“How wonderful it is that God’s salvation does not have any fine print attached to it.”~TB
I’m someone that reads the fine print. Not because I’m detailed oriented, but because I don’t want to sign my life away to some tech company that has cleverly embedded som nonsense clause in their user agreement. That may sound paranoid, but the fine print is ingrained in a lot of things we do as people. And if I’m being honest, it’s shady.
Imagine if Jesus died for our sins with asterisk (*) attached to it. Imagine if the fine print read “this agreement is valid for those who are left handed.” Or “Agreement is void if you eat a red onion.”? Or what if it called for perfection? My point is, I’m so glad that Christ is way more forgiving, honest, and loving than we are to each other.
What would the world look like if we treated one another the way God treats us?
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1“What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the LORD . “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.
2For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt for help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh’s protection. You have tried to hide in his shade.
3But by trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated, and by depending on him, you will be disgraced.
4For though his power extends to Zoan and his officials have arrived in Hanes,
5all who trust in him will be ashamed. He will not help you. Instead, he will disgrace you.”
6This message came to me concerning the animals in the Negev: The caravan moves slowly across the terrible desert to Egypt— donkeys weighed down with riches and camels loaded with treasure— all to pay for Egypt’s protection. They travel through the wilderness, a place of lionesses and lions, a place where vipers and poisonous snakes live. All this, and Egypt will give you nothing in return.
7Egypt’s promises are worthless! Therefore, I call her Rahab— the Harmless Dragon.
8Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness
9that these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the LORD ’s instructions.
10They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies.
11Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your ‘Holy One of Israel.’”
12This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel: “Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies,
13calamity will come upon you suddenly— like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down.
14You will be smashed like a piece of pottery— shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well.”
15This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.
16You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’ But the only swiftness you are going to see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
17One of them will chase a thousand of you. Five of them will make all of you flee. You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a hill or a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop.”
18So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.
19O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
20Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
21Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
22Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!”
23Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock.
24The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff blown away by the wind.
25In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill.
26The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the LORD begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.
27Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire.
28His hot breath pours out like a flood up to the neck of his enemies. He will sift out the proud nations for destruction. He will bridle them and lead them away to ruin.
29But the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, the mountain of the LORD — to the Rock of Israel.
30And the LORD will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones.
31At the LORD ’s command, the Assyrians will be shattered. He will strike them down with his royal scepter.
32And as the LORD strikes them with his rod of punishment, his people will celebrate with tambourines and harps. Lifting his mighty arm, he will fight the Assyrians.
33Topheth—the place of burning— has long been ready for the Assyrian king; the pyre is piled high with wood. The breath of the LORD, like fire from a volcano, will set it ablaze.
“Be careful when proclaiming to be wise, because eventually you will have to walk your talk.”~TB
It’s easy to learn and comprehend theory. There is no skin in the game. ‘Wise’ people sit around and pontificate meaningless thoughts and ideas, as if it means anything. Wisdumb is the art of over complicating simple truths to appear more intelligent while fooling the naive. Friends, those who are truly wise understand that wisdom comes from failure, practice, obedience, endurance, and a pure love and pursuit of God. Even then, the wise discover what it is to actually be wise, which is no prize at all.
Wisdom can be found in the trenches where God is. It is not an easy endeavor, nor will it bring the contentment most believe it yields. God is the only truth that matters, because all human understanding leads to disappointment and despair. Wisdom is knowing how dumb we are in comparison to our Father in Heaven! So be wise and rejoice that He loves us and takes us back no matter stupid or fallen we’ve become. In practice, the wise learn how foolish they really are!
Have you ‘wised’ up yet?
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1These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.
2“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”
3What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?
4Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes.
5The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.
6The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles.
7Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.
8Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
9History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
10Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.
11We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.
12I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem.
13I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race.
14I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
15What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.
16I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.”
17So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.
18The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.
“Fear of the Lord is Good. Fear of other things, not so much.”~TB
Growth over Comfort
There are practical fears and then fears that are so debilitating that they stop you in your tracks. Most common fears come from trying to control something that is out of your grasp. Friends, in any given situation, do what you can do, and let God handle the rest. Those times will probably call for you to step out in faith which is uncomfortable. Choose growth over comfort, as God is showing you how to rely on Him.
In His Hands
When you read the Bible, you will know that all things come from God and nothing is out of His domain. So, if that is the truth, why should any of us be afraid? If God has given you a task, be quick to finish so that your fears won’t hinder your movements. Fear is such a great tool for the enemy because it cripples the mind with minimal effort. Don’t let a virus in the mind corrupt the life that God has for you. Reconcile your fears and know that God is in control.
Are you at the wheel or is fear driving your vessel?
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1I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.
2I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.
3Great is the LORD ! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.
4Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.
5I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.
6Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.
7Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.
8The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
10All of your works will thank you, LORD, and your faithful followers will praise you.
11They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.
12They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
13For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.
14The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.
16When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.
18The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.
21I will praise the LORD, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.
“It’s difficult to grow your faith if you have a fixed mindset.”~TB
To the uninformed, once you know the Truth, all learning ceases. Even though the Truth– salvation is given to us through the sacrifice of Jesus– never changes, the trouble with that mindset is that life’s lessons and challenges still exist. The reason the Bible is called the Living Word is that it applies in your life in all of its stages. Friends, receiving salvation is the easy part. Staying in a learning mindset takes grit and perseverance. Failing to cultivate a lifelong relationship with Christ will cause you to stagnate because you don’t understand the landscape of a fallen world. Without understanding God’s love, it is difficult to practice His teachings. Adopt a continuous learning mindset so that you can grow with God throughout your life.
The truth is, there is always another level after the last. God’s ways are so expansive and massive that it takes a lifetime to even catch a glimpse. What a mighty God we serve! For this reason, you must always be willing and able to learn new things with Him. Human love pales in comparison to God’s love, which is why we must connect with Him daily to practice love from a Biblical perspective. Those who are considered wise understand that even in their wisdom, they still depend on God like a nursing baby. Without Him you are nothing. But with Him, nothing is impossible. Pass your tests and get to the next level, so that you may reach the next level after that. Once you understand that this is a lifelong process, you will love attending God’s Holy school.
Are you one of God’s lifelong students or are you flunking out?
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1How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
2For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
3Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
“The best way to do something is to aim straight for the target that is meant for you, which is the easiest method and direction of travel that God is navigating in your life.”~Jon Barnes
Straight from the heart, God teaches us all the things we need to know when we respect, acknowledge, share, and thank Him for the love from His Biblical Teachings.You cannot take God’s own Words, Work, and World to create new fake stories up for your own causes, which enslaves people in traditions of evil behavior.Do not become distracted by wicked people and their smiling lies.Question what you are doing and who you are following.
Make sure you have and read your own set of instructions from God so that your mental, spiritual, and physical navigation systems are not offline.Avoiding all other misguided directions, actions, and mistakes can make your life a lot easier, more interesting, with time to explore new things.You don’t want to be caught driving in the middle of nowhere without a source of God’s directions, resources, transportation, and sustenance to keep you spiritual and physically alive.
It is impossible to remain healthy by eating what the devil gives you for food, thoughts, imitation faith, and counterfeit love.He is not the author or target of our faith and love because he is NOT God.The devil will mix up the bad with the good so that your targets becomes a distorted blur to weaken your mind, body, and resolve. Let God sustain you in all things by focusing all that you are and have upon God’s love, grace, mercy, and faith.This work of love in your life will connect you to the real, true, and only ONE TARGET – JESUS!
Did the devil target you as a weak minded person who will follow anything, anybody, anyhow, and anywhere that is away from God?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. 2 The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. 3 The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.
4 “O Lord,” I prayed, “have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. “How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask. 6 They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere. 7 All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst. 8 “He has some fatal disease,” they say. “He will never get out of that bed!” 9 Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.
10 Lord, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back! 11 I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me. 12 You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever.
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!
“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.
“Ignorant people make good people look like superheroes all around the world and we should do more talking about God,the good things on the news,and the positive results we are getting our conversations, communities, and daily worship.” ~Jon Barnes
I tell all of my students that good students work smarter, try harder, and practice improving their skills to help themselves and others to achieve good objectives.Aligning your motives and objectives in the right direction can be a challenge.Super Heroes find a way to walk in that path towards God, with each step in daily worship.
Silly negative issues do not stop Superheroes from working hard and staying on task.They recognize the silly little tricks of the enemy and move onto the next good solution.No time is wasted on the lessons learned, while quickly fixing many problems that are encountered daily.Bullies try to control you with fear, with remembering past sins, and guilt to kick you off course from improving and growing in God.
Develop Super Cool work habits, ethics, and ideas to enhance your family, the workplace, and your daily walk with God.In these relationships, you can test all the biblical principles your are reading, learning, and following to ask God questions to get much-needed guidance and answers. Don’t talk to people being used by the devil.Just walk away and let God fight them.
What Super Question did you ask God about today and what did tell you?
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2 Chronicles 35
Josiah Celebrates Passover
35 Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the Lord would be celebrated in Jerusalem, and so the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month.[a]2 Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the Lord.3 He issued this order to the Levites, who were to teach all Israel and who had been set apart to serve the Lord: “Put the holy Ark in the Temple that was built by Solomon son of David, the king of Israel. You no longer need to carry it back and forth on your shoulders. Now spend your time serving the Lord your God and his people Israel.4 Report for duty according to the family divisions of your ancestors, following the directions of King David of Israel and the directions of his son Solomon.
5 “Then stand in the sanctuary at the place appointed for your family division and help the families assigned to you as they bring their offerings to the Temple.6 Slaughter the Passover lambs, purify yourselves, and prepare to help those who come. Follow all the directions that the Lord gave through Moses.”
7 Then Josiah provided 30,000 lambs and young goats for the people’s Passover offerings, along with 3,000 cattle, all from the king’s own flocks and herds.8 The king’s officials also made willing contributions to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of God’s Temple, gave the priests 2,600 lambs and young goats and 300 cattle as Passover offerings.9 The Levite leaders—Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad—gave 5,000 lambs and young goats and 500 cattle to the Levites for their Passover offerings.
10 When everything was ready for the Passover celebration, the priests and the Levites took their places, organized by their divisions, as the king had commanded.11 The Levites then slaughtered the Passover lambs and presented the blood to the priests, who sprinkled the blood on the altar while the Levites prepared the animals.12 They divided the burnt offerings among the people by their family groups, so they could offer them to the Lord as prescribed in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle.13 Then they roasted the Passover lambs as prescribed; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles, and pans, and brought them out quickly so the people could eat them.
14 Afterward the Levites prepared Passover offerings for themselves and for the priests—the descendants of Aaron—because the priests had been busy from morning till night offering the burnt offerings and the fat portions. The Levites took responsibility for all these preparations.
15 The musicians, descendants of Asaph, were in their assigned places, following the commands that had been given by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, the king’s seer. The gatekeepers guarded the gates and did not need to leave their posts of duty, for their Passover offerings were prepared for them by their fellow Levites.
16 The entire ceremony for the Lord’s Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had commanded.17 All the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days.18 Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel.19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.
Josiah Dies in Battle
20 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.[b]21 But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:
“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”
22 But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo.23 But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
24 So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.25 The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs about his death. These songs of sorrow have become a tradition and are recorded in The Book of Laments.
26 The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the Lord),27 from beginning to end—all are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
“Today I learned how to swim using the breaststroke from the lifeguard during my swimming exercises and it is fun to use a group of different muscles in my routine.” ~ Jon Barnes
Sometimes you need someone to explain each little step of a movement before you can understand how to apply the motions.Ashley compartmentalized the movements for me and I can do it now.Allow God to compartmentalize each step you take so that you can see the big picture with your daily exercises.
Focusing on the fundamental top part of the movement helps me to practice one thing at a time.I began to feel comfortable in the water with the new concept and it was fun being relaxed about it.My muscles got a really good workout and I have a new routine to mix up with the fun of swimming. Next, I’ll apply the bottom half of the exercise soon.
Once I could easily breathe and organize my rhythm of movements, I will keep learning more about swimming. God would like for us to become more comfortable in learning more about Him and His Ways.Take the time to read, learn, listen, and try some new movements in your walk with God to grow your understanding, while swimming in your spirituality. He is your lifeguard and instructor.
Are you learning new things from God, your lifeguard?
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2 Chronicles 25
Amaziah Rules in Judah
25 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother was Jehoaddin[a] from Jerusalem.2 Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.
3 When Amaziah was well established as king, he executed the officials who had assassinated his father.4 However, he did not kill the children of the assassins, for he obeyed the command of the Lord as written by Moses in the Book of the Law: “Parents must not be put to death for the sins of their children, nor children for the sins of their parents. Those deserving to die must be put to death for their own crimes.”[b]
5 Then Amaziah organized the army, assigning generals and captains[c] for all Judah and Benjamin. He took a census and found that he had an army of 300,000 select troops, twenty years old and older, all trained in the use of spear and shield.6 He also paid about 7,500 pounds[d] of silver to hire 100,000 experienced fighting men from Israel.
7 But a man of God came to him and said, “Your Majesty, do not hire troops from Israel, for the Lord is not with Israel. He will not help those people of Ephraim!8 If you let them go with your troops into battle, you will be defeated by the enemy no matter how well you fight. God will overthrow you, for he has the power to help you or to trip you up.”
9 Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?”
The man of God replied, “The Lord is able to give you much more than this!”10 So Amaziah discharged the hired troops and sent them back to Ephraim. This made them very angry with Judah, and they returned home in a great rage.
11 Then Amaziah summoned his courage and led his army to the Valley of Salt, where they killed 10,000 Edomite troops from Seir.12 They captured another 10,000 and took them to the top of a cliff and threw them off, dashing them to pieces on the rocks below.
13 Meanwhile, the hired troops that Amaziah had sent home raided several of the towns of Judah between Samaria and Beth-horon. They killed 3,000 people and carried off great quantities of plunder.
14 When King Amaziah returned from slaughtering the Edomites, he brought with him idols taken from the people of Seir. He set them up as his own gods, bowed down in front of them, and offered sacrifices to them!15 This made the Lord very angry, and he sent a prophet to ask, “Why do you turn to gods who could not even save their own people from you?”
16 But the king interrupted him and said, “Since when have I made you the king’s counselor? Be quiet now before I have you killed!”
So the prophet stopped with this warning: “I know that God has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have refused to accept my counsel.”
17 After consulting with his advisers, King Amaziah of Judah sent this challenge to Israel’s king Jehoash,[e] the son of Jehoahaz and grandson of Jehu: “Come and meet me in battle!”[f]
18 But King Jehoash of Israel replied to King Amaziah of Judah with this story: “Out in the Lebanon mountains, a thistle sent a message to a mighty cedar tree: ‘Give your daughter in marriage to my son.’ But just then a wild animal of Lebanon came by and stepped on the thistle, crushing it!
19 “You are saying, ‘I have defeated Edom,’ and you are very proud of it. But my advice is to stay at home. Why stir up trouble that will only bring disaster on you and the people of Judah?”
20 But Amaziah refused to listen, for God was determined to destroy him for turning to the gods of Edom.21 So King Jehoash of Israel mobilized his army against King Amaziah of Judah. The two armies drew up their battle lines at Beth-shemesh in Judah.22 Judah was routed by the army of Israel, and its army scattered and fled for home.23 King Jehoash of Israel captured Judah’s king, Amaziah son of Joash and grandson of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh. Then he brought him to Jerusalem, where he demolished 600 feet[g] of Jerusalem’s wall, from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate.24 He carried off all the gold and silver and all the articles from the Temple of God that had been in the care of Obed-edom. He also seized the treasures of the royal palace, along with hostages, and then returned to Samaria.
25 King Amaziah of Judah lived for fifteen years after the death of King Jehoash of Israel.26 The rest of the events in Amaziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
27 After Amaziah turned away from the Lord, there was a conspiracy against his life in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But his enemies sent assassins after him, and they killed him there.28 They brought his body back on a horse, and he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David.[h]
“The art of progress is like practicing music each day and discovering that you actually get better in your work and love for God, inspire of yourself.”~Jon Barnes
The moving arts teaches you how to practice the right moves in life with God, as seen all around His Universal Creations.Each move that you master helps with learning the next function, fact, and figure to develop in your thinking, loving, and working out your salvation in God.No movement with God means no faith in action and the art in your life will be like your lost soul.
Take hold of the momentum God has given you to succeed and don’t give it up for a few dollars.Money means nothing to God.Making the right choices will teach you the art of making and saving money from God’s perspective.Satisfy your soul with Godly substance and artistic value when you maintain your practice schedule of salvation in Christ.
Don’t let your emotions determine the motion you will take with God and your movements.Let God’s Word and Work teach you how to define True Art in your life, so that your actions will last generations into the future, producing good fruit for God.This perpetual motion, movement, momentum and artwork can be seen in your family’s choices as well.
Did you choose the Art of God’s love or some other meaningless idea?
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2 Chronicles 12
Egypt Invades Judah
12 But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed him in this sin.2 Because they were unfaithful to the Lord, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign.3 He came with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horses,[a] and a countless army of foot soldiers, including Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.[b]4 Shishak conquered Judah’s fortified towns and then advanced to attack Jerusalem.
5 The prophet Shemaiah then met with Rehoboam and Judah’s leaders, who had all fled to Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah told them, “This is what the Lord says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.”
6 Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is right in doing this to us!”
7 When the Lord saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem.8 But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.”
9 So King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem. He ransacked the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.10 King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace.11 Whenever the king went to the Temple of the Lord, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.12 Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger was turned away, and he did not destroy him completely. There were still some good things in the land of Judah.
Summary of Rehoboam’s Reign
13 King Rehoboam firmly established himself in Jerusalem and continued to rule. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah, a woman from Ammon.14 But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the Lord with all his heart.
15 The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Shemaiah the Prophet and The Record of Iddo the Seer, which are part of the genealogical record. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other.16 When Rehoboam died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Abijah became the next king.
“You don’t have to interpret the Bible, you just have to read it, again, and again, again, until you die and then you would have scratched the surface of what God was teaching you to pass through into the Pearly Gates or Hell!” ~ Jon Barnes
Collect all of your thoughts and compare them to what you have read in the Bible and interpret your own life and where you think you fit into God’s plan.If you are alive and breathing, you will fit one way or the other opposite way.In God, nothing is wasted and it all belongs to Him, the good, the bad, the something, the nothing, the beautiful, and the ugly!
God’s message is simple, but evil will try to change one word in the sentence to derail the true meaning of life, light, and love.It is the job of darkness to hide, omit, or cover up the truth of love in God.It is really not complicated at all.You don’t need me and my stories to confirm your thoughts, feelings, and connection to God.You need yourself to connect with God and interpret your relationship with HIM.I’m just a humble, writing, musical, messenger in love with God, family, life, and you.
You can love people without lusting after their bodies, spouses, money, power, houses, positions, and stuff.Learn to interpret how to enjoy the walk with God, the fun reading, and the work of faith with prayer, fasting, thanksgiving, and integrity.Your interpretation of yourself and God will line up a lot easier if you follow the steps given by God, not my steps.Don’t follow me.
Who’s interpretation are you following and does it make good sense to God, when you ask HIM about your faith activities?
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1 Chronicles 17
The Lord’s Covenant Promise to David
17 When David was settled in his palace, he summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace,[a] but the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant is out there under a tent!”
2 Nathan replied to David, “Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.”
3 But that same night God said to Nathan,
4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord has declared: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in.5 I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another in a Tabernacle.6 Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s leaders, the shepherds of my people. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”’
7 “Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel.8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth!9 And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past,10 starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will defeat all your enemies.
“‘Furthermore, I declare that the Lord will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!11 For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.12 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me. And I will secure his throne forever.13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my favor from him as I took it from the one who ruled before you.14 I will confirm him as king over my house and my kingdom for all time, and his throne will be secure forever.’”
15 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the Lord had said in this vision.
David’s Prayer of Thanks
16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,
“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?17 And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great,[b] O Lord God!
18 “What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like.19 For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.
20 “O Lord, there is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!21 What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations that stood in their way.22 You chose Israel to be your very own people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.
23 “And now, O Lord, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever.24 And may your name be established and honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.
25 “O my God, I have been bold enough to pray to you because you have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him—a dynasty of kings!26 For you are God, O Lord. And you have promised these good things to your servant.27 And now, it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, so that it will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”