“Do not put your brothers and sisters on a pedastal, as they require the same mercy and grace from God as you.”~TB
Even the wisest most disciplined follower of Christ does not compare to the perfection that is God. As such, do not place them in the same category. Each person who has been chosen to share the Lord’s wisdom is still a mere mortal. They bleed, feel, fail, achieve, in the same manner as anyone else. When they fail, as they will, you must give them the same space and grace as God gives to you.
If you view those in power as better than yourself, you run the risk of judging them harshly when they misstep. Yes, those who are placed in positions of leadership, teaching, and the like, must be held to a higher standard. However, this does not mean perfection. Human nature dictates that no one will live a perfect life. The judgment of their shortcomings is not for you or me. God is the ultimate judge and will always rule in a perfect manner.
One of the reasons why people are so willing to idolize those they consider to be wise is because it’s a great excuse to not do the work. Friends, the wise are not a substitute for our Father in Heaven. They are mouthpieces at best and examples of what not to do at worst. When you rely on someone else’s relationship/connection to Christ, it’s easy to fall into complacency, thinking that listening to them abdicates the need for you to go to God. Don’t lean on them as they are human. Instead, tap into the direct connection with God so that you know where to place your faith.
Are you avoiding Christ by putting humans on an unrealistic pedestal?
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1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
6For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say:
8Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house!
9If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.
12You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.”
15Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.
16Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?
17You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.
18Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.
20Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
22An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
“Keep a watchful eye on the people, places, and things that influence your life. A careless thoughtlife will surely lead to a poor understanding of the Truth.”~TB
God programmed us to be free thinkers. This means that the blank software you were born with is free to download whatever information you choose. You don’t have to follow God or even acknowledge His existence! On the same token, He does not have to acknowledge you come judgment day. Make of that as you will. Some will come to know Christ early on. Some will do so later on. And others, well, they chose what they chose. Thank God that we have a choice! So, why is it important that you understand this distinction? Well, friends, not all information is wise or accurate. More to the point, not every activity or deed will bring you peace or contentment.
As society advances, so does the ability to easily practice sin, debauchery, and all types of blasphemous activities. Problem is, much of what is not good for you is marketed as delightful and necessary things. This is why analyzing and understanding what you’re listening to and to whom you’re influenced by is of the utmost importance. Evil people seek to give you poisonous information and will claim such acts as good! And if you’re not paying attention, you will download it, like a virus that will corrupt your system. Friends, be discerning! Let the Holy Spirit guide your thought process. If someone is telling you to make concessions on the Truth, run! If someone is trying to change you or make you believe that you are anything less than what God created you to be, ignore them. In a world that is upside down, and evil is packaged as freedom, choice, and pursuit of happiness, if you are not paying attention, life is more challenging.
Even though we have a choice and God will not inflict His authority on you, He is there! If you are tired of the gnarly viruses of the world, if you are frustrated by the hypocrisy of mankind, turn to the Truth. Forming a genuine relationship with God is beneficial in so many ways. Like the ultimate anti-virus, God will download the Truth, peace, and joy onto your operating system. This new software, The Holy Spirit is not only a useful tool but a true friend that will help guide you in this wicked world. If you take the time to cultivate this relationship, it will serve you well. Make no mistake, to walk with God means to abdicate the sin-fallen world. It means to take up the cross, abandon a flesh-filled life, and to live according to His will. As with anything worth doing, dedication, discipline, and time are necessary to run this race. Friends, you have a choice, make sure you choose wisely.
Are you downloading the Truth or is your operating system full of viruses?
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1How joyful are those who fear the LORD — all who follow his ways!
2You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!
3Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
4That is the LORD ’s blessing for those who fear him.
5May the LORD continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!
Keep being kind Peeps, even when it hurts, because one act of kindness can make you hold back the tears of joy, after touching someone’s life so much at the right time.”~ Jon Barnes
Many people are in need of truth, hope, charity, and love because greedy people are squeezing the life out of our society.People scrambling to find and work two part-time jobs are finding it difficult to make ends meet.Everyone can’t be millionaires. So why set up the poor to fail, by being overworked and underpaid with no health care and benefits?
The challenges poor people face are too many to mention and I don’t have the answers.But God gives us instructions on how to reach out to everyone, to do fair business, trade, and services.However, there are those who will use every opportunity to make a buck and not share the wealth in a realistic fashion.let’s try giving people a hand up.
Teaching people how to work through their problems and giving them fair jobs and wages is how we are Biblically commanded to oversee companies.However, part-time jobs that strategically short change workers into a cycle of poverty are plaguing many working adults.It is not fair and no one seems to care!
Do you pay people what they are worth or do you pick their pockets, expecting God to look the other way?
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For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.”
1 Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior? Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever? 2 All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. 3 You love evil more than good and lies more than truth. Interlude
4 You love to destroy others with your words, you liar! 5 But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude
6 The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, 7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”
8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. 9 I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.
“Most of us are really good at using someone else as a scapegoat for all of our personal failures, inaction, and inadequate behaviors.”~ Jon Barnes
People use the behavior of others to copy, embrace, zone out, and imitate as their own ideas because they are too lazy to work, think, and learn for themselves.Ignorant people use deviant methods and behaviors as a distraction to their wicked intentions of deception, hidden agendas, and false hope.Their job is to zone out so they can take what you have and run.
Real people write their own books each day with the wonderful faith, events, work challenges, homework, and solutions that were discovered.Your mind, processes, photocopies, files, and organizes all of the books, actions, experiences, hopes, and dreams that you have uploaded each day to help you navigate tomorrow’s experiences.Evil people create life books and experiences of destruction, confusion, discourse, and chaos everywhere they go.Their goal is to zone you out and disconnect your mind so they can control it.
Beware that you don’t copy the works of wicked evil people, who are trying to pass their intentions off as being good, honest, loving, helpful, and spiritual. Stay in your zone with God.These fake people must be exposed by not following them into traps of destruction, bad habits, and laziness.Copy the good God wants you to do, because it is impossible to plagiarize the love of God in your life.Your life must write love books of actions in faith, which is taught to you from God through the reading and studying of scriptures.
Are you committing plagiarism by stealing and copying someone else’s evil ideas and lifestyle that is not approved by God for your life?
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A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.
1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage! 2 Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me. 3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. 4 My guilt overwhelms me— it is a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins. 6 I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. 7 A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. 8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.
9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. 10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind. 11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance. 12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery.
13 But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak. 14 I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. 15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. 16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.”
17 I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain. 18 But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done. 19 I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason. 20 They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good. 21 Do not abandon me, O Lord. Do not stand at a distance, my God. 22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.
“For every homeless, helpless, hopeless, street person I have ever met, I clearly remember most of them saying to me, ”God Bless You!”~Jon Barnes
By default, people call on God and thank Him for blessings and in time of need.Now if we could get people to walk with God all day long, this world would be a better place to live, with no one homeless or living without basic necessities.We all know how to help each other out and to do our fair share of work, but we all have our issues.
Those who share will share their gifts with others each day in many different ways.On the job, at home, church, school, etc, good people can be found loving, caring sharing, and teaching.Now if we could get more people to walk with God all day long, our leaders, teachers, parents, preachers, owners, and managers would already be trained to do a better job in our government, businesses, churches, educational institutions, and management of our resources, talents, wages, raises, bonuses, and profit sharing.
God knows who is responsible for the homeless, hopeless, and helpless of people.We all must pitch in to help improve our communities at every level. Refer to the rich man and poor man story in the bible.The rich guy asked, please let me go to my brothers and explain how wrong their business practices are!
Are your business practices driving people into homelessness, poverty, hopelessness, and helplessness with your greed for more profits and the slave owner mentality?
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A psalm of David.
1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. 2 Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked— with those who do evil— those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. 4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. 5 They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt!
6 Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. 7 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
8 The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. 9 Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession.[a] Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.
“Saying no to idiots with deflection, intervention, prevention, preparation, kindness, a gift, and love is wisdom from God’s Word.” ~ Jon Barnes
It is impossible to give a gift of love when there is no LOVE in your heart. People who destroy themselves cannot love someone else. Honestly look to see how people treat themselves and how they care for their children, family, and other people in the same manner. When a person is selfish, they will treat their children like slaves. Separating yourself from fools and their foolishness is a gift from God for you to share with your family first.
A person who teaches and rewards their children for good work will gain a lifelong friend full of wisdom and understanding to improve upon their parent’s lessons in life. People who teach their children how to fight with The Word of God, simply live by the truth and not with an attitude. Copy this model from God and teach others by examples success in your life lessons.
Negotiation skills are a gift from God, but wisdom teaches you how to avoid the pitfalls of pitiful thinkers. After you have spoken the truth, walk away and let God do the rest. Be the truth and you will always do your best. Stay with God and accept nothing less. Stop asking for handout and advice as if you are needy. Help yourself, buy your obedience to Love, the sowing of good seeds, and properly sharing the harvested oils of wisdom. Your forest of righteousness will nicely grow when you tell other people NO.
Do you think I would be able to accomplish being a good father, loving husband, hard worker, and a man of faith if I said yes to all the dumb things people asked me to do for them and within my lifetime?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. 4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. 6 I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
“Learn to simply live in God’s Truth with balanced faith, wisdom, justice, ethics, morals, values, compassion, and humility, so that your own children will believe you.” ~ Jon Barnes
It is hard to raise kids when you are not around to monitor, mentor, and protect your investment. People cannot protect your loved ones for you. You must place the proper checks and balances into the choices, decisions, options, and contingency plans into the neighborhood, environment, forest, streets, places, and homes where you live.
People will invite you to the best events because they want to be associated with your quality of thoughts, work ethics, morals, values, and integrity. You are known for who you are at an instant, as you open your mouth to speak, sing, or work. What comes out of you is the real you and that reality is genuine. So believe people when they exercise their evil intentions. They are not lying about who they really are.
Character is accumulated when you save, practice, share and spend what you preach around anyone all the time. Be who you are with God and learn how to handle your own business, lifestyle, and choices properly. Say no to idiots! The more you practice good habits from God, your heart of ethics will override satan’s attempt to derail your movements, prayers, thoughts, and actions.
Did you ask God who you really are or will you continue to lie to yourself?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.[a]
1 Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth! 2 Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. 3 May the Lord cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues. 4 They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content. Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”
5 The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” 6 The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. 7 Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, 8 even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.
“Many people misuse, misguide, lie, cheat, steal, and purposefully misplace God’s Truth to distort reality to benefit themselves, which provides a negative relationship, role model, and reality for yourself, kids, parents, grandparents, family, spouse, other people, and God.”~Jon Barnes
Never put yourself in a negative position to where your own spouse, children, family, and friends lose respect for you and the choices that you make each day in your life.Your laziness and deceit smell like the poor work you put into your relationship with God and your family. The fruit of your work will be as rotten as your motives, mindset, health, body, and willingness to change negative habits. When you stop exercising God’s faith and principles you will behave like the negative characters in the Bible.
Stop thinking that you know it all or need to see and know everything.We are not God.When you are alone and isolated in your stupor and sin, pray, repent, and think again on your own motives of honesty to correct your behavior. Why sabotage your own life?Evil will blind and bind you up with the devil’s cause, without you even knowing it.Do not live in isolation, ignorance, and trashy mess.
Admitting that you are wrong and changing your wicked ways is the beginning steps of true love, repentance, and obedience to God and other people.Since God will judge your behavior, the effects of your lifestyle will be seen by all who know you, as your mess will be all over your house and into the streets.Your sin will be a public embarrassment unto yourself unless you learn to obey the truth and stop living in your personal lies!
Why are you such a hypocrite, who is unwilling to change, repent, or discuss terms of improvement?
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Job Responds to the Lord
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. 4 You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ 5 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
Conclusion: The Lord Blesses Job
7 After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.8 So take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.”9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lordgave him twice as much as before!11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money[a] and a gold ring.
12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.
16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.
“Each side of an argument sounds good, but there can be only one truth to God’s solution for passing His Test.”~Jon Barnes
You can speak truthful things out of context and misplace the accuracy of Love and Good Intentions.This is when silence is the truth and patience is understanding with wisdom.The more people talk, the greater the probability foolishness will spill from their lips.Let your dialog copy what God has to say and reflect upon the biblical stories of old.This dialog will teach you more about the big picture when you read and muse the complete stories and experiences.
Even though you may have questions, focus, read, and observe all the moving parts in the dialog to get a full understanding of its content, character, structure, pictures, colors, tones and textures.Your questions will be answered in light of all sides of the arguments before and after they occur.Vain babbling will continue only because you keep opening up your mouth.Ergo, your answers will improve in your silence, meditation, prayer, reading, and listing to God, minus your thoughts.
After you ask the question, God will give you the answers you seek from the most interesting sources and you must be quiet and still to absorb the answers form many directions.Clarity comes with your good work of faith and time will show, breed, and cultivate God’s solutions, answers and perfect Will.An argument is a small component of the story with many words, yet God’s solutions are of few words with answers of infinite consequences.
Why are you always arguing with people and God?
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Job’s Fifth Speech: A Response to Eliphaz
16 Then Job spoke again:
2 “I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are! 3 Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air? What makes you keep on talking? 4 I could say the same things if you were in my place. I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you. 5 But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away your grief. 6 Instead, I suffer if I defend myself, and I suffer no less if I refuse to speak.
7 “O God, you have ground me down and devastated my family. 8 As if to prove I have sinned, you’ve reduced me to skin and bones. My gaunt flesh testifies against me. 9 God hates me and angrily tears me apart. He snaps his teeth at me and pierces me with his eyes. 10 People jeer and laugh at me. They slap my cheek in contempt. A mob gathers against me. 11 God has handed me over to sinners. He has tossed me into the hands of the wicked.
12 “I was living quietly until he shattered me. He took me by the neck and broke me in pieces. Then he set me up as his target, 13 and now his archers surround me. His arrows pierce me without mercy. The ground is wet with my blood.[a] 14 Again and again he smashes against me, charging at me like a warrior. 15 I wear burlap to show my grief. My pride lies in the dust. 16 My eyes are red with weeping; dark shadows circle my eyes. 17 Yet I have done no wrong, and my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, do not conceal my blood. Let it cry out on my behalf. 19 Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high. 20 My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God. 21 I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends. 22 For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return.
“I wear a wooden cross given to me by two Russian Missionaries, working and preaching at a local church in New Mexico, because it is a symbol of the good work that I’m doing with Music in Education around the world.”~Jon Barnes
Since I wear black clothes with a cross around my neck, people assume that I am a missionary, minister, or priest. However, I’m just a good guy who loves to read the bible as much as possible, which is my reply.Good people having fun should be talked about more often.
As a minority, I am surrounded by New Mexicans, Spanish, and Indian cultures and I teach almost 700 of their children how to play the trumpet each week.The music is used to build confidence, fine motor skills, problems solving, math, language, and they read my book in class.Students respond to great information in all the same ways.
Since I hold influence, students are paying close attention to what I say and do.My moral compass is under a microscope in every way to give an example of an honest lifestyle of character for God.I have a lot to learn, as people are always watching you.
As a humbled person, have you picked up your wooden cross to follow Jesus to inspire others to read and live by Biblical ethics?
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The Greatness of Mordecai
10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia?3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rankto King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.