“even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:7-10NLT
As I sit here and think about the Year 2018, I can’t help but wonder about the faithfulness of God. He has truly shown Himself to be the God of Justice, and He has vindicated me in ways I would never have imagined. He has shown me up front and personal about how sin destroys and the consequences it brings through situations and circumstances that were far beyond my control. He has taught me strength, patience, and wisdom. He has carried me and upheld me by His victorious and righteous right hand.
My God continues to show Himself as the God of the Impossible and has shown Himself to be my Protector and my Hope. The Lord has been my Song, the Sweet Melody I can sing in the calm, the storm, the day, the night, times of sorrow, and times of joy; and as I go into the year 2019, I can’t wait to see what God has in store.
HAVE A VERY SAFE AND BLESSED NEW YEAR TO ALL MY BLOG READERS AND NEIGHBORS AROUND THE GLOBE!
Much Love To You All, Linda A. Knowles
“Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s loving devotions we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” -Lamentations 22:21-23BSB
Your hope and trust
are never misplaced
when you put your
hope and trust
in God alone.
YOU RESCUE ME
Written By Linda A. Knowles
I will praise You in the morning,
And I will praise You in the night,
even when it seems there is no hope in sight;
For You, O God, are my Deliverer,
And You are my Strength;
And You, O Lord, are the One Who Rescues Me
from the hands of my enemies.
“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation, I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.” –(Psalm 34:1-7NLT)
Our standing before God matters. Either we are hot or we are cold. If we’re lukewarm, God will spit us out of His mouth. The Word of God states, in Revelation 3:15-16(BSB), “I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth!”
REFLECTION: “So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference,” (Revelation 3:18-19NLT). This is the counsel of Jesus Christ to the Church of Laodicea, but it is very much for you today. The purpose of the Lord’s discipline is to turn you back to Him, the only one in whom salvation can be found. If you are finding yourself lukewarm in your devotion to God, then draw close to Him through repentance and confession. Don’t wait. Be washed and cleansed through the reading and study of His Word. Consecrate yourself to Him in both service and worship, and answer His call to you. Let Him restore you. “‘Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches,'” (Revelation 3:20-22NLT).
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, salvation is found in no other. Only You are able to restore and make a person whole. Father, I’m sorry for compromising Your Word and for being indifferent to the things of God. I’m sorry for relying on my own self-sufficiency. Father, I ask You to forgive me, and wash me clean. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, O God, and restore me as only You can do. Father, I give myself fully to You, to live for You and to honor You. May I seek out Your ways, and may I always stand for the Truth of Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”
In Christ, we are never alone because GOD is with us. Our LORD and our GOD tells us we can come to Him anytime, that eloquent words are not needed to come to Him. He welcomes us to come to Him and talk with Him anytime, that we are not bothering Him, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden,” and to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” because in Him, we have all that we need. He tells us to trust Him. We cannot do this life on our own. For certain, we cannot keep ourselves alive because He is the One who gives us every breath we take, and “In Him we live and move and have our being.”
This life and everything in it is fleeting. There is only ONE thing that is certain and sure. ONE that is eternal as everything else is frail and temporal. That ONE is Jesus Christ, the only Sure Foundation. While there are mere mortals who try to rise up and take claim to be messiah, there is ONLY one Messiah. His name is Jesus Christ.
He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Sure Foundation, the True and Faithful Witness. He is the Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Bright Morning Star; He is the Source of Life, the Root of Jesse, the Offspring of David, and the One Who Sits at the Right Hand of the Father. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is the Eternal One, the Fourth Man in the Furnace, The Son of the Living GOD, The Firstborn of All Creation, and He is the Living GOD. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the Anointed One, The Messiah, The Ancient of Days, The Savior, and The Soon Coming Lion of Judah.
He is truly the All In All who defines His own children. His children are not defined by any man. His children are accepted into the beloved, bought with His precious shed blood, and they belong to Him. And if He be for them, who can be against them? Absolutely no one. Our LORD and SAVIOR is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He is the Everlasting GOD, Emmanuel, and He is The Wonderful Counselor. He is altogether lovely, the Sweet Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, and His love is better than the finest wine. THAT’S THE GOD WE SERVE.
He is the Prince of Peace that breaks down walls of hostility, The Cornerstone, The Lamb of GOD, and He is the Light of the World. He is indescribable, and He is The Discerner of the Hearts of Man. He is Wisdom, Insight, and Understanding. There is none like Him, and there never will be. He is Hope, and He is Healing. He is the Good Shepherd, the Image of the Invisible GOD, and He is awesome, worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. He is glorious and majestic, perfect in all His ways. Our GOD: The Manna From Heaven and the Living Waters. THAT’S THE GOD WE SERVE.
PRAYER: LORD of Glory, You are awesome in might and in power. You, O GOD, deserve all honor and praise because of who You are. You are merciful, and You are the Giver of Life. You hold the waters of the earth in Your hands and Your voice is as of the voice of many waters. Thank You for Your unfailing love and Your compassion that fails not. Sovereign GOD and King, to You may I always lift my voice and sing and glory in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
True wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, and it is produced in you by the work and power of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom comes from God alone and is pure and holy, filled with insight and understanding, and the wise are proven by the choices they make. “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy,” (Proverbs 2:10 NLT). Joy fills the heart of the one who chooses wisdom and knowledge, which come from God alone. Gaining wisdom comes as you walk closely with God, remaining in right relationship with Him and being in tune with the Holy Spirit. The Lord knows what lies ahead of you, and He will show you what to do and which path to take. “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere,” (James 3:17 NLT). Always cling to God, The Giver of all Wisdom, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
MEDITATION: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding,” (Proverbs 9:10 NASB). Wisdom constantly calls out and is available to all who ask; it will help you discern right and wrong. The Holy Spirit will lead you into ALL truth, and He will always point you to Christ and His ways and His teachings.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You generously give wisdom to all who cry out for wisdom. You, O God, are the Eternal God, and fear of You is the beginning of wisdom. Thank You for allowing me to hear wisdom calling out. Fill me with Your power and might and with Your Holy Spirit so I can have insight and get understanding so I might learn discernment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Linda A. Knowles
Divination has permeated societies and cultures around the globe. It has filled our schools, homes, businesses, churches, commercials, television shows, media, movies, books, literature, video games, and the internet. Divination has disguised itself in what seems to be the most innocent to what is obviously blatant. It has filtered itself through words of manipulation and deceit as well as in vain repetition.
Divination is fathered by none other than Lucifer, the devil himself, called Satan, the serpent of old, and the adversary to your soul. In 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV), it states, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” and Jesus Christ Himself called Satan the Father of Lies as we can see in John 8:44 (GW) which states, “You come from your father, the devil, and you desire to do what your father wants you to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has never been truthful. He doesn’t know what the truth is. Whenever he tells a lie, he’s doing what comes naturally to him. He’s a liar and the father of lies.”
Satan will never show you sin in its actual form because Satan knows if you knew what sin looked like, there is no way you would go near it. He will dress the sin to look fun, innocent, tantalizing, and/or seductive which will leave you wanting more if you are not paying attention and are unable to discern what is good and what is evil.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength,” (Deuteronomy 6:5). THE FACT IS SATAN WILL LIE TO YOU. If you are involved in any form of divination and call yourself a Christian, understand one thing: divination removes God from the throne of your life; And if God is not sitting on the throne of your life, there is only one other sitting on that throne. You cannot serve God and Satan at the same time. They do not share the same throne nor do they share the same kingdom. Understand divination, no matter what form you are entertaining, MUST be repented of and you must turn away from all divination, not just portions of it.
You are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the basic law of the temple is holiness. Do not defile your temple by entertaining that which is displeasing to God.
Linda A. Knowles
Coming Next: Divination/Witchcraft: (Part 2a) Spellbound Captivation Vain Repetition & Meditation…
Jesus is the Savior, and if we truly love Him, we will obey Him. He is our LORD and our GOD. We are never to treat His sacrifice frivolously as Christ is the only means of salvation provided for us, and never take His mercy and grace for granted. He came here to earth as GOD in the flesh and dwelt among us. He is able to empathize with our weakness for He was tempted in every way yet He was perfect. His power is made perfect in weakness, and His grace is more than sufficient, and He is with you always, and HE is your strength.
“Then Jesus told her, ‘I Am the Messiah!'” (John 4:26 NLT)
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 KJV)
“Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'” (John 20:28 ESV)
“Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” (Romans 9:5 NLT)
“Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.'” (John 1:51 NLT)
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2 ESV)
“The one practicing sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this reason the Son of God was revealed, so that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 BLB)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 KJV)
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT)
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB)
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20 KJV)
“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2 ESV)
“He safeguards the steps of his faithful ones, but wicked people are silenced in darkness because humans cannot succeed by their own strength.” (1 Samuel 2:9 GW)
She inspired King Josiah and a nation to repent. Her name? Huldah, a prophetess who lived in the 2nd District of Jerusalem during the time of King Josiah’s reign. Not a lot is said about her. However, her role in the nation of Judah was one of great significance.
Here is their story: King Josiah, eight years old, had become king and reigned for 31 years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s eyes, followed the example of his ancestor King David, and continued doing what was right. (Reference 2 Kings 22:1-7)
Fast forward to the 18th year of his reign,
“Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!’ Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it. Shaphan went to the king and reported, ‘Your officials have turned over the money collected at the Temple of the Lord to the workers and supervisors at the Temple.’ Shaphan also told the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.’ So Shaphan read it to the king. When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: ‘Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.’” -2 Kings 22:8-11
Josiah’s response was a fitting response given the fact He had heard the Words of the Lord. He listened to the Book of the Law which was now found, filled with despair, he tears in clothes in act of remorse. The king was not dignified in that moment of despair. Even Josiah himself took note, “We have not been doing everything it says we must do.” King Josiah wanted to know what they should do. As a result, he sent Hilkiah, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah to go to the temple, speak to the Lord for him (King Josiah), the people, and Judah. King Josiah had recognized God was angry at them because of their ancestors’ disobedience to the Words written on the scroll.
The men made their way over to consult Huldah about what they had found. For them to go to her, it was obvious she was respected, and she had a message from the Lord for them,
“She said to them, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the words written in the scroll that the king of Judah has read will come true. For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will burn against this place, and it will not be quenched. But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city. So they took her message back to the king.’” -2 Kings 22:15-20
Huldah spoke boldly and confidently. She gave the men the message the Lord had her to give without hesitation. The message the Lord gave her was clear, and she had the courage to tell them exactly what God wanted. Huldah was willing to be used.
King Josiah’s response to the message God gave Huldah to give him is remarkable:
“Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the Lord’s Temple. 3 The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.” -2 Kings 23:1-3
He took the warning Huldah gave and he acted on the Word of the Lord. King Josiah took the lead, called everyone together in one place for the reading of the Word of God, and they pledged themselves to the Covenant. The King vowed to keep the commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul in the presence of God. King Josiah gave himself over to the ways of God. He removed the idolatrous priests who offered sacrifices to pagan gods, removed pagan worship and shrines of prostitution from the Temple of the Lord, idolatrous priests were not allowed to eat of the unleavened bread with the other priests, destroyed altars on the palace roof and the upper room of the palace and any other altar for worship to other gods, and the list goes on of the actions King Josiah made. He took drastic action. (Reference 2 Kings 23)
Like Huldah, are you willing to be used by the Lord to carry out the task He has given you?
Are you willing to be shaped and molded by the Lord like King Josiah was?
Will you, like Josiah, set your face like stone determined to do the will of God?
Will you push aside God’s Word, or will you draw close to Him and take immediate action on what needs to change in your life?
Is there anything you have to do so your life falls in line with God’s Word?
Remember our God never fails. He is the One who strengthens you and delivers you. You need only to go to Him and call out to Him. But if you go to the Lord for counsel and He tells you what to do, then be prepared to jump into action and follow every instruction He gives you.
“And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” -1 Samuel 15:22
In Christ, we find rest, a place of quietness, where we can commune with Him.
Christ gave an invitation and command when He said “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
There is no one like Jesus. He is the First and the Last (Revelation 1:17), the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13), the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 22:13), The Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20), The Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Peter 2:4), the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9, 7:22; Psalm 90:2, Revelation 1:14-15), Redeemer (Luke 1:68, Colossians 1:13-14), Savior (Luke 1:47, Ephesians 1:7), Friend (John 15:15). Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6), Deliverer (1 Timothy 2:3), and is the One Who Calms the Seas (Mark 4:35-41), the One Who Can Be Fully Trusted (Luke 12:22-28). He is the Living Word (John 1:14), the Faithful and True Witness (Revelation 3:14), and is King of kings, Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16); He is the Great I Am (John 8:58). He is Emmanuel God With Us (Matthew 1:23), Mighty God (John 20:28), Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6), and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6); He is All in All (John 4:24, 6:35; 1 Corinthians 8:6, 15:28).
His perfect love expels all fear (1 John 4:18) because He has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Christ bears our sorrows (1 Peter 2:24), our illnesses (Matthew 8:17), and our problems (1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7). He takes joy with us when we experience good times (Zephaniah 3:17). He is our Cleft in the Rock when trouble comes (1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 91:1).
Christ was the perfect sacrifice (1 John 2:2), the Lamb of God who was slain at Calvary (John 1:29), risen from the dead (Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:20). He is Victorious… (1 Corinthians 15:57), conquered Death (Romans 6:9, Hebrews 2:14)), Hell (Revelation 6:8), and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54-55), and HE IS ALIVE (Luke 24:5)! He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), The Living One (Revelation 2:8), and He Who holds the keys of hell and death (Revelation 1:18).
How can we not praise Him? He is our Burden Bearer (Matthew 11:28-30), Yokebreaker (John 8:34-36), and is the Giver of Joy (Romans 5:1-5). He is our Guide, our Hope (Titus 2:13), our Blessed Assurance (1 John 5:13). Because He is the Truth, He sets us free (John 8:31-32). Shouldn’t the fruit of our lips be praise and thanksgiving to Him? He is the One Who Reigns on High (1 Timothy 6:16, Revelation 11:15), sits at the Right Hand of the Father (Mark 16:19, Luke 22:69), and has given us all we need to sustain us (2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Peter 1:3).
Sing out in praise and glorify His name. The Lord has done much for us, and He is worthy of all glory, all honor, and all praise; And He, The Lord, is our banner, and His banner over us is love.
And Wow, Yeah, 2017 has been an incredibly awesome year in experiencing the preservation and deliverance of God in my own life, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2018.
With the New Year around the corner, it was time for me to seek out verses as a reminder of what I should always seek God for, a command to always keep at the forefront of my mind, and one that gives me a focal point for praise and worship.
Here are my theme verses for 2018-
MY LIFE VERSE THEME FOR 2018:
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fulness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
MY PRAYER LIFE THEME FOR 2018:
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…'”
MY LIFE OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP THEME FOR 2018
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Be gracious to me, O Lord!
See my affliction from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may recount all your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before you!
Put them in fear, O Lord!
Let the nations know that they are but men!”
May 2018 be a wonderful year for all my neighbors around the globe, and may all of you be abundantly blessed in the new year to come!
Much Love To You All,
CULTURE STOPS AT THE CROSS.
Just because the culture you’re living in calls something right does not mean that something is right. The children of GOD are called to be a light in this dark world, not to be conformed to the ways and customs of the world. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY. His Word stands forever.
#ChristIsComing #ForTheTimeIsShort #AreYouReadyForHisReturning
WHAT KIND OF TREE ARE YOU?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” -John 15:16
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9)
NEVER apologize for obeying what God has told you to do (“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” -Galatians 1:10 and “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8).
Always take your complaints and problems to the Lord because He is the one who can guide your steps and give your soul rest (“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” -Matthew 11:28-30 and “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”).
Keep your mind fixed on the things of God because He keeps you in perfect peace (“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” -Isaiah 26:3-4).
It doesn’t matter what any man or woman says about you, what matters is what God has to say about what you do and say, and it’s more important for you to know God (“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'” -Isaiah 55:8-9 and “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” -Hosea 6:6).
WHAT MATTERS MOST is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5) and “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14).
WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN
Written By Linda A. Knowles
We pledge allegiance to God Almighty,
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
Representing Him who holds our citizenship in Heaven,
we will strap on the full armor of God
so our loyalty will not waver as we stand firm
in the face of opposition.
We will be strong and courageous,
Leaving everything behind,
we offer our lives as a living sacrifice
unto Him who spared no expense to rescue us.
As we are striving to serve Him wholeheartedly,
we know the battle is not ours, but God’s.
With a steadfast determination and the strength He gives,
we will not back down.
Written By Linda A. Knowles
where He leads,
In His ways,
Where He treads,
There I shall go.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou
When we give of ourselves to help those around us, we demonstrate the love of Christ; and in the Gospels, when we see our Savior being moved with compassion, we also should be moved with compassion as we follow His example and help those around us.
May we always remember to be His hands extended.
Much love to you all,
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” -Luke 6:38
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” -Hebrews 6:10
“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” -Hebrews 13:16
You may be left standing alone as you stand for what you believe.
You do NOT need man’s approval.
You need God’s approval because
His approval is the only thing that matters.
DO NOT COMPROMISE FOR ANYONE. Mankind is as temporal as everything else. First John 2:15-17 states, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Just like everything else, mankind is temporal, not eternal.
Even if you were deserted by family and friends and neighbors, be assured you are NOT standing alone, God is The One Who Has Got You Covered all around. He is your Hedge of Protection, your Strength, your Shield, your Portion. He is your All and All; He is Everything.
“‘I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against. ‘Father will be divided against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’ Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, ‘When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times. ‘Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right? When you are on the way to court with your accuser, try to settle the matter before you get there. Otherwise, your accuser may drag you before the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, who will throw you into prison. And if that happens, you won’t be free again until you have paid the very last penny.'”-Luke 12:49-59
Much love to you all,
One does NOT inherit Christianity, and one cannot get into Heaven riding on someone else’s coattails. There’s a choice that must be made. The book of John tells us TO ALL WHO BELIEVED AND ACCEPTED HIM, to them, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
As children of God, we are called to live righteous and holy lives, not to live as the world does. We’re in this world, but we’re NOT of this world because this world is a temporary home, a place we’re only traveling through; and we’re chosen to bear fruit, walking the walk, not just making claims but actually living the life. We must keep in mind our faith needs to be backed up by actions, walking in obedience to God who has chosen us to be His own. It is not enough to make claims. If we love God, we’ll obey Him. We’re called to bear good fruit such as helping our fellow man/woman, encouraging one another, following the examples Christ has given us. May we always be His hand extended.
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” -Matthew 7:21-23
Much Love To You All,
RAWEST OF MOMENTS
Written By Linda A. Knowles
Heart Broken, Spirit Crushed, Soul Torn Asunder
Mind Flooded With So Many Thoughts
Eye Brimming With Tears
Endless Sleepless Nights
The Rawest of Moments-
That’s Where God Can Work.
Pouring Out of Heart Before Him
Admission of Powerlessness
Confession of Iniquities
The Rawest of Moments-
That’s Where God Can Work.
No Make-Up On, No Clothes On, No Mask Worn
Your Frailty & Nakedness Exposed
Your Strength & Vanity Gone
The Rawest of Moments-
That’s Where God Can Work.
Figuring Out The Only Place You Can Turn To
Light Finally Dawning On Marblehead
You’ve Found Your Way Back Home
Into His Loving Arms You Run
Enveloped By His Love
The Rawest of Moments-
That’s Where God Can Work.
Let me fall before Your throne at Your feet,
My Attiq Yomin,
Where I can worship You,
And worship You alone,
And bands of angels all about,
Singing praises to Your name.
Ancient of Days,
You’re without End;
You are Everlasting to Everlasting,
You always remain the same.
Written By Linda A. Knowles
O Magnify the Lord with me-
Praise to Him, the King of kings!
And I shall lift my voice to sing of His everlasting goodness,
The goodness of The Mighty Sovereign King!
You reign supreme,
For You are the God Most High,
And none compares to You, My God,
The Holy, Righteous One.
You are the Horn of My Salvation,
Exalted far above all the earth,
And You are strong and glorious,
Mighty to save,
Giver of Life,
And You are One!
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
God’s victory is certain.
At the final victory, we’ll stand in awe, speechless before the All Powerful God. It is only right to honor Him and greatly revere Him while we have breath, to give Him honor and to glorify Him, beholding His splendor and majesty.
As we walk with God, it is important to take time out daily to be still in His presence, recognizing and knowing He is God, worthy of all praise and honor.
“Acknowledge that the Lord is good! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”
As children of God, we’re to acknowledge God in all we do. When we praise Him and speak of His goodness and His glory, we’re focusing on and acknowledging the One Who Created us and the One Who has ordered our steps. When we obey God, we acknowledge He is Lord over all, seeking only His approval, not man’s approval. When we worship and bow before Him, we’re acknowledging Him as King. No one compares to Him, and there is no other God but Him. When we daily submit and present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty in our lives.
Let’s remember to keep our focus on Him, recognizing He is God and in control. He is the Rock, and He is bigger than any problem or circumstance. Never forget His goodness, and always count the blessings He has given you.
Be blessed, and have a great day, Everyone!
Written By Linda A. Knowles
Flowers of splendid blossom rise,
Hills rolling majestic;
Horizons glow with palettes of rose and hues of yellow,
Rippling across the sky with glints of silver glistening.
Lush green pastures covered with droplets of morning dew;
Waters cascading from their falls.
All the wonder of creation displays a marvelous array of beauty,
Handcrafted, so intricately made,
From what once was chaos brought to a glorious order.
Golden rays of the sun lapping across oceans, brooks, streams, and rivers;
And eagles soaring above mountain heights and furrowed brows,
As the hind makes her way through the treacherous mountain paths,
And the lowest of valleys.
How majestic is Your Name, O Lord!
How majestic is Your Name!
Your creation continually sings of Your magnificence,
Praising Your splendor and majesty,
Giving the honor due Your Name;
And I, My Lord & King, can only do the same.
Those moments I hold so close to my heart, those moments with the God I believe in… pen, paper, bible… quiets my soul like nothing else- a place of solitude and simple meditation. In those moments of talking with God, my mind finds itself clearing, the dross of my life being taken out. In those moments, His mercy and grace covers me and extends forgiveness and healing, His Word speaking life in only the way His Word can.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” -Psalm 27:4