Gatekeepers

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“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

Truth Is

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.

Stop

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.

Today’s Question

Are you a light pointing to God or are you a gatekeeper with an impending judgment?

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Psalm 99

1 The LORD is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! 
2 The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations. 
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! 
4 Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel. 
5 Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy! 
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them. 
7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them. 
8 O LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong. 
9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy!

Validation

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Stop looking to man for validation. Only God’s validation brings salvation, all else brings destruction”~TB

Approval

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!

Disapproval

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.

Today’s Question

Are you willing to sacrifice your salvation just for the temporary validation of a sin-fallen world?

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Psalm 86

1 Bend down, O LORD, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. 
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. 
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. 
4 Give 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. 
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O LORD ; hear my urgent cry. 
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me. 
8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do! 
9 All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. 
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. 
11 Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, 
13 for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. 
14 O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them. 
15 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. 
16 Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O LORD, help and comfort me.

Leaky Vessel

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Who told you to remain in your brokeness? Surely that message was not from God.”~TB

Remain

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.

Reject

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.

Today’s Question

Are you still holding onto your brokenness or are you ready to receive your Holy repairs?

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Psalm 79

1 O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins. 
2 They 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. 
3 Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead. 
4 We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us. 
5 O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. 
7 For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness. 
8 Do 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. 
9 Help 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. 
10 Why 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. 
11 Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die. 
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you. 
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.

Truth in Choice

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You want God’s blessing and the freedom of choice, but you don’t want to abide by His Truth.”~TB

Truth

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.

Truth Adjacent

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.

Today’s Question

Are you allowing past hurts to dictate your fate?

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Psalm 74

1 O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? 
2 Remember 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. 
3 Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary. 
4 There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards. 
5 They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest. 
6 With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling. 
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears your name. 
8 Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.
9 We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end. 
10 How 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. 
12 You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth. 
13 You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters. 
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him. 
15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry. 
16 Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun. 
17 You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.
18 See how these enemies insult you, LORD . A foolish nation has dishonored your name. 
19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever. 
20 Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence! 
21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name. 
22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. 
23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.

Lost Sheep

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“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.

 

Remember

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.

Endless Openings

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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Psalm 67

1 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude 2 May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4 Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude 5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.

 

Musical Chairs

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“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

Chance

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.

 

Choice

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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Psalm 66

1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! 2 Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. 4 Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude 5 Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! 6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and his people went across on foot. There we rejoiced in him.7 For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude 8 Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. 9 Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. 10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. 11 You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. 12 Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. 13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— 14 yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. 15 That 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 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. 17 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. 20Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.