I Am SECURE in Who I Am

I Am SECURE

I Am SECURE in Who I Am
Written by Felicia McKnight

I recently attended a women’s conference and the theme of the conference was “I AM”. I was reminded at this conference that our words have power and when we speak whatever follows “I AM” is who we will become. As I sat and listened to one of the ministers speak one of the statements she made sat with me and I pondered on it for quite some time as I reflected on who I AM.

“A Woman who is secure in who she is will shout over another woman’s blessing.” ~Dr. Jazmine Sculark

I love this quote! It is so important for us to be secure in who we are when we face various trials and attacks by the enemy. I thought about last year when a new colleague that I was training had some negative words to say about my training style and came at me in an unprofessional manner. Because I am secure in who I am as a professional I knew that nothing was wrong with my training style. Matter of fact I have always received compliments. I thought about earlier this year when a Christian woman attacked my character and the Feevotionals that I put out every week. Because I am secure in who I am I knew that everything she tried to say was simply the opposite of the truth and I didn’t even bother to entertain or have that debate with her. Everything she said I was confident that these Feevotionals and my character has been a blessing to so many. I have so many e-mails and text messages to prove that opinion wrong. I thought about how I was attacked last week by an executive. They made the mistake but they tried to downgrade my work style. Fortunately I knew I had all of my documentation to back up what happened so I was secure that their verbal attack by no means accurately described my work ethics and style. I bring up these examples because, when you are secure in who you are and you know who you are then what others have to say should be the least of your concerns. A good friend helped me with this by saying that “whatever negative things others say, then the opposite must be true.” In these examples I can rejoice over who I am and who God has made me to be.

I can specifically speak for women today because I see and hear about so much of it, but why must we tear one another down? Some of my greatest challenges in my career I can pin point back to another woman trying to tear me down and stop me from my destiny. Looking back they were all footstools to where I am at today. As I continue to live this life I have observed that typically the ones that are doing the hating, the tearing down, and the displays of jealousy are the ones who are not secure in who they are. This goes for women and men. When you are secure in who you are then you can celebrate another individual’s accomplishments and journey. When you are secure you don’t have to hate on another individual’s appearance because according to God you are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) You don’t have to hate on another individual’s favor because you would know that you are favored by God too. (Psalm 90:17) You don’t have to hate on another individual’s grace because you would know that God’s grace is sufficient for you too. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

There is no need to be jealous or intimidated by another person’s accomplishments, their ministry, their marriage, their business, or their life period. God has given each of us a measure of grace and anointing for what He wants to accomplish in all of our lives. Chances are that person had to go through some type of hell to get to their destiny. Every great person had a struggle and a journey. If you knew what they went through some probably would have more of a compassionate heart rather than a hateful heart.

God made us all unique and with a specific assignment. He designed us all with our own journey. Let’s celebrate who we are and celebrate each other’s differences. Let’s be secure in knowing that whatever God has given each of us is designed to have a major impact in the community and in the kingdom of God. Rather than tearing people down with words celebrate and encourage. When you are able to appreciate what someone does send them an encouraging word by text, e-mail, or the old fashioned way a handwritten note. I can say as a recipient it is such a blessing. I appreciate the e-mails, the text messages, and verbal comments regarding what I post each week. They keep me going when I want to give up. God desires us to be encouragers of one another. “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

When you are secure in who you are it becomes so much easier to celebrate someone else. Your life may not be where you want it. You may be in the middle of a struggle now trying to get to the dream someone has, but now is not the time to throw out negativity. More than anything you want to throw out positive words. Remember what you put out just may come back to you. Rather than tearing someone down seek them for advice on how they made it to where they are. When someone asks for advice we have to be secure enough to give it. For those who have accomplished your dreams and goals you didn’t get there by yourself. A secure person will also help another person to their dreams and destiny and not try to keep it all to themselves.

God has been speaking to me so much lately about how much he wants us to know he loves us and how much he wants us to display love to one another. I encourage everyone today to remember who you are in Christ. If you don’t know open up your bible and start reading to find out. When you are secure in who you are and you know the word for yourself you can stand on the word and know that the attacks of others does not line up with what God’s word says. Instead of hating let’s celebrate the goodness of God in one another’s lives. Create your affirmation today so that you can become who God desires you to be. Begin saying to yourself “I am secure in who I am!” Be blessed and encouraged!

Prayer
Heavenly Father may every reader of this word be a doer of your word. May we all remember the grace you gave us that while we were yet still sinners you loved us enough that you chose us and you redeemed us in spite of. Help us to display that same type of love towards others. Rather than tearing people down give us the words to build them up. When we don’t have the right words give us the wisdom to not say anything at all. For those who are struggling through their journey send a mentor their way to help build them up and encourage them to their destiny. Guide us to your word that we may all know who we are in Christ and that we are all in a place of being secure in who you uniquely designed us to be. Guide all of our steps to walk in love and to remember love is an action and not just a word. In Jesus Name. Amen

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He’ll Meet You Where You Are

He’ll Meet You Where You Are
By Felicia McKnight

Luke19:1-10 NIV
In Luke 19:1-10 we have the story of Zaccheus, the Chief Tax Collector. In modern day times he is what we refer to as the IRS (no offense to any of our wonderful Government employees). Zaccheus was known for being a selfish, money lover. He was judged by his character and actions, and he was not liked by anyone.

“He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” (Luke 19:3-4)

Jesus just so happen to be in the town of Jericho (verse 1) and Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus preach. Scripture tells us that he was short. I can testify for the short people today that if you are in crowds and anywhere but in the front of the crowd, then you are unable to see what is going on. If anyone has ever been with me in this situation they know I am notorious for aggressively bombarding my way to the front as I am determined this short lady will see. I’ve just never been bold enough to climb up a tree. *wink* I am sure this was the case for Zaccheus. He was so determined to see Jesus that he climbed up a sycamore-fig tree. Scripture doesn’t tell us what led Zaccheus, the evil one, to become so desperate to see Jesus.

There comes a time in all of our lives where we are living in sin and living outside of the will of God. Living out of the will of God is an unfulfilling place. Even as a saved individual who has had seasons of going astray outside of God’s will is not the ideal place to be. It can become a place of confusion, turmoil, and discontentment. Look at the prodigal son in Luke 15. This parable teaches us of someone who got outside of God’s will. It took for the Prodigal son to hit rock bottom before He realized everything He needed was in his Father’s house and everything he needed to satisfy him and sustain Him God had, but He just needed to return to God. I encourage you to go back and read my previous Feevotional about the Prodigal Son, “A Return to Destiny”. Perhaps Zaccheus was beginning to have that feeling of un-fulfillment and discontentment so his curiosity led him to see what this Jesus man was all about.

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”” (Luke 19:5-7)

Zaccheus received a life changing surprise during his time of desperation. Jesus noticed Zaccheus and told him he needed to stay at his house. Scripture doesn’t tell us what happened at Zaccheus’s house. We don’t know what conversation they had. All we know is after Jesus visit with Zaccheus he became a transformed man. The people were extremely judgmental of Jesus decision to talk to Zaccheus . How often have we found ourselves to be judgmental towards others? We don’t talk to them, we stare at them, and sometimes we don’t even think they belong inside of the church because of their lifestyle, their sin, the way they dress, the way they look, their past. The reality is we ALL belong in the church. It’s a place that is supposed to save sinners, so how does a sinner get saved if they can’t even come to church because they are judged?

Fortunately Jesus knows how judgmental Christians can be. We are all sinners saved by grace. When Jesus wanted to witness to Zaccheus he extended grace by dealing with him in private instead of in front of the judgmental church folk. This is an important lesson for us all to know. No matter who we are, what bad thing we have done, what sin we are living in right now, God loves us and will meet us exactly where we are at. If you are a criminal, an ex-con, a liar, a thief, a fornicator, an adulterer, a drug dealer, a drug user, an angry person, a depressed person, a woman who had an abortion, an alcoholic, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, whoever you are or whatever you have done or currently done….IT DOES NOT MATTER TO GOD! He sent His son on the cross to die for all of our sins. He desires all of us to accept Christ as our Lord and savior. Regardless of what category you fit in God will meet you where you are to win you over into the kingdom. He is not a judgmental God, but a loving God. He loves you so much that He will meet you where you are, but He won’t leave you where you are. Clearly this is what He did with Zaccheus . He met Zaccheus where He was but He didn’t leave him in the state he was in. Obviously whatever happened behind the scenes worked!

But Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” (Luke 19:8)

Zaccheus turned from His evil ways to God’s righteous ways. Are you in a place in life right now where you feel like things surely have to be better than the lifestyles and behaviors that you may currently be a part of that do not line up with the word of God? Have you seen people in your situation try Jesus and life changed for the better? Do you have that curiosity to see what this Jesus lifestyle is all about? If you are currently a Christian that has gone astray and you are reading this right now God has met you where you are. Seek Him just as Zaccheus did. Just as Jesus told Zaccheus he needed to go to his house today God is saying I need to come to your house and fellowship with you. If you haven’t been to church in a while get up and go to Bible Study tonight or service this Sunday. Open your bible and read it. Talk to him in prayer. He desires to fellowship with you.

“Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)

To those that don’t know Christ and you are reading this right now, God has met you where you are. He desires you to be a part of his glorious kingdom. Will you receive him today? God desires all of us to live in a place of fellowship with him and to walk righteously with him. Whatever lifestyle or behaviors you are in right now don’t worry about what other judgmental individuals say. Don’t let the words bother you or hinder you. God has the next steps of your life all lined up if you would receive him. The negative, judgmental, words of others are irrelevant. The crowd was upset when Jesus fellowshipped with Zaccheus , but that didn’t hinder Jesus from saving his soul. Regardless of where you are at and what you are doing just know that GOD LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT! I ask again, will you receive Him today? Be blessed and encouraged!

Feevotional: A Return To Destiny: https://feevotional.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/a-return-to-destiny/

Prayer
Heavenly Father, today I lift up all those who don’t know you as their Lord and savior. I also lift up those individuals who know you but have gone back to their old lifestyle and old ways of doing things. I pray today that you would meet them where they are and draw them back to your loving arms and into your kingdom. I pray they will all know you as I have grown to know you. I pray they all will know that life is better and sweeter when we do things your way. In Jesus Name. Amen

If you want to Receive Christ today pray the following prayer or one similar with a sincere heart:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I have sinned against you and stand in judgment. I need your forgiveness, I need Jesus. I know Jesus can be my Savior. I repent and turn from sin today. I turn back to You and right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. I put my trust and hope in Jesus Christ and accept the free gift of salvation you have provided in Him. Transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

If you just prayed this prayer with sincerity, then you are now saved and are born again. CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the Kingdom of God!!!!

For more information on your new decision visit: https://feevotional.wordpress.com/salvation-prayer/

This Is Only A Test

This Is Only A Test
Written by Felicia McKnight

Exodus 15:22-27

Last week’s Feevotional, “The Wait is Almost Over,” was about being in between blessings. Noah survived the storm, but he still had to wait on God to fulfill the promise of the covenant. Today we will look at another in between blessings scenario when the Israelites found themselves between deliverance from the enemy and an overflow of provision.

“Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” (Exodus 15:22-24)

God just delivered the Israelites out of Egypt in Exodus Chapter 14 by parting the Red Sea. Not only did God deliver them, but God cancelled out any future attacks of the enemy by drowning Pharaoh’s army. The Israelites had just experienced a supernatural, nobody but God victory. For us this would be one of those items to check off of our “Been Waiting and Trusting God For A Long Time” list. The Israelites go from rejoicing over a major victory to finding themselves in the Desert of Shur, a place of lack. They are searching for water and in need of provision from God. After they traveled from the Desert of Shur they found themselves in Marah, a place that had water. The problem is the water was bitter and they could not drink it. The Israelites begin to complain to Moses and asked what are they going to drink. Moses prayed, and God answered immediately by making the water sweet (in some translations) or fit to drink. The Israelites now had something to drink. Their provision was met. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” (Exodus 15:25a)

Have you ever found yourself walking out of a major victory only to walk back into a situation that sends you back to the prayer closet? Did you trust God to meet the needs of that situation again or did you begin to cry out and complain? Did you remember the same God that just delivered you is the same God that can solve this problem too? I can speak for myself and have been in this situation plenty of times. I’ve had my season of rejoicing and sharing what God has done only to be led right back to a place where I had to depend on him to see me through. Like many of us we wish we could just have a season of back to back victories instead of a season of ups and downs. The longer I live the more I realize God gives us seasons of ups and downs for a reason. He is testing us to see if we remember that the same God who delivered us from one circumstance on yesterday is the same God that can deliver us today.

Have you ever been in the middle of watching a good television show or movie and all of a sudden you hear “Beeeeeeeeeeeeep, this is a test of the emergency broadcasting system?” Your wonderful time of entertainment is now interrupted by a loud, irritating noise, which interrupts what you are doing so that the emergency systems can be tested. It is only a temporary annoyance that lasts briefly but within a minute or so you are able to return back to your regularly scheduled programming. This is exactly what happened with the Israelites. The Israelites found themselves in a temporary place of frustration that was only a test. “There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.” (Exodus 15:25b) The testing of the emergency broadcast system is a way to test communications within the United States of America in the event an emergency situation arises. Likewise, God is testing His communication system to the Israelites and to us in our emergency situation. When the television begins with that loud beep do you get mad and throw your remote at the television screen or do you sit back and wait patiently knowing that it will be over shortly? When circumstances arise in your life do you complain, get depressed or get mad at God or do you test your emergency communication system and pray? Do you operate in a place of faith knowing this is only temporary and can soon return back to your regularly scheduled programming of life?

Remember last week I talked about how God will give us commandments that will get us to our destiny. The key is we have to be obedient to do what God tells us to do. As we wait in a place of obedience God will send us tests and blessings during the wait to remind us He is still El Shaddai the all sufficient God. Often times we don’t know what major blessing God is about to release in our life. According to His word “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees,” (Exodus 15:26) then the Lord is faithful to fulfil His promises in our life in ways we couldn’t imagine. God’s promise to the Israelites was that He would not bring on them any of the diseases that he brought upon the Egyptians. He promised Israelites he would be Jehovah Rophe, the God who heals. (Exodus 15:26)

When we are obedient to God and when we endure the journey that He takes us on, then He will lead us places that are exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask for or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) If we just trust God that while we are waiting on Him He is preparing our destiny for us. We won’t have to pray and ask Him to make it better, but it will be complete and His best and just what He wanted to bless us with. Our destiny will be just right and immediately ready for us to enjoy. Remember God will bless us along the way with blessings that relate to our destiny. In verse 23 God blessed the Israelites with bitter turned sweet water, but in verse 27 God blessed them with water that was already prepared to provide all that they need.

“Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.” (Exodus 15:27)

The Israelites came from one body of water that was a temporary source that they all had to share (verse 23) and arrived to a place of twelve springs (verse 27). There was one spring for each tribe of Israel. Springs are constantly flowing with water, so they were in a place of abundance. I learned something interesting about springs. A spring is water that flows from out of the ground. So they came from the Dessert of Shur that had dry ground to Elim a place with water flowing from the ground. They came from one place where it was impossible to have water to a place where water was not only possible, but given to them in abundance. Not only did God provide their needs by giving them water, but He threw in some extra bonuses. He gave them seventy palm trees. They did not have to sit in the open elements or burn from the sun, but they had palm trees to provide them with shade. They were covered and protected.

I don’t know what you are waiting on God for or what difficult circumstances you face today. Perhaps you are like me and the Israelites. We have experienced a victory in one area, but God has us back on our knees praying for provision in another. We are in a place of waiting on God so we can check some things off of our “Waiting on God For a Long Time” list. Whatever troubles we face right now we have to trust God that He will deliver us from this too. We have to trust that while we wait and pray He is preparing a place for us that is above what we can ask him for, hope for, or imagine. He is preparing a place that exceeds our expectations. Continue to remain in a place of faith and prayer knowing the wait is almost over. Whatever hardships and frustrations you are facing today is only a temporary situation. It is just a test of God’s emergency broadcasting system in your life. Trust Him today. Be blessed and encouraged!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you for being El Shaddai the all sufficient God. Thank you for every victory you have brought us through thus far. Some of us have found ourselves in the place of Marah, a place of hardship and frustrations. Instead of choosing to complain, cry, or get depressed we rejoice in faith knowing this is a temporary situation. Thank you that even though this is a testing place, that you are still sustaining us with everything that we need. We trust you knowing the wait is almost over and our breakthrough is near. We trust you today knowing that whatever is on the other side of Marah is exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or imagine. We thank that you are bringing us to a place of breakthroughs and miracles that only you can perform. We give you all the glory, the honor, and the praise. In Jesus holy name. Amen