“Stop letting other people take the fall for your dumb choices and decisions, but rather enthusiastically accept your frailty and ask God to really help you to listen and learn from Him.” ~ Jon Barnes
“God will provide the solutions for your life, but it is your job to put them into action.”~TB
If you ignore the chaotic abyss that is the world, a life following Christ becomes more tangible. The older I get, the more I realize that the answers to life’s questions that I seek can be found in the Bible and by talking to God. Man, I could have avoided many dumb decisions earlier on had I heeded His word. In quiet study and communication lies the many wonderful and simple solutions that only Christ can give. Imagine the kind of life we could live if only we used the correct answers instead of our own!
It’s one thing to know what to do; it’s an entirely different story to do it. I find that when I walk the path He’s set before me, things miraculously make sense. On the flip side, when I’m copying others or looking for external validation, my world becomes complex, messy, and off task. Getting the solutions is the simple part, putting them into action, well that’s a lifelong endeavor. To fulfill the call that God has for our lives, we must quiet the outside noise and follow the instructions and solutions that He gives.
Are you using God’s solutions for life’s equations?
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“It’s better to stab someone in the front than the back, because at least you’re being honest.”~TB
Adam and Eve covering up their bodies after eating the forbidden fruit says a lot about the world today. The issue wasn’t their nakedness. The issue was that they believed they were capable of hiding anything from God. Ironically we do the same thing time and time again. We’re all trying to ‘hide’ our flaws, appear to be smarter, richer, prettier, etc. just to appeal to one another. As I grow older, I find myself walking away from the guise of being ‘better than I am’ and accepting the way God made me, flaws and all. I’ve also found honesty allows me to come before God with all that I am so that I may receive the best answers to my questions, rather than covering them up with manure.
Wolf and Sheep
God has more respect for the person being an adamant heathen than the fake spiritual man. If you are publicly screaming “Praise God”, but are privately devouring your neighbor, well, God knows. He knows the light and the dark, after all it is all His creation. So if we stand to have any sort of relationship with Him, we must stop being wolves and return to His flock as sheep. If being a sheep offends you, then I encourage you to reflect on the choices, perceptions, and decisions you make as they are all influenced by something or someone. Personally, I’d rather be a sheep for God than a mindless slave to man.
Are you being honest or is it a cover up?
“Prevent your personal disaster from happening by doing your private prayers, devotional, meditation, and exercises in faith consistently each day and expect God to bless the quality of work you put into yourself, others, and your assignments.” ~ Jon Barnes
A psalm of David.
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.
they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.
“After you have committed to exercising each day, you can enjoy the new muscle mass that is Spiritually created by faith in your workouts, choices, goals, and studies with God.” ~ Jon Barnes
“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
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The Lord’s Challenge Continues
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“There is enough on your plate to do your job, work, planning, reading, studying, eating, and exercising well, so that your relationship with God and others improve as you age, for all to see and tell.” ~ Jon Barnes
You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”
Job Responds to the Lord
I will cover my mouth with my hand.
5 I have said too much already.
I have nothing more to say.”
The Lord Challenges Job Again
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
and condemn me just to prove you are right?
9 Are you as strong as God?
Can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 All right, put on your glory and splendor,
your honor and majesty.
11 Give vent to your anger.
Let it overflow against the proud.
12 Humiliate the proud with a glance;
walk on the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them in the dust.
Imprison them in the world of the dead.
14 Then even I would praise you,
for your own strength would save you.
which I made, just as I made you.
It eats grass like an ox.
16 See its powerful loins
and the muscles of its belly.
17 Its tail is as strong as a cedar.
The sinews of its thighs are knit tightly together.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze.
Its limbs are bars of iron.
19 It is a prime example of God’s handiwork,
and only its Creator can threaten it.
20 The mountains offer it their best food,
where all the wild animals play.
21 It lies under the lotus plants,[b]
hidden by the reeds in the marsh.
22 The lotus plants give it shade
among the willows beside the stream.
23 It is not disturbed by the raging river,
not concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it.
24 No one can catch it off guard
or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.
“Look at all old relationships and improve upon what you have learned from those experiences and stop making the same mistakes and assumptions so that you can move forward in love.” ~ Jon Barnes
Exiles Who Returned with Zerubbabel
|3 The family of Parosh||2,172|
|4 The family of Shephatiah||372|
|5 The family of Arah||775|
|6 The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab)||2,812|
|7 The family of Elam||1,254|
|8 The family of Zattu||945|
|9 The family of Zaccai||760|
|10 The family of Bani||642|
|11 The family of Bebai||623|
|12 The family of Azgad||1,222|
|13 The family of Adonikam||666|
|14 The family of Bigvai||2,056|
|15 The family of Adin||454|
|16 The family of Ater (descendants of Hezekiah)||98|
|17 The family of Bezai||323|
|18 The family of Jorah||112|
|19 The family of Hashum||223|
|20 The family of Gibbar||95|
|21 The people of Bethlehem||123|
|22 The people of Netophah||56|
|23 The people of Anathoth||128|
|24 The people of Beth-azmaveth[a]||42|
|25 The people of Kiriath-jearim,[b] Kephirah, and Beeroth||743|
|26 The people of Ramah and Geba||621|
|27 The people of Micmash||122|
|28 The people of Bethel and Ai||223|
|29 The citizens of Nebo||52|
|30 The citizens of Magbish||156|
|31 The citizens of West Elam[c]||1,254|
|32 The citizens of Harim||320|
|33 The citizens of Lod, Hadid, and Ono||725|
|34 The citizens of Jericho||345|
|35 The citizens of Senaah||3,630|
|The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua)||973|
|37 The family of Immer||1,052|
|38 The family of Pashhur||1,247|
|39 The family of Harim||1,017|
|The families of Jeshua and Kadmiel (descendants of Hodaviah)||74|
|41 The singers of the family of Asaph||128|
|42 The gatekeepers of the families of Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, and Shobai||139|
44 Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45 Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46 Hagab, Shalmai,[d] Hanan,
47 Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48 Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49 Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50 Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,
51 Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52 Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53 Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54 Neziah, and Hatipha.
56 Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,
57 Shephatiah, Hattil, Pokereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.
“We are not making plans, but exercising our options so that God can tell us what to do.” ~ Jon Barnes
1 Chronicles 20
David Captures Rabbah
Battles against Philistine Giants
“The actions of your faith like the work and lifestyle you live and the fruit of your choices and labor are self-evident, pleasing to God and helpful to others.” ~ Jon Barnes
2 Samuel 20
The Revolt of Sheba
We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
Come on, you men of Israel,
back to your homes!”