“God will release you from your bondage, but you must leave your mindset of captivity.”~TB
Vital lies occur when you tell yourself not to expect better ot that your chains aren’t so bad. When you’ve felt trapped for prolonged periods of time, a survivalist mentality sets in. In times of trouble, many rely on their own understanding and not God’s, often doing more harm than good! Don’t lean on your broken thinking unless you wish to remain enslaved. Friends, God did not call you to live in fear or captivity. In order to move past the wilderness, you have to throw off old behavior and cling to the Truth.
The Israelites took 40 years instead of 11 days because they did not trust in the Lord nor did they abandon their old ways. The wilderness is no longer a physical desert, but a negative cyclical spiral within the mind. In Christ you can overcome this, but you must face your reality. Ask yourself, how long with you allow a broken mindset hinder your reliance on Christ? What could you accomplish if you stepped out in faith and left your chains? God has set you free, but you must act on it. If you do not know where to start, ask Him and He will show you.
Are you letting broken chains hold you in the wilderness?
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1The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.
2O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings.
4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed.
6Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress.
7Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.
8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.
9Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
10Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
11Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
12She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.
14She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
18She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.
19Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.
20She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.
21She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.
22She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
26When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
27She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
28Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:
29“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
31Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
“God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance are infinitely unlimited. Apply them to your lives daily.”~TB
Don’t allow distorted thinking to limit your understanding of God’s love for you. Whether it’s coming from the opposition or a negative mindset, the biggest mistake you can make is to confuse your limited resources for God’s. Limited thinking makes you believe that God only loves you when you’re on target. That is not so! God loves you always. So whenever you mess up, set aside your finite resources and reach out to the Lord in your weakness. Friends, strength does not come from fine-tuning your skills. It comes from understanding how weak and imperfect you are.
Strength in Weakness
There will be times when you pass tests and are doing well in your work for God. Don’t get too high and mighty, because your success can cloud your judgment and make you feel invincible. As fleshly people, no matter how disciplined, you will never be perfect and eventually, you will fail. When you fall short, as we all do, remember that your weakness is not His. In your time of need, admit your shortcomings. Friends, when you know that your resources are not enough, that is when you can truly lean on God so that He can make up the difference! His unlimited resources supersede yours, covering up the blemishes. So, don’t boast in your strength, but rather rejoice in your weakness. This way you will remember that God is the only way.
Is your limited thinking obstructing your relationship with God?
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1Praise the LORD ! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise him from the skies!
2Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6He set them in place forever and ever. His decree will never be revoked.
7Praise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths,
8fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,
9mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds,
11kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth,
12young men and young women, old men and children.
13Let them all praise the name of the LORD . For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones— the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD !
“Substitute your negative thinking about problems, depression, fear, selfish vanity, and evil pride with good thoughts, The Lord’s Prayer, good solutions, Bible stories, faith, and the good works you will do for God.”~Jon Barnes
Respect and embrace God’s ways of doing business and thinking outside the box, the lane, and chains of slavery, bondage, hopelessness, and fear.Use the liberty of God’s Love to battle addiction, pornography, waste, lust, selfishness, adultery, fornication, and wicked behavior.Remain old fashioned, obedient, and set in God’s Eyes of Favor, by replacing evil with good.
Set your standards of ideas, thoughts, patterns, stories, words, faith, and works with God’s vision for what is to come, because you are meditating, praying, and doing what God is asking you to do.Your solutions are flawed, stupid, and meaningless when you are knowingly or unknowingly partnered with the devil, a cheap substitute.Don’t use your fake ideas, but respectfully embrace and substitute your thoughts, ideas, and feeling with what God gives you.
Give up your old, dumb, tired, evil, wicked, ways that seem right to you, because it is not working, as you beat your head up against the wall day after day.Lift up your head and hands to God for guidance, opportunity, wisdom, love, forgiveness, repentance, and integrity in what you are about to do.You will feel so much better by giving up your selfish additions, attitudes, cravings, miscommunications, and misunderstandings when you replace your mess with God’s Best Thoughts!
Are you so wise in your own thinking to not see what God is trying to fix in your own mind?
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Job Speaks of His Former Blessings
29 Job continued speaking:
2 “I long for the years gone by when God took care of me, 3 when he lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness. 4 When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home. 5 The Almighty was still with me, and my children were around me. 6 My steps were awash in cream, and the rocks gushed olive oil for me.
7 “Those were the days when I went to the city gate and took my place among the honored leaders. 8 The young stepped aside when they saw me, and even the aged rose in respect at my coming. 9 The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths. 10 The highest officials of the city stood quietly, holding their tongues in respect.
11 “All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me. 12 For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help. 13 I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy. 14 Everything I did was honest. Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban. 15 I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor and assisted strangers who needed help. 17 I broke the jaws of godless oppressors and plucked their victims from their teeth.
18 “I thought, ‘Surely I will die surrounded by my family after a long, good life.[a] 19 For I am like a tree whose roots reach the water, whose branches are refreshed with the dew. 20 New honors are constantly bestowed on me, and my strength is continually renewed.’
21 “Everyone listened to my advice. They were silent as they waited for me to speak. 22 And after I spoke, they had nothing to add, for my counsel satisfied them. 23 They longed for me to speak as people long for rain. They drank my words like a refreshing spring rain. 24 When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them. 25 Like a chief, I told them what to do. I lived like a king among his troops and comforted those who mourned.
“The love of God keeps growing in your heart each day because you see and understand how to sow good seeds on good ground every day.” ~ Jon Barnes
Non-violent revolutions occur when good people teach their families how to be good people and it spreads into the culture.Holding your family accountable for good behavior, morals, and values is a good idea.The battle comes when we do not do a good job with our personal lives and our families.This personal revolution will train better leaders for tomorrow because they will appreciate and use the fundamentals of character and honesty from you.
Rejecting evil is an independent choice of bringing your A-game, producing great work, and sharing the love.Actively balancing these good choices will add years to your life, reduce stress, eat less, exercise more, and enjoy the freedom of thinking clearly, loving God, and mankind.It can’t be good to have your mind trapped in the bubble of evil, thinking that everything is okay.Get rid of that cancerous bubble before it is too late.
Burst the bubble of wickedness that is holding you back and enjoy the fresh smile it will put on your face.Giving smiles and kind words of love will teach others to do the same.Love having conversations of meaning, value, substance, and good solutions to share and compare with everyone you meet.We can all learn something from each other when there are no bubbles, egos, or evil thoughts around to condemn us.Keep up the growing love in your life with God and your family at all cost.
What are you growing, a big bubble or a big heart?
2 Chronicles 5
5 So Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Temple of God.
The Ark Brought to the Temple
2 Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of Israel. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion.3 So all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the annual Festival of Shelters, which is held in early autumn.[a]
4 When all the elders of Israel arrived, the Levites picked up the Ark.5 The priests and Levites brought up the Ark along with the special tent[b] and all the sacred items that had been in it.6 There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!
7 Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.8 The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles.9 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place,[c] which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day.10 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai,[d] where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt.
11 Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day.12 And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets.13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:
“He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.
“We can talk ourselves out of our blessings with a despondent attitude and mindset for stepping away from our work, choices, time, and money because our low spirit does not want to pay the cost of studying, learning, or improving with God’s lifecycle.” ~ Jon Barnes
We become easily discouraged by ignoring our responsibilities, studies, and daily chores that we must do to improve our personal standing with God, as we grow in our Parent / Child relationship with Him. When we don’t get our candy, toy, or way with Him, we act like little babies, who pout, cry, or become unresponsive to God’s Commandments. Then the rod of correction becomes necessary for the ones God Loves. He will spank you.
God will spank and correct you when your pride thinks that you are smarter than Your Heavenly Father. Many people fall within this category, unfortunately. When you are stuck, it is because you are not listening to the correction course that is set in your life and you are always feeling hopeless in your thinking and ways. Stop being despondent, get up, and get on it, so that you can move forward with God after He corrected your actions, thinking, and motivation. Step into correction, not away from it.
You should feel hopeless when God rejects you. You should know that God has rejected you when He doesn’t spank you or correct your wicked, prideful, disobedient ways. His Holy Correction is your friend so that you can get right with God from within. Then and only then, others can see your improvement, as you help, share, and give love to other people all around you, who do not deserve your love, just as much as someone who deserves your love. Be the encouragement in your own environment.
Did you get rid of your pride, poor self-esteem, and low spirit, by replacing them with God’s Holy Spirit of Love and courage?
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Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh
16 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel.2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz),[a] crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth,3 descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea.
4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.
5 This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans:
The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon6 and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east.7 Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan.8 From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans.9 It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites.
10 They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.
“Talk to God better than you talk with yourself and notice how more honest you become with your own ideas, accuracy, accountability, faith, and belief, which will positively affirm and affect your actions with other people in your life.” ~ Jon Barnes
Each person has their own Affirmative Action Plan in place, which is at the core of their values, choices, faith, and love. Each day we affirm our thoughts, plans, goals, and agendas onto another person, without regard to the well being of others. Our laws, schools, business, society, housing, faith, and work practices do not match the true intentions of what God has designed and purpose for us to achieve.
The buttons are products of evil thinking can be seen among the ruins of world poverty, genocide, slavery, human trafficking, sex trade, gaming, lying, cheating as is a direct result of institutionalized lifestyles full of laziness and contempt.We all play the game of how to find the button under the three cards, as the dealer shuffles to ask and onlooker to choose the correct card with the button located underneath. The hands of a thief are quicker than the eyes of an honest person so that you must use all of your senses to catch and correct the wicked buttons.
I think we should be more concerned about pushing God’s buttons that any other potential problems and distractions humans can face. We all should affirm our actions to perceive that God knows and will judge us for all of the evil buttons we select and push in a lifetime. Perhaps we should push the Fruit of the Spirit from God to promote His Affirmative Action Plans of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control to rule and regulate our lives around the world.Don’t let the love of money, fame, power, and lust, pride, and greed distort and distract God’s Affirmation of practicing Love in your life, culture, or community. Why waste your talent and faith in God with distractions?
Do you believe that your personal affirmative action plans are pushing God’s Fruit of the Spirit or His Hell Botton?
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Harvest Offerings and Tithes
26 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there,2 put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.3 Go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, ‘With this gift I acknowledge to the Lord your God that I have entered the land he swore to our ancestors he would give us.’4 The priest will then take the basket from your hand and set it before the altar of the Lord your God.
5 “You must then say in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘My ancestor Jacob was a wandering Aramean who went to live as a foreigner in Egypt. His family arrived few in number, but in Egypt they became a large and mighty nation.6 When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves,7 we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression.8 So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders.9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!10 And now, O Lord, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.’ Then place the produce before the Lord your God, and bow to the ground in worship before him.11 Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.
12 “Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns.13 Then you must declare in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘I have taken the sacred gift from my house and have given it to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, just as you commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten any of your commands.14 I have not eaten any of it while in mourning; I have not handled it while I was ceremonially unclean; and I have not offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God and have done everything you commanded me.15 Now look down from your holy dwelling place in heaven and bless your people Israel and the land you swore to our ancestors to give us—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
A Call to Obey the Lord’s Commands
16 “Today the Lord your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly.17 You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and to obey his decrees, commands, and regulations, and to do everything he tells you.18 The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands.19 And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the Lord your God, just as he promised.”
“You must make good out of the situation and lifestyle that you are in by following God’s Instructions, Commandments, and Suggestions, along with His Word and Spirit, so that your good light of love shines to help others and know God.” ~ Jon Barnes
Create and follow God’s lead by using His plans, committing your time, energy, words, works, and talent for yourself, friends, and your family. Do not fight against what God has set in motion or do not let the devil change your mind about executing God’s Plans for your life each day. Make each step, word, work, and ideas count, with a God fearing, loving, lasting leap of faith into action. Do it with all that you have. Wicked people will try to seduce you.
You are not gambling when you bet on God’s Plan as your motives become more aligned with wisdom, grace, and love. Since God doesn’t gamble, build your life and family into the Hands of God, so that your house is in the Rock of His Holy Mountain with eternal vision. See, say, and sell all the Good Love that you learn from God and share it all the time in everything that you do. Stop the evil thinking and sad works from your hands. It is best and Good, to be honest, and love God’s Ways.
It only happens every time when your love life aligns with God’s Truth in mind and heart. We all can see the truth of love without introduction, like walking in the sunshine, breathing in air, and drinking clean water. Serve clean, clear water to your guest, family, and enemies as God does, instead of selling dirty water and copying the wicked ways of many people. You are wicked if you are not copying God’s Ways, so Make Good with your time, faith, work, and love, by obeying God, reading your Bible and loving others properly. Otherwise, your arrogance will deceive and trick you every time.
Did you make a good video of your life or did you gamble it away for some hot dice of lust in hell, casino?
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Numbers 25 NIV
Moab Seduces Israel
25 While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove,[a] some of the men defiled themselves by having[b] sexual relations with local Moabite women.2 These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab.3 In this way, Israel joined in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the Lord’s anger to blaze against his people.
4 The Lord issued the following command to Moses: “Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the Lord in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel.”
5 So Moses ordered Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death the men under your authority who have joined in worshiping Baal of Peor.”
6 Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[c]7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly. He took a spear8 and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man’s body and into the woman’s stomach. So the plague against the Israelites was stopped,9 but not before 24,000 people had died.
10 Then the Lord said to Moses,11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by being as zealous among them as I was. So I stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my zealous anger.12 Now tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him.13 In this covenant, I give him and his descendants a permanent right to the priesthood, for in his zeal for me, his God, he purified the people of Israel, making them right with me.[d]”
14 The Israelite man killed with the Midianite woman was named Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a family from the tribe of Simeon.15 The woman’s name was Cozbi; she was the daughter of Zur, the leader of a Midianite clan.
16 Then the Lord said to Moses,17 “Attack the Midianites and destroy them,18 because they assaulted you with deceit and tricked you into worshiping Baal of Peor, and because of Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, who was killed at the time of the plague because of what happened at Peor.”
“When you stick with God’s plan, ways and thinking, people will wonder why you are correct, successful, and ahead of the pack, not following the crowd!” ~ Jon Barnes
God’s answers are pure and you cannot know the purpose until your faith and good work has been executed. Your belief, conviction, actions, and good works will flow in the direction God wants to take you, which may walk you through the fire, rain, hail, snow, air, and water to get to the sunshine destination. Do what God says and stop trying to play God!
God’s love has a way of exposing the truth in all situations that are blind to the natural eye and your personal thought will not be the thoughts of God. When you abandon your thought to open up and understand where God is coming from, the miracles in your life will be plentiful, which shines from the sun onto the earth for all to see. Listen, understand, and know the warning signs and Love of God!
Your life is special because God said it and you believed it because you are obeying what God wants you to do, with blind faith. You know that your thoughts are incorrect and it is fun to patiently wait for the set of instructions for the next mission to appear. When they do, you know the truth and the truth sets you free to laugh at all of the lies that are around you. God is never wrong. You’re Right for a change when you learn to love God’s corrections in your life, as you follow Him at His Word!
Why are you so set on doing things your own way, because you are not following God or learning your lessons; Since you didn’t pass the test questions?
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Ten Commandments for the Covenant Community
20 Then God gave the people all these instructions[a]:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3 “You must not have any other god but me.
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those[b] who love me and obey my commands.
7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work,10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.11 For in six daysthe Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You must not murder.
14 “You must not commit adultery.
15 “You must not steal.
16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
21 As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.
Proper Use of Altars
22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: You saw for yourselves that I spoke to you from heaven.23 Remember, you must not make any idols of silver or gold to rival me.
24 “Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you.25 If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones. Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use.26 And do not approach my altar by going up steps. If you do, someone might look up under your clothing and see your nakedness.
“Since I know that God is listening to my complaining about people and problems, I try to channel my energy on the positive things I can do to solve my own problems, while helping others.” ~ Jon Barnes
There is a positive spin and every negative situation, when you look for it, while praying for comfort. By faith, you begin to understand the bigger picture from God’s perspective so that you can relax and let God be God.
The more you complain, the less you get done and the worse you feel. The more you spread the good side of things, the healthier your outlook, mind, body, spirit, and soul will feel. Your choice to spin up or spin down is a heart condition, which trains the mind to be content while doing the good work.
Eliminate the negative spins in life from you wheel of fortune that you have received from God’s Word, Works, and Lifestyle. Find the Good and use the wisdom to prepare for the bad with better answers and options to deflect evil. Evil will come, so have your holy umbrella in tow and twirl it around like a wheel of fortune and protection.
If the evidence of your positive mindset is your smile and helping hands then, why are you always in a bad mood?
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Water from the Rock
17 At the Lord’s command, the whole community of Israel left the wilderness of Sin[a] and moved from place to place. Eventually they camped at Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink.2 So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded.
“Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the Lord?”
3 But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with these people? They are ready to stone me!”
5 The Lord said to Moses, “Walk out in front of the people. Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile, and call some of the elders of Israel to join you.6 I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai.[b] Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on.
7 Moses named the place Massah (which means “test”) and Meribah (which means “arguing”) because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord here with us or not?”
Israel Defeats the Amalekites
8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them.9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill.11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage.12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
14 After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”).16 He said, “They have raised their fist against the Lord’s throne, so now[c] the Lord will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”