Imitation

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Listen carefully to what people say. Pay even greater attention to their actions, because though wheat and tares grow together, only one produces good crop.”~TB

Glittered Feces

The world is full of cheap imitations, claiming they love the Lord. They loudly sing and dance, putting on a great show. They are captivating and alluring in this way. In the beginning, it will appear as though they are devoutly spiritual, as they smile and say the right things. Their lives seem opulent and for a time, they will appear to be prosperous and divine. But in time, their evil deeds will outshine their false personas, revealing that their treasures and virtues are simply just gold-plated crap. When you carefully inspect the cheap knockoffs, don’t be surprised if the smell is more than you can bear.

Leap to Destruction

Oh you foolish people, do you not see that you are dancing your way into the mouth of hell? Is the party that great that you’ve abandoned the Truth? You temporarily took the peace of Christ, but you rejected His teachings. So you pretenders, actors, and thieves, enjoy your feasts, your parties, and your fanfare. The curtain is coming to a close and the crops will be separated from the weeds. Friends, pay attention because the imitators do not truly know the Lord. And soon, it will be made apparent that He does not know them either.

Today’s Question

Are you devouring the truth or are you feasting on the crap fed to you by the imitators?

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Psalm 83

1 O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. 
2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? 
3 They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. 
4 “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” 
5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you— 
6 these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;
7 Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. 
8 Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude 
9 Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. 
10 They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. 
11 Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
13 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!
14 As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, 
15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. 
16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD . 
17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. 
18 Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.

Serve

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It is the highest honor to serve God’s people. Jesus did so even in His last breath.”~TB

Weak

To the foolish, turning the other cheek, and helping others are seen as weak and pointless. Oh, but what a joy it is to serve the Lord! It is better to suffer the opinions of the dumb and be a delight to God. Or do you not remember what Jesus did for His disciples before the Last Supper?

Strong

The wise understand that submission and service are the pearls of God.  Friends, it takes discipline to be obedient. It is not for the faint of heart. So be joyful in your labor for the Lord as you know where your true reward lies. The foolish have their own reward, so do not copy them.

Today’s Question

Are you willing to rise to the occasion of serving the Lord and His people?

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Psalm 82

1 God presides over heaven’s court; he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings: 
2 “How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Interlude 
3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. 
4 Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. 
5 But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core. 
6 I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High. 
7 But you will die like mere mortals and fall like every other ruler.’” 
8 Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.

Passing the Buck

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You have the choice to pass the buck and not develop your talents and relationship with God. Just don’t be upset watching other people pass you by.”~TB

Potential

Quit coveting the talents and belongings of your neighbor. You have the same hours and minutes in the day to develop yourself. These things don’t happen overnight. Each day, you make choices to either develop and grow or remain in your stupor. You can choose to get up, read your Bible, and make sound decisions. Friends, hard work and labor are Biblically inspired!  What you do with your time is up to you.

Excuse

You can make excuses for your life, your lack of development, and absentee relationship with God. If you’re creative enough, those excuses will seem valid. They may work on your brothers and sisters, but make no mistake, we are all seen by God for who we truly are. Don’t think your confusion surprises Him.

Today’s Quote

Are you developing your relationship or are you envying the labor of your neighbor?

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Psalm 81

 

1 Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob. 
2 Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. 
3 Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! 
4 For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob. 
5He made it a law for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice say, 
6 “Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. 
7 You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude 
8 “Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me! 
9You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god. 
10 For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. 
11 “But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. 
12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! 
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! 
15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him; they would be doomed forever. 
16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”

Independent Study

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It takes only 5 minutes to read a chapter of the Bible a day, yet few people actually do it.”~ Jon Barnes

Right Answers

The path to Truth and righteousness is very simple in nature. It requires independent study, on your own time, with your own eyes, in order for you to receive its inheritance.  The Bible espouses wisdom to those who continually seek the Truth. By doing your Biblical homework, reading a chapter and meditating on the Word on a daily basis, you find the correct answers to navigate the many traps and snares in this fallen world. However, many fail to cultivate the discipline and steadfastness required to pass their Biblical tests.

Wrong Answers

When you are lazy and fail to do your Biblical reading, you rely on the wrong answers of false teachers, pastors, prophets, and the like. You fall prey to their fake candor, false leadership, and flattering words. Slowly but surely they turn your hearts from the Lord and onto their agendas. Friends, if your spiritual leaders are pointing towards a “Caesar” for leadership, they are not of God. God does not need politicians or world leaders of any kind to gain access to our hearts and minds. Only a fool who copied false answers instead of studying the Word would fall prey to that. Do you not recall the reign of Saul? Study the Word so that you can receive everlasting life. Or don’t and enjoy the alternative. The choice is ultimately yours.

 

Today’s Question

Are you ready to study the right answers or are you comfortable with passing the test to hell?

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Psalm 80

1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory 
2 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! 
3 Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 
4 O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers? 
5 You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. 
6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke. 
7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 
8 You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land. 
9 You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land. 
10 Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. 
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River. 
12But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? 
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it. 
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine 
15 that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. 
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. 
17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice. 
18 Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more. 
19 Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

 

Leaky Vessel

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Who told you to remain in your brokeness? Surely that message was not from God.”~TB

Remain

The biggest lie the devil wants you to believe is that you are broken and that you will never overcome your circumstance. It doesn’t help matters when you look to other broken people, cling to their broken solutions, and wallow together in your self-imposed exile. Friends, these lies aren’t from God. The Bible is so important because it helps you navigate these falsehoods. The truth is, you are wonderfully made in Him and His power and spirit lie within you. When you remain in your ignorance, you suffer the atrocities of this world, because you are following the wicked.

Reject

Without God, you are like a leaky clay pot, trying to use human understanding to patch your holes! In your stupor, you leak all over the place, infecting one another with evil solutions that magnify your brokenness.  Reject those lies that plague your mind and you will find your way to the truth. Look to the Word and you will find that when you rely on God’s Truth, He encapsulates your leaky vessel, sealing any brokenness that once was. In God, your leaky vessel is no more as you have become set aside as His vessel. Once He has claimed you, rest in the truth that He has set you free.

Today’s Question

Are you still holding onto your brokenness or are you ready to receive your Holy repairs?

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Psalm 79

1 O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins. 
2 They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals. 
3 Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead. 
4 We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us. 
5 O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. 
7 For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness. 
8 Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. 
9 Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name. 
10 Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants. 
11 Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die. 
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you. 
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.

Formality

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God isn’t interested in your formalities, your buildings, your ornaments, your performances, or your pandering. He’s interested in the motives of your heart.”~TB

Church

Keep your religious spirit, your virtue-signaling goodness, and moral superiority to yourself. God wants none of it. You cry when religious buildings are destroyed, but you care not for the people He placed in your charge! What good is a building if the people are wicked? Friends, the church is not merely a place, it is within your heart. As He dwells within us, our actions, hearts, and minds must exude His presence. Putting on your Sunday best and turning up your nose at the “heathens” is not Biblical. Well, it is in the Bible, but those people paved the road to Hell.

Deeds

It’s amazing how quickly the religious mobilize when their image is at stake. Let’s not worry about the exceedingly poor living conditions or the slave wages people are forced to accept. Why do you perform such blasphemous self-promoting acts in the name of God? How impactful is a mission if your actual neighbor is suffering? Truly, you must understand that your deeds are not for Him, they are for yourself. Every formality and hypocritical act performed is a mockery to God. Friends, the state of the world is in disarray! Because the nation has abandoned Him, He will abandon the nation. So cling tightly to your possessions and your neatly adorned items. They are all you have left and soon they too will abandon you.

Today’s Question

What are the true motives in your heart?

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Psalm 78

1 O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, 
2 for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— 
3 stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. 
4 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. 
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, 
6 so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. 
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. 
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. 
9 The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle. 
10 They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions. 
11 They forgot what he had done— the great wonders he had shown them, 
12 the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
13 For he divided the sea and led them through, making the water stand up like walls! 
14 In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and all night by a pillar of fire. 
15 He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them water, as from a gushing spring. 
16 He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river! 
17 Yet they kept on sinning against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 
18 They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.
19 They even spoke against God himself, saying, “God can’t give us food in the wilderness. 
20 Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.” 
21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel, 
22 for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them. 
23 But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven. 
24 He rained down manna for them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven. 
25 They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold. 
26 He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power. 
27 He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore! 
28 He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents. 
29 The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved. 
30 But before they satisfied their craving, while the meat was yet in their mouths, 
31 the anger of God rose against them, and he killed their strongest men. He struck down the finest of Israel’s young men. 
32 But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him. 
33 So he ended their lives in failure, their years in terror. 
34 When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously. 
35 Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer. 
36 But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues. 
37 Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant. 
38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury! 
39 For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns. 
40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. 
41 Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies. 
43 They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan. 
44 For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams. 
45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them. 
46 He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts. 
47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet. 
48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning. 
49He loosed on them his fierce anger— all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels. 
50 He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives but ravaged them with the plague. 
51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt. 
52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness. 
53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of his holy land, to this land of hills he had won for them. 
55 He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot. He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes. 
56But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws. 
57 They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow. 
58 They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols. 
59When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel. 
60 Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh, the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people. 
61 He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands. 
62 He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword, because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession. 
63 Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.
64 Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths. 
65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep, like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor. 
66 He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame. 
67 But he rejected Joseph’s descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim. 
68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loved. 
69 There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth. 
70 He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. 
71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants— God’s own people, Israel. 
72 He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.

Disrespect

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You disrespect your Father in heaven when you focus solely on the negative aspects of your life. It is an affront to all of the things He’s delivered you from.”~TB

Disregard

Disregarding all God has done for you is like taking an entire day to prepare a meal for your loved ones only for them to enjoy it, but then 5 minutes later, they are complaining about hunger! Friends, are we foolish enough not to give thanks for all that we do not endure? Have you forgotten when He spared you from the dumb decisions that should have caused you harm? Gather your thoughts and make a point to not pollute your mind with weak excuses for your mindset.

Alternative Memory

When you sit and stew on the bad that you’ve encountered, you begin to alter your memories, taking the stance of victimhood and bitterness. Those alternative memories conveniently leave out your misdeeds and the poor choices that you made to receive such suffering! You then spin the narrative, singing your songs of sorrow as you usurp the belongings of the oppressed. Those resources are not for you as you are capable of earning your wages. Get out of your self-imposed fake wilderness, unless you desire to be destroyed by the impending storm.

Today’s Quote

Are you distorting the truth and living in confusion?

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Psalm 77

1 I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! 
2 When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. 
3 I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. Interlude 
4 You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! 
5 I think of the good old days, long since ended, 
6 when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. 
7 Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? 
8 Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? 
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Interlude 
10 And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” 
11 But then I recall all you have done, O LORD ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. 
12 They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. 
13 O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? 
14 You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations. 
15 By your strong arm, you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude 
16 When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. 
17 The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. 
18 Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. 
19Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there! 
20 You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.