“The Truth is in plain sight, to those who seek it”~TB
Right in Front
Contrary to popular belief, God is not hiding from you. No, He is patiently waiting, eager to speak with you, but you refuse to listen! He isn’t some sneaky figure, traipsing in the shadows, but rather a gentle Father, allowing you to seek him. God will never force a relationship with you, and He will not deny you the opportunity to know Him either. If you truly want to know the Lord, open your hearts, minds, and eyes and He will reveal Himself to you. On the flip side, keep your hearts, minds, and eyes shut, and you will never see what is so plainly in front of you!
The reason why God seems so mysterious to you is that you are focusing on the wrong things. Ask yourself, where does your mind wander? What holds your attention? What do you consider to be the most important thing in your life? If God is not at the forefront of your attention or line of sight, do not be surprised that you do not know Him. You simply don’t care to! Gather your thoughts, your focus, and your attention. Divert them to where they belong– on God. When He is the main thing in your life, watch the Truth unfold, like a red carpet sprawling out for an event. Then you will see that He was right in front of you all along!
Is your line of sight on Him or are you focused on your own selfish desires?
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1Let all that I am praise the LORD ; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2Let all that I am praise the LORD ; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
6The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
7He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel.
8The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.
10He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
13The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
15Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here.
17But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children
18of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
19The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.
20Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
21Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!
22Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the LORD .
“Checking off fake boxes and not engaging in the authenticity of your good work is not a reflection of your best work, but rather the reality of your lying, stealing, and cheating from God and people.” ~ Jon Barnes
Bouncing your responsibilities onto others, not doing your fair share, being greedy, and lazy are all evil qualities of wicked people, taking advantage of others. God’s checks and balances will not skip over the wicked because you will get your just reward for your labor. Stop bouncing around with fools and do good work.
Cheap management and labor is a reflection of the quality you wish for your goods and services. This type of wicked mentality does not compensate people properly for hire. The extreme cost of goods and services are another pitfall for economic management of our society. Perhaps we all need to check our balancing scales to calibrate like the same scale God uses to judge us.
Since we cannot hide from God, our actions and motives will label us condemned or redeemed. Plan and focus your attention and actions on what God has for you to do. Check to see if you are moving boxes for God or just stealing them for yourself.
Are you ready to do an inventory check on your life to show God your progress in Him?
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1 Samuel 8
Israel Requests a King
8 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba.3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel.5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”
6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance.7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”
Samuel Warns against a Kingdom
10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king.11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots.12 Some will be generals and captains in his army,[a] some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment.13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him.14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials.15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants.16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle[b] and donkeys for his own use.17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves.18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said.20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”
21 So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said,22 and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.
“Notice the quality of inventory you personally carry around with you in your heart, mind, and body, because that is what you soul is made out of, which determines your destiny for Hell or Heaven.” ~ Jon Barnes
The devil wants to get a free ride from you in the trunk of you spiritual car, hiding under the spare tire, where you think the secrets of your mind, body, and heart are kept. There are no secrets with God, so get rid of the junk, scams, plans, and problems from other people and focus on how God wants you to carry His Inventory, The Holy Spirit!
There is no room to carry the inventory of another person. You can only take what you can personally get and carry from God. Your source and supplier will not honor other brands and copies of the original Holy Spirit, which is the only certified, qualified dealer from God. Nothing else on the shelf will work.
Tell yourself stop copying fake people, religions, ideas, cults, idols, and witchcraft like behavior and obey your heavenly father God. Put yourself on the shelf and take God off of the shelf so that you can Hear what the Spirit of God will teach you and show you in the Bible. Your self-studies, reading, praying, fasting, and walk with God will grow your Spiritual Inventory and purge your trash!
Are you open to God’s Inventory and Plans of action or are you stuck with the ways of money, power, fame, lust, greed, and the world order?
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Clothing for the Priests
39 The craftsmen made beautiful sacred garments of blue, purple, and scarlet cloth—clothing for Aaron to wear while ministering in the Holy Place, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Making the Ephod
2 Bezalel[a] made the ephod of finely woven linen and embroidered it with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.3 He made gold thread by hammering out thin sheets of gold and cutting it into fine strands. With great skill and care, he worked it into the fine linen with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
4 The ephod consisted of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two shoulder-pieces.5 The decorative sash was made of the same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.6 They mounted the two onyx stones in settings of gold filigree. The stones were engraved with the names of the tribes of Israel, just as a seal is engraved.7 He fastened these stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that the priest represents the people of Israel. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Making the Chestpiece
8 Bezalel made the chestpiece with great skill and care. He made it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.9 He made the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches[b] square.10 They mounted four rows of gemstones[c] on it. The first row contained a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald.11 The second row contained a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone.12 The third row contained an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst.13 The fourth row contained a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones were set in gold filigree.14 Each stone represented one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe was engraved on it like a seal.
15 To attach the chestpiece to the ephod, they made braided cords of pure gold thread.16 They also made two settings of gold filigree and two gold rings and attached them to the top corners of the chestpiece.17 They tied the two gold cords to the rings on the chestpiece.18 They tied the other ends of the cords to the gold settings on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod.19 Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the inside edges of the chestpiece next to the ephod.20 Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the front of the ephod, below the shoulder-pieces, just above the knot where the decorative sash was fastened to the ephod.21 They attached the bottom rings of the chestpiece to the rings on the ephod with blue cords. In this way, the chestpiece was held securely to the ephod above the decorative sash. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Additional Clothing for the Priests
22 Bezalel made the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece of blue woven cloth,23 with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of it. The opening was reinforced with a woven collar[d] so it would not tear.24 They made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attached them to the hem of the robe.25 They also made bells of pure gold and placed them between the pomegranates along the hem of the robe,26 with bells and pomegranates alternating all around the hem. This robe was to be worn whenever the priest ministered before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
27 They made tunics for Aaron and his sons from fine linen cloth.28 The turban and the special head coverings were made of fine linen, and the undergarments were also made of finely woven linen.29 The sashes were made of finely woven linen and embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
30 Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the lord.31 They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Moses Inspects the Work
32 And so at last the Tabernacle[e] was finished. The Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.33 And they brought the entire Tabernacle to Moses:
the sacred tent with all its furnishings, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases; 34 the tent coverings of tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; the inner curtain to shield the Ark; 35 the Ark of the Covenant[f] and its carrying poles; the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement; 36 the table and all its utensils; the Bread of the Presence; 37 the pure gold lampstand with its symmetrical lamp cups, all its accessories, and the olive oil for lighting; 38 the gold altar; the anointing oil and fragrant incense; the curtain for the entrance of the sacred tent; 39 the bronze altar; the bronze grating and its carrying poles and utensils; the washbasin with its stand; 40 the curtains for the walls of the courtyard; the posts and their bases; the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; the ropes and tent pegs; all the furnishings to be used in worship at the Tabernacle; 41 the beautifully stitched garments for the priests to wear while ministering in the Holy Place—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests.
42 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses.43 Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lordhad commanded him, he blessed them.
“Only God has secrets, knowledge, and access to passwords and pass codes that will change your life, save your soul, and help others.” ~ Jon Barnes
We conveniently forget what we know so that we can make up an excuse to not obey God’s love, laws, and living arrangements. While walking the path of confusion, we cling to secret lies of deception to deliver our personal message of hidden agendas, greed, lust, and pride. God can see that we know the truth, yet we pretend to be ignorant. You know better. Your access is off-line. This shouldn’t be a revelation to you.
Your first breath is your password to use God’s computer of life and the breast milk is the food of knowledge and wisdom used to operate the secret system. No instructions of language code use to brief or train infants on how to extract milk to digest. You already knew the secret codes. We know what is right and understand the functions of God’s love. We know the truth, but we forget our password intentionally to keep God’s access cut off from our lifestyle. People hook up, live together, and buy houses, but they don’t get married first? Operator error.
Even though we all have equal access to the resources that God has provided, evil has taken control over our common sense to share, help, save, and manage God’s Good Gifts of life. We repent, yet we don’t mean it. We give, but we want something in return. We save, yet hunger is among us. We love, but is doesn’t last. Our failure to stay connected to God stems from using the off switch we have created to hide God in a secret closet, until we need Him; like fake fathers hiding from their kid’s lives. We reap, but we do not sow?
Do you realize that there is no secret you can hide from God, so why not be honest and let God save your life and soul?
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1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,because the time is near.
Greetings and Doxology
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne,5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b] and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[c] So shall it be! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
John’s Vision of Christ
9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit,and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum,Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.