“Don’t give the devil more credit than he deserves.”~TB
To understand what you’re up against, you must know your battlefield. There are three things that will constantly test you. Know what you’re up against so that you can pass your tests. Give credit where it is due, but don’t let these things rule over you.
There is no reason to fear the devil. The enemy can only do so much to you. When you give credit to the evil one for all of the struggles in your life, you are abdicating your responsibility in the decisions that you make. You have to make the choice to act on his influence, he can’t force you to sin.
As sin-fallen creatures, your flesh will always desire ungodly things. Power, sex, money, these are temptations that you must control your flesh around, otherwise, you will be ruled by them. You control your flesh, not the devil. So when you screw up, credit yourself, not him. Read the Word to tame your flesh. Lean on the Holy Spirit to form a disciplined thought life. You can to actively choose to deny your flesh, don’t sleep on your authority.
The world is a vile place that will chop and screw you up if you let it. Society mocks what is good, branding it as ‘lame’ or ‘uncool’. Do not fall for the illustrious ways of the world. It will seduce you into debt, jealousy, shame, violence, and destruction. The world is quite influential if you give it credit. But even still, you make the choice to buy shiny things you cannot afford. You make the decision to adhere to sinful practices in order to gain influence. You choose to deny God because you bow down to the pressure of your peers.
Are you taking credit for your choices or is it always someone else’s fault?
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1My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.
2If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
3Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.
4Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
7Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.
9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.
10Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
11My child, don’t reject the LORD ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
13Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
14For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
15Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
17She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
18Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
19By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens.
20By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
21My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,
22for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.
23They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.
24You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
26for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
27Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
28If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
29Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
30Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
31Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.
32Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
33The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
34The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.
35The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!
“A custom tailored shirt fits like no other shirt, because it was designed and measured specifically for you, like God designs each of His Children, as a perfect gift.”~ Jon Barnes
My wife gave me a suit that is custom made from Turkey and the quality is fit for a King, just like God made my wife, the perfect fit as My Queen!It is a blessing to have your own suit fit your body, personality, imagination, preference, and style.Maintain and improve yourself so that your relationships with God and people retain and continually improve the value of their custom fit with love.
Behold, honor, cherish, respect, and love your perfect, custom gift from God because your spouse was amazingly tailored just for you.Keep this gift from God in your mind and heart and don’t abuse your authority and good standing. Going into marriage and growing with your loved one is another miracle that many never recognize in their lives!
It is a beautiful thing to marry your soul mate that God has created just for you.It is a double blessing when both of you love God as you love each other.It is a tough sale when both spouses didn’t get this memo. Yet, our choices, miracles, and beauty in life reflect our love for Christ and respect for the commandments we all must use in the pursuit of our nature of a beautiful life in God.
Is it obvious when you make the best decisions and choices, as you follow God in His Custom Ways?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.[a]
“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
You are not always right so you must leave room for error, mistakes, and unforeseen situations in advance.This will allow you time, energy, prayer, space, and grace to maneuver around the manure that will be in your path.Spiritual Insight is seeing the poop before you step and smell it on your feet.Wisdom is repenting and washing your feet immediately after stepping into it.
When you notice the patterns of how things can go wrong, you will begin to develop plans and concepts that will prevent potential problems in the future for you and your family.Your enemies will enjoy your success as well.Simply avoiding bad choices, behaviors, ideas, and people will give you time, opportunity, and space to fix new problems that may arise.
Stack the deck and put the odds in your favor by listening, reading, and obeying the commandments of God, so that He can work miracles out on your behalf in ways you cannot see or comprehend.Your humility shall be an old friend, simplicity will kill your pride, honesty in repentance will preserve your destiny in Christ.
Do you notice how honest people are blessed and favored by God because of their obedience?
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Exiles Who Returned with Zerubbabel
2 Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived.2 Their leaders were Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
This is the number of the men of Israel who returned from exile:
3 The family of Parosh
4 The family of Shephatiah
5 The family of Arah
6 The family of Pahath-moab (descendants of Jeshua and Joab)
58 In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants numbered 392.
59 Another group returned at this time from the towns of Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Kerub, Addan, and Immer. However, they could not prove that they or their families were descendants of Israel.60 This group included the families of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda—a total of 652 people.
61 Three families of priests—Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai—also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.)62 They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests.63 The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.
64 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah,65 in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women.66 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules,67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
68 When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site,69 and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins,[e] 6,250 pounds[f] of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.
70 So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel.
“Too often our attention is on the hype, sales pitch, glamour, and stardom, event, projects, goals, and things; only to realize that we missed the fine print or simple details staring us in the face from God’s message.”~Jon Barnes
Experiences from old wise people that are passed down to the next generations carry many possible solutions to future problems and we have to be open to listening on both sides of the fence.Slow down and take the time you need to get this job done right the first time to connect generations with God’s wisdom.Many of us just want it now by picking people’s pockets, half doing a good job, wanting full payment for subpar work, and giving slave labor wages for hard work. The older generation has a responsibility to teach, learn and listen to the next generation to connect facts, not hype.
The worst thing that can happen is that you are legally enslaved to a system of self-corruption, mismanagement, greed, poverty, and the likes of which you don’t even know that you are enslaved.May God pull the wool from over your eyes so that you begin following the riches of God’s Love and reverse your enslaved future that is following evil into the darkness of hell will all of your money and cheap ideas.The Bible is clear on all of these issues of wickedness, deceit, lying, cheating, killing, stealing,fornication, and infidelity. Know your place and your motives and then line them up with God’s plan.
If your mind is fashioned and patterned after following the flesh of your heart, wickedness, and desires then your spirit has lost the war and you don’t know or love God.Since you are following your own ways, lust, and desires, God’s future plan for your soul is an everlasting fire.Like the sun burns nonstop from the beginning of time when God set things in motion, eternity will be even longer for your daily pain of disobedience and sin.
Is this the price you want to pay for the hype you are living with or will you let God change your heart and fix your mind?
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David Takes a Census
21 Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel.2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”
3 But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”
4 But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem5 and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah.6 But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.
Judgment for David’s Sin
7 God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.8 Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.”
9 Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer. This was the message:10 “Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will inflict it on you.’”
11 So Gad came to David and said, “These are the choices the Lord has given you.12 You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by the sword of your enemies, or three days of severe plague as the angel of the Lord brings devastation throughout the land of Israel. Decide what answer I should give the Lord who sent me.”
13 “I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”
14 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result.15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But just as the angel was preparing to destroy it, the Lordrelented and said to the death angel, “Stop! That is enough!” At that moment the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Araunah[a] the Jebusite.
16 David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth with his sword drawn, reaching out over Jerusalem. So David and the leaders of Israel put on burlap to show their deep distress and fell face down on the ground.17 And David said to God, “I am the one who called for the census! I am the one who has sinned and done wrong! But these people are as innocent as sheep—what have they done? O Lord my God, let your anger fall against me and my family, but do not destroy your people.”
David Builds an Altar
18 Then the angel of the Lord told Gad to instruct David to go up and build an altar to the Lordon the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.19 So David went up to do what the Lord had commanded him through Gad.20 Araunah, who was busy threshing wheat at the time, turned and saw the angel there. His four sons, who were with him, ran away and hid.21 When Araunah saw David approaching, he left his threshing floor and bowed before David with his face to the ground.
22 David said to Araunah, “Let me buy this threshing floor from you at its full price. Then I will build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.”
23 “Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “I will give the oxen for the burnt offerings, and the threshing boards for wood to build a fire on the altar, and the wheat for the grain offering. I will give it all to you.”
24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!”25 So David gave Araunah 600 pieces of gold[b] in payment for the threshing floor.
26 David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And when David prayed, the Lord answered him by sending fire from heaven to burn up the offering on the altar.27 Then the Lord spoke to the angel, who put the sword back into its sheath.
28 When David saw that the Lord had answered his prayer, he offered sacrifices there at Araunah’s threshing floor.29 At that time the Tabernacle of the Lord and the altar of burnt offering that Moses had made in the wilderness were located at the place of worship in Gibeon.30 But David was not able to go there to inquire of God, because he was terrified by the drawn sword of the angel of the Lord.
“When your mom tells you what to do and perhaps it seems impossible to understand the simple lesson, it is the child’s job to honor the parent by making the right choices in completing the task, as God leads and guides you.” ~ Jon Barnes
Your obedience to your parents is as if God is talking to you and the Word of God is a balanced circle that will not contradict itself. With all the good that you do, God will protect you in your obedience and provide a way of escape, to deliver and accomplish the task and goals.The proof is in the quality product that you deliver with your mind, work, and hands. Shortcuts, confusion, and the lack of attention to detail will not cut it. Always strive to do a fantastic job for your parents and teachers to the best of your ability.
The Work Ethics
There is a reason why you should listen to your mom and learn the lessons the first time. You waste a lot of time being stubborn and hardheaded.This is why God said to honor them, period! People who don’t honor their parents make fools of themselves, chasing their tails, like a dog. You are not a dog, so change your behavior and work ethic.Do more with less, because you listened the first time and completed the simple task that your mom asked! Your failure is marked by your incomplete jobs and excuses. You must work.
Abilities and insights improve with experience you gain from doing your best with what you have in front of you.Your wasteful attitude and lack of respect for your resources and the people around you paint the picture of your future success. Since you are smarter than everyone, your lack of productivity shows the fruit of your labor. Humility brings about abilities, yet seen in God. Arrogance brings about the fragrance of poo and fraud. Complete the simple tasks and assignments and the great ones will follow.
Did you wrap your mind around what your mother said, so God can bless you?
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A New Copy of the Covenant
10 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. Also make a wooden Ark—a sacred chest to store them in. Come up to me on the mountain,2 and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the Ark.’
3 “So I made an Ark of acacia wood and cut two stone tablets like the first two. Then I went up the mountain with the tablets in my hand.4 Once again the Lordwrote the Ten Commandments[a] on the tablets and gave them to me. They were the same words the Lord had spoken to you from the heart of the fire on the day you were assembled at the foot of the mountain.5 Then I turned and came down the mountain and placed the tablets in the Ark of the Covenant, which I had made, just as the Lord commanded me. And the tablets are still there in the Ark.”
6 (The people of Israel set out from the wells of the people of Jaakan[b] and traveled to Moserah, where Aaron died and was buried. His son Eleazar ministered as high priest in his place.7 Then they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from there to Jotbathah, a land with many brooks and streams.8 At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and to stand before the Lord as his ministers, and to pronounce blessings in his name. These are their duties to this day.9 That is why the Levites have no share of property or possession of land among the other Israelite tribes. The Lord himself is their special possession, as the Lord your God told them.)
10 “As for me, I stayed on the mountain in the Lord’s presence for forty days and nights, as I had done the first time. And once again the Lord listened to my pleas and agreed not to destroy you.11 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’
A Call to Love and Obedience
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
14 “Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above all other nations, as is evident today.16 Therefore, change your hearts[c] and stop being stubborn.
17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.20 You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.22 When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!
“What you feed your mind determines the fate of your mental health issues in the future, so feed and use as much biblical wisdom as you can, to avoid the potentialmental meltdowns in life.” ~ Jon Barnes
Personal issues can be devastating when God’s plan is not in place in your life because of disobedience to the truth and not following God’s path that good people and parents have set for us.When parents are not good role models, follow God’s examples and stories. Since listening to God and other good people early in life is not the case for many, major issues tend to develop and corrupt future lifestyles. Damage is normally caused by your own hands.Reaping what you sow can take some time to catch up with you and your deviant ways, as well. As a result, lifestyle and family functions can fall through the cracks, which is not what God planned for your life.
Mistakes and bad choices begin to add up and look like a mountain of dirt because eating the devil’s dog food and lifestyle choices did not have the proper nutrients for normal brain function and development, as a superior human being. Drugs, alcohol and other substances abuse fuel and aid in the deception, lies, and other Mental Health Issues, options given by the devil. By choice, your mind is working for the wrong team. Solutions and cures are available and will require the step by step JJJ Program called,Just Joined Jesus. God will help you rewire your hard drive, wipe it clean, and reboot your thinking. What other people say and think is not what’s at stake here. It is what God can see and know about you and your mental health plan.
We all must wash daily with God’s Holy Water, which flows through the Holy Ghost into us when we repent, walk, fast, pray, and live God’s lifestyle in our JJJ Program. Each day, say the Lord’s Prayer in your Heart to God, as a daily habit and take steps to get closer to the finish line into Heaven. Our mind, body, and heart will be tested and judged by God for fitness and duty. Being washed by the Blood of Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach and retrain your mind each day is the Mental Health Solution’s steps in the JJJ Program. God will award you with extra gifts as you improve the quality of your Lifestyle, faith, and work ethics.
Did you sign up for the JJJ Mental Health Care plan, which is free for eternity or are you insured by the HHH plan, Hell’s Hot Hotel policy?
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Numbers 28 NLT
The Daily Offerings
28 The Lord said to Moses,2 “Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions.
3 “Say to the people: This is the special gift you must present to the Lord as your daily burnt offering. You must offer two one-year-old male lambs with no defects.4 Sacrifice one lamb in the morning and the other in the evening.5 With each lamb you must offer a grain offering of two quarts[a] of choice flour mixed with one quart[b] of pure oil of pressed olives.6 This is the regular burnt offering instituted at Mount Sinai as a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.7 Along with it you must present the proper liquid offering of one quart of alcoholic drink with each lamb, poured out in the Holy Place as an offering to the Lord.8 Offer the second lamb in the evening with the same grain offering and liquid offering. It, too, is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
The Sabbath Offerings
9 “On the Sabbath day, sacrifice two one-year-old male lambs with no defects. They must be accompanied by a grain offering of four quarts[c] of choice flour moistened with olive oil, and a liquid offering.10 This is the burnt offering to be presented each Sabbath day, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying liquid offering.
The Monthly Offerings
11 “On the first day of each month, present an extra burnt offering to the Lord of two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all with no defects.12 These must be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts[d] with each bull, four quarts with the ram,13 and two quarts with each lamb. This burnt offering will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.14 You must also present a liquid offering with each sacrifice: two quarts[e] of wine for each bull, a third of a gallon[f] for the ram, and one quart[g] for each lamb. Present this monthly burnt offering on the first day of each month throughout the year.
15 “On the first day of each month, you must also offer one male goat for a sin offering to the Lord. This is in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying liquid offering.
Offerings for the Passover
16 “On the fourteenth day of the first month,[h] you must celebrate the Lord’s Passover.17 On the following day—the fifteenth day of the month—a joyous, seven-day festival will begin, but no bread made with yeast may be eaten.18 The first day of the festival will be an official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day.19 As a special gift you must present a burnt offering to the Lord—two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all with no defects.20 These will be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts with each bull, four quarts with the ram,21 and two quarts with each of the seven lambs.22 You must also offer a male goat as a sin offering to purify yourselves and make yourselves right with the Lord.[i]23 Present these offerings in addition to your regular morning burnt offering.24 On each of the seven days of the festival, this is how you must prepare the food offering that is presented as a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. These will be offered in addition to the regular burnt offerings and liquid offerings.25 The seventh day of the festival will be another official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day.
Offerings for the Festival of Harvest
26 “At the Festival of Harvest,[j] when you present the first of your new grain to the Lord, you must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work on that day.27 Present a special burnt offering on that day as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. It will consist of two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs.28 These will be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts with each bull, four quarts with the ram,29 and two quarts with each of the seven lambs.30 Also, offer one male goat to purify yourselves and make yourselves right with the Lord.31 Prepare these special burnt offerings, along with their liquid offerings, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying grain offering. Be sure that all the animals you sacrifice have no defects.
“It is in the cells of your mind that your heart is teased, tempted, and tested to show God if you are a worthy, qualified, good laborer of Love for the King of Kings, Lord of Lords!’ ~ Jon Barnes
A cell phone is like a written piece of communication with your voice attached to it, but it is not you and your actions that are necessary to complete the task. You cannot be tested in a test tube of your own reality, but God will test you, not in a dream, but face to face in your evil choices, where the decision, action, and consequence is carried out simultaneously. Otherwise, your selfies, jail cell, and self-inflicted prison awaits you, inside you lifeless house or room.
Computer “fake-book” doesn’t compare to the harsh realities of walking in the fruit of the Spirit with God’s Presence as we fight daily to make better decisions about love, honor, grace, mercy, long-suffering, honesty, sacrifice, repentance, thanksgiving, and praise. Artificial intelligence makes it easy for us to hide our feelings, faces, lifestyles of lust, idolatry, greed, fake-ness, laziness, and indifference towards God! Life is lived outside of your walls of intelligence and handcuffs.
The war is at your front door, whether you like it or not and you must fight the good fight of faith, love, and good work that follows your daily actions to choose the better way for yourself. Being a leader does not allow the weakness of others to make you weak. Your weakness and meekness in God make the Kingdom Stronger because of your faith and obedience, not your intelligence or ideas! Your death to sin is the power you have, which is given back to God from the blood of Jesus, your repentance, and obedience to God’s ways and lifestyle.
Choose your weapon to fight with God or will you let the devil choose you from his cell phone or jail cell in Hell?
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Offerings for the Tabernacle
25 The Lord said to Moses,2 “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them.3 Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them:
gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; 5 tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; 7 onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece.
8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.9 You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.
Plans for the Ark of the Covenant
10 “Have the people make an Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[a]11 Overlay it inside and outside with pure gold, and run a molding of gold all around it.12 Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side.13 Make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.14 Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.15 These carrying poles must stay inside the rings; never remove them.16 When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[b] which I will give to you.
17 “Then make the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold. It must be 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.[c]18 Then make two cherubim from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement cover.19 Mold the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making it all of one piece of gold.20 The cherubim will face each other and look down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they will protect it.21 Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark.22 I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant.[d] From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.
Plans for the Table
23 “Then make a table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[e]24 Overlay it with pure gold and run a gold molding around the edge.25 Decorate it with a 3-inch border[f] all around, and run a gold molding along the border.26 Make four gold rings for the table and attach them at the four corners next to the four legs.27 Attach the rings near the border to hold the poles that are used to carry the table.28 Make these poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.29 Make special containers of pure gold for the table—bowls, ladles, pitchers, and jars—to be used in pouring out liquid offerings.30 Place the Bread of the Presence on the table to remain before me at all times.
Plans for the Lampstand
31 “Make a lampstand of pure, hammered gold. Make the entire lampstand and its decorations of one piece—the base, center stem, lamp cups, buds, and petals.32 Make it with six branches going out from the center stem, three on each side.33 Each of the six branches will have three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.34 Craft the center stem of the lampstand with four lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.35 There will also be an almond bud beneath each pair of branches where the six branches extend from the center stem.36 The almond buds and branches must all be of one piece with the center stem, and they must be hammered from pure gold.37 Then make the seven lamps for the lampstand, and set them so they reflect their light forward.38 The lamp snuffers and trays must also be made of pure gold.39 You will need 75 pounds[g] of pure gold for the lampstand and its accessories.
40 “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.