Heavenly Father, You are God and You are Lord of All. There is no one and there is nothing that compares to You for You alone are the Almighty Everlasting Father. Above You, there is no other. The new year, O Lord, is just around the corner. Help me to end this year strong and to remain steadfast in the new year 2019. Thank You for guiding me and leading me in Your way. Father, I ask You to continue to guide me in all my ways and to direct my steps as I put my trust in You and acknowledge You in all my ways. Apart from You, O Lord, I can do nothing. In You, I can do all things because You are the One who gives me strength. You are my Hope and You are my Refuge. I cling to You, O God, for You are my Deliverer and Your words sustain me. Father, I delight in You, and because I delight in You, I know You will grant me my heart’s desire. Father, draw close to me as I draw close to You. Help me to remember there is freedom in submitting to You and walking in obedience to Your will and to Your ways. Be the Light which illumines the path I am to walk. Show me the Ancient Path, the good way, that I may walk along the Ancient Path and find rest for my soul. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
You are a child of the Most High God, and He has created you with purpose. He has plans He has designed specifically for you. As you go through this season, ask Him what He has planned for you. Seek His counsel and His ways.
If the Lord has laid on your heart to do something and if you have been putting it off, then let me encourage you to rise up and do what God has called you to do. Do whatever task God has told you to do.
What is stopping you from moving forward into the plans God has for you? May I encourage you to lay whatever is stopping you before God? Surrender yourself to God and submit to His will. Let Him do His work in you, and let Him use you for His glory and to further the Kingdom of God. Let Him use you to be a blessing to others.
Rise up, Child of the Most High God! This is not the time to sit back! Wait on God, and as you wait on Him, do His will. Obey His Word. Follow through with whatever God is calling you to do and do whatever He has told you to do.
Heavenly Father, You are the Most High God, and You have created me with purpose and significance. You have called me according to Your purpose that I might go forth and do Your will, to do the tasks You have called me to do. Lord, I surrender myself to You, asking You to show Your will and Your way that I might walk into the destiny You have specifically designed for me. Continue to be my Light and my Guide. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified. Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless. Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed. For God is with us!” -Isaiah 8:9-10
Your enemies can devise all the schemes and plans they want to try to take you down. They have one major problem; they have to get through the blood of Christ in order to get to you. They can come up with clever word games and other manipulative tactics, but they can never thwart the plans of God for your life. The Word of God is not chained, and when the Word of God goes out, the Word of God will accomplish the purposes for which it was sent. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies cannot be stopped by any mortal. Immanuel (God With Us) is a declarative name, and because God is with you, you are made victorious. The Lord Your God is your Immanuel, and God being with you rescues you from the clutches of the enemy. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Keep standing on the promises of God and obeying His commandments as He is fighting your battles and as He is taking care of your enemies. Always remember the battle belongs to the Lord.
REFLECTION: “If you love me, obey my commandments,” (John 14:15). Christ said, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.” In dealing with your enemies, you do not deal with them as the world does. You don’t pray for their demise or for something bad to happen to them. Vengeance belongs to God alone. As a child of the Most High God, you are to continue walking in obedience to the teaching of Christ and to know, as well as to keep at the front of your mind, that your responsibility is to love your enemies and do good to those that hate you. If you love the Lord, you will obey Him and His teachings and keep trusting in Him to take care of those who are against you. Let God be God, and you remain blessed by loving your enemies, praying for them, and doing good to those who hate you.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, to You be all the glory. You alone are God, and You said vengeance belongs to You. Bless my enemies by meeting their deepest need to know You and who You are. Lord, teach me how to do good to my enemies and show me ways to bless them. Forgive me for the times, I have desired revenge, and help me to remember Your ways are not my ways. Help me to remember you work all things out for good. Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me as I continue to do Your will and obey Your teachings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Temptations to sin are sure to come, BUT WOE TO THE ONE THROUGH WHOM THEY COME!’ It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.'” -Luke 17:1-2 (ESV)
Do NOT be foolish to tempt someone to do what he/she knows is evil in the eyes of GOD, and do NOT be foolish to tempt someone to do what you know is evil in the eyes of GOD. Just like someone does not escape the consequences of their choice to give into temptation and sin, you won’t escape the consequences of tempting him/her and causing him/her to stumble or fall.
God looks to the intents and motives of your heart, and He will not be mocked.
“Live as free people, but don’t hide behind your freedom when you do evil. Instead, use your freedom to serve God.” -1 Peter 2:16 (GW)
Remember This: Your story is just that -your story. Tell your UNTOLD Story -the story you have kept silent for months or even years, the other side of the story that has made those you once respected separate themselves from you.
Let their jaws drop open to the floor, and let them realize they were wrong about you. Let them realize you have a mind of your own, that you know more than you say, that you observe more than you let on, that you don’t need their approval, and that they cannot imprison you by what they say about you or by what actions they take against you. Let them realize they are not the reason for your success or for the better choices you have made for you and for your life.
If no one is encouraging you, then let me encourage you today; Free yourself up, and let it all hang out.
Much Love To You All, L.A. Knowles
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” -King David
It was that moment I knew I would be standing alone, but I didn’t see where I had a choice if I wanted a deeper walk with the Lord, if I was to do the task He called me to do. So with every ounce of strength He gave to me, I stepped out in faith and obeyed. It was like jumping off a cliff, but when it was done, when it was finally done, I felt like I was able to breathe for the first time in a long time, and freedom came rushing in.
It didn’t matter if those around me understood what I was doing. The only thing that mattered was doing what God wanted me to do, what He told me to do, and simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit. It didn’t matter if the words I spoke would be received or not. I simply had to let go and let God, and then I had to get out of the way in full surrender and say, “It’s all yours, God. I did what you wanted. You take care of the rest, and I’ll stay out of the way.”
…because at the end of the day the only thing that matters is GOD’S APPROVAL, not man’s …because when all has been said and done, it is knowing and understanding GOD’S GRACE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH to sustain us …because His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts …because of what Christ did on the cross and because of His resurrection, we are able to live a life of victory.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
You do NOT have to explain your relationship with God to anyone nor do you have to explain how God speaks to you. Just keep following God, leaning on Him, and relying on Him alone for strength. His grace is more than enough.
Whatever God has told you to do, just obey. Yes, it’s worth it all. It may not be easy and the road may be rocky, but it’s worth it all. What influences you? What is stopping you from obeying God? Who are you listening to? What are you allowing your eyes to take in? What do you have to lay down in order to have a deeper walk with God, for Him to take you where He wants to take you? What will you give up? Do you care more about the approval of God or the approval of man? Where does your heart lie?
Lay it all down before the Lord.
Nothing short of full surrender will do
Let Him break the chains.
Much love to all,
Written By Linda A. Knowles
The tigress was caged for several years,
When prior she was wildly roaming free,
Where others of her kind dared not tread.
She soon would once again be wild and free,
But for now caged-
Secluded, lonely, prohibited…
So much prohibition.
Soon the tigress would be free;
Though the cage door had been opened,
the tigress only neared the edge,
Just before her time to step out.
The tigress taking in all she could,
as far as her eyes could see-
To roam wherever she wished.
Let me start by saying this: I love the USA. I live in the USA, and I’m a citizen. I do NOT agree with anyone who protests by sitting during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance; I’m also a firm believer if one does not like our laws, customs, and culture, that one or few should just pack up and leave.
With that being said…
We’ve seen protests that have involved looting, rioting, blocking highways or main roads which caused problems for emergency vehicles and rescue workers, violent acts of murder, fighting, and the like.
We keep calling out and saying, “PEACEFUL PROTESTS!” However, when Colin Kaepernick sits down during the national anthem we are outraged, and yet Colin did not riot, burn anything down, loot, or commit any act of violence. So he chose and did a peaceful protest, and then some of us even got more outraged when another athlete followed his example.
“Stand up for what you believe” as long as what? They do it our way? As long as they believe our way? We’re still not satisfied with their peaceful protest… And by which list of standards are we measuring these “peaceful” protests? The athletes brought no physical harm to anyone by sitting down. Sure, they may have embarrassed their fellow teammates by sitting out, but the key phrase here is THEY PROTESTED PEACEFULLY.
What would we rather the athletes have done? Would we rather them steal, harm someone, burn something down in the name of whatever it is they believe? We wanted peaceful protests. We expected people do peaceful protests and not the kind of protest that breaks out violence, injuring others, and destroying community businesses and homes.
It may not have been ideal for any of you, including myself, but they chose what was best for them as individuals. In this country, there’s the right to protest, and that is their freedom to do so. They chose a peaceful demonstrative protest, and no one got hurt.
And we’re still not satisfied.
DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
Written By Linda A. Knowles
Peeled herself up off the floor,
Her world – Fallen apart,
She is the damsel in distress.
Everything she knew,
She now no longer knew;
And what she didn’t know,
She now knew.
As she crumpled once again to the floor…
No place to call her own,
Except for her place in Heaven,
Longing for her eternal home,
And seeing things around her she needs to live for.
She called out,
Though nothing came from her mouth,
And she shouted out,
Though no one could hear.
The tears that streaked her face seemed never-ending,
And the tire tracks of nervousness,
Imprinted on her heart, mind, body, soul.
She rode out her nights,
Imprisoned in her mind,
Woke up terrified by screaming,
To find it was her own.
She not knowing where to go,
Not knowing what to do,
She could only look upward,
And in her cries of desperation,
Not heard by anyone,
Were heard by the Father above,
Who rapped His arms around her in love.
The road has been long,
And weary she has been,
Still traveling this road,
That will soon come to an end.
WHERE HORSES RUN FREE
Written By Linda A. Knowles
Lush green meadows
as far as the eye can see.
Wild flowers springing up all about;
Fragrance filling the air,
after the wind-driven rain of the night,
where horses run free,
where they gather to graze.
That I should run so so free,
With no fear of what is ahead,
Or what lies beyond the tomorrow.
Like the way horses run,
And then to rest;
And enjoy places such as flower-filled meadows,
where horses run wild and free.
I absolutely love my country, but the people in my country… We hold to our Constitution. We have rights that are given to us as citizens of the United States of America, and as citizens, we exercise those rights; however, we should exercise those rights responsibly. While exercising those rights responsibly sounds like a great idea or something we should already be doing, many times we fail in the responsibly part.
Write your little heart out. Blog your little heart out. Speak your mind, and freely speechify or grandstand as much as you want. Don’t hold back. Just remember words uttered without thought to your fellow man or woman, in other words without an ounce of consideration or courtesy, will be held against you no matter whom you are addressing and by those who are merely spectators.
Freedom of speech does not allow for us to scream “FIRE!” in a crowded theater scaring the living daylights out of everyone to the point where they are stampeding out the door. Freedom of speech does not allow for us to breathe death threats or threats of bodily harm to another. In both those cases, consequences are sure to follow. Admittedly though, people have the freedom to act as stupidly as they want because it’s a free country. They should know they need to own the garbage they created and now have to pay the consequences. Consequences are not something we choose. Consequences happen.
It’s always good to refresh your mind on what your rights are as a citizen. So I got this quote from the site http://www.usconstitution.net: “Amendment I FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND PETITION. Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances…”
…but Political rallies bring out the worst in people. I get it. All of us are passionate about what we so strongly believe as individuals, what we consider important and moral, concerned how whatever happens affects us and our families, the communities we live in. The reality is though there will always be disagreements and lack of unity. And there is only one race: the human race; but I digress.
People make choices as to what they say or how they’ll react. <> I had a pastor who taught me never make decisions in the heat of emotion, and refrain from speaking in the heat of emotion. He taught me to step back immediately, to wait until calmed down, and then THINK about what to say or what to do. Yeah, admittedly, I have not always taken to that wise advice even though there are times I do.
Peaceful assembly?… How can an assembly be peaceful when speeches (words spoken) incite violence? I would like to believe the ones making the speeches would consider their words carefully before spouting them. How is the crowd going to react? But then again, those protesting also use words. The responsibility of words falls upon anyone who speaks. “If I say this, will it incite violence?” “Do my words convey hope?” “Am I going to regret these words later on?” “Should I calm down before I say what I can’t take back?” “If I say these words, is there a possibility I could end up in a full body cast or end up dead?” “If what I say infuriates the person and that person responds with an attack, will I end up retaliating or do I just keep my mouth shut?”
Lord, please let election time get here really fast
so the madness can end.
Much love to all, Diamond In The Rough