“Lift up your voice, singing to God about all of the wonderful things He is doing in your life with your actions, not you empty words, works, and dreams.” ~ Jon Barnes
“Good people do just enough to love God and live by faith, doing the daily activities and work that is full of joy, peace, kindness, long-suffering, patience, mercy, and grace, because God uses the blood of Christ to wash away our sins, in our honest repentance.” ~ Jon Barnes
Exiles Who Returned with Ezra
From the family of Ithamar: Daniel.
From the family of David: Hattush, 3 a descendant of Shecaniah.
From the family of Parosh: Zechariah and 150 other men were registered.
4 From the family of Pahath-moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah and 200 other men.
5 From the family of Zattu[a]: Shecaniah son of Jahaziel and 300 other men.
6 From the family of Adin: Ebed son of Jonathan and 50 other men.
7 From the family of Elam: Jeshaiah son of Athaliah and 70 other men.
8 From the family of Shephatiah: Zebadiah son of Michael and 80 other men.
9 From the family of Joab: Obadiah son of Jehiel and 218 other men.
10 From the family of Bani[b]: Shelomith son of Josiphiah and 160 other men.
11 From the family of Bebai: Zechariah son of Bebai and 28 other men.
12 From the family of Azgad: Johanan son of Hakkatan and 110 other men.
13 From the family of Adonikam, who came later[c]: Eliphelet, Jeuel, Shemaiah, and 60 other men.
14 From the family of Bigvai: Uthai, Zaccur,[d] and 70 other men.
Ezra’s Journey to Jerusalem
“Self Inflicted drama is the unexpected destructive activities one engages in with food, drugs, activities, emotions, and thought processes that negate anything good in your life.” ~ Jon Barnes
Enjoy The Reading
2 Chronicles 26
Uzziah Rules in Judah
Uzziah’s Sin and Punishment
“God’s pattern for salvation is like sandpaper to the skin of evil people or buttermilk lotion to good people, who believe.” ~ Jon Barnes
1 Chronicles 15
Preparing to Move the Ark
Moving the Ark to Jerusalem
“Be a trendsetter who is fundamental, morally, and ethically sound to be a leader, doing all the good you can for God, not for self-pity, fake piety, greed or ill-gotten gain.” ~ Jon Barnes
Ahaz Rules in Judah
“Remaining humbled and faithful when God blesses you is a test of obedience in which many us will fail because our will is more important that God’s Will and Commandments.” ~ Jon Barnes
2 Samuel 3
David’s Sons Born in Hebron
3 The second was Daniel,[a] whose mother was Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel.
The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.
4 The fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith.
The fifth was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital.
5 The sixth was Ithream, whose mother was Eglah, David’s wife.
Abner Joins Forces with David
Joab Murders Abner
David Mourns Abner’s Death
34 Your hands were not bound;
your feet were not chained.
No, you were murdered—
the victim of a wicked plot.”
“Whatever you struggle with, don’t be surprised if it’s your test to get to the next level” ~Taryn Barnes
I haven’t been on this Earth very long, but I can say without a doubt that God has a very funny sense of humor. Yesterday, I talked about forgiveness and that it was something I was working on. Sure enough, only hours later, I was placed in a situation where my forgiveness levels were put to the test.
God put me smack dab in the room with the person I was struggling to forgive! At first, I was very upset at the situation. I didn’t want to be there and I didn’t want to deal with it. That said, in a very glaring way, I realized that I was being tested on how I’d react in the situation. I’m glad to say that I didn’t and I kept my cool. However, the night did leave a bad taste in my mouth, leaving me to struggle with it this very morning.
I had to admit that I was being legalistic about forgiveness. You see, just because you may be “right” in the eyes of man doesn’t mean that you’re “right” in the eyes of God. I could sit and be angry, or I can have peace and let God deal with the matters at hand. So I say, whatever turmoil, anguish, or problems you’re dealing with– whether situationally or relationally– let them go. It’s not about the other person or the problem. The truth is, the longer we dwell on the situation, the longer we rob ourselves of our joy, ultimately deterring our blessing for passing the test.
Lastly, when it comes to forgiving someone, it’s never about them. You choose to forgive because it’s the right thing to do. That other person/party involved does not have to be on board or even acknowledge their transgressions, you just forgive and move on anyway. It’s not always a walk in the park, but the peace and the close relationship you build with God is all the more worth it.
Question of the day
Are you deterring blessings by holding on to unforgiveness?
Enjoy today’s reading
Duties of Priests and Levites
Offerings for Priests and Levites