“OUR ROCK & OUR REFUGE” Youth Vlog #7

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“OUR ROCK & REFUGE” – Youth Vlog #7

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” -Psalm 62:7 (NIV)

 

Devotional By:  Justin Noah Citro

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Youth Devotional #3: Honoring The Lord With Your Wealth

 

“Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the firstfruits of all your crops.”

Proverbs 3:9

Devotional By:  Justin Noah Citro

GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD

ISAIAH 42.8

Our God is a consuming fire, and He will NOT share His glory with another.  His jealousy is like fire.  He burns with a passion for His people who are to look to only Him as LORD and as GOD!

Deuteronomy 4:23-24 states, “So be careful not to break the covenant the Lord your God has made with you. Do not make idols of any shape or form, for the Lord your God has forbidden this.  The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.”

This passage shows God’s demand of loyalty and faithfulness to Him.  His jealousy is the kind that is appropriate and good.  God defends His name, His words, and His honor.

His demand for loyalty and faithfulness from His children is as passionate as a consuming fire and is an exclusive one.  GOD is LORD, and no one else is to be treated as such.

In other words, there is NO other God besides your Heavenly Father who is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.  No one compares to Him, and no one ever will compare to Him.  God is jealous for you.

Mankind frail, made of nothing but the dust of the ground, fading away along with everything in this world…  BUT GOD is everlasting, the Omnipresent LORD, who does NOT fail.  He is glorious and majestic in all His ways, and He is jealous for you.

Remember to be faithful to the LORD in all you do for our God is a consuming fire and does NOT share His glory with another.

Much love to you all,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Just One Of Those Things

WE ALL HAVE THEM.

They are called prayer-1.

Having people who can carry something before God for us is one of the privileges we have as children of God.  We go to church or someone’s house where a prayer meeting is being held to meet with people of like faith, to seek God together.  Some turn in prayer request cards to their church to be read before the assembly so their fellow brothers and sisters keep them in prayer.  We may even ask to have our requests put on the church prayer list.  And in this technological age, we can even submit requests to online prayer groups or send off an email to fellow believers or whatever place of worship we attend.

It’s great to have fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to lift us up in prayer.  After all, we are to bear one another’s burdens, and in doing that, we fulfill the law of Christ (Reference Galatians 6:2).

BUT WHEN GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS,

OUR PETITIONS, OUR SUPPLICATIONS…

praise-and-worship-17Do we give praise to God for answered prayer?  Are we quick to declare His praises among the people?  Do we testify of God’s goodness?

In Psalm 22:22, the Psalmist declared, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people.”

Brothers & Sisters In Christ, we are to declare the goodness of the Lord, to exalt His name, to be unashamed to testify of what He has done, giving Him thanks in all things.  REMEMBER to testify of His faithfulness.  Praise His name among the peoples.  Let others you asked to pray for you know God answered.  Let them know He is faithful.  Sing out His praises for He is truly good.  Your testimony of praise will encourage those who are praying for you or those who are still waiting for God to answer them.

So often we forget to give God glory for who He is and what He has done.  Do not neglect giving God the praise and glory due Him.  When He answers prayer, give Him honor.  Acknowledge Him in all things.

What has God done for you?  Has He answered your prayer?  Have you told those who you are praying for you what God has done?  Did you tell them God is faithful?

Don’t let answers to prayer be

“Just one of those things”

you forget.

I encourage you today give thanks and exalt the name of the Lord for what He has done for you.  I encourage you to speak out about His goodness and His faithfulness, His unfailing love and His mercies that are new every morning.

“O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.” -Psalm 34:3

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.” -Psalm 115:1

“You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.” -Psalm 118:28

May you all be blessed abundantly and know God is great and greatly to be praised always.

With much love,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

God Surprises Us

I love that God speaks to us in the everyday events of our lives!  Today at Animal Kingdom, we saw The Lion King Festival, Finding Nemo the Musical, and 3D It’s tough to be a bug. In each one, we got front seats and got to interact with the actors! I love to see my kids get the best, and I make no apologies for it! I love them and enjoy surprising them because they’re great kids, and I love to reward them and see their joyous little faces!

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Well, guess what?

God loves to surprise us, too!

 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29:11)

He longs to show us His faithfulness and to be gracious to us, not because we deserve it, but because he loves us and enjoys blessing us! I can’t ever do for my children what God longs to do to bless us! He doesn’t make apologies either for blessing us!

I wish I could write all God showed me about His awesome character towards us!

Serve Him, My Friends!  He is worthy of our praises even in our dark days. He is the light that leads us on! Excited to know God and privileged to give Him my heart, mind, and soul!

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

(Psalm 103:1-5)

 

“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”  (Deuteronomy 7:9)

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.” (1 John 3:1)

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

Be Unique & Be Real

no-fear*

Our call is to holiness. Without compromising, explanations, and timidity!

Stand out, follow God, and let God take the consequences!

He knows how to honor, protect, and deliver his people!

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Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread Of Hope, Inc.