WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN



WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN

Written By Linda A. Knowles



ARMOR 1

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,

without fear,

without dismay.

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.

 

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But God Said

PSALM 2God said,

“I will turn their mourning into gladness.

I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

Thank you, Lord.

 

Malene Mendoza

Editor, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Never Too Broken

BROKEN 1

You’re never too broken to belong to Jesus.  Come to Him as you are. His grace and mercy are amazing.  He will heal you, restoring what was taken from you.  He will redeem you. He will fill that void in your life.  The world makes promises that only God can do.  Trust in Him, and have faith that He shall do what He says.

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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Simply Pour Your Heart Out To God

GIVE 1While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.” <>Hebrews 5:7

When we read the Gospels, we see Jesus withdrew into the wilderness to be with His Heavenly Father.  Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”  He would often slip away to a place of solitude to spend time with His Father in Heaven.  Did you catch that?  JESUS, Son of God, often withdrew to spend time in prayer.  HE MADE TIME FOR PRAYER.  He often slipped away to pray.  Since Jesus, the Son of God, made time to pray, how much more should we pray being His followers?  We are to take His example and take the time to commune with our Father in Heaven.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT WORDS TO EXPRESS YOURSELF?

You don’t need eloquent words.  You don’t need to consult the dictionary when you pray.  Your words can be as simple as “Thank you, Lord, for all you have done for me” and “Help me, Father, because I don’t know what to do.”  Simple words.  God looks at your heart.  Just go before Him humbly, recognize who He is, and pour your heart out before Him.  Listen to hear His voice.  Talk with Him.   Prayer is your line of communication with God.  His desire is to fellowship with you.  Make time in your day to pray to Him.  He hears you, and He wants to talk to you.

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” -1 Chronicles 16:11

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” -Jeremiah 29:12

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” -Matthew 26:41

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” -Ephesians 6:18

Delight yourself in the Lord.  Take joy in His presence.  Simply pour out your heart before Him.  He is your Counselor, and He is the One able to take on whatever you’re struggling with.  You will find prayer changes you, builds your faith, and can take down any giant or wall you find confronting you.

Make prayer your first resource always in the good and in the bad, not your last resort.

Much love to you all,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

 

May You All Have A Blessed Sunday

REDEMPTION 2

These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.

Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem

In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign,[a] I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said,

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth,[b] I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’

 

10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me.[c] Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”

 

In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

A Spiritual Reality; It’s All About God.

 

As children of God, we live in a spiritual reality that is continual.

The spiritual reality is:  IT IS ALL ABOUT GOD.

In Him, we live and move and have our being.  He is the One Who Sustains us and the One Who Cares for us, and for this very reason, we don’t have to worry.  He knows what we need.

We know this because of what the Gospel of Luke tells us:

“Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, ‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.  For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.  Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?'” -Luke 12:22-26

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EVERYTHING we have originates from GOD who has bestowed blessings and abilities, INCLUDING the ability to work in order to make money (the wealth we receive in a paycheck no matter what the amount), upon HIS children.

“‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.'” -Luke 12:31-34

Since GOD is the Provider of all that we have and since everything originates with HIM, we, HIS children, do NOT have to worry nor do we have to beg HIM for our needs because HE knows what we need before we even ask.

“Look at the lilies and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.  Don’t worry about such things.  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.” -Luke 22:27-30

PRAY 3

Our Father takes great care of His creation.  His creation is you and me.  He takes care of us.

Because He is our Father, we can have confidence and live without fear, knowing God has already gone before us.  He has taken care of our today, our tomorrow, and our future.

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Be blessed, Children of God, for He who watches over you NEVER slumbers or sleeps.

Much love to you all,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19

“‘For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.'” -Deuteronomy 2:7

“And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” -Colossians 2:10

Worth The Results

CHAIN 1

Do you want to break a bad habit?

You must want God’s will more than your fleshly desires.

Each time you have that urge to do that thing that keeps you from God, stop, deep breath, pray, pray some more, redirect your thoughts to God and what is right in His eyes and do it.

Doing what is right isn’t always easy, but it is so worth the end result.

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.