Today Could Be The Day!

Today Could Be The Day!
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/29/2016

“Now stand here and see the great thing the LORD is about to do.” (1 Samuel 12:16 NLT)

Today’s scripture gives us hope and encouragement to begin each day with a heart of expectancy that today could be the day God is going to do something great in your life. Some days are hard to believe God is at work because of the circumstances going on in our lives. However, we are to remain in a place of faith. God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Dwell on the things God has already done knowing He can work a miracle in your life as well.

God turned darkness into light. He raised dead men from the grave and caused them to come back to life. He healed incurable diseases. He miraculously fed a multitude when there was no food. He took nothing and made it into something. Everything God did before He can do again in a way that meets your needs and God ordained destiny.

Whatever seems dead or impossible in your life believe God for the possible. Today could be the day that phone call, or email, or the person you run into, or the letter you open in the mail could be the breakthrough you have been waiting for. It could be an unexpected blessing. It could be God doing exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask for or imagine. Stand and see the great things the Lord is about to do.

Stand and be still knowing that He is God. (Psalm 46:10) Stand and know no eye has seen and no ear has heard nor has it entered into the heart of man all the wonderful things God has in store for your life. (1 Corinthians 2:9) God wants to blow your mind with His goodness. God wants to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) God is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

Be encouraged and declare today that your storm season is over and God is going to rain down blessings and favor over your life! Have faith and believe today that God can answer your prayer at any moment now.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23 NLT)

Be encouraged today to stand with an expectant heart as God works blessings and miracles in your life!

“Pay attention! Watch this wonder that GOD is going to perform before you now! It’s summer, as you well know, and the rainy season is over. But I’m going to pray to GOD.”
(1 Samuel 12:16 The Message)

Prayer
Heavenly Father, some of us have been laboring in prayer asking you to work a miracle in our life. We’ve been praying without ceasing for you to send the breakthrough we need. For some of us the days have been dark and we just want to see a gleam of hope, a sign, or a wonder, that you hear our prayers. Some of us have struggled to remain encouraged not to grow weary or give up while waiting on you. Lord in all of this we continue to stand by faith even when it seems like our blessings and answer to our prayers are on hold somewhere. Lord give us the strength to go through each day with a heart of expectancy that today could be the day we see the answer to our prayer. Give us the strength and wisdom to trust in your timing that today could be the day we see your word and the promises we have been standing on manifest themselves in our lives. Lord, we stand by faith continuing to believe that we will see your goodness on this side of heaven. We stand by faith believing the things that have hindered you from moving in our life are no more. Thank you for your grace that continues to cover us as we wait. Thank you for your mercy that forgives us when we lost hope. Lord we trust in you to answer our prayers and that you will do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask you for think of or imagine. Lord we have a heart of expectancy that we will see answers to our prayers and today could very well be that day that things turn around in our favor. In Jesus name. Amen!

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The Book of Revelation – Part III

The Book of Revelation – Part III
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/22/16

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

After the tribulation and the destruction of Babylon and the destruction of the enemy Revelation ends with the grand finale and what the entire Bible builds us up to. God will introduce those who are saved to the New Heaven and the New Earth. The old earth is tainted by sin. Heaven is the eternal life God has promised believers. God will dwell with us and be among us in the new heaven. There will be nothing to be afraid of. Our new home will be a place of continuous worship to our Heavenly Father and Heaven will radiate in beauty. It will be peaceful and the things that weighed us down and burdened us on earth will be no more.

“The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:19-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

If you’ve ever marveled over the beauty of light as it reflects off of gems and glass, then you already have a slight glimpse of the physical beauty of eternity. There will no longer be any curses as a result of sin. It will be a perfect place where sin is gone, decaying bodies gone, evil gone. If you’ve watched the news lately, then what we see now will be no more. No more of people dying of sickness, no more massive killings and terrorist attacks, no more murders, no more evil. Satan can’t get in. Heaven will have walls to keep the inhabitants secure forever. We will reside with God. God will be among us. We will be His people and He will be our God. God will prove His faithfulness to us once again. His Shekinah glory will be the light of the city and the sun and moon will no longer be needed. The River of Life will flow through the city which is God’s everlasting presence. We will have full access to our creator.

Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
(Revelation 19:6-7)

Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life are permitted to this wonderful place where we will reign forever and ever and ever with Him. We will worship Him for all He has done. If you haven’t received Christ as your Lord and Savior and repented of your sins, then now is the time. Don’t be left out of this marvelous blessing that God has in store! Receive Christ today, so that we can all one day meet in a perfect place where we will bow down as a community of believers to our master and worship among the angels.

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever Amen.” (Revelation 7:11-12 NLT)

God’s promise of eternal life is for all those who are willing to believe and trust in Him! The gift of Salvation is free to you and to those we love. Be blessed and Be Encouraged.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we continue to pray for those who do not know you as their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that the unsaved will surrender, repent of their sins, and receive your free gift of salvation. We thank you that you are in complete and total control. We thank you that the evil we see today will be no more. We thank you that satan will be defeated and that those whose names are written in the book of Life will reside with you for eternity. Lord, we chose to worship you today for who you are. We thank you that you are a faithful God. We thank you that you are a sovereign God. We thank you that you love us unconditionally. We thank you that you will reign and rule forever. All glory, honor, and praise belong to you our holy, living, eternal God. We give you all the glory, the honor, and the praise. In Jesus name. Amen!

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The Book of Revelation – Part I
The Book of Revelation – Part II

The Book of Revelation – Part II

The Book of Revelation – Part II
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/15/16

John 3:18 NLT
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

A majority of the Book of Revelation is spent describing a period of judgement and the great Tribulation. This is the time all hell will break loose (no pun intended). Several events will take place to once again get God’s people to repent and turn to Him. There will be devastation and destruction. Things will become harsher on earth, but there will still be a small window of opportunity to repent and turn to Christ. Revelation points out some of the sins that people are engaged in: idolatry, murder, sexual immorality, drug abuse, witchcraft, and theft. The enemy, known as the beast, will be deceptive. There will be a time in Revelation that even after all of the destruction and individuals seeing various parts of the earth destroyed that they will still chose to cling to things of the world and follow the beast. I concluded that since there is such a large portion of Revelation dedicated to the tribulation that God wanted to ensure that we knew and understood the magnitude of what would take place if we did not repent and turn to Him. It’s almost as if God is saying “Are you sure you want to remain worldly and follow the beast?”

We all have friends and loved ones who are unsaved and clinging to a sinful lifestyle. As I read through Revelation it hurt my heart to know the magnitude of their suffering if they don’t receive the free gift of God’s salvation. It doesn’t matter if they think they were born one way or suffering because of what someone did to them. As Christians we have to be bold enough to remind the lost that Christ loves them so much that He does not want to leave them where they are all messed up. We have to be bold enough to proclaim the Gospel and remind them that God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ on the cross to save and change them.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)

The final defeat will be the Fall of Babylon which in summary is a kingdom of evil and all things opposite of God. Babylon is referred to as a prostitute in Chapter 18 which represents lust and cravings that lured people in rather than people loving and enjoying God. It’s a place where mankind preferred wealth, excessive consumption, and self-pleasure over the things of God. There will even be a time where believers will stray from God and cling to the ways of the world by accepting what current culture considers valuable and right even though it goes against the word of God. Babylon will ultimately fall and be destroyed. Those pleasures and enjoyments will be gone forever.

“And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2 NKJV)

God desires for us to love Him and Him only. It can be so easy to get caught up in the lusts of the eyes. It’s so easy to get caught up in things that seem to be more comforting than God such as job security, possessions, cars, or any material thing. We have to remember as Christians that we are to be sanctified which means set apart and holy. It means denying our self. God calls us to remove ourselves from anyone or anything that will compromise our faith and obedience to Him. When we trust God we live a different life than the world. We must love God more by choosing to leave what pulls us away from Him. God is the only hope and He is the only one who can truly satisfy us and fill our needs.

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

As believers we are called to be the light and God’s example to draw others into His kingdom with us. We are to keep our hearts and minds set on God. This is the message of the book of Revelation. God just wants us all to love Him more than we love sin and the ways of the world. He is giving each of us the opportunity to repent. Reading the book of Revelation placed a fire in me to want to pray more frequently for the lost. Revelation ends by describing that beautiful place God has for us called Heaven where we will reside with Him for eternity. How tragic would that be not to share this glory with those we love. God loves His church and who He loves He disciplines. What will it take for our friends and loved ones to let go and cling to God? We don’t want to see them suffer any more than we want that in our own lives, so saints it’s time to pray and intercede like never before!

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” (‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Regardless of all of the evil we see now and all of the evil that is to come the good news is that Satan will be defeated and destroyed! He will be thrown into the lake of fire forever. Sin will be destroyed. Those that chose not to repent and reject Jesus will also be destroyed and thrown into the lake of fire. God will make everything right again in his eyes.

I will continue next week on my study of Revelation. Until then, some things to ponder on:
• What pulls at your heart, dominates your thoughts, and drains your energy?
• Do you place your hope in what will not last or what is eternal?
• Who do you need to pray salvation for?

If you are reading this today, then there is still time to repent of sins and anything that has pulled you away from God. There is still time to pray for our unsaved friends and loved ones. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then it is not too late to repent. There is still time for salvation today to turn to God and live according to His ways.

Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!

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Prayer
Heavenly Father, Thank you for being a God who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. Father forgive us for our sins and for doing anything that goes against your will and your ways. Lord, give us the wisdom to identify our sins and the strength to turn away from them and come to a place of complete and total repentance. Lord, guide us to cling to you and love you more than we love the ways of the world. I pray that each of us will spend more time with you daily in prayer and in your word. As we spend more time with you may we find joy, peace, and fulfillment in ways that only you can give. We also, lift up the lost and we lift up to you all of our family and members and friends who do not know you as their Lord and Savior. We pray that they will receive your free gift of salvation, so that they too can enjoy the benefits of your forgives, grace, and unconditional love. In Jesus Name. Amen

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The Book of Revelation – Part I

The Book of Revelation – Part I

The Book of Revelation – Part I
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/8/16

Revelation‬ ‭22:7‬ ‭NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
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I recently completed a phenomenal, 30 week, in depth study of the Book of Revelation. I must admit this is not a book that I would have been able to read and understand on my own. With all of the dragons, and beasts, and creatures with multiple limbs and eyes it can be quite confusing. It is a difficult book to understand, but I am grateful for the gifted teacher and amazing notes I had to make this study clearer and meaningful. I was once hesitant to read the book of Revelation, because there is a myth that Revelation is scary, however I did not find this book scary at all for those who are Christians. For those who do not believe in God and who do not call on Jesus as their Lord and Savior there is reason to be of great concern. I found Revelation to be a book of God’s unconditional, merciful love for mankind simply because of the multiple chances of repentance He gives to unbelievers.

“This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

The book of Revelation is an unveiling to John. It is the unveiling of Jesus Christ in heaven. It is an unveiling of a series of events that must take place for Jesus to reclaim His kingdom. The book of Revelation promises that Jesus will return. Those of us who are in Christ will be able to spend eternity with Him. Those who are not will be separated from Jesus forever. A lot of evil and destruction will take place between now and Christ’s return, but in the end the children of God will be victorious over all!

One of the most intriguing parts of Revelation to me was Jesus’ seven letters to the seven churches in chapters 2 and 3. To each church He gave a word of encouragement, correction, direction, and discipline. It’s amazing that God will still do the same for us today. He knows the things we are doing well. God will remind us at times that we are on the right path in some areas of our life. In the area we are not He will send warning and other times discipline. As I read about each church I was blown away that the activity that took place in biblical days (95 A.D.) is still taking place today (2016).

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” (Psalms‬ ‭103:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

The book of Revelation is also a story of God’s mercy and judgement. Throughout the entire book God gives warning of the sin taking place. He then gives everyone the opportunity to repent. As I read through Revelation I wish I would have kept score of how many times God gave additional chances for people to repent. As I read I think of all the unsaved souls in the world. I wonder how many times does God have to display wrath for someone to eventually turn to Him? In our own personal lives, why does it take us so long for us to turn from sin? God is such a loving God. He gives us chance after chance to repent. He does things to get our attention. Some of us get it the first time. Then there are some of us who have to hit rock bottom and suffer consequences for us to turn from evil and cling to what is good. God uses the consequences of sin to lead us to a place of repentance.

I am going to press pause here and resume next week with a part II. Until then here are a few things to ponder on.

Will you confess and turn away from that habit or attitude that rejects God and His word? God gives multiple chances for repentance, but eventually a judgment day will come. Eventually it will be too late to get right. Those who chose to love a worldly life and follow the enemy will have a final destination, hell. Those of us who repent and choose Jesus will have a wonderful, rewarding, place in Heaven with Jesus for eternity!

Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for your unconditional love towards us. Lord, some days we know we don’t deserved your goodness and the repeated chances that you give us. Thank you for the grace that covers us daily. Thank you for sending your one and only son, Jesus Christ on the cross to die for our sins. Thank you that His death made a way for us to wipe our slate clean from the sin that so easily entangles us. Lord, we lift up all those who do not have a personal relationship with you. We pray they will come to know you as their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and experience the free grace of forgiveness. For those of us who know you, give us the wisdom and strength to repent and turn away from any sins that are not pleasing to you. Help us to cling to you and love you more than we love the world. In Jesus Name. Amen

Book Review: Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory by Stormie Omartian

Prayer Warrior Book Cover
Book Review: Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory by Stormie Omartian
Written by Felicia McKnight
6/1/16


“When you understand your authority in prayer, you will go from simply having a prayer life to enjoying a dynamic and exciting life of prayer. And that is always a good thing.”
– Stormie Omartian

This phenomenal book on prayer reminds us that there is a spiritual war going on amongst all of God’s children. It is a war between good and evil. This book instructs on how to wage war as a part of God’s army. This book is not one that shows you how to pray for material things, but how to purposely pray with strength, boldness, and according to God’s word your way to victory on behalf of yourself and others.

In this book we are reminded that God is our Commander. Stormie uses military examples to paint the picture of this. We have to know who God is and be able to decipher God’s voice from the enemy’s voice. God desires a relationship with us and we establish this through continuous prayer and the reading of His word. The more of God’s word that we know the more we can decipher His voice from the enemy’s voice. We are reminded that the enemy is the father of lies. Every step of disobedience to God puts us more in collusion with the enemy. As God’s army we win wars by staying close to God and His word and seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit.

In this book we are also encouraged to be certain of our authority in prayer. Through our salvation we have authority as prayer warriors. Through Jesus death on the cross and through our salvation Jesus transferred authority to us. Therefore this makes us a part of God’s kingdom and not the enemy’s kingdom. We have the Holy Spirit in us to pray God’s will. Through all of this God has called each of us to be intercessors by standing in the gap to intercept the enemy’s plans for our lives and the lives of others.

We have to follow God’s commands to resist the enemy. “ Our prayers will be more powerful and unhindered when we are in top condition physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.” (page 76) Just as someone in the military conditions themselves for battle we condition ourselves by:
• Spending time with God in prayer.
• Live in a way that pleases God.
• Get rid of anything in your life that is not glorifying God.
• Refuse to be prideful.
• Fulfill God’s command to love others.
• Don’t be careless with your body.
• Separate yourself from the ungodly.
• Don’t dwell on what you are not.
• Walk in a way that produces fruit of the spirit.
• Be renewed in the mind.
• Be forgiving.
• Watch what you say.

Finally we are to become skilled in our spiritual weapons. God has equipped us with the spiritual weapons outlined in Ephesians 6 to fight against the enemy. The more we train and practice in our knowledge and retention of God’s word, the more our faith develops and the stronger our faith will be. We have to pray, read God’ s word and stand in faith in spiritual battles.

Ultimately God wants us to place Him first in our lives by making Him a priority and separating ourselves from sin, worldliness, and pride. He desires for us to have a complete dependence on Him.

These are some of the key points that I took away from this book. There was a wealth of knowledge here to guide us all to have victorious lives as prayer warriors. There are valuable principles that destroy yokes and bondages by bringing forth healing, breakthrough and victory in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.

If you are looking to take your prayer life to the next level and grow spiritually while doing so, then I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Stormie also provides several powerful prayers at the end of the book regarding various subjects that believers deal with on a daily basis.