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(src)="1"> 1 “ Do Not Let Your Hands Drop Down ”
(trg)="1"> 1 “ Do Not Let Your Hands Drop Down ”

(src)="2"> 2 Keep Contending for Jehovah’s Blessing
(trg)="2"> 2 Keep Contending for Jehovah’s Blessing

(src)="3"> Pressures and anxieties can weigh on our mind and cause our hands to drop down figuratively .
(trg)="3"> Pressures and anxieties can weigh on our mind and cause our hands to drop down figuratively .

(src)="4"> Consider how Jehovah’s mighty hand can give us the strength and courage to endure .
(trg)="4"> Consider how Jehovah’s mighty hand can give us the strength and courage to endure .

(src)="5"> And see what you can do to “ wrestle , ” or contend , for Jehovah’s blessing .
(trg)="5"> And see what you can do to “ wrestle , ” or contend , for Jehovah’s blessing .

(src)="6"> 3 Does Your Style of Dress Glorify God ?
(trg)="6"> 3 Does Your Style of Dress Glorify God ?

(src)="7"> God’s servants around the globe want their dress and grooming to be neat , clean , and locally acceptable , thus conforming to Scriptural principles .
(trg)="7"> God’s servants around the globe want their dress and grooming to be neat , clean , and locally acceptable , thus conforming to Scriptural principles .

(src)="8"> How can you make sure that your manner of dress will bring glory to God ?
(trg)="8"> How can you make sure that your manner of dress will bring glory to God ?

(src)="9"> 4 Young Ones , Strengthen Your Faith
(trg)="9"> 4 Young Ones , Strengthen Your Faith

(src)="10"> 5 Parents , Help Your Children Build Faith
(trg)="10"> 5 Parents , Help Your Children Build Faith

(src)="11"> In these two articles , we will see how young ones can learn to use their thinking ability to strengthen their faith and to defend it .
(trg)="11"> In these two articles , we will see how young ones can learn to use their thinking ability to strengthen their faith and to defend it .

(src)="12"> We will also see how Christian parents can make it more interesting for their children to develop faith in God and in his Word .
(trg)="12"> We will also see how Christian parents can make it more interesting for their children to develop faith in God and in his Word .

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(src)="1"> “ Do not let your hands drop down . ” ​ — ZEPH .
(trg)="1"> “ Do not let your hands drop down . ” ​ — ZEPH .

(src)="2"> 3 : 16 .
(trg)="2"> 3 : 16 .

(src)="3"> SONGS : 54 , 32
(trg)="3"> SONGS : 54 , 32

(src)="4"> How did Jehovah strengthen the hands of Moses , Asa , and Nehemiah ?
(trg)="4"> How did Jehovah strengthen the hands of Moses , Asa , and Nehemiah ?

(src)="5"> How does Jehovah strengthen our hands today ?
(trg)="5"> How does Jehovah strengthen our hands today ?

(src)="6"> In what practical ways can we strengthen the hands of our brothers and sisters ?
(trg)="6"> In what practical ways can we strengthen the hands of our brothers and sisters ?

(src)="7"> 1 , 2 . ( a ) What kinds of problems do many face today , and with what result ?
(trg)="7"> 1 , 2 . ( a ) What kinds of problems do many face today , and with what result ?

(src)="8"> ( b ) What sure hope is held out at Isaiah 41 : 10 , 13 ?
(trg)="8"> ( b ) What sure hope is held out at Isaiah 41 : 10 , 13 ?

(src)="9"> A SISTER who is a regular pioneer and is married to an elder , says : “ Despite maintaining a good spiritual routine , I have struggled with anxiety for many years .
(trg)="9"> A SISTER who is a regular pioneer and is married to an elder , says : “ Despite maintaining a good spiritual routine , I have struggled with anxiety for many years .

(src)="10"> It robs me of sleep , impacts my health , affects the way I treat others , and sometimes makes me want to give up and crawl into a hole . ”
(trg)="10"> It robs me of sleep , impacts my health , affects the way I treat others , and sometimes makes me want to give up and crawl into a hole . ”

(src)="11"> Can you understand that sister’s feelings ?
(trg)="11"> Can you understand that sister’s feelings ?

(src)="12"> Sadly , life in Satan’s wicked world creates a tremendous amount of pressure , which can cause anxiety and thus make a person feel weighed down .
(trg)="12"> Sadly , life in Satan’s wicked world creates a tremendous amount of pressure , which can cause anxiety and thus make a person feel weighed down .

(src)="13"> That can be like an anchor attached to a boat , not allowing the boat to move forward .
(trg)="13"> That can be like an anchor attached to a boat , not allowing the boat to move forward .

(src)="14"> What could cause you to feel that way ?
(trg)="14"> What could cause you to feel that way ?

(src)="15"> Well , maybe you are trying to cope with the death of a loved one , deal with a serious illness , provide for your family in these hard economic times , or you may be facing opposition .
(trg)="15"> Well , maybe you are trying to cope with the death of a loved one , deal with a serious illness , provide for your family in these hard economic times , or you may be facing opposition .

(src)="16"> The resulting emotional stress might in time drain your strength .
(trg)="16"> The resulting emotional stress might in time drain your strength .

(src)="17"> It could even cause you to lose your joy .
(trg)="17"> It could even cause you to lose your joy .

(src)="18"> But you can be assured that God is ready to give you a helping hand . ​ — Read Isaiah 41 : 10 , 13 .
(trg)="18"> But you can be assured that God is ready to give you a helping hand . ​ — Read Isaiah 41 : 10 , 13 .

(src)="19"> 3 , 4 . ( a ) How does the Bible use the word “ hands ” ?
(trg)="19"> 3 , 4 . ( a ) How does the Bible use the word “ hands ” ?

(src)="20"> ( b ) What might cause our hands to drop down ?
(trg)="20"> ( b ) What might cause our hands to drop down ?

(src)="21"> The Bible often uses parts of the human body to illustrate different characteristics or actions .
(trg)="21"> The Bible often uses parts of the human body to illustrate different characteristics or actions .

(src)="22"> The hand , for example , is mentioned hundreds of times .
(trg)="22"> The hand , for example , is mentioned hundreds of times .

(src)="23"> To strengthen one’s hands can have the sense of being encouraged , fortified , and empowered for action .
(trg)="23"> To strengthen one’s hands can have the sense of being encouraged , fortified , and empowered for action .

(src)="24"> It can imply having a positive and hopeful view of the future .
(trg)="24"> It can imply having a positive and hopeful view of the future .

(src)="25"> To let the figurative hands drop down has at times been used to describe someone who is discouraged , disheartened , or without hope .
(trg)="25"> To let the figurative hands drop down has at times been used to describe someone who is discouraged , disheartened , or without hope .

(src)="26"> It is common for a person in that situation to give up .
(trg)="26"> It is common for a person in that situation to give up .

(src)="27"> If you face circumstances that bring you stress or make you feel weighed down physically , emotionally , or even spiritually , where can you receive the needed courage ?
(trg)="27"> If you face circumstances that bring you stress or make you feel weighed down physically , emotionally , or even spiritually , where can you receive the needed courage ?

(src)="28"> How can you be motivated and strengthened to endure and have joy ?
(trg)="28"> How can you be motivated and strengthened to endure and have joy ?

(src)="29"> ( a ) When problems arise , what might we do , but of what should we remind ourselves ?
(trg)="29"> ( a ) When problems arise , what might we do , but of what should we remind ourselves ?

(src)="30"> ( b ) What will we discuss ?
(trg)="30"> ( b ) What will we discuss ?

(src)="31"> Rather than give in to fear and discouragement , which is like letting our hands drop down , we are invited by our caring Father , Jehovah , to ‘ throw all our anxiety on him . ’
(trg)="31"> Read Zephaniah 3 : 16 , 17 .
(trg)="32"> Rather than give in to fear and discouragement , which is like letting our hands drop down , we are invited by our caring Father , Jehovah , to ‘ throw all our anxiety on him . ’

(src)="32"> We can take to heart what God told the Israelites , that his mighty ‘ hand is not too short to save ’ his loyal servants .
(trg)="33"> We can take to heart what God told the Israelites , that his mighty ‘ hand is not too short to save ’ his loyal servants .

(src)="33"> We will discuss three outstanding Bible examples that show Jehovah’s desire and ability to strengthen his people to do his will despite seemingly overwhelming difficulties .
(trg)="34"> We will discuss three outstanding Bible examples that show Jehovah’s desire and ability to strengthen his people to do his will despite seemingly overwhelming difficulties .

(src)="34"> See how these examples can build you up .
(trg)="35"> See how these examples can build you up .

(src)="35"> 6 , 7 .
(trg)="36"> 6 , 7 .

(src)="36"> What vital lessons can we learn from Israel’s victory over the Amalekites ?
(trg)="37"> What vital lessons can we learn from Israel’s victory over the Amalekites ?

(src)="37"> Soon after the Israelites were miraculously released from slavery in Egypt , the Amalekites attacked them .
(trg)="38"> Soon after the Israelites were miraculously released from slavery in Egypt , the Amalekites attacked them .

(src)="38"> Following Moses ’ direction , courageous Joshua led the Israelites into battle .
(trg)="39"> Following Moses ’ direction , courageous Joshua led the Israelites into battle .

(src)="39"> In the meantime , Moses took Aaron and Hur to a nearby hillside from which they could see the battlefield .
(trg)="40"> In the meantime , Moses took Aaron and Hur to a nearby hillside from which they could see the battlefield .

(src)="40"> Were those three men running from the battle out of fear ?
(trg)="41"> Were those three men running from the battle out of fear ?

(src)="41"> Absolutely not !
(trg)="42"> Absolutely not !

(src)="42"> Moses put into action a plan that proved to be the key to their success .
(trg)="43"> Moses put into action a plan that proved to be the key to their success .

(src)="43"> Moses kept his hands and the rod of the true God lifted up toward heaven .
(trg)="44"> Moses kept his hands and the rod of the true God lifted up toward heaven .

(src)="44"> As long as Moses did that , Jehovah empowered the hands of the Israelites to fight successfully against the Amalekites .
(trg)="45"> As long as Moses did that , Jehovah empowered the hands of the Israelites to fight successfully against the Amalekites .

(src)="45"> However , when Moses ’ hands became heavy and began to drop down , the Amalekites started to win .
(trg)="46"> However , when Moses ’ hands became heavy and began to drop down , the Amalekites started to win .

(src)="46"> Acting with decisiveness , Aaron and Hur “ took a stone and put it under [ Moses ] , and he sat on it .
(trg)="47"> Acting with decisiveness , Aaron and Hur “ took a stone and put it under [ Moses ] , and he sat on it .

(src)="47"> Then Aaron and Hur , one on each side , supported his hands , so that his hands remained steady until the sun set . ”
(trg)="48"> Then Aaron and Hur , one on each side , supported his hands , so that his hands remained steady until the sun set . ”

(src)="48"> Yes , God’s mighty hand enabled the Israelites to win the battle . ​ — Ex .
(trg)="49"> Yes , God’s mighty hand enabled the Israelites to win the battle . ​ — Ex .

(src)="49"> 17 : 8 - 13 .
(trg)="50"> 17 : 8 - 13 .

(src)="50"> ( a ) How did Asa respond when the Ethiopians were threatening Judah ?
(trg)="51"> ( a ) How did Asa respond when the Ethiopians were threatening Judah ?

(src)="51"> ( b ) How can we imitate the way Asa depended on God ?
(trg)="52"> ( b ) How can we imitate the way Asa depended on God ?

(src)="52"> Jehovah also proved that his hand was not too short in King Asa’s day .
(trg)="53"> Jehovah also proved that his hand was not too short in King Asa’s day .

(src)="53"> Many battles are mentioned in the Bible .
(trg)="54"> Many battles are mentioned in the Bible .

(src)="54"> But the largest army assembled was that of Zerah the Ethiopian .
(trg)="55"> But the largest army assembled was that of Zerah the Ethiopian .

(src)="55"> He had 1,000,000 experienced soldiers .
(trg)="56"> He had 1,000,000 experienced soldiers .

(src)="56"> The Ethiopians outnumbered Asa’s army nearly 2 to 1 .
(trg)="57"> The Ethiopians outnumbered Asa’s army nearly 2 to 1 .

(src)="57"> You can imagine how easy it would have been for Asa to become anxious and fearful and to let his hands drop down in defeat .
(trg)="58"> You can imagine how easy it would have been for Asa to become anxious and fearful and to let his hands drop down in defeat .

(src)="58"> Instead , Asa immediately turned to Jehovah for help .
(trg)="59"> Instead , Asa immediately turned to Jehovah for help .

(src)="59"> From a military point of view , it would seem impossible to overcome the Ethiopians , yet “ with God all things are possible . ”
(trg)="60"> From a military point of view , it would seem impossible to overcome the Ethiopians , yet “ with God all things are possible . ”

(src)="60"> God displayed his great power and “ defeated the Ethiopians before Asa , ” whose “ heart was complete with Jehovah all his life . ” ​ — 2 Chron .
(trg)="61"> God displayed his great power and “ defeated the Ethiopians before Asa , ” whose “ heart was complete with Jehovah all his life . ” ​ — 2 Chron .

(src)="61"> 14 : 8 - 13 ; 1 Ki .
(trg)="62"> 14 : 8 - 13 ; 1 Ki .

(src)="62"> 15 : 14 .
(trg)="63"> 15 : 14 .

(src)="63"> ( a ) What did not prevent Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem ?
(trg)="64"> ( a ) What did not prevent Nehemiah from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem ?

(src)="64"> ( b ) How did God respond to Nehemiah’s prayer ?
(trg)="65"> ( b ) How did God respond to Nehemiah’s prayer ?

(src)="65"> Imagine how Nehemiah must have felt when he went to Jerusalem .
(trg)="66"> Imagine how Nehemiah must have felt when he went to Jerusalem .

(src)="66"> The city was almost defenseless , and his fellow Jews were very discouraged .
(trg)="67"> The city was almost defenseless , and his fellow Jews were very discouraged .

(src)="67"> The threats from foreign opposers caused the Jews to slacken their hands , to cease rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls .
(trg)="68"> The threats from foreign opposers caused the Jews to slacken their hands , to cease rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls .

(src)="68"> Did Nehemiah allow that situation to cause him to drop his hands in discouragement too ?
(trg)="69"> Did Nehemiah allow that situation to cause him to drop his hands in discouragement too ?

(src)="69"> No !
(trg)="70"> No !

(src)="70"> Like Moses , Asa , and other faithful servants of Jehovah , Nehemiah had already developed a pattern of relying on Jehovah in prayer .
(trg)="71"> Like Moses , Asa , and other faithful servants of Jehovah , Nehemiah had already developed a pattern of relying on Jehovah in prayer .

(src)="71"> And this time was no different .
(trg)="72"> And this time was no different .

(src)="72"> In the face of what to the Jews might have seemed overwhelming obstacles , Jehovah responded to Nehemiah’s sincere plea for help .
(trg)="73"> In the face of what to the Jews might have seemed overwhelming obstacles , Jehovah responded to Nehemiah’s sincere plea for help .

(src)="73"> God used his “ great power ” and “ mighty hand ” to strengthen the Jews ’ drooping hands .
(trg)="74"> God used his “ great power ” and “ mighty hand ” to strengthen the Jews ’ drooping hands .

(src)="74"> ( Read Nehemiah 1 : 10 ; 2 : 17 - 20 ; 6 : 9 . )
(trg)="75"> ( Read Nehemiah 1 : 10 ; 2 : 17 - 20 ; 6 : 9 . )

(src)="75"> Do you believe that Jehovah uses his “ great power ” and “ mighty hand ” to strengthen his servants today ?
(trg)="76"> Do you believe that Jehovah uses his “ great power ” and “ mighty hand ” to strengthen his servants today ?

(src)="76"> 10 , 11 . ( a ) How does Satan try to cause us to let our hands drop down ?
(trg)="77"> 10 , 11 . ( a ) How does Satan try to cause us to let our hands drop down ?

(src)="77"> ( b ) What does Jehovah use to strengthen us and give us power ?
(trg)="78"> ( b ) What does Jehovah use to strengthen us and give us power ?

(src)="78"> ( c ) How have you benefited from theocratic education and training ?
(trg)="79"> ( c ) How have you benefited from theocratic education and training ?

(src)="79"> We can be sure that the Devil will never let his hands drop down in his efforts to stop our Christian activities .
(trg)="80"> We can be sure that the Devil will never let his hands drop down in his efforts to stop our Christian activities .

(src)="80"> He uses lies and threats from governments , religious leaders , and apostates .
(trg)="81"> He uses lies and threats from governments , religious leaders , and apostates .

(src)="81"> What is his goal ?
(trg)="82"> What is his goal ?

(src)="82"> It is to cause our hands to slacken in the work of preaching the Kingdom good news .
(trg)="83"> It is to cause our hands to slacken in the work of preaching the Kingdom good news .

(src)="83"> However , Jehovah is able and willing to give us strength by means of his holy spirit .
(trg)="84"> However , Jehovah is able and willing to give us strength by means of his holy spirit .

(src)="84"> It is vital that we draw on that spirit so that we can face any challenge that Satan and his wicked system thrust upon us .
(trg)="85"> It is vital that we draw on that spirit so that we can face any challenge that Satan and his wicked system thrust upon us .

(src)="85"> Also , we can be grateful that we have God’s Word , which is a product of holy spirit .
(trg)="86"> Also , we can be grateful that we have God’s Word , which is a product of holy spirit .

(src)="86"> Think , too , about the spiritual food based on the Bible that we receive each month .
(trg)="87"> Think , too , about the spiritual food based on the Bible that we receive each month .

(src)="87"> The words of Zechariah 8 : 9 , 13 were spoken while the temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt , and those words are very fitting for us .
(trg)="88"> The words of Zechariah 8 : 9 , 13 ( read ) were spoken while the temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt , and those words are very fitting for us .

(src)="88"> We are also made stronger by divine education at our Christian meetings , assemblies , conventions , and in our theocratic schools .
(trg)="89"> We are also made stronger by divine education at our Christian meetings , assemblies , conventions , and in our theocratic schools .