Mentor

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Find older and wiser people who can teach you a thing or two about life.”~TB

Communication

It’s wise to spend time with those who have a well developed relationship with God. While you still have to cultivate your own, a mentor can help you with perspective when you can’t get out of your own way. Great lessons and ‘ah hah’ moments can be discovered when you seek counsel from those who’ve come before you. Those who have spent some time on this Earth have seen and experienced moments that the youth have not, so when making any decision of importance, have a word with a mentor.

Pride Check

Perhaps the best reason for having a mentor is to get advice when your pride is writing checks it can’t cash. We all struggle with an ego from time to time and having  a soundboard who is emotionally removed from your situation will give you a more nuanced understanding of what you’re going through. More to the point, you can learn from their lessons if you are willing to let go of what is causing you to stumble. So while you’re having talks with God, be sure to chat with those who’ve walked with Him before you.

Today’s Question

Who do you consult with to keep you accountable?

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Isaiah 2

1 This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days, the mountain of the LORD ’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
3People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the LORD ’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem.
4 The LORD will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD !
6 For the LORD has rejected his people, the descendants of Jacob, because they have filled their land with practices from the East and with sorcerers, as the Philistines do. They have made alliances with pagans.
7 Israel is full of silver and gold; there is no end to its treasures. Their land is full of warhorses; there is no end to its chariots.
8 Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands.
9 So now they will be humbled, and all will be brought low— do not forgive them.
10 Crawl into caves in the rocks. Hide in the dust from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
11Human pride will be brought down, and human arrogance will be humbled. Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.
12 For the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has a day of reckoning. He will punish the proud and mighty and bring down everything that is exalted.
13He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon and all the mighty oaks of Bashan.
14 He will level all the high mountains and all the lofty hills.
15 He will break down every high tower and every fortified wall.
16 He will destroy all the great trading ships and every magnificent vessel.
17 Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.
18 Idols will completely disappear.
19 When the LORD rises to shake the earth, his enemies will crawl into holes in the ground. They will hide in caves in the rocks from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
20 On that day of judgment they will abandon the gold and silver idols they made for themselves to worship. They will leave their gods to the rodents and bats,
21 while they crawl away into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs. They will try to escape the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth.
22 Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?

 

 

Source Material

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Remember who made you so in all things you refer back to the source material.”~TB

Guidance

God is here, available to direct and guide you to the best results and answers. He is gentle, never pushy, and you have to come to Him. We often fail to seek Him first, turning to external sources for subpar advice.

Temporary Fix

When you rely on the limited expertise of your peers, you will find that man-made solutions will only offer a temporary fix. Like placing a bandaid on a an infected wound, it will cover the issue, but the problem will only grow worse.

Permanent Solution

When you get tired of having to constantly use temporary fixes, turn to God for help. Come before Him for all things and He will share His infinite wisdom, helping you to maintain and care for your wounds. Let go of your history, your pride, and your pain to connect to the source material.

Today’s Question

Are you relying on the source material or are you addicted to temporary fixes?

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Psalm 149

1 Praise the LORD ! Sing to the LORD a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
3Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.
4 For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands—
7 to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with shackles and their leaders with iron chains,
9 to execute the judgment written against them. This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones. Praise the LORD !

Arise

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When a problem occurs, get up, look at yourself, and examine the many different ways you could have prepared, prevented or avoided the situation and give yourself time to learn, reflect, and absorb the best solutions, before giving your opinions, solutions, and advice.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Advice 

Advise yourself to work in your expertise and learn from other experts to improve your quality of work, ethics, and faith in God.  You will notice the positive impact that you have on the lives of people because you are a follower of Jesus Christ and His Advice, not your own advice.  Your personal improvements will become noticeable and obvious to everyone.

Stop

Stop giving advice and live what God is teaching you.  Your lifestyle in God will reflect, teach, and encourage others to advise themselves, with God’s information.  We all have to make up our own minds, do the work, use the measure of faith, and account for all of our actions.  There is no time for me to account for your actions. I’m too busy keeping maintenance schedules, oil, and gas in my own car.

Reflect

Look at your life’s reflection as you muse and reflect upon your relationship with God, along with your spiritual connectivity, walk, path, and direction.  Notice how the Hand of God touches your life and others because you have learned not to give your opinions.  Instead, give biblical facts and stories for people to muse and reflect upon, as they make their own choices in life while reading the bible for themselves.
Today’s Question
Do you live your life in a way that people can see how to rise up and follow Christ in a loving, natural, honest manner?
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Psalm 45 

1 Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet. 
2 You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever. 
3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic! 
4 In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds! 
5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts. The nations fall beneath your feet. 
6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. 
7 You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else. 
8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces, the music of strings entertains you. 
9 Kings’ daughters are among your noble women. At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir! 
10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. 
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. 
12 The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts. The wealthy will beg your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious in her golden gown. 
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession as they enter the king’s palace! 
16 Your sons will become kings like their father. You will make them rulers over many lands. 
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation. Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.
Love,
Jonathan

Cover Up

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
Cover Up your heart, mind, body, spirit, and soul with God’s Spirit, so that His Love will operate your life and His Light will Cover Up your wickedness!” ~ Jon Barnes

Feelings

We were born with the capacity to become evil with our feelings and choices in our daily lifestyles. God felt it best to give us a chance to understand what is feels like to have such a great responsibility to control your own life and produce the proper course of action for your destiny of eternity. We are now practicing whether or not we will listen and love God. Let us see if you are following the directions of How to Bake God’s Cake!

 

Ingredients

God gave us the means to procreate life, be fruitful, like a tree of life, and multiply onto the earth. Our instructions were to take care of the earth, love, mate, and teach our next generations about God’s ways, love, wisdom, and power, without covering up God’s Words with our evil, pride, thoughts, lust, and deeds. I feel there is no time to grumble, as we are all quickly approaching the end of our allotted time, so don’t stumble or drop your cake.

Grumble

The injustice, deceit, and grumbling that we tend to participate in does not tell, teach, or expose the next generation to the truth about God’s Love.  Evil tries to Cover Up, Make Up, and Avoid the tough question; Do you love God and your neighbor as yourself? For many of us the answer is No and we simply cannot cover this up any longer. We must follow God’s example and ways of love so that we do not waste the Truth of God with loveless lies, greed, and lavish lust, in the short life span we have.
Today’s Question
Can you handle The Truth and the Tough Questions about your own life, lies, lust, greed, waste, disobedience, and pride to net you a blessing or a curse; Or would you like your death sentence or blessing right NOW from GOD?
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Genesis 32

32 [a]As Jacob started on his way again, angels of God came to meet him.When Jacob saw them, he exclaimed, “This is God’s camp!” So he named the place Mahanaim.[b]

Jacob Sends Gifts to Esau

Then Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother, Esau, who was living in the region of Seir in the land of Edom. He told them, “Give this message to my master Esau: ‘Humble greetings from your servant Jacob. Until now I have been living with Uncle Laban, and now I own cattle, donkeys, flocks of sheep and goats, and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these messengers to inform my lord of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to me.’”
After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, “We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!” Jacob was terrified at the news. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two groups. He thought, “If Esau meets one group and attacks it, perhaps the other group can escape.”
Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ 10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! 11 Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. 12 But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.’”
13 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau: 14 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, 20 rams, 15 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys. 16 He divided these animals into herds and assigned each to different servants. Then he told his servants, “Go ahead of me with the animals, but keep some distance between the herds.”
17 He gave these instructions to the men leading the first group: “When my brother, Esau, meets you, he will ask, ‘Whose servants are you? Where are you going? Who owns these animals?’ 18 You must reply, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob, but they are a gift for his master Esau. Look, he is coming right behind us.’”
19 Jacob gave the same instructions to the second and third herdsmen and to all who followed behind the herds: “You must say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is right behind us.’”
Jacob thought, “I will try to appease him by sending gifts ahead of me. When I see him in person, perhaps he will be friendly to me.” 21 So the gifts were sent on ahead, while Jacob himself spent that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. 23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,[c] because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.
“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel,[d] and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. 32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)
Love,
Jonathan

Rejection

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“When you accept bad choices, thinking that they were good choices, you are evil because you are lazy and don’t respect God’s Good ideas and suggestions.” ~ Jon Barnes

Even

Even I don’t like listening to God’s Good advice, yet I do anyway, since in my heart, I know God has the right answers and I do not. I tell myself that God’s ways are even and my ways are naturally odd. When I share God’s ways and view, even I am rejected often. Even I use to take advantage of other people and their bad choices. Reject negative thinking and actions that contradicts God’s Love.

Odd

Oddly enough, I have always picked the wrong answers until, I started doing the good work o love from God Perspective. Most of us only care about our agenda, perspective, wants, and needs. We don’t care about the feelings and needs of others, especially God’s feelings and needs. When I listen to God, the negative stuff in my life turns out to work for my good, because I was obedient and listened; rather than pretending to be smart with all of the answers!

Statistics

If you follow your own pride 100% of the time, you will be wrong 100% of the time. If you follow the love of God, you will master the effects of sin in you life and make better choices. Pay attention to what God is saying and doing so that you stop following your own advice and opinions, which are evil or lacking. You opinion doesn’t count and will be rejected, since it is not full of love and God’s Character. Practice being quiet and you’ll become 100% smarter, while following God’s love to clean out your own room, house, or garage in life!
Today’s Question
Are you preparing for the famine or did God reject you, your big mouth, and lying tongue?
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Genesis 26

Isaac Deceives Abimelech

26 A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived.
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you. Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants,[a] just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.” So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.” But some time later, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac caressing Rebekah.
Immediately, Abimelech called for Isaac and exclaimed, “She is obviously your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”
“Because I was afraid someone would kill me to get her from me,” Isaac replied.
10 “How could you do this to us?” Abimelech exclaimed. “One of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin.”
11 Then Abimelech issued a public proclamation: “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death!”

Conflict over Water Rights

12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him.15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.
16 Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us.”
17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them.
19 Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. 20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). 21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). 22 Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
23 From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, 24 where the Lord appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.” 25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well.

Isaac’s Covenant with Abimelech

26 One day King Abimelech came from Gerar with his adviser, Ahuzzath, and also Phicol, his army commander. 27 “Why have you come here?” Isaac asked. “You obviously hate me, since you kicked me off your land.”
28 They replied, “We can plainly see that the Lord is with you. So we want to enter into a sworn treaty with you. Let’s make a covenant. 29 Swear that you will not harm us, just as we have never troubled you. We have always treated you well, and we sent you away from us in peace. And now look how the Lord has blessed you!”
30 So Isaac prepared a covenant feast to celebrate the treaty, and they ate and drank together. 31 Early the next morning, they each took a solemn oath not to interfere with each other. Then Isaac sent them home again, and they left him in peace.
32 That very day Isaac’s servants came and told him about a new well they had dug. “We’ve found water!” they exclaimed. 33 So Isaac named the well Shibah (which means “oath”). And to this day the town that grew up there is called Beersheba (which means “well of the oath”).
34 At the age of forty, Esau married two Hittite wives: Judith, the daughter of Beeri, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon. 35 But Esau’s wives made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah.
Love,
Jonathan