Pillar of Salt

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When the Hand of God changes your life, going back is futile and useless.”~TB

Opening

When a radical change has occurred in your life, finding your footing can be tough. It’s like a chasm or opening where new opportunities— good or bad— can take root. Patterns and habits from your previous existence no longer bring you the same joy as they once did. But, sometimes knowing where to go next brings more questions than answers and it can be stressful. If you look at the story of Lot’s wife, it can be tough to understand why she was turned into a pillar of salt. All she did was look back, what’s the harm in that? But, if you look at it metaphorically, it’s easier to comprehend. When we begin a new life in Christ, the old stuff cannot remain. It’s kind of like shedding skin if you think about it. The discipline lies in having the courage and faith to move forward without craving the life you once led.

 

 

Forward

I’ll be honest, when you change into who God has called you to be, you will lose your previous identity and sometimes that means the people you once did life with. It can be an isolating and strange experience if you don’t reach out when necessary. The one thing I’ve learned is that a blank canvas scares many people. After all, our society paints a supposed blueprint for this thing called “life” so when a plan gets blown up, having the imagination and fortitude to start something new can be terrifying. It’s probably why many turn back to old behavior, because it’s comforting or familiar. But, what if the unknown held something better? If we can reconcile the fears we hold in our minds and rely on the vision that God provides, moving forward doesn’t seem all that scary. The trick is to hold onto faith when doing so.

Today’s Question

Are you stuck in your past?

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Isaiah 26

1 In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.
2Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter.
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4 Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
5 He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust.
6 The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot, and the needy walk all over it.
7But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.
8 LORD, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
9 In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.
10 Your kindness to the wicked does not make them do good. Although others do right, the wicked keep doing wrong and take no notice of the LORD ’s majesty.
11 O LORD, they pay no attention to your upraised fist. Show them your eagerness to defend your people. Then they will be ashamed. Let your fire consume your enemies.
12 LORD, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you.
13 O LORD our God, others have ruled us, but you alone are the one we worship.
14Those we served before are dead and gone. Their departed spirits will never return! You attacked them and destroyed them, and they are long forgotten.
15 O LORD, you have made our nation great; yes, you have made us great. You have extended our borders, and we give you the glory!
16 LORD, in distress we searched for you. We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.
17 Just as a pregnant woman writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth, so were we in your presence, LORD .
18 We, too, writhe in agony, but nothing comes of our suffering. We have not given salvation to the earth, nor brought life into the world.
19 But those who die in the LORD will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!
20 Go home, my people, and lock your doors! Hide yourselves for a little while until the LORD ’s anger has passed.
21 Look! The LORD is coming from heaven to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will no longer hide those who have been killed. They will be brought out for all to see.

Lip Service

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God respects a humble honest attempt over the deceptively sweet sounds of empty promises.”~TB

Fake Goals

It’s easy to have goals. It’s a whole different ball game to create a plan to achieve said goal and then go off and execute it. We’ve all known (and have been guilty of) someone who claims to want to improve, yet fails to cultivate the discipline to follow through. Someone wants to write a book yet fails to create an outline or even begin writing at all. We do the same thing with God. Many Christians claim to want to know Him, but then the idea of having to change behaviors, change thought patterns, or regularly pick up the Bible stops them in their tracks. Discipline of any kind is tough in the beginning. But without it, change is impossible. The beauty of pursuing a relationship with God is that only one of you is flawed and the other perfect. And trust me, that unconditional thing goes a long way.

Honest Effort

God isn’t looking for perfection, He’s looking for obedience and an honest effort. So when we make mistakes, have doubts, go through humbling moments, though point is to get back up, acknowledge our shortcomings and ask God to make up the difference in our effort to walk the path of righteousness. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to get up, repent, and move on, but just like a kid trying to learn how to ride a bicycle, just keep trying. And by doing so time and time again, you begin to understand how God personally sees you and how valuable you are to Him. So the next time you feel like phoning it in, remember God’s grace and put in the effort.

Today’s Question

Does your effort match your mouth?

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Isaiah 19

1 Listen, Ethiopia —land of fluttering sails that lies at the headwaters of the Nile,
2 that sends ambassadors in swift boats down the river. Go, swift messengers! Take a message to a tall, smooth-skinned people, who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction, and whose land is divided by rivers.
3 All you people of the world, everyone who lives on the earth— when I raise my battle flag on the mountain, look! When I blow the ram’s horn, listen!
4 For the LORD has told me this: “I will watch quietly from my dwelling place— as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day, or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.”
5 Even before you begin your attack, while your plans are ripening like grapes, the LORD will cut off your new growth with pruning shears. He will snip off and discard your spreading branches.
6 Your mighty army will be left dead in the fields for the mountain vultures and wild animals. The vultures will tear at the corpses all summer. The wild animals will gnaw at the bones all winter.
7 At that time the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will receive gifts from this land divided by rivers, from this tall, smooth-skinned people, who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction. They will bring the gifts to Jerusalem, where the LORD of Heaven’s Armies dwells.

 

Ill

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Check your motives and behaviors because sometimes your illness is caused by your actions.”~TB

Self-Inflicted

Isn’t weird how many of the things we do in our lives are counterintuitive to the goals we wish to achieve? Say you’re trying to lose weight, but keep buying croissants and donuts. Or, you’re trying to start a business but don’t want to qualify prospects. Though we are engaging in this behavior, many times we are quick to blame our circumstance while forgetting about the deeds we did to get there. Our wounds can be self-inflicted and certain afflictions are a result of what we have or haven’t done. When we don’t take responsibility for our hand in our situations, it can seem like life is unfair or that the cards are stacked against you. No, I’m not saying that every bad thing in your life is your fault. I am saying, that the choices we make today impact our ability and mobility tomorrow. More to the point, maybe learned behaviors or life experiences have caused you to take an “ill” viewpoint. To get out of that mentality, a shift in discipline and accountability is imperative. When there is a lack of discipline and accountability, tilling the soil becomes a nuisance rather than the objective.

Discipline

Discipline isn’t fun but it is a necessary daily practice that we must do. It first starts with disciplining our minds and hearts to follow God. Putting God first every day is challenging for everyone, even those who’ve been doing for a long time. That’s because we are always battling our flesh which is why discipline and endurance are vital. Discipline teaches you to show up, even when you don’t want to. Endurance gives you the extra push to keep going when your tank is on empty. And God fills in the blanks and covers the rest when we fall short. We begin to see the errors of our ways by having honest conversations with God and ourselves. To get there takes humility and an understanding that we’re all flawed. The world isn’t always against you. Sometimes it’s actually you that’s against you. Calling yourself to the carpet and cultivating self-discipline are the best things you can do, not only in your relationship with Christ, but in your relationship and dealing within the world. When you shift your perspective, you will see that your illness is subjective and that if you allow Him, God can prescribe the antidote.

Today’s Question

Are you sick of being sick?

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Isaiah 7

1 When Ahaz, son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah, the king of Israel, set out to attack Jerusalem. However, they were unable to carry out their plan.
2The news had come to the royal court of Judah: “Syria is allied with Israel against us!” So the hearts of the king and his people trembled with fear, like trees shaking in a storm.
3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, “Take your son Shear-jashub and go out to meet King Ahaz. You will find him at the end of the aqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near the road leading to the field where cloth is washed.
4 Tell him to stop worrying. Tell him he doesn’t need to fear the fierce anger of those two burned-out embers, King Rezin of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah.
5Yes, the kings of Syria and Israel are plotting against him, saying,
6 ‘We will attack Judah and capture it for ourselves. Then we will install the son of Tabeel as Judah’s king.’
7But this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “This invasion will never happen; it will never take place;
8 for Syria is no stronger than its capital, Damascus, and Damascus is no stronger than its king, Rezin. As for Israel, within sixty-five years it will be crushed and completely destroyed.
9 Israel is no stronger than its capital, Samaria, and Samaria is no stronger than its king, Pekah son of Remaliah. Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.”
10 Later, the LORD sent this message to King Ahaz:
11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead. ”
12 But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the LORD like that.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well?
14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
15 By the time this child is old enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong, he will be eating yogurt and honey.
16 For before the child is that old, the lands of the two kings you fear so much will both be deserted.
17 “Then the LORD will bring things on you, your nation, and your family unlike anything since Israel broke away from Judah. He will bring the king of Assyria upon you!”
18 In that day the LORD will whistle for the army of southern Egypt and for the army of Assyria. They will swarm around you like flies and bees.
19 They will come in vast hordes and settle in the fertile areas and also in the desolate valleys, caves, and thorny places.
20 In that day the Lord will hire a “razor” from beyond the Euphrates River —the king of Assyria—and use it to shave off everything: your land, your crops, and your people.
21 In that day a farmer will be fortunate to have a cow and two sheep or goats left.
22Nevertheless, there will be enough milk for everyone because so few people will be left in the land. They will eat their fill of yogurt and honey.
23 In that day the lush vineyards, now worth 1,000 pieces of silver, will become patches of briers and thorns.
24 The entire land will become a vast expanse of briers and thorns, a hunting ground overrun by wildlife.
25 No one will go to the fertile hillsides where the gardens once grew, for briers and thorns will cover them. Cattle, sheep, and goats will graze there.

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.

 

Advancement

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Use God’s viewpoint as an opportunity of faith to love, learn, grow, and go about the business of sharing, caring, building, and giving your best work to advance your future.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Spring

Spring out of bed, from your prayer closet of faith, knowing that the day will be full of wonderful opportunities to serve, shine, and make a difference in your own family, community, and job.  Your body, mind, and soul should be a reflection of the Spirit of God that is in you to do excellent work.

Winter

Winterize your home, ideas, and actions to improve your mindset, purpose, and personal energy-saving strategies for sustained success, health, wealth, and growth.  The rotations from the seasons are a visual, artistic landscape of fresh ideas that God gives us in following and managing our time, language, actions, and love.  Exercise your faith in this manner and enjoy the views.

Summer

Fall into summer with the best body, mind, and level of energy because you managed to shed the leaves of fat from your body each year.  Holding onto crumbled up old bags of leaves, as stored up fat around your stomach is not the design for your body shape.  Work out each day and naturally thin out the waste that you are carrying all year long.
Today’s Question
Are you keeping a new visualization of yourself in God to adapt to the changing seasons of life or are you holding onto all of the fat that is holding your mental, physical, and spiritual health hostage?
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Psalm 43 

Declare me innocent, O God!
    Defend me against these ungodly people.
    Rescue me from these unjust liars.
For you are God, my only safe haven.
    Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth;
    let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God,
    to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
    O God, my God!
Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!
Love,
 
Jonathan

Preventative Measures

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“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

Negative

Negative emotions and input tends to prevent people from moving forward, changing bad habits, or listening to reason, when faced with difficult times, choices, decisions, and daily practices.  It is always better to be obedient to God while fighting the good fight of faith.  Do not allow negative people or situations cloud your best judgment and proper solution path.

Moods

Exercise, good food, plenty of water, rest, and a positive outlook will help you to control your mood swings during good and troubled times.  Since we all learn new things each day, enjoy the mood of learning, discovering, and working through all types of problems and issues.  Continue to enjoy all the good that you do.  Follow God’s guidelines and not your mood swing or interpretations.

Attitudes

You can inspire others to have a positive attitude, just because you maintain your positive outlook at all times.  In the worst of situations, God gives us a way out and an understanding of wisdom to deal with the evil practices of the devil.  Your track record and successful approaches to problems will shine God’s love onto all things and situations you may encounter.  Keep the Faith in front!
Today’s Question
Did you take God’s preventative measure of faith with you this morning? 
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Psalm 37 

A psalm of David.

Don’t worry about the wicked
    or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
    Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good.
    Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
    and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop being angry!
    Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
    it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed,
    but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
    Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
    and will live in peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the godly;
    they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
    for he sees their day of judgment coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords
    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.
16 It is better to be godly and have little
    than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
    but the Lord takes care of the godly.
18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
    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.
20 But the wicked will die.
    The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
    they will disappear like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
    but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
    but those he curses will die.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
    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.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
    and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
    and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
    but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
    and will live there forever.
30 The godly offer good counsel;
    they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
    so they will never slip from his path.
32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
    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.
34 Put your hope in the Lord.
    Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
    You will see the wicked destroyed.
35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
    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!
37 Look at those who are honest and good,
    for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
    they have no future.
39 The Lord rescues the godly;
    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.

Love,

Jonathan

Trapped

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“We become trapped into our own laziness of lying, cheating, stealing, and wasting time because we hate doing what is right in the sight of God.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Tips

Many of us want to tiptoe through our problems and fears by saying we hate reading, working with people, doing something new, following directions, cleaning, exercising, eating right, and the list goes on and on and on.  Verbalizing our excuses only helps us to mask and hide our solutions to execute better habits and behaviors.  We refuse to change into what God wants for us.  Stop following the crowd!

Taps

Tap into your help by listening to God and humbling yourself.  When God blesses us, we tend to get prideful, nonresponsive, and lazy, as if we have arrived to enter into the “Gates of Heaven”.  Then, our pride turns into spiritual gangrene that sets in to stop us from walking into our destiny.  Being unprepared, lazy, and not finishing our jobs are clear signs of disorganization, neglect, dirtiness, and overweight attitudes of prideful time mismanagement, which leads to an obese lifestyle of overindulging.   

Tops

Stay on top of your game by staying honest to your mission, working through your little problems, and mastering the lifestyle God wants you to live.  The closer you get to God’s standards, the more disciplined you become, full of love, patience, and kindness, with clear clean words, work, and faith.  
Today’s Question
Did you go to the gym with God this morning or are you trapped under your pride and laziness?
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Psalm 36 

For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord.

Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.[a]
    They have no fear of God at all.
In their blind conceit,
    they cannot see how wicked they really are.
Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
    They refuse to act wisely or do good.
They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
    Their actions are never good.
    They make no attempt to turn from evil.
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
    How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
    in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
    letting them drink from your river of delights.
For you are the fountain of life,
    the light by which we see.
10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;
    give justice to those with honest hearts.
11 Don’t let the proud trample me
    or the wicked push me around.
12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen!
    They are thrown down, never to rise again.

Love,

Jonathan

After

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“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

Show

When you show up each day to embrace the quality time with God, your heart will beat to His drum and exercising routines that are designed by the Master of All Things to strengthen, sustain, and encourage your physical and spiritual needs.  He is The Best Trainer to keep you focused and on task!  Ask God to show you your personalized schedule and goals for your life, mind, body, heart, and purpose.  Be Patient!

Do 

Do, practice, and share the new skills God teaches you after you have mastered the new methods.  You will get plenty of practice and test to show your proficiency.  Improvement is a daily, ongoing task, as God knows and watches your every move, thought, and assignment.  However, you can not give something that you do not have or learned.  Possess and bless others with what God has taught you.
  

Feel

Notice how much better you feel and how much more clean and clear your life becomes, when you obey God, no matter what your job functions are.  Your place in God’s plan is great with constant effort.  When you have worked to your potential, God honors your honest and steady commitment to your faith, improvement, love, and ability to change.
Today’s Question
After you study and exercise with God each day, can you see the improvements and changes in your life, like others can?
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Psalm 5

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.
O Lord, hear me as I pray;
    pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
    for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
    Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
    you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
    for you hate all who do evil.
You will destroy those who tell lies.
    The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
    I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
    or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
    Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
    Their tongues are filled with flattery.[a]
10 
O God, declare them guilty.
    Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.
11 
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
    that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 
For you bless the godly, O Lord;
    you surround them with your shield of love.
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Rebuked

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Since the wicked are trapped in their own deed, how much more are God’s good people rewarded for the work of faith and honest actions of love?”    Jon Barnes

Marvelous

Fix your eyes daily on the marvelous wonders of God, His Ways, and creations to keep your minds fresh, filled with faith, love, and hope.  Be ready to do the work. Know that God’s rewards will blow your mind in Heaven and nothing that you can say or think will compare or be accurate in imagining such splendor and spectacular lifestyle of Spirit, Awe, and Wonder!

Appeared

God will appear in all the things you do and surround you with His love and favor.   The level of support and assistance will rock your world and sing into the heavens to declare your loyalty and love for God.  All of creation will witness who you are in God and they will know your place in Him as you do.

Absent

When God is absent from your life, evil surrounds you and it is known by all.  Since you continue to do dumb things, there is no hiding who you are and what you do.  Calamity follows your thoughts and actions at every turn and your children act like you do.  God’s words, work, and faith are far from your life and lips.  You will not be absent in your eternal reward of hell and judgment.
Today’s Question
Where is your confusion coming from?
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Job 26 

Job’s Ninth Speech: A Response to Bildad

26 Then Job spoke again:
“How you have helped the powerless!
    How you have saved the weak!
How you have enlightened my stupidity!
    What wise advice you have offered!
Where have you gotten all these wise sayings?
    Whose spirit speaks through you?
“The dead tremble—
    those who live beneath the waters.
The underworld[a] is naked in God’s presence.
    The place of destruction[b] is uncovered.
God stretches the northern sky over empty space
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds,
    and the clouds don’t burst with the weight.
He covers the face of the moon,[c]
    shrouding it with his clouds.
10 He created the horizon when he separated the waters;
    he set the boundary between day and night.
11 The foundations of heaven tremble;
    they shudder at his rebuke.
12 By his power the sea grew calm.
    By his skill he crushed the great sea monster.[d]
13 His Spirit made the heavens beautiful,
    and his power pierced the gliding serpent.
14 These are just the beginning of all that he does,
    merely a whisper of his power.
    Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

My Watch

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“On your watch, it is your responsibility to protect, love, mentor, and keep your family safe, focused and well trained in the ways of God and Love with clear examples, ready for battle at any time!” — Jon Barnes

When

When I was young and in need, I wanted someone to help mentor me and spend some time each day to show, model, explain, re-teach, quiz, and make sure that I understood each message, lesson, and commandment about Love from God.  My parents, family, wife, kids, friends, and enemies could only do the best they could do.  Time is limited. But, when you learn to ask God to mentor you, then you become among the ones with the best answers in the room, for understanding.

Look Up

People will look up to you for solutions to copy and fix personal problems.  Your insight and management skills will train others to do better, when you accept what God is teaching you.  Lazy people who refuse to comply to God’s methods will live a lifestyle that says, danger, disaster, problems, roadblocks, greed, wast, and foolishness all over their face.  Look up and you will see these people coming, many from your own family.  Often times it is you who will be doing the wrong things until you ask God yourself!  Look up, seek, and pray!

Destination

In every culture from the beginning of time, someone introduced a wicked practice of disobedience, greed, hatred, envy, laziness, dishonor, lying, cheating, and enslaving others with their hunger for power and injustice. Many have followed this evil. The love of God does not do these things, but His Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray, play, work, and share what we are blessings.  Thought history, there are short periods of time in which we listen to God and this actually works well, before it all goes to hell again.
Today’s Question
Will you keep listening to God or will you become distracted with your own agendas of disobedience?
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1 Chronicles 13

Bringing Back the Ark

13 David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us. Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of[a] it[b] during the reign of Saul.” The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.
So David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (Kiriath Jearim) to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who is enthroned between the cherubim—the ark that is called by the Name.
They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it. David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets.
When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.
11 Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[c]
12 David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?”13 He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.
Love,
Jonathan