Great Expectations

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God promised a peaceful life, not a perfect life, so it’s important to understand the difference.”~TB

Misguided

When you follow the world too closely, it can lull you into a false sense of how life is “supposed” to go. Society tells you to follow certain practices, go to school, get a job, buy a house, join the HOA, build a family, etc. These rules seem fine because it gives you a sense of “what to do”. However, these superficial guidelines can make the blind feel a false sense of control or security that lies outside of God.  Ironically, what this world teaches you is not rooted in Biblical principle, because the only guaranteed thing in life is God and nothing else.  Blindly following this “checklist life” will bring you disillusionment and discontent because this path is the exact opposite of what Christ teaches.

The Impossible Quest for Perfection

Yes, it is important to be part of the community. Yes, one must have a job and educate themselves. None of these goals are inherently wrong. That said, life in this world is a journey and not a successive one at that. The world teaches you that life happens in an upward slope. The Bible teaches you that hills, valleys, and plateaus are normal. If you take the world’s guidelines to heart, prepare for a depressing reality because perfection is impossible! At least, for humanity. Just look at Job, Jonah, Joseph, David, and all of the stories in the Bible. Friends, even God’s favorite people in the Word faced trial after trial, setback after setback, before they experienced any kind of success. And, even after they achieved great things, they still faced opposition. So friends, do not strive for perfection, or the picturesque falsehoods of the world. Strive for peace, which can be found in the teachings of the Lord.

Perfect Peace

Your life does not have to be perfect to experience God’s perfect peace. No, this type of peace comes from a deep and lengthy time with God Himself. Friends, we cannot learn all that Christ has to teach us unless we take the necessary time to spend sitting at His feet. Through God, you learn that life is messy. Through Him, you learn that He controls all. And, if you rely on His wisdom, you will see that He is in the midst of all facets of your life. Know that He is always an umbrella when life and opposition bring inclement weather. Spending time in His presence strengthens your understanding that the world is a broken and misguided place and that you need to possess the lens of Christ in order to see through the falsehoods. So the next time you’re feeling down because life isn’t perfect, ask God to teach you how to sit in perfect peace.

Today’s Question

What is stopping you from living in perfect peace?

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Proverbs 29

1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5 To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
6Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them.
11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever.
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
16When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.
21 A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel.
22 An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23 Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice comes from the LORD .
27 The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly

 

Through the Fire

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Walk with God through the fire and you will surely not burn.”~TB

Inferno

In this broken world, things will never go according to plan.  Trials and tribulations will always occur. Friends, how you handle those tests is of the utmost importance. If you try and fight the fire in your own accord, you will burn. This is because man has a 2-dimensional way of thinking. People judge by what they see, and to the human eye, things are not always what they appear to be. Leaning on your own understanding will cause you to be like a leaf in the wind– unrooted and all over the place. There are protection and guidance, but you must learn to walk with Him.

Fireproof

God is there in the midst of your inferno. The more consistent you are in studying the Word and applying its wisdom, the easier it is to see Him in the midst of your situation. Like a flame-retardant cloak, God’s presence allows you to pass through your suffering unscathed. Enjoy the peace and calm that can be found in His word.  When you put your Faith in God and not what is in front of you, watch how the moment changes. Even in the bleakest of circumstances, there is hope and protection. Seek out His grace to successfully walk through the fire.

Today’s Question

Is your lack of faith causing you to burn?

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Psalm 131 

1 LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. 
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 
3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD — now and always.

Out of Order

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you do things your way, expect chaos. When you do things His way, expect peace”~TB

Hurricane

Trying to live life in accordance with your will is like attempting to build a home in the midst of a hurricane. Your mind, fleshly desires, and fake discipline are the materials of a false foundation that will get ripped up in the storm. This is because you lack the True wisdom that comes from Him. Friends, every single human, myself included, lacks the fundamental knowledge required to live this life in righteousness. God must be at the front, otherwise, you are out of order, desperately trying to build a life in continuous chaos. Drop your will and take up His.

Breeze

Living in God’s Will invites peace and tranquility in the midst of man-made troubles. Don’t mistake peace for a perfect life, there is no such thing. With God, your struggles don’t seem as unbearable because you know the Truth. The evil one cannot rattle you and his feeble attempts are transformed into a gentle breeze. When you walk with God, He crushes your obstacles, allowing you to move forward. However, you must do this in faith! Though you know the truth, you must walk the walk in order to realize it. Do not fear what has already claimed defeat. Walk in the Order of Truth.

Today’s Question

Are you out of order?

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Psalm 105

1 Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 
2 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. 
3 Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD . 
4 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. 
5 Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, 
6 you children of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. 
7 He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. 
8 He always stands by his covenant— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. 
9This is the covenant he made with Abraham and the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant: 
11 “I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.” 
12 He said this when they were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan. 
13 They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 
14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them. He warned kings on their behalf: 
15 “Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.” 
16 He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply. 
17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
18 They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. 
19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character. 
20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. 
21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. 
22 He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers. 
23 Then Israel arrived in Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham. 
24 And the LORD multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies. 
25 Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites, and they plotted against the LORD ’s servants. 
26 But the LORD sent his servant Moses, along with Aaron, whom he had chosen. 
27 They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians, and wonders in the land of Ham.
28 The LORD blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go. 
29 He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish. 
30 Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms. 
31 When the LORD spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt. 
32 He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land. 
33 He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees. 
34 He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number. 
35 They ate up everything green in the land, destroying all the crops in their fields. 
36Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home, the pride and joy of each family. 
37 The LORD brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. 
38Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly. 
39The LORD spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. 
40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven. 
41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland. 
42 For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham. 
43 So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing. 
44 He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted. 
45 All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the LORD !

 

 

 

Controlled Self

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Self-control and restraint are tools you use, that allows the Good Work that you do for God to float through the air with no physical evidence, yet God’s Power is Felt.” ~  Jon Barnes

Controlled Wisdom

Being mature comes with time and practice. You can see the results of older mature people and the wisdom in their voices ring clearly. The actions of these people are focused to hit specific targets and net amazing results. Walking with God gives you controlled wisdom and patience.

Uncontrolled Foolishness

The look of a fool is like a black cloud storm moving towards you. At a distance, you’ll notice to set a new course, plan, or explosion of controlled wisdom to prepare for the proper outcome. It is never a good idea to walk into a hurricane of foolishness. Let God fight that battle as you pray and leave the foolishness of others alone!

Self Awareness with God

God will make you aware of Him because your heart is listening because you want something better than the foolishness that you see around you.  Surround yourself with God’s presence and foolish people will vanish from your life. You will see and know them from a distance, love relationship and when people get tired of their foolishness, they will contact you for help and support. Otherwise, many people will die and go to Hell in their foolishness. Bless God for the truth about foolishness.
Today’s Question
We all have been foolish, but have you changed your mind yet and asked God for help?
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Numbers 36

Women Who Inherit Property

36 Then the heads of the clans of Gilead—descendants of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph—came to Moses and the family leaders of Israel with a petition. They said, “Sir, the Lord instructed you to divide the land by sacred lot among the people of Israel. You were told by the Lord to give the grant of land owned by our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. But if they marry men from another tribe, their grants of land will go with them to the tribe into which they marry. In this way, the total area of our tribal land will be reduced. Then when the Year of Jubilee comes, their portion of land will be added to that of the new tribe, causing it to be lost forever to our ancestral tribe.”
So Moses gave the Israelites this command from the Lord: “The claim of the men of the tribe of Joseph is legitimate. This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: Let them marry anyone they like, as long as it is within their own ancestral tribe.None of the territorial land may pass from tribe to tribe, for all the land given to each tribe must remain within the tribe to which it was first allotted. The daughters throughout the tribes of Israel who are in line to inherit property must marry within their tribe, so that all the Israelites will keep their ancestral property. No grant of land may pass from one tribe to another; each tribe of Israel must keep its allotted portion of land.”
10 The daughters of Zelophehad did as the Lord commanded Moses. 11 Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah all married cousins on their father’s side. 12 They married into the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. Thus, their inheritance of land remained within their ancestral tribe.
13 These are the commands and regulations that the Lord gave to the people of Israel through Moses while they were camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.
Love,
 
Jonathan

Real Talk

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“If you don’t love yourself, all of your senses will be exposed to the toxic pictures, fumes, sounds, elements, air, water, foods, ideas, and ideologies that reject the truth of God and His natural cycle of creation, reaping, and sowing.  Evil suggests that you sow all your life and reap nothing in return.” ~  Jon Barnes

Opposite

We say one thing but most of us do the opposite of the truth.  Our intentions start out okay, but the reality of life must line up with God’s Real Talk.  I will make mistakes and I’m learning to quickly fix them and share my solutions with action, not just empty words.  Real talk is real action with the real truth, with is the opposite of greed, lust, pride, envy, and evil.

Great Joy

The feeling of Great Joy comes in the morning when your good work has reached one person to help along the way and avoid pitfalls from the devil.  I enjoy giving black eyes to the evil one who takes advantage of the innocent, the poor, and the honest people in the world.  Great Joy comes from giving, living, learning, growing, and sharing God’s love, which touches all Good People from God all of the time. Tap into your Great Joy from God.

Live Love

Live out the truth in your life as if God is chilling with you on your porch on a cool day, drinking some lemonade. Spend some of that time with your family and friends as well, so that they can see God hanging out on your porch with you.  In the morning on a sunny day, your porch should not look like clouds of a thunderstorm brewing up golf-sized hail onto your property.  Live to give good gifts from God and you will never hunger or thirst.
Today’s Question
Is your porch light on 24/7, lighting up the world with God’s Love, Mercy, and Grace?
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1 John 2

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Reasons for Writing

12 I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.
14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh,the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Warnings Against Denying the Son

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[e] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

God’s Children and Sin

28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
Love,
Jonathan