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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Enjoy the Blessing!

Enjoy the Blessing!

Written by Felicia McKnight

January 13, 2016

“All you who fear GOD, how blessed you are! How happily you walk on his smooth straight road! You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!” (Psalm‬ ‭128:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬)

When 2016 came in I had a revelation as I was scrolling through social media and reading various quotes of Pastors at their watch night service or quotes from their 1st sermons of 2016. The common theme every year seems to be that the new year will be a year of blessings or the year of answered prayers and the year your hearts desire comes to pass. I begin to really reflect on this as I looked back over my own life. There were years I started off hearing the same declarations. I would go into the year believing in God for certain things to come to pass and would find myself rolling into the next year with no status update for what I was believing in God for.

After reading Psalm 128:1, ” All you who fear GOD, how blessed you are!”, God reminded me that every year can be a blessed year if we keep Him first, stand on His promises, and remain faithful in prayer. By keeping God first we are acknowledging that He is Lord and Master over our life. We are reminded that He is sovereign. As we read His word and stand on His promises we build our faith and learn to walk by faith and not by sight. We are building ourselves up to enjoy the blessings and the fullness of our Almighty God. 

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬)


If you are like me, then we collectively labored in prayer for some things in 2015. We fervently prayed for a circumstance to change, a breakthrough, or a desire to come to pass yet on January 1st nothing changed. Many of us have pressed through trials in 2015 that didn’t seem like a blessing at all. If you made it through or still standing in the trial and waiting for answers to prayers be encouraged today that you are still blessed. God’s Grace has carried you through it all and sustained you. His strength is why you are able to make it day by day. His presence is with you. God will never leave you or forsake you. God has heard every prayer. He has seen every tear. He has seen your struggles. God said in His word, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NASB‬‬)



As you go through 2016 continue to remain faithful to God. Your tears, your prayers, your waiting, and your struggles are not in vain. They all have a divine purpose. Psalm 128:2 says to “revel in the goodness.” To revel means to take great pleasure or delight in something. Enjoy the blessing of God’s presence, His grace, His strength, and His peace. The answers to your prayers are coming. Some may happen in 2016 and some may occur in following years. Whenever they come God’s word says YOU DESERVE IT! Be Blessed, Be encouraged, and enjoy it!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we thank you for being sovereign. We thank you that you see all that we are going through and we thank you that you hear all of our prayers. Thank you for your grace and strength that has carried us through. Lord we go into a new year with a heart of expectancy that 2016 will be a blessed year! Lord we pray and stand by faith that you would heal all those who need healing. We pray that you would send provision for those that stand in need. Cover and protect every marriage represented here today. Encourage singles. Heal broken families. Bring back wayward children. Save or lost family members and friends. Lord, you see what every person reading this stands in need of. We pray for you to meet every need according to your perfect will. As we wait on prayers to be answered give us strength to remain faithful to you. Cover us in your grace and peace. Align our hearts with your will. Give us the wisdom to we need each day and help us to enjoy the fullness of every blessing you bestow up on us. On this day we choose to enjoy your presence and revel in your goodness. Thank you in advance for the answer to our prayers. Thank you that your word says we deserve every blessing coming our way. In Jesus name. Amen

Letting Go and Letting God – Part 2

Letting Go and Letting God – Part 2
Written by Felicia McKnight
1/28/2015

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 (Amplified)

“I have held many things in my hand, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)

Last week in Letting Go and Letting God – Part 1 we met a mother by the name of Jochebed who was put in the position to release something very precious to her, her baby boy. She was ordered by Pharaoh to place her precious child into the Nile River. Jochebed attempted to take matters into her own hand by hiding her baby for three months before she was finally put in the position where she had to let go. When Jochebed let go, she did so with one final act of faith. She protected her baby by placing him in a protective boat and sent him down the Nile River in it. As she released her precious son into the Nile River Miriam, the baby’s sister, decided to stay to watch what would happen to her little brother. “And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4 Amplified)

We all have had things in our life which burdened us and weighed us down with worry and anxiety. We have all been in situations where we’ve held on to something so tightly rather than letting go and letting God. Last week’s devotional focused on the process of letting go and I closed with the following questions: What do you need to let go of today? What has you worrying all of the time? What has you tossing and turning in your sleep? What has you constantly in tears and searching for peace? What has you lost and confused? What battle are you trying to fight on your own?

Whatever your answer is to those questions is your “it”. Your “it” is what God wants you to let go of and release into His hands. If you read last week’s devotional and you have an “it”, then my prayer is that you have taken a step of faith and released your “it” by now. When you let go and place matters into God’s hands you open the gateway for God to perform miracles in your life and to release His will and plan into your life.   Before you can receive the blessings God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of your “it”, be patient for a season, and let God be God.

Part 2 – Letting God
Today we will look at three key principals we can stand on in faith as we let go and let God.

#1 Watch God Turn “It” Around

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Once you have taken the step of faith by letting go and placing your matters into God’s hands you can now position yourself to wait for a season and watch God turn your matters around according to His will and His ways.

“Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked along the bank; she saw the ark among the rushes and sent her maid to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw the child; and behold, the baby cried. And she took pity on him and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children!” (Exodus 2:5-6 Amplified)

Jochebed is probably somewhere still sobbing in the hurt and pain of the loss of her son and wondering what has happened during her little son’s journey. While Jochebed is in her position of release God is behind the scenes working out her miracles. Pharaoh’s daughter has now come into the picture to bathe in the Nile River. As she is preparing to bathe she notices a little boat coming down the river and has her maidservants pick it up to see what it was. She opens it and sees a little baby crying. It’s Jochebed’s baby. Miracle #1, he survived! Pharaoh’s daughter rescued the baby. She realized he was a Hebrew baby and Miracle #2, she had compassion upon him. In Exodus 1:22 her father gave the command to kill the Hebrew baby boys. She could have easily taken the baby to her father to be killed according to his orders in Exodus 1:22 yet God positioned her heart to be a compassionate heart. God can change your circumstances by changing the heart of the enemy. God can change your circumstances by placing the right people in the right place at the right time.

#2 God Will Do More Than You Asked or Imagined When He Returns “It” Back to You
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

No matter what your circumstances look like or who seems to be against you God has a way of working things out in ways we could not imagine. Miriam, the baby’s sister, is still witnessing the turn of events. She sees her little brother rescued from the Nile River. She sees Pharaoh’s daughter have compassion on her little brother. Not only did Miriam serve as a watchman to Jochebed and the baby, but she played a major role in the turn of events. In verse 7 she asks Pharaoh’s daughter if she wants her to go find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her. During this time there was no Enfamil or a Wal-Mart to purchase formula to feed newborns. There was only natural breast milk. Since Pharaoh’s daughter was not recently pregnant and since she did not have any milk of her own she had to have a new mother to feed the baby in order for him to survive. Pharaoh’s daughter authorizes Miriam to go get a Hebrew Woman to nurse the baby. Miracle #3, Miriam goes and gets Jochebed and she is reunited with her son. “Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her (Jochebed), Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages. So the woman (Jochebed) took the child and nursed it.” (Exodus 2:9 Amplified)

Jochebed by faith let go and let God. She released her baby into God’s hands. God returned her baby back to her in a way that was exceedingly, abundantly above all Jochebed could have asked for or hoped for. We don’t know Jochebed’s living arrangements or financial circumstances, but I would like to imagine that these turn of events were a step up from her current situation. Jochebed is now reunited with her baby which is an answered prayer. In addition to that she gets to nurse her baby in the King’s palace. And in addition to that she is now getting paid to nurse her own child.

#3 God Always Had A Plan For Your “It”
You don’t know how God is going to work situations out in your life. However, you can trust by faith that whatever is on the other side of letting go is far greater and better than it was before.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)

Peace, Not Evil
Jochebed’s step of faith was so great that she made it to the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” (Hebrews 11:23) Perhaps Moses’s parents saw through the lens of faith early on that God had a greater plan for their child that surpassed death as an infant. In Exodus 2:2 different bible translations have different adjectives for what they saw in the baby: he was exceedingly beautiful (Amplified); there was something special about him (Message), He was a special baby (New Living Translation).

When you look at your “it” what do you see with your spiritual eyes? Can you see God’s word and His promises over your “It”? If you are unemployed can you see provision? Can you see that God said He will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19)? If you are single, divorced, separated, can you see that you have a companion? Can you see God Immanuel the God that is with you who will never leave you or forsake you (Isaiah 4:17; Deuteronomy 31:6)? Can you see that God is close to the broken hearted and will save those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)? If you are feeling unloved can you see God’s love? Can you see that God loved you so much that He gave His only son for you (John 3:16)? If you’ve lived a life not pleasing to God can you see God’s forgiveness? Can you see that He sent His only son on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and that there is now no condemnation (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)? Can you see that your “it” is not ordinary? It has a promise attached to it. Keep looking. It’s there and God has a plan for “it”. God just wants you to trust Him with whatever your “it” is. Don’t be afraid of the King’s edict meaning don’t be discouraged when things are not looking hopeful. God’s plan is not of evil, but He has an expected end. There is an outcome for your “it”.

Expected End
In verse 10 the baby now has a name, Moses. From the time the parents held baby Moses in their hand and seen there was something special about him to the time they sent him down the river in a paper boat God had a plan. God knew the outcome of Moses life. In this story the plan of evil was Pharaoh’s plan, but not God’s plan. God’s expected end for this baby’s life was to rescue the Israelites out of slavery and to bring them into God’s Promised Land. Moses was the one God chose to accomplish God’s plan in the lives of many individuals including his mother, Jochebed. There was no way God was going to allow baby Moses to drown in the Nile River because he had a plan for His life.

When we look at our circumstances we tend to have a negative perspective when things are not looking good or they don’t look like we expect them to be. We can’t worry or waste our energy trying to figure things out or figure God out. Only God knows the outcome. God’s vision for the outcome is so much greater than our own.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.   “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

By faith Jochebed let go and let God handle her adversity. She never imagined when she protected her baby that her act of faith was protecting the life of a child who would later be the leader of a nation. Sometimes God will return your “it” back to you in a new and improved format. Sometimes God will return a completely different “it” to you. You won’t know what the return is until you release and let go. Whatever your “it” is God has greater plans for your life. God will put dreams in your heart early on, but it’s His duty to cause the dreams to come to pass in our life. He knows how matters will play out. When adversity comes against us and threatens our hopes we have to put it in God’s hands, trust Him, and let God work it out. We have to trust that God will do exceedingly, abundantly; above all we can ask Him for or imagine.

“God wants you to live in a place where you let God put ‘it’ in your hand and not where you manipulate ‘it’. In the Kingdom you hold on tight by letting go.  The more you grasp ‘it’ the less you’ll have ‘it’, but if you open your hand ‘it’ will come to you freely. Real power is in letting go, allowing, and trusting God.” (Mark Chironna)

Be Blessed, Be Encouraged!

Song: That’s When You Blessed Me by L.A. Mass Choir

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you that no matter what we are going through you have a purpose and a plan for our life which includes thoughts of peace, not of evil, and an expected end. Lord, today we choose to walk by faith and not by sight. We surrender to you on today and place the matters of our heart into your hands. As we release we do so by faith trusting and believing that whatever is on the other side of release will be far greater than we could ever hope for or imagine. In Jesus name. Amen

My Prayer For You (Ephesians 1)

My Prayer For You (Ephesians 1)
Written by Felicia McKnight
9/10/2014

Ephesians 1:15-19 The Message
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

One of my favorite prayers to pray over people is this scripture passage found in Ephesians 1. I know that the word of God is the will of God for our lives. When I am praying this Ephesians 1 prayer I can remain confident that God heard my prayer and that it is His will to answer it for the life of that person. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV)

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks.
It is an honor, a joy, and a delight to meet other believers in our Christian faith. It is a wonderful experience to see others who acknowledge our Heavenly Father as their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We share in our faith and we trust God with our life. I thank God for each person that I have the pleasure of interacting with and I thank God for the opportunity to pray for my Christian brothers and sisters. It is a joy when God places someone on my heart and He uses me to pray His will for their life. It is a joy to stand in agreement with individuals and bring their needs before the altar knowing that God hears every one of our prayers and He will answer them according to His will.

But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally.
Besides thanking God for that person and thanking God for using me to pray for that person I also am interceding for them. My prayer is that each person knows God by cultivating their relationship with Him daily through prayer and reading His word. As you read God’s word you become more acquainted with His character and His ways. The word of God comes alive. It speaks to you specifically concerning your life. As you read the word you are drawn closer to God in a more intimate way. Think of a new relationship. The more you spend with that person and the more you talk to them you get to know them, their ways, and their behavior. If you like that person, then you want to talk to that person and be around them more. This is my prayer for you. The more you spend time with God and the more you get to know God the hungrier you will become for Him.

Your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do.
I think about Saul in Acts 9. In this story blindness temporarily fell over Saul and he could not see for three days. God appointed Ananias to lay hands on Saul. Immediately scales fell off of his eyes and his sight was restored. In Acts 9:15 God needed the scales removed from Saul’s eyes because He had work for Saul to do. “But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.’” (Acts 9:15NIV) God has a purpose and a work for all of us to do in His kingdom, but we so often have trouble seeing what the work is because we are so blinded by the busyness of life and our own agendas. We need to be able to see with our spiritual eyes, because God has so much in store for all of us in what He desires for us to do.

Grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him – endless energy, boundless strength!
There are blessings in operating in our purpose and our spiritual gifts not just for the kingdom but for us personally. This Ephesians 1 prayer is ultimately a prayer for your spiritual growth and enlightenment. Our obedience leads to God’s blessings. God is sovereign and God is powerful and He knows what is best for His children. What a wonderful life we can all live if we just allow God to order our steps in every aspect of our life. Be blessed and encouraged on today!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Lord, I thank you for each person that takes time out each week to read this devotional. I thank you that they have a heart for you and a hunger for your word. I pray that each person seeks after you daily by spending time with you in prayer and studying your word so that they will become hungrier and thirstier for more of You. I pray that you grow each person in their wisdom and knowledge of who You are and in their knowledge of every promise that You have for their life. Father as they grow more in You I pray that each person is transformed by the renewing of their mind. Touch their spiritual eyes and remove the scales off of their eyes, so that they may see clearer the things that you are showing them. Help them to keep their eyes focused up on you from where their help comes from. May each person be filled with the spirit daily to discern the sound of Your voice. May each person hear from You clearly on all that you are commanding them to do. May they be obedient to the commands of Your voice so that your perfect will can be accomplished in their lives as you lead them to the destiny You have for them. Lord you said no eye has seen and no ear has heard all of the wonderful plans that You have in store for those who love you. May each person surrender to your will and your ways so that they may reap all of those wonderful things You have stored up for them. As each reader keeps their eyes gazed on You may they also trust You. They may not know where you are leading them or how You are going to do certain things, but help them to remember to trust in You knowing whatever You have in store is extravagant and it is more than they could ever think of or imagine. We ask these things in Your precious son Jesus name. Amen.

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

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~