“A shattered mirror is no longer useful, so leave the pieces and get a new one.”~TB
There will be times in your life where things implode. This could be in the form of family, friends, work, etc. In the moment, it will sting, but before you jump to conclusions, let the dust settle.
Break the Cycle
God’s plan is to free us from bondage and restore our relationship with Him. He will implode circumstances that we need to be ripped out of because He knows we would not willingly leave otherwise. Don’t despair as the shrapnel from the fallout is no longer useful to you.
The broken pieces of the implosion are the image we hide behind to avoid working on our issues. We hide in an effort to conceal our shortcomings while appearing to not have struggles. This facade helps no one as a false testimony is useless. Leave the pieces behind, so that Christ can heal your wounds, freeing you to be who He intended you to be.
Are you done with your false image?
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1To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
2The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
3Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.
4A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
5The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.
7The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
8A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.
9Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.
14Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
16A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
17An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
23The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.
24Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
25Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
26The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
27Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death
“If your life is built on a busted foundation, even the slightest upset will deepen the cracks, crumbling your spiritual house.”~TB
A House in Chaos
When you’ve built your spiritual home on your own selfish motives, foolish pride, and fake morals, eventually it will come crumbling down. Like a leaf in the wind, you blow helplessly because you lack the Biblical foundation needed to stay firm in the storm.
Relying on God means you understand how truly weak and powerless you are outside of Him. Building your foundation on Christ’s principles helps you to weather the storm of flesh, life, and opposition. Studying and apply them for a firm foundation
Do you need to fix your foundation?
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1My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.
2Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
3Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
4Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.
5Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.
6For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
9Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
12Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.
13These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths.
14They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
15Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong.
16Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
17She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God.
18Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave.
19The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.
20Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.
21For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.
22But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.
“Listen carefully to what people say. Pay even greater attention to their actions, because though wheat and tares grow together, only one produces good crop.”~TB
The world is full of cheap imitations, claiming they love the Lord. They loudly sing and dance, putting on a great show. They are captivating and alluring in this way. In the beginning, it will appear as though they are devoutly spiritual, as they smile and say the right things. Their lives seem opulent and for a time, they will appear to be prosperous and divine. But in time, their evil deeds will outshine their false personas, revealing that their treasures and virtues are simply just gold-plated crap. When you carefully inspect the cheap knockoffs, don’t be surprised if the smell is more than you can bear.
Leap to Destruction
Oh you foolish people, do you not see that you are dancing your way into the mouth of hell? Is the party that great that you’ve abandoned the Truth? You temporarily took the peace of Christ, but you rejected His teachings. So you pretenders, actors, and thieves, enjoy your feasts, your parties, and your fanfare. The curtain is coming to a close and the crops will be separated from the weeds. Friends, pay attention because the imitators do not truly know the Lord. And soon, it will be made apparent that He does not know them either.
Are you devouring the truth or are you feasting on the crap fed to you by the imitators?
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1O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.
2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?
3They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.
4“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—
6these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;
7Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre.
8Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude
9Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.
11Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
13O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!
14As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest.
16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD .
17Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace.
18Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.
“When you put your agenda in front of God’s you are pursuing your fleshly desires, acting as your own god”~TB
The nation has given way to idolatry in every shape and form. You sit in front of your screens, binging whatever you please, numbing yourself to what is happening around you. Then you shamelessly brag about your laziness, amassing support from your peers as if you’ve done something noteworthy! You create false images of yourselves praising false love, entrapping the minds of the young and lost. You mock and scoff at the honest workers tilling the soil, yet you secretly conspire to steal their belongings. Many are asleep at the wheel, but soon our eyes will be wide open.
Binge on This
Why do you ignore the signs and warnings that He sends? You bully those that speak the truth, perverting their message as if you are the victim. Then you claim this is done in love. Friends, God IS love. There is no other form. All else is a shoddy mockery that only fools so desperately cling to. Wake up before you lose your choice in the matter. If not, you will be crushed in the perverse bed of your lovers. He will turn over your land to the very people you seek to kill and destroy. The oppressed will soon be vindicated as their oppressors will crumble from the wrath of justice. You’ve been warned
Are you still your own god or are you ready to be called His?
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1Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son.
2Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
3May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful.
4Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.
5May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!
6May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth.
7May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
8May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
10The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.
11All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.
12He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
13He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
14He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
15Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long.
16May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field.
17May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.
18Praise the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.
19Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!
“It does not take much to justify evil, because unchecked flesh craves sin and will blindly see it as good!”~TB
You justify worshipping yourselves by throwing decadent parades glorifying your own image. You publicly glorify the defilement of your bodies, claiming freedom and self-revolution yet you are a slave to your own depravity. You lure people with sweet words and songs, only to manipulate them into doing your bidding under the guise of being “nice”. Of course, if one doesn’t bend to your will and kneel on their knees, it’s their fault! You justify the cruel treatment of foreigners citing the very same corrupt laws that enslave you. Yet you say you love the Lord. You will be judged.
Friends, it’s time to make some adjustments. Have you not studied the readings? Are you arrogant enough to believe that we are above the same fates as Judah and Israel? Do not be surprised when judgment floods the land, crushing the blind and the corrupt. Do not be surprised when your cries to the Lord for relief and mercy fall on deaf ears. He will give you the same silence that you gave the oppressed. Enjoy the festivities now because they are surely coming to an end.
Are you still justifying or are you making adjustments to turn to the Lord?
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1Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me.
2May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace.
3Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
4But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!”
5But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do not delay.
“We must prove with our faith and actions that God exists in our lives as we live our days in honesty, integrity, and self-worth with God, as He opens up the doors for us to walk through.” ~ Jon Barnes
Many give the impression that they have a secure knowledge of who God is, with an understanding of faith, without doing any homework, reading, or daily practice in their belief. On the surface, it looks like progress is being made, but in their hearts, nothing is there. They do not know God because of their wicked behavior and lifestyle.
Love holds onto the truth about God and it teaches the fruit of the Spirit, with practical everyday movements and actions of wisdom, understanding, and good works. These actions of love taste like good fruit to be harvested, eaten, and shared with others, so that they can learn how to plant, sow, grow, harvest, and reap a reward for their hard work, which is good.
God continues to prove Himself to all of us who want to know His Love with faith, hope, and action.It is hard to sit still with the truth in your heart and say nothing to help others. If your fruit is not right, then people will not eat it. When you share good tasting fruit, people will receive it. What they do with the fruit is out of your control and God will be the judge. Your job is to deliver the 100% Proof of God’s Love and pass out the fruit.
Is your love 100% Proof or are you too busy arguing your personal point of view with rotten fruit?
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Kings Defeated East of the Jordan
12 These are the kings east of the Jordan River who had been killed by the Israelites and whose land was taken. Their territory extended from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon and included all the land east of the Jordan Valley.[a]
2 King Sihon of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, was defeated. His kingdom included Aroer, on the edge of the Arnon Gorge, and extended from the middle of the Arnon Gorge to the Jabbok River, which serves as a border for the Ammonites. This territory included the southern half of the territory of Gilead.3 Sihon also controlled the Jordan Valley and regions to the east—from as far north as the Sea of Galilee to as far south as the Dead Sea,[b] including the road to Beth-jeshimoth and southward to the slopes of Pisgah.
4 King Og of Bashan, the last of the Rephaites, lived at Ashtaroth and Edrei.5 He ruled a territory stretching from Mount Hermon to Salecah in the north and to all of Bashan in the east, and westward to the borders of the kingdoms of Geshur and Maacah. This territory included the northern half of Gilead, as far as the boundary of King Sihon of Heshbon.
6 Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the Israelites had destroyed the people of King Sihon and King Og. And Moses gave their land as a possession to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
Kings Defeated West of the Jordan
7 The following is a list of the kings that Joshua and the Israelite armies defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which leads up to Seir. (Joshua gave this land to the tribes of Israel as their possession,8 including the hill country, the western foothills,[c] the Jordan Valley, the mountain slopes, the Judean wilderness, and the Negev. The people who lived in this region were the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.) These are the kings Israel defeated:
9 The king of Jericho The king of Ai, near Bethel 10 The king of Jerusalem The king of Hebron 11 The king of Jarmuth The king of Lachish 12 The king of Eglon The king of Gezer 13 The king of Debir The king of Geder 14 The king of Hormah The king of Arad 15 The king of Libnah The king of Adullam 16 The king of Makkedah The king of Bethel 17 The king of Tappuah The king of Hepher 18 The king of Aphek The king of Lasharon 19 The king of Madon The king of Hazor 20 The king of Shimron-meron The king of Acshaph 21 The king of Taanach The king of Megiddo 22 The king of Kedesh The king of Jokneam in Carmel 23 The king of Dor in the town of Naphoth-dor[d] The king of Goyim in Gilgal[e] 24 The king of Tirzah.
“Offer up your best in all that you do so that your work may inspire and bless someone else” ~ Taryn Barnes
Be an example of how Jesus walked on this Earth so that you may encourage someone who may not know the truth. Shine your light, help others, and bless those around you. In life, whether we’re aware or not, we are making an impression on someone, so make it count.
Though we are not perfect and we will make mistakes, don’t be an example of false Christianity by touting rhetoric, spewing judgment, contradicting biblical principles while sullying the name of Christ. At the end of the day, we will all be judged accordingly, so make sure you’re being guided by the truth of the Word.
Question of the Day
Are you the example or are you being made an example?
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Numbers 15 NIV
1The LORD said to Moses, 2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home 3and you present to the LORD food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the LORD—whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings— 4then the person who brings an offering shall present to the LORD a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of olive oil. 5With each lamb for the burnt offering or the sacrifice, prepare a quarter of a hin of wine as a drink offering. 6“ ‘With a ram prepare a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with a third of a hin of olive oil, 7and a third of a hin of wine as a drink offering. Offer it as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 8“ ‘When you prepare a young bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, for a special vow or a fellowship offering to the LORD, 9bring with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with half a hin of olive oil, 10and also bring half a hin of wine as a drink offering. This will be a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 11Each bull or ram, each lamb or young goat, is to be prepared in this manner. 12Do this for each one, for as many as you prepare. 13“ ‘Everyone who is native-born must do these things in this way when they present a food offering as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14For the generations to come, whenever a foreigner or anyone else living among you presents a food offering as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, they must do exactly as you do. 15The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the LORD: 16The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.’ ” 17The LORD said to Moses, 18“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking you 19and you eat the food of the land, present a portion as an offering to the LORD. 20Present a loaf from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor. 21Throughout the generations to come you are to give this offering to the LORD from the first of your ground meal.
Offerings for Unintentional Sins
22“ ‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the LORD gave Moses— 23any of the LORD’s commands to you through him, from the day the LORD gave them and continuing through the generations to come— 24and if this is done unintentionally without the community being aware of it, then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offering as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, along with its prescribed grain offering and drink offering, and a male goat for a sin offering. 25The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven, for it was not intentional and they have presented to the LORD for their wrong a food offering and a sin offering. 26The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong. 27“ ‘But if just one person sins unintentionally, that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering. 28The priest is to make atonement before the LORD for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven. 29One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you. 30“ ‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes the LORD and must be cut off from the people of Israel. 31Because they have despised the LORD’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.’ ”
The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death
32While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 33Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. 35Then the LORD said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” 36So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Tassels on Garments
37The LORD said to Moses, 38“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. 39You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. 40Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. 41I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.’ ”