“Don’t Eternalize everything that you internalize.”~TB
I’m a selfish thinker in that I see the world according to Taryn and not according to how the world sees me. At 7, I took a wrench from my dad’s toolbox, took off the training wheels and spent the day falling until I could ride a two-wheeler. At 20, I applied for a tech job at my university, paid my brother to take the knowledge test, got the job, and was promoted within a year. My world is full of doing things I ‘can’t’ do only to excel at them by putting in some effort. I’m not some miracle person, I’m just crazy enough to believe that God made me awesome. Thing is, He made you awesome too. I’ve found that a lot of people believe the nonsense that others tell them, which is heartbreaking because God has created limitless potential in ALL of us. Seriously, we all can do extraordinary things if we believe we can. The problem is, in a world/society that wants to categorize and control our narratives, you must rise above the pressure to conform to manmade standards and answer the call that God has on your life.
How do you see yourself? What do you believe about your worth or capabilities? Chances our, the negative thoughts or limiting behaviors can be traced back to some knucklehead telling you what you could or couldn’t do. Unfortunately, humans have this nasty habit of projecting insecurities onto other people, who may internalize bad assessments of their worth. If you don’t reject those wrong assessments, you can internalize them, chipping away at the truth of who you actually are. Look at the stories in the Bible; the Abrahams, the Davids, the Jacobs, The Ruths, The Amos, and the like, you will find supposed unqualified or ‘worthless’ folks who went on to do amazing things. Those people went against the grain and did what God put on their hearts. This means to me that you and I can do extraordinary things should we choose. So, the next time you think you can’t or someone has told you it’s not possible, don’t listen. Ask God to show you ‘how’ and persevere until you achieve it. Only God can see what you’re truly capable of, so don’t internally eternalize a broken man made system.
Who’s right about you; God or man?
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1“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.
2“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins.”
3Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD ! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
4Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”
6A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.
7The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD . And so it is with people.
8The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
9O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”
10Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
12Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD ? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?
15No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.
16All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.
17The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing— mere emptiness and froth.
18To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him?
19Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
20Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down!
21Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?
22God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.
23He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.
24They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither. The wind carries them off like chaff.
25“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
26Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
27O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
30Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
“Sometimes you need to rest from all of your hard work so that your mind, body, heart, spirit, and soul can enjoy the fruits of your labor.”~Jon Barnes
Hit the reset button when you take time each day to reflect, relax, and balance your activities in love with your life.Some days may seem more productive than others, but to God, they are all the same, containing the same amount of time for you to breath the same volume of oxygen to live.What you do with it counts and is recorded.
When you honestly want to improve yourself, your standing, and purpose in life, you will step up your game and do the work that is required to balance all of your efforts, goals, dreams, and desires.They all will line up with God’s framework and personal plan of reality if you love God.Each step is ordered with a reset button of repentance, by faith, love, and action to keep you on the straight and narrow path into Heaven.
Repeating the plan that God has set for you is a lot of fun because of your experiences and fruit from your labor nets amazing results.Notice and be happy in the success God has given you, rejoice and be glad to be a blessing to others.Hit the reset button each day and do it again.Something new always happens, in spite of the repetition of daily activities.Don’t forget to smile!
Are you amazed at the new things God teaches you each day or do you know it all and don’t need a reset button from your pride and arrogance?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. 2 For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude
3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. 4 He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. 5 Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. 6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. 7 For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
8 You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you. 9 You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The Lord will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them. 10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth; they will never have descendants. 11 Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed. 12 For they will turn and run when they see your arrows aimed at them. 13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
“As we all have been given the gift of life, soon it will be taken away, so there is no need to regret, neglect, or forget the love God has given each second to all of us.” ~ Jon Barnes
It would be dreadful to arrive at the end of your life feeling disappointed because you did little or nothing with the love God has given you.You failed to cross the line of true repentance.There is nothing to show for your efforts in reading, learning, or following His footsteps of love in your life.
The personal horror of knowing how unconcerned, disobedient, and careless, you have been with your life is a tragic look to see in the face of a person’s life, just before they die.The despair of hopelessness without Christ in your life is an empty black hole of darkness, waiting to die, sentenced to hell.Believing the devil’s lie over the truth of God is a pity.
You will be ridiculed as you ridiculed the good work that has been done for you in hopes of helping, explaining, sharing, and teaching God’s ways. Ignorance is not a free hall pass to skip class and personal responsibility with God, family, and people.God will judge you.A reality check can be a sobering encounter, in the heart of a true believer who is honest with God and His gift of Salvation.
Are you drunk and drugged up with the foolishness of this world or do you understand and live by God’s Reality of Faith?
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Enemies Oppose the Rebuilding
4 The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the Lord, the God of Israel.2 So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do. We have sacrificed to him ever since King Esarhaddon of Assyria brought us here.”
3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, “You may have no part in this work. We alone will build the Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded us.”
4 Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work.5 They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans. This went on during the entire reign of King Cyrus of Persia and lasted until King Darius of Persia took the throne.[a]
Later Opposition under Xerxes and Artaxerxes
6 Years later when Xerxes[b] began his reign, the enemies of Judah wrote a letter of accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.
7 Even later, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia,[c] the enemies of Judah, led by Bishlam, Mithredath, and Tabeel, sent a letter to Artaxerxes in the Aramaic language, and it was translated for the king.
8 [d]Rehum the governor and Shimshai the court secretary wrote the letter, telling King Artaxerxes about the situation in Jerusalem.9 They greeted the king for all their colleagues—the judges and local leaders, the people of Tarpel, the Persians, the Babylonians, and the people of Erech and Susa (that is, Elam).10 They also sent greetings from the rest of the people whom the great and noble Ashurbanipal[e] had deported and relocated in Samaria and throughout the neighboring lands of the province west of the Euphrates River.[f]11 This is a copy of their letter:
“To King Artaxerxes, from your loyal subjects in the province west of the Euphrates River.
12 “The king should know that the Jews who came here to Jerusalem from Babylon are rebuilding this rebellious and evil city. They have already laid the foundation and will soon finish its walls.13 And the king should know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, it will be much to your disadvantage, for the Jews will then refuse to pay their tribute, customs, and tolls to you.
14 “Since we are your loyal subjects[g] and do not want to see the king dishonored in this way, we have sent the king this information.15 We suggest that a search be made in your ancestors’ records, where you will discover what a rebellious city this has been in the past. In fact, it was destroyed because of its long and troublesome history of revolt against the kings and countries who controlled it.16 We declare to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, the province west of the Euphrates River will be lost to you.”
17 Then King Artaxerxes sent this reply:
“To Rehum the governor, Shimshai the court secretary, and their colleagues living in Samaria and throughout the province west of the Euphrates River. Greetings.
18 “The letter you sent has been translated and read to me.19 I ordered a search of the records and have found that Jerusalem has indeed been a hotbed of insurrection against many kings. In fact, rebellion and revolt are normal there!20 Powerful kings have ruled over Jerusalem and the entire province west of the Euphrates River, receiving tribute, customs, and tolls.21 Therefore, issue orders to have these men stop their work. That city must not be rebuilt except at my express command.22 Be diligent, and don’t neglect this matter, for we must not permit the situation to harm the king’s interests.”
23 When this letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai, and their colleagues, they hurried to Jerusalem. Then, with a show of strength, they forced the Jews to stop building.
The Rebuilding Resumes
24 So the work on the Temple of God in Jerusalem had stopped, and it remained at a standstill until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia.
“It is never easy to hear about death, murder, overdose, abuse, ignorance, mayhem and evil that befalls many people.” Jon Barnes
Why are we still dealing with not implementing and using the good solutions doing the right things for ourselves and families?It is a challenge just to follow the rules and regulations to make things fair for everyone. I get it.However, it is easy to follow simple steps of organized kindness, educated movements, and musical movements in the direction of hope and justice.
There is no reason to fake who you are, so just be good and do the easy steps of improving your life with God.The reality of positive change comes quickly and the fruit of your love is explosive.It may seem like evil is winning the battle, but that is just not the case.Death is the conclusion of all evil and wicked people will meet their maker soon enough.God has an easy solution about justice in His Own Time, soon for all of us.
Notice the route and path of wicked people and go in the opposite direction to follow God.That is the only alternative.Bless God for giving us a mind to do good, prepare, and work out our faith in Him.It is refreshing to hear and see the results of the good work and stories I read about people all around the world.Be thankful for the ease of how God operates and cares for us all.Count our challenges as all joy, with a smile of thanksgiving.
Is it that easy for you to become negative, mad, and out of control, as you always assume the worst in your situations and challenges?
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2 Kings 25
25 So on January 15,[a] during the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls.2 Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah’s reign.
3 By July 18 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign,[b] the famine in the city had become very severe, and the last of the food was entirely gone.4 Then a section of the city wall was broken down. Since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians,[c] the soldiers waited for nightfall and escaped[d] through the gate between the two walls behind the king’s garden. Then they headed toward the Jordan Valley.[e]
5 But the Babylonian[f] troops chased the king and overtook him on the plains of Jericho, for his men had all deserted him and scattered.6 They captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where they pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.7 They made Zedekiah watch as they slaughtered his sons. Then they gouged out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.
The Temple Destroyed
8 On August 14 of that year,[g] which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king, arrived in Jerusalem.9 He burned down the Temple of the Lord, the royal palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem. He destroyed all the important buildings[h] in the city.10 Then he supervised the entire Babylonian army as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem on every side.11 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took as exiles the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had declared their allegiance to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the population.12 But the captain of the guard allowed some of the poorest people to stay behind to care for the vineyards and fields.
13 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars in front of the Lord’s Temple, the bronze water carts, and the great bronze basin called the Sea, and they carried all the bronze away to Babylon.14 They also took all the ash buckets, shovels, lamp snuffers, ladles, and all the other bronze articles used for making sacrifices at the Temple.15 The captain of the guard also took the incense burners and basins, and all the other articles made of pure gold or silver.
16 The weight of the bronze from the two pillars, the Sea, and the water carts was too great to be measured. These things had been made for the Lord’s Temple in the days of Solomon.17 Each of the pillars was 27 feet[i] tall. The bronze capital on top of each pillar was 7 1⁄2 feet[j]high and was decorated with a network of bronze pomegranates all the way around.
18 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took with him as prisoners Seraiah the high priest, Zephaniah the priest of the second rank, and the three chief gatekeepers.19 And from among the people still hiding in the city, he took an officer who had been in charge of the Judean army; five of the king’s personal advisers; the army commander’s chief secretary, who was in charge of recruitment; and sixty other citizens.20 Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them all to the king of Babylon at Riblah.21 And there at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king of Babylon had them all put to death. So the people of Judah were sent into exile from their land.
Gedaliah Governs in Judah
22 Then King Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan as governor over the people he had left in Judah.23 When all the army commanders and their men learned that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah as governor, they went to see him at Mizpah. These included Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, Jezaniah[k] son of the Maacathite, and all their men.
24 Gedaliah vowed to them that the Babylonian officials meant them no harm. “Don’t be afraid of them. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and all will go well for you,” he promised.
25 But in midautumn of that year,[l] Ishmael son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family, went to Mizpah with ten men and killed Gedaliah. He also killed all the Judeans and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.
26 Then all the people of Judah, from the least to the greatest, as well as the army commanders, fled in panic to Egypt, for they were afraid of what the Babylonians would do to them.
Hope for Israel’s Royal Line
27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to[m] Jehoiachin and released him[n] from prison on April 2 of that year.[o]28 He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon.29 He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine in the king’s presence for the rest of his life.30 So the king gave him a regular food allowance as long as he lived.
“It is in the cells of your mind that your heart is teased, tempted, and tested to show God if you are a worthy, qualified, good laborer of Love for the King of Kings, Lord of Lords!’ ~ Jon Barnes
A cell phone is like a written piece of communication with your voice attached to it, but it is not you and your actions that are necessary to complete the task. You cannot be tested in a test tube of your own reality, but God will test you, not in a dream, but face to face in your evil choices, where the decision, action, and consequence is carried out simultaneously. Otherwise, your selfies, jail cell, and self-inflicted prison awaits you, inside you lifeless house or room.
Computer “fake-book” doesn’t compare to the harsh realities of walking in the fruit of the Spirit with God’s Presence as we fight daily to make better decisions about love, honor, grace, mercy, long-suffering, honesty, sacrifice, repentance, thanksgiving, and praise. Artificial intelligence makes it easy for us to hide our feelings, faces, lifestyles of lust, idolatry, greed, fake-ness, laziness, and indifference towards God! Life is lived outside of your walls of intelligence and handcuffs.
The war is at your front door, whether you like it or not and you must fight the good fight of faith, love, and good work that follows your daily actions to choose the better way for yourself. Being a leader does not allow the weakness of others to make you weak. Your weakness and meekness in God make the Kingdom Stronger because of your faith and obedience, not your intelligence or ideas! Your death to sin is the power you have, which is given back to God from the blood of Jesus, your repentance, and obedience to God’s ways and lifestyle.
Choose your weapon to fight with God or will you let the devil choose you from his cell phone or jail cell in Hell?
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Offerings for the Tabernacle
25 The Lord said to Moses,2 “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them.3 Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them:
gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; 5 tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; 7 onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece.
8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.9 You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.
Plans for the Ark of the Covenant
10 “Have the people make an Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[a]11 Overlay it inside and outside with pure gold, and run a molding of gold all around it.12 Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side.13 Make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.14 Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.15 These carrying poles must stay inside the rings; never remove them.16 When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[b] which I will give to you.
17 “Then make the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold. It must be 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.[c]18 Then make two cherubim from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement cover.19 Mold the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making it all of one piece of gold.20 The cherubim will face each other and look down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they will protect it.21 Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark.22 I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant.[d] From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.
Plans for the Table
23 “Then make a table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[e]24 Overlay it with pure gold and run a gold molding around the edge.25 Decorate it with a 3-inch border[f] all around, and run a gold molding along the border.26 Make four gold rings for the table and attach them at the four corners next to the four legs.27 Attach the rings near the border to hold the poles that are used to carry the table.28 Make these poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.29 Make special containers of pure gold for the table—bowls, ladles, pitchers, and jars—to be used in pouring out liquid offerings.30 Place the Bread of the Presence on the table to remain before me at all times.
Plans for the Lampstand
31 “Make a lampstand of pure, hammered gold. Make the entire lampstand and its decorations of one piece—the base, center stem, lamp cups, buds, and petals.32 Make it with six branches going out from the center stem, three on each side.33 Each of the six branches will have three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.34 Craft the center stem of the lampstand with four lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.35 There will also be an almond bud beneath each pair of branches where the six branches extend from the center stem.36 The almond buds and branches must all be of one piece with the center stem, and they must be hammered from pure gold.37 Then make the seven lamps for the lampstand, and set them so they reflect their light forward.38 The lamp snuffers and trays must also be made of pure gold.39 You will need 75 pounds[g] of pure gold for the lampstand and its accessories.
40 “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.
” Mist Communication is Missed Communication from Miscommunication by Mr. & Mrs. Communication, which occurs when you believe and think one thing, but do or say something else out of character.” ~ Jon Barnes
One letter can change the meaning of a word. The wrong word can destroy the message. Living your self-inflicted painful lifestyle of lies and deceit can place you in the holding cell for hell. When will you grow tired of being sick, since you do not take good care of yourself and others? Pay attention to each letter in your words and work to maximize the strength in each meaning to your message, before you send it.
You get lost in the mirror when your face doesn’t look like you. Why paint or make over beauty that already exists, wasting money, time, energy, and focus. You are loved for who you are and not what you look like. I think people miscommunicate marketing information with reality, just like a misspelled word. However, it is your choice to see yourself as you are, which reflects your character or vanity.
Ask God to spell check your words, work, motives, and actions before moving forward with plans, goals, and dreams. The spell button feature on your spiritual e-mail to God does you no good if you do not use it. Push the button each day so that your translation of your message does not end up in a hot mess. Pray that God removes this spell of blindness from your eyes and actions. Don’t hide the truth by partially tell the whole story, to display the opposite of God’s intentions, which is witchcraft.
Since God’s spell check is the best reality check, don’t take my word for it, did you check with God yourself?
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1 John 4
On Denying the Incarnation
4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
God’s Love and Ours
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
“Many times we put stumbling blocks in front of ourselves, cutting off communication, thinking up lies, not listening, and imagining things that don’t exist, being dishonest with God.” ~ Jon Barnes
Holding on to bad choices blocks good information from transmitting from the source of God’s Stories into your heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. When presented with the facts, we tend to build bridges to lies, always talking about and doing negative, nonproductive, and hurtful things. Our time expires from waste, distraction, excuses, and laziness, which prevents us from seeing and doing the true work God wants us to accomplish.
We play games, blaming each other by leaving our assignments undone, running from the truth, and hiding behind the roadblocks that we have personally built in our disobedience. Together we all build the perfect blocks to permanently shut down good work. The blame game blocks future choices because we are stuck with clogged arteries and our main organs cannot function properly to move clean blood and good information freely.
Your mind wants to search for the truth, but it cannot function well with old, inaccurate, and misinformation. We then teach each other, our children, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations how to enslave others with non-Biblical principals called tradition, that relates to all of us. Fortunately, the Spirit of God unblocks anything with love, obedience, kindness, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, and patience, when we maintain our bridge and roadways with God’s ways.
Are you paying close attention to see how good people use God’s lifestyle to break through major roadblocks in their lives or do you want God to use the belt on your butt to unclog your roadblocks?
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Warning Against Falling Away
1Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so. 4It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 9Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
The Certainty of God’s Promise
13When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.16People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
“Your mind has been hijacked, and you are now told how to think, how to color your face, body, hair what to lift, tuck, love, add, or subtract; when to laugh, or cry, where to sit– immobile on the job or at home, and why you cannot change from today’s modern enslaved thinking; Your natural face has been erased!” ~ Jon Barnes
Now that we look like modern people with bald heads, fake colored hair, lipo”suck”-tioned, silicone implanted, genetically altered animals, foods, chemicals, and nanotechnology, we think we have outsmarted God to reshape or undo our own image.
There is no need to idolize flesh, bones, people, modern lifestyles, and modern lies!
The computer age has exploded atomic bombs in all of our minds and we now lay in waste, refusing God’s Help. Modern Thinking says, we are in control and I can be and buy what I need. Choose to imitate the living God of Creation and Creativity, not just man-made dead technology pretending to be godlike, to clone modern people.
We have become living dead bones to the digital age. Dead Bones all look like Dead Bones, and if God can put them back together, singing praises of thanksgiving, how much more should we thank God for the flesh and bone, heart and mind, or body and soul that was gifted to us by HIM? May God help us to breathe in the biblical content needed to pray for peace, restoration, and a reality check that will result in our proper modifications needed to manage our technology properly with God’s Commandments and lifestyle.
Your personal matrix is self absorbed by sublime media ads and casual infomercials from people and other electronic devices that rings like the evening news, full of propaganda and hate, which controls our thoughts and prevent us from doing real physical work of equality and fairness. How do we handle the manslaughter and influx of digital infusion, which shoots at us like a semiautomatic weapon from the window of a drive by psycho? Pray that God gives us a mind to balance reality from fiction, always doing good and not evil.
Are you the real deal, the real thing, or have you been hacked by your own digital divisiveness, looking and acting like a the perfect image of a digitally downloaded clown faced dummy?
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you,5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.