"God is Saying: Watch What I Do With This!"
Maybe it's just me, but a new take on "take a knee" might be to observe that Tim Tebow set the example, as he took the knee in prayer on the football field. It only appears now that NFL players have decided to follow his lead...even if they don't realize it yet!
Before the game starts, many NOW take a knee, bow their head to the ground, and they SEEM to be HUMBLING themselves under the Mighty Hand of God. It is not CURRENTLY their intention to honor God nor humble themselves of course, but it looks exactly the same as Tim Tebow, doesn't it? (Photo of Tim Tebow via Wikimedia Commons)
I truly believe and even SEE that God Himself, in a sense, is "ambushing" them into doing the real thing they WILL BE DOING very soon as a GREAT AWAKENING IS BIRTHED IN AMERICA! God is shouting, "Watch what I do with this!!!"
Now, God can and will do something HUGE with this...please read the following two words from Dr. Alveda King and Joni Ames. Dr. King knows a thing or two about protests in her family and how God will use them and turn things around! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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"America, Take a Knee!"
There are challenges with today's young people wanting to "take a knee" and turn their backs on our national anthem and our American flag. As we honor our nation, it would be good to extend the tradition of honoring America, not by attacking cherished symbols, but by including everyone in the conversations in peace and nonviolence. I for one would like to see the Black American National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) included in tributes to our nation.
What's missing in this situation is a lack of balance due to the lack of knowledge regarding the complete and complicated history of the founding and ongoing American struggle for liberty for all Americans, whether it be civil war, war with other nations, domestic squabbles, etc. Our people are truly perishing for a lack of knowledge.
Why is the "protest knee" approved while the "freedom to pray knee" is forbidden? Both are constitutional.
"Taking a knee" is a football or military term used to break an impasse; it can also apply to taking a breather or saying a prayer. America truly is at an impasse. So we take a knee to God. We need to take a knee to DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD too!
With all of the current painful debates regarding immigration versus national safety and security, along with the horrific hostile overthrow of statues and monuments across the country, we need to take a knee. Remember: God warns us to keep away from idols. Fights over statues of "heroes" that cause race wars and fights over patriotic symbols can reek of idolatry. (Photo via Alveda King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "takes the knee" in prayer in 1965)
"You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 26:1
God created all human beings of one blood; so regardless of skin color, we are one human race (see Acts 17:26).
Keep it positive. Avoid disruptive news spin. Let's continue to pray for our president and all in authority so that we can live peaceful lives (see 1 Timothy 2:2).
Actually, there's a lot of money at stake in sports, immigration, national memorials, etc. We all have our rants. With all the dissension among us, let's remember that money can be a liberator or a trap. We are one red-blooded race. Racism is a sin. Statues are idols. Our cherished flag and national anthem are under God, not to be worshipped. It's time to teach and engage the Six Steps of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution.
For the record, in the beloved community, God loves everyone; you, me, NFL players, unborn, rich, poor, old, sick, confused, etc. There is far too much bickering over idolatry. Everyone should "take a knee" in prayer, and ask God to heal America. It's truly time for America to Return to God.
Dr. Alveda C. King, Evangelist and Author
Alveda King Ministries and Priests For Life
Website: www.americareturntogod.com |www.alvedaking.com | www.priestsforlife.org
Dr. Alveda King is an evangelist and civil rights activist; niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; daughter of Rev. AD King; and guardian of the "King Family Legacy." Alveda King Ministries aims to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the catalyst for salvation and being born again; promoting traditional family morals and values, from a Biblical worldview. Building strong, healthy families is a cornerstone – where individuals and families are given the necessary tools and resources to live prosperously to their full potential. An aim is to educate through community events, mentoring programs, media campaigns scholarship awards, coalition-building Christian advocacy groups and other means of positive reinforcement in order to lead people to Christ in expectancy of life, family, hope and "agape love" in the global community. You can purchase her latest book "America Return to God" from Elijah List Publications here.
"Every Knee Shall Bow"
Romans 14:11: For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
I have been watching with interest the whole uproar about the NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem and bowing one knee. Supposedly, its purpose is to promote equality and unity between the races, but the fruit of it is proof that the enemy's plan has been hatched instead.
The above Scripture continues to come to me as I have seen this happen. For far too long, too many have been bowing to anything but Jesus. But it's a new day.
During the recent hurricane season with all of the damage that occurred, I felt it was a manifestation in the natural of the stirring up and damage that those who have been protesting against America this past year have done.
This particular situation that is going on now is a prophetic picture that if things do not change, many will be brought to their knees because of the division the enemy is again stirring up. It is time to call an end to the anger, bitterness, strife, hostility, and division in our nation.
Churches arise! Make this a matter of serious prayer so we don't end up seeing a dreadful manifestation as a result of this. Let's get smart people! There are people at the helm of all of these disruptions with ungodly agendas who are pretending and have nothing to do with bringing unity to our nation at all! The plan is to again stir up more anger, bitterness, strife, hostility and division.
May we all bow our knee to the One who deserves for us to bow to Him – Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords and not the NFL nor anyone's agenda.
Like the old song, "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." Let us each, individually, choose to refuse the enemy's bait and instead, show kindness and love to one another.
God promises us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear (them) from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
Indeed, every knee SHALL bow to GOD. So yes, let's TOGETHER bow our knee IN PRAYER TO HIM for the peace and unity of our country. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
May we truly be one nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE.
In Jesus name, Amen.
The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames
Joni Ames is an itinerant prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women's Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the Laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry," (Eph. 4:11) and that "...the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Eph. 4:16)
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