The Well

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God is a never-ending well of which we can draw from. His stability and consistency will always bring us peace, joy, and contentment, quenching our thirst.”~TB

Exchange

I recently met up with an old friend of mine. We exchanged hilarious stories about our family holiday events over coffee. One of the things I enjoy about our conversations is the candor about family dynamics. While the people in our lives don’t inherently intend to emotionally drain us, sometimes they lack the foundational stability to refrain from those negative habits. More to the point, if you don’t know where to go to for emotional/spiritual stability, those exchanges can leave you feeling depleted, weary, and drained.

Dried Up

Friends, if you only rely on the emotional support of other human beings, you’re in for a long and bumpy ride. Many of us are participating in selfish, emotional vampire behaviors, taking from others and giving nothing in return. I feel for younger generations who are being brainwashed by the latest trends and societal behaviors. Most of what people are being taught is self-centered, indulgent and careless. This isn’t to be mean, it’s just an observation of a broken world doubling down on soul-sucking lifestyles. If you’re feeling depleted, listless, and in a rut, it’s time to learn where to draw your water from. Hanging out with God on a daily basis is beneficial for the renewal of your spirit.

Replenish

Consulting God on the day to day is like getting your daily water from the best well out there. It provides the water you need to go about your day with the spiritual rejuvenation that can only come from Christ. There’s plenty for everyone and the benefits are unlimited. When you lay your burdens down before God, you relieve yourself from the toxic junk of the world. By doing so, you know not to dump on other people, repeating the toxic cycle. If you’re weary, call out to Him so that He can restore you. Drink from the Holy Well so that you do not thirst for makeshift beverages of the world. We cannot change the people that we interact with only the daily. However when we get our Daily Water from God’s Well, those interactions hold less of an impact.

Today’s Question

Are you drinking from His Well or is the soda of the world more appealing?

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Isaiah 61

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD ’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 
3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. 
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. 
5 Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks and plow your fields and tend your vineyards. 
6 You will be called priests of the LORD, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. 
7 Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. 
8 “For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them. 
9 Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the LORD has blessed.” 
10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. 
11 The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.

Disturbing the Peace

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The devil is like an annoying noisy upstairs neighbor. Don’t let him take your peace.”~TB

One Note

It is incredibly important for you to remember that the devil is a one hit wonder. His song entices you to take your eyes off the prize that is Christ. He’ll go about it in different ways, but rest assured, it’s the same song, different pitch. Think of him like the frustrating neighbor who cranks up the music because they know it bothers you. Their actions may be annoying, but the secret, rather, the truth is in how you deal with the situation. He can’t do anything to you that can truly affect you. You can however, do his bidding by being the weakest link.

Weakest Link

Everyone at one point or another has been the weakest link in any relationship.  If you’re the weakest link, it can transpire in a few ways. You cause arguments on arbitrary issues. You’re too legalistic or litigious without balancing your judgement with mercy and grace. You refuse to apologize when you’re wrong. Even worse, you get mad at the person you’ve wronged! To stop being the weakest link, we all have to reflect on our behavior with honesty and humility. Ask yourself, if you love the person that you’re fighting with, is winning the argument that big of a deal? What do you stand to gain if you win the battle but lose the relationship? In those instances, only the devil wins, which is the point!

Ask Him

If you indeed find yourself in the weakest link seat, have a chat with God. There’s a good chance that our issues are ones that we’ve been dealing with for a long time. When you lean on God, you learn to put the sword down and stop fighting. When speaking with God, He will tell you that you’re quarrel isn’t with man, it’s with the opposition. However, you must acknowledge your weak link behavior and that takes some work. No one likes to admit that our number 2’s stink. But they do! So when you embrace humility and recognize that the goal isn’t to be right or to stir discord within your family, friends, or community, you stop being the devil’s plaything. Just ask and you shall receive.

Today’s Question

Are you ready to stop being the devil’s pawn or do you enjoy disturbing the peace?

Enjoy the reading

Isaiah 45

1 This is what the LORD says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again.
2 This is what the LORD says: “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
4 “And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? It is for the sake of Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
5 I am the LORD ; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me,
6 so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.
8 “Open up, O heavens, and pour out your righteousness. Let the earth open wide so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together. I, the LORD, created them.
9 “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’
10How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father, ‘Why was I born?’ or if it said to its mother, ‘Why did you make me this way?’”
11This is what the LORD says— the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the stars are at my command.
13 I will raise up Cyrus to fulfill my righteous purpose, and I will guide his actions. He will restore my city and free my captive people— without seeking a reward! I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
14 This is what the LORD says: “You will rule the Egyptians, the Ethiopians, and the Sabeans. They will come to you with all their merchandise, and it will all be yours. They will follow you as prisoners in chains. They will fall to their knees in front of you and say, ‘God is with you, and he is the only God. There is no other.’”
15 Truly, O God of Israel, our Savior, you work in mysterious ways.
16 All craftsmen who make idols will be humiliated. They will all be disgraced together.
17 But the LORD will save the people of Israel with eternal salvation. Throughout everlasting ages, they will never again be humiliated and disgraced.
18 For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.
19I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the LORD, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.
20“Gather together and come, you fugitives from surrounding nations. What fools they are who carry around their wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save!
21 Consult together, argue your case. Get together and decide what to say. Who made these things known so long ago? What idol ever told you they would happen? Was it not I, the LORD ? For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none but me.
22 Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other.
23 I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to me. ”
24 The people will declare, “The LORD is the source of all my righteousness and strength.” And all who were angry with him will come to him and be ashamed.
25 In the LORD all the generations of Israel will be justified, and in him they will boast.

Outcome

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t be so quick to fall in love with only the outcome. It will make you hate the process.”~TB

Inspiration

God will provide you with a vision for your destiny here on earth. This is meant to inspire and give you hope to develop yourself and your relationship in Christ. Inspiration, when put in the right context empowers you to move in ways you could never conceive. When you put your faith in Christ and in the vision He gives you, great things are possible. On the other hand, if you basque in the potential of what could be without doing the work to make it happen, you will remain stuck in the ‘what if’ because you failed to do the process.

Process

Before the vision can be achieved, the work needed to complete the job has to be done. Don’t compare your work or your vision to the work and vision of others. You will only see the fruits (or lack thereof) of their labor, but you fail to see what they did (or did not do) to get there. The same understanding can be applied to your relationship with God. It is a 1 on 1 relationship that takes intentional development over time. Friends, spending time with God daily is not for His benefit, it is for yours! Having a talk with God is not an “optional” endeavor, but rather the necessary process of spiritual growth. You would not give a calculus test to a 3rd grader. In the same way, God cannot bestow gifts and glory to those who are not connected to Him. Submit to the process to actualize the outcome.

Outcome

Whenever you see your brothers and sisters in Christ succeed, be it in life, money, spiritual growth, etc., remember that they too had to go through a process. The outcome can only be attained if you do the work. It’s as simple as that. If you’re trying to save money, limit your unnecessary spending. If you’re trying to learn a new language, study, daily. If you seek the wisdom of God, walk with Him always. Friends, success is not by accident and there are no overnight victories. Some days will be easier than others. Even on the hard days, the process is still there, so get to work! The point is, though salvation is freely given, you must actively and intentionally seek God. No, not just on the hour of church on Sunday, that is supplemental. Fall in love with the process so that you can experience the outcome.

Today’s Question

Are you in love with the process or are you in love with avoiding the work?

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Psalm 130

1 From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help. 
2 Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. 
3 LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? 
4 But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. 
5 I am counting on the LORD ; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. 
6 I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. 
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD ; for with the LORD there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. 
8 He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin.

Plagiarism

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Copying someone else’s faith without putting in the effort to have a personal relationship with God is like plagiarizing an F paper.”~TB

Foundation

No pastor, preacher, prophet, or human can build a relationship with God for you. Sure, they can lead and encourage you to the Source, but you have to put in the effort. The foundation of your faith has to be your direct connection with Him. If you don’t turn off all of the worldly distractions and spend your time with God, there is no way you can grow in faith. Be honest with yourselves to create a foundation that is rooted in the Truth. The path to God is simple. The discipline to follow the simple path, well, that depends on you.

Doubt Happens by Cheating

Following God in an ostentatiously flawed world is challenging. There are so many people who criticize, disparage and doubt God. When people behave this way,  it’s because they themselves have not done the personal work to get to know Him. When you copy their fake ideas and agenda, it’s no wonder you fall prey to their doubt. You cheated and tried to gain access using the incorrect answers. If you don’t study for a test, how do you expect to know the right answers from the wrong ones? More to the point, if you don’t know God, how do you expect to understand His answers and reject the incorrect human answers? You can’t, which is why your faith sucks. There is none!

Flawed Logic

We are all idiot sinners, destined to continue being flawed, which is the exact reason you must cultivate your own connection to the Lord. Sure, we improve as we walk closer with Him, but we will never be perfect. People will always fall short, so if you copy their external faith, you only see the human side of a spiritual relationship. Because you cannot hear their conversations with God, you only see the flaws. On the outside, of course, it looks busted! Because you copied the wrong answers for a test that is uniquely yours. My test is different than your test. Your test is different than mine. But we all have the same studying tools available to learn and understand how to pass our own personal tests. Keep your eyes on your own paper.

Today’s Question

Are you studying for your Holy exam or are you copying the answers of a failed test?

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Psalm 111

1 Praise the LORD ! I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. 
2 How amazing are the deeds of the LORD ! All who delight in him should ponder them. 
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. 
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD ! 
5 He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant. 
6 He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations. 
7 All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. 
8 They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity. 
9 He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

 

Wicked

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The reign of the wicked has come to an end. Because you hardened your heart to the Lord, He will snuff you like a candle”~TB

Crushed

This is your judgment:

Because you have crushed the poor, the oppressed, and the helpless, God will crush you like a vintner pressing grapes. Because you built your home off of the backs of slaves, God will enslave your mind and you will toil in confusion, ultimately causing your own demise. The very ideas and schemes that created your wealth will create your everlasting poverty. You will spend the rest of your natural life begging for help from whom you’ve oppressed. It will be humiliating and you will lose heart. You wicked child, why did you turn your back to the Lord? He loves you so, yet you rejected Him and consecrated with evil and witchcraft! Not only did you follow evil yourself, but you seduced your bedfellows to follow too! Your sins will not go unanswered.

House of Cards

The palace of evil that you stole for yourself crumbles down around you. Like a house of cards, your facade and fake lifestyle fall away, revealing your ugly soul. Your ill-gotten gains slip through your greedy fingers like sand in an hourglass. Your vile pride will turn into soul-crushing fear, which will eat at your spirit. Oh, how I fear for you who tolerate and embrace Jezebel and her repulsive ways. I’d pray for you, but I am not allowed. I tried to warn you, to spare you from suffering. Why did you prey upon the innocent? Why did you enslave your brothers and sisters? Why did you not heed the message? God gave you many chances. He even spoke to you directly but you did not listen! He even sent me to you and you mocked Him! Now the time has come to reap what you’ve sown.

Exposed

Your evil deeds that were done in darkness will now shine bright in the light. You will drink the wretched cup of poison you’ve created for yourself. What once made you beautiful will make you repugnant. Everyone will see you for who you really are, and they will recoil from your hideousness. There is nowhere to hide, you’ve made your bed. You will go mad from your embarrassment and shame, and it will all be done in public. Did you really think God would allow your reign forever? You and your bedfellows will be cast out into the wilderness, where your crown of thorns will slip from your face and pierce your eyes. Your blindness and punishment are set in stone, but this judgment will not last forever.

Repent

Do not look to me for a good word, because I have none. Though this brings me no joy, I can no longer intercede for you. You will not escape your fate. But God is merciful! If you leave your Jezebel ways and repent, God will spare you from the ultimate judgment. But because you sacrificed your inheritance for self-idolatry and self-worship, what was supposed to be yours will go to the next in line. Your descendants will not suffer from your wickedness for they are innocent of your crimes. God has spared them and they will flourish and will pick up their cross and will run their race, in spite of you. This will eat at you until your last breath. The damage to your earthly inheritance has been done. Turn back to the Lord, so that your eternal resting place is secured.

Today’s Question

Will you give up the spirit of Jezebel or will you suffer her fate?

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Psalm 90

1 Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! 
2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. 
3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” 
4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours. 
5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. 
6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. 
7 We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. 
8 You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all. 
9 We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan. 
10 Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. 
11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. 
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. 
13 O LORD, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 
14Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. 
15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. 
17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

Leaky Vessel

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

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

Remain

The biggest lie the devil wants you to believe is that you are broken and that you will never overcome your circumstance. It doesn’t help matters when you look to other broken people, cling to their broken solutions, and wallow together in your self-imposed exile. Friends, these lies aren’t from God. The Bible is so important because it helps you navigate these falsehoods. The truth is, you are wonderfully made in Him and His power and spirit lie within you. When you remain in your ignorance, you suffer the atrocities of this world, because you are following the wicked.

Reject

Without God, you are like a leaky clay pot, trying to use human understanding to patch your holes! In your stupor, you leak all over the place, infecting one another with evil solutions that magnify your brokenness.  Reject those lies that plague your mind and you will find your way to the truth. Look to the Word and you will find that when you rely on God’s Truth, He encapsulates your leaky vessel, sealing any brokenness that once was. In God, your leaky vessel is no more as you have become set aside as His vessel. Once He has claimed you, rest in the truth that He has set you free.

Today’s Question

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

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Psalm 79

1 O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins. 
2 They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals. 
3 Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead. 
4 We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us. 
5 O LORD, how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. 
7 For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness. 
8 Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. 
9 Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name. 
10 Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants. 
11 Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die. 
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you. 
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.

Partnerships

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The strength of your character and obedient spirit will bring about an amazing partnership with Christ, being in the center of love, life, and God’s Will.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Centered

From the top, center page of your life, scroll down and focus with all of your might.  See and adjust all of the things that are wrong, particularly the evil behaviors until they are all gone.  Justify each side and align them nice and straight, and pray that God accepts you before it’s too late.

Spirited

Respect and take care of what you have so that you can develop the next chapter in your book, enjoying all of the hard work and effort it took.  To flow and clean up your own mess, walk in that straight narrow line of love all of the time and during your rest.

Evolution

Notice how everything is getting better with the touch of your hands,  which is the personal responsibility of everyone in the land.  The game of give and take is a balancing act of love to be shared between you and me for eternity.  Otherwise, your evolution process ends up in the fire of hell.
Today’s Question
What do you plan to plant and grow when your partnerships with Jesus Christ, family, and people are not right?

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Psalm 39 

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
    and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
    when the ungodly are around me.”
But as I stood there in silence—
    not even speaking of good things—
    the turmoil within me grew worse.
The more I thought about it,
    the hotter I got,
    igniting a fire of words:
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
    My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
    at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude
We are merely moving shadows,
    and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
    not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.
Rescue me from my rebellion.
    Do not let fools mock me.
I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
    for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
    I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
    you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
    Each of us is but a breath. Interlude
12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!
    Listen to my cries for help!
    Don’t ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
    a traveler passing through,
    as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
    before I am gone and exist no more.
 

Love,

Jonathan

Rest

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Sometimes you need to rest from all of your hard work so that your mind, body, heart, spirit, and soul can enjoy the fruits of your labor.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Reset

Hit the reset button when you take time each day to reflect, relax, and balance your activities in love with your life.  Some days may seem more productive than others, but to God, they are all the same, containing the same amount of time for you to breath the same volume of oxygen to live.  What you do with it counts and is recorded.

Reality

When you honestly want to improve yourself, your standing, and purpose in life, you will step up your game and do the work that is required to balance all of your efforts, goals, dreams, and desires.  They all will line up with God’s framework and personal plan of reality if you love God.  Each step is ordered with a reset button of repentance, by faith, love, and action to keep you on the straight and narrow path into Heaven.

Replication

Repeating the plan that God has set for you is a lot of fun because of your experiences and fruit from your labor nets amazing results.  Notice and be happy in the success God has given you, rejoice and be glad to be a blessing to others.  Hit the reset button each day and do it again.  Something new always happens, in spite of the repetition of daily activities.  Don’t forget to smile!
Today’s Question
Are you amazed at the new things God teaches you each day or do you know it all and don’t need a reset button from your pride and arrogance?
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Psalm 21

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!
    He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
For you have given him his heart’s desire;
    you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude
You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
    You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
He asked you to preserve his life,
    and you granted his request.
    The days of his life stretch on forever.
Your victory brings him great honor,
    and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.
You have endowed him with eternal blessings
    and given him the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord.
    The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
You will capture all your enemies.
    Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
You will throw them in a flaming furnace
    when you appear.
The Lord will consume them in his anger;
    fire will devour them.
10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth;
    they will never have descendants.
11 Although they plot against you,
    their evil schemes will never succeed.
12 For they will turn and run
    when they see your arrows aimed at them.
13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.
    With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
 

Love,

Jonathan

Invitation

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“New things will happen with God’s invitation and blessings, because of your obedience to copy and innovate better solutions for the future with grace, mercy, and precision.” ~  Jon Barnes

Outreach

Your organized strategies, plans, and path will be sound, wise and complete no matter where you go around the globe with God’s message of love and faith.  People will look up to you and copy your good works of faith, because of your inspiration, discipline, and love.  They will not copy your hypocrisy, but they will mock you and your stupidity.

Preparation

Each day, read, study, meditate, pray, and follow the new information God gives you so that you are prepared to give as you receive and share with others.  Organize your time and movements to make things more efficient.  People will ask questions and receive what you have to give, in love, patience, meekness, kindness, long-suffering, and joy.

Participation

Your daily participation with The Fruit of The Spirit will help you to grow in grace, kindness, and effectiveness so that your family prospers from the innovation and invitation of God’s perspective.  Take this talent, mindset, heart, dedication, and work of faith where ever you go and God will be at your side all of the time to help you.
Today’s Question
Are you ignoring God’s daily invitations and innovations in your works of faith, based on your laziness, inaction, and old-fashioned methods?
 

Job 35 

Elihu Reminds Job of God’s Justice

35 Then Elihu said:
“Do you think it is right for you to claim,
    ‘I am righteous before God’?
For you also ask, ‘What’s in it for me?
    What’s the use of living a righteous life?’
“I will answer you
    and all your friends, too.
Look up into the sky,
    and see the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does that affect God?
    Even if you sin again and again,
    what effect will it have on him?
If you are good, is this some great gift to him?
    What could you possibly give him?
No, your sins affect only people like yourself,
    and your good deeds also affect only humans.
“People cry out when they are oppressed.
    They groan beneath the power of the mighty.
10 Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator,
    the one who gives songs in the night?
11 Where is the one who makes us smarter than the animals
    and wiser than the birds of the sky?’
12 And when they cry out, God does not answer
    because of their pride.
13 But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen,
    to say the Almighty isn’t concerned.
14 You say you can’t see him,
    but he will bring justice if you will only wait.[a]
15 You say he does not respond to sinners with anger
    and is not greatly concerned about wickedness.[b]
16 But you are talking nonsense, Job.
    You have spoken like a fool.”
 
Love,
Jonathan

Making

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I learned to make myself read until I learned to enjoy it, which is one of the many miracles God has given me as a tool to fight the devil with.”  ~  Jon Barnes

The Making

Making yourself responsible for your own actions is a tough job.  Many people become masters at lying to themselves and others about everything.  Making excuses and ignoring symptoms of spiritual laziness, sickness, and disobedience is the path of destruction, evil, and contempt.  You know better.

Making of A

Being honest about your wicked heart is the first step in true repentance and stability with daily prayer, reading, and walking with God.  Amazing lessons are learned in being humble, faithful, and diligent with God’s love.  Taking advantage of God’s love is not true faith or true love, like people who fornicate or commit adultery.  The making of a disciple requires real honesty. 

Disciple

True disciples do not hide the truth of love in Christ.  Simple acts of kindness, faith, love, charity, humility, long-suffering, and the likes are fruits of the Spirit that follows every Christian all day and all of the time.  It’s not a button you just turn on for show or convenience.  
Today’s Question
Does your life look like who you are in God or are you a fraud?
 
Enjoy The Reading

Job 3 

Job Speaks

After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said:
“May the day of my birth perish,
    and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’
That day—may it turn to darkness;
    may God above not care about it;
    may no light shine on it.
May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more;
    may a cloud settle over it;
    may blackness overwhelm it.
That night—may thick darkness seize it;
    may it not be included among the days of the year
    nor be entered in any of the months.
May that night be barren;
    may no shout of joy be heard in it.
May those who curse days[a] curse that day,
    those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.
May its morning stars become dark;
    may it wait for daylight in vain
    and not see the first rays of dawn,
10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me
    to hide trouble from my eyes.
11 “Why did I not perish at birth,
    and die as I came from the womb?
12 Why were there knees to receive me
    and breasts that I might be nursed?
13 For now I would be lying down in peace;
    I would be asleep and at rest
14 with kings and rulers of the earth,
    who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,
15 with princes who had gold,
    who filled their houses with silver.
16 Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child,
    like an infant who never saw the light of day?
17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,
    and there the weary are at rest.
18 Captives also enjoy their ease;
    they no longer hear the slave driver’s shout.
19 The small and the great are there,
    and the slaves are freed from their owners.
20 “Why is light given to those in misery,
    and life to the bitter of soul,
21 to those who long for death that does not come,
    who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with gladness
    and rejoice when they reach the grave?
23 Why is life given to a man
    whose way is hidden,
    whom God has hedged in?
24 For sighing has become my daily food;
    my groans pour out like water.
25 What I feared has come upon me;
    what I dreaded has happened to me.
26 I have no peace, no quietness;
    I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
 
Love,
Jonathan