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?

Enjoy the reading

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 .

MYOB

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you’re focused on building and maintaining your relationship with God, all other affairs become boring and meaningless”~TB

Nosey

This world is designed for you to become preoccupied and obsessed with the dealings of your neighbor. Instead of cultivating your talents, your faith, your life, you’d rather open up a screen and see how everyone else is failing. What you fail to realize is that growing with God requires your focus. You cannot serve two masters. Quit being nosey and make something of yourself.

Noisy

In being nosey, your mindset and focus become noisy, blocking out God and His wisdom. When you can’t hear the Lord, you then lean on your own foolish understanding of the world. You blindly follow the dumb practices of a flesh-driven world, filling your decorative prisons with things that temporarily bring you happiness. By participating in the noise, you abdicate your inheritance as you excitedly embrace your golden handcuffs.

Numb

When you obsess over your neighbor, fail to do your Biblical homework, and desire what everyone else has, you are now a prisoner in the worldly system. You can’t blame anyone but yourself, which is difficult to bear, so you become a numb cog in the wheel drudging along. Of course, this is when you cling to your “christian” titles and your judgments of others to make yourself feel better for your complacent lives. Stop looking at your neighbor, block out the noise to avoid a numb lifestyle. Ask God and He will show you what you refuse to see.

Today’s Question

Are you a nosey neighbor focused on the noise, numbing your relationship with God?

Psalm 106

1 Praise the LORD ! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 
2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD ? Who can ever praise him enough? 
3 There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right. 
4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. 
5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage. 
6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7 Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the LORD ’s miraculous deeds. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea. 
8 Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power. 
9 He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert. 
10 So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes. 
11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived. 
12 Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise. 
13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel! 
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. 
15 So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it. 
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the LORD ’s holy priest. 
17 Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels. 
18 Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked. 
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold. 
20 They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. 
21 They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt— 
22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea. 
23 So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them. 
24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. 
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the LORD . 
26 Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness, 
27 that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands. 
28Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead! 
29 They angered the LORD with all these things, so a plague broke out among them. 
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped. 
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time. 
32 At Meribah, too, they angered the LORD, causing Moses serious trouble. 
33 They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly. 
34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the LORD had commanded them. 
35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs. 
36 They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall. 
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons. 
38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder. 
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD ’s sight.
40 That is why the LORD ’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession. 
41 He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them. 
42 Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power. 
43 Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin. 
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries. 
45 He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love. 
46 He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness. 
47 Save us, O LORD our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you. 
48 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” 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?

Enjoy the reading

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 !

 

In Plain Sight

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The Truth is in plain sight, to those who seek it”~TB

Right in Front

Contrary to popular belief, God is not hiding from you. No, He is patiently waiting, eager to speak with you, but you refuse to listen!  He isn’t some sneaky figure, traipsing in the shadows, but rather a gentle Father, allowing you to seek him. God will never force a relationship with you, and He will not deny you the opportunity to know Him either. If you truly want to know the Lord, open your hearts, minds, and eyes and He will reveal Himself to you. On the flip side, keep your hearts, minds, and eyes shut, and you will never see what is so plainly in front of you!

Attention

The reason why God seems so mysterious to you is that you are focusing on the wrong things. Ask yourself, where does your mind wander? What holds your attention? What do you consider to be the most important thing in your life? If God is not at the forefront of your attention or line of sight, do not be surprised that you do not know Him. You simply don’t care to! Gather your thoughts, your focus, and your attention. Divert them to where they belong– on God. When He is the main thing in your life, watch the Truth unfold, like a red carpet sprawling out for an event. Then you will see that He was right in front of you all along!

Today’s Question

Is your line of sight on Him or are you focused on your own selfish desires?

Enjoy the reading

Psalm 103

1 Let all that I am praise the LORD ; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 
2 Let all that I am praise the LORD ; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! 
6 The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. 
7 He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. 
8 The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 
9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 
10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 
12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 
13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. 
14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. 
15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. 
16 The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. 
17 But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children 
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! 
19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. 
20 Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! 
22 Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am 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.

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!”

Trip

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Today’s Quote
“Taking your family on a trip to see, remember, and study stories of the Bible is a wonderful idea, creating lifelong memories in faith-building.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Most 

Most people know very little about Biblical content and could care less about God and His Commandments.  Everything else is important, but God.  The hypocrisy that is displayed is blinding, creating death traps, roadblocks, and obstacles of doubt in the minds of the innocent.  However, it is each person’s responsibility to study and learn about God for themselves.

Few

Few people will take pride and joy in learning about who God is with a daily approach to reading and studying.  Making God a personal priority and anchor in your life takes character, guts, and love.  Few people will stop blaming their families, ministers, friends, and enemies about their personal responsibilities of neglect towards faith, love, and hope in God. Money rules in the hearts of many.

Arrive

After you take your last breath, few people will take that trip with God through the Pearly Gates of Heaven, because their actions were consistently opposite of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Many will fail and arrive in Hell by choice because they challenged God authority, just like satan.
Today’s Question
Are you acting just like satan, trying to take over God’s plan and throne to replace them with your own?
Enjoy The Reading

Job 4 

Eliphaz

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
    But who can keep from speaking?
Think how you have instructed many,
    how you have strengthened feeble hands.
Your words have supported those who stumbled;
    you have strengthened faltering knees.
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
    it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
Should not your piety be your confidence
    and your blameless ways your hope?
“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?
As I have observed, those who plow evil
    and those who sow trouble reap it.
At the breath of God they perish;
    at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10 The lions may roar and growl,
    yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,
    and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
    my ears caught a whisper of it.
13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people,
14 fear and trembling seized me
    and made all my bones shake.
15 A spirit glided past my face,
    and the hair on my body stood on end.
16 It stopped,
    but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
    and I heard a hushed voice:
17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
    Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If God places no trust in his servants,
    if he charges his angels with error,
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
    whose foundations are in the dust,
    who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
    unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,
    so that they die without wisdom?’
 
Love,
 
Jonathan