“Focus on God’s signal in the noise so that you may not trade the truth for a lie.”~TB
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 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.
Are you focused on God’s love or are you confused and distorted by the lies of this world?
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1LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea!
2Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you.
3For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals.
4My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite.
5Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones.
6I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.
7I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.
8My enemies taunt me day after day. They mock and curse me.
9I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink
10because of your anger and wrath. For you have picked me up and thrown me out.
11My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass.
12But you, O LORD, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.
13You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem — and now is the time to pity her, now is the time you promised to help.
14For your people love every stone in her walls and cherish even the dust in her streets.
15Then the nations will tremble before the LORD . The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.
16For the LORD will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in his glory.
17He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.
18Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD .
19Tell them the LORD looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked down to earth from heaven
20to 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,
22when multitudes gather together and kingdoms come to worship the LORD .
23He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days.
24But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever, don’t take my life while I am so young!
25Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.
26They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them.
27But you are always the same; you will live forever.
28The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.”
“I feel like a hypocrite when I refuse to forgive and love people who hurt me the most because my blood continues to boil with hatred in my continued unforgiveness.”~ Jon Barnes
Throw your cares into the wind and let God judge and deal with people on all levels.Stop trying to play God, Judge, and Master of all things.Focus on the good you must do each day.The Lord’s Prayer keeps me out of trouble and My Suggestion is to pray this prayer each day as often as you like and need too. Continue to throw this prayer into the air at God and see how your attitude will change and improve your faith. Do it now, don’t worry, and just practice the truth!
Love is an action word of faith and not a reaction word of hate, bad words, and dumb ideas of revenge, regret, and stupidity.Grow up and mature with God’s Word and Spirit and stop licking your old war wounds from the past.Live in the know and now, as if it is your last day on earth, so you don’t have time to be mad at anyone.Steady your focus on all the good that you do with God’s grace, patience, goodness, kindness, love, and mercy. Hold your tongue while getting your work done.
I have learned to let go of the hate, to smile, and relax so that I can work on my next new assignment.Your clutter can clog up your path for better work when your life is a mess and full of hate.Loving everyone the same way is easier than you think.Your consistent love practices, positive attitude, and words will continue to make your actions of faith sow positive seeds into the wind onto fertile ground.
Would you do the good work of love each day for free, with no recognition, and no instant reward?
2 Kings 21
Manasseh Rules in Judah
21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah.2 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.
4 He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”5 He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple.6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire.[a] He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.
7 Manasseh even made a carved image of Asherah and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel.8 If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws my servant Moses gave them—I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors.”9 But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.
10 Then the Lord said through his servants the prophets:11 “King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has caused the people of Judah to sin with his idols.[b]12 So this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror.13 I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and the same measure[c] I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down.14 Then I will reject even the remnant of my own people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies.15 For they have done great evil in my sight and have angered me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt.”
16 Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood. This was in addition to the sin that he caused the people of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in the Lord’s sight.
17 The rest of the events in Manasseh’s reign and everything he did, including the sins he committed, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.18 When Manasseh died, he was buried in the palace garden, the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon became the next king.
Amon Rules in Judah
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz from Jotbah.20 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Manasseh, had done.21 He followed the example of his father, worshiping the same idols his father had worshiped.22 He abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and he refused to follow the Lord’s ways.
23 Then Amon’s own officials conspired against him and assassinated him in his palace.24 But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king.
25 The rest of the events in Amon’s reign and what he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then his son Josiah became the next king.