Influence

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“If you seek an authentic relationship with Christ, be careful with whom you give your eyes and ears.”~TB

Deeds not words

Be wary of influential people who turn your eyes away from the Lord. While we can never truly know a person’s intent, if they prove to be a stumbling block for you, avert your gaze. Anyone can say they love the Lord, but if their actions do not match their deeds, should they really hold your attention? Be diligent in how you spend your time because what may seem like harmless fun is a pathway to foolishness and sin.

Your responsibility 

It is not your job to police the wicked. At the same time, it is your responsibility not to be influenced by them either. You can avoid many pitfalls and traps when you focus your attention on the Word of God. When that is your primary influence, all of a sudden, the beautiful trappings of the world, appear to be detestable and vile. Friends, do the work and uncover the truth for yourselves. Don’t be influenced by frauds who try and sell you on a broken lifestyle. God’s influence is the only real influence, pay attention.

Today’s Question

Are you influenced by righteousness or wickedness?

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Psalm 96

1 Sing a new song to the LORD ! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD !
2 Sing to the LORD ; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. 
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. 
4 Great is the LORD ! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. 
5 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! 
6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. 
7O nations of the world, recognize the LORD ; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. 
8 Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. 
9 Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. 
10 Tell all the nations, “The LORD reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly. 
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! 
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy 
13 before the LORD, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.

Spinning Wheels

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Why waste time arguing with fools? If the message is falling on deaf ears clearly it’s not intended for them.”~TB

Burnout

This world is full of fools who are willing to believe stupid things due to their blatant disobedience. They seek any justification to stay in their stupor and will look for supporters high and low. Friends, let the wicked have this world, they’ve made their choice. When you fight with the willfully deaf, you are engaging in a battle that isn’t meant to be won. Instead, you’ve wasted your resources and energy on a futile effort. Focus your efforts on yourself and your service for God. He will instruct your steps if you allow Him to. Don’t let the evil one deceive you by distracting you with dumb people. It’s a trap, keep your eyes peeled and sidestep the noise.

Focus

It’s important to understand that we aren’t here to change hearts and minds. That’s God’s job. We are here to live and speak the Truth. Though we may be part of that plan, our job is the mirror the Truth to the best of our abilities and let God handle the God stuff. He knows how to handle that far better than humans, so let’s just stick to our holy occupations. When you focus your efforts and habits, you will see that your honest, Biblical deeds yield more fruit than arguing with an idiot who is souled out for the devil. Do not engage with them. If you practice kindness and humility, their own deeds will heap coals on their heads, without you having to do a thing.

Today’s Question

Are you wasting your time on stupid stuff or are you focusing on your personal holy employment?

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Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
2 This I declare about the LORD : He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. 
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. 
9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 
10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 
14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 
15When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

Wicked

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“The reign of the wicked has come to an end. Because you hardened your heart to the Lord, He will snuff you like a candle”~TB

Crushed

This is your judgment:

Because you have crushed the poor, the oppressed, and the helpless, God will crush you like a vintner pressing grapes. Because you built your home off of the backs of slaves, God will enslave your mind and you will toil in confusion, ultimately causing your own demise. The very ideas and schemes that created your wealth will create your everlasting poverty. You will spend the rest of your natural life begging for help from whom you’ve oppressed. It will be humiliating and you will lose heart. You wicked child, why did you turn your back to the Lord? He loves you so, yet you rejected Him and consecrated with evil and witchcraft! Not only did you follow evil yourself, but you seduced your bedfellows to follow too! Your sins will not go unanswered.

House of Cards

The palace of evil that you stole for yourself crumbles down around you. Like a house of cards, your facade and fake lifestyle fall away, revealing your ugly soul. Your ill-gotten gains slip through your greedy fingers like sand in an hourglass. Your vile pride will turn into soul-crushing fear, which will eat at your spirit. Oh, how I fear for you who tolerate and embrace Jezebel and her repulsive ways. I’d pray for you, but I am not allowed. I tried to warn you, to spare you from suffering. Why did you prey upon the innocent? Why did you enslave your brothers and sisters? Why did you not heed the message? God gave you many chances. He even spoke to you directly but you did not listen! He even sent me to you and you mocked Him! Now the time has come to reap what you’ve sown.

Exposed

Your evil deeds that were done in darkness will now shine bright in the light. You will drink the wretched cup of poison you’ve created for yourself. What once made you beautiful will make you repugnant. Everyone will see you for who you really are, and they will recoil from your hideousness. There is nowhere to hide, you’ve made your bed. You will go mad from your embarrassment and shame, and it will all be done in public. Did you really think God would allow your reign forever? You and your bedfellows will be cast out into the wilderness, where your crown of thorns will slip from your face and pierce your eyes. Your blindness and punishment are set in stone, but this judgment will not last forever.

Repent

Do not look to me for a good word, because I have none. Though this brings me no joy, I can no longer intercede for you. You will not escape your fate. But God is merciful! If you leave your Jezebel ways and repent, God will spare you from the ultimate judgment. But because you sacrificed your inheritance for self-idolatry and self-worship, what was supposed to be yours will go to the next in line. Your descendants will not suffer from your wickedness for they are innocent of your crimes. God has spared them and they will flourish and will pick up their cross and will run their race, in spite of you. This will eat at you until your last breath. The damage to your earthly inheritance has been done. Turn back to the Lord, so that your eternal resting place is secured.

Today’s Question

Will you give up the spirit of Jezebel or will you suffer her fate?

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Psalm 90

1 Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! 
2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. 
3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” 
4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours. 
5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. 
6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. 
7 We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. 
8 You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all. 
9 We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan. 
10 Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. 
11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. 
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. 
13 O LORD, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 
14Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. 
15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. 
17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

Motives

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s quote

“Before God can give you anything, He will search your heart and examine your motives.”~TB

Who Are You?

Who are you in this world and when did you give up an let the world define you? Stop looking to the heathens, the demons, the whoremongers and the ilk to determine your worth. In doing so you lose your inheritance because your motives have become sullied by the sin-fallen ways of this broken world. Though the corrupt of this world seem to have everything, in Christ they have nothing. When your motives are tainted and evil, what’s up is down and what’s down is up, confusing the blind dumb and willfully stupid.

Who You Are

Who you are in Christ, is a redeemed lamb that has escaped the line of Slaughter because God so graciously has made you right through the salvation of his son, Jesus. Friends, that is the only identity we can truly claim because it is the only one that can bring us eternal life and everlasting peace. This world is not the Final Destination, so act accordingly. Examine your motives and walk with God and you will see the truth as it was intended.

Today’s Question

Who are you and what are your motives?

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Psalm 88

1 O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night. 
2 Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry. 
3 For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near. 
4 I am as good as dead, like a strong man with no strength left. 
5 They have left me among the dead, and I lie like a corpse in a grave. I am forgotten, cut off from your care. 
6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths. 
7 Your anger weighs me down; with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude 
8You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. I am in a trap with no way of escape. 
9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD ; I lift my hands to you for mercy. 
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude 
11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction? 
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness? 
13 O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. 
14 O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me? 
15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have paralyzed me. 
17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have engulfed me completely. 
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.

 

Using

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Most of us are really good at using someone else as a scapegoat for all of our personal failures, inaction, and inadequate behaviors.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Copiers

People use the behavior of others to copy, embrace, zone out, and imitate as their own ideas because they are too lazy to work, think, and learn for themselves.  Ignorant people use deviant methods and behaviors as a distraction to their wicked intentions of deception, hidden agendas, and false hope.  Their job is to zone out so they can take what you have and run.

Authors

Real people write their own books each day with the wonderful faith, events, work challenges, homework, and solutions that were discovered.  Your mind, processes, photocopies, files, and organizes all of the books, actions, experiences, hopes, and dreams that you have uploaded each day to help you navigate tomorrow’s experiences.  Evil people create life books and experiences of destruction, confusion, discourse, and chaos everywhere they go.  Their goal is to zone you out and disconnect your mind so they can control it.

Plagiarism

Beware that you don’t copy the works of wicked evil people, who are trying to pass their intentions off as being good, honest, loving, helpful, and spiritual. Stay in your zone with God.  These fake people must be exposed by not following them into traps of destruction, bad habits, and laziness.  Copy the good God wants you to do, because it is impossible to plagiarize the love of God in your life.  Your life must write love books of actions in faith, which is taught to you from God through the reading and studying of scriptures.
Today’s Question
Are you committing plagiarism by stealing and copying someone else’s evil ideas and lifestyle that is not approved by God for your life?

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Psalm 38

A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.

Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your rage!
Your arrows have struck deep,
    and your blows are crushing me.
Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
    my health is broken because of my sins.
My guilt overwhelms me—
    it is a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and stink
    because of my foolish sins.
I am bent over and racked with pain.
    All day long I walk around filled with grief.
A raging fever burns within me,
    and my health is broken.
I am exhausted and completely crushed.
    My groans come from an anguished heart.
You know what I long for, Lord;
    you hear my every sigh.
10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
    and I am going blind.
11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
    Even my own family stands at a distance.
12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
    Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
    All day long they plan their treachery.
13 But I am deaf to all their threats.
    I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
14 I choose to hear nothing,
    and I make no reply.
15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord.
    You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me
    or rejoice at my downfall.”
17 I am on the verge of collapse,
    facing constant pain.
18 But I confess my sins;
    I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
19 I have many aggressive enemies;
    they hate me without reason.
20 They repay me evil for good
    and oppose me for pursuing good.
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.
    Do not stand at a distance, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    O Lord my savior.
 

Love,

Jonathan

Caution

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Caution yourself before you speak negatively about things so that you can learn to see the good that is happening all around you, every second of the day.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Distractions

Negativity is a distraction that takes your mind, thoughts, words, and deeds off of the work of faith.  Make things better with your situation and people will copy you and become inspired, because of your lifestyle and preparation.  Shut down the negative attitude approach and open up the mouth of positivity, so that we all speak better blessings into the future.

Keep

Enjoy keeping your mind, mouth, and actions, on what God has for you to do by doing wonderful things each day, all of the time.  As a habit, you will develop wonderful skills to last a lifetime of fun, discovery, service, and respect for God’s plan for your life.  The challenges in life will keep coming, but your solutions are better than any problem you will face. God is the Solution!

Down

Don’t go down the street with wicked people trying to find trouble.  Stay with who you are and become better at being yourself.  As an individual, there is no need to copy the negative distractions and actions of others.  Use your words, works, and faith to define your destiny of positive living and be the blessing to others.
Today’s Question
Are you a blessing to God or a blessing to the devil?

Psalm 33 

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
    it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
    make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song of praise to him;
    play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
For the word of the Lord holds true,
    and we can trust everything he does.
He loves whatever is just and good;
    the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.
The Lord merely spoke,
    and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
    and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
    and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
    and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!
    It appeared at his command.
10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
    and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
    his intentions can never be shaken.
12 What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
    whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven
    and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes
    all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
    so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
    nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
    for all its strength, it cannot save you.
18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
    those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
    and keeps them alive in times of famine.
20 We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
    for our hope is in you alone.

Love,

Jonathan

Self Diagnostics

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“God gives us senses, thoughts, and judgment to navigate around the complex and simple questions we all face on a daily basis.” ~ Jon Barnes

Boldly Go

Boldly follow the answers God gives you when to move forward by stepping on the Rock of Christ that is centered in your path.  You are invisible in the Hands of God and the wicked cannot touch you or your mission of integrity. Believe and know that God is in control.

Redirect

Divert evil plans from intersecting your path by being proactive in God’s ways.  There is no need to compromise your steps by giving the devil a GPS on your mission.  Keep the wicked guessing and wondering about why, what, where, when, and how you work for God.

Directly

Don’t allow your disobedience to cause sickness, envy, strife, and sin to come into your lifestyle of hope and good choices.  Directly dismiss foolishness and complete the job that is in your hands.  Your self-analysis is all you need in God to see your way into and through your destiny.
Today’s Question
Are you following the motions of your self-diagnostics into the direction of Christ or did the devil bribe you with the distraction of money, lust, greed, power, stuff, and envy?

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Nehemiah 9

The People Confess Their Sins

On October 31[a] the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. They remained standing in place for three hours[b] while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God. The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Kenani—stood on the stairway of the Levites and cried out to the Lord their God with loud voices.
Then the leaders of the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed:
“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!
“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
“You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.
“You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea.[c] 10 You displayed miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, his officials, and all his people, for you knew how arrogantly they were treating our ancestors. You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten. 11 You divided the sea for your people so they could walk through on dry land! And then you hurled their enemies into the depths of the sea. They sank like stones beneath the mighty waters. 12 You led our ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night so that they could find their way.
13 “You came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and instructions that were just, and decrees and commands that were good. 14 You instructed them concerning your holy Sabbath. And you commanded them, through Moses your servant, to obey all your commands, decrees, and instructions.
15 “You gave them bread from heaven when they were hungry and water from the rock when they were thirsty. You commanded them to go and take possession of the land you had sworn to give them.
16 “But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. 17 They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt.[d] But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, 18 even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies.
19 “But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. 20 You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst.21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell!
22 “Then you helped our ancestors conquer kingdoms and nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land.[e] They took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and the land of King Og of Bashan. 23 You made their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors.
24 “They went in and took possession of the land. You subdued whole nations before them. Even the Canaanites, who inhabited the land, were powerless! Your people could deal with these nations and their kings as they pleased.25 Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.
26 “But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies. 27 So you handed them over to their enemies, who made them suffer. But in their time of trouble they cried to you, and you heard them from heaven. In your great mercy, you sent them liberators who rescued them from their enemies.
28 “But as soon as they were at peace, your people again committed evil in your sight, and once more you let their enemies conquer them. Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!
29 “You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen. 30 In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31 But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!
32 “And now, our God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships we have suffered seem insignificant to you. Great trouble has come upon us and upon our kings and leaders and priests and prophets and ancestors—all of your people—from the days when the kings of Assyria first triumphed over us until now. 33 Every time you punished us you were being just. We have sinned greatly, and you gave us only what we deserved. 34 Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestors did not obey your Law or listen to the warnings in your commands and laws. 35 Even while they had their own kingdom, they did not serve you, though you showered your goodness on them. You gave them a large, fertile land, but they refused to turn from their wickedness.
36 “So now today we are slaves in the land of plenty that you gave our ancestors for their enjoyment! We are slaves here in this good land. 37 The lush produce of this land piles up in the hands of the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They have power over us and our livestock. We serve them at their pleasure, and we are in great misery.”

The People Agree to Obey

38 [f]The people responded, “In view of all this,[g] we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests.”
Love,
Jonathan