Freedumb

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If God has set you free, don’t be dumb by continuing on with your broken lifestyle.”~TB

Restoration

Through salvation, you are set free from the bondage that comes from the evils of the world, the devil, and your flesh. God does this so you can live in freedom, so don’t be dumb! But, what does that mean? When you walk with Christ, you begin to see the many dumb practices society pushes onto you. With this new clarity, you have a choice to abandon your old ways and adopt better behaviors. When you stay the course, you begin to crave discipline, hard work, kindness, and humility– all of the wonderful Christ-like traits that the Holy Spirit instills in you when you accept God’s highest gift. Friends, if you’ve received Christ, chose freedom, not freedumb.

Destruction

If you don’t cultivate your relationship with God, the trappings of this world will consume because you were not careful. Friends, be discerning with what you consider to be freedom. Expensive things trap you in a cycle of debt. Toxic people trap you in a cycle of anguish and trouble. Drugs and bad substances trap you in a cycle of confusion and numbness. Envying your neighbor traps you in a cycle of anger and jealousy within your heart. These things do not set you free, they enslave you. Should you choose this modern slavery, connecting with God’s teaching becomes much more difficult. Avoid the traps and turn to Him. Walking with God helps you see the battlefield as it truly is. He shows you the landmines so that you may not become a casualty.

Today’s Question

Do you understand the difference between freedom and freedumb?

Enjoy the reading

Proverbs 13

1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction. 
2 Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 
3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. 
4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. 
5 The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. 
6 Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin. 
7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. 
8 The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened. 
9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. 
10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. 
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. 
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. 
13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. 
14The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. 
15 A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction. 
16 Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 
17 An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing. 
18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. 
19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. 
20Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. 
21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous. 
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. 
23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away. 
24Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. 
25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

Pharaoh

 

star-1096934_1920.jpgHi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You become like the Pharaoh of Egypt when you enslave your peers, usurping their goods without offering them anything in return.”~TB

Chief Thief

Why did you take that which does not belong to you? Are God’s provisions not enough? Your appetite for authority and prestige has blinded you to your maliciously evil deeds. Look in the mirror and who do you see; a child of God or a modern day slave owner?

Hardened Heart

Your heart is hardened, making you blind to the wrath of justice right around the corner. You’ve failed to listen to the truth, opting to believe the lies of strangers of God. When you are the supreme ruler of your life, eventually you will surround yourself with people who are more than happy to aid in your demise. Soon you will see what happens to the emperor who succumbs to false flattery and evil deeds.

Today’s Question

Are you ready to abdicate your evil throne or does God have to smack some sense into you?

Enjoy the reading

Psalm 95

1 Come, let us sing to the LORD ! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 
2 Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. 
3 For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods.
4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. 
5 The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 
6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, 
7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! 
8 The LORD says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. 
9 For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. 
10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’
11 So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

Imposed

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Learn to love Frustration, because it is fuel for improvement and you should look at it as a good thing to move forward with wisdom and love.” ~ Jon Barnes

Self Imposed

Self-imposed frustration is when you analyze things to the point of inaction, dissension, and omission.  Personal choices are your own and you must be willing to make them.  Do not use other people as an excuse to not make good personal choices and goals for yourself. Occasionally helping people get off their feet is nice, but living for them day to day is something else and far above your pay grade.

Job-Related

Doing a good job is what we all can hope for, but your job is not your life.  After you have completed the best job you can at work, for your company, or around the house, do something else.  Balance your types of activities in the day so that you don’t burn out with your self-imposed slave mentality.  Relax, breath, have some fun, exercise, and take a walk with God daily.

God Related

God can relate to all of your needs since He made us.  Ask Him about your concerns and focus on what you learned from Him today.  Sometimes, you just need to take a nap to wake up with a better perspective and approach to a situation and new instructions.  You should always enjoy the work in progress and the completion of a task.  Relate your experience with how God created the world and I think you will calm down a little bit with new adventures.
Today’s Question
Why do you let your mind wander into the darkness of nothingness, which imposes wicked lost thoughts, that are not your own?

1 Chronicles 26

Duties of the Gatekeepers

26 These are the divisions of the gatekeepers:
From the Korahites, there was Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the family of Abiasaph.[a] The sons of Meshelemiah were Zechariah (the oldest), Jediael (the second), Zebadiah (the third), Jathniel (the fourth), Elam (the fifth), Jehohanan (the sixth), and Eliehoenai (the seventh).
The sons of Obed-edom, also gatekeepers, were Shemaiah (the oldest), Jehozabad (the second), Joah (the third), Sacar (the fourth), Nethanel (the fifth), Ammiel (the sixth), Issachar (the seventh), and Peullethai (the eighth). God had richly blessed Obed-edom.
Obed-edom’s son Shemaiah had sons with great ability who earned positions of great authority in the clan. Their names were Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad. Their relatives, Elihu and Semakiah, were also very capable men.
All of these descendants of Obed-edom, including their sons and grandsons—sixty-two of them in all—were very capable men, well qualified for their work.
Meshelemiah’s eighteen sons and relatives were also very capable men.
10 Hosah, of the Merari clan, appointed Shimri as the leader among his sons, though he was not the oldest. 11 His other sons included Hilkiah (the second), Tebaliah (the third), and Zechariah (the fourth). Hosah’s sons and relatives, who served as gatekeepers, numbered thirteen in all.
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers were named for their family leaders, and like the other Levites, they served at the house of the Lord. 13 They were assigned by families for guard duty at the various gates, without regard to age or training, for it was all decided by means of sacred lots.
14 The responsibility for the east gate went to Meshelemiah[b] and his group. The north gate was assigned to his son Zechariah, a man of unusual wisdom. 15 The south gate went to Obed-edom, and his sons were put in charge of the storehouse. 16 Shuppim and Hosah were assigned the west gate and the gateway leading up to the Temple.[c] Guard duties were divided evenly. 17 Six Levites were assigned each day to the east gate, four to the north gate, four to the south gate, and two pairs at the storehouse. 18 Six were assigned each day to the west gate, four to the gateway leading up to the Temple, and two to the courtyard.[d]
19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers from the clans of Korah and Merari.

Treasurers and Other Officials

20 Other Levites, led by Ahijah, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to the Lord. 21 From the family of Libni[e] in the clan of Gershon, Jehiel[f] was the leader. 22 The sons of Jehiel, Zetham and his brother Joel, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the Lord.
23 These are the leaders that descended from Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel:
24 From the clan of Amram, Shebuel was a descendant of Gershom son of Moses. He was the chief officer of the treasuries. 25 His relatives through Eliezer were Rehabiah, Jeshaiah, Joram, Zicri, and Shelomoth.
26 Shelomoth and his relatives were in charge of the treasuries containing the gifts that King David, the family leaders, and the generals and captains[g] and other officers of the army had dedicated to the Lord. 27 These men dedicated some of the plunder they had gained in battle to maintain the house of the Lord. 28 Shelomoth[h] and his relatives also cared for the gifts dedicated to the Lord by Samuel the seer, Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah. All the other dedicated gifts were in their care, too.
29 From the clan of Izhar came Kenaniah. He and his sons were given administrative responsibilities[i] over Israel as officials and judges.
30 From the clan of Hebron came Hashabiah. He and his relatives—1,700 capable men—were put in charge of the Israelite lands west of the Jordan River. They were responsible for all matters related to the things of the Lord and the service of the king in that area.
31 Also from the clan of Hebron came Jeriah,[j] who was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. (In the fortieth year of David’s reign, a search was made in the records, and capable men from the clan of Hebron were found at Jazer in the land of Gilead.) 32 There were 2,700 capable men among the relatives of Jeriah. King David sent them to the east side of the Jordan River and put them in charge of the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were responsible for all matters related to God and to the king.
Love,
Jonathan

Statue

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The Statue of Liberty represents the freedom and liberty to people, immigrants, and cultures all around the world, yet as usual, we keep changing the parameters of our meanings, words, and ideology to meet our need for greed.” ~ Jon Barnes

Land

The fight for land, water, food, materials, goods, and services have been a naturally evolving struggle for mankind since the beginning of time.  Evil tries to lord over the work of caring people to enslave them into bondage and submission. As we expand in numbers, people fight, take, steal, exchange, buy, create, and sell everything imaginable, yet we have not learned how to expand the quality of love and liberty for all people. We know how we just don’t do it.

People

We have plenty of land, water, air, resources, ideas, inventions, solutions, and methods to fix problems, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, employ the jobless, and still make profits in our global economy.  However, the greed of people will not allow fair trade practices to develop in all of the sectors of society equally so that each individual will have enough options to make the best choices.  As a result your liberty will rely on the quality choices that you develop and execute for yourself, by using God’s wisdom, grace, and mercy.

Culture

Some cultures do such a better job at balancing the tight rope walk of free trade, business, ownership, management, government, religious freedom, and opportunities while others still thrive on slave labor, exploitation, tyranny, and mindless struggle with ancient traditions. Taking care of yourself and family is a personal issue of self-regulation and choice, in which moving to another country is the only foreseeable hope. Humanity has moved all around the globe and it is important that we all learn how to share.
Today’s Question
Do you care enough to share the same quality of love God has shared with us?

2 Kings 22

Josiah Rules in Judah

22 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.
In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, the court secretary, to the Temple of the Lord. He told him, “Go to Hilkiah the high priest and have him count the money the gatekeepers have collected from the people at the Lord’s Temple. Entrust this money to the men assigned to supervise the restoration of the Lord’s Temple. Then they can use it to pay workers to repair the Temple. They will need to hire carpenters, builders, and masons. Also have them buy the timber and the finished stone needed to repair the Temple. But don’t require the construction supervisors to keep account of the money they receive, for they are honest and trustworthy men.”

Hilkiah Discovers God’s Law

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it.
Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your officials have turned over the money collected at the Temple of the Lord to the workers and supervisors at the Temple.”10 Shaphan also told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” So Shaphan read it to the king.
11 When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. 12 Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: 13 “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”
14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the New Quarter[a] of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
15 She said to them, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, 16 ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city[b] and its people. All the words written in the scroll that the king of Judah has read will come true.17 For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will burn against this place, and it will not be quenched.’
18 “But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: 19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. 20 So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.’”
So they took her message back to the king.
Love,
Jonathan