Smokescreen

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you’re working in your Holy employment, expect distractions. Don’t be alarmed, it’s simply a smokescreen”~TB

Optical Illusion

The devil can only do so much to those who are working in the will of God. Therefore, what little he can do, he will. Like the mirror maze at a carnival, he’ll spin seeds of discord, distorting the truth to get you off of your path. Fear not, his tricks are harmless, unless you allow them to get under your skin. The point is to get you to question your purpose and to ultimately get you to question God. Remember that we’re operating under pre-destined conditions. The results are set in stone, we’re simply seeing it through. Think about that and let it be written on your hearts. If the battle has already been won, no detours, derailment, or delay will stop God’s victory.  Sidestep the smokescreen to live in peace.

Right as Rain

When you’re operating on all cylinders for the Lord, opposition trembles at the very thought of you. When you face difficulties, rejoice in the fact that you are viewed as a threat. This means that you are on the righteous path that Christ has set before you. There are so many examples of this in the Bible, which is why you must do your reading. The more you understand the lay of the land, the easier it is to spot the feeble attempts of the evil one. Talk with God and He will help you see the distractions on your road map. Listen, study, and look to avoid senseless nonsense. Trust in the Lord and He will remove the smokescreen from your path.

Today’s Question

Are you being distracted by the face smokescreen or did you do the necessary studying to realize that it’s just a poorly laid trap?

 

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Psalm 97

1 The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. 
2 Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
3 Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. 
4 His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. 
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. 
7 Those who worship idols are disgraced— all who brag about their worthless gods— for every god must bow to him. 
8Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice, O LORD ! 
9 For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 
10 You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. 
11 Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. 
12 May all who are godly rejoice in the LORD and praise his holy name!

Passing the Buck

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You have the choice to pass the buck and not develop your talents and relationship with God. Just don’t be upset watching other people pass you by.”~TB

Potential

Quit coveting the talents and belongings of your neighbor. You have the same hours and minutes in the day to develop yourself. These things don’t happen overnight. Each day, you make choices to either develop and grow or remain in your stupor. You can choose to get up, read your Bible, and make sound decisions. Friends, hard work and labor are Biblically inspired!  What you do with your time is up to you.

Excuse

You can make excuses for your life, your lack of development, and absentee relationship with God. If you’re creative enough, those excuses will seem valid. They may work on your brothers and sisters, but make no mistake, we are all seen by God for who we truly are. Don’t think your confusion surprises Him.

Today’s Quote

Are you developing your relationship or are you envying the labor of your neighbor?

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Psalm 81

 

1 Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob. 
2 Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. 
3 Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! 
4 For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob. 
5He made it a law for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice say, 
6 “Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. 
7 You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude 
8 “Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me! 
9You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god. 
10 For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. 
11 “But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. 
12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! 
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! 
15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him; they would be doomed forever. 
16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”

Truth in Choice

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“You want God’s blessing and the freedom of choice, but you don’t want to abide by His Truth.”~TB

Truth

In every day of our lives, we all have to make choices that impact our present and future. While some things are outside of our control, we are a sum total of the hundreds of choices we make each and every day. Friends, we are all dealt the hand we have. Some of us were blessed with God-fearing and honest parents, and unfortunately many go without and are forced to adapt to horrible situations. God’s truth still rings true no matter your circumstance. Even the broken have a choice. If you truly seek healing and restoration, turn to Him.

Truth Adjacent

Blame Him for the choices you made and live in your hedonistic fantasy. Sure, you may be right in the sense that you have suffered unfortunate events, but does that make you right with God? Friends, the burden our of pain and suffering are not meant for us to carry. We cannot reconcile it on our own, which is why forgiveness is necessary. What makes the Good News truly great is that through salvation, we have escaped the just pain and suffering that we are owed. However, if you wish to remain in your fleshly deeds, that is your choice. If you truly want to seek a self-serving life, lean into the pain and suffering of your choices. But do not say that you were not exposed to the truth.

Today’s Question

Are you allowing past hurts to dictate your fate?

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Psalm 74

1 O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? 
2 Remember that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession! And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth. 
3 Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary. 
4 There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards. 
5 They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest. 
6 With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling. 
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears your name. 
8 Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.
9 We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end. 
10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever? 
11Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them. 
12 You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth. 
13 You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters. 
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him. 
15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry. 
16 Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun. 
17 You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.
18 See how these enemies insult you, LORD . A foolish nation has dishonored your name. 
19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever. 
20 Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence! 
21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name. 
22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. 
23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.

Directional

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The musical direction of the Hand of God’s Holy Spirit can be seen, heard, and felt alive in your daily walk and studies with Him, as He guides you into eternity to Heaven forever.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Spiritual

As a King’s Kid, you must get directions, training, instructions, and discipline in the ways of God within the palace of the pages from the Holy Bible.  Your spiritual education is directly from God as your eyes see what no person can see, but by the Spirit of Truth from the Power of God.  I cannot give you spirituality, common sense, or understanding.  Ask God.

Devotional

Devotion is a key ingredient in staying connected directly to God every second of the day, so that you are aware of His Presence, Passion, and Purpose for your life.  Your job and wonderful ministry unfold right in front of you with each step you take with God.  Many will voluntarily renounce their royal, holy position with God, based on the actions and the direction they take with their dishonest behavior.

Motivational

Each miracle that you experience in The Lord will give you courage, motivation, and insight to the next step in your life.  The Will of God seems easy in comparison to your own free will of ignorance, dreams, and mayhem.  The direction you hold dearest in your heart is the path you will follow to heaven or hell.
Today’s Question
Did you resign from the position God has given you by not doing the work of developing, studying, and maintaining the talent to serve others for working in the Kingdom of God? 
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Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Lord, hear my plea for justice.
    Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
    for it comes from honest lips.
Declare me innocent,
    for you see those who do right.
You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
    You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
    I am determined not to sin in what I say.
I have followed your commands,
    which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
My steps have stayed on your path;
    I have not wavered from following you.
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
    Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
    By your mighty power you rescue
    those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.[a]
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
    from murderous enemies who surround me.
10 They are without pity.
    Listen to their boasting!
11 They track me down and surround me,
    watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
    like young lions hiding in ambush.
13 Arise, O Lord!
    Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
    Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
    destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
    May their children have plenty,
    leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
    When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
 
Love,
Jonathan

Lane

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Get out of the dumb lane by not copying what other people say and do: Copy what God says and does.” ~ Jon Barnes

God

God doesn’t have any lanes for you to travel in, but He has commandments of obedience, forgiveness, truth, faith, work, and trust.  Believe that God will reward your honest efforts of love, grace, mercy, and purpose in Him and you will continue to follow the Path of Righteousness that God sets for you.

Connect

Follow and study how ants communicate, move around, and work together to improve each other’s standing.  They don’t do it alone or in isolation.  The connection is two by two and the truth is quickly carried to the next one without changing the message.  There is no need to fight, argue, and hold onto hurtful feelings from the past or present.  Forgive, move, and work like the ant and God’s message of forgiveness will live in your heart.

Formulate

This is not a lane but a pattern God has set and instructs us from the readings in His Bible to understand how we should move, think, learn, grow, and know how to share love, truth, and justice in our daily lifestyle.  Stop using dumb phases that you hear from people and use bible stories to communicate like ants and God will fix and bless your mess with love, forgiveness, wisdom, and leadership of how ants operate.
Today’s Question
Did you forget God’s message by limiting God’s power with your lane of hate, control, unforgiveness, and disobedience?  ~  Jon Barnes

 

Job 31 

Job’s Final Protest of Innocence

31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to look with lust at a young woman.
For what has God above chosen for us?
    What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?
Isn’t it calamity for the wicked
    and misfortune for those who do evil?
Doesn’t he see everything I do
    and every step I take?
“Have I lied to anyone
    or deceived anyone?
Let God weigh me on the scales of justice,
    for he knows my integrity.
If I have strayed from his pathway,
    or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen,
    or if I am guilty of any other sin,
then let someone else eat the crops I have planted.
    Let all that I have planted be uprooted.
“If my heart has been seduced by a woman,
    or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,
10 then let my wife serve[a] another man;
    let other men sleep with her.
11 For lust is a shameful sin,
    a crime that should be punished.
12 It is a fire that burns all the way to hell.[b]
    It would wipe out everything I own.
13 “If I have been unfair to my male or female servants
    when they brought their complaints to me,
14 how could I face God?
    What could I say when he questioned me?
15 For God created both me and my servants.
    He created us both in the womb.
16 “Have I refused to help the poor,
    or crushed the hopes of widows?
17 Have I been stingy with my food
    and refused to share it with orphans?
18 No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father,
    and all my life I have cared for widows.
19 Whenever I saw the homeless without clothes
    and the needy with nothing to wear,
20 did they not praise me
    for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?
21 “If I raised my hand against an orphan,
    knowing the judges would take my side,
22 then let my shoulder be wrenched out of place!
    Let my arm be torn from its socket!
23 That would be better than facing God’s judgment.
    For if the majesty of God opposes me, what hope is there?
24 “Have I put my trust in money
    or felt secure because of my gold?
25 Have I gloated about my wealth
    and all that I own?
26 “Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies,
    or the moon walking down its silver pathway,
27 and been secretly enticed in my heart
    to throw kisses at them in worship?
28 If so, I should be punished by the judges,
    for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.
29 “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
    or become excited when harm came their way?
30 No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
    or by asking for revenge.
31 “My servants have never said,
    ‘He let others go hungry.’
32 I have never turned away a stranger
    but have opened my doors to everyone.
33 “Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do,
    concealing my guilt in my heart?
34 Have I feared the crowd
    or the contempt of the masses,
    so that I kept quiet and stayed indoors?
35 “If only someone would listen to me!
    Look, I will sign my name to my defense.
Let the Almighty answer me.
    Let my accuser write out the charges against me.
36 I would face the accusation proudly.
    I would wear it like a crown.
37 For I would tell him exactly what I have done.
    I would come before him like a prince.
38 “If my land accuses me
    and all its furrows cry out together,
39 or if I have stolen its crops
    or murdered its owners,
40 then let thistles grow on that land instead of wheat,
    and weeds instead of barley.”
Job’s words are ended.
Love,
Jonathan

Trip

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Today’s Quote
“Taking your family on a trip to see, remember, and study stories of the Bible is a wonderful idea, creating lifelong memories in faith-building.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Most 

Most people know very little about Biblical content and could care less about God and His Commandments.  Everything else is important, but God.  The hypocrisy that is displayed is blinding, creating death traps, roadblocks, and obstacles of doubt in the minds of the innocent.  However, it is each person’s responsibility to study and learn about God for themselves.

Few

Few people will take pride and joy in learning about who God is with a daily approach to reading and studying.  Making God a personal priority and anchor in your life takes character, guts, and love.  Few people will stop blaming their families, ministers, friends, and enemies about their personal responsibilities of neglect towards faith, love, and hope in God. Money rules in the hearts of many.

Arrive

After you take your last breath, few people will take that trip with God through the Pearly Gates of Heaven, because their actions were consistently opposite of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Many will fail and arrive in Hell by choice because they challenged God authority, just like satan.
Today’s Question
Are you acting just like satan, trying to take over God’s plan and throne to replace them with your own?
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Job 4 

Eliphaz

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
    But who can keep from speaking?
Think how you have instructed many,
    how you have strengthened feeble hands.
Your words have supported those who stumbled;
    you have strengthened faltering knees.
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
    it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
Should not your piety be your confidence
    and your blameless ways your hope?
“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?
As I have observed, those who plow evil
    and those who sow trouble reap it.
At the breath of God they perish;
    at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10 The lions may roar and growl,
    yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,
    and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
    my ears caught a whisper of it.
13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people,
14 fear and trembling seized me
    and made all my bones shake.
15 A spirit glided past my face,
    and the hair on my body stood on end.
16 It stopped,
    but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
    and I heard a hushed voice:
17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
    Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If God places no trust in his servants,
    if he charges his angels with error,
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
    whose foundations are in the dust,
    who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
    unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,
    so that they die without wisdom?’
 
Love,
 
Jonathan