God Stepped In

‭‭God Stepped In

Written by Felicia McKnight

10/5/16

Job‬ ‭33:26-28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

““Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God’s delight! You’ll see God’s smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet, testifying, ‘I messed up my life— and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it. But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’”

In today’s scripture passage Job is in a place of reflection and gratitude. If you have ever been at rock bottom or tangled in a web of your own poor choices and mistakes, then you can relate. Have you ever been in a place where your life was completely messed up because of your own wrong choice? Maybe it was due to connecting with the wrong person, a lifestyle of sin, or just constantly making bad decisions. As a result you found yourself dealing with the consequences and as Job described life became messed up for you. Maybe you are in that place today.

“This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” ‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭34:6-7‬ ‭NIV)‬‬

The good news is when you find yourself in this predicament help is closer than it appears. If you truly desire God’s deliverance, then you have to completely surrender your life and your own will to God. You have to seek His forgiveness and allow Him to step in and transform your heart and mind. You have to allow God to be Lord over every area of your life. We see from the lives of people like Job, Abraham, and David that God can turn mess into miracles.

God’s grace, His covering, and His protection covers His children when you live a yielded life to Him. When you humble yourself before God He will step in and save you from your own destructive ways. God is a deliverer. He desires the abundant life for you. God sent Jesus on the cross to pay for your sins and pave the way for righteous living. Whatever you are going through today stop and seek God’s will for your life. You may still have to endure consequences of your actions, but the good news is God’s forgiveness and grace covers you and leads you from a destructive path to a path of righteousness.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” (Psalm‬ ‭34:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

Be blessed and be encouraged.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for your grace. Thank you that when we cry out to you for help and to save us from our own destructive ways that you hear our cry. Lord we praise you that when we surrender to you, that you will deliver us. Help, every person reading this who finds themselves making the same mistakes and poor choices over and over again. Help those who are at rock bottom or headed there because of their own sin. Lord, give them the wisdom to know their wrong doings and the strength to turn from them. Strengthen each person and help them to know when to walk away from people and circumstances. Lord, I pray that they will not conform to the patterns of this world, but that their minds will be renewed to know your good and perfect will for their lives. Father, send peace, healing, protection, provision, wisdom, deliverance, and salvation to all those who stand in need. In Jesus name. Amen

Discipline Through Love

Discipline Through Love

Written by Felicia McKnight

2/19/2016

 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:19-20 NIV)

A few weeks before my daughter’s 16th birthday my daughter did something really bad that warranted a lengthy and hefty punishment. At the time I was so hurt by her actions. I had so many things planned for her Sweet 16th birthday. I was torn, because if I allowed the birthday plans to unfold I felt like I would still be rewarding her behavior. I had lots of surprises in store. She didn’t ask me for all of these things, but as a mother I wanted to go all out for her to remember this milestone birthday. I was facing the choice of having to discipline my child for her actions while still wanting to bless her to have a memorable birthday. I begin to pray.

As I prayed God showed me his unconditional love for us, his children, and my instruction from God was clear. I still initiated the punishment phase that extended well past her birthday, but I also gave her the things that I had already purchased and planned which all came with a sermon attached. Basically she got her own personal Feevotional that day!

God reminded me how a parent’s relationship with their earthly children is a lot like God’s relationship with us as His kingdom children. God loves us so much that He has blessings in store for us far beyond what we could imagine, hope or ask for. We mess up from time to time through our sin and disobedience to Him. Sin separates us from God and can either block or delay our blessings. God sees our heart and desires for us to repent when we do wrong. As my daughter endured her punishment phase she would open up and apologized a gazillion times to me. I could see her heart which was a repentant heart.

The scripture says “those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” If I didn’t love my daughter I wouldn’t discipline her.  Discipline is designed to bring about a change and transformation in our behavior and thoughts. It is designed to instruct you, equip you, and mold you. When you are disobedient to God He will discipline you to correct that area of your life. Sometimes He extends mercy on us and the consequences are just enough to get our attention. Sometimes they are harsh and painful punishments to endure. There are some punishments you can recover from and some that will change your life forever. God will keep disciplining us until we get it right. He loves us so much he disciplines us because He wants us to be like Him, holy and righteous.

Repent means to turn away from something and not do it again. God is patiently waiting to resume His plan in our lives when He sees that we have a heart of repentance. That’s what scripture means when it says “He stands at the door and knock.”

I gave my daughter all of her gifts. I explained to her that they symbolically represented all of the blessings God wants to do in our life. There are blessings He wants to release to you. However, to receive those blessings you have to show through your actions that you want to live a life pleasing to God.

Revelation 3 references a door. The door represents the access point between you and God. When Jesus died He became the way to our Heavenly Father. Through salvation we have access to God and our sins are forgiven.   God desires a relationship with you. You maintain your relationship by reading His word and knowing what it says on how you should live your life.   Living a righteous life means you learn what God says in His word and you chose to believe and be obedient.

Today’s scripture goes on to say, “I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.” When we sin we shut God out and it’s the equivalent of shutting the door on God. It’s difficult for Him to work in your life when you continuously do the same thing. When you are obedient you invite God in and there is room for Him to work powerfully and miraculously in your life.

When my daughter received all of her gifts what she experienced was God’s grace and mercy and His unconditional love. Grace is unmerited favor. Mercy is not getting the punishments you deserve. When you open the door to God and He blesses You despite your sin, then you experience God’s grace and mercy. Never take God’s grace for granted. Always strive to live a righteous life that is pleasing to Him.

I pray for each of you to experience God’s unconditional love, His mercy, and grace. Because of our sins we are undeserving of the goodness we receive from God. Jesus blood that was shed on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. All God desires from us is for us to love Him back through our obedience by living a righteous life. I pray as you learn and grow in His word that you will be obedient to God and position yourself to receive every wonderful blessing He has in store for your life.

God loves you unconditionally. God wants what is best for your life. Always remember you are a child of the Most High God. Display that you are His child in your thoughts, words, behaviors, and actions. Be the light of Christ with all those who cross your path. When people have an encounter with you they should walk away thinking “there is something different and special and unique about you.” Be Blessed and Be Encouraged!

 

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

AMBER ALERT: Come Back, Wandering Children!

Amber Alert

AMBER ALERT: Come Back, Wandering Children!

Written by Felicia McKnight

7/8/15

Then GOD told me, “Fickle Israel was a good sight better than flighty Judah. Go and preach this message. Face north toward Israel and say: “‘Turn back, fickle Israel. I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves While turning a deaf ear to me.’” GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!” GOD ’s Decree. “I, yes I, am your true husband. I’ll pick you out one by one— This one from the city, these two from the country— and bring you to Zion. I’ll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom. “‘Turn back, fickle Israel. I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves While turning a deaf ear to me.’” GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!” GOD ’s Decree. “I, yes I, am your true husband. I’ll pick you out one by one— This one from the city, these two from the country— and bring you to Zion. I’ll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom. (Jeremiah 3:12-15 MSG)

***BREAKING NEWS***

  • Smash and grab robbery….
  • Home invasion….
  • Road rage shooting….
  • Murder suicide….
  • Prostitution sting bust…..
  • Doctor arrested for child porn….
  • Bruce turns into Katelyn….
  • Gay Marriage legal in all 50 states…..
  • ISIS terrorist threat….
  • Mass killing in a black church….

These seem to be the frequent headlines that have popped up on my phone and e-mail inbox in the past few weeks. Many have left me sad, angry, or astonished! Most things I don’t understand why. There are some days I want to disconnect from all news outlets and just sneak over to the Internet for weather and traffic updates.   Each day the news is a reminder the world is becoming a darker place with evil lurking all around. It saddens me and hurts my heart to see the craziness each day. As I read today’s scripture passage I was blown away. When I read it I see today’s news headlines as a modern day wayward Israel. As I was praying God reminded me that people are beginning to conform to the patterns of the world. Society has fallen off from Biblical principles and living however we so choose. Evil is lurking all around and things are getting worse rather than better. My heart aches for our nation and people as a whole. I am more saddened by those that don’t know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My message today is one of hope and restoration as I pray for many to know CHRIST and for those who have backslidden to return to Him.

Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever. (Jeremiah 3:12 NKJV)

The beauty of this passage is that God is committed to love us. He is merciful. His anger is for a moment. This passage was before Christ yet we are reminded in John 3:16 why Christ was needed. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV). God’s desire is for each of us to turn from evil ways and wrong doings. He wants us to turn from a life that is not pleasing to Him according to His word. He wants us to return to Him and repent. It doesn’t matter what sin we are living in. God is ready to receive each one of us just as we are. His blood that was shed on the cross cleansed all of our sins and unrighteousness. We just need to accept Christ and recommit our lives to Him, a loving, merciful savior.

“Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 3:22 NKJV)

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19 NKJV)

The Bad News….

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV)

The Good News….

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV)

The good news is that when you come to Christ and repent all your sins become your “were”. No matter what your struggles are surrendering to Christ means that He washes you clean. He sanctifies you. At the cross He justified your sins.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)

An Amber Alert is a mass notification system that alerts the community about missing children and to assist in the search for and safe return for them. God has issued an Amber Alert for His children today.

GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!”

God gave His son so that we as a people can be redeemed! He is praying for this nation “come back wandering Children.” Will you return to Christ today?

And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:21 NKJV)

Be blessed and encouraged!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Lord, we pray for all those souls who are lost and don’t know you as their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We pray that they will surrender their lives and allow you to be their Lord and Master. We pray for those that once knew you but have gone astray. We pray for their safe return back to your loving arms. May they all know your unconditional love. May they all know that regardless of what they’ve done is the past that nothing can separate them from your love. May we all be aware of any wrongdoing that are not pleasing to you. Help us to come to a place of repentance and surrendering all to you. Have mercy on us, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out our transgressions. Cleanse us with hyssop, and we will be clean; wash us, and We will be whiter than snow. Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us. (Psalm 51:1, 7, 10, 12 NIV). In Jesus Name. Amen

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What Do You Need? – Part 3

God Will Provide

What Do You Need? – Part 3

Written by Felicia McKnight

6/24/15

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 MSG

Continue to be encouraged as you wait on God to move in your life. The first part of this scripture in the message version reminds us that you can be “SURE” that God “WILL” take care of “EVERYTHING” you need. Everything is the sum total of “all”. God is so sovereign that He knows the what, when, where, and how our needs should be met. Our role is just to trust that God will honor His word. According to dictionary.com SURE means you can be “free from doubt, confident, convinced, assured, unfailing, or never have disappointing expectations.”

Philippians 4:19 says that the needs will come in the form of glory that is poured from Jesus. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t miss the needs Jesus has already given you. From His glory He is pouring into you the strength, peace, and grace you need to sustain you.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV says…

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. .

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV says…

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV says…

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Your circumstances may remain the same, but you are being renewed daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).   Goodness and God’s unfailing love are following you all the days of your life (Psalm 23:6).  All of these things are the glory of Jesus being poured upon your life daily in generous amounts.

As you stand in need of something the word of God is the hope you must hold on to. Whatever your something is God is going to take care of every aspect of meeting your need. He is meeting those needs right now. It may not come when you want or how you want it, but you can get rid of doubt today. You can stand assured, convinced, and confident that God is unfailing. God will do what He said He would do and His expectations never disappoint. God is able is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Be blessed and encouraged on today!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, as we wait on you to move in certain areas of our lives we thank you that you are already meeting our needs. Thank you for sustaining us with your strength, peace, and grace. Thank you for keeping our minds in perfect peace as we keep our minds stayed on you. Thank you that for renewing us daily. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank you for your goodness and unfailing love that follows us all the days of our lives. Forgive us when we take your daily blessings for granted. We thank you for your word and the promises you have given us for every aspect of our life. Even when we don’t know what the outcome will be our what it will look like we thank you that you are sovereign and that you know. We thank you that your ways are better than our ways. LORD, we thank you that today we can go throughout each day with assurance and confidence that you are a God who does not lie. We thank you that as we have laid our matters at the altar that the outcomes will be exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask you for or imaging according to the power that works in us. All glory and honor belong to you. In Jesus name. Amen

Grace Not Grudges

Grace Not Grudges
Written by Felicia McKnight
8/13/14

Matthew 18:15 NIV
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

While attending my women’s devotional group meeting the Holy Spirt spoke to us and said, “We have to extend grace and not grudges.” It held a profound meaning to our topic of discussion; however it hit home with me and some experiences that I encountered in my own life.

I went to the doctor for a problem that I had been experiencing. I typically go to this particular office because I am able to get a same day appointment, and I am normally in and out within 45 minutes to one hour. On this particular day my wait time was extremely long. I went through the normal check in process. I was called back within 15 minutes. My vital signs were taken, and then I was placed in a room colder than Alaska….at least it felt that way. While in there shivering I brought a book I had been reading. I managed to read two long chapters of the book, check my work e-mail, my personal e-mail and stare at the wall and still no one had come in to see me. I had been at the appointment an hour already and I had grown frustrated, because I needed to get back to work for a meeting and I had missed lunch. I stepped out of the room to see if I had been forgotten about, and the medical assistant informed me I would be seen next. Next turned into another 15 minutes of waiting. I stepped out again and just as I was stepping out the doctor was coming out of the room and I was told she would be there shortly.

Now my disclaimer to this story is that I can be a confrontational person in the sense that if I experience a problem with someone or something I make it known at that time. I don’t like having to hold on to things for days or weeks unless I just have to. If I am extremely upset I have learned to allow time to cool off so that I don’t say words that can’t be taken back. In this case I was more frustrated than angry until the next scene of this story took place.

The doctor entered the room and I let her know I was extremely frustrated that I had to wait an hour for her to come into the room. While I waited no one bothered to inform me that the wait time was longer than normal. With an attitude she corrected me and told me that I had “only” waited 40 minutes and she proceeded to tell me about her issues and the issues at the clinic. As she proceeded to talk in an unprofessional tone my anger level quickly elevated. A million things were going on in my mind. First, of all I couldn’t believe the doctor was talking to me that way. As a patient I did not care about those things. I just wanted the medical team to display some customer service and for my problem to be treated. It’s safe to say I escalated from frustrated to angry really quick and my issue still had not been looked at. Also, running through my mind is that I had to remember I am also an employee of this organization. As mad as I was I had to pray for Jesus to guard my tongue so that I did not say anything that would misrepresent Christ nor get myself in trouble with my employer.

At this point I was so mad I didn’t even want this woman to touch me at all. Now I am angrier because I’ve wasted over an hour waiting and now debating with this woman who next had the nerve to ask if I still wanted to be treated. I took one of those deep breaths that is also a quick prayer, because I was trying my best not to go off on the lady and I was determined I was going to be treated but it wasn’t going to be by her. Before I could say anything she told me she did not need the attitude from me and was going to get her boss. Once again I was blown away because I did not curse this woman out nor did I have a nasty attitude with her. I just simply expressed my concern with the lack of customer service and now her attitude. For me my prayer was answered immediately, because little did she know my letter of complaint was already drafted in my head to him.

Her boss, the Medical Director, finally came in. At this point I was boiling yet I remained as calm as possible. Woo Sah! I let him know what had taken place and that her behavior was completely unprofessional and unacceptable. When he seen my badge he went on to give me some inside information as to why things were so slow that day. As a Human Resources professional who knows what goes on behind the scenes I could totally understand from an operational standpoint why things were backed up, but as a patient everything that had taken place was still unacceptable especially this woman’s behavior. The Medical Director was very compassionate and sympathetic. He treated me and I was well on my way. I had some other test that I had to do and I was even extended favor in the process so I didn’t have to wait even longer. Before I left the office the Medical Director asked if it was OK for him to bring the physician back in so we could all talk and that’s where our scripture for today comes in. Yes, I was going somewhere with this story.

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (Matthew 18:15-16 NIV)

The physician returned to the room and we had a brief conversation. I reminded them that I may have been an employee of the organization and can understand the behind the scenes stuff that caused this incident. However as a patient and if I was anyone else this once again was not acceptable and I expressed all of my concerns about the entire visit. She apologized to me in front of the Medical Director. I did let him know that she has provided care to me before and I’ve never had this type of issue. Then something strange happened. The physician asked the Medical Director to leave so we could both talk. I had no clue what was about to take place next but let’s just say I was praying I remembered I was a Christian with whatever was going to take place.

The physician went on to tell me about the bad day she was having and her frustrations with being overbooked that day and some other things. She sincerely apologized and said that when I was upset my complaint was the spark that lit her fire causing her to become defensive and go off on me. When she explained herself that is when grace kicked in. Ultimately she was just having a bad day. I can understand that as we all have bad days from time to time that cause our emotions to get the best of us. I was able to receive her apology and let her know that there were no hard feelings. After we talked a little more she even hugged me as I walked out of the door. This experience ministered to me after I cooled off and looked for God in the situation.

As a Christian when I heard her excuses the first time I could have been more compassionate yet I was not. I was grateful that God used the Medical Director to allow the physician and myself to talk out our differences. I was also grateful that I was open to the idea as I know most people would not have been. We were able to work things out and now all is well.

My story was in a professional setting, but it certainly applies to all relationships. As we go through life we will encounter many confrontations with individuals. If we handle them appropriately then our Christian light can shine. Our scripture reminds us today that God wants us to work things out with others. He wants us to be at peace with one another. “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18 NLT) Life is too short to hold on to the hurt, pain, and frustrations people cause us. It is a blessing when we can discuss our issues with the other party and walk away in peace. It is a blessing to be at peace with someone rather than walking around with negative feelings towards that person which often leads to unforgiveness or what we may call a grudge. “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18 NIV)

I remember prior to my doctor’s office experience I went to someone to address their faults and the hurt they caused me. Out of that we were able to have a peaceful conversation and I was so full of peace. Since I genuinely cared about that friendship I didn’t want to keep walking in silence with those unresolved issues. I trusted that if I prayed and allowed God to go before me then all would be well.

I like the message version best:
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. (Matthew 18:15 Message)

When we find ourselves in challenging circumstances with people we have to pause and ask God how He wants us to handle the situation. According to scripture God wants us to attempt to work it out and be at peace with our neighbor. We can approach people in love and have civilized conversations to work out the matters of our heart. The bible says that if they listen then you know you have a friend. It is such a blessing, a joy and a peace when you are able to walk away with a matter resolved and a friendship still intact.

Who do you need to resolve matters with on today? Pray and ask God to guide you on your approach and prayerfully you too can walk away with a friend. Be Blessed and Encouraged on today.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I lift up all of us who have experienced some hurt, disappointment, and frustration from someone we care about. For those of us holding on to it I pray that you will guide us on an approach to resolve these matters with that individual. Guard our mind and our lips to say the right words that will bring forth a heavenly resolution. We pray for both parties that hearts would be softened and receptive to the conversation and the matters at hand. We know that you are the God who heals and may your healing touch be on each of these relationships. Sometimes people do have bad days that cause the emotions to win over our character. Give us the wisdom and strength to extend forgiveness, compassion and grace. May grudges never be an option. In Jesus Name. Amen

My God Who Hears

My God Who Hears
Written by Felicia McKnight
8/6/2014

Psalm 116:1-2 NIV
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

I was reading this psalm recently in a class and I got sucked into it like a good Saturday afternoon Lifetime Movie. As I was reading the Psalm I had to do a double take, because it felt like the Psalm of Felicia and not David’s Psalm. Today I am singing at the top of my lungs, “I LOVE THE LORD, because he heard my voice. He heard my cry for his favor!” It is a joy to be able to sing that song with personal truth behind it. Before I can tell you the good news I have to share the background information.

My personal life has been on a whirlwind now for the past two years. Without sharing the details I will just say I felt exactly like Psalm 116:3, “The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.” My distress and my sorrow have been great. I am an encourager and a praying woman. I find myself lifting up everyone else and seeing their breakthroughs yet when it came to my prayers I felt like they were not being answered or heard. There were days I questioned God. I knew He had to hear me when I prayed, because He was answering the prayers of the people I had been praying for yet I was still crying out for His mercy and a release from what I had been going through. I often wondered if God had selective hearing. Was there a reason why my personal requests were not being heard? I’m just being honest and I am sure many of you have felt the same way.

I recently attended a weekend silent prayer retreat. I was so excited that I was going to have my time with just me and God. The week leading up to the retreat I prepared my heart and my mind. I wrote down every matter of my heart that had burdened me. I wrote down my hopes and dreams that I was still waiting to come to pass. I wrote down all of the hurt and pain that I needed a healing from. I wrote down everything that I had been petitioning God for and I was just ready to hear what my Heavenly Father had to say and I was ready for my miracle and my breakthrough.

While I was at the retreat God did exactly what I longed for Him to do. He spoke, He healed, and He delivered me! God had a lot to say to me and I was so overwhelmed by all that I experienced at the retreat. I had a breakthrough moment with God. While at the retreat there was a time where we all had the opportunity to share what we experienced. As I listened to each woman, and as I reflected on my own experience I was reassured God hears us all. Personally I was excited God heard my voice. Verse 2 says “he turned his ear to me.” Not only did God listen to all of the women at the retreat, but He is so omnipresent that He was able to listen to me and my long list of prayers.

I walked away from the retreat refreshed, full of joy, and in the overflow of God’s goodness and His glory. I experienced some amazing things. As I reflect on Psalm 116 it’s amazing to finally look back over the scriptures that I have prayed and meditated on through the dark season and to finally see them come to pass in my life. I am in awww at the awesome God that I serve. I don’t know why I am so overwhelmed, because He is just being the God that He said He would be. God is faithful to His word.

Psalm 116:8-9 NIV
For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the LORD
in the land of the living
.

I’m sharing my testimony today because I know there are so many people out their struggling. I know there is someone reading this that is in their dark season. I know there is someone questioning if God hears. I know there is someone crying out “how much longer Lord?” I know there is someone reading this on an emotional rollercoaster. I know there is someone out there who can’t take another blow. I know exactly how you feel. Today I can testify that God hears you, He sees you, and He is listening. I know your journey may seem like an eternity. Mine certainly did. I refused to accept the pit as a reality. I looked at all the people around me and how God had moved miraculously and supernaturally in their life. I continued to stand on God’s word and believed by faith that if God can do it for them, then He can do it for me too. And you know what, HE DID!

I repeat…..
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2 NIV)

All will be well with your soul. Be Blessed and Encouraged on today!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I share with the world today how much I love you and how grateful I am to have you as my Heavenly Father. My prayer today is that every reader be reminded that you are the God who hears and the God who delivers. Give each person strength in whatever challenges they face. Give them the measure of grace to make it through each day. May we all continue to keep our eyes gazed on you knowing that you hear us and this too shall pass. May your grace, mercy, and favor be on us all. Amen