Prune

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t be afraid of the pruning process as God is taking away the unnecessary in order for His good crops to flourish.”

TB

Plants

About 2 months ago, I decided to get into gardening. I figured since I couldn’t roam freely outside as I normally do, have a nice little set up on my patio would be a good alternative. In my arsenal, I purchased two jasmine vines. I love jasmine because the smell is so gorgeous and calming. So to have some at my house was great! The first 2 weeks, the plants seemed to be doing well. But then, the flowers starting wilting, the vines hardened, all signs pointed to loss of life.

Cut

If you’ve ever cared for plants, watching them struggle is quite a blow to the ego. So, to be proactive, I did my research, to try and see how I could fix the plants. I did a few things to try and revive the plants. One being changing out the soil and making sure it was properly drained. Two being diligent in my watering process. Three, I had to prune the vines, pulling off the dead flowers, removing the dead vines. Of course, pruning seems like an obvious answer, but pruning does not produce immediate results, it takes time.

Time

I’ll admit, after a few weeks of watching my plants struggle, I had designs to toss them and start anew. Problem is, I can’t find jasmine plants anywhere. However, yesterday, as I went out to my patio to inspect my plants, I saw several new vines growing on each plant. This morning, the same thing! You can imagine after what felt like a period of failure and futility, seeing the progress on these plants was such a wonderful feeling. The plants weren’t dead, they just needed time to grow back. As I looked at my plants this morning, I couldn’t help but think about God’s pruning process and what that looks like in our lives.

Process

As we accept Christ into our lives, there are stages that we all enter. The onboarding period is this miraculous and divine experience. We feel like awe and joy of what it means to be saved. Then comes the death of our wayward behavior/lifestyle. This is tough because people tend to identify with their behaviors as if it’s who they are. Then, God removes all of the unnecessary, people, places, things, behaviors, etc. Pruning is painful and it often makes us feel as though we have nothing left or that we’re being punished. But, that is not so!

Growth

The pruning process will take us to our breaking points, because it can feel punitive. Walking with God causes us to evaluate how we spend our time and with whom we are doing life with. This means that we have to walk away from the things that stunt our growth. But, when we accept the righteous path, in time we see the miraculous fruit that only God can cultivate in our lives. As I look at the new growth on my plants, I have to laugh at myself. A few days ago, I was ready to toss them out, and now they are growing splendidly. How foolish! Friends, don’t give up in the pruning process because when you feel like it’s time to throw it away, new growth is right around the corner.

Today’s Question

Are you allowing the pruning process to produce God’s fruit in your life?

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Jeremiah 49

1 This message was given concerning the Ammonites. This is what the LORD says: “Are there no descendants of Israel to inherit the land of Gad? Why are you, who worship Molech, living in its towns? 2 In the days to come,” says the LORD, “I will sound the battle cry against your city of Rabbah. It will become a desolate heap of ruins, and the neighboring towns will be burned. Then Israel will take back the land you took from her,” says the LORD . 3 “Cry out, O Heshbon, for the town of Ai is destroyed. Weep, O people of Rabbah! Put on your clothes of mourning. Weep and wail, hiding in the hedges, for your god Molech, with his priests and officials, will be hauled off to distant lands. 4 You are proud of your fertile valleys, but they will soon be ruined. You trusted in your wealth, you rebellious daughter, and thought no one could ever harm you. 5 But look! I will bring terror upon you,” says the Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Your neighbors will chase you from your land, and no one will help your exiles as they flee. 6 But I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites in days to come. I, the LORD, have spoken.” 7 This message was given concerning Edom. This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “Is there no wisdom in Teman? Is no one left to give wise counsel? 8 Turn and flee! Hide in deep caves, you people of Dedan! For when I bring disaster on Edom, I will punish you, too! 9 Those who harvest grapes always leave a few for the poor. If thieves came at night, they would not take everything. 10 But I will strip bare the land of Edom, and there will be no place left to hide. Its children, its brothers, and its neighbors will all be destroyed, and Edom itself will be no more. 11 But I will protect the orphans who remain among you. Your widows, too, can depend on me for help.” 12 And this is what the LORD says: “If the innocent must suffer, how much more must you! You will not go unpunished! You must drink this cup of judgment! 13 For I have sworn by my own name,” says the LORD, “that Bozrah will become an object of horror and a heap of ruins; it will be mocked and cursed. All its towns and villages will be desolate forever.” 14 I have heard a message from the LORD that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say, “Form a coalition against Edom, and prepare for battle!” 15 The LORD says to Edom, “I will cut you down to size among the nations. You will be despised by all. 16 You have been deceived by the fear you inspire in others and by your own pride. You live in a rock fortress and control the mountain heights. But even if you make your nest among the peaks with the eagles, I will bring you crashing down,” says the LORD . 17 “Edom will be an object of horror. All who pass by will be appalled and will gasp at the destruction they see there. 18 It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns,” says the LORD . “No one will live there; no one will inhabit it. 19 I will come like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan, leaping on the sheep in the pasture. I will chase Edom from its land, and I will appoint the leader of my choice. For who is like me, and who can challenge me? What ruler can oppose my will?” 20 Listen to the LORD ’s plans against Edom and the people of Teman. Even the little children will be dragged off like sheep, and their homes will be destroyed. 21 The earth will shake with the noise of Edom’s fall, and its cry of despair will be heard all the way to the Red Sea. 22 Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle, spreading his wings over Bozrah. Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish like a woman in labor. 23 This message was given concerning Damascus. This is what the LORD says: “The towns of Hamath and Arpad are struck with fear, for they have heard the news of their destruction. Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm. 24 Damascus has become feeble, and all her people turn to flee. Fear, anguish, and pain have gripped her as they grip a woman in labor. 25 That famous city, a city of joy, will be forsaken! 26 Her young men will fall in the streets and die. Her soldiers will all be killed,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. 27 “And I will set fire to the walls of Damascus that will burn up the palaces of Ben-hadad.” 28 This message was given concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which were attacked by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. This is what the LORD says: “Advance against Kedar! Destroy the warriors from the East! 29 Their flocks and tents will be captured, and their household goods and camels will be taken away. Everywhere shouts of panic will be heard: ‘We are terrorized at every turn!’ 30 Run for your lives,” says the LORD . “Hide yourselves in deep caves, you people of Hazor, for King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has plotted against you and is preparing to destroy you. 31 “Go up and attack that complacent nation,” says the LORD . “Its people live alone in the desert without walls or gates. 32 Their camels and other livestock will all be yours. I will scatter to the winds these people who live in remote places. I will bring calamity upon them from every direction,” says the LORD . 33 “Hazor will be inhabited by jackals, and it will be desolate forever. No one will live there; no one will inhabit it.” 34 This message concerning Elam came to the prophet Jeremiah from the LORD at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah. 35 This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “I will destroy the archers of Elam— the best of their forces. 36 I will bring enemies from all directions, and I will scatter the people of Elam to the four winds. They will be exiled to countries around the world. 37 I myself will go with Elam’s enemies to shatter it. In my fierce anger, I will bring great disaster upon the people of Elam,” says the LORD . “Their enemies will chase them with the sword until I have destroyed them completely. 38 I will set my throne in Elam,” says the LORD, “and I will destroy its king and officials. 39 But I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

About Face

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you accept Christ into your life, you must do an about face, leaving behind your past ways and to adopt the new life Christ has given you.”~TB

Abandon

Abandon your old ways, the sinful thoughts and behaviors, and everything else in between so that you can build your foundation firmly on the principles of Christ. The same level of thinking from your previous life cannot remain because you have died from your previous self. A new self must take place and it has to start with The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is because, in our sin-fallen world, before we accepted Christ, we were programmed with corrupted software, making us believe in worldly ideas and principles. Friends, it is a daily work, throwing off the lies of the world and learning the ways of God. Do the work so you can learn and live in the Truth.

Take Up

Arm yourselves with the Word of God each and every day so that you may know how to navigate a broken world. The devil is around, especially among those who are working diligently for the Lord, waiting to steal your peace, joy, and contentment. Friends, do not lose heart if you find yourselves in trying times. If you stay close with God and listen to His wisdom, you will learn how to walk in peace, in every aspect of your life. This peace comes from the understanding of Who is with us. When you know that God is at the beginning, the middle, and the end, the path becomes much clearer. We already know who wins in the end, but we must use our newfound understanding and relationship with God to withstand the realities of this world. Take up the cross and walk in your new life with Christ.

Today’s Question

Are you struggling in your new life because you’re holding on to the old?

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Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD ! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! 
2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! 
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! 
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! 
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD ! Praise the LORD !

Ditch

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Ditch the fake reality of the world and cling to the Truth of Christ”~TB

Alternate Reality

When God puts you on a path, be vigilant in your thoughts and actions because the opposition will lie in wait to push you into a ditch and into a world of sinful desires. In an upside down world, evil will use people, thoughts, and anything he can to get you to give up your position in Christ. Keep yourself disciplined in the Word so that you may see the fake reality for what it is.

Throw Off

When you continually read and study the Truth, you are able to throw off the sinful traits and behaviors of the life you once lead. Though there are tests from time to time, remember that you are redeemed in Christ, and He looks at you through His eyes. When you lean on this Truth, that you are saved and made whole in Christ, the past evil deeds are less tempting because you know your inheritance is stored within your salvation.

Today’s Question

Are you safely driving on God’s highway or are you veering towards the evil ditch?

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Psalm 115

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. 
2 Why let the nations say, “Where is their God?” 
3 Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes. 
4Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
5 They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. 
6They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. 
7 They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound. 
8 And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them. 
9 O Israel, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield. 
10 O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield. 
11 All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield. 
12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us. He will bless the people of Israel and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron. 
13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, both great and lowly.
14 May the LORD richly bless both you and your children. 
15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 
16 The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity. 
17 The dead cannot sing praises to the LORD, for they have gone into the silence of the grave. 
18 But we can praise the LORD both now and forever! Praise the LORD !

Reject

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Being made new in Christ means rejecting your old ways and adopting the lifestyle of Christ”~TB

Change

Now that the Truth has been revealed to you, you are marked, cemented in God’s stable. This means that you have to reject previous sins, thoughts, and actions. The same behavior that got you into a turbulent lifestyle cannot remain when you are made new in Christ. You can try to cling onto your past life, but what you will find is the behavior of yesterday will never grant you the peace you experience in Christ. This is because the Holy Spirit within you can never find satisfaction in the fleshly sinful practices of man. No, it requires Biblical fuel to thrive. Save yourself some time and headache by adopting the principles and behaviors of Christ.

Exist

Freedom in Christ means existing in the Holy peace that a Christlike mentality brings. This can only happen when you let your guard down and allow Him to lead your life. If you can continually check your ego and pride at the door, you will eventually see that what you were trying to defend was not yours to defend at all! Allow God to handle your affairs. Live in peace among one another and do not let the judgments of man dictate your perception of the Lord. Focus on Him to learn how to Biblically move in this world and you will see that life isn’t as chaotic and random as the world would let you believe.

Today’s Question

Are you hitting your head trying to keep a dead lifestyle or are you reading to adopt your new life?

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Psalm 112

1 Praise the LORD ! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands. 
2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. 
3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. 
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. 
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 
7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. 
8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. 
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. 
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

 

New Years

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Lord, I pray that I honor you in all that I do and become a blessing to my family, friends, students, and enemies all around the world in this new year.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Times

My daughter and I were cleaning out the garage with here children and we found my first recording on cassette tape, with a cassette tape player from 1995.  After reading the liner notes, looking at pictures, listening with headsets, it finally occurred to me that I successfully recorded my grandmother, mother, friends, and myself to share with my grandkids.  What a blessing to share!

Capsules 

The flight of time can be seen and measured in the hands of your children and grandchildren because your life is a documentation and summation of all the things you do care about, love, and share.  Make sure that what you do is worth keeping and sharing.  You don’t want to be embarrassed when your kids, grandkids, and next generations google, read, listen, and reflect upon your life.

Reflections

I am grateful to be able to see my family grow, read, listen, learn, and become inspired by the hard work and helpful suggestions from the ideas God has given me over the years.  Technologies will come and go but the Word of God and its contents will forever remain the same, to get you through The Pearly Gates.  Good people will always be noted for doing the Good work God has for them to do each new year and your reward will be great in Heaven.
Today’s Question
Did you notice how the quality of your work affects others and does God respect your efforts all year long?
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Psalm 40 

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
    and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
    out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
    and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
    They will put their trust in the Lord.
Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
    who have no confidence in the proud
    or in those who worship idols.
Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
    Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
    You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
    I would never come to the end of them.
You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
    Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]
    you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
Then I said, “Look, I have come.
    As is written about me in the Scriptures:
I take joy in doing your will, my God,
    for your instructions are written on my heart.”
I have told all your people about your justice.
    I have not been afraid to speak out,
    as you, O Lord, well know.
10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
    I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
    of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
    Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles surround me—
    too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
    I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
    I have lost all courage.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
    Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
14 May those who try to destroy me
    be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 Let them be horrified by their shame,
    for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
16 But may all who search for you
    be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
    repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
    let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
    O my God, do not delay.

Love,

Jonathan

Visitor

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“By faith, invite, accept, and participate in the movement of God in your secret closet of prayer, praise, and worship so that people around the world can see, hear, listen, read, follow, and understand the presence of God’s Spirit, Favor, and Flow in your life.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Steps

After you finished the first step of obedience that God has taught you and mastered it, God will then require you to take another step to master the next thing.  We keep learning and growing with each step, visit, trial, test, and opportunity to serve.  Each step should be obvious and to the point, but don’t take too many steps at one time.

Nicely

Sometimes we slip and recover nicely.  Other times, we need a special visit from God to regroup, reorganize, and restructure your purpose and goals.  The learning process is in the falling down and getting back up.  Be consistent in each step that you take towards the finish line.  Speed, talent, looks, money, fame, and time does not count as much as obedience to God does.

Experienced

Your experience in God’s movements will prepare you for the unexpected things, obstacles and challenges. Stop looking for the same old stuff to happen, but embrace the new assignment, like clouds formulate each day.  Some days the sky will be clear and you’ll get a day off.  New steps will seem logical, practical and exciting to visit.  
There is no need to fear the next new thing in your life since God is navigating your movements like the weather patterns in the sky.
Today’s Question
Do God’s visits bring wonderful changes into your lifestyle or do you reject His Ideas and directions?
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Psalm 30 

A psalm of David. A song for the dedication of the Temple.

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
    You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you restored my health.
You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.
    You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
    Praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.
When I was prosperous, I said,
    “Nothing can stop me now!”
Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
    Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
I cried out to you, O Lord.
    I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
“What will you gain if I die,
    if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
    Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
    Help me, O Lord.”
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Love,

Jonathan

Default

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Since there is nothing you can do, say, or think to stop the power of God, the good choice of obedience in love is very clear, obvious, and wise.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Next

There is no need to worry about the next move that God has planned for you, but keep your eyes, ears, and senses open to how God will move you to the next assignment.  Your promotion is in the move of the next destination and your blessing are hidden in the journey of the destination.

Notice

Notice how things come together with the new people that you meet and your inspiration is someone’s hope and encouragement.  New places and spaces provide opportunities for growth, expansion, and promotion in wisdom, savings, and blessings.  Money is not always the object.

Settings

Change your mental, physical, and spiritual settings to flow with God and His infinite wisdom so that your movements leave a legacy of wonder and lasting impressions of hope for others to follow. Exercise these new gifts in the gym of life, swimming in God’s lifestyle of love, where ever you go.
Today’s Question
Does God follow you everywhere you go or do you follow Him?  
 
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Psalm 27

Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.
The one thing I ask of the Lord
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
    he will hide me in his sanctuary.
    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high
    above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
    singing and praising the Lord with music.
Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Do not turn your back on me.
    Do not reject your servant in anger.
    You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
    O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
    Lead me along the right path,
    for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
    For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
    with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Love,

Jonathan

Second

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The new things that God shows me each day, every hour, or second are so subtle, sublime, simple, yet extremely complex, I am rendered overwhelmed with joy, awe, and delighted with anticipation for the next lesson, session, and second.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Stay

Stay in the second with God so that the patience you receive from His wisdom will feel like an eternity.  Since God is the master of all time, space, matter, and Spirit, we are all like dust particles floating lightly in the light, fully exposed, recorded, and documented, like babies being born and washed by the nurse Angels from Heaven.  Just be cool, God has your back.

Muddy

God is always wiping us down like little babies because we refuse to be potty trained with the Word of God. Once we are mildly proficient in the task, soap, and water is an ideal method of hygiene to be used each time you visit the restroom.  Still, God uses the Blood of Christ to wash away our ignorance, sin, and wickedness each day, like a much-needed shower for pigs wrestling in the mud. Get in the habit of repenting each day for your shortcomings, because it keeps you humble, honest, and focused on improving your spiritual, mental, and physical life.

Fresh

Use the Blood of Christ to wash, humble, and follow the logic of God’s Spirit in how you should speak, behave, listen, work, love, and approach new goals, objectives, challenges, and issues.  The new things that God is showing you each second of the day is NOT new to Him! So trust Him. Stay fresh in His Ideas and you will clean up your own mess with each second that you walk with God.
Today’s Question
Why are you trying to play God, by thinking that you are always correct in your assertions, thoughts, ideas, feelings, and limited wisdom, with every second that you breathe?
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Psalm 23 

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Love,

Jonathan

Next

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Next to you, God sits and connects to your heart and compels you to do the right things in life, because you repent and asked for His help each day.

Fresh

The freshness of a new day gives us hope to help and reach others who are lost in despair. The air is full of lost souls ignorant, unconcerned, and headed for hell in a hurry because of unbelief, disobedience, and other ties to the devil. God blows a breath of fresh are upon you each morning during your walks together and in your closet time of prayer and meditation.

Preparation

He prepares you to work and focus on the task at hand before you leave your home.  This is why you wake up, pray, read, write, learn, listen, and act on what God wants you to do first, before anything else.  This reverence of love, respect, and honest connection with God is second to none. Your actions in life represent who is standing next to you and that connection to your heart.

Closure

At the finish line upon death, we cross the line that ends the race in the hand of God, which is where we all began. Then God will make a judgment upon your faith, work, and destination into the kingdom of Heaven or hell.  Simply put, you can’t fool God or fix the life race of choice between right and wrong. Choose the next path that is right for you, while you still have time.
Today’s Question
Is God standing right next to you or is it the devil?

1 Samuel 4

And Samuel’s word came to all Israel.

The Philistines Capture the Ark

Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer,and the Philistines at Aphek. The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield. When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.”
So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
When the ark of the Lord’s covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shoutthat the ground shook. Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?”
When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid. “A god has[a] come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before. We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!”
10 So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

Death of Eli

12 That same day a Benjamite ran from the battle line and went to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dust on his head. 13 When he arrived, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road, watching, because his heart feared for the ark of God. When the man entered the town and told what had happened, the whole town sent up a cry.
14 Eli heard the outcry and asked, “What is the meaning of this uproar?”
The man hurried over to Eli, 15 who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see. 16 He told Eli, “I have just come from the battle line; I fled from it this very day.”
Eli asked, “What happened, my son?”
17 The man who brought the news replied, “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”
18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led[b]Israel forty years.
19 His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains. 20 As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention.
21 She named the boy Ichabod,[c] saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”—because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”
Love,
Jonathan

Solo

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your walk with God is a solo act and your direction, fate, and blessing will only come from Him, as an obedient child of God.” ~ Jon Barnes

Looking

 People are always looking for someone to tell them what they should do with their lives.  Your life is your own and you should ask God how to move forward, study, work, live, save, and spend your time, money, resources, and affections.  Since God is the author of our faith, fate, and future, let Him be the CEO over what you are doing.

CEO

 Christ Entrepreneurial Operations are wonderful biblical guidelines of love that we use, share, and teach to others in our daily routines, discoveries, and plans we make for helping people. We help ourselves by being obedient first and God provides the rest. You cannot provide or create any of God’s resources, yet they are here on the planet, long before our creation. The Universe is God’s Creation, not your own.

Creation

 Walking with God is a cool thing to do and it comes with many challenges of being faithful, organized, productive, honest, and focused on what the Will of God is for your life.  Learning about the will of God for your life will become obvious, as you keep walking, listening, learning, and loving the process of what God is doing in your daily routines. The excitement of new things is always on point.
Today’s Question
Are you on point or are you faking your solo performance with God’s Orchestra?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

1 Samuel 3 

The Lord Calls Samuel

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everythingI spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[a] and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
Love,
Jonathan