“Set aside your old foolish ways that you can live well in Christ.”~TB
As You Are
God will always love you in every stage of your life. Be that as it may, a life full of misdeeds will dampen the Truth and Joy God wants to share with you. Sinning does not revoke your salvation. It does, however, disrupt your connection to Christ. God doesn’t let go of you when you sin, you let go of Him when you do. Stop chasing fleshly pleasures as they lead you astray. Do not desire a life of power because the pursuit of your own status will cause you to forget whose power actually matters. Though this world can offer things that satisfy immediate fleshly desires, the human lifespan is a millisecond compared to eternity. Invest wisely.
If you’re tired of the obstacles and mayhem that comes with secular life, look to God. Throw off your vices, devices, and sinful behaviors to experience the Truth, joy, and contentment that can only come from our Father in Heaven. Cultivate the discipline and perseverance required to lead an honorable life. This means abandoning the ways of the world and adopting the teachings of Christ. When you apply the Godly wisdom that can be found in the Bible, notice how your life changes. The Truth will open your eyes, and suddenly what you once craved is detestable. If you allow God to write the Truth on your hearts, the world has less influence on your behavior. Follow Him to set aside junk so that you can possess your inheritance.
Did you set aside your old life or is it throwing you off?
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1My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—
2if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said—
3follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased.
4Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.
5Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.
6Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!
7Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,
8they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
9But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?
10A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
11then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
12What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,
13signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
14Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.
15But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
16There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests:
17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,
18a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong,
19a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
20My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
21Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.
22When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.
23For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.
24It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
25Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
26For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
27Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?
28Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
29So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.
30Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving.
31But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house.
32But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself.
33He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased.
34For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35He will accept no compensation, nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.
“When you fail to cultivate a relationship and understanding with God, you are hedging your bets, placing your faith in a fallen world”~TB
People do not want to take responsibility for learning the Truth, so they split hairs to justify their laziness. Willfully blind people will cherry pick lines from the Bible to “refute” the Truth. Instead of reading to understand, they read to criticize, judge, and condemn. Friends, the Bible cannot be understood by the blind, so why do you listen to them? When you fail to read the Bible for yourself, you fall prey to their wicked defiance because you lack the context, understanding, and sight to recognize the Truth. Stop allowing half-truths to dictate your life. If you cannot speak or see things plainly, you are operating out of confusion.
Following all religions is like trying to play it safe without putting in the honest effort. There is only one road to salvation, everything else is shoddy imitations, pretending to mirror the real thing. If you cherry pick from multiple theologies to justify your salvation, truly you have none. What’s sad about those who try and conform to all “gods” is that they fail to know who they are worshipping. How can you believe or follow something that you have not learned or practiced? More to the point, how can you follow God without reading the Word or forming a relationship with Him? The point is, without the Truth, all else is a lie. Do not wait until the end to throw a hail mary for your salvation. While you have the ability to be saved, God recognizes your heart, not just your words.
Are you gambling with the Truth and placing your bets in Hell?
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1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
2Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
3For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless.
5Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died.
6“ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.
7He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.
8Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
9For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
10Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
11They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High.
12That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them.
13“ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains.
15Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
16For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron.
17Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins.
18They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door.
19“ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.
21Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
22Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
23Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world.
24They, too, observed the LORD ’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas.
25He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves.
26Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror.
27They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end.
28“ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
29He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.
30What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!
31Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
32Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.
33He changes rivers into deserts, and springs of water into dry, thirsty land.
34He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands, because of the wickedness of those who live there.
35But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water.
36He brings the hungry to settle there and to build their cities.
37They sow their fields, plant their vineyards, and harvest their bumper crops.
38How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase.
39When they decrease in number and become impoverished through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40the LORD pours contempt on their princes, causing them to wander in trackless wastelands.
41But he rescues the poor from trouble and increases their families like flocks of sheep.
42The godly will see these things and be glad, while the wicked are struck silent.
43Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD .
“Before God can give you anything, He will search your heart and examine your motives.”~TB
Who Are You?
Who are you in this world and when did you give up an let the world define you? Stop looking to the heathens, the demons, the whoremongers and the ilk to determine your worth. In doing so you lose your inheritance because your motives have become sullied by the sin-fallen ways of this broken world. Though the corrupt of this world seem to have everything, in Christ they have nothing. When your motives are tainted and evil, what’s up is down and what’s down is up, confusing the blind dumb and willfully stupid.
Who You Are
Who you are in Christ, is a redeemed lamb that has escaped the line of Slaughter because God so graciously has made you right through the salvation of his son, Jesus. Friends, that is the only identity we can truly claim because it is the only one that can bring us eternal life and everlasting peace. This world is not the Final Destination, so act accordingly. Examine your motives and walk with God and you will see the truth as it was intended.
Who are you and what are your motives?
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1O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night.
2Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry.
3For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near.
4I am as good as dead, like a strong man with no strength left.
5They have left me among the dead, and I lie like a corpse in a grave. I am forgotten, cut off from your care.
6You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths.
7Your anger weighs me down; with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude
8You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. I am in a trap with no way of escape.
9My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD ; I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude
11Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.
14O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me?
15I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have engulfed me completely.
18You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.
“It does not take much to justify evil, because unchecked flesh craves sin and will blindly see it as good!”~TB
You justify worshipping yourselves by throwing decadent parades glorifying your own image. You publicly glorify the defilement of your bodies, claiming freedom and self-revolution yet you are a slave to your own depravity. You lure people with sweet words and songs, only to manipulate them into doing your bidding under the guise of being “nice”. Of course, if one doesn’t bend to your will and kneel on their knees, it’s their fault! You justify the cruel treatment of foreigners citing the very same corrupt laws that enslave you. Yet you say you love the Lord. You will be judged.
Friends, it’s time to make some adjustments. Have you not studied the readings? Are you arrogant enough to believe that we are above the same fates as Judah and Israel? Do not be surprised when judgment floods the land, crushing the blind and the corrupt. Do not be surprised when your cries to the Lord for relief and mercy fall on deaf ears. He will give you the same silence that you gave the oppressed. Enjoy the festivities now because they are surely coming to an end.
Are you still justifying or are you making adjustments to turn to the Lord?
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1Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me.
2May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace.
3Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
4But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!”
5But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do not delay.
“We must look at ALL of our brothers and sisters in the same manner that Christ looks at us. Or have you forgotten when He personally guided you back to the flock?”~TB
Change by example
We are called to share the Good News by living the life of Christ. There is no need to beat the lost with formalities. The light of the truth is how we change hearts and minds. Callous judgment and legalistic Biblical interpretations only damage the hearts of the young or lost. Like a newly rooted plant, your self-righteousness tramples the meek and downtrodden. Don’t be a hindrance, Christ’s stable is big enough for everyone! God does not need us to judge and condemn on His behalf. We must mirror the love, grace, and mercy that Christ imprints on our hearts each and every day.
Keep in mind that you are already set aside, carefully and lovingly tucked inside Christ’s stable. Friends, is that not enough? Why do you grow jealous of His love for the lost? Have you not received the most precious gift– salvation? Are you foolish enough to believe your judgment is better than His? Set your pride aside for your hardened hearts will be encased in the hellish stable of judgment you so foolishly built around yourself.
Friends, rejoice in the fact that Christ is in control and working in the hearts of the lost. Do not feel contempt or envy, but feel encouraged that the eyes of the lost are opening. God’s love is infinite and incomprehensible to man. There’s enough grace for everyone.
Question of the day
Are your actions directing lost sheep to the stable or are you blindly building the case for your impending judgment?
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1May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude 2May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude 5May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.