Listening

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If listening to God is something most of us don’t do naturally very well, then imagine what it’s like listening to each other; What a concept!” ~ Jon Barnes

Agree

Learn to listen with open ears and open eyes, with a closed mouth, so that God can easily bless you with thanksgiving in your heart.  Walk the path of wisdom and focus your energy on completing the good job, ignoring evil distractions and avoiding wasted time, energy, and space. Your true faith in God determines your true path to Heaven.

 

Greed

Pride, lust, and greed are like wax build up in your ears, blocking out logic, words, instruction, wisdom, and knowledge. Wasteful incompetence rules the hearts of the self-righteous ignorant behaviors of lazy people, full of wanting, gaining and maintaining little. So, the evil solution is to lie, cheat, enslave, and steal from your neighbor.

Grief

We manufacture our own problems when we don’t listen and do a good job with God’s information and systems. There is a lot of work to be done each day to balance efforts and objectives with our routines, even with God’s help. We can cause quite a bit of grief when our lifestyles and beliefs contradict simple, easy, basic commandments of honest love, from God.
Today’s Question
Do you have honest love, with God?
Enjoy The Reading

Genesis 6

Sinful Man

When men became many in number on the earth, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful. And they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not stay in man forever, for he is flesh. But yet he will live for 120 years.” Very large men were on the earth in those days, and later also, when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, who gave birth to their children. These were the powerful men of long ago, men of much strength.
Then the Lord saw that man was very sinful on the earth. Every plan and thought of the heart of man was sinful always. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth. He had sorrow in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have made from the land, man and animals, things that move upon the earth and birds of the sky. For I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
This is the story of Noah and his family. Noah was right with God. He was without blame in his time. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was sinful in the eyes of God. The earth was filled with people hurting each other. 12 God looked at the earth and saw how sinful it was. For all who lived on the earth had become sinful in their ways.
13 Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to make an end to all the people on the earth. They are the cause of very much trouble. See, I will destroy them as I destroy the earth. 14 Make a large boat of gopher wood for yourself. Build rooms in the boat. And cover it inside and out with tar. 15 This is how you are to make it: The boat is to be as long as 150 long steps, as wide as twenty-five long steps, and eight times taller than a man. 16 Make a window for the boat, that goes down a cubit from the roof. Put a door in the side of the boat. And make it with first, second, and third floors. 17 See, I will bring a flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh under heaven that has the breath of life. Everything on earth will be destroyed. 18 But I will make My agreement with you. You will go into the large boat, you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the large boat two of every kind of living thing of all flesh, to keep them alive with you. They will be male and female. 20 Two of all the kinds of birds, and animals, and every thing that moves on the ground are to be with you to keep them alive. 21 And take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it. It will be food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did just what God told him to do.
Love,
Jonathan

Wasteful

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I am ashamed at how much time, resources, money, food, stuff, and energy I have wasted over the years, like storing my personal trash and possessions, as if they were more important than God, my family, and the people around me.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Never Again

Never again will I allow my stuff to control my heart, body, and soul. Yet, let God control your movements and manage your assets from a heavenly perspective. Many things will get accomplished when you get out of the way and allow God to deliver you from your self-righteous control over your wasteful, hoarding lifestyle.

Closed 

We become closed minded to think that we are always right, refusing to be counseled.  I will not lie to myself any longer.  It is ok to make a mistake and be wrong occasionally.  However it is not ok to hear the truth constantly and ignore the message of God! This constant sin and disobedience will meet and greet you in hell, when you don’t repent and change. Refuse to be a hypocrite, walking in pride, and carrying a bible.

Instructions

 When you receive God’s instructions and helpful hints from your loved ones, stop taking the defense. Love is here to help you.  Listen and adjust to properly change your attitude and outlook so that you may live longer to finish your assignments.  Get out of your own way. My children have taught me how to do this and I’m so thankful! Communicate your transparent actions so that God can give you the traction to climb the mountain of love. A double mind is a waste, since you only need one Godly Mind!
Today’s Question
Why do you hold yourself in high esteem, full of wastefulness, lacking humility and honor in God? 

James 2

Favoritism Forbidden

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]?21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Love,
Jonathan

Sound Systems

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Check your power source, power button, mute button, volume button, plugs, and cables of your personal sound system, between your ears, so that you can hear what God is trying to say to you.” ~ Jon Barnes

Systems Check

There are many things that can go wrong and prevent you from hearing the Truth and responding to Good Information, allowing you to have a great sounding system.  Your Mouth is the sound system and your brain controls the quality of sound you produce. Let God be your Sound Man for your work, gigs, events, and parties so that your sound is balanced, perfect, and natural. Let God select your team to run your sound.

Sound Check

Sound check is extremely important, since God can check your volume levels, EQ, Highs, Mids, Lows, effects, reverb, and other digital content needed for the show. You must show up for the sound check to practice sounding your best, as God makes the necessary adjustments to your mix. His team of helpers will communicate vital information to you and your band of responsible people.

Monitor Mix

It is hard to sing and play if you cannot hear yourself in the monitor mix. Your band sounds great, but you can’t respond properly and perform your best if the monitor and house mix are off balanced. It is vital to have constant communication with God, The Master Engineer of Your Sound System, so that He can assist you with what you need, making the proper adjustments to your team and band. Listen to your qualified Sound GUYs!
Today’s Question

Is God your Qualified Engineering, Sound Guy or are you about to blow up your speakers, since you don’t know what you are doing, being too cheap to hire Good Help?

Enjoy Today’s Reading.

1 Timothy 3

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
In the same way, deacons[b] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 In the same way, the women[c] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,
    was vindicated by the Spirit,[d]
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.

Love,

Jonathan

Learning to Hear

 

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Hi Peeps
Today’s Quote
You are wasting time because you didn’t move into your future right now, and your senses are dull, being stuck, traveling backwards in time, controlled by  negative actions, decision, choices, TV, media, electronics, technology, greed, lust, and anything that will stop you from living, loving, and learning and sharing God’s truth.
 

Perfection

My definition of perfection is the process of learning how to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell the Truth in seeking God, while learning, growing, changing, forgiving, loving, understanding and using information God has taught you from his Bible.  One moves into the direction of perfection to include the tactile sense in your skin, balance of the inner ear, vestibular nerve, retina, optic nerves, eardrum inner ear, cochlear nerve, chemical sensors of smell, olfactory nerves, chemical receptors of taste, tongue, hunger, thirst, receptors in your stomach, kidneys, muscles, joints, spacial orientation, and bladder control. Your body is personal proof God exists.

One God

The One True God, that looks just like you, helps us to move into the direction of perfection, knowing that you only need the company of God to cover your weakness and sad fallen status of sin and evil!  Choosing to change is the process of being tested. Passing the test over time is important, so that God has a record of your personal labor of Obedience, Love and Goodness– which are a critical part of the process of the Christian journey.

The Clay Vessel

You are not God.  You are not The Potter! If you, being the clay vessel or glass of water, cannot hold God’s liquid lifestyle of love, then you are worthless in your present state and are in need of repair, repentance, and restoration; with your car totaled and trashed in the junkyard of life before you die and go to hell.  Let God fix your vessel, and regulate your perfect body with His Spirit of Love.
Today’s Question
Who are you married to, the Devil or God; Did you hear what God just Said?
Enjoy the Reading to see it also and feel free to use all of your senses.

1 Corinthians 7New International Version (NIV)

Concerning Married Life

Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time,so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satanwill not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Concerning Change of Status

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

Concerning the Unmarried

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivideddevotion to the Lord.
36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong[b] and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.[c]
39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment,she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
 
Love,
Jonathan