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Strength for Today

Strength for Today is a daily devotional thought penned by Victor Knowles of Peace on Earth Ministries.

WHY GOD SENDS SNOW AND RAIN

Victor Knowles - Monday, January 06, 2014
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry." (Isaiah 55:10 NLT)


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SACRIFICE

Victor Knowles - Sunday, January 05, 2014
"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." — C.T. Studd


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THE EXTRA MILE

Victor Knowles - Saturday, January 04, 2014

THE EXTRA MILE by Emily Mathews

January 4, 2014 at 4:02pm

Here is a nice prayer/poem for the New Year.

 

Lord, help me to never judge someone before I know the score,

Before I've walked in another's shoes at least a mile or more.

Let me be quick to understand and slow to criticize --

The world's a very different place viewed through another's eyes.

So, help me, Lord, to show myself as one who'll always be,

Ready to walk another mile with those who ask of me




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JUST ASK!

Victor Knowles - Thursday, January 02, 2014

JUST ASK!

January 2, 2014 at 6:22am

Nearly every morning I wake up with a refrain from a song that I learned in my youth in my heart. This morning it was this one.

 

Ask the Savior to help you,

Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;

He is willing to aid you,

He will carry you through.

 

I wonder why we don't do that more? Just ask the Christ who dwells in your heart by faith to help you with the strength you need for today. As the song says, "He is willing to aid you, He will carry you through." 

 

I also like the last verse of that old song.

 

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown,

Through faith we will conquer, though often cast down;

He who is our Savior, our strength will renew;

Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.




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A NEW YEAR'S PRAYER

Victor Knowles - Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A New Year's Prayer 

 

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,

But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,

   and by making you anxious to be there to help.

God's love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead. 

 

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10 WAYS TO HAVE A PROVERBIAL HAPPY NEW YEAR

Victor Knowles - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 WAYS TO HAVE A PROVERBIAL HAPPY NEW YEAR

December 31, 2013 at 6:14am

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

 

2. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:6).

 

3. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8).

 

4. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everthing you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).

 

5. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (Proverbs 4:23).

 

6. Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6).

 

7. Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1).

 

8. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it (Proverbs 22:6).

 

9. Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed (Proverbs 23:17-18).

 

10. Don't brag about tomorrow, since you don't know what the day will bring (Proverbs 27:1).




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CHRIST AND THE COMMON PEOPLE

Victor Knowles - Monday, December 30, 2013
CHRIST AND THE COMMON PEOPLE. "And the common people heard him gladly" (Mark 12:37). One of the reasons the common people heard Jesus gladly was because He was the master of one syllable words. Think about it. Jesus used words like seed, light, bread, door, fish, vine, salt, lamp, gift, heart, coat, birds, sheep, coin, etc. They also heard him gladly because He spoke in parables, "earthly stories with heavenly meanings." His teaching was filled with illustrations from everyday life that had spiritual meaning. The common people could identity with Jesus, who referred to Himself as the Son of Man. He was one of them. In my first ministry, I used a lot of baseball illustrations. One of the elders, Brother Hosea, took me aside one day and said, "Now, Victor, you and I like baseball. But these are mainly farm people. Use some farm illustrations now and then." So I did. And the farm folk heard me more gladly, I think.


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HIS FIRST WORDS (2)

Victor Knowles - Sunday, December 29, 2013
HIS FIRST WORDS. There is an 18-year gap between the words Jesus spoke when He was 12 and when He began His public ministry at about age 30. We would all love to know some of the words He spoke during that time, but what were the first words of Jesus when He began His public ministry? According to Matthew's gospel, John the Baptist was the first to hear them when Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized in the Jordan River. "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15 NIV). These words are very close to the first words He spoke at the creation of all things: "Let light be" (a literal translation of "Let there be light" in Genesis 1:3). How appropriate for the Light of the world to again say, "Let light be" and "Let it be so now."


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HIS FIRST WORDS

Victor Knowles - Saturday, December 28, 2013
HIS FIRST WORDS. What were the first words your firstborn spoke? What were the first words you spoke? The first recorded words of Jesus are found in Luke 2:49 NIV, "Why were you searching for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" Jesus was 12 years old, in the Temple, sitting among the learned teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. We don't have those words on record, or His first words, or any of the words He spoke before He was 12. But we do have these to ponder in Luke 2:49. Jesus knew that He just had to be in His Father's house, doing His Father's business. And that included sitting, listening, and asking. That also involved thinking, pondering, and sharing knowledge and understanding. At age 12, Jesus set the example for all of us.


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THE WONDER YEARS

Victor Knowles - Friday, December 27, 2013
THE WONDER YEARS. I often wonder what the growing up years were like for Jesus. All the Bible tells us is that he grew and became strong, and that he was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him (Luke 2:40). That wisdom is expanded on when he was 12 and was found in the Temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions (v. 46). Wouldn't you have loved to have been a Temple mouse in the corner and "eavesdrop" on that conversation? Everyone was amazed and astonished at his understanding. I was 12 when I became a follower of Christ and I treasure that moment I declared, "I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God."


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