“Examine how you spend your work hours because some work isn’t work at all.”~TB
You can stay busy and still be off task, not completing your assignment. This world is ripe for distraction, disruption, and the like, so an undisciplined worker doesn’t need much help in wasting their time. The guise of being busy is a great smokescreen to make you appear to be more productive that you actually are, but the results of your harvest will always tell the truth.
You can’t engage in wasted work and expect a positive outcome come harvest time. Sure, in your mind you worked hard, but all of the “work” did not produce any fruit! If you’re harvest is sparse, ask God on how to change your work ethic so that the next harvest will reap better results. Wasted work is a trap in the mind that keeps you from completing your assignments. Don’t fall for the trap. Work honestly and humbling to avoid wasted work.
Are you working hard or hardly working?
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1A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.
2Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies— so the living should take this to heart.
3Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
4A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.
5Better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool.
6A fool’s laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.
7Extortion turns wise people into fools, and bribes corrupt the heart.
8Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.
9Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.
10Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.
11Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life.
12Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
13Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked?
14Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
15I have seen everything in this meaningless life, including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people.
16So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?
17On the other hand, don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time?
18Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.
19One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town!
20Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
21Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you.
22For you know how often you yourself have cursed others.
23I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions. I said to myself, “I am determined to be wise.” But it didn’t work.
24Wisdom is always distant and difficult to find.
25I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.
26I discovered that a seductive woman is a trap more bitter than death. Her passion is a snare, and her soft hands are chains. Those who are pleasing to God will escape her, but sinners will be caught in her snare.
27“This is my conclusion,” says the Teacher. “I discovered this after looking at the matter from every possible angle.
28Though I have searched repeatedly, I have not found what I was looking for. Only one out of a thousand men is virtuous, but not one woman!
29But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path.”
“When you’re operating in your Holy position, it’s easier for you to assist a teammate in need.”~TB
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are on one team, which means it’s in our best interest to help one another succeed. Operating in this mindset, you’re able to lay down the offenses of your teammates to help with the assist so that they can shoot and score. When they score a point, so do you! So friends, don’t ball hog, just because you may be a better scorer. Instead, look to the Bible to understand the playbook so you can hook your teammates up with a stellar pass. God sees who is helping their teammates. He also sees who are holding each other back. Make sure you’re being a good teammate!
Even the best teammates need a break. When a star player is tired and weak, they are more susceptible to injury. If you see a teammate in need, call a timeout, sub in, and make the play on their behalf! Friends, we all grow tired and weary, which is why we need one another to achieve victory. No one Christian is capable of scoring all of the shots, which is why our Coach in Heaven gives drills, practices, and games to all of His players. When you understand that everyone is able to make the winning shot, sharing, caring, and assisting becomes the most important part of the game.
Are you assisting your teammates or are you ball hogging?
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1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
2Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever.
3Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.
4Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.
5Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever.
6Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever.
7Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever.
8the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever.
9and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.
10Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.
11He brought Israel out of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever.
12He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever.
13Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever.
14He led Israel safely through, His faithful love endures forever.
15but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever.
16Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever.
17Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings. His faithful love endures forever.
18He killed powerful kings— His faithful love endures forever.
19Sihon king of the Amorites, His faithful love endures forever.
20and Og king of Bashan. His faithful love endures forever.
21God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance— His faithful love endures forever.
22a special possession to his servant Israel. His faithful love endures forever.
23He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.
24He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever.
25He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever.
26Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.
“It’s difficult to grow your faith if you have a fixed mindset.”~TB
To the uninformed, once you know the Truth, all learning ceases. Even though the Truth– salvation is given to us through the sacrifice of Jesus– never changes, the trouble with that mindset is that life’s lessons and challenges still exist. The reason the Bible is called the Living Word is that it applies in your life in all of its stages. Friends, receiving salvation is the easy part. Staying in a learning mindset takes grit and perseverance. Failing to cultivate a lifelong relationship with Christ will cause you to stagnate because you don’t understand the landscape of a fallen world. Without understanding God’s love, it is difficult to practice His teachings. Adopt a continuous learning mindset so that you can grow with God throughout your life.
The truth is, there is always another level after the last. God’s ways are so expansive and massive that it takes a lifetime to even catch a glimpse. What a mighty God we serve! For this reason, you must always be willing and able to learn new things with Him. Human love pales in comparison to God’s love, which is why we must connect with Him daily to practice love from a Biblical perspective. Those who are considered wise understand that even in their wisdom, they still depend on God like a nursing baby. Without Him you are nothing. But with Him, nothing is impossible. Pass your tests and get to the next level, so that you may reach the next level after that. Once you understand that this is a lifelong process, you will love attending God’s Holy school.
Are you one of God’s lifelong students or are you flunking out?
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1How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
2For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
3Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
“When you’re focused on the right things, it’s amazing to see how God works.”~TB
God has given you a unique purpose that only you can fulfill. He will gently call you, and if you listen and answer, He will reveal His plans for you. Living a purposed-fill life in Christ can be challenging yet exciting. Walking with God requires you to put down the unclean things that once held your attention. At first, it will seem like a hard sacrifice. In time, however, you will come to realize that the things He is trying to give to you are more precious than anything you will find on this earth. Stay focused and on task.
If you’re not careful, the world will distract you, turning your focus from your personal Biblical development to a secular superficial lifestyle. While God wants balance and peace for you, if you are asleep at the wheel and not staying in the Word, the opposition will sneak in to try and get you off of your path. Be vigilant as getting off track is subtle and almost seemingly harmless. But after a time, you will see the chaos that distractions cause. Stay focused to run and finish your personal race.
Are you focused on your purpose or are you purposefully distracted?
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1I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?
2My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
3He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
5The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
6The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.
7The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.
8The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
“Don’t fixate on your problems, because you may miss God’s solutions and blessing to the resolve it.”~TB
Smoke and Mirrors
The devil will use your setbacks to transfix you on the problems you face. When you are only focused on the problems, you are not paying attention to the Biblically simple solutions that will propel you to the next chapter in your life. Don’t miss your blessing by obsessing over the challenges. Objects are smaller than they appear.
God made you as you are, which means you have the tools to overcome any obstacle. One of the biggest misconceptions about walking with Christ is that all of your fleshly afflictions vanish and life becomes perfect. No, as you mature in Christ, you recognize that your flesh is fickle, so you simply step aside from the traps to avoid them. Not every thought and feeling is valid or useful so let go of the ones that cause you to stumble.
When you finally understand that you must depend on God in every second of every day, you let go of your man-made solutions which probably got you into your troubles in the first place. Let go of your legalistic pride, and accept the wisdom of God, which will gently nudge you to practice patience, forgiveness, and humility. Sure, you may not “win” every human argument, but winning with God is better than any victory the world could ever give you.
Are you fixating on your right ways or are you leaning on God’s solutions?
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1When the Israelites escaped from Egypt— when the family of Jacob left that foreign land—
2the land of Judah became God’s sanctuary, and Israel became his kingdom.
3The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way! The water of the Jordan River turned away.
4The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs!
5What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way? What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?
6Why, mountains, did you skip like rams? Why, hills, like lambs?
7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.
8He turned the rock into a pool of water; yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.
“If you seek an authentic relationship with Christ, be careful with whom you give your eyes and ears.”~TB
Deeds not words
Be wary of influential people who turn your eyes away from the Lord. While we can never truly know a person’s intent, if they prove to be a stumbling block for you, avert your gaze. Anyone can say they love the Lord, but if their actions do not match their deeds, should they really hold your attention? Be diligent in how you spend your time because what may seem like harmless fun is a pathway to foolishness and sin.
It is not your job to police the wicked. At the same time, it is your responsibility not to be influenced by them either. You can avoid many pitfalls and traps when you focus your attention on the Word of God. When that is your primary influence, all of a sudden, the beautiful trappings of the world, appear to be detestable and vile. Friends, do the work and uncover the truth for yourselves. Don’t be influenced by frauds who try and sell you on a broken lifestyle. God’s influence is the only real influence, pay attention.
Are you influenced by righteousness or wickedness?
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1Sing a new song to the LORD ! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD !
2Sing to the LORD ; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4Great is the LORD ! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.
5The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens!
6Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.
7O nations of the world, recognize the LORD ; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong.
8Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.
9Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him.
10Tell all the nations, “The LORD reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.
11Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
13before the LORD, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.
“Let’s be honest; you want God’s grace but you don’t want the honest work attached to it.”~TB
People aren’t successful because they fail to put in the honest Biblical effort to build a foundational relationship with God. This isn’t a transactional endeavor. God seeks your heart, spirit, and mind, not your wishful prayers. If you honestly seek Him, roll up your sleeves, dust off your Bibles, and get to work.
God has more respect for those who unabashedly reject their inheritance than those who pretend to till the soil. You may fool everyone with your schemes, dreams, and plots to steal what doesn’t belong to you, but God is no slouch. You will be dealt with. Instead, honestly examine your heart and make the honest choice to return home to the Lord.
Are you an honest worker or are you honestly stupid?
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1It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.
2It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,
3accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre.
4You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.
5O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.
6Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this:
7Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.
8But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever.
9Your enemies, LORD, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.
10But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil.
11My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
12But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
13For they are transplanted to the LORD ’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.
14Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.
15They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
“Before God can give you anything, He will search your heart and examine your motives.”~TB
Who Are You?
Who are you in this world and when did you give up an let the world define you? Stop looking to the heathens, the demons, the whoremongers and the ilk to determine your worth. In doing so you lose your inheritance because your motives have become sullied by the sin-fallen ways of this broken world. Though the corrupt of this world seem to have everything, in Christ they have nothing. When your motives are tainted and evil, what’s up is down and what’s down is up, confusing the blind dumb and willfully stupid.
Who You Are
Who you are in Christ, is a redeemed lamb that has escaped the line of Slaughter because God so graciously has made you right through the salvation of his son, Jesus. Friends, that is the only identity we can truly claim because it is the only one that can bring us eternal life and everlasting peace. This world is not the Final Destination, so act accordingly. Examine your motives and walk with God and you will see the truth as it was intended.
Who are you and what are your motives?
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1O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night.
2Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry.
3For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near.
4I am as good as dead, like a strong man with no strength left.
5They have left me among the dead, and I lie like a corpse in a grave. I am forgotten, cut off from your care.
6You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths.
7Your anger weighs me down; with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude
8You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. I am in a trap with no way of escape.
9My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD ; I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude
11Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.
14O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me?
15I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have engulfed me completely.
18You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.
“When you fail to read the Word for yourself, you fall prey to false leaders who give a flattering message that waters down the Truth. Let’s call it what it is, a lie!”~TB
Today’s culture wants a surgary interpretation of God’s Truth. You want the inheritance, blessings, and mercy. Yet, you hate His discipline, correction, and Truth. False teachers, leaders, preachers, line up to give you their “good news” and because it’s easier to swallow, you blindly eat it up! Friends, anything outside God’s truth is a lie! Beware of leaders who weep for buildings, but not for their flock. Beware of seers who sing sweet words when in actuality we are being warned! Do not let anyone tell you differently.
Because you refuse to understand the Truth on your own, you are asleep at the wheel, failing to understand what is going on around you. Do you honestly think that the destruction occurring worldwide is God’s way of “bringing us together”? No, it is the judgment we so richly deserve. If this message offends you, good! It means there is still hope. Don’t look to me, look at the Bible and you will know what you are reading is true. Or, stay asleep and reap the judgment coming due.
Are you ok with the diet bible answers that lead to destruction or are you ready for the Truth?
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1LORD, you poured out blessings on your land! You restored the fortunes of Israel.
2You forgave the guilt of your people— yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude
3You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger.
4Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more.
5Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
6Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
7Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.
9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory.
10Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12Yes, the LORD pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.
“It takes only 5 minutes to read a chapter of the Bible a day, yet few people actually do it.”~ Jon Barnes
The path to Truth and righteousness is very simple in nature. It requires independent study, on your own time, with your own eyes, in order for you to receive its inheritance. The Bible espouses wisdom to those who continually seek the Truth. By doing your Biblical homework, reading a chapter and meditating on the Word on a daily basis, you find the correct answers to navigate the many traps and snares in this fallen world. However, many fail to cultivate the discipline and steadfastness required to pass their Biblical tests.
When you are lazy and fail to do your Biblical reading, you rely on the wrong answers of false teachers, pastors, prophets, and the like. You fall prey to their fake candor, false leadership, and flattering words. Slowly but surely they turn your hearts from the Lord and onto their agendas. Friends, if your spiritual leaders are pointing towards a “Caesar” for leadership, they are not of God. God does not need politicians or world leaders of any kind to gain access to our hearts and minds. Only a fool who copied false answers instead of studying the Word would fall prey to that. Do you not recall the reign of Saul? Study the Word so that you can receive everlasting life. Or don’t and enjoy the alternative. The choice is ultimately yours.
Are you ready to study the right answers or are you comfortable with passing the test to hell?
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1Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory
2to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us!
3Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
4O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers?
5You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
6You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke.
7Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
8You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
9You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land.
10Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.
12But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it.
14Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine
15that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself.
16For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.
18Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.