Freedom From The Promiscuous Woman – Part II

Freedom From The Promiscuous Woman – Part II
Written by Felicia McKnight
7/27/2016

Proverbs 2:16 NLT
“Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.”

Where things become challenging for most of us is the turning away from sin. When sin becomes a stronghold it is difficult to break free from it in the power of our own flesh. At the point of salvation the Holy Spirit dwelled within you. God’s word says in 1 John 4:4 NLT:

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”

While it may be difficult to break free God has already declared your victory over sin. The Holy Spirit that dwells inside of you is greater than the worldly ways. To break free you have to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and sometimes the prayers of others.

“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We use the weapons God has given us to fight off sin. Find out what God’s word says about your sin. Meditate on it daily and allow it to take root in your mind and soul. Allow the word to destroy the lies the enemy has placed in your mind to justify sinful ways. Sometimes deliverance from sin is immediate. You pray and all of a sudden you don’t want to do those things anymore. Then there are times deliverance from sin may not always be immediate. It’s a process. But little by little you will be set free.

The process is a lot like taking medicine when healing from an illness. You may not feel the change over night, but if you keep taking your medicine by meditating and praying eventually the change will come. Every time the thought and desires arise use the word to speak the truth over your life.

There may be times it is difficult to change on your own. You may be dealing with things you don’t want anyone to know about. Perhaps you feel ashamed or embarrassed for your actions. You know your struggle and you want to change but the stronghold is so heavy it seems impossible. What do you do in this situation?

You need to pull it the additional weapon of a prayer partner. Pray and find a non judgmental prayer partner that you can confide in and one who will pray you through. Ask God to show you who that person is. Often times we are so weak that this individual has a clear perspective that can help you see the truths and pray you through.

“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” ‭‭James‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It’s also important to remember that once God forgives you that you need to forgive yourself. Once you are forgiven…..you are forgiven and who the son sets free is free indeed. Be blessed and be encouraged!

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Freedom From The Promiscuous Woman – Part I

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Jesus death on the cross. Thank you that he accomplished victory over sin in our life. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that dwells within in us. Farther, we come declaring victory over every area of our life. We thank you that we are forgiven and we are set free. In Jesus Name. Amen

Freedom From The Promiscuous Woman – Part I

Freedom From The Promiscuous Woman – Part I
Written by Felicia McKnight
7/20/2016

Proverbs 2:16-19 NLT
16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
17 She has abandoned her husband
and ignores the covenant she made before God.
18 Entering her house leads to death;
it is the road to the grave.
19 The man who visits her is doomed.
He will never reach the paths of life.

Throughout the Bible God typically uses the analogy of a prostitute or promiscuous woman to describe sin and the continuous comfort of living in it. One definition of a prostitute is to put to unworthy use. To God sin is unworthy. It lacks excellence in God’s kingdom and is not of His character. Sin is like a prostitute because it can look good and feel good. Sin can be enticing and lure us away from righteous living.

Here the scripture defines sin as the “immoral woman”. It’s not conforming with God’s word. Because sin “feels good” it’s easy to get caught up and continue doing the same thing that is not pleasing to God. Sin can be captivating and seductive. We all sin in some respect, however, we each have or have had that one sin that is a constant struggle to become delivered from. It becomes a stronghold. In some cases we can become so easily entangled in sin that our relationship with God becomes more distant causing a spiritual death. We continuously make up excuses to justify the sin rather than acknowledging God’s word to break free from it.

“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” James‬ ‭1:13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sin and the struggle in it is real, but God has given us hope and the tools to break free.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (2) We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our hope in freedom from sin is Jesus death on the cross. He died so that we would have victory over sin and we tap into this victory through the free gift of salvation.

“ sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:56-57‬ ‭NLT‬‬

1) Receive the gift of salvation.

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

2) Have a desire to change.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

3) Seek God for forgiveness.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

4) Turn from sinful ways.

“repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What if you’re saved, you’ve asked God forgiveness, yet you still find it difficult to turn from your particular sin? I will answer that next week. Until then, be blessed and be encouraged.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus death on the cross that paved the way for us to be forgiven for our sins. Lord, we ask for your forgiveness today from anything we have said or done that has not lined up with your word. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Give us to discernment to know what those sins are and the wisdom and strength to turn and repent from them completely. In Jesus Name. Amen

The Book of Revelation – Part III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Book of Revelation – Part II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!

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

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The Book of Revelation – Part I

The Book of Revelation – Part I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!

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

He’ll Meet You Where You Are

He’ll Meet You Where You Are
By Felicia McKnight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Original Scandal Episode

Genesis 4:7
“You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

If you and I have anything in common on today it is that I am having major withdrawals of the ABC show Scandal. Each episode is filled with a high profile person committing an outrageous scandal. Olivia Pope is hired to fix the wrong that was done and some miraculous way the high profiled character walks away not getting what they deserved.

In Genesis chapter 4 we find one of the first stories in the Bible that would make for a great episode of Scandal, Cain and Able. Cain and Able were the children of a high profiled couple, Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel were both to bring an offering to the Lord. Scripture tells us that Cain brought some of his belongings as an offering (v.3) and Able brought a fatted portion (v.4). In modern day terms this is the equivalent of Cain bringing an offering to church where as Able brought the tithes and offering. As a result God favored Abel for his sacrifice and his obedience. God gave Cain a warning that if he chose to live a sinful life rather than a righteous life to be careful because sin can be over powering. As a result Cain became angry and jealous of the favor God showed his brother and killed Able. As a result of Cain’s sin God punished Him beyond what he could bear. Ouch!

I love our God! What I have learned from this verse and over time is that sin doesn’t always sneak up on us. God will give us a warning just as He did Cain, and He will also provide us with a way out. ”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) I will be the first to admit this Christian walk is NOT easy. I am like Paul. There are many times I desire to do right by God and live as He has commanded me to do. Then there are times I get weak and chose to be lead astray or there are times I am doing something not realizing at the time that I am not pleasing my Heavenly Father.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 15:15-25)

If this man of God who walked with Jesus and ministered God’s word by teaching, preaching, and healing had struggles, then surely those of us who don’t come near this capacity will have struggles as well. No matter how long we have walked with God, how much we pray, and how much we read God’s word and meditate on it the fact still remains we are not a perfect being. In case you weren’t aware there will be some days YOU WILL MESS UP! God warns us in our scripture today to be careful because sin is at our door eager to control us. The enemy is present in all of our lives and he desires to keep us out of God’s will. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) In order to be alert we have to keep our mind renewed so we do not conform to the patterns of the world and gratify our flesh. Sin desires to be our master, but if we exercise the fruit of the spirit, self-control, we can master sin.

For those of us who are saved and have received Christ we have to remember that this Christian walk is a daily walk. We have to wake up every morning and die to self, because we are not perfect. Not you, your Pastor, your parents, those you may look up to, mentors, teachers or anyone you may put on a pedestal, and think they are close to perfect, because they are not. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

In our story Cain had to suffer the consequences of sin. He was so fearful of what he had done that He thought others might retaliate and kill him. God extended mercy to Cain by saying that no one would be able to touch Cain. If anyone did kill Cain they would “suffer vengeance seven times over”. (v. 15) Mercy is a beautiful thing and one of those Godly gifts we take for granted so often. Mercy is when we don’t get what we deserve. The reality is Cain was a murderer. He was bold enough to kill his brother, his own flesh and blood. In modern day and in the state of Texas we would have sent Cain to a murder trial, convicted him and sent him straight to death row. However, God’s mercy was extended to Cain. God placed a hedge of protection around Cain to keep him from being killed by others. No death row option for Cain. God loved Cain enough that He extended mercy.

For those of us who are Christians there is a wonderful promise for us through Christ’s death on the cross, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) If we mess up and do something not pleasing to God we do not have to worry about others trying to condemn us for our sins. We do not have to dwell on the fact that we messed up. When mercy is extended over our lives we still may have to suffer the consequences for our actions. Sometimes the consequence is not as severe as it should have been. Sometimes God spares us from the consequence all together. During the Christmas holidays I was driving and not paying any attention to my surroundings. I was speeding down the highway looking straight ahead and I noticed out of the side of my eye a vehicle riding along the side of me. I glanced over and guess who it was? Yes, a police officer. Not just any police officer either. He had SUPERVISOR written across his vehicle. He graciously looked at me with a stern look and I got the message he was implying “Slow down!” Through my smile and a gentle nod I communicated back, “You’ve got it Mr. Officer”. What was even more extraordinary about this situation is this police department does not play and is notorious for dishing out speeding tickets. I was not following the traffic laws and was extended a warning and spared the consequence. Whew!

We don’t need Olivia Pope to fix our mess. We have the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for us. Yes, we all mess up, but we have the mercy of God. We can turn to our Heavenly Father who extends forgiveness of our sins and He remembers them no more. (Hebrews 8:12) Be blessed and encouraged!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and your mercy that are new every morning. We thank you for the days you send warnings our way when sin and Satan is on the prowl. We thank you for the way outs you provide us to avoid temptation. Help us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. On days we battle between flesh and spirit ,give us the strength to remain in the center of your will. In Jesus Name. Amen
~Written by Felicia McKnight~

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