Give it up

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Whatever your troubles may be, give it up to God so that He may restore you.”~TB

Affliction

Every human has a thorn in their side, a struggle they must bear, an affliction of sorts. This flaw is the reality of humanity and also the constant reminder of our need for God. Friends, we are and never will be perfect. Our flesh is too weak, our minds too feeble, our hearts too fragile. A broken spirit will pass on their affliction to the next person, infecting an already frail ecosystem of sick people.  Whatever your affliction is, give your burden to the Lord. When you open up in your weakness, whatever you lack, He will make up the difference.

Healing

Your affliction does not give you permission to hurt others. While you may have experienced harm, you must not turn around and harm your brothers and sisters. This type of thinking leads to the very broken nation we’re in right now. What good comes from repeating the suffering you endured? If you truly seek restoration and healing, go to our Father in Heaven. His answers are wiser than mere human solutions. They require an open and humble ear. To understand His ways you must read His Words. The study of the Word equips your mind to comprehend and apply the healing that God provides.

Today’s Question

Are you ready to give up your afflictions?

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Proverbs 15 

1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. 
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
3 The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. 
4 Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. 
5 Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. 
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. 
7 The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give. 
8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. 
9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. 
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die. 
11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD . How much more does he know the human heart! 
12 Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. 
13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. 
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. 
15For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. 
16 Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. 
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. 
18 A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. 
19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. 
20Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. 
21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. 
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! 
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.
25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. 
26 The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words. 
27 Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. 
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. 
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. 
31 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. 
33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.

 

Calm Down

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Life will always present new opportunities and challenges, so hang tight, calm down, and remember who made you.”~TB

Filtered

This sin fallen world will lull you into the fake belief that Christian life is some perfect-Instagram-able filter, where Jesus protects you from experiencing any pain or hardship. Many of you believe that if bad things happen, God must not be around. How foolish! Read your Bibles and you will see that every single person who took up their Holy employment struggled with many things. Even David, God’s favorite, endured hardship. The enemy uses this false ploy to deceive young believers. The moment you face a struggle, you abandon ship. You cower in fear and anguish over every little thing, because you haven’t done your reading. Friends, use your hardships to deepen your relationship with God. In those moments, double-down in your faith.

Unfiltered

No one gets out of this life unbruised as we are all tested, pruned, pressed, into becoming more and more into the image of our Father in Heaven. To walk the path of Jesus means to catch a glimpse of what He endured to save us. When you understand this truth, go to the ultimate playbook, the Bible, to see how to navigate tricky situations. Troubles do not go away the closer you walk with God. However, because you’ve done your work and you know His teachings, He gives you the grace, strength, patience to endure any and every test thrown your way. So stop looking for the perfect life as a sign that God is good. God is Good because He IS. Calm down, remember the truth, and make Biblical decisions in all that you do.

Today’s Question

How do you respond to your trials and tribulations?

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Proverbs 14

1 A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. 
2 Those who follow the right path fear the LORD ; those who take the wrong path despise him. 
3 A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe. 
4Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. 
5 An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. 
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. 
7 Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips. 
8 The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. 
9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. 
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. 
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. 
12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. 
13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. 
14 Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. 
15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. 
16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. 
17 Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.
18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 
19 Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. 
20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.” 
21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor. 
22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. 
23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! 
24 Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. 
25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor. 
26 Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children.
27 Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. 
28 A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. 
29People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. 
30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. 
31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. 
32 The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die. 
33Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. 
34 Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. 
35 A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.

 

 

Freedumb

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If God has set you free, don’t be dumb by continuing on with your broken lifestyle.”~TB

Restoration

Through salvation, you are set free from the bondage that comes from the evils of the world, the devil, and your flesh. God does this so you can live in freedom, so don’t be dumb! But, what does that mean? When you walk with Christ, you begin to see the many dumb practices society pushes onto you. With this new clarity, you have a choice to abandon your old ways and adopt better behaviors. When you stay the course, you begin to crave discipline, hard work, kindness, and humility– all of the wonderful Christ-like traits that the Holy Spirit instills in you when you accept God’s highest gift. Friends, if you’ve received Christ, chose freedom, not freedumb.

Destruction

If you don’t cultivate your relationship with God, the trappings of this world will consume because you were not careful. Friends, be discerning with what you consider to be freedom. Expensive things trap you in a cycle of debt. Toxic people trap you in a cycle of anguish and trouble. Drugs and bad substances trap you in a cycle of confusion and numbness. Envying your neighbor traps you in a cycle of anger and jealousy within your heart. These things do not set you free, they enslave you. Should you choose this modern slavery, connecting with God’s teaching becomes much more difficult. Avoid the traps and turn to Him. Walking with God helps you see the battlefield as it truly is. He shows you the landmines so that you may not become a casualty.

Today’s Question

Do you understand the difference between freedom and freedumb?

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Proverbs 13

1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction. 
2 Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 
3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. 
4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. 
5 The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. 
6 Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin. 
7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. 
8 The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened. 
9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. 
10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. 
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. 
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. 
13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. 
14The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. 
15 A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction. 
16 Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 
17 An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing. 
18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. 
19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. 
20Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. 
21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous. 
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. 
23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away. 
24Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. 
25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

Leave the Pieces

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“A shattered mirror is no longer useful, so leave the pieces and get a new one.”~TB

Implosion

There will be times in your life where things implode. This could be in the form of family, friends, work, etc. In the moment, it will sting, but before you jump to conclusions, let the dust settle.

Break the Cycle

God’s plan is to free us from bondage and restore our relationship with Him. He will implode circumstances that we need to be ripped out of because He knows we would not willingly leave otherwise. Don’t despair as the shrapnel from the fallout is no longer useful to you.

Leave Behind

The broken pieces of the implosion are the image we hide behind to avoid working on our issues. We hide in an effort to conceal our shortcomings while appearing to not have struggles. This facade helps no one as a false testimony is useless. Leave the pieces behind, so that Christ can heal your wounds, freeing you to be who He intended you to be.

Today’s Question

Are you done with your false image?

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Proverbs 12

1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
2 The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
3Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.
4 A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
5 The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6 The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.
7 The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
8 A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.
9Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10 The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.
14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
17 An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19 Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21 No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
23 The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.
24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
26The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death

So What

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t let past trials and tribulations hinder your present with God.”~TB

And?

This world is imperfect, and as such you will get dinged up in your walk with Christ. Part of it is because of the opposition, the world, and your flesh. The other part is that our suffering in this world is a minuscule fraction of the suffering that Jesus endured for us. So, if you’ve been wronged, so what? Every human has transgressed another, so why continue the cycle of wrongdoing? When you sit and fester in your hurts, you stay in victim mode, unable to break free of your self pity, recycling the bad behavior you experienced.

Keep it moving

Forgiving and moving on does not mean you don’t acknowledge your circumstance. It means that you are doing the work to love your brothers and sisters as God loves you. Forgiveness also does not mean for you continually accept wrongdoing. If the environment is evil, then keep it moving. The Bible shares many stories of injustice, but it also shows the importance of accountability. Long suffering and enduring unjust behavior are two distinct things. Learn the difference and act accordingly.

Today’s Question

Are you stuck in a victim mentality?

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Proverbs 10

1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.
2 Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.
3 The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
5 A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.
6 The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
7 We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.
8 The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.
10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.
11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
12 Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.
14 Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.
16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.
17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.
18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.
19 Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.
21 The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
22 The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.
24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.
25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
26 Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
27 Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.
30 The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.
31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.
32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words

 

 

Get To

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Rejoice in the fact that we get to serve a loving and merciful God.”~TB

Have To

A “have to” mindset is where you look at life’s tasks with a tedious and duty-bound attitude. In your mind, things just happen to you and you simply react. This lens makes the viewer see things in such a twisted light, it’s no wonder why people struggle to build a relationship with God! Spending time with God is not a chore nor an obligation. Friends, no one is holding a gun to your head. If something in your life sucks, change it. If you cannot see the joy in choosing to follow Christ, check your mindset, or quit pretending. No joy can come from a forced relationship. If you don’t want to know God, then don’t. Just stop pretending like you’re doing Him a favor with your bogus actions.

Get To

When you understand all that our Father in Heaven has done, is doing, and will do in your life, you can’t help but have a change in perspective. You’re “have to” mindset shifts into a “get to” viewpoint because you know the price that was paid for you. What once seemed like a chain weighing you down is now a joyous and love-filled activity. Know that God loves you and seeks to have a restorative and everlasting relationship with you. His love is unfailing and unyielding, so be glad you get to experience it. Take the time to cultivate an honest and personal relationship. His wisdom brings joy, peace, and contentment. How wonderful it is to get to know Him!

Today’s Question

Are you leading a “get to” or “have to” kind of life?

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Proverbs 8

1 Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!
2 On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads.
3 By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
4 “I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.
5 You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding.
6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right,
7 for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception.
8My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it.
9 My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
13 All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
14 Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.
15 Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees.
16 Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments.
17 “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.
18 I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice.
19 My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!
20 I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice.
21 Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.
22“The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
23 I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.
24 I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
25 Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born—
26 before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil.
27 I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
28 I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth.
29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
30 I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.
31 And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
32 “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.
34 Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!
35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD .
36 But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

 

You need Him

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Stop looking to people, places, or things for things that only God can give you.”~TB

Origin

Every single sin– all the way back to the original sin– is rooted in one basic premise: trying to fill a need outside of God’s will. People look for love, comfort, possessions, revenge, etc. in all the wrong places! The world will tell you it’s ok to shack up with your partner. The devil and your untamed flesh will wholeheartedly agree! Your anger may encourage you to kill someone. Trust me, the opposition will egg you on and then taunt you when you are punished for your crime. Bottom line, nothing good comes from humans arrogantly operating outside God’s will. There are too many dumb outliers in the hands of man that will lead you astray.

Needy

Humans are very needy creatures. We need shelter, food, air, love, support, exercise, coffee (well, some of us), the list goes on and on. Like I said, we’re very needy! When you seek a relationship with God, you will find that in one way or another, He will provide these things for you. The problem is, you’re fighting the world, your flesh, and the devil, which can often temporarily blur the path. This is especially true if you are undisciplined in your walk with Christ. If you are ruled by these three things, you believe that man-made solutions will fulfill you. Friends, no person, place, or thing can give you what you need. In fact, chasing man-made solutions will continually leave you feeling empty. The temporary fix then becomes an addiction of sorts because you need more of it each time you run out. Stop trying to supply your own needs. Seek God first.

Teacher

God is the ultimate provider and if you let Him, He will fulfill every need and then some! God’s love and wisdom are graciously given to those who honestly seek Him. When you understand this fundamental truth, you can then clinically look at your behaviors, thoughts, and deeds. Take a step back and ask yourself, “why am I doing this?”, “does this align with God’s will?”, “Am I relying on my own flawed thinking to justify my sinful behavior?”. Then, ask God for the right answers. In one way another, He will teach you how to discipline and tame your flesh so that you learn to turn to Him in all aspects of your life. Through discipline, the vices and temptations you struggle with cannot enslave you because you know Who gives you what you need. Give all things to God and He will give you everything you need.

Today’s Question

Are you relying on God to fulfill your needs?

Proverbs 7

1 Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands. 
2 Obey my commands and live! Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 
4 Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family. 
5 Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman, from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman. 
6 While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain, 
7 I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense. 
8 He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house. 
9 It was at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell. 
10 The woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of heart.
11 She was the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home.
12 She is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner. 
13She threw her arms around him and kissed him, and with a brazen look she said, 
14 “I’ve just made my peace offerings and fulfilled my vows. 
15You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are!
16 My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen. 
17 I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, 
19 for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. 
20He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month. ” 
21 So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. 
22 He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, 
23 awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life. 
24 So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words. 
25 Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. 
26 For she has been the ruin of many; many men have been her victims. 
27 Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.

Pedastal

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Do not put your brothers and sisters on a pedastal, as they require the same mercy and grace from God as you.”~TB

Imperfect

Even the wisest most disciplined follower of Christ does not compare to the perfection that is God. As such, do not place them in the same category. Each person who has been chosen to share the Lord’s wisdom is still a mere mortal. They bleed, feel, fail, achieve, in the same manner as anyone else. When they fail, as they will, you must give them the same space and grace as God gives to you.

Higher Standard

If you view those in power as better than yourself, you run the risk of judging them harshly when they misstep. Yes, those who are placed in positions of leadership, teaching, and the like, must be held to a higher standard. However, this does not mean perfection. Human nature dictates that no one will live a perfect life. The judgment of their shortcomings is not for you or me. God is the ultimate judge and will always rule in a perfect manner.

Direct Connection

One of the reasons why people are so willing to idolize those they consider to be wise is because it’s a great excuse to not do the work. Friends, the wise are not a substitute for our Father in Heaven. They are mouthpieces at best and examples of what not to do at worst. When you rely on someone else’s relationship/connection to Christ, it’s easy to fall into complacency, thinking that listening to them abdicates the need for you to go to God. Don’t lean on them as they are human. Instead, tap into the direct connection with God so that you know where to place your faith.

Today’s Question

Are you avoiding Christ by putting humans on an unrealistic pedestal?

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Proverbs 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2 Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned. 
3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. 
4 But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. 
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. 
6 For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it. 
7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 
8 Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house! 
9 If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 
11 In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body. 
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings! 
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors? 
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.” 
15 Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife. 
16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? 
17 You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers. 
18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 
19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. 
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman? 
21 For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. 
23 He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

For Show

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Many of you pretend to love God for show, but your deeds expose your heart.”~TB

Performance

It’s amazing how lukewarm Christians get when things are comfortable. Hiding behind your decorated walls, it’s easy to judge and turn away those in need. You pray for the helpless, yet offer no help. Of course, this must be done publicly, so that your peers can see how spiritual you are. No amount of superficial acts can clean your blackened heart. Who do you think you are fooling? God knows you better than you know yourself.

Evaluation

God puts tests in front of all of us. Some come in the form of helping others, some in the form of external obstacles, and others an internal struggle. This is why reading and practicing the Words in the Bible is so important. His Word is a direct connection to His Will. When you understand Who you’re connected to, you can lay down your fake worship and fake Christianity. God is evaluating and judging us all. Make sure you’re not failing your tests.

Today’s Question

Is your love for God for show?

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Proverbs 1

1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. 
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. 
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. 
7 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. 
10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! 
11They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! 
12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. 
13Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. 
14 Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” 
15 My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths. 
16 They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder. 
17 If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. 
18 But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. 
19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life. 
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? 
23 Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. 
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. 
25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. 
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you— 
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. 
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. 
29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. 
30 They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. 
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. 
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. 
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”

No Offense

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you hold on to offenses and refuse to forgive others, you are establishing yourself as your own god because you cast your judgment on others.”~TB

A Moment

Who are you to judge someone in their worst moment(s)? When you take offense or fail to forgive someone, in your eyes you are immortalizing that person in their misdeed. How blatantly arrogant! Have you not offended? Are you perfect? Of course not, so if the One who Is can freely forgive, what’s your excuse? Friends, take care to resolve your feelings and overinflated egos because when you play god by participating in unforgiveness, you risk poisoning the well, creating a nasty cycle of broken people. People can change, or have you forgotten what our Father in Heaven has done in your life?

A Lifetime

Does a handful of moments override a lifetime? No! How else do you think salvation works? Thank God that He does not make snap decisions or assumptions against us as we do to one another. No one would survive! Fortunately, when we humbly repent, He forgives and forgets, allowing us to grow closer to Him. Forgiveness allows both parties to move past the hurt and become who God intended them to be. Forgiveness is not only for your sake but for all involved! When we humble ourselves and take care to quash offenses, that’s when God can truly do works in us. Don’t play God, He’s infinitely more qualified.

Today’s Question

Are you playing god through your unforgiveness or do you know better?

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Psalm 144

1 Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. 
2 He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me. 
3 O LORD, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? 
4 For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow. 
5 Open the heavens, LORD, and come down. Touch the mountains so they billow smoke. 
6 Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies! Shoot your arrows and confuse them! 
7 Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies. 
8 Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead. 
9 I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp. 
10 For you grant victory to kings! You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword. 
11 Save me! Rescue me from the power of my enemies. Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead. 
12 May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. 
13May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, 
14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. 
15Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD .