I’m Praying for You!

Ephesians 1:16-17 NIV
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

I’m Praying For You
Today’s devotional is to simply say “I’m praying for you.” When I started this devotional I did so because I love God’s word. I love to read it and see what God has to say. I love taking those interpretations and sharing it with others in hopes that they receive an encouraging word for their life. I was encouraged by two women to start a blog. I prayed and stepped out on faith and thus the birth of Feevotionals. My stats tell me how many followers I have, however, each week when I hit submit I have no clue how many people will actually open their e-mails. I have no clue how many of the messages are forwarded to others who are not weekly followers. I have no clue who actually reads the message unless you tell me, but all that doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is that the few or many who read each week are enlightened by God’s word. I know what it’s like to go through things. I know what it’s like to feel hopeless. I know what’s it like to need a jump start to be driven to read God’s word and to pray. I know what it’s like to just need a word from God to get me through the day or the week. I know what it is like to need God to speak and to receive an e-mail that said exactly what I needed to hear or it gave me the confirmation I needed.

It is my hope that those who read this receive a word from God to meet their present needs and it is my hope that those who read this receive a word from God that draws you into a closer relationship with him. Each week before I hit submit I pray for you, I pray that if you need to hear a word that you are prompted to open the e-mail and share it with someone else who needs a word. If you accidently stumbled on this message it’s not by accident that you did. It’s because I was praying for you. No, I don’t have to know your situation, but God does! I let you know today that I am praying for you because sometimes it is a blessing to know that somebody is praying for you! When you go through your day in need of encouragement just remember I am praying for you!

I would like to pause and thank those of you who have been praying for me and your words of encouragement. Thank you for those who stop me when they see me to say how blessed they were by a message. Thank you for those who call me, text, me or send me an e-mail. I love hearing from you so keep the feedback coming. You can contact me at the links below or e-mail me directly at feevotionals@outlook.com. I appreciate all of your words of encouragement as they remind me that these devotionals are not in vain and that my prayers are being answered.

God bless every reader, doer, and sharer of this word. Be blessed and Be Encouraged! Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Felicia McKnight

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)

Prayer
Father, today I thank you for Feevotionals! Thank you for blessing me with a gift that I can unselfishly share with others. Each week you give me a message and I have no clue who the message will reach or whose life it will touch. I am thankful that you are all knowing and you know exactly who needs to hear a word from you. Each week when I hit the “submit” button I pray for every reader who reads the devotional whether it is today or next week or next year that they will receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation from you. I pray for those who are not followers that they will receive an unexpected word from you. It’s not by accident that they received a word, but it is all by your doing. Enlighten every reader to be drawn to you in a deeper way and meet all of their needs as only you know how. Strengthen them to not only be a reader of the word but to be a doer of the word. In Jesus name. Amen

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Blessings in the Workplace

Genesis 2:5b, 15 NIV
“…and there was no one to work the ground. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

I remember the old Dunkin Doughnut commercials where Fred the Baker would rise up early in the morning with dry enthusiasm to head off to work to make the freshest, most delicious doughnuts for his customers. In various 30 second commercials he expressed pride in making the best doughnuts and then he would return home drained with a monotone voice, “I made the doughnuts.” Fred knew his purpose each day in going to work and that is what kept him going. Whether you are at a long term place of employment, a temporary job, a job you hate, a job you love, we can all learn some things from Fred the baker and from our biblical friend Adam about blessings in the workplace.

Some people love getting up going to work in the morning. Some people dread it. Some people hate the job and the people they have to deal with on a daily basis. Some people are in positions that do not match their career goals. Some people are in a position simply because they need to pay the bills and wish they were doing something else. There are so many different attitudes we all portray and for some of us those perspectives change with the days on the calendar. For those of us that are employed if we all went to work with Fred the Baker’s attitude we would see the blessings in the work place.

The Blessing of PURPOSE in the Workplace
In Genesis 2:8-14 God planted a garden full of trees and food. He placed rivers for water and he placed man, Adam, in the Garden. In verse 15 God assigned Adam the Head Groundkeeper/Head Animal Attendant position in the Garden of Eden. There was a purpose for Adam at his job. There was a purpose for Fred the Baker at his job. For some your current job may not be the ideal place of employment, but God has a purpose for all of us on our jobs and we know all things (whether you like your job or not) will work out for your good! (Romans 8:28)

My first full-time, benefits eligible job after I received my bachelor degree was a Secretary position for an executive. Here I was fresh out of college and working in a position that I did prior to going to college. I did not need a degree for the job, but God blessed me with the job. It was provision for my household. It built my faith, character, and skill set. I had some of the same challenges mentioned earlier, but when I look back over my time in this position I can now see how things aligned to place me in the career I am in today. While I was in that secretary position I met two key people who played a major role in opening the door to the career I am in today. As I look back I can testify all things did work out and are continuing to work out for my good. (Romans 8:28)

In the workplace we encounter circumstances that teach us how to deal with people. I have worked for the micromanager, I have worked for and with the hater, and I have worked with people you wish you could snap your fingers and they are no longer there. I’ve dealt with some challenging individuals in my career. In each circumstance I had to learn something new which was how to deal with challenging, difficult, hateful people. These experiences were character building and faith building experiences. It was more beneficial for me to seek God’s guidance in the bad circumstances then it was to allow those individuals to irritate me each day. “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:7) When you feel like the people on the job are there as messengers of Satan they may very well be. You have God’s protective hand over you. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you will be condemned.” (Isaiah 54:17) There is a purpose for those negative people in your life. There negative tactics will only push you to new heights. “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” (Psalm 110:1) If this is your current situation I encourage you to “Be still and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10) “You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.” (Psalm 91:8)

The Blessing of ASSIGNMENT in the Workplace
“Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)
God placed Adam in the garden to assign each animal a name. As a Christian God may have placed you on assignment and planted you where you are to be a disciple so that others who do not know Christ can know the name above every name. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Someone at work needs to hear about God and to know who He is and who He can be to them. We are also walking and talking gospels. Are you living by example in the workplace? People watch how we walk and talk when they know we are a Christian. The workplace can be an opportunity to be the disciple God has called you to be. Someone in the workplace needs your witness and your encouragement.

The Blessing of COMPANIONSHIP in the Workplace
“But for Adam no suitable helper was found.” (Genesis 2:20b) There may be other Christians on the job and you may be placed there to be a workplace spiritual companion for that individual. As a Christian there are days we need encouragement as every day is not a mountain top experience. God always knows what we need and when we need it. When the stresses of the workday arise it is always a blessing and a delight to have a like-minded, like-spirited co-worker as a companion that can relate and give sound counsel and advice. It is a delight to have a work place companion to be able to have Bible Study with or have biblical discussions with. However, Bible study won’t always be limited to Christians. If another soul is hungry for the word feed them.

The Blessing of STEWARDSHIP in the Workplace
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.” (Genesis 2:20a)
Ultimately your primary goal in the workplace is to get a job done. Genesis 2:15 not only states Adam was placed in the garden to work but he was also placed there to take care of the garden. God desires us to be good stewards over our place of employment. We should manage our jobs as if our supervisor could see our every move. How are you managing your time at work? How are you managing your job duties? How are you managing people you may encounter on a daily basis? Did you provide excellent customer service? Is your response to these questions one that God would check on your performance review below expectations, meets expectations, or exceeds expectations? Sometimes the other job duties as assigned or all job duties are not to our liking but God desires us to be faithful to what He gives us to do. God desires us to be grateful for every blessing. It may be a rough experience and it may be the best job ever, but in all things give thanks. When we are faithful, grateful, and dedicated God can bless us with more. “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Mathew 25:23 NLT) Like Fred the Baker at the end of the day can you go home with confidence in God that you accomplished God’s assignment for you that day? Can you put a smile on your face and say “I made the doughnuts!”?

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” (Martin Luther King, Jr)

Be Blessed and Encouraged!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, today we praise you for our place of employment. Thank you for the job opportunity. Help us to always look at our employer as a blessing and assignment from you and to be grateful for all that you have given us. Forgive us for the times we grumbled and complained. We thank you for the provision from our job. We thank you for the people on our job. Give us the strength and knowledge to be light in our workplace environment. Lord today we corporately intercede for all unemployed individuals. We pray you will order their steps to an open door for employment. We ask these things in your son Jesus name. Amen

Written by Felicia McKnight

Fred the Baker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjrzuSb00ts

The Miracle in Sharing Your Not Enough

1 Kings 17:15-16
“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the widow and her son. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.”

The Miracle in Sharing Your Not Enough
My Pastor recently preached a sermon and that thirty-five minute sermon can best be summed up as follows:
“Where there is a temple, there is a need.
Where there is a need, there is provision.
Where there is provision, there is God.
Where there is God, there is a mystery.”
(~ Ralph Douglas West)

As I was meditating on our new faith confession for my own life God showed me the mystery of blessing others sacrificially with what we have left.

Where there is a temple, there is a need….
In 1 Kings chapter 17 Prophet Elijah shows up on the scene during a time of famine in Israel. God informs Elijah that a drought is coming upon Israel and Elijah in turn informs or prophecies to King Ahab what God has spoken. While Israel is in famine God instructs Elijah to go hide at the Kerith Ravine in which God will provide Elijah ravens for food and the brook for water. While Elijah was in hiding the brook dried up due to the famine and he was in need of food and water again. (1 Kings 17:1-7)

Where there is a need, there is provision…
Then the word of the LORD came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” (1 Kings 17:8-9) Elijah did as God instructed him and proceeded to the widow’s house. We can note here there is a blessing for seeking God and His instructions in our time of need and there is a blessing in our obedience for doing what God tells us to do which we will also see displayed later in the widow’s life. When Elijah arrives to Zarephath he meets the widow out gathering sticks to prepare her meal. To the widow’s surprise this stranger shows up on her property and asks her for food and drink. I can only imagine some of us probably would have given this stranger the side eye and demanded them off our property. The widow did not do this. At first the widow replied to Elijah with a legitimate excuse. She let him know she did not have a loaf of bread. All she had were the ingredients of flour and a little bit of oil. She was going to use these two ingredients to make a meal for her son, basically their last supper, and then they would die of starvation. After the widow’s fearful response Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.” (1 Kings 17:13)

Where there is provision, there is God….
For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.’” (1 Kings 17:14) Once the widow listens to Elijah God steps in to confirm what she heard. Here is a lesson we can learn on prophecy. When a prophet speaks a word over your life that word should encourage you, strengthen you, and increase your faith. “Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.” (Acts 15:32) In this case the prophetic word had to increase the widow’s faith, because how was she going to feed three people with ingredients for two that would leave an infinity of left overs until God ends the drought. That required much faith on the widow’s part. God had already deposited in the widow’s spirit to give her last (1 Kings 17:9). When Elijah came in need she was fearful of giving her last away, however she did not make up a bunch of excuses and she didn’t pause to think how she could get out of helping Elijah. She did what God led her to do and simply gave her last. She had to operate in a place of faith knowing based on God’s word that her blessing was in her sacrifice. If the widow obeys by faith what God says through the prophet, then God will in turn bless her in a way where she will never run out of flour and oil. What was going to be a last meal for the widow and her son now turns into provision and it is enough to feed Elijah and the widow and her son until the drought is over.

Where there is God, there is a mystery…
“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the widow and her son. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.” (1 Kings 17:15-16) I come from a family of bakers and I’ve seen a lot of cooking from scratch growing up. To my natural knowledge when you put flour and oil together over fire (the widow’s original ingredients and resource), then that creates roux which is used to create gravy based meals. If you go back to verse 13 Elijah asked for “a small cake of bread”. I don’t know if this literally meant a cake, a pancake, or a loaf of bread, but to make either of these you need more ingredients. Depending on your recipe you may need milk and eggs in addition to the flour and oil. When or if the widow received additional ingredients remains a mystery. That is the God we serve. We often don’t know the how he is going to do some things, but he does. When God does show up He often does so in ways we cannot explain. All we know is God did what He said He was going to do. Whew, that is shouting news right there!

We all have people that come to us in need and needs may not always mean financial resources. Needs could be your time and service. We may not have much to give what that person is asking for. We may lack the resources to provide, we may be out of energy to help, or we may be out of strength to serve others, but stop and think of what could happen in your personal life if you trusted God and sacrificed the little you had to a person in need. There is a mysterious miracle in not having enough and sharing the little you have with others.

Now I don’t know about you, but I know how hungry I am after church on Sunday. I’m starving. Every now and then I may have a snack on hand and I can’t imagine my Pastor asking me to share my little snack with the entire ten o’clock worship service. That was not the case in John chapter 6. A need came up in John chapter 6 where 5,000 people had been in worship service all day with nothing to eat. There was a little boy on hand whose mother packed his lunch so he could have lunch after worship. Jesus took the little that the boy had and fed 5,000 individuals. Can you imagine what would have happened if the boy didn’t share his food? There is a miracle in sharing your not enough!

I think about the testimony my Pastor gave this past Sunday (you’ll have to buy the CD). As a boy his mother gave her little to the neighborhood and it later came back to him in college in the form of provision. What if his mother never would have shared her not enough? There is a miracle in sharing your not enough!

I think about my current circumstances and recent chain of events where I was truly in need. I don’t ask people for much. The one I asked rejected me with their not enough excuse and it was understandable. I was disappointed but I couldn’t be mad. Not sure what happened to that person for not sharing their not enough. Maybe nothing, but had they have shared only God knows how they would have been blessed in return. The individuals I least expected and didn’t have to ask in my time of need offered to help me. I know the people who offered did so sacrificially and they too are running on not enough. I want those people to know (you know who you are) there is a blessing coming your way for sharing your not enough with me!

Giving not only meets our tangible needs but it meets those needs money can’t buy. If we go over a few more verses in 1 Kings 17 the widow faces another challenge: “Sometime later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.” (1 Kings 17:17) Sadly, the widow’s son dies, but that is not how this story ends. Elijah, the prophet that she helped with her last, the prophet she did not look down up on or talk to in a derogatory way and turn away when he asked for her last is still lodging at her home when this death occurs. God was still using the widow to provide for the prophet. Elijah being the powerful man of God that he is brings the deceased boy upstairs to the upper room and prays over him. God heard Elijah’s cry and restored life back to the boy. The little flour and oil not only fed three and created an infinity of leftovers, but it also restored a life! “The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.” (1 Kings 17:22)

I don’t know what little you have left in your life and who has approached you in need, but let this story show you never know whose need holds the key to your miraculous blessing. What do you stand in need of? What difficult situation do you face? What need is God asking you to meet with the little you have? Is it to give to your church? Is it to help a friend or family member in need? Perhaps meeting a need with the little you have could very well be the key to turning your little into much. Be God led and inspired when you do for others. When you obey God you can stand by faith that there is a miracle in sharing your not enough! Be blessed and encouraged.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you that where there is a need there is provision, where there is provision, there is God, and where there is God there is a mystery. Lord, we trust you today that when needs arise in our life that as we place our concerns in your hand you will provide as only you know how. There are times we may not understand or see how you are going to supply our needs, but help us to trust by faith that you will meet them. Lord, forgive us for being selfish when it comes to others in need. Place on our hearts a discerning spirit to know when you are trying to send a blessing through us to another individual in need. We know there are times we will have to say no, but for the times we are to say yes with our not enough we pray for your prompting to do so. We know that you bless those that you can send blessings through and we stand on your promises by faith that as we give it will be given back to us good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. In Jesus name. Amen

~Written by Felicia McKnight~

Filled With the Spirit

Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Filled With the Spirit
When you became a Christian you received the Holy Spirit and He lives with in you. “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” (Romans 8:9) If the Holy Spirit lives within you, then what does it mean “to be filled with the spirit?”

To be filled with the spirit means that you are allowing yourself to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is something you have to want and desire for your life by yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him complete control. Everything we think or do is influenced by Him. The scriptures states “do not get drunk on wine”. If you or someone you know has ever been drunk then you know alcohol can change some things. If you are under the influence of alcohol then your walk may change, your talk may change. You may act differently, think differently, and feel differently. Typically under the influence of alcohol a person tends to make poor judgment. When you are filled with the spirit the same effects happen, you walk differently, you talk differently, you behave differently, you think differently, and feel differently, however you make better choices and choices that God would want you to make. There are a few conditions to being filled with the spirit.

Live a Christ-Centered Life
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17) The Holy Spirit is not of the world. Since the Holy Spirit is not of the world and we should not be of the world either meaning we should strive to not gratify our sinful ways. When we focus on living a life pleasing to the spirit we are also pleasing our Heavenly Father.

Be in the Word
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16 KJV) When we are constantly pouring the word of God into our spirit, then we are being filled with the spirit. When we know more of the word then we know more of God’s ways and His promises. When circumstances arise the Holy Spirit can recall the hidden word to your mind to help you through life’s circumstances and in prayer.

Be Submissive
Our scripture focus commands us to “be filled with the spirit.” When someone commands you to do something and you do it, then you are yielding to their authority. When we yield to the Holy Spirit’s authority, then we are being submissive and allowing Him to control our lives.

Be Confident
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
When you do what you are supposed to do by living a Christ-centered life, living a life in the word, and living a life submissive to the Holy Spirit, then you can be confident God is doing His part by filling you with the spirit and accomplishing His will in your life.

Prayer
Heavenly Father we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We express our desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day as we allow Him to lead our lives.  Lord give us the strength to walk willingly in the spirit and not to gratify the flesh. Open our eyes and direct us on how to spend more time with you in the word.  Give us strength to be obedient to what you direct us to do through the spirit of truth.  Fill us with your spirit of knowledge and wisdom.  As we delight in you we are confident that your perfect will is coming to pass in our lives.  We love you Lord and we thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen