“Too often we are copying people and not doing our own homework, following God, The Bible, and His Lifestyle Requirements for good living.” ~ Jon Barnes
“You have made this about you and it is not since God has created and provided all things for us to live, learn, grow and mature within Christ.” ~ Jon Barnes
A Call to Remember and Obey
“In order to receive a message, thought, or idea from God, you must be willing to hear, listen, do, and consistently perform the entire duties of His plan for your life, which will be communicated through your life’s story.” ~ Jon Barnes
Towns for the Levites
Cities of Refuge
“leaning on your own understanding leads to languish, lust, pride, greed, and bad choices because we intentionally forget God’s plan and ways which prompt us to break His Commandments.” ~ Jon Barnes
Conquest of the Midianites
Division of the Plunder
“Don’t allow yourselves to become frozen in fear by your trials as they are a stealthy attack to stop you from doing good.” ~Taryn Barnes
When we allow fear to plague our hearts and minds, we stop relying on God and start obsessing over our personal circumstances. Like ice coursing through our veins, our progress, and good works come to a halt, frozen in time, while evil enjoys the temporary setback. Though there are times where we lose battles, we must always remember the war has already been won.
Melt away your fear by remembering who made you. We are all capable of finishing our race in victory when we lean on God’s principles and not our own understanding. When we focus on the forest and not the individual trees, then we can see the stumbling ice blocks for what they really are, desperate attempts from a losing team.
Question of the day
Are you using the heat lamp of God’s word to melt away your fear?
Enjoy today’s reading
Water From the Rock
Edom Denies Israel Passage
The Death of Aaron
“Whatever you struggle with, don’t be surprised if it’s your test to get to the next level” ~Taryn Barnes
I haven’t been on this Earth very long, but I can say without a doubt that God has a very funny sense of humor. Yesterday, I talked about forgiveness and that it was something I was working on. Sure enough, only hours later, I was placed in a situation where my forgiveness levels were put to the test.
God put me smack dab in the room with the person I was struggling to forgive! At first, I was very upset at the situation. I didn’t want to be there and I didn’t want to deal with it. That said, in a very glaring way, I realized that I was being tested on how I’d react in the situation. I’m glad to say that I didn’t and I kept my cool. However, the night did leave a bad taste in my mouth, leaving me to struggle with it this very morning.
I had to admit that I was being legalistic about forgiveness. You see, just because you may be “right” in the eyes of man doesn’t mean that you’re “right” in the eyes of God. I could sit and be angry, or I can have peace and let God deal with the matters at hand. So I say, whatever turmoil, anguish, or problems you’re dealing with– whether situationally or relationally– let them go. It’s not about the other person or the problem. The truth is, the longer we dwell on the situation, the longer we rob ourselves of our joy, ultimately deterring our blessing for passing the test.
Lastly, when it comes to forgiving someone, it’s never about them. You choose to forgive because it’s the right thing to do. That other person/party involved does not have to be on board or even acknowledge their transgressions, you just forgive and move on anyway. It’s not always a walk in the park, but the peace and the close relationship you build with God is all the more worth it.
Question of the day
Are you deterring blessings by holding on to unforgiveness?
Enjoy today’s reading
Duties of Priests and Levites
Offerings for Priests and Levites
“Your life will seem like a Lotto Game of wasted tickets, money, and time, when you do not practice, study, check your homework, and work faithfully at your business with God.” ~ Jon Barnes
Worthy and Unworthy Offerings