“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