Imitation

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Listen carefully to what people say. Pay even greater attention to their actions, because though wheat and tares grow together, only one produces good crop.”~TB

Glittered Feces

The world is full of cheap imitations, claiming they love the Lord. They loudly sing and dance, putting on a great show. They are captivating and alluring in this way. In the beginning, it will appear as though they are devoutly spiritual, as they smile and say the right things. Their lives seem opulent and for a time, they will appear to be prosperous and divine. But in time, their evil deeds will outshine their false personas, revealing that their treasures and virtues are simply just gold-plated crap. When you carefully inspect the cheap knockoffs, don’t be surprised if the smell is more than you can bear.

Leap to Destruction

Oh you foolish people, do you not see that you are dancing your way into the mouth of hell? Is the party that great that you’ve abandoned the Truth? You temporarily took the peace of Christ, but you rejected His teachings. So you pretenders, actors, and thieves, enjoy your feasts, your parties, and your fanfare. The curtain is coming to a close and the crops will be separated from the weeds. Friends, pay attention because the imitators do not truly know the Lord. And soon, it will be made apparent that He does not know them either.

Today’s Question

Are you devouring the truth or are you feasting on the crap fed to you by the imitators?

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Psalm 83

1 O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. 
2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? 
3 They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. 
4 “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” 
5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you— 
6 these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;
7 Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. 
8 Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude 
9 Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. 
10 They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. 
11 Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
13 O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!
14 As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, 
15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. 
16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD . 
17 Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. 
18 Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.

Independent Study

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It takes only 5 minutes to read a chapter of the Bible a day, yet few people actually do it.”~ Jon Barnes

Right Answers

The path to Truth and righteousness is very simple in nature. It requires independent study, on your own time, with your own eyes, in order for you to receive its inheritance.  The Bible espouses wisdom to those who continually seek the Truth. By doing your Biblical homework, reading a chapter and meditating on the Word on a daily basis, you find the correct answers to navigate the many traps and snares in this fallen world. However, many fail to cultivate the discipline and steadfastness required to pass their Biblical tests.

Wrong Answers

When you are lazy and fail to do your Biblical reading, you rely on the wrong answers of false teachers, pastors, prophets, and the like. You fall prey to their fake candor, false leadership, and flattering words. Slowly but surely they turn your hearts from the Lord and onto their agendas. Friends, if your spiritual leaders are pointing towards a “Caesar” for leadership, they are not of God. God does not need politicians or world leaders of any kind to gain access to our hearts and minds. Only a fool who copied false answers instead of studying the Word would fall prey to that. Do you not recall the reign of Saul? Study the Word so that you can receive everlasting life. Or don’t and enjoy the alternative. The choice is ultimately yours.

 

Today’s Question

Are you ready to study the right answers or are you comfortable with passing the test to hell?

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Psalm 80

1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory 
2 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! 
3 Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 
4 O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers? 
5 You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. 
6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke. 
7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 
8 You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land. 
9 You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land. 
10 Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. 
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River. 
12But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? 
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it. 
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine 
15 that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. 
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. 
17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice. 
18 Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more. 
19 Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

 

Formality

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God isn’t interested in your formalities, your buildings, your ornaments, your performances, or your pandering. He’s interested in the motives of your heart.”~TB

Church

Keep your religious spirit, your virtue-signaling goodness, and moral superiority to yourself. God wants none of it. You cry when religious buildings are destroyed, but you care not for the people He placed in your charge! What good is a building if the people are wicked? Friends, the church is not merely a place, it is within your heart. As He dwells within us, our actions, hearts, and minds must exude His presence. Putting on your Sunday best and turning up your nose at the “heathens” is not Biblical. Well, it is in the Bible, but those people paved the road to Hell.

Deeds

It’s amazing how quickly the religious mobilize when their image is at stake. Let’s not worry about the exceedingly poor living conditions or the slave wages people are forced to accept. Why do you perform such blasphemous self-promoting acts in the name of God? How impactful is a mission if your actual neighbor is suffering? Truly, you must understand that your deeds are not for Him, they are for yourself. Every formality and hypocritical act performed is a mockery to God. Friends, the state of the world is in disarray! Because the nation has abandoned Him, He will abandon the nation. So cling tightly to your possessions and your neatly adorned items. They are all you have left and soon they too will abandon you.

Today’s Question

What are the true motives in your heart?

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Psalm 78

1 O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, 
2 for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— 
3 stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. 
4 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. 
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, 
6 so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. 
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. 
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. 
9 The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle. 
10 They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions. 
11 They forgot what he had done— the great wonders he had shown them, 
12 the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
13 For he divided the sea and led them through, making the water stand up like walls! 
14 In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and all night by a pillar of fire. 
15 He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them water, as from a gushing spring. 
16 He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river! 
17 Yet they kept on sinning against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 
18 They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.
19 They even spoke against God himself, saying, “God can’t give us food in the wilderness. 
20 Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.” 
21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel, 
22 for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them. 
23 But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven. 
24 He rained down manna for them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven. 
25 They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold. 
26 He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power. 
27 He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore! 
28 He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents. 
29 The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved. 
30 But before they satisfied their craving, while the meat was yet in their mouths, 
31 the anger of God rose against them, and he killed their strongest men. He struck down the finest of Israel’s young men. 
32 But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him. 
33 So he ended their lives in failure, their years in terror. 
34 When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously. 
35 Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer. 
36 But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues. 
37 Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant. 
38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury! 
39 For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns. 
40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. 
41 Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies. 
43 They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan. 
44 For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams. 
45 He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them. 
46 He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts. 
47 He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet. 
48 He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning. 
49He loosed on them his fierce anger— all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels. 
50 He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives but ravaged them with the plague. 
51 He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt. 
52 But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness. 
53 He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of his holy land, to this land of hills he had won for them. 
55 He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot. He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes. 
56But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws. 
57 They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow. 
58 They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols. 
59When God heard them, he was very angry, and he completely rejected Israel. 
60 Then he abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh, the Tabernacle where he had lived among the people. 
61 He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands. 
62 He gave his people over to be butchered by the sword, because he was so angry with his own people—his special possession. 
63 Their young men were killed by fire; their young women died before singing their wedding songs.
64 Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths. 
65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep, like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor. 
66 He routed his enemies and sent them to eternal shame. 
67 But he rejected Joseph’s descendants; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim. 
68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah, and Mount Zion, which he loved. 
69 There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth. 
70 He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. 
71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants— God’s own people, Israel. 
72 He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.

Battle-Tested

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“We have to go through the refiner’s fire not to prove to God that we’re worthy, but to help us understand the truth in all of its glory”~TB

 

Tested

We endure testing and trials because it strengthens our reliance on God and the Truth that He is the end all be all. When you live the truth, you begin to recognize the signs of warfare, relying on the Word to still your heart to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Friends, look around you, darkness is real and you have to use the Biblical tools to guard your hearts, minds, and bodies. Make no mistake, if you are asleep at the wheel, you allow someone else to drive your fate.

Proven

There is a difference between clinging to salvation and being used by Christ. In the early stages of the walk, we are timid and fearful, only because we have yet to fully embrace God’s truth in all of its glory. As you become battle-tested, you recognize your role with the understanding that He is working through you. You will know if you pass the test when you are able to stand firm against evil in the midst of battle. Peace will come upon you in the trenches when you truly comprehend that God is with you wherever you go, especially when you are in the eye of the storm.

Today’s Question

Are you battle-tested or are you AWOL on the sidelines?

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Psalm 76

1 God is honored in Judah; his name is great in Israel. 2 Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home. 3 There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Interlude4 You are glorious and more majestic than the everlasting mountains. 5Our boldest enemies have been plundered. They lie before us in the sleep of death. No warrior could lift a hand against us. 6 At the blast of your breath, O God of Jacob, their horses and chariots lay still. 7 No wonder you are greatly feared! Who can stand before you when your anger explodes? 8 From heaven you sentenced your enemies; the earth trembled and stood silent before you. 9 You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God, and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude 10Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon. 11Make vows to the LORD your God, and keep them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One. 12 For he breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear him.

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.

Who will…

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Silence yourself to know the voice of God”~TB

Hear

Who will hear the voices of the innocent whose pain and suffering go unanswered? Most will walk by, pretending like it’s not their problem. They drown out the sounds of the downtrodden, preferring comfort instead of justice. Friends, justice is coming.

See

Who will see the injustices and corrupt practices of leaders? Many will blindly collect their bi-weekly checks while remaining silent because they are not affected yet. Be aware that keeping your head in the sand doesn’t protect you. We will all be witness to the changing tide.

Be

Who will be the person that God intended and turn their backs on the immoral vices of the world? The majority will listen to the siren-like songs of the devil, woefully ignorant that they are crashing into destruction. Friends, you have a choice. Listen wisely as we all are held accountable.

Question of the day

Will you rise to the occasion or will you wait until it’s too late to understand the truth?

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1 O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced.2 Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me, and set me free. 3 Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors. 5 O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. 6 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! 7 My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. 8 That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. 9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing. 10 For my enemies are whispering against me. They are plotting together to kill me. 11 They say, “God has abandoned him. Let’s go and get him, for no one will help him now.” 12 O God, don’t stay away. My God, please hurry to help me. 13Bring disgrace and destruction on my accusers. Humiliate and shame those who want to harm me. 14 But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. 15 I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. 16 I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign LORD . I will tell everyone that you alone are just. 17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. 18 Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. 19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? 20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. 21 You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. 22 Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God. I will sing praises to you with a lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me. 24 I will tell about your righteous deeds all day long, for everyone who tried to hurt me has been shamed and humiliated.

Justify

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It does not take much to justify evil, because unchecked flesh craves sin and will blindly see it as good!”~TB

 

Justif(r)ied

You justify worshipping yourselves by throwing decadent parades glorifying your own image. You publicly glorify the defilement of your bodies, claiming freedom and self-revolution yet you are a slave to your own depravity.  You lure people with sweet words and songs, only to manipulate them into doing your bidding under the guise of being “nice”. Of course, if one doesn’t bend to your will and kneel on their knees, it’s their fault! You justify the cruel treatment of foreigners citing the very same corrupt laws that enslave you. Yet you say you love the Lord. You will be judged.

Readjust

Friends, it’s time to make some adjustments. Have you not studied the readings? Are you arrogant enough to believe that we are above the same fates as Judah and Israel? Do not be surprised when judgment floods the land, crushing the blind and the corrupt. Do not be surprised when your cries to the Lord for relief and mercy fall on deaf ears. He will give you the same silence that you gave the oppressed. Enjoy the festivities now because they are surely coming to an end.

Today’s Question

Are you still justifying or are you making adjustments to turn to the Lord?

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Psalm 70

1 Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me. 
2 May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 
3 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” 
4 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” 
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do not delay.