Where Do You Fit?

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Where Do You Fit?
Written By Felicia McKnight
7/9/2016

1 Corinthians 12:14-19
For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

I normally write on Wednesdays, but my heart is heavy. Like many of you I was at a loss of words and grieving for all of the events that have taken place this week as a result of gun violence. The other night I woke up around midnight to see a gazillion notifications on my cell phone that read “multiple Dallas officers shot”. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading. Was I dreaming? I turned the TV on to CNN only to discover this was really happening. I watched in disbelief. I was first saddened to hear about Alton Sterling. I wake up the next morning to be saddened once again by Philando Castile and now 12 police officers (5 who lost their lives). Each incident saddened me and angered me. After hearing about the Dallas Police Officers this incident broke me. I couldn’t sleep. I cried all night. I was scared. I cried throughout the morning. I don’t know the last time I cried so much, but my heart aches for the families and for this nation. All I could think is that a war has broken out in our nation. I didn’t know how to pray or what to say. I’ve watched the news. I’ve watched people put blame on guns, police, President Obama and the black lives matter movement. Frankly I am disgusted at all of the finger pointing. The bottom line is NO HUMAN deserves to have their life taken from them for minding their business, having a good time at a club, getting their hustle on, driving down the street, or doing their job to the best of their ability. There is no excuse and no reason. As I pondered on this entire matter the bottom line is EVIL is lurking. EVIL is the root issue. EVIL is what causes people to kill other people for no reason.

As I pondered on what could I do to make a difference my heart lead me to do what I do best is to pray. God placed 1 Corinthians 12 on my heart as people shift the blame and post that we all need “to do something to make a difference.” That is very true. We all need to stand up and do something. But your something may be different from another person’s something. If your something is peaceful protests, then know that your voice makes a difference. If your something is to lobby for change in gun laws, then please know your something makes a difference. If your something is to stand behind the scenes and pray, then know that God hears and your prayers are NOT in vain. Now is not the time for a separation because of how we each choose to make a difference. As the scripture reminds us today our something, our calling, and our gifts on these matters collectively can make a difference if we all unite for the betterment of humanity.

You probably won’t see me protesting and that’s OK. I may not see you praying or writing letters to congress and that’s OK. But whatever we chose to do as long as we are doing it peacefully and with the love of Christ together we can all make a difference on these matters.

I’m tired like the rest of you of picking up my phone and seeing so many breaking news notifications or turning on the news to another tragedy. My heart aches and my heart is heavy! Even as I write this I hurt still and I cry. I just want it all to stop! Just a few days ago we were celebrating the 4th of July Holiday. We were singing about freedom and America the Beautiful. Right now America is broken and hurting. Our nation needs peace again, and love, and justice, and most of all unity.

This is my view, but I know these tragedies can be looked at from so many angles, and that’s what makes us all unique and different.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

I encourage everyone reading this today to do what God created and called you to do. If we each do our part individually we can make a difference collectively as the whole body of Christ!

“May that which unites us be greater than that which divides us.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes

God Bless You. God Bless This Nation. God heal this nation. Be blessed, be encouraged, and be in peace!

I love you and God loves you!

RIP
Alton Sterling
Philando Castile
Brent Thompson
Patrick Zamarripa
Michael Krol
Michael Smith
Lorne Ahrens
Pulse Night Club Victims
All those whose lives have been lost to senseless, unjustified violence


Prayer

Heavenly Father, Our Nation Needs you like never before. We pray for your healing on this nation. We pray for your strength, comfort, and guidance for all those who mourn those whose lives were tragically lost this week. We pray for peace, unity, love, and justice. We pray for your word in Psalm 46:9 to come to pass over our country and that you will cause this war to cease amongst humanity. In Jesus Name. Amen

It’s Time For The World To Know Another Name

He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭9-11‬ NLT)

It’s Time For The World To Know Another Name
Written by Felicia McKnight
12/3/14

I along with the majority of the nation sat glued to the television set as I waited to hear if there would be indictment charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Mike Brown. As I listened to the prosecutor tarry on in his statement I had an anxious feeling of wanting him to just get to the point. I sat in amazement once the announcement was made that there would be no charges against officer Wilson. I was disappointed wondering how many more young men will have to loose their life to senseless violence. Will there ever be a day where the Trayvon Martin’s and the Mike Browns can get through alleged criminal accusations without it ending in a life lost?

What happened next saddened me even more. Violence, gunfire, looting and not so peaceful protests broke out in our country. I understand everyone handles anger differently, however solving violence with violence does not equal peace or justice. It just equals more unnecessary outcomes of destroyed property and injured lives. Businesses had to suffer for something they had no involvement with and the cycle of destruction continues.

Regardless of whose fault everything is I just sat in heartache at everything that was taking place and I pondered on the question where is God in all of this? Where was the church to help people deal with their emotions differently? If more people knew Christ would the outcome have been different?

That night I began to pray over everything that was going on and over my own thoughts. I was at peace as God reminded me that He is here and He is a sovereign God. For those who are in disagreement with the grand jury’s outcome for this case be reminded today that we serve a God who sees all and knows all. I stand on the same statement I made with George Zimmerman. If Officer Wilson killed Mike Brown with wrong motives then God knows. God is the ultimate judge. “God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?”(‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ NLT). If these men truly had wrong motives for killing these individuals, then God sees what the justice system can not see. God said in His word, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.’” (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32‬:‭35‬ NLT). I look back at George Zimmerman. Although he was not convicted of killing Trayvon Martin based on what I have seen on the news he is suffering way more consequences outside of the jail system then he probably would have in the jail system.

I am not sovereign like God, so I don’t know why things like this continue to happen. Why did 911 happen? Why do girls keep getting abducted in Nigeria? Why is it everyday I turn on the news there is more bad than good taking place? The only conclusion I can draw is that evil still exists in this world. We may not understand why things keep happening and we may not always understand the outcome. What we need to know is that “Our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:5 NKJV). I pray the eyes of our nation will look up towards the hills from which cometh our help. Our help comes from the LORD, the covenant keeping God, Yaweh,who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2). This nations help comes from the God who can cause wars and protests to cease, so be still and know that He is God. (Psalms 46:9-10)

It’s now the Christmas season where we focus on love, peace, joy and the one who can give it to us. At the funeral of Mike Brown, Jr his stepmother spoke and mentioned a prophetic dream Mike Brown, Jr had just before he died. He told his step mother, “One day the world will know my name.” That prophecy has certainly come to pass. However, in the midst of all of the anger, disappointments and violence it’s time for the world to know another name. That name is Jesus! The one who’s birth we are celebrating in this season.

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭9-11‬ NLT)

Jesus….the one who died on the cross for us.
Jesus….the one true living God.
Jesus….the healer.
Jesus….the deliver.
Jesus….the one who is compassionate of man kind.
Jesus….the forgiver.
Jesus….the one who sits at the right hand of God interceding for us.
Jesus….at his name demons tremble.
Jesus….at his name circumstances change.
Jesus….the lover of our soul.
Jesus…the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Jesus….Jesus….Jesus!

Whatever you are going through and whatever your emotions are concerning politics and the justice system…..Jesus….Jesus….Jesus!

Be blessed and encouraged on today!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I rejoice today knowing that we can be still and know that you are God. I pray the eyes of our nation will look up towards the hills from which cometh our help. Our help comes from the LORD, the covenant keeping God, Yaweh,who made heaven and earth. Lord, I pray that you will be a healer to our hurting nation and that you will send forth peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray for souls to know you as their Lord and savior so that they can experience your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, and peace. May you be all these things to us and this nation. In Jesus name. Amen

Song: “Oh How Precious” by Kathy Taylor http://youtu.be/d8yJHejtPpw

“Hope” for a Cure

In loving memory of my Aunt, Catherine “Sylvia” Williams, a breast cancer survivor, a cancer fighter, and a heavenly conqueror that I’m sure I’ll see again in heaven one day.

Luke 8:43 NLT
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure.

“Hope” for a Cure
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is an awareness that is difficult not to notice because everything everywhere turns the color pink in October. This month is set aside to make people aware of the disease, to remind people to get their check-ups, to fund raise for a cure and a cause, to remember those we’ve lost to the disease, to celebrate those that survived, and to offer hope to those currently diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer is an equal opportunity disease. It does not discriminate against color, race, religion, or gender. Breast Cancer Awareness month is also a month that symbolizes hope as we see the various fundraising and awareness activities take place across the country.

Today we look at the life of a lady by the name of A Woman with the Issue of Blood. Since I am the author of this devotion I’d like to exercise my rights to nickname her “Hope”. “Hope” was diagnosed with bleeding or in modern day medical terms she was hemorrhaging. In her days she was considered socially unclean therefore this diagnosis created a hard ship for her and her family if she had any. If I can use my sanctified imagination she probably used up all of her money going from one doctor to the next paying one co-pay and deductible after another, a second and third and fourth opion to be told “I’m sorry mam, we have no cure.”

Fortunately for “Hope” she didn’t settle with this diagnosis. She knew something many of us don’t realize. She knew hope meant there is an expected end and she sought after that end with her faith. “Hope” was probably watching one of the Christian stations one day and seen the commercials that a Master Healer by the name of Jesus was coming through town healing the sick and demon-possessed and raising the dead. “Hope” knew that what was impossible for man was possible with God (Luke 18:27), so she had hope for a cure to her diagnosis. “Hope” set out to be amongst the crowds. She pressed her way through the crowds. She knew she didn’t need hands laid on her, she didn’t need special water, she didn’t have to order a special healing cloth and she didn’t have to stand in the $1,000 line to receive what she has waited to receive for twelve years. “Hope” knew that if she could just connect with the source of healing, Jesus, by faith there was a great possibility she too could be healed.

“Hope” received just what she hoped and prayed for so long, an instant healing after twelve years of being told “there is no cure”(Luke 8:47). When she touched the hem of Jesus garment there was a power exchanged so powerful that it knocked her down trembling. As a result of that exchange she was healed by faith. “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)

When someone receives a serious or terminal health diagnosis I’m sure there are so many questions that go through their mind: Why me? What Next? How do I get through this? How long will I have to suffer? What will this do to my family? Will I live or will I die? What do you do when you have a diagnosis and no cure? The answer is you continue to hope. “Hope’s” outcome is what many of us pray and hope for, but it will not be everyone’s outcome. Sometimes healing comes on the other side of heaven with the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16) I have had the experience of watching three of my terminally ill family members take their last breath and transition away from this earth. Like many of you I hoped and prayed that my Grandmother, Aunt Sylvia, and Aunt Glenda would be physically healed on this side of heaven. Through each experience I learned about another hope that God has given us through his promise of eternal life. I learned that although they may not be healed for our natural eyes to see, that God has a promise of hope that with eternal life there is a place for eternity where there is no more sickness and no more pain. “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 Amplified)

The best hope we can offer any person with a disease is the promises of God and to ensure that they have received Christ as their Lord and savior. No one can answer why one person is healed sooner than the other. No one can answer why they were picked to bare the disease. No one can answer why one person is healed and the other had to die. These are only answers God has. However the answers He has given us are in His word, the Bible. God has given us hope for peace, comfort, strength, grace, and mercy through the journey of sickness along with so many others.

Today I am not encouraging anyone to give up hope for healing in the natural. Continue to think as “Hope” thought. I believe “Hope” was going to keep hoping for a cure until it was time for her to leave this earth. She had great faith. Keep praying and believing in God’s power for you or your loved ones. Stand on God’s word regarding healing. Today I just want to encourage you that when you hope for a cure that healing can take place in the earthly realm as well as the heavenly realm. If your loved one does not receive healing on earth do not be discouraged that God didn’t fulfill a promise. Be encouraged that by faith they are walking around heaven and the promises of Revelation 21:4 are fulfilled through salvation with the promise of eternal life. Be blessed and encouraged on today!

Prayer
Heavenly father we thank you today for your healing powers. Thank you that you have the power to heal in the natural realm and you have the power to heal in the heavenly realm. Today we pray for all those who are terminally ill as well as their family, friends, and loved ones. Only you know what the outcome will be. No words can ever take away the hurt one feels when they are diagnosed with a disease or when their loved one passes away, so we entrust these individuals to you to give them the peace, comfort, and strength as only you know how. Lord as we go through this month of October, breast cancer awareness month, we do so with hope that there will be a cure for this disease. Lord, we recognize that there are so many other cancers that need a cure, AIDS needs a cure, and other diseases that are too many to name. We pray for the researchers that are working diligently to find cures to these various diseases and pray that you would give them the wisdom and knowledge that leads to a cure. Ultimately in all situations we pray your perfect will to be done. In Jesus name. Amen.

~Written by Felicia McKnight~

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