“So you’re spiritually mature, great! Now, step aside and let others pass theirs instead of trying to do the work for them.”~TB
The longer you spend with God, the more you understand how complex yet simple His love and teachings are. Like a game of chess, it takes a lifetime to study God’s ways. Even still, the wisest of us all will never truly and fully understand the miraculousness that is God. Depending on where you are on the spectrum, God will use you for His purpose, but friends, do your job and nothing more, as we all learn at a different pace.
Everyone goes through trials and tests at their own pace. Some learn faster than others. And some need to retake certain tests before they ace the exam. No person’s journey is superior to another’s, no matter how quickly they learn. If you are a quick learner, be a help and not a hindrance.
Helping others is part of the journey that is being a Christ-follower. This means encouraging the downtrodden, aiding those enduring hard times, and giving mercy to one another. It’s great to help, but when helping turns into servitude, you’re doing too much.
Yes, it’s natural to want to step in so that loved ones do not endure pain. However, everyone needs to go through their own tests so that they can learn the lessons and grow closer to God in the process. When you overstep in “helping” you’re actually hinder the person’s growth and maturity. Assist when necessary and let others develop accordingly.
Is your help a hindrance?
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1Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.
2For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.
3A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
4Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
5The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
6So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.
7Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.
8A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker.
9The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker.
10If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.
11Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death.
12Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
13My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
14In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
15Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
16The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
17Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.
18For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.
19Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked.
20For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21My child, fear the LORD and the king. Don’t associate with rebels,
22for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king?
23Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
24A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.
25But it will go well for those who convict the guilty; rich blessings will be showered on them.
26An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship.
27Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.
28Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them.
29And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!”
30I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.
32Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson:
33A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
34then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
“There will always be times where you will lack the inspiration or desire to pursue Christ. Do the work anyway.”~TB
Everyone experiences a feeling of stagnation or plateau when developing their relationship with God. More often than not it’s due to us disconnecting from Him because we’re off trying to accomplish our own agendas. Friends, remember His will and plan for your life. I can guarantee you that when you allow God to lead, His plan will always bring a better outcome than any plan you could imagine. When you start to feel bored or uninspired, that’s when you need to speak to Him the most.
Have a talk with God
Prayer is like a casual conversation with the wisest being in existence. You don’t have to be ceremonial or ritualistic about it. Come to Him as you are and He will delight in your humility. There are times where I just say, “God, what gives?” and will air out my grievances honestly and openly. When I’m done ranting, I then listen and am inspired by the response! Friends, you can only get answers from God when you communicate with Him regularly. Don’t get too bold in your own thinking, trust that God’s answers are better than yours and you’ll find an infinite well of inspiration in your Heavenly Father.
Are you talking to God or are you only listening to yourself?
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1I cry out to the LORD ; I plead for the LORD ’s mercy.
2I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.
3When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.
4I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.
5Then I pray to you, O LORD . I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.
6Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
7Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you are good to me.”
“When troubles come your way, break out your spiritual first aid kit.”~TB
You know that your body is capable of getting ill. The same thing occurs within a lackadaisical spirit. When you’re sick, you take medicine to feel better. When you’re spiritually ill, you must rely on the Word and your relationship in Christ. There will be periods of spiritual unrest in which the opposition will find any weakness to cause your spiritual ailments. There is a remedy, which must be applied and practiced each and every day.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Reading the Bible each day keeps the devil at bay. Being a follower of Christ is not a passive endeavor and you must take your spiritual vitamins– applying the teachings of God– daily to receive the maximum impact of Christ. Friends, this relationship has so many nutrients and healing properties if you take the time to apply them daily.
Are you taking your Holy holistic supplements of Christ or are you ok with the synthetic remedies of the world?
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1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
2Let all Israel repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.”
3Let Aaron’s descendants, the priests, repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.”
4Let all who fear the LORD repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.”
5In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free.
6The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
7Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people.
9It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
10Though hostile nations surrounded me, I destroyed them all with the authority of the LORD .
11Yes, they surrounded and attacked me, but I destroyed them all with the authority of the LORD .
12They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire. But I destroyed them all with the authority of the LORD .
13My enemies did their best to kill me, but the LORD rescued me.
14The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.
15Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!
16The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!
17I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the LORD has done.
18The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.
19Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD .
20These gates lead to the presence of the LORD, and the godly enter there.
21I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
22The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.
23This is the LORD ’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.
24This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success.
26Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD . We bless you from the house of the LORD .
27The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!
29Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
“In order for God to use you, you must be tried, tested, and made approved through Holy conditioning.”~TB
Spiritually Out of Shape
God cannot use the spiritually weak. When you don’t pursue a relationship with Christ and when you don’t do your Biblical reading, you are spiritually unhealthy. As babes in Christ, you may aspire to share the Good News, however, without doing the work, you are unable to exert the endurance, steadfastness, and long-suffering required to work for God. Your spiritual arteries are clogged by the fat of your sins and unrefined impure thinking. God cannot use someone who is spiritually fat. You are not capable of running a race because you will fall prey to the fleshly desires of this world. There is still hope for anyone willing to endure the Biblical training required.
If you seek an honest relationship with the Lord and you desire to do well for the Kingdom, you must gird up your loins, and do the Biblical training that is necessary for you to successfully run and complete your race. Make no mistake, this is no easy feat as you will be tried and tested and ultimately broken. But through this pruning, God will pour a new Holy foundation for you to begin to understand how to move and operate in His will. Friends, celebrate in your trials and tests because it means that God is looking to pass the baton to you. Train well and watch His wisdom, strengthen you.
Ready to Run
You will know when God is ready to elevate your assignment because temptation, stress, and anguish no longer bother you. Those things are still there, but you understand that they are the evil banana peels that the devil has laid before you. Avoid them. You willingly put down your sinful ways and you excitedly and wholeheartedly seek the Lord with all of your heart. Friends, when this happens, it is a wonderful feeling to live and breathe the joy and peace that God provides as you begin to run the race that he is set before you. Make no mistake, picking up the cross every day is an intentional and willful endeavor. You cannot be lackadaisical or passive about your assignment. But fortunately, through God’s strength and conditioning through the Word, the trials, and the tests, He has prepared you for your destiny.
Are you ready to go through spiritual conditioning, or are you okay with being spiritually fat?
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1The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
2Your throne, O LORD, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.
3The floods have risen up, O LORD . The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves.
4But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these!
5Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.
“Lord, I pray that I honor you in all that I do and become a blessing to my family, friends, students, and enemies all around the world in this new year.”~Jon Barnes
My daughter and I were cleaning out the garage with here children and we found my first recording on cassette tape, with a cassette tape player from 1995.After reading the liner notes, looking at pictures, listening with headsets, it finally occurred to me that I successfully recorded my grandmother, mother, friends, and myself to share with my grandkids.What a blessing to share!
The flight of time can be seen and measured in the hands of your children and grandchildren because your life is a documentation and summation of all the things you do care about, love, and share.Make sure that what you do is worth keeping and sharing.You don’t want to be embarrassed when your kids, grandkids, and next generations google, read, listen, and reflect upon your life.
I am grateful to be able to see my family grow, read, listen, learn, and become inspired by the hard work and helpful suggestions from the ideas God has given me over the years.Technologies will come and go but the Word of God and its contents will forever remain the same, to get you through The Pearly Gates.Good people will always be noted for doing the Good work God has for them to do each new year and your reward will be great in Heaven.
Did you notice how the quality of your work affects others and does God respect your efforts all year long?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. 5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.
6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
9 I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. 14 May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 15 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” 17 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
“Stepping out of habitual, cultural, ignorance takes an act of God, because we are too stupid and dishonest to figure these things out for ourselves, so listen to God and your loved ones.”~Jon Barnes
When faced with the naked truth of a matter, many people will run into the opposite direction because it takes discipline to change, alter, or delete negative thinking, work, words, thoughts, and habits of old.You are your worst enemy and the excuses that you have are not true or good.Your body gets comfortable and becomes a willing partner in doing wrong.The worst offenders are the fake Christians who hide behind a few scriptures to deceive, flip good fundamentals and do as they please.
When things seem right because everyone is doing it, without questioning the moral, spiritual, physical, and logical consequences of your actions, the future of your family is at stake.Since many people don’t even care about their families, faith, and God, based on their actions, our societies are becoming more uncomfortable, because of dishonest practices.Check your motives and honest intentions.
Everything you do should be a conflict of interest with being dishonest, wasteful, greedy, and immoral.We hurt people by looking the other way, ignoring our responsibilities to God, ourselves, family, and people.Your lack of support, faith, and work in God’s lifestyle expose the dishonest behavior that you cannot shake on your own.Stop hurting yourself and others, by asking for help from God.Using people is a deception that God doesn’t like.Be a blessing, not a curse.
Are you using the tools that God has provided to step out of your habitual stupidity and habitually dishonest behavior of sin and evil?
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Job Asks Why the Wicked Are Not Punished
24 “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain? 2 Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures. 3 They take the orphan’s donkey and demand the widow’s ox as security for a loan. 4 The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety. 5 Like wild donkeys in the wilderness, the poor must spend all their time looking for food, searching even in the desert for food for their children. 6 They harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked. 7 All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering. 8 They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.
9 “The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan. 10 The poor must go about naked, without any clothing. They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving. 11 They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst. 12 The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.
13 “Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths. 14 The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief. 15 The adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No one will see me then.’ He hides his face so no one will know him. 16 Thieves break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the light. 17 The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.
18 “But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards. 19 The grave[a] consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow. 20 Their own mothers will forget them. Maggots will find them sweet to eat. No one will remember them. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm. 21 They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.
22 “God, in his power, drags away the rich. They may rise high, but they have no assurance of life. 23 They may be allowed to live in security, but God is always watching them. 24 And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, cut off like heads of grain. 25 Can anyone claim otherwise? Who can prove me wrong?”
“Get your own Priority P. O. Box with God so that you can get your mail, messages, and packages in a timely fashion, in the best professional way, without delay.”~Jon Barnes
God delivers expediently, efficiently, and successfully all of the time, you we are often to lazy, cheap, and slow to go to the Spiritual Post Office to pick up messages, packages, shipments, and other correspondence to do a great job.We expect God to do everything, as if He is our Master/Slave! Unopened mail and packages will be stamped, Returned to Sender.
Prioritize your actions of faith by completing each simple step and accomplishing the delivery of your goals in Christ.Stop making excuses and just do it.You pay for the extra postage from your personal savings. God’s Postal Service is the only one that sends messages to Heaven to get your eternal PassPort, Connection, and Instructions from God. This is your top priority.
Stop holding and hoarding junk mail and trash in your house and P.O. Box so that you can get and respond to the message, information, and packages God is sending you.Clarify your steps with organization, purpose, planning, and understanding. Many will not pick up the mail, innovations, and packages because of unbelief, hypocrisy, and wicked behavior.
Did you run out of Spiritual Stamps or Postal Services that connects you to God and His message of Truth, Repentance, Justice, and Obedience or are you using the carrier from hell to deliver your fate, packages, and soul?
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Bildad’s Second Response to Job
18 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long before you stop talking? Speak sense if you want us to answer! 3 Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are stupid? 4 You may tear out your hair in anger, but will that destroy the earth? Will it make the rocks tremble?
5 “Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. The sparks of their fire will not glow. 6 The light in their tent will grow dark. The lamp hanging above them will be quenched. 7 The confident stride of the wicked will be shortened. Their own schemes will be their downfall. 8 The wicked walk into a net. They fall into a pit. 9 A trap grabs them by the heel. A snare holds them tight. 10 A noose lies hidden on the ground. A rope is stretched across their path.
11 “Terrors surround the wicked and trouble them at every step. 12 Hunger depletes their strength, and calamity waits for them to stumble. 13 Disease eats their skin; death devours their limbs. 14 They are torn from the security of their homes and are brought down to the king of terrors. 15 The homes of the wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses. 16 Their roots will dry up, and their branches will wither. 17 All memory of their existence will fade from the earth; no one will remember their names. 18 They will be thrust from light into darkness, driven from the world. 19 They will have neither children nor grandchildren, nor any survivor in the place where they lived. 20 People in the west are appalled at their fate; people in the east are horrified. 21 They will say, ‘This was the home of a wicked person, the place of one who rejected God.’”
“Faith is believing in God, obeying His commandments, and seeing the miracle from your faith complete the cycle and circle of God’s Love and spiritual manifestation; Like the sun rises every morning.”~ Jon Barnes
Your faith in God, the seeds that you sow, and the fertile ground you use will vary based on the quality of honest love you have for your Heavenly Father. Your name defines the meaning of character, mercy, and grace on your life, based on your lifestyle of obedience, which activates the Blood of Christ, favor, and the Hand of God in your actions.
We don’t need proof from God, but we need to prove to God that we are faithful, diligent, and worthy of the opportunity to love Him with all of our heart, body, mind, and soul. Since your life is the proof in your actions and intentions, God and everyone else can see your seeds and fruits for the Kingdom. One of my tools is The Trumpet! Your personal ambitions die on the Cross as you work for Jesus.
People see and sense the invisible cross around your neck and the Ten Commandments scribed upon your heart, because of your silent faith that screams from the mountain tops your thoughts and silent words or possibly a Trumpet. The vibrations from your lips of your heart shake like an earthquake to God’s ears, as he counts your love and repentance as righteous, respectable, and honorable for the Blood of Christ to cover your sins. The Blood of Christ will not cover the sins of fake, lying devil trying to steal their way into heaven on technicalities. True believers are humble enough, to be honest, sinners who truly repent out of love, not lust and they turn from their wicked ways.
Can you see the great faithfulness of God moving in your life and the lives of your family and if not, did you seek the counsel of God for wisdom and adjustments to be made?
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Enemies Oppose the Rebuilding
4 [a]Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews,2 saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices?[b] Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”
4 Then I prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!5 Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”
6 At last the wall was completed to half its height around the entire city, for the people had worked with enthusiasm.
7 [d]But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious.8 They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion.9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.
10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.”
11 Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”
12 The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!”[e]13 So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.
14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”
15 When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall.16 But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah17 who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon.18 All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm.
19 Then I explained to the nobles and officials and all the people, “The work is very spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.20 When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!”
21 We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard.22 I also told everyone living outside the walls to stay in Jerusalem. That way they and their servants could help with guard duty at night and work during the day.23 During this time, none of us—not I, nor my relatives, nor my servants, nor the guards who were with me—ever took off our clothes. We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water.[f]
“Bring back the Gospel of the Cross to move forward in the steps of your life and leave all of the stuff behind you that is weighing you down.”~ Jon Barnes
The Bible is a fat burner to reduce the amount of sin you carry around your spiritual belly.Do nothing and it will grow and take over your life and health.I exercise more and eat less as I carry around the Gospel to share with others everywhere I go.We find a way to talk about how cool God is to us with life, liberty, and freedom to work, eat, drink, think, and live.Burn off the waste you are carrying around and manage your health as best as you can.Improving your health is your responsibility, not the doctor’s job.
Many of my Great Aunts and Uncles are extremely healthy, with aunt Christina at 93 and sharp as a tack.Their dad used to make them walk ten miles to church and back!His picture is in The Gospel Movement section of the New Black Museum in DC.His goal was to burn the fat calories of sin, train his 13 kids, and walk with them.I can see that my family has a line of hard-working people, who took care of business and passed along a legacy of Godly common sense.For those who have fallen, this is your wake up call to burn up the pile of sin before you burn up for eternity.
My Great Grandfather would always tell me during family reunions to “Always remember that you are a Barnes and that means something!”He was old, with a cane, and every word he said carried meaning, life, focus, and honest integrity. I received the baton from him personally, because I am the 1st Great Grand Son to walk in his shoes with love, respect, honor, dignity, purpose and I’m that next generation who will not compromise or abort the mission.He did his best to teach his family how to bring back the Gospel of God into the home.He was tough, but that is what it takes in love, to tell the truth! Not everyone listens, God will judge!
Are your prepared to bring back the Gospel into your home, life, and daily space, to pass it onto the next generation, with God and His amazing Love or do you want your family to be remembered as druggies, thieves, liars, killers, or cultural barbarians?
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1 Chronicles 18
David’s Military Victories
18 After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns.2 David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
3 David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, as far as Hamath,[a] when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.4 David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.
5 When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.6 Then he placed several army garrisons[b] in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
7 David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,8 along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah[c] and Cun. Later Solomon melted the bronze and molded it into the great bronze basin called the Sea, the pillars, and the various bronze articles used at the Temple.
9 When King Toi[d] of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,10 he sent his son Joram[e] to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.
11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations—from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
12 Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13 He placed army garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
14 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.15 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.16 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech[f] son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah[g]was the court secretary.17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.[h]And David’s sons served as the king’s chief assistants.
“Following evil leadership is not an excuse to behave so wickedly against God and His commandments since you have a personal choice and commitment to make.” ~ Jon Barnes
Fighting against the good things that God has established is never the direction to follow.Do not follow leaders and people in these directions and paths. Travel in the direction that makes sense to God and it will all make sense to you after you obey the instruction.Stop fighting against God’s Good Instructions and intentions.
It becomes difficult to break the bad habits of doing the wrong things because your body and mind crave the things you feed it.Learn to feed your body and mind what God wants you to eat.The more junk you give it the more junk you want and your life stores up this mess of fat, which becomes hard to get rid of.Follow God to the Holy Gym and start working out with your personal trainer.He has time for everyone if you go to the Real Gym of spiritual exercises and follow the program.
Applying new techniques and repetitious sets of God’s personal exercises will get your spiritual and physical body in shape for the good work you are committed too as well.Being fit is half the battle and being obedient is the other half. Just a few moves each day will change your lifestyle, perspective, friends, enemies, and future, as the light of God will shine from your life.God will make you the leader of your own lifestyle when you love Him and His Ways.
Is it really that difficult to follow God and His good rules of simplicity?
2 Kings 24
24 During Jehoiakim’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land of Judah. Jehoiakim surrendered and paid him tribute for three years but then rebelled.2 Then the Lord sent bands of Babylonian,[a] Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Judah to destroy it, just as the Lord had promised through his prophets.3 These disasters happened to Judah because of the Lord’s command. He had decided to banish Judah from his presence because of the many sins of Manasseh,4 who had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood. The Lord would not forgive this.
5 The rest of the events in Jehoiakim’s reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.6 When Jehoiakim died, his son Jehoiachin became the next king.
7 The king of Egypt did not venture out of his country after that, for the king of Babylon captured the entire area formerly claimed by Egypt—from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Jehoiachin Rules in Judah
8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem.9 Jehoiachin did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father had done.
10 During Jehoiachin’s reign, the officers of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and besieged it.11 Nebuchadnezzar himself arrived at the city during the siege.12 Then King Jehoiachin, along with the queen mother, his advisers, his commanders, and his officials, surrendered to the Babylonians.
In the eighth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, he took Jehoiachin prisoner.13 As the Lord had said beforehand, Nebuchadnezzar carried away all the treasures from the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace. He stripped away[b] all the gold objects that King Solomon of Israel had placed in the Temple.14 King Nebuchadnezzar took all of Jerusalem captive, including all the commanders and the best of the soldiers, craftsmen, and artisans—10,000 in all. Only the poorest people were left in the land.
15 Nebuchadnezzar led King Jehoiachin away as a captive to Babylon, along with the queen mother, his wives and officials, and all Jerusalem’s elite.16 He also exiled 7,000 of the best troops and 1,000 craftsmen and artisans, all of whom were strong and fit for war.17 Then the king of Babylon installed Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s[c] uncle, as the next king, and he changed Mattaniah’s name to Zedekiah.
Zedekiah Rules in Judah
18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah.19 But Zedekiah did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done.20 These things happened because of the Lord’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile.