Contaminate

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t allow past experiences and events contaminate a growing relationship with God.”~TB

Experience

The world can be a scary and traumatic place, where vulnerable innocent people endure unjust hardships. There is no denying that the human experience can be awful. Some of you have deep wounds, committed by those who were supposed to care for you. Some of those very people probably hid behind ‘religion’, trying to cover up their horrendous practices and abuse. They will be judged and dealt with. Friends, don’t allow the transgressions and evil deeds of others taint your understanding of the Lord. False Christians are exactly that, false. In order to heal, you must step out in faith.

 

Faith

No matter your experience, God can and will work within you to heal your wounds and provide you a joyful existence. There are hope and restoration after a destructive beginning.  In order to grow with Him, you must let go of the weight of your past. It’s impossible to elevate to the next level when the weight of unforgiveness, shame, and sorrow are tied to you like cement bricks. Friends, give your burdens to God because you can’t handle them on your own. Finish your race victoriously on God’s team.

Today’s Question

Are you allowing your experience contaminate your ability to walk with God?

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Psalm 119

1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD .
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. 
3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. 
4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. 
5Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! 
6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. 
7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! 
8 I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me! 
9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. 
10 I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. 
11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 
12 I praise you, O LORD ; teach me your decrees. 
13 I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. 
14 I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. 
15 I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. 
16 I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word. 
17 Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word. 
18 Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. 
19 I am only a foreigner in the land. Don’t hide your commands from me! 
20 I am always overwhelmed with a desire for your regulations. 
21 You rebuke the arrogant; those who wander from your commands are cursed. 
22 Don’t let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your laws. 
23 Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees. 
24 Your laws please me; they give me wise advice. 
25 I lie in the dust; revive me by your word. 
26 I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your decrees. 
27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds. 
28 I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.
29 Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions. 
30 I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. 
31 I cling to your laws. LORD, don’t let me be put to shame! 
32 I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding. 
33 Teach me your decrees, O LORD ; I will keep them to the end. 
34 Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. 
35 Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. 
36 Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! 
37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. 
38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 
39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. 
40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness. 
41 LORD, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. 
42 Then I can answer those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. 
43 Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for your regulations are my only hope. 
44 I will keep on obeying your instructions forever and ever. 
45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. 
46 I will speak to kings about your laws, and I will not be ashamed. 
47 How I delight in your commands! How I love them! 
48 I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your decrees. 
49 Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. 
50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. 
51The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your instructions. 
52 I meditate on your age-old regulations; O LORD, they comfort me. 
53 I become furious with the wicked, because they reject your instructions. 
54 Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. 
55 I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD ; therefore, I obey your instructions. 
56 This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments. 
57 LORD, you are mine! I promise to obey your words!
58 With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised.
59 I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.
60 I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. 
61 Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions. 
62 I rise at midnight to thank you for your just regulations. 
63 I am a friend to anyone who fears you— anyone who obeys your commandments. 
64 O LORD, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees. 
65 You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised. 
66 I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. 
68 You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees.
69 Arrogant people smear me with lies, but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart. 
70 Their hearts are dull and stupid, but I delight in your instructions. 
71 My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. 
72 Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver. 
73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. 
74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, O LORD, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it. 
76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. 
77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight. 
78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments. 
79 Let me be united with all who fear you, with those who know your laws. 
80 May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed. 
81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. 
82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? 
83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees. 
84 How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me? 
85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me. 
86 All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. 
87 They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. 
88 In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws. 
89 Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. 
90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. 
91 Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. 
92 If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. 
93 I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life. 
94 I am yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. 
95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws. 
96 Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit. 
97 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. 
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. 
99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. 
100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments. 
101 I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to your word. 
102 I haven’t turned away from your regulations, for you have taught me well.
103 How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.
104 Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. 
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. 
106 I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. 
107 I have suffered much, O LORD ; restore my life again as you promised. 
108 LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. 
109 My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. 
110 The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. 
111Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. 
112 I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end. 
113 I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your instructions. 
114 You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. 
115 Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God. 
116LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed. 
117 Sustain me, and I will be rescued; then I will meditate continually on your decrees. 
118 But you have rejected all who stray from your decrees. They are only fooling themselves. 
119 You skim off the wicked of the earth like scum; no wonder I love to obey your laws! 
120 I tremble in fear of you; I stand in awe of your regulations. 
121 Don’t leave me to the mercy of my enemies, for I have done what is just and right. 
122Please guarantee a blessing for me. Don’t let the arrogant oppress me!
123 My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. 
124 I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and teach me your decrees. 
125 Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your laws. 
126 LORD, it is time for you to act, for these evil people have violated your instructions. 
127 Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold. 
128 Each of your commandments is right. That is why I hate every false way. 
129 Your laws are wonderful. No wonder I obey them! 
130 The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand. 
131 I pant with expectation, longing for your commands. 
132 Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. 
133 Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil. 
134 Ransom me from the oppression of evil people; then I can obey your commandments. 
135 Look upon me with love; teach me your decrees. 
136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions. 
137 O LORD, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair. 
138 Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy.
139 I am overwhelmed with indignation, for my enemies have disregarded your words. 
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much. 
141 I am insignificant and despised, but I don’t forget your commandments. 
142 Your justice is eternal, and your instructions are perfectly true. 
143 As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. 
144 Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live. 
145 I pray with all my heart; answer me, LORD ! I will obey your decrees. 
146 I cry out to you; rescue me, that I may obey your laws. 
147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. 
148 I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. 
149 In your faithful love, O LORD, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations. 
150 Lawless people are coming to attack me; they live far from your instructions. 
151 But you are near, O LORD, and all your commands are true. 
152 I have known from my earliest days that your laws will last forever. 
153 Look upon my suffering and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your instructions. 
154 Argue my case; take my side! Protect my life as you promised. 
155 The wicked are far from rescue, for they do not bother with your decrees. 
156 LORD, how great is your mercy; let me be revived by following your regulations. 
157Many persecute and trouble me, yet I have not swerved from your laws.
158 Seeing these traitors makes me sick at heart, because they care nothing for your word. 
159 See how I love your commandments, LORD . Give back my life because of your unfailing love. 
160 The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever. 
161Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word. 
162 I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure. 
163 I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I love your instructions.
164 I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just. 
165 Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. 
166 I long for your rescue, LORD, so I have obeyed your commands. 
167 I have obeyed your laws, for I love them very much.
168 Yes, I obey your commandments and laws because you know everything I do. 
169 O LORD, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised. 
170 Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised.
171 Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees.
172 Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.
173 Give me a helping hand, for I have chosen to follow your commandments. 
174 O LORD, I have longed for your rescue, and your instructions are my delight. 
175 Let me live so I can praise you, and may your regulations help me. 
176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.

Limitations

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Today’s Quote
“Once you really believe that your limitations in life are like an ant in this world, then God  can speak to you and show you the importance of listening and not talking so much.”  ~  Jon Barnes

People

People want to know more about you but the information needs to be presented in a way they can understand and receive it.  Raw data is useless in the hands of a fool searching for information out of context, with no relevance or substance.  You personally add to your sorrow by not minding your own business and letting God do the teaching, judging, and correcting of others. I had to learn how to stop “playing God” as if I have all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. You have enough on your plate to do already. 

Children

As a parent, children must be guided, protected, and corrected so that they understand the rules, procedures, guidelines, and protocols of prosperity.  However, kids must mind their own choices to reap the things they sow, each second of their lives.  Teach children to sow what they need and they will reap what they really want. Don’t sow your negative words, thoughts, and ideas at people just because you are hurting and confused.  Sow love, forgiveness, kindness, meekness, long-suffering, gentleness, joy, peace, and patience into your family so that you can prevent the devil from uprooting your farm and crop.

Adults

As a mature adult, I still don’t know what I need, but I believe God does.  I remain as a Child in the eyes of God so that I may sow what I need to get what God wants me to have.  This is what I really want.  I don’t want what I think, because I’m not smart enough to think or do the correct things all of the time.  So, if I allow God to show me everything each day, every hour, and second, then perhaps I will make fewer mistakes and become more helpful with how I love people as myself.
Today’s Question
Am I so smart that toilet paper is hanging outside my pants, while I’m walking down the street, yet I don’t believe God when He shows me a picture of myself in the mirror?
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Psalm 22

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Doe of the Dawn.”

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
    Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Our ancestors trusted in you,
    and you rescued them.
They cried out to you and were saved.
    They trusted in you and were never disgraced.
But I am a worm and not a man.
    I am scorned and despised by all!
Everyone who sees me mocks me.
    They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
    Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
    let the Lord rescue him!”
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
    and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
    You have been my God from the moment I was born.
11 Do not stay so far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and no one else can help me.
12 My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;
    fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!
13 Like lions they open their jaws against me,
    roaring and tearing into their prey.
14 My life is poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax,
    melting within me.
15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.
    My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
    You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
    an evil gang closes in on me.
    They have pierced[a] my hands and feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
    My enemies stare at me and gloat.
18 They divide my garments among themselves
    and throw dice[b] for my clothing.
19 Lord, do not stay far away!
    You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
20 Save me from the sword;
    spare my precious life from these dogs.
21 Snatch me from the lion’s jaws
    and from the horns of these wild oxen.
22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.[c]
    I will praise you among your assembled people.
23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
    Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
    Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
    He has not turned his back on them,
    but has listened to their cries for help.
25 I will praise you in the great assembly.
    I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied.
    All who seek the Lord will praise him.
    Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
    All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
28 For royal power belongs to the Lord.
    He rules all the nations.
29 Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
    Bow before him, all who are mortal,
    all whose lives will end as dust.
30 Our children will also serve him.
    Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
    They will hear about everything he has done.
Love,
 
Jonathan

 

Gig

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Today’s Quote
“One of my 700 trumpet students, a third grader saw me on a gig with his parents. I played a trumpet duet with him since it was the first time seeing their son play an instrument.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Community

All of the good lessons that are tough for children should reflect on community participation, enrollment, involvement, an discovery.  Simply share the stage with people as the moment arise.  Time flies and you never know when it will be your last gig!  Share the love.

Preparation

The fruit of the hard work will release and reveal itself by faith, opportunity, and prayer when you least expect it.  During the last month, 3 other sets of parents and grandparents recognized me on a gig and enjoyed watching their daughters play the trumpet in public for the first time as well.  Be ready for the gig.  I’ve grown more patient and long-suffering in my old age!

Recital

In life, there are no times for warm-ups.  My students are taught to hear, think, play, and read the music.  By teaching Tens of thousands of students over the years, I had to improve my techniques and approach to motivating, learning and teaching for myself and others.  I am the biggest student on the gig sharing the knowledge.
Today’s Question
Are you prepared to gig on the spot each day in your community with the love of your faith in action, being ready to share and work the knowledge of God’s Truth?
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Psalm 16 

A psalm of David.

Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
    are my true heroes!
    I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
    or even speak the names of their gods.
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!
I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
    My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
    or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Love,

Jonathan

Children

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“As a parent, you can see the history of your child and their choices to follow God in Spirit and in Truth, in addition to witnessing the horror of bad choices and mistakes as well.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Copy

Children can choose to copy their parents or find something/someone else to model better behavior, wisdom, and knowledge to improve their future.  When a child copies God and His ways, a parent can experience true success and happiness from such a blessing and wise choice.  However, the parent should copy God as a child tends to copy their parents.

Fraud

Beware of fake motives in the hearts of children, parents, and people that would tarnish and distort the True Intentions of God’s Word, Ways, and Commandments.  There is a tendency to look the other way, when the truth is clear and honest, because people will follow the money, greed, and power, by ignoring God and His Laws of Life.

Original

When you have read the authentic copy of God’s Word to study His Ways, people can not feed you a fake message with false promises and ideas of evil.  You will know the truth and walk in it, even if you are among the few on the road to righteousness.  Others will follow as you copy God, yet many will not.
Today’s Question
What are you doing to fix and avoid the horror of bad choices and mistakes in your life?
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Psalm 4

 
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
Answer me when I call to you,
    O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people ruin my reputation?
    How long will you make groundless accusations?
    How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
You can be sure of this:
    The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
    The Lord will answer when I call to him.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
    Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
    and trust the Lord.
Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
    Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
    than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Love,

Jonathan

Approval Rating

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“If God is pleased about the completion of my daily work ethic, then my life is an honor and credit to my parents and ancestors who are in my direct bloodline.” ~ Jon Barnes

Rate

Rate your own work habits, thoughts, and personal records to see if your work nets you a surplus with God.  You are being paid daily for the contributions you make and people are thinking and talking about your contributions to society as well.  They also see your deviant behavior from the truth about God so represents well.  Strive to rate, relate, or reset yourself with God’s lifestyle each day as you pray.

Relax

For each hour you work, check in with God for 10 minutes to reflect and see what you have accomplished.  You will notice how smoothly you have handled yourself and situations that may have been a disaster, but God was with you hooking you up.  Learn to relax and reflect after each victory each hour of your life to appreciate God and the great memories of love. Like and enjoy the bad stuff too, counting it all as joy.

Rest

It is hard to relax and rest in God when He is not in your life.  Your rating does not exist and it is only in your mind that you are doing fine.  Everyone else can tell that you are a hot mess, homeless without God, which is what hell is.  You have been approved to burn and die twice as God rewards you as a sinner, without hope, rest, or relaxation in Jesus.
Today’s Question
Are you being molested and raped by the devil each day, with your approval, in your self-made prison of rebellion, being disobedient to God?
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2 Chronicles 10 

The Northern Tribes Revolt

10 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon. The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and all Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.”
Rehoboam replied, “Come back in three days for my answer.” So the people went away.
Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?”
The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. “What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?”
10 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11 Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’”
12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam’s decision, just as the king had ordered. 13 But Rehoboam spoke harshly to them, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors 14 and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, “My father laid[a] heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!”
15 So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of God, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.
16 When all Israel realized[b] that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded,
“Down with the dynasty of David!
    We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
Back to your homes, O Israel!
    Look out for your own house, O David!”
So all the people of Israel returned home. 17 But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.
18 King Rehoboam sent Adoniram,[c] who was in charge of forced labor, to restore order, but the people of Israel stoned him to death. When this news reached King Rehoboam, he quickly jumped into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. 19 And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David.
Love,
Jonathan

Grandparents

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Off the backs of your grandparents, you can see the good work and mistakes made, as you listen and learn from their lifestyles, stories, history, and work ethics.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Relatives

Family and relatives are a reflection of who you are, what to become, and what to improve upon.  These examples will help you navigate which future goals and activities to focus on in developing character, work ethic, morals, values, and dreams.  Your spiritual economic value is proportionate to your personal drive, heart, and love for God, not money.  Your family is a relative model of this fact. Reject the negative lifestyles.

Values

What you learn to value will predict the outcome of your fate.  While studying your own family, you begin to mold and shape the parameters of your character, ethics, and destiny with God.  These choices will make or break your future, based on obedience to God, learned from your parents and grandparents.  Your value in life is proportionate to the value you place in God’s love and lessons learned from your family’s mistakes.

Honesty

God loves an honest person, cheerful giver, and a kind obedient soul who does good work.  People around the world respect the smile of a person with a pure heart.  When you honestly look yourself in the mirror, God will help you answer the tough questions about yourself and what you need to improve upon.  Use your grandparents, parents, family, or friends as an example of what not to do, based on God’s Commandments.
Today’s Question
If your grandparents are liars, will you follow them into the pit of hell or learn from their mistakes?
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1 Chronicles 28 

David’s Instructions to Solomon

28 David summoned all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions, the other generals and captains,[a] the overseers of the royal property and livestock, the palace officials, the mighty men, and all the other brave warriors in the kingdom. David rose to his feet and said: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a Temple where the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, but God said to me, ‘You must not build a Temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel. And from among my sons—for the Lord has given me many—he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of Israel and to rule over the Lord’s kingdom. He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. And if he continues to obey my commands and regulations as he does now, I will make his kingdom last forever.’
“So now, with God as our witness, and in the sight of all Israel—the Lord’s assembly—I give you this charge. Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
11 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement. 12 David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind[b]for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord. 13 The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.
14 David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service. 15 He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used. 16 He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.
17 David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish. 18 He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim[c] whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. 19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.[d]
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly. 21 The various divisions of priests and Levites will serve in the Temple of God. Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command.”
Love,
Jonathan

Thermoregulate

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Sweat less by thermal regulating your ideas through God’s plans and options of choice and your life will soar as an eagle.” ~ Jon Barnes

Intelligence 

In life, you can only see the capacity of what you experience each day, but wisdom teaches you to read, learn, interpret, and follow the messages of God. He has given us the bible to live by, which goes far beyond our imagination’s capacity, the commandments will always cut a true path into the future and beyond.  There is no understanding of God’s Intelligence, which is the beginning of intelligence for mankind!

Education

Good teachers produce good students just as good parents copy other good parents.  The inverse and other combinations apply as well.  But a dumb parent will argue and refuse wise counsel from their own parent, which is a violation of the 10 Commandments of God.  Listening, learning, reading, and doing what God says will follow and respect the good guidelines wonderful parents set for their children.  Truth and love reinforce God’s Laws.

Business

It is the business of the child to understand and model God’s wisdom with their parents.  The lessons taught and learned can be a challenge, to say the least.  It is also the job of the parent to continually motivate, assist, enlighten, and correct a child to model integrity and honesty, which points to this mindset and lifestyle of love, sacrifice, focus, faith, and good works on a daily basis.  Following a schedule for success and quality mentoring will net your family the quality lifestyle God has set in place for you.  Make sure your family thermoregulates themselves accordingly.
Today’s Question
Are you teaching the tough lessons that you learned from God or are you making up your own wicked stuff?
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1 Chronicles 9 

So all Israel was listed in the genealogical records in The Book of the Kings of Israel.

The Returning Exiles

The people of Judah were exiled to Babylon because they were unfaithful to the Lord. The first of the exiles to return to their property in their former towns were priests, Levites, Temple servants, and other Israelites. Some of the people from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh came and settled in Jerusalem.
One family that returned was that of Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, a descendant of Perez son of Judah.
Others returned from the Shilonite clan, including Asaiah (the oldest) and his sons.
From the Zerahite clan, Jeuel returned with his relatives.
In all, 690 families from the tribe of Judah returned.
From the tribe of Benjamin came Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah; Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, son of Micri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah.
These men were all leaders of clans, and they were listed in their genealogical records. In all, 956 families from the tribe of Benjamin returned.

The Returning Priests

10 Among the priests who returned were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jakin, 11 Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub. Azariah was the chief officer of the house of God.
12 Other returning priests were Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah, and Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer.
13 In all, 1,760 priests returned. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.

The Returning Levites

14 The Levites who returned were Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, a descendant of Merari; 15 Bakbakkar; Heresh; Galal; Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zicri, son of Asaph; 16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun; and Berekiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the area of Netophah.
17 The gatekeepers who returned were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives. Shallum was the chief gatekeeper. 18 Prior to this time, they were responsible for the King’s Gate on the east side. These men served as gatekeepers for the camps of the Levites. 19 Shallum was the son of Kore, a descendant of Abiasaph,[a] from the clan of Korah. He and his relatives, the Korahites, were responsible for guarding the entrance to the sanctuary, just as their ancestors had guarded the Tabernacle in the camp of the Lord.
20 Phinehas son of Eleazar had been in charge of the gatekeepers in earlier times, and the Lord had been with him. 21 And later Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was responsible for guarding the entrance to the Tabernacle.[b]
22 In all, there were 212 gatekeepers in those days, and they were listed according to the genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed their ancestors because they were reliable men. 23 These gatekeepers and their descendants, by their divisions, were responsible for guarding the entrance to the house of the Lord when that house was a tent. 24 The gatekeepers were stationed on all four sides—east, west, north, and south. 25 Their relatives in the villages came regularly to share their duties for seven-day periods.
26 The four chief gatekeepers, all Levites, were trusted officials, for they were responsible for the rooms and treasuries at the house of God. 27 They would spend the night around the house of God, since it was their duty to guard it and to open the gates every morning.
28 Some of the gatekeepers were assigned to care for the various articles used in worship. They checked them in and out to avoid any loss. 29 Others were responsible for the furnishings, the items in the sanctuary, and the supplies, such as choice flour, wine, olive oil, frankincense, and spices. 30 But it was the priests who blended the spices. 31 Mattithiah, a Levite and the oldest son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with baking the bread used in the offerings. 32 And some members of the clan of Kohath were in charge of preparing the bread to be set on the table each Sabbath day.
33 The musicians, all prominent Levites, lived at the Temple. They were exempt from other responsibilities since they were on duty at all hours. 34 All these men lived in Jerusalem. They were the heads of Levite families and were listed as prominent leaders in their genealogical records.

King Saul’s Family Tree

35 Jeiel (the father of[c] Gibeon) lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah, 36 and his oldest son was named Abdon. Jeiel’s other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38 Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. All these families lived near each other in Jerusalem.
39 Ner was the father of Kish.
Kish was the father of Saul.
Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malkishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
40 Jonathan was the father of Merib-baal.
Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
41 The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.[d]
42 Ahaz was the father of Jadah.[e]
Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.
Zimri was the father of Moza.
43 Moza was the father of Binea.
Binea’s son was Rephaiah.
Rephaiah’s son was Eleasah.
Eleasah’s son was Azel.
44 Azel had six sons, whose names were Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

Love,

Jonathan

Disasters

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“God allows disasters to occur to some people because of their disobedience, dishonesty, and self-centered lifestyle.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Self-Centered

From the mountaintop, you can see a better view of God’s organizational skills and it matches the depth of content that is written in His Bible for us to copy.  As an artist, who can also draw pictures, I musically can put a face to these concepts, ideas, commandments, and stories of faith, so that I can relate and clearly see the direction I must travel.  

In Play

In trying to honestly obey God’s directives and principles, I am learning to center my energy into God’s Spiritual goals and not my self-centered fake goals.  This distraction of flesh and mind will pull you away from connecting with God, family, and people from a spiritually good place.  Conflict and vain topics mask and hide real issues and problems to face, discuss, and solve.  Too often, children stop listening to their parents because the proper interaction is not in play.

Game Face

Accountability is personal and we must share the weight of holding each other to a higher standard and calling upon our lives.  The big house, car, job, money, fame, and fortune is a cycle of self-centered torture, lies, and distractions, when the Love of God and people are not the focus of our motives.  The devil uses these golden candlesticks of wickedness to attract our attention, hold us hostage, and rob us of having a successful relationship with God and humanity.  The more you love God, the more honest your life becomes, the fewer disasters you will encounter. You don’t need a game face to see the image of God upon your heart and life.
Today’s Question
Do you need a disaster in your life so that God can get your attention or let the chips fall where they may?
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1 Chronicles 7 

Descendants of Issachar

The four sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.
The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. At the time of King David, the total number of mighty warriors listed in the records of these clans was 22,600.
The son of Uzzi was Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah were Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah. These five became the leaders of clans. All of them had many wives and many sons, so the total number of men available for military service among their descendants was 36,000.
The total number of mighty warriors from all the clans of the tribe of Issachar was 87,000. All of them were listed in their genealogical records.

Descendants of Benjamin

Three of Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Beker, and Jediael.
The five sons of Bela were Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors from these clans was 22,034, as listed in their genealogical records.
The sons of Beker were Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors and leaders from these clans was 20,200, as listed in their genealogical records.
10 The son of Jediael was Bilhan. The sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11 Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. From these clans the total number of mighty warriors ready for war was 17,200.
12 The sons of Ir were Shuppim and Huppim. Hushim was the son of Aher.

Descendants of Naphtali

13 The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel,[a] Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.[b] They were all descendants of Jacob’s concubine Bilhah.

Descendants of Manasseh

14 The descendants of Manasseh through his Aramean concubine included Asriel. She also bore Makir, the father of Gilead. 15 Makir found wives for[c] Huppim and Shuppim. Makir had a sister named Maacah. One of his descendants was Zelophehad, who had only daughters.
16 Makir’s wife, Maacah, gave birth to a son whom she named Peresh. His brother’s name was Sheresh. The sons of Peresh were Ulam and Rakem. 17 The son of Ulam was Bedan. All these were considered Gileadites, descendants of Makir son of Manasseh.
18 Makir’s sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.
19 The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

Descendants of Ephraim

20 The descendants of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered, Tahath, Eleadah, Tahath,21 Zabad, Shuthelah, Ezer, and Elead. These two were killed trying to steal livestock from the local farmers near Gath. 22 Their father, Ephraim, mourned for them a long time, and his relatives came to comfort him. 23 Afterward Ephraim slept with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Ephraim named him Beriah[d] because of the tragedy his family had suffered. 24 He had a daughter named Sheerah. She built the towns of Lower and Upper Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheerah.
25 The descendants of Ephraim included Rephah, Resheph, Telah, Tahan,26 Ladan, Ammihud, Elishama, 27 Nun, and Joshua.
28 The descendants of Ephraim lived in the territory that included Bethel and its surrounding towns to the south, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its surrounding villages to the north as far as Ayyah and its towns. 29 Along the border of Manasseh were the towns of Beth-shan,[e]Taanach, Megiddo, Dor, and their surrounding villages. The descendants of Joseph son of Israel[f] lived in these towns.

Descendants of Asher

30 The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. They had a sister named Serah.
31 The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malkiel (the father of Birzaith).
32 The sons of Heber were Japhlet, Shomer, and Hotham. They had a sister named Shua.
33 The sons of Japhlet were Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath.
34 The sons of Shomer were Ahi,[g] Rohgah, Hubbah, and Aram.
35 The sons of his brother Helem[h] were Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.
36 The sons of Zophah were Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, 37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran,[i] and Beera.
38 The sons of Jether were Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara.
39 The sons of Ulla were Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.
40 Each of these descendants of Asher was the head of an ancestral clan. They were all select men—mighty warriors and outstanding leaders. The total number of men available for military service was 26,000, as listed in their genealogical records.
Love,
Jonathan

Pushed

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Today’s Quote
“Sometimes we have to be pushed into doing the right things because we have gotten so comfortable doing stuff the wrong way.” ~ Jon Barnes

Circumstances

Go back and learn from your parents to understand what not to do and you will move forward in your thinking and life.  Pay attention to the obvious and how they spent their time then improve upon the model.  Be better than the last generation.  Think small and big will come.  Think Big and you’ll get small because your pride and ego will take over your actions.

Seeing

If you can’t see the simple things coming, how will you prepare for the unexpected?  Study how your parents prepared for the unexpected and you will see the wisdom of God in your life.  Follow that wisdom.  Honor your parents by understanding what they learned and stop thinking that you are smarter than they were.  Improve yourself and do the work. Your humility will teach you a thing or two.

Stories

Learn and remember the stories that shaped the lives of your parents and you will make better decisions in life.  If you throw away and dismiss the lessons taught and learned from the stories then you will repeat bad history waiting to happen to you in the future.  Save, stop wasting time, money, and energy trying to find the newest, latest, thing.  Simplify your efforts and become more efficient.  Otherwise, you are missing in action.  Push yourself to get out of bed and get to work with God.
Today’s Question
Why do you have to be pushed out of doing things the wrong, lazy way?

2 Kings 13 

Jehoahaz Rules in Israel

13 Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years. But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit. So the Lord was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them repeatedly.
Then Jehoahaz prayed for the Lord’s help, and the Lord heard his prayer, for he could see how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. So the Lord provided someone to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Arameans. Then Israel lived in safety again as they had in former days.
But they continued to sin, following the evil example of Jeroboam. They also allowed the Asherah pole in Samaria to remain standing. Finally, Jehoahaz’s army was reduced to 50 charioteers, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. The king of Aram had killed the others, trampling them like dust under his feet.
The rest of the events in Jehoahaz’s reign—everything he did and the extent of his power—are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel. When Jehoahaz died, he was buried in Samaria. Then his son Jehoash[a] became the next king.

Jehoash Rules in Israel

10 Jehoash son of Jehoahaz began to rule over Israel in the thirty-seventh year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria sixteen years. 11 But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He refused to turn from the sins that Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel to commit.
12 The rest of the events in Jehoash’s reign and everything he did, including the extent of his power and his war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel. 13 When Jehoash died, he was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. Then his son Jeroboam II became the next king.

Elisha’s Final Prophecy

14 When Elisha was in his last illness, King Jehoash of Israel visited him and wept over him. “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” he cried.
15 Elisha told him, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And the king did as he was told. 16 Elisha told him, “Put your hand on the bow,” and Elisha laid his own hands on the king’s hands.
17 Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it. Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.”
18 Then he said, “Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground.” So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times. 19 But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”
20 Then Elisha died and was buried.
Groups of Moabite raiders used to invade the land each spring. 21 Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!
22 King Hazael of Aram had oppressed Israel during the entire reign of King Jehoahaz. 23 But the Lord was gracious and merciful to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed. He pitied them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to this day he still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from his presence.
24 King Hazael of Aram died, and his son Ben-hadad became the next king. 25 Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-hadad son of Hazael the towns that had been taken from Jehoash’s father, Jehoahaz. Jehoash defeated Ben-hadad on three occasions, and he recovered the Israelite towns.
Love,
Jonathan

Context

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Today’s Quote
“Wicked people knowingly take good information to hide, surround, and blend their evil plans and plots, as a small seed, so that their true intentions are hidden, while your children become exposed to trash.” ~ Jon Barnes

Children

When children make mistakes or do something well, people and their parents should be available to encourage or discourage training in responsibility for their actions. Kids who are unsupervised can learn to hide disobedient behaviors because the truth is not reinforced, trained, and maintained at all levels to grow strong roots in personal character and ethics. Parents, family, and people are always teaching mistakes or positive daily lessons in life whether we know it or not.

Copy

 As children grow up and copy people and their environment, their character begins to shape into the content that has been collected from their heart over time and their experiences will copy the success or failure of that content. The older child must decide which direction to choose and follow the path of a fool or wise person. Since many examples of goodness and truth are all around us, it is our personal choice to prefer foolishness over doing the right things in life. When you study what children watch, copy, and imitate, you can see the origin and content of their selections.

Parents

 It is the parent’s job to provide the right mix of people, places, and things to teach the Biblical Truth and help their families understand the truth from the stories in the proper context. You cannot use part of a story to prove a personal point or argue an agenda. The truth stands alone all by itself, and God doesn’t need any help in telling His written story. The goal of a successful parent is to present and live an accurate example of God’s lifestyle from the commandments and stories of old. These standards are the building blocks of strong humanity, honesty, and integrity within the Gospels of Parenting. Your kids can only copy what you know and do.
Today’s Question
What are you exposing your children and other people too– God’s integrity or satan’s wickedness?
 
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Deuteronomy 33

Moses Blesses the People

33 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death:
“The Lord came from Mount Sinai
    and dawned upon us[a] from Mount Seir;
he shone forth from Mount Paran
    and came from Meribah-kadesh
    with flaming fire at his right hand.[b]
Indeed, he loves his people;[c]
    all his holy ones are in his hands.
They follow in his steps
    and accept his teaching.
Moses gave us the Lord’s instruction,
    the special possession of the people of Israel.[d]
The Lord became king in Israel[e]
    when the leaders of the people assembled,
    when the tribes of Israel gathered as one.”
Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben:[f]
“Let the tribe of Reuben live and not die out,
    though they are few in number.”
Moses said this about the tribe of Judah:
“O Lord, hear the cry of Judah
    and bring them together as a people.
Give them strength to defend their cause;
    help them against their enemies!”
Moses said this about the tribe of Levi:
“O Lord, you have given your Thummim and Urim—the sacred lots—
    to your faithful servants the Levites.[g]
You put them to the test at Massah
    and struggled with them at the waters of Meribah.
The Levites obeyed your word
    and guarded your covenant.
They were more loyal to you
    than to their own parents.
They ignored their relatives
    and did not acknowledge their own children.
10 They teach your regulations to Jacob;
    they give your instructions to Israel.
They present incense before you
    and offer whole burnt offerings on the altar.
11 Bless the ministry of the Levites, O Lord,
    and accept all the work of their hands.
Hit their enemies where it hurts the most;
    strike down their foes so they never rise again.”
12 Moses said this about the tribe of Benjamin:
“The people of Benjamin are loved by the Lord
    and live in safety beside him.
He surrounds them continuously
    and preserves them from every harm.”
13 Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph:
“May their land be blessed by the Lord
    with the precious gift of dew from the heavens
    and water from beneath the earth;
14 with the rich fruit that grows in the sun,
    and the rich harvest produced each month;
15 with the finest crops of the ancient mountains,
    and the abundance from the everlasting hills;
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its bounty,
    and the favor of the one who appeared in the burning bush.
May these blessings rest on Joseph’s head,
    crowning the brow of the prince among his brothers.
17 Joseph has the majesty of a young bull;
    he has the horns of a wild ox.
He will gore distant nations,
    even to the ends of the earth.
This is my blessing for the multitudes of Ephraim
    and the thousands of Manasseh.”
18 Moses said this about the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar[h]:
“May the people of Zebulun prosper in their travels.
    May the people of Issachar prosper at home in their tents.
19 They summon the people to the mountain
    to offer proper sacrifices there.
They benefit from the riches of the sea
    and the hidden treasures in the sand.”
20 Moses said this about the tribe of Gad:
“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad’s territory!
    Gad is poised there like a lion
    to tear off an arm or a head.
21 The people of Gad took the best land for themselves;
    a leader’s share was assigned to them.
When the leaders of the people were assembled,
    they carried out the Lord’s justice
    and obeyed his regulations for Israel.”
22 Moses said this about the tribe of Dan:
“Dan is a lion’s cub,
    leaping out from Bashan.”
23 Moses said this about the tribe of Naphtali:
“O Naphtali, you are rich in favor
    and full of the Lord’s blessings;
    may you possess the west and the south.”
24 Moses said this about the tribe of Asher:
“May Asher be blessed above other sons;
    may he be esteemed by his brothers;
    may he bathe his feet in olive oil.
25 May the bolts of your gates be of iron and bronze;
    may you be secure all your days.”
26 “There is no one like the God of Israel.[i]
    He rides across the heavens to help you,
    across the skies in majestic splendor.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
    and his everlasting arms are under you.
He drives out the enemy before you;
    he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’
28 So Israel will live in safety,
    prosperous Jacob in security,
in a land of grain and new wine,
    while the heavens drop down dew.
29 How blessed you are, O Israel!
    Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord?
He is your protecting shield
    and your triumphant sword!
Your enemies will cringe before you,
    and you will stomp on their backs!”

Love,

Jonathan