“Don’t allow past moments to hinder your future.”~TB
Painful experiences can be used in two ways. It can either leave you feeling like you burned your hand on a stove, avoiding future situations. Or, you realize that the burn has healed and that not every similar moment or situation will provide the same experience. When you don’t allow God into your traumatic experiences, phantom pain resides along with visceral playbacks of the experience. Of course, the opposition wants you to remain there, but friends, you can move passed those hurtful moments.
When you let God into your hurtful situations, the level of healing you can receive will make you see how much you can handle. It’s not that your pain wasn’t real or that your experience doesn’t matter, but through God’s love you can’t help but bask in the Truth of salvation. Knowing how much God loves you is the key to healing and moving on. The lies of the world will keep you in bondage, but God can and will clean and bandage your pain, so that they heal. So let go of the visceral moments in your mind so that you can be who you are made to be.
What visceral moments are on replay in your mind?
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1Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”
2Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.
3Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.
4Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.
5Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.
6Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.
7For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.”
9Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them.
10The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly.
11The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep.
12But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.
13That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
14God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
“Ditch the fake reality of the world and cling to the Truth of Christ”~TB
When God puts you on a path, be vigilant in your thoughts and actions because the opposition will lie in wait to push you into a ditch and into a world of sinful desires. In an upside down world, evil will use people, thoughts, and anything he can to get you to give up your position in Christ. Keep yourself disciplined in the Word so that you may see the fake reality for what it is.
When you continually read and study the Truth, you are able to throw off the sinful traits and behaviors of the life you once lead. Though there are tests from time to time, remember that you are redeemed in Christ, and He looks at you through His eyes. When you lean on this Truth, that you are saved and made whole in Christ, the past evil deeds are less tempting because you know your inheritance is stored within your salvation.
Are you safely driving on God’s highway or are you veering towards the evil ditch?
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1Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
2Why let the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.
4Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
5They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
6They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.
7They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound.
8And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.
9O Israel, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
10O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
11All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD ! He is your helper and your shield.
12The LORD remembers us and will bless us. He will bless the people of Israel and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
13He will bless those who fear the LORD, both great and lowly.
14May the LORD richly bless both you and your children.
15May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
16The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.
17The dead cannot sing praises to the LORD, for they have gone into the silence of the grave.
18But we can praise the LORD both now and forever! Praise the LORD !
“Every person has the opportunity to receive Christ, so stop acting like a gatekeeper with your religious fanfare and man-made judgments on who is or isn’t worthy.”~TB
The truth is, none of us are worthy of the gift of salvation. Our deeds, our lives, our thoughts– none of it comes close to righteousness. This is precisely the reason why we need God. He doesn’t need us. Sure, He’ll use us to help one another, but trust me when I say, we are inconsequential when it comes to the mightiness and methods of God. When you walk in this truth, mercy, grace, and kindness are easily given as you know that these are gifts that God Himself gives to us freely and infinitely. Practice the love that God gives us to one another.
Just because you’ve accepted Christ does not mean you now have the authority to judge who can or cannot be a child of God. Or do you not know the stories of the Sadducees and Pharisees? God’s kids– just like your kids– come in different sizes and shapes. Our personalities were never meant to be “duplicated”. So stop perpetuating this “Stock Christian Mentality”. There is no certain physical look of a Christian, which is why we must look at deeds and rely on the Holy Spirit for discernment. Even still, that is for God to decide. Mind your own relationship with Christ and allow others to develop theirs.
Out of Bounds
If you look at people with an air of superiority or judgment in their walk, you’re out of bounds and are heaping judgment on yourself. Were you not a babe in Christ? Did you not have to crawl before you learned to walk? Did God not feed you milk before meat? If God is merciful to you and your foolishness, why can’t you do the same for others? Grace is an action that must be practiced because we all are dumb flesh bags destined to fall. It is only because of God’s Grace and His personal sacrifice that we are able to be reborn. Don’t get too high and mighty in your walk, unless you truly want to know what judgment is.
Are you a light pointing to God or are you a gatekeeper with an impending judgment?
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1The LORD is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!
2The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations.
3Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!
4Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.
5Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!
6Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them.
7He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.
8O LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong.
9Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy!
“Stop looking to man for validation. Only God’s validation brings salvation, all else brings destruction”~TB
As humans, we are flawed, flesh-driven creatures, prone to activities that are detestable in the eyes of God. For this reason, we cannot look to one another for approval. When you look to your peers for validation, you’re literally practicing idol worship. When you avert your gaze from God and turn towards man, we eventually fall into the snare of their evil desires. Think about it, when you crave the validation of man, you are more susceptible to fall prey to their carnal practices. Slowly but surely, they begin soliciting you with corrupt activities. Because you begin to fear losing that validation, you are willing to compromise the Truth for a lie in order to keep your empty status. How foolish!
Even with everything you know, why do you still seek the validation of heathens? You shamelessly follow their evil ways, accepting and contributing to their immoral practices. And for what, a seat at the table that is on the fast track to hell? Are you that foolish to believe that temporary popularity is far better than validation in eternity? Turn your eyes to the Lord before you go to your final resting place. Come judgment day you will see whose validation truly matters.
Are you willing to sacrifice your salvation just for the temporary validation of a sin-fallen world?
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1Bend down, O LORD, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.
2Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.
3Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.
4Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.
5O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6Listen closely to my prayer, O LORD ; hear my urgent cry.
7I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.
8No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do!
9All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name.
10For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God.
11Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.
12With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,
13for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.
14O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them.
15But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant.
17Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O LORD, help and comfort me.
“Who told you to remain in your brokeness? Surely that message was not from God.”~TB
The biggest lie the devil wants you to believe is that you are broken and that you will never overcome your circumstance. It doesn’t help matters when you look to other broken people, cling to their broken solutions, and wallow together in your self-imposed exile. Friends, these lies aren’t from God. The Bible is so important because it helps you navigate these falsehoods. The truth is, you are wonderfully made in Him and His power and spirit lie within you. When you remain in your ignorance, you suffer the atrocities of this world, because you are following the wicked.
Without God, you are like a leaky clay pot, trying to use human understanding to patch your holes! In your stupor, you leak all over the place, infecting one another with evil solutions that magnify your brokenness. Reject those lies that plague your mind and you will find your way to the truth. Look to the Word and you will find that when you rely on God’s Truth, He encapsulates your leaky vessel, sealing any brokenness that once was. In God, your leaky vessel is no more as you have become set aside as His vessel. Once He has claimed you, rest in the truth that He has set you free.
Are you still holding onto your brokenness or are you ready to receive your Holy repairs?
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1O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.
2They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals.
3Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead.
4We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
5O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name.
7For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.
8Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair.
9Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.
10Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants.
11Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.
12O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you.
13Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.
“You want God’s blessing and the freedom of choice, but you don’t want to abide by His Truth.”~TB
In every day of our lives, we all have to make choices that impact our present and future. While some things are outside of our control, we are a sum total of the hundreds of choices we make each and every day. Friends, we are all dealt the hand we have. Some of us were blessed with God-fearing and honest parents, and unfortunately many go without and are forced to adapt to horrible situations. God’s truth still rings true no matter your circumstance. Even the broken have a choice. If you truly seek healing and restoration, turn to Him.
Blame Him for the choices you made and live in your hedonistic fantasy. Sure, you may be right in the sense that you have suffered unfortunate events, but does that make you right with God? Friends, the burden our of pain and suffering are not meant for us to carry. We cannot reconcile it on our own, which is why forgiveness is necessary. What makes the Good News truly great is that through salvation, we have escaped the just pain and suffering that we are owed. However, if you wish to remain in your fleshly deeds, that is your choice. If you truly want to seek a self-serving life, lean into the pain and suffering of your choices. But do not say that you were not exposed to the truth.
Are you allowing past hurts to dictate your fate?
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1O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?
2Remember that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession! And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth.
3Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.
4There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards.
5They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest.
6With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling.
7They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears your name.
8Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.
9We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end.
10How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
11Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.
12You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth.
13You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.
15You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry.
16Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.
17You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.
18See how these enemies insult you, LORD . A foolish nation has dishonored your name.
19Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever.
20Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence!
21Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.
22Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long.
23Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.
“We must look at ALL of our brothers and sisters in the same manner that Christ looks at us. Or have you forgotten when He personally guided you back to the flock?”~TB
Change by example
We are called to share the Good News by living the life of Christ. There is no need to beat the lost with formalities. The light of the truth is how we change hearts and minds. Callous judgment and legalistic Biblical interpretations only damage the hearts of the young or lost. Like a newly rooted plant, your self-righteousness tramples the meek and downtrodden. Don’t be a hindrance, Christ’s stable is big enough for everyone! God does not need us to judge and condemn on His behalf. We must mirror the love, grace, and mercy that Christ imprints on our hearts each and every day.
Keep in mind that you are already set aside, carefully and lovingly tucked inside Christ’s stable. Friends, is that not enough? Why do you grow jealous of His love for the lost? Have you not received the most precious gift– salvation? Are you foolish enough to believe your judgment is better than His? Set your pride aside for your hardened hearts will be encased in the hellish stable of judgment you so foolishly built around yourself.
Friends, rejoice in the fact that Christ is in control and working in the hearts of the lost. Do not feel contempt or envy, but feel encouraged that the eyes of the lost are opening. God’s love is infinite and incomprehensible to man. There’s enough grace for everyone.
Question of the day
Are your actions directing lost sheep to the stable or are you blindly building the case for your impending judgment?
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1May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude 2May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude 5May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
“God is faithful in that we have until our final breath to accept salvation. Of course, none of us knows when we check out!”~TB
Each day that you shuck and jive with where you stand with God is like playing a game of musical chairs with the devil. With each passing turn, a chair is removed, statistically decreasing your odds of winning. Friends, don’t play musical chairs with your salvation. You will not win.
If the truth is not something you are interested in, avert your gaze. The choice is yours to receive your heavenly inheritance. My job is to point to the truth– the Bible. God examines the motive of your heart. So while you may fool us, you are not fooling him.
Question of the Day
Are you comfortable with leaving your destiny up to chance, or will you grab your seat before it’s too late?
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1Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! 2Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. 3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. 4Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude 5Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! 6He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and his people went across on foot. There we rejoiced in him.7For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude 8Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. 9Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. 10You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. 11You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. 12Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. 13Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— 14yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. 15That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude 16Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. 17For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. 18If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. 20Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
“You can see that God looks for people like you to give the message of hope, life, light, salvation, repentance, and honesty with the work of your faith, not the work of your fraudulent lies and evil subtle motives.” ~ Jon Barnes
Cut to the point and hit the target of love as you share truth in the work that you do. Buy, pay for, and use your own resources to reassure that your commitment to God and His causes will go forth from your heart, mind, body, thoughts, spirit, hands, and lips. Enjoy how the devil bleeds stupidity in the presence of God and His awesome power of justice.
Take the time to see the complete story of how things unfold because you are supernaturally paying close attention to what God is doing, saying, and leading you into the truth of all things. Stand with God and stop siding with the devil in your compromises, actions, thoughts, and motives. Right choices bring about the best fruit in your life and work that you do for justice, people, The Kingdom, and God.
Deliver the devil’s head in a silver platter each day, by constantly cutting with his head with God’s Biblical Content, stories, wisdom, understanding, and sharp sword. Stop being afraid to share, give, live, expect, and walk in your faith, humility, and bold gifts of God’s love. See, know, and believe that the power of God’s love is like no other, unstoppable, unmeasurable, unmistakable, and unquantifiable.
Do you act like a servant working for God with the heart of a King or Queen or do you act like a king or queen of fools with wicked works, behaviors, visions, and thoughts?
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1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble? 2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others. 3 For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
4 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. 5 Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies. 6 They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!”
7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.[a] Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues. 8 They lurk in ambush in the villages, waiting to murder innocent people. They are always searching for helpless victims. 9 Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on the helpless. Like hunters they capture the helpless and drag them away in nets. 10 Their helpless victims are crushed; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked. 11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us! He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
12 Arise, O Lord! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless! 13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God? They think, “God will never call us to account.” 14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in you. You defend the orphans.
15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people! Go after them until the last one is destroyed. 16 The Lord is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land. 17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. 18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.