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

Replace Ungodly Input With What Is Wholesome

OBEDIENCE 1


“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” -Philippians 4:8


If you are struggling with your thought life, here are several questions to consider: What are your influences? Who are you entertaining? What are you watching?

Like the old saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.”

Eventually, what you put in comes out.

Replace ungodly input with what is wholesome.

THOUGHTS 1Know what God thinks and what He has to say. Read the Word of God and study His Word. It gives you what you need so you can fix your eyes on what is eternal. Know you are able to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ because the Lord helps you and your strength comes from Him alone.

Much love to you all,

Linda A. Knowles
Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

The Crossroad of Decision

road-signsSometimes in life, you come to a crossroad. Going right or left is your only choice.

The truth is only one path is the best, the will of God, and the other disastrous, the will of man.  Just like a road, there are people behind you beeping, yelling, and screaming for you to hurry up, to go right or left. So is the same with choices we make. The voices of people or your own voice tries to make you choose quickly, hurry up, asking what’s taking so long.

Listen, God says, “My word is a lamp unto your path!” This means when your read up, prayed up, and listening up, you will be led by God himself.

This means when you’re read up, prayed up, and listening up, you will be led by God himself.

Friends, sometimes the light is a delayed red.  As impatient you might be and with all those beeps you get, the law says stop and wait.  If you run the red light there are consequences to pay.  Your excuse “They were beeping.  I had to run the light,” isn’t going to stand up in a court of law.

hope-alwayI will leave you to meditate on this today.  King David said it best, “Wait with hope for the LORD.  Be strong, and let your heart be courageous.  Yes, wait with hope for the Lord.”

No one said doing the will of God would be easy!  There is something you must do in the wait. Be courageous.  Be strong.  Have faith.  Wait patiently in hope!  He who has promised is reliable, able, truthful, and enduringly faithful!  He’s going to help you get to where you’re supposed to be.  I find God often takes us the long way around.  It’s when God takes us the long way around that we learn about his character.  He is reliable, trustworthy, and loving.  The road is hard for sure, but He will take us to where we are meant to be- His way, no shortcuts. The new year is approaching and the future might be uncertain, but I promise you He who began a good work in you will accomplish it.

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Hang on because the new year will have

defining moments for you.

Don’t rush through.

Don’t make choices people are pushing you to make.

Be strong and courageous.

Stand strong in hope and faith.

God cannot fail you IF you’re seeking

His will and His way!

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Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

You Are A Servant of God

 

MATTHEW 20

Jesus Teaches about Serving Others

20 Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21 “What is your request?” he asked.

She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

22 But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?”

“Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”

23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”

24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Keep Clinging To God

holding-hands

Each of us goes through times of testing, and sometimes those times of testing seem to come out of nowhere.  In those times, our character is sharpened and refined, and we may find ourselves close to the edge, ready to give up, ready to raise the flag of surrender, and go our own way.

God has heard your cries.  He has not forgotten you.  Cling to Him.  Hold on to His Truth.  Stand on His promises.  Don’t give up.  Remember you are already made victorious, and He is the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Lean on Him.  Trust Him.

HE SHOULDERS ALL YOUR WORRIES & CARES

“Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN NOR FORSAKEN

“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.  Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before me.”  -Isaiah 49:15-16

“He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” -Hebrews 13:5

YOU ARE CHOSEN, A ROYAL PRIEST, A HOLY NATION

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9

God will deliver you out of your troubles and give you boldness as you continue trusting in Him…  for He is Who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.

Much Love To You All,

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

 

 

He Hears You, & He Will Answer

TEARS 1You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. -Psalm 56:8

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.  But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.  The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.  The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.  For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!” -Psalm 34:15-20

Keep pressing forward. Do not give up.  Your Heavenly Father hears your every cry and takes note.  The answer is on the way.  Keep going, and keep seeking.  Cling to the truth of God.  Embrace every opportunity God gives you for growth.  No one said the process was easy, but the results are awesome…  they result in you being able to testify of the Lord’s goodness.

Much Love To You All,

Lind 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.