“Don’t look at your neighbor’s harvest for evidence of God’s Sovereignty.”~TB
There are 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds in each day. Considering that we spend only a mere fractionof that time around other people, it’s impossible to know all of the deeds and seeds being sown by anyone. Not even your child, your spouse, your sister, your brother, your best friend, anyone. Therefore, we cannot act as judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to other people’s lives. More importantly, we cannot base our understanding or relationship with God on the lives of anyone else but our own.
Everyone sows seeds, good or evil. Everyone also reaps a harvest based on the seeds sown. If you get a bad crop, it’s time to reflect on your seeds. Fortunately for us, we can all do our gardening research found in the Bible and time with God to learn how to sow good seeds. Don’t mind someone else’s garden or harvest, but rather tend to your own. Whatever they receive is between them and God and as onlookers, it is impossible to discern a harvest that which you did not plant. Instead, pray for your brother’s and sister’s and let God do the rest.
Are you foolish enough to look at someone’s harvest, believing that God is asleep at the wheel or are you smart enough to know that you know nothing about it at all?
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1Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence!
2As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
3When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked!
4For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!
5You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. But you have been very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved?
6We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
7Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.
8And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.
9Don’t be so angry with us, LORD . Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.
10Your holy cities are destroyed. Zion is a wilderness; yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.
11The holy and beautiful Temple where our ancestors praised you has been burned down, and all the things of beauty are destroyed.
12After all this, LORD, must you still refuse to help us? Will you continue to be silent and punish us?
“Keep a watchful eye on the people, places, and things that influence your life. A careless thoughtlife will surely lead to a poor understanding of the Truth.”~TB
God programmed us to be free thinkers. This means that the blank software you were born with is free to download whatever information you choose. You don’t have to follow God or even acknowledge His existence! On the same token, He does not have to acknowledge you come judgment day. Make of that as you will. Some will come to know Christ early on. Some will do so later on. And others, well, they chose what they chose. Thank God that we have a choice! So, why is it important that you understand this distinction? Well, friends, not all information is wise or accurate. More to the point, not every activity or deed will bring you peace or contentment.
As society advances, so does the ability to easily practice sin, debauchery, and all types of blasphemous activities. Problem is, much of what is not good for you is marketed as delightful and necessary things. This is why analyzing and understanding what you’re listening to and to whom you’re influenced by is of the utmost importance. Evil people seek to give you poisonous information and will claim such acts as good! And if you’re not paying attention, you will download it, like a virus that will corrupt your system. Friends, be discerning! Let the Holy Spirit guide your thought process. If someone is telling you to make concessions on the Truth, run! If someone is trying to change you or make you believe that you are anything less than what God created you to be, ignore them. In a world that is upside down, and evil is packaged as freedom, choice, and pursuit of happiness, if you are not paying attention, life is more challenging.
Even though we have a choice and God will not inflict His authority on you, He is there! If you are tired of the gnarly viruses of the world, if you are frustrated by the hypocrisy of mankind, turn to the Truth. Forming a genuine relationship with God is beneficial in so many ways. Like the ultimate anti-virus, God will download the Truth, peace, and joy onto your operating system. This new software, The Holy Spirit is not only a useful tool but a true friend that will help guide you in this wicked world. If you take the time to cultivate this relationship, it will serve you well. Make no mistake, to walk with God means to abdicate the sin-fallen world. It means to take up the cross, abandon a flesh-filled life, and to live according to His will. As with anything worth doing, dedication, discipline, and time are necessary to run this race. Friends, you have a choice, make sure you choose wisely.
Are you downloading the Truth or is your operating system full of viruses?
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1How joyful are those who fear the LORD — all who follow his ways!
2You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!
3Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
4That is the LORD ’s blessing for those who fear him.
5May the LORD continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!
“If you want to hear God’s Truth, simply silence the noise around you and tune in”~TB
There are so many distractions that we fall prey to on any given day. What you choose to focus on sets the tone of your mindset. Find some time in the day to bask in the peace and quiet of the Lord. When you steal away from the world’s nonsense, you are able to hear His voice which will reveal your purpose and next steps. Take care to listen for Him.
Less is more
People tend to talk themselves out of their inheritance perpetuating confidence as if they control the Hand of God. Friends, you’d do well to wait patiently for instruction rather than try and force His hand. As an experienced and reformed meddler, I can guarantee you that God’s timing supersedes human logic. Enjoy the silence and rest in His grace while you move in this world.
Silence brings Truth
The less you say and the more you listen, you will see that people show you who they are. Pay attention and be diligent about who you spend your time with. Those that intend to rob you of your peace and joy blatantly display their nefarious intentions. When you are quiet and focused their deceptive ways practices are glaringly apparent. The same goes for those who consider themselves wise. Be silent so that you can discern the real from the fake.
Are you learning to enjoy the silence or are you hell bent on loudly displaying your ignorance?
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1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
2I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD . With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. Interlude
5What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
8O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude
9O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed.
10A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
12O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.
“I win, when I help you win, based on God’s principles, laws, and commandments from biblical content and context; so stay on the winning side and team.” ~Jon Barnes
True winners are not selfish, but selfless people who have found a wonderful balance of obedience, dedication, and honesty to God in their daily lifestyle.Winners help other people to win for the better good of our society, economy, and communities. Make your small piece of the world a better place each day.
The mentality of selfless people are the unsung heroes of our world, quietly getting the job done, regardless of payment, notoriety, and fame. These heroes are among the many fascinating people I have met and worked with over the years.I hope and trust that you are one of those people.
When you are trapped into the cycle of confusion, unbelief, and hypocrisy, the loser circle will entrap you in its evil web.Like a spider mummifying its prey, you are doomed to suffocate in your own stupidity and fake wisdom.No one is smarter than God, including you! However, become trapped inside God’s winning circle and cycle into the Kingdom of God.
Did you turn your back on the win-win team, following your greedy, evil, family, friends, and lovers into destruction and eternal damnation and its vicious cycle of doom?
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A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me. 2 Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid. 3 Lift up your spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Let me hear you say, “I will give you victory!” 4 Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me. 5 Blow them away like chaff in the wind— a wind sent by the angel of the Lord. 6 Make their path dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. 7 I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me. I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me. 8 So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.
9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me. 10 With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
11 Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about. 12 They repay me evil for good. I am sick with despair. 13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I denied myself by fasting for them, but my prayers returned unanswered. 14 I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother. 15 But they are glad now that I am in trouble; they gleefully join together against me. I am attacked by people I don’t even know; they slander me constantly. 16 They mock me and call me names; they snarl at me.
17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing? Rescue me from their fierce attacks. Protect my life from these lions! 18 Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people. 19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat. Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow. 20 They don’t talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who mind their own business. 21 They shout, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
22 O Lord, you know all about this. Do not stay silent. Do not abandon me now, O Lord. 23 Wake up! Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord. 24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice. Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles. 25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted! Now we will eat him alive!”
26 May those who rejoice at my troubles be humiliated and disgraced. May those who triumph over me be covered with shame and dishonor. 27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” 28 Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long.
“People will question your actions of faith based on their limited experiences with God’s lifestyle, words, and commandments, until they see how wonderfully God’s Goodness Glows in your life in all places, faces, and spaces, all of the time.”~Jon Barnes
Pay no attention to people who lie, cheat, steal, a devise wicked way to trap others. Evil is not a friend of good!God gives you the upper hand in the midst of this chaos. Expect your love from God to shine through.Your destination through the storm is already set, fixed, and approved because of your faithfulness, love, and good work.
Accusations are lines of gossip from the lips of evildoers trying to find an aching ear to speak into.The evil itch needs to find a place to scratch.This waste of time and energy is used for our benefit, as true worshipers of God.God’s story is already written, sealed and approved.We Win!
Your victorious lifestyle is the testimony of love for others to read, see, notice, and talk about in your community.Nowadays, we are globally connected, helping out other countries to see God in our lives. They can also see our ignorance as well. Nevertheless, keep up the Good Work because it is obvious to God and the people it’s intended for.
Are your intentions obviously good with God’s approval?
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A psalm of David.
1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings[a]; honor the Lord for his glory and strength. 2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon[b] leap like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks[c] and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. 11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
“All the good that you do can potentially be erased based on your behavior and negative mouth, which can X out the layers of greatness that you achieve.” ~ Jon Barnes
God gives us our own personal bill of rights to learn about and use in our daily work and activities of doing cool things in life.When opposition comes, we also have choices to make, which can help or haunt us for the rest of our lives.The best choices net the greatest rewards from God.
Do not become the cause of your own downfall by ignoring the rules and regulations set before you.Become an advocate for positive change, fairness, equality, and honest social practices that benefit humanity, society, and all people.Fight evil with good.
Over time, evil will be exposed and justice will be rendered.Don’t allow poison to take residence in your home, relationships, work ethic, faith, and studies.People who practice laziness risk poisoning their body, mind, soul, and spirit.By using God’s Word as a tool for personal gardening, you will grow amazing trees and fruit within your own family and society.
Do you have a good garden or is your life full of weeds?
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A psalm of David.
1 Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. 3 For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth. 4 I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites. 5 I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O Lord, 7 singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders. 8 I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells.
9 Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners. Don’t condemn me along with murderers. 10 Their hands are dirty with evil schemes, and they constantly take bribes. 11 But I am not like that; I live with integrity. So redeem me and show me mercy. 12 Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord.
“The hand of God is so powerful and awesome, I’m starting to correct many of my mistakes to now notice the best choices, options, decisions, thoughts, and words to say, exercise, share, and type each day; because I want to do better.”~Jon Barnes
Connect and correct your mistakes, error of thinking, and judgment with God so that He can guide how you talk, think, work, listen, and respond to others with quality, dignity, respect, and thoughtful responses to the needs of others.Help people and yourself by giving honest truth and moving through life as you should.
Run to the devil with the truth and he will step aside because God is with you!When he shows up, have your spiritual atomic bombs ready to hand him, as you pull the grenade-like pin, placing the bomb into satan’s mouth.There is no need to be afraid when you are doing the right things with God’s blessings.
Enjoy how God’s atomic love explodes in the face of evil like lovely fireworks of splendor in the grass, along with your best choices of patience, commitment, quality, and consistency for sharing God’s love everywhere you go and in everything you do.Let your reputation sing like a symphony of all styles of music, being conducted by the very Hand of God. God can see all of your work, before, during, and after it happens.
Are you a true instrument of God’s musical body of works or are you a mistake to blot out of Lamb’s Book of Life in Heaven?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Death of the Son.”
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. 2 I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared. 4 For you have judged in my favor; from your throne you have judged with fairness. 5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have erased their names forever. 6 The enemy is finished, in endless ruins; the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
7 But the Lord reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne. 8 He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness. 9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.[a] Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. 12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
13 Lord, have mercy on me. See how my enemies torment me. Snatch me back from the jaws of death. 14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates, so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others. Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set. 16 The Lord is known for his justice. The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet Interlude[b]
17 The wicked will go down to the grave.[c] This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God. 18 But the needy will not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.
19 Arise, O Lord! Do not let mere mortals defy you! Judge the nations! 20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord. Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude
“It is pure Joy to read, think, listen, muse and become a part of the audience in God’s Court House, by studying the wonderful biblical stories and accounts of History that paints pictures of how God Thinks, right before your eyes; even as most are blind to His Artistry, Majesty, Message, and Wit!”~Jon Barnes
In my house, there is honesty, integrity, loyalty, faith, good work, and logic with God’s word, ways, lessons, and studies.Following the path and stories of old will guide you into the future with God into Heaven, as a true worshiper of Spirit and Truth in God’s love.His Holy Courthouse will portray justice and review real evidence that exposes and opposed the devil and his evil ways.You will also be exposed when you are doing wrong.
Do not oppose the exposure of your wicked behavior before God. Repent and reapply your faith in action with love, fear, respect, and improvement.Your silly arguments are worthless in the court of law with God, who already knows all things.Use the Spirit of God, your connection to Him, and His Holy Word to encourage your faith, fate, and future in Christ. Oppose your pride.
You have to know knowledge or personal defense that would bring justice to the Court of The Almighty because you cannot defend your sin, thoughts, ideas, or behavior.We are all guilty and the connection to the Blood of Christ, with our true repented state and status, allows us access, acceptance, and actual hope in Heaven.Our faith, work, and faithfulness is an honest process that will test and strengthen our spiritual connection and defense in the Day of Judgement.
What foolish mess will you bring to the Court of Christ in your defense, since your whole life has been full of wicked deception, evil, and contempt?
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Zophar’s Second Response to Job
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “I must reply because I am greatly disturbed. 3 I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.
4 “Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth, 5 the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary? 6 Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds, 7 yet they will vanish forever, thrown away like their own dung. Those who knew them will ask, ‘Where are they?’ 8 They will fade like a dream and not be found. They will vanish like a vision in the night. 9 Those who once saw them will see them no more. Their families will never see them again. 10 Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches. 11 Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.
12 “They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue. 13 They savored it, holding it long in their mouths. 14 But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach. 15 They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won’t let them keep it down. 16 They will suck the poison of cobras. The viper will kill them. 17 They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey. 18 They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy. 19 For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute. They foreclosed on their homes. 20 They were always greedy and never satisfied. Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about. 21 Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves. Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.
22 “In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be overcome by misery. 23 May God give them a bellyful of trouble. May God rain down his anger upon them. 24 When they try to escape an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them. 25 The arrow is pulled from their back, and the arrowhead glistens with blood.[a] The terrors of death are upon them. 26 Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness. A wildfire will devour their goods, consuming all they have left. 27 The heavens will reveal their guilt, and the earth will testify against them. 28 A flood will sweep away their house. God’s anger will descend on them in torrents. 29 This is the reward that God gives the wicked. It is the inheritance decreed by God.”
“People say things that are true but out of context to prove or bully a fake point that is not real and the untruth of their assertions are riddled with the contempt of lying lips, false prophets, fake motives, and their false profits.” ~Jon Barnes
Truthful statements in the mouth of a liar hold no value since their motives are used for ill-gotten gain, ignorance, and corruption. But God uses the stupidity of evil and their story to show the full scope of His Glory.We can clearly see The Good based on evil facts and stories of old and our understanding is turned into Godly wisdom from the scriptures of History.
The devil knows that he and all the evil people are going to hell and he continues to play with the minds of fake Christians, who are evil pretending to be good.The wicked are on the same team.They memorize scriptures but attach fake meanings to them in their hearts, minds, and actions. As we all grow together, God will separate the few true believes from the many fake hypocritical ones.
God gives us understanding by allowing us to see, hear, read, and experience the trial and closing arguments of both sides in the open court of the Bible.As Supreme Judge, God knows the Truth and Fate of all parties, from the beginning of time and forever.It is in this context we all play our parts, make our beds, and lying in them.
Are you lying in bed, lying to God, in the Supreme Court of His Universe and how do you plan to escape from The Wrath of God?
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Job’s Sixth Speech: A Response to Bildad
19 Then Job spoke again:
2 “How long will you torture me? How long will you try to crush me with your words? 3 You have already insulted me ten times. You should be ashamed of treating me so badly. 4 Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours. 5 You think you’re better than I am, using my humiliation as evidence of my sin. 6 But it is God who has wronged me, capturing me in his net.[a]
7 “I cry out, ‘Help!’ but no one answers me. I protest, but there is no justice. 8 God has blocked my way so I cannot move. He has plunged my path into darkness. 9 He has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head. 10 He has demolished me on every side, and I am finished. He has uprooted my hope like a fallen tree. 11 His fury burns against me; he counts me as an enemy. 12 His troops advance. They build up roads to attack me. They camp all around my tent.
13 “My relatives stay far away, and my friends have turned against me. 14 My family is gone, and my close friends have forgotten me. 15 My servants and maids consider me a stranger. I am like a foreigner to them. 16 When I call my servant, he doesn’t come; I have to plead with him! 17 My breath is repulsive to my wife. I am rejected by my own family. 18 Even young children despise me. When I stand to speak, they turn their backs on me. 19 My close friends detest me. Those I loved have turned against me. 20 I have been reduced to skin and bones and have escaped death by the skin of my teeth.
21 “Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy, for the hand of God has struck me. 22 Must you also persecute me, like God does? Haven’t you chewed me up enough?
23 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, 24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God![b] 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
28 “How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’? 29 You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment. Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.”
“Who can stand against God, His Ways, Stories, History, and Future; NONE!!!???!!!~ Jon Barnes
Notice the wit God uses in all of His Stories in the Bible to teach lessons, values, secrets, and commandments to His Children.Obedient children, know, learn, and grow in grace with God and their faith is the foundation of their being.
The devil has no power against God, because God is the source of All Power and nothing happens without His Knowledge or Approval.Within this amazing universal balance, Good and evil occur as part of the story, choices, and power given from God.
As a result, wisdom is forged out of experience in life, love, spirit, and scriptures provided by God.His solutions manual to His Universe is complete, accurate, and most helpful for the Christian who loves God.The devil is a loser who must play his lost role in the battle, that is not really a battle at all in the sight of God, His Power, and Might.
Do you really believe that nothing can stand against God?
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10 “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me. 3 Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked? 4 Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees? 5 Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a strong man, 6 that you must search out my faults and probe after my sin— 7 though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
8 “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? 9 Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? 10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, 11 clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? 12 You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind: 14 If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished. 15 If I am guilty—woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in[a] my affliction. 16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me. 17 You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.
18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me. 19 If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave! 20 Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy 21 before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness, 22 to the land of deepest night, of utter darkness and disorder, where even the light is like darkness.”