Hedging your bets

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you fail to cultivate a relationship and understanding with God, you are hedging your bets, placing your faith in a fallen world”~TB

Splitting Hairs

People do not want to take responsibility for learning the Truth, so they split hairs to justify their laziness. Willfully blind people will cherry pick lines from the Bible to “refute” the Truth. Instead of reading to understand, they read to criticize, judge, and condemn. Friends, the Bible cannot be understood by the blind, so why do you listen to them? When you fail to read the Bible for yourself, you fall prey to their wicked defiance because you lack the context, understanding, and sight to recognize the Truth. Stop allowing half-truths to dictate your life. If you cannot speak or see things plainly, you are operating out of confusion.

Hail Mary

Following all religions is like trying to play it safe without putting in the honest effort. There is only one road to salvation, everything else is shoddy imitations, pretending to mirror the real thing. If you cherry pick from multiple theologies to justify your salvation, truly you have none. What’s sad about those who try and conform to all “gods” is that they fail to know who they are worshipping. How can you believe or follow something that you have not learned or practiced? More to the point, how can you follow God without reading the Word or forming a relationship with Him? The point is, without the Truth, all else is a lie. Do not wait until the end to throw a hail mary for your salvation. While you have the ability to be saved, God recognizes your heart, not just your words.

Today’s Question

Are you gambling with the Truth and placing your bets in Hell?

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Psalm 107

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 
2 Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. 
3 For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south. 
4 Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. 
5 Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. 
6 “ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. 
7 He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. 
8 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 
9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 
10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery. 
11 They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High. 
12 That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them.
13 “ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 
14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains. 
15 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 
16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron. 
17 Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. 
18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. 
19 “ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 
20He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. 
21 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. 
23 Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. 
24 They, too, observed the LORD ’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas.
25 He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. 
26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. 
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. 
28 “ LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 
29 He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. 
30 What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! 
31 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 
32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation. 
33 He changes rivers into deserts, and springs of water into dry, thirsty land. 
34He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands, because of the wickedness of those who live there. 
35 But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water. 
36 He brings the hungry to settle there and to build their cities. 
37 They sow their fields, plant their vineyards, and harvest their bumper crops. 
38 How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase. 
39 When they decrease in number and become impoverished through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, 
40 the LORD pours contempt on their princes, causing them to wander in trackless wastelands. 
41 But he rescues the poor from trouble and increases their families like flocks of sheep. 
42 The godly will see these things and be glad, while the wicked are struck silent. 
43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD .

Out of Order

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you do things your way, expect chaos. When you do things His way, expect peace”~TB

Hurricane

Trying to live life in accordance with your will is like attempting to build a home in the midst of a hurricane. Your mind, fleshly desires, and fake discipline are the materials of a false foundation that will get ripped up in the storm. This is because you lack the True wisdom that comes from Him. Friends, every single human, myself included, lacks the fundamental knowledge required to live this life in righteousness. God must be at the front, otherwise, you are out of order, desperately trying to build a life in continuous chaos. Drop your will and take up His.

Breeze

Living in God’s Will invites peace and tranquility in the midst of man-made troubles. Don’t mistake peace for a perfect life, there is no such thing. With God, your struggles don’t seem as unbearable because you know the Truth. The evil one cannot rattle you and his feeble attempts are transformed into a gentle breeze. When you walk with God, He crushes your obstacles, allowing you to move forward. However, you must do this in faith! Though you know the truth, you must walk the walk in order to realize it. Do not fear what has already claimed defeat. Walk in the Order of Truth.

Today’s Question

Are you out of order?

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Psalm 105

1 Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 
2 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. 
3 Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD . 
4 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. 
5 Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, 
6 you children of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. 
7 He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. 
8 He always stands by his covenant— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. 
9This is the covenant he made with Abraham and the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant: 
11 “I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.” 
12 He said this when they were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan. 
13 They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 
14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them. He warned kings on their behalf: 
15 “Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.” 
16 He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply. 
17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
18 They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. 
19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character. 
20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. 
21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. 
22 He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers. 
23 Then Israel arrived in Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham. 
24 And the LORD multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies. 
25 Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites, and they plotted against the LORD ’s servants. 
26 But the LORD sent his servant Moses, along with Aaron, whom he had chosen. 
27 They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians, and wonders in the land of Ham.
28 The LORD blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go. 
29 He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish. 
30 Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms. 
31 When the LORD spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt. 
32 He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land. 
33 He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees. 
34 He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number. 
35 They ate up everything green in the land, destroying all the crops in their fields. 
36Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home, the pride and joy of each family. 
37 The LORD brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. 
38Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly. 
39The LORD spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. 
40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven. 
41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland. 
42 For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham. 
43 So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing. 
44 He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted. 
45 All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the LORD !

 

 

 

Messages

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you have an authentic relationship with God, you begin to understand which messages are from Him and which messages are not”~TB

Conviction

When you regularly engage in walking with the Lord, you begin to see the world differently. Consequentially, you begin to discern the thoughts that are your’s, His, and the evil ones. And with this relationship with Christ, you know that your previous deeds are no longer acceptable. This conviction allows you to put aside foolish behaviors as you seek to mirror the life of Christ. No one’s walk will be perfect, but the messages from God will help you get back on track if you choose to listen.

Condemnation

Walking in sin is much more difficult for the born again because you know the price that was paid for you by Jesus. Of course, there will be times when messages of extreme guilt and worthlessness begin to creep into your head. They may cause you to question your standing with God. Friends, these messages are not from God, but rather the evil one. Condemnation is lamenting over deeds that He has already forgiven you for. If God isn’t repeatedly pointing at your past, why are you? Delete those messages as they deter your path with the Lord.

Discernment

As you grow in Christ, you will level up in discernment, filtering which messages are important and which ones are unnecessary. This is why it is so important to read the Bible, to talk with God, and to pick up the Cross daily to cast away your former evil selves. Knowing and practicing the difference helps you avert pitfalls and temptations because you know who you are in Christ. The messages will never go away, but when you truly know the Lord, you can filter through the noise.

Today’s Question

Which messages are you reading, the good or the evil?

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Psalm 104

1 Let all that I am praise the LORD . O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. 
2 You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens; 
3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind. 
4 The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants. 
5 You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved. 
6 You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains. 
7 At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away. 
8 Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. 
9 Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth. 
10 You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains. 
11They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 
12 The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. 
13 You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home, and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor. 
14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth— 
15 wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength. 
16 The trees of the LORD are well cared for— the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. 
17There the birds make their nests, and the storks make their homes in the cypresses. 
18 High in the mountains live the wild goats, and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes. 
19 You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to set. 
20 You send the darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals prowl about. 
21 Then the young lions roar for their prey, stalking the food provided by God. 
22 At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest. 
23 Then people go off to their work, where they labor until evening. 
24 O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. 
25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. 
26 See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea. 
27 They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. 
28 When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied. 
29 But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. 
30 When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth. 
31 May the glory of the LORD continue forever! The LORD takes pleasure in all he has made! 
32 The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch. 
33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! 
34 May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD . 
35 Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth; let the wicked disappear forever. Let all that I am praise the LORD . Praise the LORD !

 

Trust

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Trusting in God means taking responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and feelings. Most people would rather lie to themselves than do the work”~TB

Truth of the Matter

The truth of the matter is that through Christ you are set free. This means that you are unchained from the failings and snares of your previous existence. The sad thing is that many of you want to keep your handcuffs because it absolves you of being responsible for your deeds or lack thereof. You’d rather blame your minds and your feelings instead of admitting that you simply did not do the work. This is a hard pill to swallow for most, but if you make the resolve to take responsibility for your actions, freedom ensues. If you truly want to heal, you must start by owning your part of the equation. God will not run your race for you. He already did the hard part, now it’s time to do yours.

Embrace Discipline and Work 

Any type of success– be it reading the Bible or talking with God– takes hard work and discipline. That’s it. There’s no seance, no magic potion; just plain work ethic, and discipline. Why is it that so few people put in the effort? More to the point, why are you so quick to complain about God when you do not put in the effort to personally know Him? Humans are foolish in that you want all the benefits of Christ, but dread putting in the work to cultivate an honest relationship with Him. Stop embracing the ‘something for nothing’ mentality. Do you not realize the joys of walking closely with the Lord? Of course, you don’t, you didn’t do the work! Friends, there’s nothing more joyous and wonderful than being in the presence of God. Embrace the work and discipline to enjoy the best relationship you could ever know.

Today’s Question

Are you trusting His process, or are you trusting your fake excuses?

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Psalm 101

1 I will sing of your love and justice, LORD . I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. 
3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. 
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. 
6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. 
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence. 
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the LORD from their grip.

Smokescreen

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you’re working in your Holy employment, expect distractions. Don’t be alarmed, it’s simply a smokescreen”~TB

Optical Illusion

The devil can only do so much to those who are working in the will of God. Therefore, what little he can do, he will. Like the mirror maze at a carnival, he’ll spin seeds of discord, distorting the truth to get you off of your path. Fear not, his tricks are harmless, unless you allow them to get under your skin. The point is to get you to question your purpose and to ultimately get you to question God. Remember that we’re operating under pre-destined conditions. The results are set in stone, we’re simply seeing it through. Think about that and let it be written on your hearts. If the battle has already been won, no detours, derailment, or delay will stop God’s victory.  Sidestep the smokescreen to live in peace.

Right as Rain

When you’re operating on all cylinders for the Lord, opposition trembles at the very thought of you. When you face difficulties, rejoice in the fact that you are viewed as a threat. This means that you are on the righteous path that Christ has set before you. There are so many examples of this in the Bible, which is why you must do your reading. The more you understand the lay of the land, the easier it is to spot the feeble attempts of the evil one. Talk with God and He will help you see the distractions on your road map. Listen, study, and look to avoid senseless nonsense. Trust in the Lord and He will remove the smokescreen from your path.

Today’s Question

Are you being distracted by the face smokescreen or did you do the necessary studying to realize that it’s just a poorly laid trap?

 

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Psalm 97

1 The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. 
2 Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
3 Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. 
4 His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. 
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. 
7 Those who worship idols are disgraced— all who brag about their worthless gods— for every god must bow to him. 
8Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice, O LORD ! 
9 For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 
10 You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. 
11 Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. 
12 May all who are godly rejoice in the LORD and praise his holy name!

Holy Conditioning

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Hi  Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“In order for God to use you, you must be tried, tested, and made approved through Holy conditioning.”~TB

Spiritually Out of Shape

God cannot use the spiritually weak. When you don’t pursue a relationship with Christ and when you don’t do your Biblical reading, you are spiritually unhealthy. As babes in Christ, you may aspire to share the Good News, however, without doing the work, you are unable to exert the endurance, steadfastness, and long-suffering required to work for God. Your spiritual arteries are clogged by the fat of your sins and unrefined impure thinking. God cannot use someone who is spiritually fat. You are not capable of running a race because you will fall prey to the fleshly desires of this world. There is still hope for anyone willing to endure the Biblical training required.

 

Biblical Training

If you seek an honest relationship with the Lord and you desire to do well for the Kingdom, you must gird up your loins, and do the Biblical training that is necessary for you to successfully run and complete your race. Make no mistake, this is no easy feat as you will be tried and tested and ultimately broken. But through this pruning, God will pour a new Holy foundation for you to begin to understand how to move and operate in His will. Friends, celebrate in your trials and tests because it means that God is looking to pass the baton to you. Train well and watch His wisdom, strengthen you.

Ready to Run

You will know when God is ready to elevate your assignment because temptation, stress, and anguish no longer bother you. Those things are still there, but you understand that they are the evil banana peels that the devil has laid before you. Avoid them. You willingly put down your sinful ways and you excitedly and wholeheartedly seek the Lord with all of your heart. Friends, when this happens, it is a wonderful feeling to live and breathe the joy and peace that God provides as you begin to run the race that he is set before you. Make no mistake, picking up the cross every day is an intentional and willful endeavor. You cannot be lackadaisical or passive about your assignment. But fortunately, through God’s strength and conditioning through the Word, the trials, and the tests, He has prepared you for your destiny.

Today’s Question

Are you ready to go through spiritual conditioning, or are you okay with being spiritually fat?

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Psalm 93

1 The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. 
2 Your throne, O LORD, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. 
3 The floods have risen up, O LORD . The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. 
4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these! 
5 Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.

Honesty

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Let’s be honest; you want God’s grace but you don’t want the honest work attached to it.”~TB

Honest Work

People aren’t successful because they fail to put in the honest Biblical effort to build a foundational relationship with God. This isn’t a transactional endeavor. God seeks your heart, spirit, and mind, not your wishful prayers. If you honestly seek Him, roll up your sleeves, dust off your Bibles, and get to work.

Dishonest Work

God has more respect for those who unabashedly reject their inheritance than those who pretend to till the soil. You may fool everyone with your schemes, dreams, and plots to steal what doesn’t belong to you, but God is no slouch. You will be dealt with. Instead, honestly examine your heart and make the honest choice to return home to the Lord.

Today’s Question

Are you an honest worker or are you honestly stupid?

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Psalm 92

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.
2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, 
3 accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre. 
4 You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. 
5 O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts. 
6 Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this: 
7 Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. 
8But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever. 
9 Your enemies, LORD, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered. 
10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil. 
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. 
12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. 
13 For they are transplanted to the LORD ’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. 
14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. 
15They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”