priests of the Lord (the descendants of Aaron) and the Levites, and you have appointed your own priests, just like the pagan nations. You let anyone become a priest these days! Whoever comes to be dedicated with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of these so-called gods of yours!
10 “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not abandoned him. Only the descendants of Aaron serve the Lord as priests, and the Levites alone may help them in their work. 11 They present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the Lord every morning and evening. They place the Bread of the Presence on the holy table, and they light the gold lampstand every evening. We are following the instructions of the Lord our God, but you have abandoned him. 12 So you see, God is with us. He is our leader. His priests blow their trumpets and lead us into battle against you. O people of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed!”
13 Meanwhile, Jeroboam had secretly sent part of his army around behind the men of Judah to ambush them. 14 When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear, they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priests blew the trumpets, 15 and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of their battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel and routed them before Abijah and the army of Judah.
16 The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat.17 Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day. 18 So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 19 Abijah and his army pursued Jeroboam’s troops and captured some of his towns, including Bethel, Jeshanah, and Ephron, along with their surrounding villages.
20 So Jeroboam of Israel never regained his power during Abijah’s lifetime, and finally the Lord struck him down and he died. 21 Meanwhile, Abijah of Judah grew more and more powerful. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22 The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including his words and deeds, are recorded in The Commentary of Iddo the Prophet.
Love,
Jonathan