“You cannot be afraid to follow God’s Commandments, Directions, Wisdom, and Fruit of the Spirit in all the things you do.” ~ Jon Barnes
“The active choice of reading about God, doing the work, praying and going to church are lifestyle acts of Justification and personal steps to forward spiritual progress.” ~ Jon Barnes
2 Samuel 7
The Lord’s Covenant Promise to David
David’s Prayer of Thanks
“When every cell in your body is absorbing and responding to the holy painted pen of faith in the scriptures from the bible, your house of prayer communicates with God and meditates on His Will, from a subatomic, physical, and spiritual level.” ~ Jon Barnes
1 Samuel 31
The Death of Saul
“The Word, knowledge, understanding, and good relationship with God is the beginning of useful wisdom and it is your job to read, learn, study, and use this amazing information to connect with your creator, on a daily basis.” ~ Jon Barnes
1 Samuel 2
in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
on them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.
10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
Eli’s Wicked Sons
Prophecy Against the House of Eli
“The process in prayer requires you to read the prayer manual for learning how to speak to God in His Love Language, with respect, honor, and thanksgiving.” ~ Jon Barnes
The Land Yet to Be Conquered
The Land Divided East of the Jordan
An Allotment for the Tribe of Levi
The Land Given to the Tribe of Reuben
The Land Given to the Tribe of Gad
The Land Given to the Half-Tribe of Manasseh
“Forgiveness is like running a marathon in that you cannot practice for one day and then expect to excel. In order to be successful, you must put in the work, conditioning your mind and heart to achieve desired results” ~Taryn Barnes
I’ll be honest, forgiveness is a tough business. There are times where transgressions can pass you by with a blink of an eye. Then other times, you may find yourself thinking things that you wouldn’t dare tell another living soul. As we progress in our walk with God, we get tested in all aspects and forgiveness can be quite the challenge.
Unpack Your Feelings
I recently had a major struggle in the forgiveness department. On paper, I understood that the chain of events wouldn’t resolve in the way that I would’ve liked, and at the time I had made up my mind to forgive and move on. However, as logical as I am, I forgot to dig a little deeper to unpack the emotional aspects of forgiveness. Though my brain had moved on, I had come to realize that I was still fraught with anger, resentment, rejection, sadness, and other fun feelings.
Let Them Go
Once I targeted the emotional barriers that were tripping me up on my quest for forgiveness, I realized that I had to let them go. Holding on to negative emotions only hinders your progress to grow with God, clouding your mind and judgment. Bottom line, you have to acknowledge those feelings in order for you to let them go.
Practice Makes Perfect
It takes practice to improve the art of forgiveness. Some people take to it naturally, while others have to put in a little extra work, which is perfectly ok. Don’t be afraid to get a training partner, who has run the race of forgiveness a bit longer than you. I often tease my dad about how amazing he is at forgiving people. Like a raincoat in the midst of a crazy storm, allowing transgressions to fall right off. I’m still working on my raincoat, but I try and put in the practice. We all start somewhere, advancing to different levels as we progress. Fortunately, in time, and with proper conditioning, we can extend grace and mercy to our fellow man as God extends it to us.
Question of the day
Are you showing up for your strength and conditioning practices for forgiveness?
The Budding of Aaron’s Staff
“We get pulled out of our comfort zone to help shed our lukewarm nature, eventually trusting God in all of our circumstances”~Taryn Barnes
Illusion of Safety
Sometimes God allows the rug to be pulled from underneath us, putting us in situations beyond our control. The world likes to appeal to our ego, giving us the false sense of security by telling us we ultimately have control over our lives. If you’re not lukewarm, expect to be put to the test as God will refine us.
Press through the discomfort of being out of your comfort zone so that you can level up in your walk with God. When we are comfortable, we lack the conviction to grow, opting to continue in an unsuspecting lull. Fulfill the call that God has in your life by pushing past the deceitful trappings of this world. Remember that God’s treasures are infinitely better than that of this world.
Question of the day
Are you willing to push past your discomfort to grow in Christ?
Enjoy today’s reading
The People Rebel