Splinters

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Thank God that He will remove our spiritual splinters when we trip into bushes we weren’t supposed to touch in the first place.”

TB

Ouch

Temptation will always play a part in our lives, one way or another. Like playing tag with your siblings in a cactus garden, you do your best to avoid them, but eventually, you’ll get a splinter or two. Same thing with sin; it will leave a splinter that causes spiritual hurt that requires skilled hands to remove. Fortunately for us, God is the Holy Splinter Remover, who gently comes to the aid of His children. Of course, if and when we study the Word, we learn that we can rely on Him.

Remove

If you look in the Bible, it spends way more time talking about Christ and the Good News rather than detailing the types of bad behaviors and their respective consequences. That’s because God is the ultimate solution to everything. He can remove any type of spiritual splinter we may find on our person. As we mature in Christ, the goal is to avoid prickly bushes. However, what a mighty God that we serve in that He will always remove our splinters when we call on Him.

Today’s Question

Are you playing around a bunch of prickly bushes?

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Numbers 28

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions. 3 “Say to the people: This is the special gift you must present to the LORD as your daily burnt offering. You must offer two one-year-old male lambs with no defects. 4 Sacrifice one lamb in the morning and the other in the evening. 5 With each lamb you must offer a grain offering of two quarts of choice flour mixed with one quart of pure oil of pressed olives. 6 This is the regular burnt offering instituted at Mount Sinai as a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 7 Along with it you must present the proper liquid offering of one quart of alcoholic drink with each lamb, poured out in the Holy Place as an offering to the LORD. 8 Offer the second lamb in the evening with the same grain offering and liquid offering. It, too, is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 9 “On the Sabbath day, sacrifice two one-year-old male lambs with no defects. They must be accompanied by a grain offering of four quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil and a liquid offering. 10 This is the burnt offering to be presented each Sabbath day, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying liquid offering. 11 “On the first day of each month, present an extra burnt offering to the LORD of two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all with no defects. 12 These must be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts with each bull, four quarts with the ram, 13 and two quarts with each lamb. This burnt offering will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 14 You must also present a liquid offering with each sacrifice: two quarts of wine for each bull, a third of a gallon for the ram, and one quart for each lamb. Present this monthly burnt offering on the first day of each month throughout the year. 15 “On the first day of each month, you must also offer one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD . This is in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying liquid offering. 16 “On the fourteenth day of the first month, you must celebrate the LORD ’s Passover. 17 On the following day—the fifteenth day of the month—a joyous, seven-day festival will begin, but no bread made with yeast may be eaten. 18 The first day of the festival will be an official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day. 19 As a special gift you must present a burnt offering to the LORD —two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all with no defects. 20 These will be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts with each bull, four quarts with the ram, 21 and two quarts with each of the seven lambs. 22 You must also offer a male goat as a sin offering to purify yourselves and make yourselves right with the LORD . 23 Present these offerings in addition to your regular morning burnt offering. 24 On each of the seven days of the festival, this is how you must prepare the food offering that is presented as a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD . These will be offered in addition to the regular burnt offerings and liquid offerings. 25 The seventh day of the festival will be another official day for holy assembly, and no ordinary work may be done on that day. 26 “At the Festival of Harvest, when you present the first of your new grain to the LORD, you must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work on that day. 27 Present a special burnt offering on that day as a pleasing aroma to the LORD . It will consist of two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs. 28 These will be accompanied by grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil—six quarts with each bull, four quarts with the ram, 29 and two quarts with each of the seven lambs. 30 Also, offer one male goat to purify yourselves and make yourselves right with the LORD . 31 Prepare these special burnt offerings, along with their liquid offerings, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying grain offering. Be sure that all the animals you sacrifice have no defects.

Ball & Chain

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If you’re tired of struggling with the things that weigh you down, ask God to show you how to unlock the chains that bind you.”

TB

Weighted

Many of us walk around with the weight of our past sins, experiences, and hurts as if a ball and chain were tied to our ankle. Weighed down we struggle in life, dragging on, unable to move freely. Because we’re carrying a weight that we cannot hold, we are unable to see the freedom that Christ provides, unleashing us from all that burdens us. If you feel weighed down, it’s time to ask for help.

Root Cause

Wherever your ball and chain lies, there is a root cause for the weight. Friends, how many of us live life or limit life, based on comments or situations from our past? Maybe your first boss told you that you wouldn’t amount to much and those words began to dictate your future. Perhaps a parent’s neglect left you to believe that you had to work insane amounts of hours to be worthy of love. My point is, that weight has a root cause.

Keys

If you’re ready to let that ball and chain go, it’s time to ask your Father in Heaven for the keys. Ask Him to reveal the ball and chains of your life. Sit with Him to uncover the root cause of those struggles. Allow Him to teach you how to forgive those people, the situations, and yourself for what transpired. Grow in the Word so that you may understand how to mature from offense and hurt. When we go to God for these structural breakdowns, He will honor our request with revelation, healing, and mercy, giving us the keys to freedom. All we have to do is ask, seek, and follow.

Today’s Question

What is weighing you down, preventing you from God’s will for your life?

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Ezekiel 30

1 This is another message that came to me from the LORD : 2 “Son of man, prophesy and give this message from the Sovereign LORD : “Weep and wail for that day, 3 for the terrible day is almost here— the day of the LORD ! It is a day of clouds and gloom, a day of despair for the nations. 4 A sword will come against Egypt, and those who are slaughtered will cover the ground. Its wealth will be carried away and its foundations destroyed. The land of Ethiopia will be ravished. 5 Ethiopia, Libya, Lydia, all Arabia, and all their other allies will be destroyed in that war. 6 “For this is what the LORD says: All of Egypt’s allies will fall, and the pride of her power will end. From Migdol to Aswan they will be slaughtered by the sword, says the Sovereign LORD . 7 Egypt will be desolate, surrounded by desolate nations, and its cities will be in ruins, surrounded by other ruined cities. 8 And the people of Egypt will know that I am the LORD when I have set Egypt on fire and destroyed all their allies. 9 At that time I will send swift messengers in ships to terrify the complacent Ethiopians. Great panic will come upon them on that day of Egypt’s certain destruction. Watch for it! It is sure to come! 10 “For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: By the power of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, I will destroy the hordes of Egypt. 11 He and his armies—the most ruthless of all— will be sent to demolish the land. They will make war against Egypt until slaughtered Egyptians cover the ground. 12 I will dry up the Nile River and sell the land to wicked men. I will destroy the land of Egypt and everything in it by the hands of foreigners. I, the LORD, have spoken! 13 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will smash the idols of Egypt and the images at Memphis. There will be no rulers left in Egypt; terror will sweep the land. 14 I will destroy southern Egypt, set fire to Zoan, and bring judgment against Thebes. 15 I will pour out my fury on Pelusium, the strongest fortress of Egypt, and I will stamp out the hordes of Thebes. 16 Yes, I will set fire to all Egypt! Pelusium will be racked with pain; Thebes will be torn apart; Memphis will live in constant terror. 17 The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis will die in battle, and the women will be taken away as slaves. 18 When I come to break the proud strength of Egypt, it will be a dark day for Tahpanhes, too. A dark cloud will cover Tahpanhes, and its daughters will be led away as captives. 19 And so I will greatly punish Egypt, and they will know that I am the LORD .” 20 On April 29, during the eleventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the LORD : 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. His arm has not been put in a cast so that it may heal. Neither has it been bound up with a splint to make it strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am the enemy of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt! I will break both of his arms—the good arm along with the broken one—and I will make his sword clatter to the ground. 23 I will scatter the Egyptians to many lands throughout the world. 24 I will strengthen the arms of Babylon’s king and put my sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he will lie there mortally wounded, groaning in pain. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, while the arms of Pharaoh fall useless to his sides. And when I put my sword in the hand of Babylon’s king and he brings it against the land of Egypt, Egypt will know that I am the LORD . 26 I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, dispersing them throughout the earth. Then they will know that I am the LORD .”

The Signal in the Noise

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Focus on God’s signal in the noise so that you may not trade the truth for a lie.”~TB

Distractions

There are so many distractions in this world that keep people from honestly pursuing a relationship with Christ. Of course, you cannot blame these distractions as you willfully engage in the nonsense. Whether you’re chasing money, sex, idolatry, clout, prestige, possessions, whatever the case may be, you’re desiring a false god.  Conversely, if you dwell on your problems, your circumstances, your pain, you miss the healing that God is so desperately trying to give to you. Friends, we cannot heal ourselves, our minds are not capable of the forgiveness and the love that comes from God.

Focus

Focus your attention to God’s love. Let it be the lighthouse that guides your way. When you experience God’s forgiveness, love, and blessings, you are able to extend that grace towards your brothers and sisters. The world will tell you that you have to exact your own justice, vengeance, or whatever you want to call it. Friends, we don’t have to protect ourselves. We don’t have to hold people accountable for their sins. Let Him be the judge and let yourselves embody His light. When we share the love of Christ, we point back to His lighthouse, allowing others to experience and seek a relationship with him. Hold your gaze to the Lord’s signal and let the rest of the noise fall away.

Today’s Question

Are you focused on God’s love or are you confused and distorted by the lies of this world?

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Psalm 102

1 LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea! 
2 Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you. 
3 For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals. 
4 My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite. 
5 Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones. 
6 I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness. 
7 I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof. 
8 My enemies taunt me day after day. They mock and curse me. 
9 I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink 
10 because of your anger and wrath. For you have picked me up and thrown me out. 
11 My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass. 
12 But you, O LORD, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem — and now is the time to pity her, now is the time you promised to help. 
14 For your people love every stone in her walls and cherish even the dust in her streets. 
15 Then the nations will tremble before the LORD . The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory. 
16 For the LORD will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in his glory. 
17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas. 
18 Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD . 
19 Tell them the LORD looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked down to earth from heaven 
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die. 
21And so the LORD ’s fame will be celebrated in Zion, his praises in Jerusalem, 
22 when multitudes gather together and kingdoms come to worship the LORD . 
23 He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days. 
24 But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever, don’t take my life while I am so young! 
25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. 
26 They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. 
27 But you are always the same; you will live forever. 
28 The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.”