Maturity Matters

Maturity
Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“When you allow God’s Will and purpose for your life to override your own personal feelings of selfishness and entitlements of choice, blessings will flow from you to others you meet, especially your family.” ~ Jon Barnes

Fruitful Few

God’s love flows through you and what you do for others is a spiritual blessing that can last for eternity. The fruitful few that will be allowed into Heaven will do the Will of God by following the instructions and commandments of Love. Understanding is made clear each time you step into God’s presence of love, peace, and joy. 

Biblical Battle

The spiritual battle of the heart, body, and soul supernaturally regulates and rules the physical steps in our lives.The hand of God is guiding you at every turn and you count all of your experiences as joy, because of God’s hand, not your own hand. Count your obedience as joy, because God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek His ways, wisdom, and works of faith to implement into their daily lives.

Self-Deception

It is better to die standing up with God in your faith than to stand against God in your foolishness and lies.  Many people will believe their own lies and not the Word of God, allowing their self-deception to take them to hell. The truth of love is simple, direct, truthful, and honest when we live by faith and not by sight.
Today’s Question
Can others see and follow the flow of God’s hand on your mature lifestyle of obedience and simplicity in God?
Enjoy The Reading
 

1 Samuel 27 

David among the Philistines

27 But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.”
So David took his 600 men and went over and joined Achish son of Maoch, the king of Gath. David and his men and their families settled there with Achish at Gath. David brought his two wives along with him—Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, Nabal’s widow from Carmel. Word soon reached Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he stopped hunting for him.
One day David said to Achish, “If it is all right with you, we would rather live in one of the country towns instead of here in the royal city.”
So Achish gave him the town of Ziklag (which still belongs to the kings of Judah to this day),and they lived there among the Philistines for a year and four months.
David and his men spent their time raiding the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites—people who had lived near Shur, toward the land of Egypt, since ancient times. David did not leave one person alive in the villages he attacked. He took the sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothing before returning home to see King Achish.
10 “Where did you make your raid today?” Achish would ask.
And David would reply, “Against the south of Judah, the Jerahmeelites, and the Kenites.”
11 No one was left alive to come to Gath and tell where he had really been. This happened again and again while he was living among the Philistines. 12 Achish believed David and thought to himself, “By now the people of Israel must hate him bitterly. Now he will have to stay here and serve me forever!”
Love,
Jonathan

Another Reason

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“There is a Spiritual Reason why we must all study and read the stories of old from God in the Bible, so we can all understand the vocabulary and wisdom of our Creator, and connect with His Love for us.” ~ Jon Barnes

Reasons

Deliberately walking into the Hands of Christ will destroy any plans of the devil for your life, by reason of obedience and God’s Power. God can start and stop anything, but His Reasons must be calibrated with your reasons.  If you are unaware of how God’s movements are calibrated to His Spirit then you will misalign your steps and efforts– wasting your time, energy, and resources.

Understanding

Trusting, believing, and fearing God is the beginning of understanding, with good reason.  God never fails. Your faith can never be damaged, destroyed or crippled if you are honest with God, yourself, and others. Lying to God and to yourself is Foolishness and it incapacitates your ability to love. Evil people will take advantage of you when your love for God is obstructed, by your own lies and negative lifestyle.

Spirituality 

Spirituality is a loving lifestyle that is not vandalized by sin and your maturity in God will not be impaired.  The improvements that you make in life each day while walking with God is a Holy Militaristic Advantage that you have over satan, who is powerless. You give up your power by being uninformed, ignorant, disobedient, and crippled with self-deception and self-destructive behaviors. By reason of insanity, walking alone in the dark without God is mindless, unfruitful, and pointless– which is the behavior of many people.
Today’s Question
For what reason did you sell your Spirituality to the devil; was it a house, car, boat, jewelry, job, money, sex, drugs, fame, idols, or something else? 
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Judges 14 

Samson’s Marriage

14 Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman.When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”
His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?”
But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” (His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.
Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.
10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men. 11 When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.
12 “Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. 13 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”
“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”
14 He replied,
“Out of the eater, something to eat;
    out of the strong, something sweet.”
For three days they could not give the answer.
15 On the fourth[a] day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to steal our property?”
16 Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”
“I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?” 17 She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.
18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,
“What is sweeter than honey?
    What is stronger than a lion?”
Samson said to them,
“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
    you would not have solved my riddle.”
19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.
Love,
Jonathan

Bullet Points

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Many of us have shot our own selves in the foot for following foolish people to a place of action where we don’t belong, because It takes a strong person to stand up to evil and say, No!” ~ Jon Barnes 

Stormy Monday

You see the signs of stormy trouble ahead from the sky, but you are frozen in time with your own wicked ideas of greed, lust, power, and lies. Knowing about good is not enough with God’s truth since you must do the work of good to get the credit of what God has for you to do.  Otherwise, you will receive what you have sown in the storm in the hour that you gave up your faith and all its power.

Weathered

We all have gone through the storm and have been tested. Let’s see if we follow the signs and path of righteousness or the path of evil and walk out of God’s protection.  Many will choose the wrong road, so don’t follow the crowd.  The few who will walk the walk and talk the talk will not be as loud. Quiet the storm as you take a breath, remember to enjoy what God has for you next.

Deception

Deception comes from disobedience to the commandments of God, when people choose to not practice, teach, and stay focused on God’s plans. Your own plan becomes your own deception, as you place God’s plans on the back burner, just like satan did. Evil deceives itself because wicked thinking is not smart enough to see the truth. Only God is smart enough to understand all these things and He teaches us how to understand, from the stories and commandments in the bible.
Today’s Question
Have you been shot by the bullet of deception and evil manipulation?
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Joshua 23 

Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders

23 After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man, summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old. You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you. Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. The Lord your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the Lord your God promised you.
“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.
“The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you. 10 One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. 11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.
12 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,13 then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.
14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as all the good things the Lord your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the Lord your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 16 If you violate the covenant of the Lordyour God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”
Love,
Jonathan

Deep Deception

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Our greed, ignorance, pride and lust deceives us, putting our perspectives at odds with God’s Plan.” ~ Jon Barnes

Without

Without God’s plan running your life, you will die in misery and strife. Use the solution that is plain and simple here, since tomorrow may not come, my dear. Your blessings come from your attitude and decisions in life or did you give it up for some pleasure and a bowl of rice.

Within

Within God’s plan I will stay to learn, listen, work, and pray. Faith has humbled my thought and actions directly. God’s quality lifestyle has truly affected me. Reject God’s plans and watch your inheritance change from Heaven to hell.

Sin

God is sinless and we are not. Some may know this, yet most do not! We love to point the finger at what others do. But, don’t be deceived, God is watching you! The future of change is within your range.
Today’s Question
Have you decided to break free from your bad choices and will you let God choose your spouse, plan, and purpose in life?

Enjoy Today’s Reading

Genesis 27

Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”
“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.
“I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.”
But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”
11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”
13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”
14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it. 15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob. 16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. 17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread.
18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said.
“Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?”
19 Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”
20 Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied.
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.” 22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. 23 But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. 24 “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.
25 Then Isaac said, “Now, my son, bring me the wild game. Let me eat it, and then I will give you my blessing.” So Jacob took the food to his father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine that Jacob served him. 26 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.”
27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!
28 “From the dew of heaven
    and the richness of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
    and bountiful new wine.
29 May many nations become your servants,
    and may they bow down to you.
May you be the master over your brothers,
    and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
All who curse you will be cursed,
    and all who bless you will be blessed.”
30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunt. 31 Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.”
32 But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.”
33 Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand!”
34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.
35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”
36 Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice.[a] First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?”
37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”
38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.
39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him,
“You will live away from the richness of the earth,
    and away from the dew of the heaven above.
40 You will live by your sword,
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you decide to break free,
    you will shake his yoke from your neck.”

Jacob Flees to Paddan-Aram

41 From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”
42 But Rebekah heard about Esau’s plans. So she sent for Jacob and told him, “Listen, Esau is consoling himself by plotting to kill you. 43 So listen carefully, my son. Get ready and flee to my brother, Laban, in Haran. 44 Stay there with him until your brother cools off. 45 When he calms down and forgets what you have done to him, I will send for you to come back. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.”
Love, 
Jonathan

Secret

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Only God has secrets, knowledge, and access to passwords and pass codes that will change your life, save your soul, and help others.” ~ Jon Barnes

Knowledge

We conveniently forget what we know so that we can make up an excuse to not obey God’s love, laws, and living arrangements.  While walking the path of confusion, we cling to secret lies of deception to deliver our personal message of hidden agendas, greed, lust, and pride. God can see that we know the truth, yet we pretend to be ignorant. You know better. Your access is off-line. This shouldn’t be a revelation to you.

Password

Your first breath is your password to use God’s computer of life and the breast milk is the food of knowledge and wisdom used to operate the secret system.  No instructions of language code use to brief or train infants on how to extract milk to digest. You already knew the secret codes. We know what is right and understand the functions of God’s love. We know the truth, but we forget our password intentionally to keep God’s access cut off from our lifestyle. People hook up,  live together, and buy houses, but they don’t get married first? Operator error.

Access

Even though we all have equal access to the resources that God has provided, evil has taken control over our common sense to share, help, save, and manage God’s Good Gifts of life. We repent, yet we don’t mean it.  We give, but we want something in return.  We save, yet hunger is among us. We love, but is doesn’t last. Our failure to stay connected to God stems from using the off switch we have created to hide God in a secret closet, until we need Him; like fake fathers hiding from their kid’s lives. We reap, but we do not sow?
Today’s Question
Do you realize that there is no secret you can hide from God, so why not be honest and let God save your life and soul?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Revelation 1

Prologue

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,because the time is near.

Greetings and Doxology

John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b]
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[c]
So shall it be! Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of Christ

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit,and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum,Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13 and among the lamp stands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lamp stands is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches.
Love,
Jonathan

Roadblocks

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote 
“Many times we put stumbling blocks in front of ourselves, cutting off communication, thinking up lies, not listening, and imagining things that don’t exist, being dishonest with God.” ~ Jon Barnes

Blocked Choices

 Holding on to bad choices blocks good information from transmitting from the source of God’s Stories into your heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. When presented with the facts, we tend to build bridges to lies, always talking about and doing negative, nonproductive, and hurtful things. Our time expires from waste, distraction, excuses, and laziness, which prevents us from seeing and doing the true work God wants us to accomplish.

Blame Game 

We play games, blaming each other by leaving our assignments undone, running from the truth, and hiding behind the roadblocks that we have personally built in our disobedience.  Together we all build the perfect blocks to permanently shut down good work. The blame game blocks future choices because we are stuck with clogged arteries and our main organs cannot function properly to move clean blood and good information freely.

Mind Blocked 

 Your mind wants to search for the truth, but it cannot function well with old, inaccurate, and misinformation. We then teach each other, our children, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations how to enslave others with non-Biblical principals called tradition, that relates to all of us. Fortunately, the Spirit of God unblocks anything with love, obedience, kindness, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, and patience, when we maintain our bridge and roadways with God’s ways.
Today’s Question
Are you paying close attention to see how good people use God’s lifestyle to break through major roadblocks in their lives or do you want God to use the belt on your butt to unclog your roadblocks?
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Hebrews 6

Warning Against Falling Away

1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so. 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.