THIS BROKEN WORLD

by Tammy Phillips
June 20, 2022

Recently, I have been challenged, and asked some hard questions that I could not answer about the promises of God.  Of course, when you ask the Lord, He promises to answer.

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15 NKJV)

The Lord does not promise that we will like the answer.  I received a reply to my questions to the Lord from one pastor.  “The world is broken and we want God to be sovereign in a broken world.”    I didn’t ask the question anymore but unsolicited from a second pastor  and a devotion I read , I heard the same, “the world is broken.”

Things break in a broken world. (It’s not a comforting word, but it is the truth.)  The Lord God had a plan to send Jesus into the brokenness and darkness to save us.  He accomplished His plan through Jesus and that is our eternal hope. He saved us. He is saving us, and He will save us.  It is a progressive plan towards eternity.  It is why we have to keep walking by faith. 

Satan hates God.  He hates us, as children of God.  He has other ideas. He wants to dismay us.  He wants to steal from us.  He wants to kill us. He wants to destroy us.  It is his schemes! He wants to throw seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our path.  He wants us to be dismayed and turn our eyes from God.  God has the better design, life eternal with Him.   We cannot lose focus on God nor His eternal perspective.  We have to keep walking by faith.  Sometimes, it’s all we can do.  

There are many things that happen this side of heaven that we will never understand.  I don’t know If we will understand when we are in the very face of Jesus. (Will it even matter then?)  It is at this point where we must choose to step in faith.  We must choose to trust the word of God and turn off the lies of the devil.

Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite promises from the word of God, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Pictured above is a coaster from artist, David Arms with Is. 41:10 printed on it.  I thought it was the sweetest little art piece until I dropped in on the floor and broke it to pieces.  I thought it was destroyed.  However,  I loved it so that I picked up the fragments and glued it back together.  This is what God does with our lives.  The little square will never be the same, but it is saved and beautiful in its brokenness.  

He knows we live in this broken world.  However, He gives us hope in His word and tells us:

  1. Do not fear.
  2. I am with you even though you may not see nor feel Me.
  3. Do not be dismayed or look away from Me.
  4. Do not be amazed by the destruction of the enemy.
  5. He is God.
  6. He will give you the strength to breathe and step each day because His mercies are new every morning.
  7. He will help you.
  8. He will hold you up when it is hard to stand on your own two feet.

I enCOURAGE you to stay and stand in faith.  Do not turn away from Jesus and gaze on the brokenness.  Stay focused on Him.   I heard the Lord clearly say, “CELEBRATE LIFE!  Do not glorify the broken works of the enemy.  Do not be amazed by the evil in this world.  Do not be amazed by the works of our enemy like theft, destruction, sickness, cancer, nor death.  Jesus has overcome these things and as His children we have eternal hope and life in Him.   Celebrate every breath of life.

PS…Big thanks to Pastor Scott Sheppard who answered my call to the Lord  without hesitation.   Pastor Freddy  T. Wyatt and Lysa TerKeurst  spoke  the same words into my life as confirmation and they didn’t even  know it. 

ONE STEP AT A TIME

by Tammy Phillips
June 6, 2022

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

Take one step at a time.  I know on this journey you may not see the way clearly but take one step at a time.  God will be your Newel Post, the anchor of the stairway, a support that helps bear the weight of the rest of the way.  A newel is always found at the foot of a flight of stairs and at the top of the stairway.  A newel is placed at every juncture where the stairway changes directions. God is your Newel post providing support and bearing the way at the beginning, the end and at every turn along the stairway.

As you begin to climb, God will bring you to a landing that will provide you time for healing, rest, and restoration.  He will bring you to a landing place to guide you around the obstacles of life.  The landing will provide you direction and next steps. Trust Him.  He says in Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV) He will help you rise and tread.  Rise and tread.  Before you know it, you will have risen and completed a run to the next landing.

I enCOURAGE you to keep taking one step at a time. God will be with you every step of the way. Take time to heal in your own way. Grieve in your own way. Healing is a journey and a climb. Take one day at a time. Take one breathe at a time. Take one step at a time.

(Repost from November 18, 2019)

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

by Tammy Phillips  (with a little week from last year)
May 30, 2021

REMEMBER the former things of old, For I [am] God, and [there is] no other; [I am] God, and [there is] none like Me. REMEMBER the days of old, consider the years of many generations. (Isaiah 46:9NKJV and Deuteronomy 32:7 NKJV)

To REMEMBER is defined as to recall, recollect, remind, rehearse, record, call to mind, make a memorial; to mark; to exercise the memory.  

Today,  we remember the brave and courageous American soldiers who gave their lives for our great country.  We remember those who died for us in every war.  We remember those who continue to serve and die for our country.  Over 600,000 died in the Civil War alone and more than a million Americans have given their life for our liberty.

Today, we remember the military who safeguarded our Nation. We say, “THANK YOU” to the courageous men and women warriors who served and made the sacrifice of their lives to protect our freedom.  Freedom that was ultimately purchased for us on the cross by Jesus.

Today and every day, we also thank God and remember His sacrifice.  He sent His only son, Jesus, to fight, die, and win the battle for our eternal freedom in every area of our lives.  Look at the freedoms the prophet prophesied about in the coming Messiah in Isaiah 61:1-2…

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me because the LORD has anointed Me…

To preach good tidings to the poor
To bring cheerful news to the meek
To announce great news to the depressed mind
To show and tell tidings to the afflicted
To message the miserable
To be freshness to the failing
To publish possible to the impossible

To heal the brokenhearted
To bind up the broken in pieces
To wrap up firmly the destroyed
To bandage the burst
To compress the crushed
To gird the wrecked

To proclaim liberty to the captives
To call out freedom to the carried away
To cry out free, abundant flow, to the prisoners
To address swift flight to the caged

To open the prison to the bound
To deliver from jail the yoked
To open wide eyes and ears of the captive
To liberate by opening, anyone who is fastened
To redouble to the taken in war and tied up

To proclaim the acceptable, favorable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God; (Isa 61:1-2 NKJV)

Jesus anointed  by Holy Spirit, opened the scrolls in Luke 4, read Isaiah 61:1 and then said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” Jesus in essence said, “I AM is here.  Who you have been waiting for, it is me.  I am the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. This is the ‘acceptable year of the Lord.’”

Remember, this is the age of God’s grace, redemption, and deliverance.  It is now.  All are invited to come to Christ in repentance and, by faith, receive the gift of eternal life and eternal freedom.  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)  

However, there is going to be time where God says enough is enough. The “day of vengeance of God” will come.   “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18-19 NKJV)

This was the message of the Lord.
This was the message of Jesus.
This is our promise.  This is THE GOOD NEWS. 
This is our message.
Holy Spirit anoints and empowers us, His disciples, His people, to pass on the same message of Jesus.

I enCOURAGE you to REMEMBER the great things God has done.  
REMEMBER, Jesus.  REMEMBER what He gave up so you could have that life.
I enCOURAGE you to REMEMBER the life God has given and the life He has promised you. 
I enCOURAGE you to open your ears!  Hear the entire message of Jesus, our Savior.  Accept the freedom and every benefit that He paid for with His life.  Then like Jesus and our brothers and sisters in the military who so freely gave, sign up and become a freedom fighter.  It is a much easier road.   Simply, our mission, if accepted ,  stand and publish the good news of Jesus to everybody you know.  THERE IS FREEDOM IN HIM! 

Do not forget to stop and remember as you celebrate today, Jesus died for our freedom and our fellow countrymen have died to help us maintain those freedoms.  (If you do not know, each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.)  Be free!  Remember what you received and heard, and hold fast, and repent (Revelation 3:3 KJV)

GRAY DAYS ARE RAY DAYS

by  Tammy Phillips
May 23, 2022

“Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts [is] His name):” (Jeremiah 31:35 NKJV)

The first day on the beach was very overcast.  Needless to say, I packed up the necessities, water, chair, and a good book and off to the shore I went.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with what the sky was displaying, but so elated to be in my happy place.  Then I heard the LORD speak to me so simply, “Gray days are ray days.”  The sun still shines and lights the sky.  The warmth of its kiss and the touch of its rays can still be felt. We cannot see the sun, but it is still hanging and shining high in the sky.  It does not bow nor concede its place to the gray.  The sun only allows the silver sky to obscure its glory for short few minutes in time.   Then “suddenly,” powerfully and ever strongly, a hole opens in the sky and the rays of the sun declare its glory. 

Isn’t that just like the LORD?  We cannot see the LORD, but He is always in our life, lighting our days. His presence can always be felt. Gray days may come, and obstacles may block our view of seeing clearly.   However, stormy, gray days of life are still touched by His rays.  Wait just a little while and the “suddenlies” will come breaking through the gray, declaring His glory, and lighting our way. While we are waiting, we should bask in the richness of the silvery, gray heavens.  All the while, knowing that the golden sky that is hidden behind is worth the wait and just a breakthrough away.   Enjoy the gray days because…

Gray days are ray days. 
We should realize His presence is still touching our lives. 

Gray days are pray days.
We should expectantly pray for the gold that is just one breakthrough away.

Grays days are say days.
We should declare His word and trust in His promises over our lives.

Gray days are lay days.
We should be content no matter where we are and layout in surrender before Him.

Grays days are pay days.
When we question why we have to endure the gray, we are missing out on the richness that the silver days,

Grays days are vacay days.
We should resort to the LORD on these days and delight in His presence.

Gray days are way days.
We should understand that through the gray the LORD will show us the way,

Gray days are my kind of days.   Really, gray days are days like any other.

I enCOURAGE you to embrace your gray days.  Every day really is a great day when we walk it out with our Savior.  The gentle whisper of the Lord changed my whole attitude about gray days. It gently rained most of the first day.  There were little breakthroughs where I could barely see the white ball of the fiery sun through shadowy sky.  When I arrived back to our villa, I could visibly see where the sun had left its mark on my skin.  It had been active and working.  I just could not see it.  Remember, gray days are still ray days where the Lord, our Dayspring, is still working, even though we might not see Him.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

by Tammy phillips
May 8, 2022

“She who gave you birth will be happy.”  Proverbs 23:25

I am so happy today!  I have two men in my life that I am blessed to call sons. They are my greatest joys! I could not be prouder of  the both of them.  In different ways, they have incredibly big and giving hearts. They might get that from me, but they are just like their dad when it comes to living and working.  They play hard and work even harder!  They make this mama’s heart swell with joy. 

You know, Mother’s Day is supposed to be all about mothers!   I am so very grateful for every mother that I am blessed to do life with. I couldn’t  have done it without them.  I am particularly  thankful my own mother. She is my biggest fan and cheerleader.  I do challenge the fact that Mother’s day is all about mothers because without the kiddos, mothers are not mothers.   Any mom who enjoys celebrating the day would tell you that it is really all about the children. Right?

“No doubt about it!  children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.” Psalm 127:3

Other than the gift of Jesus, children are the greatest gift!  Here’s to the kids and to Father God who granted us our biggest blessings.  I prayed for my boys and the Lord gave me what I asked from him. So, I gave my boys back to the Lord. As long as they live, they are the Lords (  Samuel 1:27-28).

I enCOURAGE you to be happy today! Mothers enjoy your gifts; your children and children enjoy your mother’s. Neither will always be around.  Appreciate the gifts that God has gifted you with…your mothers and your children.  I do! Love you all!

P.S.  Best thing my son’s have done gifted me with THE BEST daughters! 

My sweet Mama! I love you!

THE CALL OF JOYOUS SPRING

“It’s spring! I want to sing! I want to dance!” Photo my: @ yoshinko_bass

by TAMMY PHILLIPS
May 2, 2022

My beloved spoke, and said to me: ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over [and] gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines [with] the tender grapes give a [good] smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!’” (Song 2:10-13 NKJV)

Do you hear our Beloved Lord calling, “Rise up and come away?”  He calls to us as He calls Spring forth from the earth.  Would He have us hibernating, or sleeping while He resurrects nature all around us?  Can you hear Him declare, “I am risen.  Rise in me.  Come away with me.  Let’s go higher. ” 

It is Spring. 
It is time to arise.
It is time to break forth.
It is time to come out of the darkness.
It is time to appear.
It is time to grow.
It is time to proceed.
It is time to thrive.
It is time to leap; to bound; to jump.
It is time to start; to burst; to shoot forth; to explode.
It is time to arise and go away with our Beloved.

The earth has heard our Beloved.
They have answered His call.
Can you hear the joy He brings? 
Can you hear the life He sings?

I hear the choir of a 100-songbirds rising:
Rocking Robins, Bubbling Brown Thrashers,
Cheerful, Chirpy Finches, and Sharp-Cheepy Sparrows.
I even hear one feathered friend,
favored and ever-present Little Mockingbird,  
spring forth and  perform a grand solo.

Love is in the air. 
I see the brilliant red cardinals turning, twisting
And dancing their dances.
and the bluest bluebirds fluttering and waving their wings. 
The mockingbirds face off with their heads held high
darting and retreating in their coy little performance.

The glistening green grass has risen and been pruned.
The slender sheathing blades have risen again
with every droplet of rain to even taller heights.
The happy, golden daffodil clusters
have broken out of the dark.
They sang their praises and announced
with the solitary bell tone of the tulips
that spring has sprung, and new life has begun.

The multitude of gray winter is afar.
The growing, glowing emerald is everywhere.
It is all encompassing and covering with comfort.
New life surrounds and energy abounds.
It is spring.

I enCOURAGE you to stop and look around.  Hear the voice of our Beloved Father calling to you,“Rise up and come away.”  Enjoy ever scent of His creation.  Delight in His presence .  Grasp His hand and take the next steps of your  journey out of the darkness of winter and into the joy of spring. He waits on you. I hope you will answer His call.

Lovely Yellow Warbler by Karen Gallo

THE AMEN

by Tammy Phillips
April 25, 2022

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:” (Rev 3:14 NKJV)

Revelation 3 tells us that Jesus is the Amen, but exactly what does that mean? What does ‘amen’ even imply?

Amen is a most unique word. It is a universal word.  
The Amen is a most unique man.  The Amen is a universal man. 
Amen is not a word to be ignored or left out of our vocabulary. 
The AMEN is not a man to be ignored nor left out of our lives. 

The word, amen,  has been “transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech” (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/g281/nkjv/tr/0-1/).

Amen means the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English.  The Hebrew word for “amen” is amen. The Greek word for “amen” is amen, not amenthe, and so on.  “Amen” is originally from the Hebrew word, “aman,” which translates like this in reference to Jesus:

He is Firm.
He is Assurance.
He is the Assured.
He is Faithful.
He is Truth.
He is Sure.
He is the Confidence.
He is the Establisher.
He is the Trusted.
He is the Steadfast.
He is the Stand.
He is the Certain.
He is the Confirmer.
He Is the Verifier.
He is the Supporter.
He is the Stay.
He is the “So Be It.”
He is the Amen. 

HE THE FAITHFUL GOD, THE AMEN GOD

“Therefore, know that the LORD your God, He [is] God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deu 7:9 NKJV)

THE LORD WHO IS FAITHFUL, THE LORD WHO IS AMEN

“Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.” (Isa 49:7 NKJV)

THE GOD OF TRUTH, THE GOD OF AMEN

“So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes.”  (Isa 65:16 NKJV)

The Lord is the Amen.  His word and his works are also, amen.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD [IS] SURE. THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD [IS] AMEN.

“The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.” (Psa 19:7 NKJV)

THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS ARE]AMEN. ALL HIS PRECEPTS ARE]AMEN.

“The works of His hands [are] verity and justice; All His precepts [are] sure.” (Psa 111:7 NKJV)

Whether Jesus and the disciples used the word, verily, truly, or assuredly in the following scriptures, it is the Greek word, “amen.”   Jesus, the Amen said it.  It is the truth. So, be it. Be confident. It is certain. It will happen.  You can take it to the bank. Believe it. He is truth and His word is truth. He is faithful. Be assured; it will be.

Jesus (the AMEN) said  to them  assuredly, I say to you, “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mat 17:20 NKJV)

Jesus (the AMEN )said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 18:3 NKJV)

Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”(Mat 18:18 NKJV)

Then Jesus  (the AMEN)said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 19:23 NKJV)

So, Jesus (the AMEN) answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. (Mat 21:21 NKJV)

Teaching them to observe all things that I (the AMEN) have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age. Amen. (Mat 28:20 NKJV)

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;” (Mar 3:28 NKJV)

Every promise that the AMEN ever made, every word He ever spoke, we  can be assured  that it will be because It is backed by the  unlimited resources and power of the Kingdom Bank of God.

He is the AMEN Savior, the AMEN Healer, the AMEN Completer, the AMEN Deliverer, the Amen Guide, the AMEN Comforter, the AMEN Help, the AMEN Provider, the AMEN Conqueror and the AMEN Victor.  He is the AMEN.  Amen!  

“For all the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2Co 1:20 NKJV)

 I enCOURAGE you in the AMEN, our Jesus!   If you are not emboldened by this one little four word and all its promises, I do not know what will motivate you. I have read and wrote myself happy and fearless in Him today.  I believe the AMEN can and will make all things possible according to His promises.  It is not “if,” it is when ?

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all.  Amen” (Rev 22:21 NKJV)

 

 

HE DID IT FOR US

by Tammy Phillips
April 17, 2022

Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-24

Slow read and think of what all Jesus did for us…

Jesus stepped out of heaven to save us.

Jesus bowed down and washed the nasty dirty, stinky feet of Judas who He knew was going to betray Him.

Jesus even gave Judas a prime seat near Him at the very last dinner He was going to have with his beloved disciples.

Jesus called him friend in the garden where Judas betrayed Jesus and loved Judas unconditionally  to the end.

Jesus endured three different trials where He was falsely accused  by the religious of the day before being sent to the cross.  He said NOTHING in His defense.

Jesus was mocked.

Jesus  was slapped  and punched in the face.

Jesus  was spit at.

Jesus said nothing.

After they finally judged Him guilty for answering the question, “Are you the Son of God?”

Jesus was beaten to near death.

Jesus was stripped of his clothes.

Jesus was shamed by the soldiers. They dressed him like a king in a scarlet robe.

Jesus was pierced when they placed a crown of thorns on his head…again mocking Him as king.

Jesus was given a reed staff for His right hand and then later beat with it.

Jesus was spat on again.

Jesus  was stripped again and sent to the cross.

Jesus was judged as a criminal and crucified beside two.

Jesus was mocked again by passers by.  What did He say, “Father, forgive them?  They don’t know what they are doing?”

Has anyone else ever loved you that much?  Will anyone ever? No!  Only Jesus, the Savior would humble himself to the point of death in exchange for your life.  He did that for you and me.

But then…HE ROSE.  He shook the world and HE ROSE. He defeated death. Bam!  He did that for us, so that we can follow His example and rise in Him, too.  Thank you, Jesus!

I enCOURAGE you to think about what He did for you and me.   I could not do it and neither to you.  I couldn’t get pass Judas betraying me, nor keeping my mouth shut in self-defense.  HE DID NOTHING WRONG.  It was us!  He did it all for us! We choose to stay parked in offense and pain when he led the way and showed us to move on and love.   He loved us so much that He took every mock, punch, lashing,  spit and even a shameful death.  He did that for us! 

What have you done for Him lately?  He requires nothing but for you to choose, love and listen to Him.   As you think of what He did and does, choose Him.  He is the only way.   He did it all for us, so that we could spend forever with Him.  Choose Jesus.

EVERY STEP MATTERS

by Tammy Phillips
April 11, 2022

“The prudent considers well his steps.” (Pro 14:14-15 NKJV)
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!”’ (Hag 1:7 NKJV)

Recently, I scrolled social media and accidentally found  the St. Jude’s Second Annual 100-Mile Challenge for April.  Without hesitation or a second thought, I committed to it.  It was only running, walking, or stepping an average on 3.33 miles a day for each day in April.  What I soon came to realize, it would take 3.33 miles EVERY DAY to reach 100 miles and if  missed one day, the number increased.  I had not been exercising regularly.  I thought this would be  great way to motivate myself to  get moving and benefit a great cause. The first and second days of stepping were a little slow…very slow. 

My fundraiser goal was met very quickly, so I increased it. The second goal was also reached easily by the gracious donations of friends and family.   I concluded  that I better get my feet to stepping.  People had committed to me, and I better get committed super-fast to walking out this challenge.

Stepping, walking, running, racing are all themes used in the Bible to teach us spiritual lessons. Holy Spirit had a lesson prepared and waiting: “Every step matters.” 

If we do not take the first step, we definitely cannot take the second.  If we do not take the second step, we cannot take the third and so on and so on.  If we do not step, we cannot make progress.  If we do not step, we cannot attain or goals.  If we do not step, we cannot live.  Even someone who cannot physically walk, utilizes a wheelchair to go and uses their hands “to step.”  Everything in life is about taking steps. 

Ponder the path of your feet  and let all your ways be established.” (Pro 4:26 NKJV)

My translation of Proverbs 4:26:   “Think about  and prepare for every step you take.”  Look at it like this.  Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, cooking supper,  baking a cake, planning a trip, a wedding, or an event,  all require us to take certain steps.  One miss step and we miss our intended goal.  Take for example, driving a car, one must:

  1. Unlock the car.
  2. Open the door.
  3. Step into the car.
  4. Start the car.
  5. Put the car in gear.
  6. Push the gas.
  7. Drive

If we do not follow these steps, we cannot drive.  Every step matters.  If we do not take the necessary steps, we  cannot get where we are going. We cannot achieve our goal.   Life is a series of steps. If we do not step, we stop.   

My goal is to take at least 225, 000 steps in the month of April.  That is one quarter of a million steps!!!  Do you really think every single step doesn’t  matter to me?  Slow down and really meditate, every step we take is one step closer to our goal.  In the beginning of the challenge, I was mindlessly doing daily chores and running errands.  These things didn’t seem important, but they keep our home “going.”  I was not counting each and every step as important.    When became conscious of every step,  even to the restroom, some days, I  could add a as much as a mile or two to my daily total. Every step matters.  

I enCOURAGE YOU to consider well your steps.

  1. Your steps are ordered by the Lord. Every step matters.

“The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

  1. The Lord sees your every step, whether you are in or out of step with Him. Every step matters.

“For His eyes [are] on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.” (Job 34:21 NKJV)

  1. When we make a miss step into the miry clay and get stuck, He is there, too.He reestablishes our steps.   Every step matters.

“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:2 NKJV)

  1. Our steps are of and directed by the Lord.Every step matters.

“A man’s steps [are] of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?” (Pro 20:24 NKJV)

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Pro 16:9 NKJV)

  1. We are called to follow in His steps.Every step matters.

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps…” (1Peter 2:21 NKJV)

  1. Wherever we step, do it for the Lord. Every step matters.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17 NKJV)

7.  The King of all kings commands His angels to watch, and guard are every step.   Every step matter to Him and every step matters to us. 

“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11 NKJV)

How are you going?  Where are you stepping?  What are you walking into or out of?  Are you progressing toward your goals or sliding away from them?  Every step matters. I encourage you to step toward Jesus, walk by faith into the life you were meant to live. Every step matters. 

YOU ARE RIGHT IN HIM

One of my best friends, Bobbe Gillis, sent this sunrise from Tybee Island, April 4, 2022. To me, it was like a loving hug from her and our amazing heavenly Father. So on time!

from Tammy Phillips 
April 4, 2022

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

When we are feeling wrong, it is nice to be reminded that we are right.

When we are feeling sad, it is wonderful to be reminded why we should rejoice always.

When we are feeling less than enough, it glorious to be reminded that He is more than enough.

The following is modern adaptation from “Morning Reading” by Charles H. Spurgeon:

Mourning Christian!
Why do you weep ? Are you mourning over you own sins? Look to the perfect Lord, and remember, YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM (Colossians 2:10).   You are perfect in God’s sight, as if you had never sinned.  More than that, the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man.  You have the righteousness of God.  You who are mourning because of sin, depravity, and disobedience , remember, none of your sins can condemn you.  You have learned to hate sin; but you also must  know that sin is not yours.  Your sin was laid upon Christ on the cross.  He took and paid for your sins.  Your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ.   Your acceptance is not in yourself, but in the Lord.  You are as much accepted of God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before God’s throne, free from all corruption.  I beg you, lay hold of this precious thought, perfection in Christ!  For you are “complete in Him.”   With the Savior’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”  (Romans 8:34)  Sister and Brother,  let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved.” ( Ephesians 1:6 ) What do you have to fear? Let you face always wear a smile.  Live near the Master!  Live in the suburbs of the Celestial City!    Soon, when your  time has come, your shall rise up where Jesus sits and reign at His right hand. All this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on this inspired word from our brother, Charles Spurgeon.  Meditate on who you are in Him.  You are righteous in Him.  You are free in Him.  You are delivered from the penalty of sin in Him.  You are perfected in Him.  YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.  I needed to be reminded of these very facts this morning and I believe you probably  needed to hear this, too. 

Take confidence in the fact that your loved ones in Him who have passed on through the gates of heaven are truly whole, healed, and complete in Him and living their very best lives in His loving arms.  Blessings and encouragement to all who have lost loved ones these past few weeks.

 

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