“A shattered mirror is no longer useful, so leave the pieces and get a new one.”~TB
There will be times in your life where things implode. This could be in the form of family, friends, work, etc. In the moment, it will sting, but before you jump to conclusions, let the dust settle.
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God’s plan is to free us from bondage and restore our relationship with Him. He will implode circumstances that we need to be ripped out of because He knows we would not willingly leave otherwise. Don’t despair as the shrapnel from the fallout is no longer useful to you.
The broken pieces of the implosion are the image we hide behind to avoid working on our issues. We hide in an effort to conceal our shortcomings while appearing to not have struggles. This facade helps no one as a false testimony is useless. Leave the pieces behind, so that Christ can heal your wounds, freeing you to be who He intended you to be.
Are you done with your false image?
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1To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
2The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
3Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.
4A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
5The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.
7The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
8A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.
9Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.
14Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
16A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
17An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
23The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.
24Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
25Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
26The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
27Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death
“Stop focusing on what you’re not and rejoice in who you are.”~TB
Many of you are operating on false feedback loops that are hindering your growth with God. At some point in your life, someone made you feel inferior, or less than. This feeling of lack, this deficit, it is a lie. Yes, as humans, we are flawed beings. However, as children of God, we are wonderfully made and forgiven, with our own individual purpose and gifts, hand-picked by our Father in Heaven. No man can deny what God has given you. No evil can speak truths about your worth. If you’re feeling weak, less than, or not good enough, know that these are not proclamations from God. Ditch your negative mentalities as you are free in Christ.
With God, you are part of something more wonderful and more precious than any amount of riches this world contains. Through Him, you are greater than your mistakes, greater than your shortcomings, and greater than any obstacle the devil may throw your way. Knowing these important truths– which are reinforced through the reading of the Bible– you can clearly see what the opposition so desperately tries to hide from you: you are free! Who told you to live in misery, anguish, and fear? Friends, surely it was not from God. Consider the source of mindset! When you fill your thoughts and minds with the Word of God, the truth takes over the falsehoods, allowing you to see how great you truly are. Step out into your greatness.
Are you great or are you experiencing an operator error?
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1O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help!
2Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
3Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.
4Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.
5Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it. But I pray constantly against the wicked and their deeds.
6When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff, the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.
7Like rocks brought up by a plow, the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.
8I look to you for help, O Sovereign LORD . You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me.
9Keep me from the traps they have set for me, from the snares of those who do wrong.
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, but let me escape.
“The big picture of God becomes more into focus as we yield to the Will of God to see His face in all things honest, wonderful, and lovely.”~Jon Barnes
You can now see that God created all things seen and unseen.He knows and provides for all that exists, living or dead in all states of matter, antimatter, or being.Nothing is stronger, faster, better, safer, bigger, smaller, or smarter than God.Obviously, you cannot see God or understand His ways if you are a sinner trapped in the web of the devil.
When you are wrapped in satan’s spider web, you have become food for the wicked and your lifestyle and choices will service evil doings.Your will for your life is what the spider uses to entrap you with your own devices and evil plots.You are the spider spinning your own webs and traps by choice.Pray that God delivers you from your wicked heart.
Face yourself in the mirror and repent from your wickedness and foolish behavior.God will honor your honesty, faith, and work as a disciple of Christ.If you are not a true disciple of Christ, you will be destroyed by fire forever.
Can you see the Big Picture and where you will go forever?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. 5 For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. 14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. 18 Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
“Dear God and people, please forgive me of all the sin I have done in my life to cause hurt, pain, suffering, and unnecessary anguish onto others, knowingly, willingly, and unknowingly and Please help me to stay on track with the Commandments in the Bible.”~Jon Barnes
Pretending to do good works with altered selfish motives of evil and greed can be detected by God.For show, many will look the part to fool people, but God cannot be fooled.For sure, your lies and fake repentance will burn you up in the end, spiritually, physically, and literally.Do not lie to God with fake, false, and phony prayers, of heartless intentions.
Allow God to teach you how to pray and work from your secret closet, so that your blessings will be noticed from the Hand of God and not your hands.Consistently meet and use your prayer closet of repentance, worship, and meditation for learning, reading, counseling, and wisdom to stay connected to God and not your own self-righteous, manmade image.People will automatically know that God honors and answers your prayers, based on the trail of blessing you leave behind in your walk with God.
Your prayers, faith, and work will be taken seriously, based on the honest integrity of your obedience and not your cunning abilities to paint half-truths with white lies, deception, and ambiguity.Your prayers, language, and actions should be direct, genuine, to the point with few words, so that you minimize the risk of lying and vain babbling.Repent and spread the Word of Faith in your daily practice in life’s journey.
Are you still pretending in your repentance, faith, charity, love, and thanksgiving, only to be publicly seen and heard by people and not God?
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The Lord’s Challenge Continues
41 [a]“Can you catch Leviathan[b] with a hook or put a noose around its jaw? 2 Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike? 3 Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity? 4 Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life? 5 Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with? 6 Will merchants try to buy it to sell it in their shops? 7 Will its hide be hurt by spears or its head by a harpoon? 8 If you lay a hand on it, you will certainly remember the battle that follows. You won’t try that again! 9 [c]No, it is useless to try to capture it. The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down. 10 And since no one dares to disturb it, who then can stand up to me? 11 Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.
12 “I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs and its enormous strength and graceful form. 13 Who can strip off its hide, and who can penetrate its double layer of armor?[d] 14 Who could pry open its jaws? For its teeth are terrible! 15 The scales on its back are like[e] rows of shields tightly sealed together. 16 They are so close together that no air can get between them. 17 Each scale sticks tight to the next. They interlock and cannot be penetrated.
18 “When it sneezes, it flashes light! Its eyes are like the red of dawn. 19 Lightning leaps from its mouth; flames of fire flash out. 20 Smoke streams from its nostrils like steam from a pot heated over burning rushes. 21 Its breath would kindle coals, for flames shoot from its mouth.
22 “The tremendous strength in Leviathan’s neck strikes terror wherever it goes. 23 Its flesh is hard and firm and cannot be penetrated. 24 Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a millstone. 25 When it rises, the mighty are afraid, gripped by terror. 26 No sword can stop it, no spear, dart, or javelin. 27 Iron is nothing but straw to that creature, and bronze is like rotten wood. 28 Arrows cannot make it flee. Stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass. 29 Clubs are like a blade of grass, and it laughs at the swish of javelins. 30 Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass. It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud.
31 “Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion. It stirs the depths like a pot of ointment. 32 The water glistens in its wake, making the sea look white. 33 Nothing on earth is its equal, no other creature so fearless. 34 Of all the creatures, it is the proudest. It is the king of beasts.”
“The sounds of silent vibrations hold the true meanings of your intentions to let God know who you really are in Him and they account for your existence, destiny before, during, and after time, space, and age of ages.”~Jon Barnes
I feel that you cannot comprehend what God is saying unless you allow Him to teach you all things.If not, you will read and know God’s words and works, but you will still be evil and not comprehend Good.If not, you will hear, understand and know that good new but you will adamantly reject God’s Truth and replace it with your own truth.I feel there is hope if you do the listening and work of faith in love, by talking less.
Who you are vibrates in the continuous loop of time, space, matter, math, and logic to God in His Own Language of Wisdom that surpasses any understanding, as you are without excuse for knowing and understanding who God is!Your foolishness consumes and destroys your own soul with your own actions of vibrations before you speak a word or do work.Follow God’s vibrations of love and light from His Word and you will be the salt of the earth, singing and living with joy.
Become and develop your true vibrations in God before the devil steals them from you, based on your acceptance to the team of evil.Resist the temptation of disobedience, sin, and mayhem.Become the Child in Christ with your consent and constant deeds of repentance, acceptance, work, and faith in God that vibrates your name into the Book of Life, with the Blood of Christ in ink.
Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life or did your vibrations erase your name from God’s true destination for your soul?
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Elihu Presents His Case against Job
33 “Listen to my words, Job; pay attention to what I have to say. 2 Now that I have begun to speak, let me continue. 3 I speak with all sincerity; I speak the truth. 4 For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 5 Answer me, if you can; make your case and take your stand. 6 Look, you and I both belong to God. I, too, was formed from clay. 7 So you don’t need to be afraid of me. I won’t come down hard on you.
8 “You have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard your very words. 9 You said, ‘I am pure; I am without sin; I am innocent; I have no guilt. 10 God is picking a quarrel with me, and he considers me his enemy. 11 He puts my feet in the stocks and watches my every move.’
12 “But you are wrong, and I will show you why. For God is greater than any human being. 13 So why are you bringing a charge against him? Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints? 14 For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. 15 He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. 16 He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. 17 He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. 18 He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.
19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones. 20 They lose their appetite for even the most delicious food. 21 Their flesh wastes away, and their bones stick out. 22 They are at death’s door; the angels of death wait for them.
23 “But if an angel from heaven appears— a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright— 24 he will be gracious and say, ‘Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.’ 25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s, firm and youthful again. 26 When he prays to God, he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him to good standing. 27 He will declare to his friends, ‘I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it.[a] 28 God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light.’
29 “Yes, God does these things again and again for people. 30 He rescues them from the grave so they may enjoy the light of life. 31 Mark this well, Job. Listen to me, for I have more to say. 32 But if you have anything to say, go ahead. Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified. 33 But if not, then listen to me. Keep silent and I will teach you wisdom!”
“Get your own Priority P. O. Box with God so that you can get your mail, messages, and packages in a timely fashion, in the best professional way, without delay.”~Jon Barnes
God delivers expediently, efficiently, and successfully all of the time, you we are often to lazy, cheap, and slow to go to the Spiritual Post Office to pick up messages, packages, shipments, and other correspondence to do a great job.We expect God to do everything, as if He is our Master/Slave! Unopened mail and packages will be stamped, Returned to Sender.
Prioritize your actions of faith by completing each simple step and accomplishing the delivery of your goals in Christ.Stop making excuses and just do it.You pay for the extra postage from your personal savings. God’s Postal Service is the only one that sends messages to Heaven to get your eternal PassPort, Connection, and Instructions from God. This is your top priority.
Stop holding and hoarding junk mail and trash in your house and P.O. Box so that you can get and respond to the message, information, and packages God is sending you.Clarify your steps with organization, purpose, planning, and understanding. Many will not pick up the mail, innovations, and packages because of unbelief, hypocrisy, and wicked behavior.
Did you run out of Spiritual Stamps or Postal Services that connects you to God and His message of Truth, Repentance, Justice, and Obedience or are you using the carrier from hell to deliver your fate, packages, and soul?
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Bildad’s Second Response to Job
18 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long before you stop talking? Speak sense if you want us to answer! 3 Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are stupid? 4 You may tear out your hair in anger, but will that destroy the earth? Will it make the rocks tremble?
5 “Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. The sparks of their fire will not glow. 6 The light in their tent will grow dark. The lamp hanging above them will be quenched. 7 The confident stride of the wicked will be shortened. Their own schemes will be their downfall. 8 The wicked walk into a net. They fall into a pit. 9 A trap grabs them by the heel. A snare holds them tight. 10 A noose lies hidden on the ground. A rope is stretched across their path.
11 “Terrors surround the wicked and trouble them at every step. 12 Hunger depletes their strength, and calamity waits for them to stumble. 13 Disease eats their skin; death devours their limbs. 14 They are torn from the security of their homes and are brought down to the king of terrors. 15 The homes of the wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses. 16 Their roots will dry up, and their branches will wither. 17 All memory of their existence will fade from the earth; no one will remember their names. 18 They will be thrust from light into darkness, driven from the world. 19 They will have neither children nor grandchildren, nor any survivor in the place where they lived. 20 People in the west are appalled at their fate; people in the east are horrified. 21 They will say, ‘This was the home of a wicked person, the place of one who rejected God.’”
“Doing more work for God with the resources that you have, while being obedient, is eternal contentment for the Soul, Spirit, and Love of God with great respect and reverence.”~ Jon Barnes
It is music to my ears when God smiles at what I’m thinking, doing, saying, eating, wearing, and working on.I don’t need a title, pat on the back, or recognition, but when it comes, I’ll be thankful just the same.People will also call you out and thank you for the amazing work that you do, just as others will lie on you and ignore your great work.Count it all as joy and keep singing your music to God. He can Hear You before you make a sound!
Making a difference in the lives of people, family, and yourself is a challenge, yet God makes it seem effortless when you follow His Flight Plan.The Angels of Air Traffic Control will assist you in takeoffs and landings with all of your travels.God’s Heavenly Planes do not Crash, Delay, Stall or Run out of Fuel.Keep your Flight Plan to make your life more enjoyable and easier and shine with God’s Speed that is Effortless.
When I began to use my own money and time for my own ministry of help, my life started to make some sense.It took me a long time to figure this out, writing books, making CDs, and sharing them in many ways.My motives became more effortless and fruitful with giving, sharing, and caring along with the balance of buying, selling, and making because God is the center of my focus.
Are you using God’s model for ministry from the Bible with wisdom, simplicity, and honor or is your bank account the center of your attention?
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11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated? 3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock? 4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’ 5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you 6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.
7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
10 “If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him? 11 Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? 12 But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.[a]
13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. 17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. 18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”
“Reading a chapter in the Bible for story content, wisdom, and comprehension with love each day is better than memorizing things you do not believe or understand.”~Jon Barnes
You don’t get credit for reading and doing the work that is required of all of us who follow Jesus Christ if you are a hypocrite. Your parents cannot save you.Faking the truth, making up Bible stories, and doing whatever comes to mind will not get you into heaven.
Progress is consistent and seemingly slow to the successful student who is steady but crosses the finish line to finish life’s race.The honest work that is put into the Kingdom of God is rewarded, as a true believer walking in the faith and through the Pearly Gates.Money is not the definition of success, nor does it have value in Heaven.
Enjoy the benefits of doing your homework over the years, since you will have solutions to problems that will arise in your life. Hypocrites live fake lifestyles with the devil.Bless God for training you and giving you the capacity to follow after righteousness. Doing the good work and exercising your faith with love, is a job well done.
How do you reason with people, family, and enemies void of biblical truth, comprehension, and love or do you just waste your time arguing with them?
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2 On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.2 And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
“I wear a wooden cross given to me by two Russian Missionaries, working and preaching at a local church in New Mexico, because it is a symbol of the good work that I’m doing with Music in Education around the world.”~Jon Barnes
Since I wear black clothes with a cross around my neck, people assume that I am a missionary, minister, or priest. However, I’m just a good guy who loves to read the bible as much as possible, which is my reply.Good people having fun should be talked about more often.
As a minority, I am surrounded by New Mexicans, Spanish, and Indian cultures and I teach almost 700 of their children how to play the trumpet each week.The music is used to build confidence, fine motor skills, problems solving, math, language, and they read my book in class.Students respond to great information in all the same ways.
Since I hold influence, students are paying close attention to what I say and do.My moral compass is under a microscope in every way to give an example of an honest lifestyle of character for God.I have a lot to learn, as people are always watching you.
As a humbled person, have you picked up your wooden cross to follow Jesus to inspire others to read and live by Biblical ethics?
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The Greatness of Mordecai
10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia?3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rankto King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
“You are never home alone with God, no matter what part of the world you are working or living in.” ~Jon Barnes
When you study the History of God in the Bible and all of the wonderful stories, you begin to realize that God is walking with you everywhere you go.These stories help to lead and guide your thinking, steps, and future to walk the path to Heaven with your True Father.The Way and Path is your destiny because you trust, believe and obey.
This path that you are guided on is full of adventure, fun, and new things to see. Discover fix, learn, and make changes in your lifestyle as God leads you.Allowing God to guide you is the key to your salvation of love, trust, respect for Jesus Christ.
The path that God has established for us is an amazing story of hope, love, and action of faith through Jesus Christ to be saved for the remission of our sins.Our work of faith, love, and actions of obedience is our testimony.These three things will help you to stay on track because you are never alone.
When you are feeling alone, do you cry out to God for help, encouragement, and understanding?
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Continued Opposition to Rebuilding
6 Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates.2 So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages[a] in the plain of Ono.
But I realized they were plotting to harm me,3 so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”
4 Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply.5 The fifth time, Sanballat’s servant came with an open letter in his hand,6 and this is what it said:
“There is a rumor among the surrounding nations, and Geshem[b] tells me it is true, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel and that is why you are building the wall. According to his reports, you plan to be their king.7 He also reports that you have appointed prophets in Jerusalem to proclaim about you, ‘Look! There is a king in Judah!’
“You can be very sure that this report will get back to the king, so I suggest that you come and talk it over with me.”
8 I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.”
9 They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.[c]
10 Later I went to visit Shemaiah son of Delaiah and grandson of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home. He said, “Let us meet together inside the Temple of God and bolt the doors shut. Your enemies are coming to kill you tonight.”
11 But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!”12 I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.13 They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.
14 Remember, O my God, all the evil things that Tobiah and Sanballat have done. And remember Noadiah the prophet and all the prophets like her who have tried to intimidate me.
The Builders Complete the Wall
15 So on October 2[d] the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun.16 When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.
17 During those fifty-two days, many letters went back and forth between Tobiah and the nobles of Judah.18 For many in Judah had sworn allegiance to him because his father-in-law was Shecaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan was married to the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah.19 They kept telling me about Tobiah’s good deeds, and then they told him everything I said. And Tobiah kept sending threatening letters to intimidate me.