Rooted

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t root your faith in man, because the roots will not take hold. For a firmly rooted foundation, look to God.”~TB

Weak Roots

When you base your faith solely on the actions of your brothers and sisters in Christ, you will be disappointed time and time again. Humans are imperfect, prone to sin, and fundamentally flawed. Even the wisest will fall prey to their wickedness. So what happens when the wise fall? All of a sudden you begin to question your Creator over the misdeeds of your leaders. How foolish! It is arrogant and naive to hold God accountable for the actions of man. Free will gives us the choice to obey or disobey. When your faith is rooted in man, what you thought was firmly planted gets ripped away by the gentlest breeze. Plant your seeds accordingly.

Holy Roots

When you place your faith in God and God alone, He opens your eyes to the Truth, planting you firmly in His Holy Garden where you are permanently rooted. With that Truth, you begin to crave discipline and obedience. Forgiveness becomes easier and you give it as freely as He freely forgives you. When the wise fall, as they do, you understand that it happens and that the transgression is between them and God. You begin to experience the joy of minding your own relationship with God rather than rationalizing your shortcomings because “other people are doing it too”. Tend to your Holy roots by reading the Word and walking close to the Lord. Watch how it changes your world view.

Today’s Question

Are your roots planted in the Holy Garden or are they shallowly rooted in foolishness?

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Psalm 89

1 I will sing of the LORD ’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. 
2 Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. 
3 The LORD said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. I have sworn this oath to him: 
4‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever; they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” Interlude 
5 All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD ; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness. 
6 For who in all of heaven can compare with the LORD ? What mightiest angel is anything like the LORD ? 
7 The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne. 
8 O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O LORD ? You are entirely faithful. 
9 You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. 
10 You crushed the great sea monster. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. 
11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all. 
12 You created north and south. Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name. 
13 Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. 
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. 
15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD . 
16 They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness.
17 You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong. 
18Yes, our protection comes from the LORD, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king. 
19 Long ago you spoke in a vision to your faithful people. You said, “I have raised up a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king. 
20 I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil. 
21 I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. 
22 His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him. 
23 I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him. 
24 My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and by my authority he will grow in power.
25 I will extend his rule over the sea, his dominion over the rivers. 
26And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ 
27 I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.
28 I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end. 
29 I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven. 
30 But if his descendants forsake my instructions and fail to obey my regulations, 
31 if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands, 
32 then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their disobedience with beating. 
33 But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. 
34 No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said. 
35 I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie: 
36 His dynasty will go on forever; his kingdom will endure as the sun. 
37 It will be as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!” Interlude 
38 But now you have rejected him and cast him off. You are angry with your anointed king. 
39 You have renounced your covenant with him; you have thrown his crown in the dust. 
40 You have broken down the walls protecting him and ruined every fort defending him.
41 Everyone who comes along has robbed him, and he has become a joke to his neighbors. 
42 You have strengthened his enemies and made them all rejoice. 
43 You have made his sword useless and refused to help him in battle. 
44 You have ended his splendor and overturned his throne.
45 You have made him old before his time and publicly disgraced him. Interlude 
46 O LORD, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your anger burn like fire? 
47 Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! 
48 No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude
49 Lord, where is your unfailing love? You promised it to David with a faithful pledge. 
50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced! I carry in my heart the insults of so many people. 
51 Your enemies have mocked me, O LORD ; they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.
52 Praise the LORD forever! Amen and amen!

 

Handout

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“People are not looking for a handout, they are looking for a hand up with some real help and solutions to age-old problems.”  ~ Jon Barnes

People

God is not giving the people of this world a handout, but He is a hand up through Jesus Christ to follow Him into the Pearly Gates of Heaven.  When you grab the hand of Christ to walk the ways and path of biblical faith, honesty, and integrity, God will hold your hand and never let you go.

World

When you let the hand of God go to follow your own lust of your flesh, desires, interest, greed, power, and beliefs, the devil enjoys holding your hand of rebellious foolishness to walk with you straight to hell.  Smile and enjoy the journey into the pit of fire forever with the many people of the world who choose to let go of God’s Hand of Salvation and path of righteousness.

God

God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for our sins so that we could choose the path to Heaven of the path to hell.  This is not a handout or a free meal ticket for evil people trying to steal their way into the heart of God’s eternal rest.  God’s final chapter of structure, love, and complete understanding will accompany all things known as they are, through the Pearly Gates, if He knows you as a child of God, who ran the race properly.
Today’s Question
Are you still running your race with God or are you running around lying, begging, cheating, stealing, and looking for handouts?
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Psalm 69

1 Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. 
2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. 
3 I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. 
4 Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head. Many enemies try to destroy me with lies, demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal. 
5 O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you. 
6 Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me, O Sovereign LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated, O God of Israel. 
7 For I endure insults for your sake; humiliation is written all over my face. 
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me; they treat me like a stranger. 
9 Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 
10 When I weep and fast, they scoff at me. 
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow, they make fun of me. 
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me. 
13 But I keep praying to you, LORD, hoping this time you will show me favor. In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation. 
14 Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters. 
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me. 
16Answer my prayers, O LORD, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. 
17 Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble! 
18 Come and redeem me; free me from my enemies. 
19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace. You see all that my enemies are doing. 
20 Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. 
21 But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst. 
22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare and their prosperity become a trap.
23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see, and make their bodies shake continually. 
24 Pour out your fury on them; consume them with your burning anger. 
25 Let their homes become desolate and their tents be deserted. 
26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury; they add to the pain of those you have hurt. 
27 Pile their sins up high, and don’t let them go free. 
28 Erase their names from the Book of Life; don’t let them be counted among the righteous. 
29 I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. 
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. 
31 For this will please the LORD more than sacrificing cattle, more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves. 
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. 
33 For the LORD hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.
34 Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them.
35 For God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the towns of Judah. His people will live there and settle in their own land. 
36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land, and those who love him will live there in safety.

Application

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Disobedience will turn your heart away from God and you will follow the ways of the wicked.” ~ Jon Barnes

Practical

Practical application of God’s Love will teach you things that are necessary for future growth. The foundation that you gain are the fundamental blocks used for success with God. However, if you chose to turn your heart away from God and become disobedient, you will pay the eternal price and judgment for your wicked behavior.

Impractical

It doesn’t make sense to be so intelligent, talented, capable, and prepared to complete the job God has given you, to only bitterly fail the final exam. Lust, greed, and pride will turn you into an evil animal, unfit for the Kingdom of God. You did the work, but you switched teams because your heart was still evil to the core.

Logic

Addiction to the lust of sin is like any other addiction your body craves for and will seek ways to break the rules and create fake news and laws to profit from the poor, enslave the innocent. Evil people will meet to devise plans and applications of corruption to withhold good things and earnings from those who deserve fair wages. Abandoning God’s laws and commandments is the application of Fools damned to hell.
Today’s Questions
How will you prevent yourself from becoming a fool for the devil, since you don’t obey God?
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2 Kings 6 

An Axhead Floats

The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”
And he said, “Go.”
Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
“I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”
The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.

Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans

Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lordopened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father?Shall I kill them?”
22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.

Famine in Besieged Samaria

24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels[a] of silver, and a quarter of a cab[b] of seed pods[c] for five shekels.[d]
26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!”
27 The king replied, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” 28 Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”
She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ 29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”
30 When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackclothon his body. 31 He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!”
32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Don’t you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?” 33 While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him.
The king said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
Love,
 
Jonathan

Rock It

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“God has me studying with rocket scientist in bible studies in Los Alamos so that I can see that it is not rocket science, but simple equations of truth; 1 + 1 = 2.” ~ Jon Barnes 

Joy

It is a joy to love, give, share, and learn from all people from around the world. In my travels, I see the same science of love, logic, and proof that God is God, who has established set parameters on all things. I explained this concept to someone today and quite often in the past.  Foolish things exist for the “Day of Fools” and I am full of joy because I am not a fool.  Many people do not believe in God and it is a sad reality. Their actions speak clearly and their confusion comes from laziness.

Clearly

When your actions speak clearly to the people around you, your faith and works grow stronger in the Lord. Your children act and move in the direction you live and God respects your personal offering of lifestyle changes necessary for true repentance and following Christ. You can follow whoever you want, but at the Pearly Gates, Only God will let you in or you will be part of the eternal lava pit.

Eternal

Eternal Joy comes from God and you can receive it now by doing the work of faith and following God’s path and plans. Don’t complicate God’s path and plans. Simplify your mind with biblical submersion so that your thinking is easier, more relaxed, and honest about what you do with your time each day. Internalize this joy and process of hope in God so that you can live the dream of Love now and forever.
Today’s Question
“Did the devil steal your joy or did you just foolishly give it to him, like Adam and Eve gave up their joy?
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1 Kings 2 

David’s Final Instructions to Solomon

As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon:
“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’
“And there is something else. You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me when he murdered my two army commanders, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He pretended that it was an act of war, but it was done in a time of peace,[a] staining his belt and sandals with innocent blood.[b] Do with him what you think best, but don’t let him grow old and go to his grave in peace.[c]
“Be kind to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead. Make them permanent guests at your table, for they took care of me when I fled from your brother Absalom.
“And remember Shimei son of Gera, the man from Bahurim in Benjamin. He cursed me with a terrible curse as I was fleeing to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan River, I swore by the Lord that I would not kill him.But that oath does not make him innocent. You are a wise man, and you will know how to arrange a bloody death for him.[d]
10 Then David died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. 11 David had reigned over Israel for forty years, seven of them in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 Solomon became king and sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

Solomon Establishes His Rule

13 One day Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, came to see Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. “Have you come with peaceful intentions?” she asked him.
“Yes,” he said, “I come in peace. 14 In fact, I have a favor to ask of you.”
“What is it?” she asked.
15 He replied, “As you know, the kingdom was rightfully mine; all Israel wanted me to be the next king. But the tables were turned, and the kingdom went to my brother instead; for that is the way the Lord wanted it. 16 So now I have just one favor to ask of you. Please don’t turn me down.”
“What is it?” she asked.
17 He replied, “Speak to King Solomon on my behalf, for I know he will do anything you request. Ask him to let me marry Abishag, the girl from Shunem.”
18 “All right,” Bathsheba replied. “I will speak to the king for you.”
19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak on Adonijah’s behalf. The king rose from his throne to meet her, and he bowed down before her. When he sat down on his throne again, the king ordered that a throne be brought for his mother, and she sat at his right hand.
20 “I have one small request to make of you,” she said. “I hope you won’t turn me down.”
“What is it, my mother?” he asked. “You know I won’t refuse you.”
21 “Then let your brother Adonijah marry Abishag, the girl from Shunem,” she replied.
22 “How can you possibly ask me to give Abishag to Adonijah?” King Solomon demanded. “You might as well ask me to give him the kingdom! You know that he is my older brother, and that he has Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah on his side.”
23 Then King Solomon made a vow before the Lord: “May God strike me and even kill me if Adonijah has not sealed his fate with this request. 24 The Lord has confirmed me and placed me on the throne of my father, David; he has established my dynasty as he promised. So as surely as the Lord lives, Adonijah will die this very day!” 25 So King Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him, and Adonijah was put to death.
26 Then the king said to Abiathar the priest, “Go back to your home in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not kill you now, because you carried the Ark of the Sovereign Lord for David my father and you shared all his hardships.” 27 So Solomon deposed Abiathar from his position as priest of the Lord, thereby fulfilling the prophecy the Lord had given at Shiloh concerning the descendants of Eli.
28 Joab had not joined Absalom’s earlier rebellion, but he had joined Adonijah’s rebellion. So when Joab heard about Adonijah’s death, he ran to the sacred tent of the Lord and grabbed on to the horns of the altar. 29 When this was reported to King Solomon, he sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him.
30 Benaiah went to the sacred tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king orders you to come out!”
But Joab answered, “No, I will die here.”
So Benaiah returned to the king and told him what Joab had said.
31 “Do as he said,” the king replied. “Kill him there beside the altar and bury him. This will remove the guilt of Joab’s senseless murders from me and from my father’s family. 32 The Lord will repay him[e] for the murders of two men who were more righteous and better than he. For my father knew nothing about the deaths of Abner son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and of Amasa son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. 33 May their blood be on Joab and his descendants forever, and may the Lord grant peace forever to David, his descendants, his dynasty, and his throne.”
34 So Benaiah son of Jehoiada returned to the sacred tent and killed Joab, and he was buried at his home in the wilderness. 35 Then the king appointed Benaiah to command the army in place of Joab, and he installed Zadok the priest to take the place of Abiathar.
36 The king then sent for Shimei and told him, “Build a house here in Jerusalem and live there. But don’t step outside the city to go anywhere else. 37 On the day you so much as cross the Kidron Valley, you will surely die; and your blood will be on your own head.”
38 Shimei replied, “Your sentence is fair; I will do whatever my lord the king commands.” So Shimei lived in Jerusalem for a long time.
39 But three years later two of Shimei’s slaves ran away to King Achish son of Maacah of Gath. When Shimei learned where they were, 40 he saddled his donkey and went to Gath to search for them. When he found them, he brought them back to Jerusalem.
41 Solomon heard that Shimei had left Jerusalem and had gone to Gath and returned. 42 So the king sent for Shimei and demanded, “Didn’t I make you swear by the Lord and warn you not to go anywhere else or you would surely die? And you replied, ‘The sentence is fair; I will do as you say.’ 43 Then why haven’t you kept your oath to the Lord and obeyed my command?”
44 The king also said to Shimei, “You certainly remember all the wicked things you did to my father, David. May the Lord now bring that evil on your own head. 45 But may I, King Solomon, receive the Lord’s blessings, and may one of David’s descendants always sit on this throne in the presence of the Lord.” 46 Then, at the king’s command, Benaiah son of Jehoiada took Shimei outside and killed him.
So the kingdom was now firmly in Solomon’s grip.
Love,
Jonathan

Work Like

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Work, live, and love like tomorrow will never come and God will bless you beyond measure and comprehension like a Good Father always does.” ~ Jon Barnes

The Wicked

God’s position on the actions of the wicked are well documented in the bible and the future for people who practice such evil behavior is doomed for eternal hell. Simply put, God will not tolerate the ways and lifestyles of evil people and the nation of evil people. From the beginning of time hell was made as  a permanent  destination for their souls. Your soul will never die, as you stay in the company that God has assigned that you keep and follow.

The Friendly

Our God, who is in heaven, is extremely peaceful and shines on the just as well as the unjust; However, those who do not follow the Will of God and learn about His lifestyle of love and true friendship will suffer great loss. We were all born to live, learn, know, and worship God in Spirit and in Truth and God’s Creation is His alone to do as He Pleases, because He is God and you are not.

The Saved

If you love God, your Father, He will love you back and this will become obvious to you, because He will prove Himself to you personally. My job is to live and document my proof to my family, friends, and enemies, that God lives in my life as the sun shines brightly every morning. Working to live for God is the best position to take with His justice, faith, mercy, grace, and power from His sacrifice with our truth motives of honest repentance. Like the work you live!
Today’s Question?
I love my position in God, do you love the position that you are in?
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Judges 2 

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”
When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, and they called that place Bokim.[a] There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

Disobedience and Defeat

After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.
Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten.And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres[b] in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14 In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. 15 Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.
16 Then the Lord raised up judges,[c] who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands. 18 Whenever the Lordraised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.
20 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.” 23 The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.
Love,
Jonathan

Liberty Bell

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“It is your choice to follow God’s liberty bell of freedom and it comes with an eternal sticker price of obedience, faith, good works, repentance, and honesty to boot.” ~ Jon Barnes

Freedom Ring

Religious freedom is important, but God’s judgment day will clear and clean the air of errors when you take your last breath; Then and only then you will truly know how connected your love to God is. Squeezing through the vents in heaven will not be an option. God is smarter, the Bible is honest, and God’s love is accurate and all powerful with truth and justice. Let your freedom ring on the right side of justice and honor.

Enjoy

We all will Enjoy the fruit of our lifestyle choice soon enough so continue in your well doing, studies, prayer, and acts of kindness in faith. God will not be slow in giving you your reward both now and in heaven or hell if you choose to go there, based on your own lifestyle decisions. God will not chase you down to make you love Him, you must love God first and chase Him down like you do with your idols, rock stars, and famous people.

Friends

Friends of mine honestly talk about the effects of fake Christians and people, who think God is simply stupid and won’t hold people accountable for the obvious disobedience, that is habitually done, day after day, with no regret or repentance. They don’t know God and they don’t want to know God. Quoting scriptures is not knowing God. Following His Commandments and lifestyle is the simplicity of Love, with freedom rings the choice.
Today’s Question
Do you let freedom ring for God in your heart, connecting to His love, will, and purpose?
Enjoy The Reading

Joshua 8 

The Israelites Defeat Ai

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. Take all your fighting men and attack Ai, for I have given you the king of Ai, his people, his town, and his land. You will destroy them as you destroyed Jericho and its king. But this time you may keep the plunder and the livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the town.”
So Joshua and all the fighting men set out to attack Ai. Joshua chose 30,000 of his best warriors and sent them out at night with these orders: “Hide in ambush close behind the town and be ready for action. When our main army attacks, the men of Ai will come out to fight as they did before, and we will run away from them. We will let them chase us until we have drawn them away from the town. For they will say, ‘The Israelites are running away from us as they did before.’ Then, while we are running from them, you will jump up from your ambush and take possession of the town, for the Lord your God will give it to you. Set the town on fire, as the Lord has commanded. You have your orders.”
So they left and went to the place of ambush between Bethel and the west side of Ai. But Joshua remained among the people in the camp that night. 10 Early the next morning Joshua roused his men and started toward Ai, accompanied by the elders of Israel. 11 All the fighting men who were with Joshua marched in front of the town and camped on the north side of Ai, with a valley between them and the town. 12 That night Joshua sent about 5,000 men to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the town. 13 So they stationed the main army north of the town and the ambush west of the town. Joshua himself spent that night in the valley.
14 When the king of Ai saw the Israelites across the valley, he and all his army hurried out early in the morning and attacked the Israelites at a place overlooking the Jordan Valley.[a] But he didn’t realize there was an ambush behind the town.15 Joshua and the Israelite army fled toward the wilderness as though they were badly beaten. 16 Then all the men in the town were called out to chase after them. In this way, they were lured away from the town. 17 There was not a man left in Ai or Bethel[b] who did not chase after the Israelites, and the town was left wide open.
18 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Point the spear in your hand toward Ai, for I will hand the town over to you.” Joshua did as he was commanded. 19 As soon as Joshua gave this signal, all the men in ambush jumped up from their position and poured into the town. They quickly captured it and set it on fire.
20 When the men of Ai looked behind them, smoke from the town was filling the sky, and they had nowhere to go. For the Israelites who had fled in the direction of the wilderness now turned on their pursuers. 21 When Joshua and all the other Israelites saw that the ambush had succeeded and that smoke was rising from the town, they turned and attacked the men of Ai. 22 Meanwhile, the Israelites who were inside the town came out and attacked the enemy from the rear. So the men of Ai were caught in the middle, with Israelite fighters on both sides. Israel attacked them, and not a single person survived or escaped. 23 Only the king of Ai was taken alive and brought to Joshua.
24 When the Israelite army finished chasing and killing all the men of Ai in the open fields, they went back and finished off everyone inside. 25 So the entire population of Ai, including men and women, was wiped out that day—12,000 in all. 26 For Joshua kept holding out his spear until everyone who had lived in Ai was completely destroyed.[c] 27 Only the livestock and the treasures of the town were not destroyed, for the Israelites kept these as plunder for themselves, as the Lordhad commanded Joshua. 28 So Joshua burned the town of Ai,[d] and it became a permanent mound of ruins, desolate to this very day.
29 Joshua impaled the king of Ai on a sharpened pole and left him there until evening. At sunset the Israelites took down the body, as Joshua commanded, and threw it in front of the town gate. They piled a great heap of stones over him that can still be seen today.

The Lord’s Covenant Renewed

30 Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal. 31 He followed the commands that Moses the Lord’s servant had written in the Book of Instruction: “Make me an altar from stones that are uncut and have not been shaped with iron tools.”[e] Then on the altar they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. 32 And as the Israelites watched, Joshua copied onto the stones of the altar[f] the instructions Moses had given them.
33 Then all the Israelites—foreigners and native-born alike—along with the elders, officers, and judges, were divided into two groups. One group stood in front of Mount Gerizim, the other in front of Mount Ebal. Each group faced the other, and between them stood the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. This was all done according to the commands that Moses, the servant of the Lord, had previously given for blessing the people of Israel.
34 Joshua then read to them all the blessings and curses Moses had written in the Book of Instruction. 35 Every word of every command that Moses had ever given was read to the entire assembly of Israel, including the women and children and the foreigners who lived among them.
Love,
Jonathan

ACT Smart ART

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote
“Picture This, The devil acts smart, but he is a distraction of stupidity, trying to make you a slave of evil, contempt and Fake Art! The Good life with God is Authentic Art, a masterpiece produced from your hand and lifestyle; a fact that should be communicated to every soul.”   ~ Jon Barnes

The Good ART

Draw upon your heart, mind, body, and soul the Art Work of the Holy Spirit, which is a Gift from God to Communicate and Connect His Holy Artistic Tools, which are used to arm yourself against the attacks of satan. This invisible armor is stealth, all knowing, all powerful, resource for you to use, while studying your Bible, helping others, and living a Good Christian Lifestyle.  All Christians are not the same or equal, since God will divide the fake christians from the Real Christians during judgement at the last second. Select your language (Tongues) Option to verify Artistic Understanding and interpretation.

The Connection ACT

Your job is to know that you are connected to God, His Holy Spirit, and Biblical Behavior that pleases God with Faith, Love, and Spiritual Truth. The Connections ACT is a Spiritual Legal Document that God’s Holy UPS driver delivers to the door of your heart and waits for you to sign for it, written in Holy Tongues so the devil can’t read or understand it’s secret contents. This is your personal, practical, package for you to present at the Pearly Gates of Heaven, with your oil, bible knowledge, and life’s Art Work of LOVE. This love package is proof to you that God is the author or all things and you are a part of His Army of ONE.

Your Jobs ACT

Your job is to work through your New Employee welcome package to know the rules, working procedures, health benefits, company policy, payments, direct deposit options, Human Resource Access, and MORE.  If you are a slave to the devil’s distractions and decoys, you will not be able to respond or reply, develop or deploy, access or activate your once in a Lifetime VISA /Master card to Heaven, living in Godly luxury, all expenseses permenantly paid vacations to mansions, galaxies, milky ways, and other things I know not of. My job is to make you aware of your benefits and birthright, which the devil is trying to steal from all of us!
Today’s Question

Did you ACT smart to Activate your Eternal Visa/Master Card to Communicate your true love for God or do you wish to decline your fraud protection OPTION?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.

Acts 11New International Version (NIV)

Peter Explains His Actions

11 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’
“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
11 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’
15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[a]water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”
18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide helpfor the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
Jonathan