Go Fish

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“While you can share the Good News with your peers, it is important that they go fish on their own.”

TB

To Know

God does not forge a relationship with you through someone else. Sure, He may have someone tap you on the shoulder, however, the relationship itself is one you must cultivate on your own. That’s because to know God is to spend time with Him of your own volition. A ‘holy’ person cannot create something that only you and God can build.

Invest

When you know God well, it’s easy to get caught up in wanting others to know Him too. The reality is, every single person must do the work to build the relationship. Getting to know Christ is an investment that pays infinite dividends. That said, those dividends must be from each individual person. So, if you truly desire to know God, you must go fishing on your own.

Today’s Question

Do you know God or are you reading the cliff notes of someone else’s experience?

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Ezekiel 47

1 In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. 2 The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. 3 Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. 4 He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. 5 Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through. 6 He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. 7 When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. 8 Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. 9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. 11 But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” 13 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Divide the land in this way for the twelve tribes of Israel: The descendants of Joseph will be given two shares of land. 14 Otherwise each tribe will receive an equal share. I took a solemn oath and swore that I would give this land to your ancestors, and it will now come to you as your possession. 15 “These are the boundaries of the land: The northern border will run from the Mediterranean toward Hethlon, then on through Lebo-hamath to Zedad; 16 then it will run to Berothah and Sibraim, which are on the border between Damascus and Hamath, and finally to Hazer-hatticon, on the border of Hauran. 17 So the northern border will run from the Mediterranean to Hazar-enan, on the border between Hamath to the north and Damascus to the south. 18 “The eastern border starts at a point between Hauran and Damascus and runs south along the Jordan River between Israel and Gilead, past the Dead Sea and as far south as Tamar. This will be the eastern border. 19 “The southern border will go west from Tamar to the waters of Meribah at Kadesh and then follow the course of the Brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean. This will be the southern border. 20 “On the west side, the Mediterranean itself will be your border from the southern border to the point where the northern border begins, opposite Lebo-hamath. 21 “Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel. 22 Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes. 23 These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!

Applied Knowledge

Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Apply the knowledge you learn from Christ’s teachings so that your deeds produce righteous fruit.”

TB

Use It

When you spend time with your Father in Heaven, learning and meditating on the Living Word, the learnings and knowledge you gain are to be put to use. By knowing the Truth, you learn how to navigate a fallen world, encourage your brothers and sisters, escape the clutches of those that seek to do evil deeds, and a variety of other beneficial behaviors. That’s because God’s teachings are meant to be applied to each of our lives. When we fail to do the deeds after learning the truth, we become complacent and susceptible to falling into dishonest behaviors.

Lose It

If you know studied for your exam but decided to miss the test altogether, you’re more foolish than the person who didn’t study but showed up! What good is it to know scripture but never actually use or live by it? Why memorize and recite Biblical passages only to then behave in a hedonistic manner. God doesn’t care about the one who is legal to the letter but is nowhere to be found, He cares about the one who shows up. So instead of filling our egos with the perception of being good, let us do good by applying the knowledge that God so graciously gives us, as applied knowledge transforms into wisdom.

Today’s Question

Are you foolish enough to believe that you are wise, or are you wise enough to know that without God we perish?

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Ezekiel 37

1 The LORD took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the LORD to a valley filled with bones. 2 He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. 3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign LORD,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” 4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD ! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD .’” 7 So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. 8 Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” 10 So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ 12 Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the LORD . 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the LORD has spoken!’” 15 Again a message came to me from the LORD : 16 “Son of man, take a piece of wood and carve on it these words: ‘This represents Judah and its allied tribes.’ Then take another piece and carve these words on it: ‘This represents Ephraim and the northern tribes of Israel.’ 17 Now hold them together in your hand as if they were one piece of wood. 18 When your people ask you what your actions mean, 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take Ephraim and the northern tribes and join them to Judah. I will make them one piece of wood in my hand.’ 20 “Then hold out the pieces of wood you have inscribed, so the people can see them. 21 And give them this message from the Sovereign LORD : I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered. 22 I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel. One king will rule them all; no longer will they be divided into two nations or into two kingdoms. 23 They will never again pollute themselves with their idols and vile images and rebellion, for I will save them from their sinful apostasy. I will cleanse them. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 24 “My servant David will be their king, and they will have only one shepherd. They will obey my regulations and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, the land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation. And my servant David will be their prince forever. 26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever. 27 I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the LORD, who makes Israel holy.”

Put

ecology-2985781_1920 (2)Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Put forth your best effort to help people with good motives and ideas from God so that they can avoid making the same embarrassing mistakes of old.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Our

When our ideas come from the research and studies of God’s perspective, we begin to understand how to approach logic in a civilized manner to master sin and prevent disobedient behavior.  Put your evil thoughts to death daily with Christ.  Trust and obey God, not people. Since the price of death was at the doing of our ancestors, God re-calibrated our path of hope, faith, love and manner of existence to experience and see the big picture in Him.  People cannot show you God’s big picture in your life, because God will show you Himself.

Thoughts

Being connected to God’s Holy Spirit allows us the freedom to flow, learn, understand, and put our cares into His Hands of Righteousness.  We see these choices and base our acts of love from our integrity, motives, and works of faith.  The death of your good thoughts come from evil spirits that you cling to, respect, and follow, whether you know it or not.  Evil comes from disobedient thoughts, ways, and lifestyles that are inconsistent with God’s Ways and Thoughts.  Choose your thoughts carefully and purposefully. 

Last

Your thoughts are not pure or original.  They are either copies of God’s Thoughts or thought of evil, which are the opposite of God’s ideas and plans.  When you put your ideas last, God’s plan is activated in your life to give new and better thoughts and plans for your existence in Him.  When you put yourself last, God will promote and put you first in the line up of wisdom and truth.
Today’s Question
Do your thoughts come from the Seed Sower or did you put your mind in the hands of the wicked seed-eater?
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Esther 6 

Mordecai Honored

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles,the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.
“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.
The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.
His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”
“Bring him in,” the king ordered.
When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”
Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor,have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’”
10 “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”
11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”
12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, 13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.
His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.
Love,
 
Jonathan

Context

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Wicked people knowingly take good information to hide, surround, and blend their evil plans and plots, as a small seed, so that their true intentions are hidden, while your children become exposed to trash.” ~ Jon Barnes

Children

When children make mistakes or do something well, people and their parents should be available to encourage or discourage training in responsibility for their actions. Kids who are unsupervised can learn to hide disobedient behaviors because the truth is not reinforced, trained, and maintained at all levels to grow strong roots in personal character and ethics. Parents, family, and people are always teaching mistakes or positive daily lessons in life whether we know it or not.

Copy

 As children grow up and copy people and their environment, their character begins to shape into the content that has been collected from their heart over time and their experiences will copy the success or failure of that content. The older child must decide which direction to choose and follow the path of a fool or wise person. Since many examples of goodness and truth are all around us, it is our personal choice to prefer foolishness over doing the right things in life. When you study what children watch, copy, and imitate, you can see the origin and content of their selections.

Parents

 It is the parent’s job to provide the right mix of people, places, and things to teach the Biblical Truth and help their families understand the truth from the stories in the proper context. You cannot use part of a story to prove a personal point or argue an agenda. The truth stands alone all by itself, and God doesn’t need any help in telling His written story. The goal of a successful parent is to present and live an accurate example of God’s lifestyle from the commandments and stories of old. These standards are the building blocks of strong humanity, honesty, and integrity within the Gospels of Parenting. Your kids can only copy what you know and do.
Today’s Question
What are you exposing your children and other people too– God’s integrity or satan’s wickedness?
 
Enjoy The Reading
 

Deuteronomy 33

Moses Blesses the People

33 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death:
“The Lord came from Mount Sinai
    and dawned upon us[a] from Mount Seir;
he shone forth from Mount Paran
    and came from Meribah-kadesh
    with flaming fire at his right hand.[b]
Indeed, he loves his people;[c]
    all his holy ones are in his hands.
They follow in his steps
    and accept his teaching.
Moses gave us the Lord’s instruction,
    the special possession of the people of Israel.[d]
The Lord became king in Israel[e]
    when the leaders of the people assembled,
    when the tribes of Israel gathered as one.”
Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben:[f]
“Let the tribe of Reuben live and not die out,
    though they are few in number.”
Moses said this about the tribe of Judah:
“O Lord, hear the cry of Judah
    and bring them together as a people.
Give them strength to defend their cause;
    help them against their enemies!”
Moses said this about the tribe of Levi:
“O Lord, you have given your Thummim and Urim—the sacred lots—
    to your faithful servants the Levites.[g]
You put them to the test at Massah
    and struggled with them at the waters of Meribah.
The Levites obeyed your word
    and guarded your covenant.
They were more loyal to you
    than to their own parents.
They ignored their relatives
    and did not acknowledge their own children.
10 They teach your regulations to Jacob;
    they give your instructions to Israel.
They present incense before you
    and offer whole burnt offerings on the altar.
11 Bless the ministry of the Levites, O Lord,
    and accept all the work of their hands.
Hit their enemies where it hurts the most;
    strike down their foes so they never rise again.”
12 Moses said this about the tribe of Benjamin:
“The people of Benjamin are loved by the Lord
    and live in safety beside him.
He surrounds them continuously
    and preserves them from every harm.”
13 Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph:
“May their land be blessed by the Lord
    with the precious gift of dew from the heavens
    and water from beneath the earth;
14 with the rich fruit that grows in the sun,
    and the rich harvest produced each month;
15 with the finest crops of the ancient mountains,
    and the abundance from the everlasting hills;
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its bounty,
    and the favor of the one who appeared in the burning bush.
May these blessings rest on Joseph’s head,
    crowning the brow of the prince among his brothers.
17 Joseph has the majesty of a young bull;
    he has the horns of a wild ox.
He will gore distant nations,
    even to the ends of the earth.
This is my blessing for the multitudes of Ephraim
    and the thousands of Manasseh.”
18 Moses said this about the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar[h]:
“May the people of Zebulun prosper in their travels.
    May the people of Issachar prosper at home in their tents.
19 They summon the people to the mountain
    to offer proper sacrifices there.
They benefit from the riches of the sea
    and the hidden treasures in the sand.”
20 Moses said this about the tribe of Gad:
“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad’s territory!
    Gad is poised there like a lion
    to tear off an arm or a head.
21 The people of Gad took the best land for themselves;
    a leader’s share was assigned to them.
When the leaders of the people were assembled,
    they carried out the Lord’s justice
    and obeyed his regulations for Israel.”
22 Moses said this about the tribe of Dan:
“Dan is a lion’s cub,
    leaping out from Bashan.”
23 Moses said this about the tribe of Naphtali:
“O Naphtali, you are rich in favor
    and full of the Lord’s blessings;
    may you possess the west and the south.”
24 Moses said this about the tribe of Asher:
“May Asher be blessed above other sons;
    may he be esteemed by his brothers;
    may he bathe his feet in olive oil.
25 May the bolts of your gates be of iron and bronze;
    may you be secure all your days.”
26 “There is no one like the God of Israel.[i]
    He rides across the heavens to help you,
    across the skies in majestic splendor.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
    and his everlasting arms are under you.
He drives out the enemy before you;
    he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’
28 So Israel will live in safety,
    prosperous Jacob in security,
in a land of grain and new wine,
    while the heavens drop down dew.
29 How blessed you are, O Israel!
    Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord?
He is your protecting shield
    and your triumphant sword!
Your enemies will cringe before you,
    and you will stomp on their backs!”

Love,

Jonathan