“People who jump ship from Christ at the first sign of trouble fail to fully activate their faith”~TB
It’s amazing what we as people tolerate in our lives. We tolerate crappy bosses, toxic relationships, corrupt governments, gossipy friends, etc. We engage in fruitless and backward relationships that literally do not make sense. We imbibe and ingest things that aren’t beneficial while being potentially lethal. But, when it comes to our faith if it’s not perfect, or something “bad” comes down the pipeline, then we’re quick to abandon it. In our flawed thinking, faith and God has to mean a perfect, pain-free life or it just doesn’t work for us. Think about it, it’s ok to practice bad behavior, work at a place that treats you poorly and underpays, but if life isn’t going according to “your plan”, well this God thing is phooey. Rootless faith, faith that’s not rooted in anything, is what the opposition banks on because he knows at the slightest sign of discomfort, people will turn back to their old ways. The ironic part is that the storms or uncomfortable times are where we really get to know God and see His plan in our lives.
During natural disasters, there are plans and protocols in place to help those affected remain safe. In times of spiritual trouble, the Bible is exactly that. I’m not just talking about doctrine. There are a bunch of stories that talk about men and women enduring wild situations who chose to rely on God’s wisdom to see them through. Regular people, just like you and me were used to do miraculous things because they hunkered down and trusted God. Instead of running at the first sign of trouble, dive deep into the Word. Sure, the Israelites got to see the Red Sea part. Though we may not be able to see such signs today, we have the advantage of having the Living Word at our fingertips! Those guys lived those moments, but we get to read about them and use them to navigate our own “Red Seas”. That’s pretty cool when you think about it. Friends, don’t let go of faith when trouble hits. That’s the devil’s whole strategy (because it’s highly effective). Double down, seek the Lord and He will be with you always in all ways.
Are you jumping ship and missing the true destination all because of a few waves?
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1Then the LORD said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me pleading for these people, I wouldn’t help them. Away with them! Get them out of my sight!
2And if they say to you, ‘But where can we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: “‘Those who are destined for death, to death; those who are destined for war, to war; those who are destined for famine, to famine; those who are destined for captivity, to captivity.’
3“I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” says the LORD . “I will send the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the vultures to devour, and the wild animals to finish up what is left.
4Because of the wicked things Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem, I will make my people an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
5“Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
6You have abandoned me and turned your back on me,” says the LORD . “Therefore, I will raise my fist to destroy you. I am tired of always giving you another chance.
7I will winnow you like grain at the gates of your cities and take away the children you hold dear. I will destroy my own people, because they refuse to change their evil ways.
8There will be more widows than the grains of sand on the seashore. At noontime I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of young men. I will cause anguish and terror to come upon them suddenly.
9The mother of seven grows faint and gasps for breath; her sun has gone down while it is still day. She sits childless now, disgraced and humiliated. And I will hand over those who are left to be killed by the enemy. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
10Then I said, “What sorrow is mine, my mother. Oh, that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go. I am neither a lender who threatens to foreclose nor a borrower who refuses to pay— yet they all curse me.”
11The LORD replied, “I will take care of you, Jeremiah. Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress.
12Can a man break a bar of iron from the north, or a bar of bronze?
13At no cost to them, I will hand over your wealth and treasures as plunder to your enemies, for sin runs rampant in your land.
14I will tell your enemies to take you as captives to a foreign land. For my anger blazes like a fire that will burn forever. ”
15Then I said, “ LORD, you know what’s happening to me. Please step in and help me. Punish my persecutors! Please give me time; don’t let me die young. It’s for your sake that I am suffering.
16When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.
17I never joined the people in their merry feasts. I sat alone because your hand was on me. I was filled with indignation at their sins.
18Why then does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook, like a spring that has gone dry.”
19This is how the LORD responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!
20They will fight against you like an attacking army, but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall of bronze. They will not conquer you, for I am with you to protect and rescue you. I, the LORD, have spoken!
21Yes, I will certainly keep you safe from these wicked men. I will rescue you from their cruel hands.”
“When you fail to read the Word for yourself, you fall prey to false leaders who give a flattering message that waters down the Truth. Let’s call it what it is, a lie!”~TB
Today’s culture wants a surgary interpretation of God’s Truth. You want the inheritance, blessings, and mercy. Yet, you hate His discipline, correction, and Truth. False teachers, leaders, preachers, line up to give you their “good news” and because it’s easier to swallow, you blindly eat it up! Friends, anything outside God’s truth is a lie! Beware of leaders who weep for buildings, but not for their flock. Beware of seers who sing sweet words when in actuality we are being warned! Do not let anyone tell you differently.
Because you refuse to understand the Truth on your own, you are asleep at the wheel, failing to understand what is going on around you. Do you honestly think that the destruction occurring worldwide is God’s way of “bringing us together”? No, it is the judgment we so richly deserve. If this message offends you, good! It means there is still hope. Don’t look to me, look at the Bible and you will know what you are reading is true. Or, stay asleep and reap the judgment coming due.
Are you ok with the diet bible answers that lead to destruction or are you ready for the Truth?
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1LORD, you poured out blessings on your land! You restored the fortunes of Israel.
2You forgave the guilt of your people— yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude
3You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger.
4Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more.
5Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
6Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
7Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.
9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory.
10Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12Yes, the LORD pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.
“When you put your agenda in front of God’s you are pursuing your fleshly desires, acting as your own god”~TB
The nation has given way to idolatry in every shape and form. You sit in front of your screens, binging whatever you please, numbing yourself to what is happening around you. Then you shamelessly brag about your laziness, amassing support from your peers as if you’ve done something noteworthy! You create false images of yourselves praising false love, entrapping the minds of the young and lost. You mock and scoff at the honest workers tilling the soil, yet you secretly conspire to steal their belongings. Many are asleep at the wheel, but soon our eyes will be wide open.
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Why do you ignore the signs and warnings that He sends? You bully those that speak the truth, perverting their message as if you are the victim. Then you claim this is done in love. Friends, God IS love. There is no other form. All else is a shoddy mockery that only fools so desperately cling to. Wake up before you lose your choice in the matter. If not, you will be crushed in the perverse bed of your lovers. He will turn over your land to the very people you seek to kill and destroy. The oppressed will soon be vindicated as their oppressors will crumble from the wrath of justice. You’ve been warned
Are you still your own god or are you ready to be called His?
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1Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son.
2Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
3May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful.
4Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.
5May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!
6May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth.
7May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
8May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
10The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.
11All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.
12He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
13He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
14He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
15Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long.
16May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field.
17May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.
18Praise the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.
19Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!
“When you are loyal to God you will keep His Commandments and when you are unfaithful, you will find ways to break them.” ~ Jon Barnes
The loyalty of a faithful person is honest and consistent like the rising of the sun to shine a light and provide heat.It becomes equally obvious when the love from the wicked grows cold with a heart of stone for God. It’s like the sun melting from the sky, never to return. Continue to guard your heart and honest loyalty for royalty in The Lord, to secure your place in Him in Heaven.
Royal Blood runs through your veins when you serve The Living God because the Blood of Christ cleans and washes your sins. Your commitment to God with a repentant heart sustains the flow of Royal Blood from God to your heart each day. As we wash our bodies each day, we should continue the same in God to follow His fresh footprints.
There are always signs of God’s fresh fingerprints on your life each day, as your walk with Him.Enjoy the moments, miracles, and mind-boggling events that shape your life and destiny, with simplistic honor, grace, and mercy. Few people will get the chance to experience loyal royalty from heaven, because the cost is great for those who are fake!
Are you a royal fraud, pretending to be loyal, and but not loving God?
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1 Samuel 23
David Protects the Town of Keilah
23 One day news came to David that the Philistines were at Keilah stealing grain from the threshing floors.2 David asked the Lord, “Should I go and attack them?”
“Yes, go and save Keilah,” the Lord told him.
3 But David’s men said, “We’re afraid even here in Judah. We certainly don’t want to go to Keilah to fight the whole Philistine army!”
4 So David asked the Lord again, and again the Lord replied, “Go down to Keilah, for I will help you conquer the Philistines.”
5 So David and his men went to Keilah. They slaughtered the Philistines and took all their livestock and rescued the people of Keilah.6 Now when Abiathar son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, he brought the ephod with him.
7 Saul soon learned that David was at Keilah. “Good!” he exclaimed. “We’ve got him now! God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself in a walled town!”8 So Saul mobilized his entire army to march to Keilah and besiege David and his men.
9 But David learned of Saul’s plan and told Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod and ask the Lord what he should do.10 Then David prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here.11 Will the leaders of Keilah betray me to him?[a] And will Saul actually come as I have heard? O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me.”
And the Lord said, “He will come.”
12 Again David asked, “Will the leaders of Keilah betray me and my men to Saul?”
And the Lord replied, “Yes, they will betray you.”
David Hides in the Wilderness
13 So David and his men—about 600 of them now—left Keilah and began roaming the countryside. Word soon reached Saul that David had escaped, so he didn’t go to Keilah after all.14 David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.
15 One day near Horesh, David received the news that Saul was on the way to Ziph to search for him and kill him.16 Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.17 “Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan reassured him. “My father will never find you! You are going to be the king of Israel, and I will be next to you, as my father, Saul, is well aware.”18 So the two of them renewed their solemn pact before the Lord. Then Jonathan returned home, while David stayed at Horesh.
19 But now the men of Ziph went to Saul in Gibeah and betrayed David to him. “We know where David is hiding,” they said. “He is in the strongholds of Horesh on the hill of Hakilah, which is in the southern part of Jeshimon.20 Come down whenever you’re ready, O king, and we will catch him and hand him over to you!”
21 “The Lord bless you,” Saul said. “At last someone is concerned about me!22 Go and check again to be sure of where he is staying and who has seen him there, for I know that he is very crafty.23 Discover his hiding places, and come back when you are sure. Then I’ll go with you. And if he is in the area at all, I’ll track him down, even if I have to search every hiding place in Judah!”24 So the men of Ziph returned home ahead of Saul.
Meanwhile, David and his men had moved into the wilderness of Maon in the Arabah Valley south of Jeshimon.25 When David heard that Saul and his men were searching for him, he went even farther into the wilderness to the great rock, and he remained there in the wilderness of Maon. But Saul kept after him in the wilderness.
26 Saul and David were now on opposite sides of a mountain. Just as Saul and his men began to close in on David and his men,27 an urgent message reached Saul that the Philistines were raiding Israel again.28 So Saul quit chasing David and returned to fight the Philistines. Ever since that time, the place where David was camped has been called the Rock of Escape.[b]29 [c]David then went to live in the strongholds of En-gedi.
“Many of us have shot our own selves in the foot for following foolish people to a place of action where we don’t belong, because It takes a strong person to stand up to evil and say, No!” ~ Jon Barnes
You see the signs of stormy trouble ahead from the sky, but you are frozen in time with your own wicked ideas of greed, lust, power, and lies. Knowing about good is not enough with God’s truth since you must do the work of good to get the credit of what God has for you to do.Otherwise, you will receive what you have sown in the storm in the hour that you gave up your faith and all its power.
We all have gone through the storm and have been tested. Let’s see if we follow the signs and path of righteousness or the path of evil and walk out of God’s protection.Many will choose the wrong road, so don’t follow the crowd.The few who will walk the walk and talk the talk will not be as loud. Quiet the storm as you take a breath, remember to enjoy what God has for you next.
Deception comes from disobedience to the commandments of God, when people choose to not practice, teach, and stay focused on God’s plans. Your own plan becomes your own deception, as you place God’s plans on the back burner, just like satan did. Evil deceives itself because wicked thinking is not smart enough to see the truth. Only God is smart enough to understand all these things and He teaches us how to understand, from the stories and commandments in the bible.
Have you been shot by the bullet of deception and evil manipulation?
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Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders
23 After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man,2 summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old.3 You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you.4 Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5 The Lord your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the Lord your God promised you.
6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.
9 “The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.10 One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised.11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.
12 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,13 then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.
14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.15 But just as all the good things the Lord your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the Lord your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.16 If you violate the covenant of the Lordyour God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”