Why Not

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Better to trust a perfect God than flawed man.”

TB

Vantage

If you trust only man to inform you on who God is, then be prepared to be misled. Friends, if you want to know the Truth, you are able to access it through Him. So go for it.

Already

Because we are imperfect, we will let each other down, say the wrong things, and some folks will exploit you. So instead of following imperfect people, follow the one who is — Christ.

Today’s Question

Why not talk to the one who can give you Truth?

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Leviticus 17

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel. This is what the LORD has commanded. 3 “If any native Israelite sacrifices a bull or a lamb or a goat anywhere inside or outside the camp 4 instead of bringing it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to present it as an offering to the LORD, that person will be as guilty as a murderer. Such a person has shed blood and will be cut off from the community. 5 The purpose of this rule is to stop the Israelites from sacrificing animals in the open fields. It will ensure that they bring their sacrifices to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle, so he can present them to the LORD as peace offerings. 6 Then the priest will be able to splatter the blood against the LORD ’s altar at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and he will burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the LORD . 7 The people must no longer be unfaithful to the LORD by offering sacrifices to the goat idols. This is a permanent law for them, to be observed from generation to generation. 8 “Give them this command as well. If any native Israelite or foreigner living among you offers a burnt offering or a sacrifice 9 but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to offer it to the LORD, that person will be cut off from the community. 10 “And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people, 11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD . It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible. 12 That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood—neither you nor the foreigners living among you.’ 13 “And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you goes hunting and kills an animal or bird that is approved for eating, he must drain its blood and cover it with earth. 14 The life of every creature is in its blood. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood, for the life of any creature is in its blood.’ So whoever consumes blood will be cut off from the community. 15 “And if any native-born Israelites or foreigners eat the meat of an animal that died naturally or was torn up by wild animals, they must wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. They will remain ceremonially unclean until evening, but then they will be clean. 16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be punished for their sin.”

Intentions

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Examine your intentions because God knows your heart.”

TB

Wicked

You may get over on your brothers and sisters but surely you will not get over on God. Whether we see the immediate impacts on our misdeeds, we eventually will reap what we sow. Instead of plotting to do evil, turn your hearts to the Lord to desire to do good.

Righteous

While we will never be perfect, we can strive to live a righteous life. So what does that look like? First we must model our lives after Christ. Then we must study, learn, and implement His teachings. When our intentions mirror God’s love, we live a Christ-filled life.

Today’s Question

What are the motives of your heart and are you foolish enough to think God doesn’t already know?

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Micah

1 What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so. 2 When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence. You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family’s inheritance. 3 But this is what the LORD says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose. You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time.” 4 In that day your enemies will make fun of you by singing this song of despair about you: “We are finished, completely ruined! God has confiscated our land, taking it from us. He has given our fields to those who betrayed us. ” 5 Others will set your boundaries then, and the LORD ’s people will have no say in how the land is divided. 6 “Don’t say such things,” the people respond. “Don’t prophesy like that. Such disasters will never come our way!” 7 Should you talk that way, O family of Israel? Will the LORD ’s Spirit have patience with such behavior? If you would do what is right, you would find my words comforting. 8 Yet to this very hour my people rise against me like an enemy! You steal the shirts right off the backs of those who trusted you, making them as ragged as men returning from battle. 9 You have evicted women from their pleasant homes and forever stripped their children of all that God would give them. 10 Up! Begone! This is no longer your land and home, for you have filled it with sin and ruined it completely. 11 Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you, “I’ll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!” That’s just the kind of prophet you would like! 12 “Someday, O Israel, I will gather you; I will gather the remnant who are left. I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture. Yes, your land will again be filled with noisy crowds! 13 Your leader will break out and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of the enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the LORD himself will guide you.”

Fruit

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Judge your own fruit to know if you are following God’s will or your own.”

TB

Rotten

When we enact our own will or produce things out of our own doing, it shows. Sure, we may make progress, but there is always a cost. If you’re run down, robbing Peter to pay Paul, or operating outside of the lines, chances are, you’re flying solo.

Good

God’s will offers us peace, wisdom, love, and grace. It may not be as flashy as our own crooked desires, but it is everlasting, strategic, and it produces good fruit. By following God, we learn how to be continually renewed in the spirit and now by our flesh.

Today’s Question

What fruit are you producing?

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Amos 1

1 This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, was king of Israel. 2 This is what he saw and heard: “The LORD ’s voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem! The lush pastures of the shepherds will dry up; the grass on Mount Carmel will wither and die.” 3 This is what the LORD says: “The people of Damascus have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They beat down my people in Gilead as grain is threshed with iron sledges. 4 So I will send down fire on King Hazael’s palace, and the fortresses of King Ben-hadad will be destroyed. 5 I will break down the gates of Damascus and slaughter the people in the valley of Aven. I will destroy the ruler in Beth-eden, and the people of Aram will go as captives to Kir,” says the LORD . 6 This is what the LORD says: “The people of Gaza have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They sent whole villages into exile, selling them as slaves to Edom. 7 So I will send down fire on the walls of Gaza, and all its fortresses will be destroyed. 8 I will slaughter the people of Ashdod and destroy the king of Ashkelon. Then I will turn to attack Ekron, and the few Philistines still left will be killed,” says the Sovereign LORD . 9 This is what the LORD says: “The people of Tyre have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They broke their treaty of brotherhood with Israel, selling whole villages as slaves to Edom. 10 So I will send down fire on the walls of Tyre, and all its fortresses will be destroyed.” 11 This is what the LORD says: “The people of Edom have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They chased down their relatives, the Israelites, with swords, showing them no mercy. In their rage, they slashed them continually and were unrelenting in their anger. 12 So I will send down fire on Teman, and the fortresses of Bozrah will be destroyed.” 13 This is what the LORD says: “The people of Ammon have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! When they attacked Gilead to extend their borders, they ripped open pregnant women with their swords. 14 So I will send down fire on the walls of Rabbah, and all its fortresses will be destroyed. The battle will come upon them with shouts, like a whirlwind in a mighty storm. 15 And their king and his princes will go into exile together,” says the LORD .

Give it up

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Whatever your troubles may be, give it up to God so that He may restore you.”~TB

Affliction

Every human has a thorn in their side, a struggle they must bear, an affliction of sorts. This flaw is the reality of humanity and also the constant reminder of our need for God. Friends, we are and never will be perfect. Our flesh is too weak, our minds too feeble, our hearts too fragile. A broken spirit will pass on their affliction to the next person, infecting an already frail ecosystem of sick people.  Whatever your affliction is, give your burden to the Lord. When you open up in your weakness, whatever you lack, He will make up the difference.

Healing

Your affliction does not give you permission to hurt others. While you may have experienced harm, you must not turn around and harm your brothers and sisters. This type of thinking leads to the very broken nation we’re in right now. What good comes from repeating the suffering you endured? If you truly seek restoration and healing, go to our Father in Heaven. His answers are wiser than mere human solutions. They require an open and humble ear. To understand His ways you must read His Words. The study of the Word equips your mind to comprehend and apply the healing that God provides.

Today’s Question

Are you ready to give up your afflictions?

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Proverbs 15 

1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. 
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
3 The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. 
4 Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. 
5 Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. 
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. 
7 The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give. 
8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. 
9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. 
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die. 
11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD . How much more does he know the human heart! 
12 Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. 
13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. 
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. 
15For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. 
16 Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. 
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. 
18 A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. 
19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. 
20Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. 
21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. 
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! 
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.
25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. 
26 The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words. 
27 Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. 
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. 
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. 
31 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. 
33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.