“Walk with God through the fire and you will surely not burn.”~TB
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.
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.
Is your lack of faith causing you to burn?
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1LORD, 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.
2Instead, 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.
3O Israel, put your hope in the LORD — now and always.
“When you do things your way, expect chaos. When you do things His way, expect peace”~TB
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.
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.
Are you out of order?
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1Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
2Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
3Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD .
4Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
5Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given,
6you children of his servant Abraham, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land.
8He 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.
10He 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.”
12He said this when they were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.
13They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
14Yet 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.”
16He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply.
17Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar.
19Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.
20Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door.
21Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions.
22He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers.
23Then Israel arrived in Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24And the LORD multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies.
25Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites, and they plotted against the LORD ’s servants.
26But the LORD sent his servant Moses, along with Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians, and wonders in the land of Ham.
28The LORD blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go.
29He turned their water into blood, poisoning all the fish.
30Then frogs overran the land and even invaded the king’s bedrooms.
31When the LORD spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians, and gnats swarmed across Egypt.
32He sent them hail instead of rain, and lightning flashed over the land.
33He ruined their grapevines and fig trees and shattered all the trees.
34He spoke, and hordes of locusts came— young locusts beyond number.
35They 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.
37The 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.
40They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven.
41He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland.
42For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham.
43So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing.
44He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted.
45All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the LORD !
“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
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.
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.
We all have been foolish, but have you changed your mind yet and asked God for help?
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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.2 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.3 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.4 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.”
5 So Moses gave the Israelites this command from the Lord: “The claim of the men of the tribe of Joseph is legitimate.6 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.7 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.8 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.9 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.
“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
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.
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 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.
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
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.2 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
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.5 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:6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
7 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.8 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.
9 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 Godlives 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.