Monthly Archives: July 2012

How To Have a Big GOD Sized Dream

Ephesians 2:10  For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

The Message translation ends the verse with, “work we had better be doing”.

Have you ever had a day in your life that you felt really—exceptionally good about?  

The kind of day where you could count off all the things on your to-do list?  

A day where you found yourself laughing—feeling energetic—maybe even in that day you caught a glimpse of yourself doing something you dreamed of doing?

That—is an exceptional day.  Even thinking about it today made me smile.  I’ve had some of those days—they were each experienced as a result of a “God Dream”…I had allowed myself to dream.

It’s our responsibility to discover what God has for us…it didn’t come on a slip of paper when we were born…nor as a result of a test taken…(remember those tests taken in school?)

You are just burning oxygen until you discover the “God Dream” inside you…the neat thing about dreams is—they are apt to change—or grow.

Small dreams watered—fed—cultivated—lived and experienced– will become a BIG—GOD sized dream.  Believe it.

You may be saying right now…but Angie, How do I have a  BIG—GOD—SIZED—DREAM?

I’m so glad you asked!  This is exactly what we covered in our Young Adult class a few weeks ago…so if you didn’t get to sit in…here you go!

  1. Believe it’s possible.  
    • Matthew 19:26   But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 
    • Mark 9:23   Jesus said unto him,  “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
    • Luke 1:37   “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
    • Philippians 4:13   “ I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

There are no limits when God is in charge.

Not your past…

  • Isaiah 43:18-19, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.   Verse 25:  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
  • Philippians 3:13-14   Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Not your finances…

  • Philippians 4:19 (keeping in mind—our greatest need is GOD) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 32:8-9  I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel.  Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.

    2.   Avoid comparisons.

You are an original.  Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Comparison leads to pride—or discouragement.  Ugh.  That even looks bad on the page.  Pride:  “So-and-so can do __________ better than I can…why do I even need to…..”  Being down about yourself is pride just as haughtiness….  EVERY PERSON’S DREAM MATTERS.
    3.    Listen to the right people.

People who will speak the Truth of the Word to you… That’s the ones you need around you….However, there are those who will lead you astray—andfollowing their voice will destroy you and whatever God is desiring to do in your life and ministry: 

2 Chronicles 24:2  “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.”

BUT then we find Joash listening to the wrong people….

2 Chronicles 24:17-19    After he died, the officials of Judah bowed in front of the king with their faces touching the ground. Then the king listened to their advice.  They abandoned the temple of the Lord God of their ancestors and worshiped idols and the poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. This offense of theirs brought God’s anger upon Judah and Jerusalem.  The Lord sent them prophets to bring them back to himself. The prophets warned them, but they wouldn’t listen.

Psalm 1:1-3   How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers!  Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.  He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

When the going gets tough…keep going (growing) 

Life happens.  No getting around it.  Look at the trials as His training grounds for the “dream” or –on the next step to the dream!

Isaiah 43:1-3    But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
   4.   Remember YOU are not alone. 

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 40:28-31   Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wingsas eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    5.   Examine your dream….

Who will be glorified?

Colossians 3:2   Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

It is not us who are to shine…ONLY JESUS.  If your dream or my dream will anyway point to us as being “it”…then we’ve got it all wrong.

You have been created with giftings and talents…that are yours and yours alone.  I may can do something “similar”….but I don’t have your exact gift.  

Just as there are no identical twins exactly alike…there are no dreams–or dreamers exactly alike.  

But our goal is alike.  “GO YE”…into the closet and tell the clothes…come out and be a holy nation?  (or individuals??)

Go YE…into the market place and tell every one they need to look like you, dress like you, and talk like you to make it to heaven??  Uhmm….

No…our goal is to win the lostwin them TO Jesus…show them His love…by living the lives HE gave us…dreaming the dreams we were each given to dream…working and living right beside each of them.   

See, perhaps they have a dream….and maybe they need you and I to help them realize there is One who KNOWS all about their dream…

It’s exciting to have a dream…it’s more exciting to live it.  To see it being played out each and every day….

Do you have a dream?  Be courageous...write it down…look at it.  Pray about it…. Say it out loud…see who the dream is for…who is going to shine…Jesus?

We may be talking more about this….

OH, almost forgot…the picture above is all about 10 dreams.  Count them.  One dream was realized and lived that day.

(Some thoughts from reading “Dreaming in 3D”, by Doug Clay–a VERY good book–I highly recommend it to ALL in pursuit of a BIG–GOD–SIZED–Dream!)

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

Teaching from the class room

God wants—desires for us to see Him everything—“Calling nothing small if it bears us His message”.  (Streams in the Desert, July 24)
·        Sometimes we overlook the obvious…looking for some grand display or show—something out of the ordinary.
·        And there are times God does that—but if we refuse to find Him in the ordinary—We will miss the grandest blessing of all.  (You may be tempted to quit reading, just because you glanced down and saw–gee-whiz–she typed a DOOZY of a blog here–please keep reading…it might be the one for you today)
Psalms 106:7-15  Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.  Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.  And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.  And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
·        Sometimes we read verses like Psalms 106:1  “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” 
…and think God is just all “mercy”…that He will wink at and overlook our lusting flesh—our sinful desires—our carnal nature…
Let me share with you for just a few minutes the facts from my perspective: 
1)   We don’t have the mind capacity to think anywhere near what God might be thinking;    Isaiah 41:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 
·        We read in verses 12-13 how the Israelites believed only “after they saw”…
§  Don’t you know that after all God had already done in Egypt—with the plagues … you would have thought—they would believe God for anything!
§  But no—at the first mud puddle, they are in a complete state of pandemonium!  (I’m not tossing stones at them…)
“Oh, he’s brought us here to kill us!  We’ll drown!”  All they could see was what was in front of them!
§  Yes, I know it was the Red Sea…but to God—it was a mere mud puddle!  They were so occupied with the outward—they couldn’t even fathom God blowing the waters aside! 
Sometimes we can’t imagine how or what God might do when we come face to face with our own Red Sea—but don’t start overlooking the obvious…and being occupied with the outward—Just be honest with God:  “God, I don’t know what this looks like from your position—but from mine—it appears to be an impasse.” 
·        Unreachable. 
·        Insurmountable. 
·        Unachievable –but follow that up with a statement of FAITH…
o   Don’t shrink back…but praise and step out! 
o   God still wants people willing to cross the sea…
§  Sometimes He’ll provide a boat
§  Sometimes He may build a bridge
§  Sometimes He may say “walk out in faith…Because HE IS ABOUT TO PART THE WATERS!!
Oswald Chambers wrote:  “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading…It is a life of faith, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us “go”…The root of faith is the knowledge of a person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success”.(read that again)
Lest we think God’s planning on making us the “next great” whatever–remember, it may not be the corner office with all the perks that He is leading you to…it may not be the pulpit with the congregation of 2,000…it may be the janitorial closet…or the congregation of 25…
Success in God’s eyes is not the same is ours…HE is looking out for the welfare of the heart…not our pocketbook–(and yes, I know HE will provide all our needs–according to His riches in glory–but your heart –MY HEART is a big concern to Him–and it is OUR GREATEST NEED.)
o   Your faith will grow as your prayer life increases…and your prayer life will increase when you encounter obstacles that test your faith…The Israelites faces obstacles—they made choices…
you and I have the same choices today to make: 
A.  Praise; or
B.  Complain
o   Faith is an easy word to say…but what happens when something comes to our lives that requires us to “use” our faith?
o   Prayer is something warm and fuzzy to “think about”…doing it, however, we find that the matters of life always tend to usurp their authority and place in our minds and lives…
o   Bottom line…prayer and faith has to be a determination of the heart and life of the individual.  It is many times a battle. 
2)  The tolerance of the LORD is running out…we are too occupied with our outward! 
§  The faith of the Israelites was contingent on what they saw, not on their trust in the INVISIBLE…
§  They had unreasonable desires for food…in the wilderness—they craved meat—they craved flesh…NOT GOD.
Romans 8:5-8 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
  • They tested God—God gave them what they asked for:

The amplified version of verse 15 says: And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls and [thinned their numbers by] disease and death.
Other translations state:  plague; terrible disease; wasting disease.  
The Message stated, “empty heart”.  
(Read also Numbers 11:33–we find that as they were still chewing the “lusted for meat”–they became stricken with the disease–they got more than they bargained for–because they were not satisfied with what God was supplying for them.  They could have killed their own livestock and supplied meat for themselves, but they had begun to like the idea of being waited on hand and foot as God was supplying “manna” from heaven…they wanted Him to supply “MEAT”…eating meat was not the sin…having a cavernous appetite for something other than God was the sin…their sin lay in their belly.)
  • They didn’t believe until they “saw”…

God is looking for a people who will believe when things look the opposite…
Jesus said to Thomas after needing “proof” that it was indeed the Lord… “Thomas, because thou has seen me, thou has believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”… (John 20:29)
·        God wants us to be so in love with Him—so desirous of Him—time with Him—to hear Him—to know Him—that we are occupied with Him continually…that the outward fades—and the inner grows.
For inner growth—that can have peace in a storm, vision in the blinding rain, it will come only from seeking Him—if we want changes in our life—and growth—we MUST cease being overly occupied with the things of the outward—and seek Him with all of our hearts.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


Kicking and screaming–that’s how I would describe myself on the brink of obedience.

Oh, sure. I want to obey.

I encourage others to do that very thing. But when an action is required on my part for something I feel so UNQUALIFIED for…I start balking. Even backing up. (Surely, someone else would be much better at this…)

Not on God’s word though. In myself.

Haven’t I already told many—He will equip you when He calls you?

Did I tell you that?

How many of my own words do I need to eat? 

” But—Lord— You KNOW ME! I can’t do that!”

I am whining.

I know it and He knows it. Can’t seem to stop myself though. He leans over and whispers… “I’m not asking YOU to do it. I will do it through your obedience…your willingness…. All I want from you is an open heart and mind.”

I am humbled. Tears swell and fall. “Okay Lord.” I should have known.

See, the thing is—I love LOVE writing. I told Him I’d do it everyday—all the time—spreading His life and love through the tap-tapping of my keyboard…

Through the scratching of my pen on cards and letters.

And that may very well be where He keeps me…but I think, every now and again, He may pull me out of my comfort zone, the place where I think to myself—”hey, I can do this”…almost in a fashion of not needing Him…but, you know as well as I do—I can’t put two words together to make a sentence without His guidance.

But when He takes me OUT of the “zone of comfort”–the security of my abilities come to a screeching halt…and I rely solely on HIM.

Total insecurity in me…and fully relying on Him.

Isn’t that where He wants us all to be? Fully—Relying—On—God. F.R.O.G.

I think of that every time I see a frog. Can’t help myself. I feel like a hopping toad at times. He causes me to realize where all my strength lies. At the foot of the cross.

Without the cross…I wouldn’t be here today.

What are you balking at today where He wants you to submit?

Are you backing up a bit–thinking you can’t? When He says, through Me, You can do all things.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Listen for His voice in the quiet. Listen in the noise of life. He speaks continually.

Previously blogged at “Internet Cafe`”  © Angie Knight- The Knightly News.  All rights reserved.

Foggy Faith

A few years ago, I wrote a devotion for Internet Cafe` called “Faith in the Fog”…it may be worth a re-visit if you have time (click on the link)…here are some new thoughts on that–which came to me after a drive to Tallahassee…and reading a post by my dear friend Marsha Harwood on Facebook…and like Marsha, I will borrow from a writing of Corrie Ten Boom.

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.  You sit still and trust the engineer.”

I’ve been in the dark before…when you don’t know where you are–it can be pretty scary. 

And sometimes, even when you are very familiar with your surroundings…it can still be a bit discomforting.  However, there are those “real life” instances when the snuffing out of the lights happens so suddenly, we are taken completely by surprise.

This past Saturday I was driving on the interstate with a favorite passenger of mine.  We were talking about what God is doing in our lives and in the churches in our area–and all of a sudden–from out of nowhere, we were engulfed in a fog so thick everyone hit their brakes.

This particular fog looked like a dense cloud of smoke that had settled on the highway.  It completely covered the two lanes we were on–but not the opposite side of the road.  Afraid that perhaps someone had a wreck and the smoke was the result–my guts clinched in a knot. 

We both stopped talking. 

Time for concentration…and we prayed.

As we entered the great expanse of darkness–I was amazed at the fact there was no smell of smoke…I decided then–it was “fog”.  The thickest–[way past the pea-soup stage]–fog I had ever encountered.  It caused me to suck in air–as if that alone would help me get through the murky road.

As we went along, the semi-truck in front of me seemed to lurch to one side suddenly as I noticed he avoided a car that was trying to pull back onto the highway.  (That one was a NUT.)

Let me tell you what I discovered just by watching the actions of other drivers on the road that day….

  1. Fog happens.  It can happen to anyone–at anytime.  A good day or a bad day.  It can happen early–or late;
  2. Do not leave the roadway.  You will cause much confusion to those coming along behind you if they see you pull off the road.  They may even think YOU are the cause of the fog;
  3. You will have to slow down…but don’t stop.  Once inside the fog, it’s a bit easier to navigate if you don’t stop suddenly.  Stopping suddenly will definitely cause a wreck.  If not a wreck…a severe tongue lashing that you won’t be able to actually hear–but will FEEL;
  4. When inside the fog–keep your lights on.  It’s just one of those things I like to do even on a sunny day–I drive with my lights on.  Let the LIGHT shine is what I say;
  5. Remain steady–and focused.  Talking to anyone other than God–is completely out of the question;
  6. Remember, it won’t last forever–and there are things to learn while in the fog.  No, you didn’t make the fog…but remember Who did…and the fact that as long as you keep HIM as your Navigator and Guide–you will come out on the other side…just keep going on.

You may be thinking…this is not a “devotional” post here, Angie.  But–I beg to differ. 

Re-read.   Turn that interstate highway into your walk with God.   Perhaps you have just stepped out in faith–or maybe, you stepped out awhile back…and there have been more foggy days than sunshiny ones…and maybe you have grown a bit discouraged by what you’ve not seen–even though you are seeking…and expecting…and yes, even believing!  (Been there.)
Can I tell you that just because we don’t see the “results” we may have expected…and just because things have become dark at times…that is no reason to stop.  No reason to pull off the road until things clear up a bit. 

Friend, there have been some “doozy days” in my own life in the past 4 years…but I wouldn’t trade a second foggy second–for the clearest-brightest day. 

In the fog, Jesus taught me how to trust.  How to lean on HIM and not my own understanding.

In the fog, Jesus taught me how to “see”k Him first–and continually.

In the fog–He showed me His power–HIS strength would become mine–because in the fog–at times I was weak.

Can I encourage you today?  If you were here–or I were there–I’d hug you and tell you very clear–our God is bigger than the fog is thick.  Don’t hang back.  Keep doing the things He has placed in your heart to do…you already know what they are–and you are sitting there right now thinking, “but I can’t”.

But HE CAN.  (And He will–through YOU!)

And hey, as long as I’m handing out advice here–I learned it’s okay for the tense knots to build in your belly…it reminds us that we are NOT in control of a single second of our day…God is.  And as long as He is…then you can relax in HIS arms.  Sometimes though, He sends the foggy reminders just to let us know “He’s got this”…

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

Tattle Tale-Tattle Tale–Hang Your Britches on a Nail

Do you remember that silly little childhood rhyme?  I remember hearing it when I was young…and I remember repeating the chant along with the other little kids in the school yard….

I can hear the “tattling” report from this one pictured now… “Nana, Jake pushed me down in the water”...whiny voice.

Nana:  “Uhm, no, I think you guys were playing “baptizer”….”

The truth…was both.  Jake pushed him into the water…because they were PLAYING.  Jason (with a whine) twisted the truth so that I’d scold Jake….and hoping I would take his side and pet and pamper him a bit….(I didn’t—I did what you would do… “get on back outside and play and hush that tattlin'”)

I read something last night that I wanted to share with you about the “real” tattler of tales–

“Satan is a murderer and a deceiver; he entices and he attacks.  But today he specializes in accusing.  Heaven recognizes this, and so  must every Christian.  Night and day he accuses us, and his charges, which are not unfounded, are directed at our conscience–the very point where we most lack the strength to fight him.”  (Watchman Nee, Daily Devotions from a Table in the Wilderness 1957)

Did you catch that?  We have a non-stop tattle-tale in our  midst.

Did you have a sibling who constantly was a tattler?

I have heard my grand-kids do the tattle-tale bit.  It is aggravating…because they are quick to point a finger at someone else, but –don’t go looking at them.

Then the whining starts.  Ugh.  That is as bad as tattling.

Revelation 12:10 says,  “The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accuseth them before our God day and night.”

Keep in mind…his day is coming.  And while “he” knows this very fact, he wants to see just how many of us he can disarm, dissuade, and cast into a pit of total despair with his constant barrage of tale bearing.

Something else we need to look at– “and his charges, which are not unfounded, are directed at our conscience”... Hmmm.  This is definitely a cause to pause.

“Not unfounded”….you mean he is telling the “truth” on us?

The enemy has a way of twisting things in such a way we soon don’t know which end is up.  He convinces us that we have reason to believe we’re a hopeless failure…he brings up our past…slams it down in front of us like yesterday’s headlines.  We begin to wallow in that–we begin to concentrate on what “he” has just “reminded” us of…not what the “Truth” reveals.

The “TRUTH” is –if we’ve asked Christ Jesus into our lives, the Bible says, HE IS FAITHFUL and JUST to forgive us….(1 John 1:8-10)

The “TRUTH” is “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”…(Isaiah 43:17)

The “TRUTH” is that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the WORD of our testimony…(Revelation 12:10-12)

Remind the enemy what happened to your sins when you gave your life to Christ…remind him that HE is not ruling your life…remind him that YOU gave Christ your ALL and that you will allow only JESUS to speak LIFE and TRUTH into your life–and you are getting the LIFE and TRUTH every second you spend in the Word of God…

But every time you listen to the enemy?….You are being fed a bunch of tattlin’ tales.  And you are feeling more defeated with every syllable he utters….STOP.

I’ve seen some kneel at the altar–give it all up to Christ–feel totally NEW and whole–and then in just a few weeks…they are right back–almost where they started!

Why?  Because they didn’t get rooted and grounded in the Word…instead–they thought they could just “avoid” a few things and carry on life as usual…without the Word.

Friend….you and I cannot do ANYTHING without the Word.  (Jesus IS THE WORD) (John 1:1-5)

So!  What are we going to do?….

Stop your ears to the enemy by taking in the WORD…fill your mouth with PRAISE to the Father—be the “OVER COMER” that the Word of God already says you ARE!  By the way…speak the Word “out loud”…and do the PRAISING…OUT LOUD.  That will shut the enemy up.  He can’t stand either one of those!

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

Rise and SHINE

There is work to be done…
sitting idly by is not an option…
if you are a child of God.

You are going to encounter the enemy…why not be working for HIM when it happens?

Doing what HE has laid on your heart…

afraid?  I’ve been there…still visit–but I determine not to stay.

He won’t ask of us anything that HE can’t or won’t equip us to do.

Isaiah 59:19(b)-21; 60:2 “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.  And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.  As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and forever.  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:  but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”

When you think…something is beyond you….remember WHO is going to shine….not you…but HIM!  It’s not beyond HIM.  The GLORY OF THE LORD will shine upon YOU!  Don’t fear….

Settle it.  Once and for all.  Take His hand.  Shake off the feelings of “I can’t”…and set your jaw…gather up your courage….and follow after Him.

THROUGH His power and strength—(remember the previous blog?) WE CAN DO ALL THINGS that HE has called us to do!

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

Where Is Your Focus?

I read something that brought back a bittersweet reminder of my sister, Wanda, this morning….and because you are dear to my heart–and perhaps have a struggle or two of your own, I wanted to take just a minute and share it with you.

II Chronicles 20:12(b) …”neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”

I have to tell you, in the instant I read that–after reading all of chapter 20, I “heard” her voice….”I don’t understand….(long pause for struggled breath)....we trusted God.....(another pause–suck in air and strength), “but I still trust Him.”

You know, there have been so many times I didn’t understand what God was doing (okay, clear confession, I RARELY understand)–but I know enough of His amazing power and love–to trust Him. That doesn’t mean that I don’t pause along the journey and ask a question or two…but I join with Ezra (as it is believed he wrote), we may not know what to do in the hardest of circumstances, “but our eyes are upon THEE.”

If the battle is hot before you–and you feel the pressure from the enemy surrounding your life…maybe you even see the dust they’ve kicked up from riding into your life–

lock your eyes on Him.  Our Savior.

The Lord came in to bring deliverance–to fight the battle for them–but read back at the beginning of the chapter to see what got God’s attention.  It surely wasn’t the fact that they continued doing their every day deal—“walking in oblivion to God”–

Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the LORD–proclaiming a fast (II Chronicles 20:3).

Through the voice of Jahaziel, the LORD spoke to the people and told them “the battle is not yours, but God’s”.  

I’ve heard many people quote that verse–“just stand still–the battle is not yours”….but let me remind US all…

their preparation before the battle was what got GOD’S attention.


I’m afraid too often we want to carry on just like we have done– day after day–and expect God to just come in on our grounds, on our terms, and cooperate with us. Ha!

I can just imagine the expression of incredulity that passes the angel’s faces as they look at our pitiful selves trying to “go it alone” and get it all accomplished…(oh, all for His name sake of course)…leaving out the very One who gives us the breath we breathe  Let’s not forget that.

My heart cries out to Him today for the places in our lives where we have shut Him out…

for those of us who think–“the battle is too hot…we may as will throw in the towel”…

Friend, don’t do that.

A year or so ago, I had learned that someone I knew very well had decided to walk away from ministry…from the very voice of God.  It broke my heart–I wept–not understanding how they could possibly do that.

Since that day–I’ve learned–there are battles we face as believers in Christ that can become so incredibly intense and overwhelming that the enemy of our soul– leans in and whispers—“it’s too much.  Why don’t you go back to the simple way of living.  Why bother with all of this–you are only wearing  yourself out!  Go back to just worrying about yourself–stop fretting over all these other people”….

Well, you know exactly that is what he wants you to do…”stop”.  Recognize that raspy voice for who and what it is.  The enemy.  The pure stinkin’ devil.  He is set out to destroy you and me–he wants to stop you cold in your tracks–and keep you from doing what God has CREATED YOU FOR.

Do you want to shut the enemy up?  Write this down, or copy paste this and print it and STICK it to your mirror—READ IT OUT LOUD.

“I can do all things through CHRIST which stengtheneth me.  (Philippians 4:13) and BECAUSE HE GIVES ME STRENGTH, I forget those things which are behind me–I reach toward what is before me–and I PRESS TOWARD the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JESUS.” (Phil. 3:13-14 paraphrased)

Don’t stop.  Don’t sit down.  We are getting close to the finish line.  Be steadfast in your journey.

When the enemy starts his talk…YOU START YOURS.

But do it OUT LOUD.  He does NOT have the ability to read your mind…all he can do is plant things there–and he knows he has succeeded when he sees your reactions…and when he hears your negativity–and when he sees you SIT DOWN.

There is no sitting down in the battle.  As I would tell my girls if they stayed too long in the bed on a Saturday when there was work to be done…. “Get your butt up and get busy!”

(Wow.  I cannot believe I just said that to you!…but really.  Get up.  We can’t win this sitting down.  WE MUST FIGHT.)

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

The Cry of the Poor

Ladies of the village leaving
church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras 2010

First, you are shocked to the sole of your sneakers–two blog posts in one week…the next shocker is they are actually back-to-back.

I got convicted.

I believe with all my heart that God ignited this ministry–this work in me when I started this blog (all things leading up to this point were crucial in the development of what I am for HIM today). (Same for you friend…stop and think about your journey up to now.)

I believe that HE uses blogs–to teach, to show, to develop us into usable vessels.  I read other blogs and sit back and say, “Wow.  That is a real great thought line into the Word”….or –I might say, “I wish I could “cook” like Amy–or develop awesome graphics like Lori—but I can’t—

What I CAN do is write what He lays on my heart.  So…–after praying through about being ABSENT….here goes:

It’s hot weather…the hottest I can remember since Cambodia–and in Siem Reap, Cambodia,  it IS what we could REALLY claim as hot…but even though the weather is hot, my mind is rambling down the road a piece–toward Christmas.

It makes me cooler to think “Christmas”.

(Stop laughing.)  A really good evening for me –pop in a movie that has lots of snow…and windy weather…and hey, I’m set!  (I’m not kidding–you can ask Jeff.)

One night recently, I popped in the movie, “Day After Tomorrow”…which is a personal favorite.  Don’t ask me why…I’m just weird like that.

One thing I discovered this time (I discover something new almost every time I watch a movie), with all the loss of lifeno one seemed overly distressed.

I mean–there were hundreds of thousands of people who died.  I told Jeff, it amazed me that you didn’t see anyone–especially the “officials” doubled over in anguish over the death toll.

Oh, right.  Maybe they “were”–Hollywood just didn’t show that part!

It makes me all the more realize the fact that so many of us are numb to the plight of the world.

Remember the blind boy in Bolivia?
His mom’s name is Angie

We see them…but we try not to.

We hear them…but we close off our ears…and eventually our heart.

I’m not really talking about the panhandlers we see at the local Walmart–or intersections to the Interstate Exits (a personal favorite of the panhandlers in the south)…

I’m talking about those who struggle to put one foot in front of the other.

Those whose faces bear the scars of life–by the emptiness in their eyes.

You find them in the check-out at the grocery store.

You find them next to you pumping gas…they stop at $10, while you (and me) can sometimes fill our tank.  Their tank is on “get by mode”.  Just like their lives.

If a disaster struck tomorrow–those with empty eyes and lives–would we think about them? (I’m now thinking of the horrific fires in Colorado.  We’ve had rains–and I’ve wished and prayed for it to be sent to them!)

To be honest–I have a difficult time after a mission trip.  I have problems with those panhandlers–those looking for life with their hand outstretched, or a cardboard sign in front of their chest reading “Will Work For Food”  (really?)  (I do know of some who tried to take them up on the offer of work…and they politely declined the work…)  (Don’t send me “hate mail”, I do realize there are those who are “for real”…and it’s not their second job.  However, here in our little city, we have the same 4 that rotate out.  I’ve watched them shift change.)

I have problems with those of us who “waste” food…knowing that there are countless people–REALLY hungry… who would dig through our garbage if we lived next to them.

But then, life begins to assert itself back into our hearts and thoughts….and those hungry…remain hungry.

Until we decide we can do something for them.  No, we may not can run to the other side of the world with a bucket of chicken–but we can support groups like “Convoy of Hope”, whose mission is feeding people.  We can support Mission of Mercy and Compassion International–who do the same–they feed the body and care for the soul.

When I came home from Honduras–my very first mission trip…I was at once overtaken by the fact that I was blessed with so much.  Not a bank account overflowing (we are as most everyone–paying the bills), but I have blessings of family...friendsfood…a comfortable bed…an air conditioner in the summer and heater in the winter.  I realized with renewed heart what I had to be thankful for!

You don’t have to travel to a foreign country to realize your blessings…just open your eyes and look around.

Then open your heart–and listen to see what God tells you to do about what you see.

Proverbs 21:13 says, If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, 
he too will cry out and not be answered.”

I recently read a devotion and now can’t remember what or where–but the gist is this:

There are many things we cannot do in the world around us–and taking on the sorrow of all would bear down on us such a weight we could no longer stand (Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted-Isaiah 53:4)….but daily–by giving our burdens to the ONE who can carry all–we do what HE assigns us to do.  

For those who cross our paths–minister love and care.  We cannot do the job of our Savior, but we can pray–we can give–and we can put all our faith and trust in HIM who never fails.

Whatever we face in the morning…we should keep in mind–there are those who face the same and worse.  (This is a reminder for myself.)

Let’s keep our hearts, eyes, ears open to the cry of the poor….

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

The Unknown Place

Unknown places…Have you journeyed to any?  Abra[ham] did:

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis12:1-3

Sometimes the unknown can be very frightening…wait.  Who am I kidding?  The unknown is almost always  frightening.  I wonder what it was like for Abraham.  

Leave the land you are familiar with.  Leave that place where you are comfortable.  All the familiar watering holes…the places where you could walk blind folded and never trip…go into the unknown.

The Unknown –with all it’s unexpected corners…all the hidden places.
What do we do in the unknown?  
Will we know anyone there?
Are the people friendly in the unknown places?
Is it okay to ask questions about the unknown?  I think so.  You can ask–as long as you remain steadfast–steadily trusting.  If your hand becomes sweaty while holding His…keep walking–keep holding.  
The Bible doesn’t say that Abraham asked questions…it doesn’t say he faltered at all here–

but later he does.  
Later we hear him lie about Sarah being his wife–because maybe he trusted God in a big way at first...but now, maybe he’s not sure–and he’s just getting himself a little cushion…

As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman.  When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.”  Genesis 12:11-13

So…God is big enough to take us into the unknown…but not big enough to keep us safe?

Hmmm.  Oh, I’m not throwing stones at Abraham…I’m just wondering what happened from the day he left until the day he arrived on the border of Egypt.  The Bible says he continued on “in stages” (NLT), the King James Version says, “And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.”  (This was before the name change, pardon me for using his changed name–I like my own “changed name” best too, Angie Knight, daughter of the Most High God.)
Maybe Abraham began “thinking” too much about what he had…and less about what God had said and done… (I’m just thinking out loud.)
Jeff and I have gone through some changes.  We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  We got away from “work” for a couple of days…(even though his phone still reminded us we weren’t far enough).
We are getting ready to go back to Bolivia in September–and praying continually about all the “changes” that the past months have brought.  Busyness–to the max.  
In the class I’ve been teaching on Wednesday nights, it’s been “relationship” focused.  Not only has the class been relationship focused, but my mind has been relationship focused.  Mine and Jeff’s relationship–which is like most any relationship–would suffer if we didn’t make a conscious effort to maintain communication.  
It’s the same with our relationship with God.  Communication is necessary–it is actually CRUCIAL to a relationship with God…just as it is in marriage.  
No communication = No relationship.
So…I have to wonder about Abraham.  Did the communication remain steady?  Or did Abraham grow quiet…not seeking time with God as he first did on the journey….
Abraham is actually one of my favorites–maybe because his trust was so big.  
“LEAVE”.  He did.
“GO”.  He did.
Abraham didn’t ask…he just obeyed.

It’s not fair for me to talk about Abraham’s faults without sharing one of mine.

A couple of weeks ago–I was a bit frustrated–with several things.  Jeff asked me one morning:  “What’s wrong, Angie?”

“Nothin'”  (yes, I know–but you better fess up–you do it too.)

He quickly responded, “don’t be teaching about communicating if you aren’t going to communicate”.


I had to back up and start again.  I couldn’t leave the house that morning–knowing I had just withheld the answer to his question–there was “stuff” that was wrong…”stuff” going on in my mind…and even though I had not sorted it all out yet–he deserved to know the truth.

Truth was–I needed prayer.  Truth was–I needed some time with just me and him–The truth was–I was tired of being tired.  (Stress will do that–and lack of communication) (grinning)

We’ve discussed many things in the past few weeks…where God is working–what He is speaking–or not speaking.  Where He is asking us to “just trust”…

Is there a place in your life right now where God is asking you to “step out” and do the seemingly impossible?  Maybe you’ve stepped out a little–but maybe He is asking for more….
Communication DAILY is the most important thing–the listening part and the talking part.
Keep a notebook handy when you are doing your Bible reading…keep it handy for your prayer times…HE will tell you some amazing things through His Word…and in your heart.

Psalms 139:23-24  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Search me…know me…try me…LEAD ME.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News.