WORDS FOR THE BOARD FROM THE LORD

by Tammy Phillips
September 2021

“The word of the LORD came…”  (Genesis 15:1,4, 1 Kings 6:11, 1 Samuel 15:10, Isaiah 38:4 Jeremiah 1:4, Ezekiel 6:1, etc…)

Pardon the interruption of our journey through the book of Revelation.  Holy Spirit downloaded short, declaration nuggets to our Cover Tennessee prayer team each day this week.  He told me, “At the end of the week, you will have something to speak.”    I hope these will bless you as much as they blessed us.  Post them on your memory board and use as needed.

The word of the LORD came…

I am not offended,
and I am not bending.

Invite Jesus to enter in. 
He will bring the win.

My Lawyer is on the throne.
I am not alone.

Let it be known,
My God will never be overthrown.

I am an overcomer!
I am not a succumber!

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

I enCOURAGE you to have an “ear to hear.”  The word of the LORD wants to come to you like it came to us, but you have to have ears to hear. Take courage and refuge in our little words of inspiration. I hope they help you along your way.    

“As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30 NIV)

HOLD ON FAST AND DON’T LET GO

by Tammy Phillips
September 17 2021

TO:
            CHURCH OF THYATIRA (Corrupt Church)  Thyatira was a small city primarily known for making purple dye and had multiple trade guilds for a city of its size. 

FROM:       Jesus, “the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass”(Revelation 2:18 NKJV) Fire is light a blaze.  Jesus’ eyes were described as fire, alive, penetrating, all knowing, and all-consuming. His feet were described like fine brass which was the strongest known metal at the time.  Brass feet would be strong, steady, and immovable.  They would also be tried in the fire and purified. Head to toe fire!

LIKE THIS:  “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and [as] for your works, the last [are] more than the first.” (Revelation 2:19 NKJV) Growing and improving is good in the eyes of God.

DON’T LIKE:        “You allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.”  God does not tolerate “the Jezebel.”  In the Old Testament, she used her influence to destroy her family.  We cannot allow false teachers, prophets nor seducers to destroy our church family, yet the “Jezebel spirit” abounds today in many churches.  Affairs are plentiful, as well as wrong thinking about love, faithfulness, and marriage.  Jesus allowed Jezebel time to repent, and she would not. The Lord warns us not to lead nor follow others into sin. 

 DO THIS:    Repent and hold fast what you have till I come.  “As many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come.” (Revelation 2:24-25 NKJV)

Everyone was and is not in the same boat.  Some had done the works, but followed Jezebel, too.  Some had remained righteous in the church.  They had growing love, faith, patience, and endurance.  They had God.  He told them to HOLD ON, be vigorous, and master all those things until Jesus comes again. Keep on keeping on.  Do not let go hold on fast.

OR ELSE:    “I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23“I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”(Revelation 2:22-23 NKJV).   God knows His church.   He knows our minds, our hearts, our actions, public and private.  He knows it all.  In His mercy and grace, He gives us chance after chance to choose Him.  When we reject Him and His righteous ways, when we let go of what He has gifted us, there are grave consequences. However, when we follow Him and there is great reward.

REWARD:   “I will give power over the nations– … “and I will give him the morning star.” (Revelation 2:26, 28 NKJV).  When we, the church, overcome idol worship and do not succumb to sexual immorality, we are promised to reign with Jesus in His kingdom.  And…He gives us Himself, the Bright and Morning Star.  He is radiant, brilliant, and magnificent.  He lights up the darkness and brings in the dawn.

I enCOURAGE you to hold fast to what you have in the Lord.   Maintain your power in Him. Keep growing in works, love, service, faith, patience, and in Him until He comes again.  Hold on to Jesus whose eyes are like fire, alive, penetrating, all-knowing, and all-consuming. Hold on to Jesus whose feet are like fine brass, strong, steady, and immovable.  Hold on! He is coming quickly.

HOLD FAST TO YOUR FAITH and LIVE UNCOMPROMISINGLY

by Tammy Phillips
September 16, 2021

TO:                 CHURCH OF PERGAMOS (Compromising Church) Pergamos was the political capital of Asia Minor.  It was a cultural and education center.  Pergamos was a religious city and a center for the worship of Asclepios who was a false, Roman god of healing and knowledge. Pergamos was evil.

FROM:          Jesus, “He who has the sharp two-edged sword.” (Rev.  2:12 NKJV). The two-edged sword is the word of God coming from the mouth of Jesus. (Rev. 1:18). “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

I LIKE THIS:            “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne [is]. And you hold fast to My name and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas [was] My faithful martyr(witness), who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Revelation 2:12-13 NKJV)

Pergamos was described by Jesus as where Satan lives and had his throne, yet the Church arose there.  One might call Pergamos, an epicenter of evil.  Jesus knew where the people lived and how hard it was.  Antipas had been killed for his faithful witness in Pergamos.  However, the church stood in faith, held fast to the name of Jesus, and did not deny His faith.

I DON’T LIKE:        “But I have a few things against you, because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 “Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.” (Revelation 2:14-15 NKJV)

In the Old Testament, we see Balaam wrongly mixed the sin of idol worship and immorality in attempt to be a “people pleaser” to King Balak.  Like present day, the Roman Empire was all about sexual immorality.  The fact that “everybody was doing it,” did not make it right. All sex outside of marriage is sin in God’s eyes.  False teaching and immoral conduct are still issues in the church today.   “Truth is being watered down and altered to reflect the inclusive values of a changing culture.” (Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems II, pg. 665). The word of God is being diluted. The Word is not a priority in peoples lives, they believe a lie, and thus, perish from a lack of knowledge. 

DO THIS:      REPENT. Simply, turn from the wicked way and any shape of compromise.

OR ELSE:     “I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.” (Revelation 2:16 NKJV).  Peter said: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”  His word is truth and transformative.  Jesus was/is NOT backing down.  His word is encouraging, but it is also corrective. The church of God cannot “ride the fence” in hopes of avoiding persecution.  The church had to align with the word of God and stand, or else.

REWARD:    “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.  And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives [it].” (Revelation 2:17 NKJV).   Jesus said in John 6:41, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” (John 6:41 KJV). He is the Bread of life that supplies the overcomer with the power and provision to prevail each day in body, mind, and spirit.  The hidden manna strengthens the overcomer to uncompromisingly walk by faith, run the race, answer the call, and complete his assignments.  

A white stone would be given, too.  It had multiple meanings in New Testament times.  A white stone could be cast as sign of innocent, not guilty, in a trial.  White and black stones were also cast in public elections.  A white stone cast meant you were in favor  of the issue and the black stone meant you were opposed to it.  Jesus may have been alluding to one of these meanings to the church:  you are NOT GUILTY of your past sins.  You are covered in the blood of Jesus. You are free.  He could have also been telling the church, I favor you.  I vote for you. You have my full support. Either way, I cannot wait to get my new stone with my new name.  How about you?

I enCOURGE you to be faithful and uncompromisingly stand in the Lord.  If you are living a compromised life in any way, not according to the word of God, repent. Get off the fence and move to the side of the Lord.  Follow Jesus and no one else. 

THE VICTORS CROWN OF LIFE

The ancient marketplace of Smyrna still has beautiful arches and running water.
(Photo by Karrie Sparrow)

by Tammy Phillips
September 15, 2021

TO:                  THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA (“Smyrna was a rich city. It was large and beautiful, a center of learning and culture. It was a city of wealth, trade, and commercial greatness. They worshipped the Roman Emperors.  Once a year the Roman citizen must burn a pinch of incense on the altar to the godhead of Caesar; and having done so, he was given a certificate to guarantee that he had performed his religious duty. Christians would not do this.” -Barclay, Blue Letter Bible commentary of David Guzik) 

FROM:             JESUS, “the First and the Last, which was dead, and is alive” (Revelation 2:8 KJV)

I LIKE THIS:      “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (BUT YOU ARE RICH); I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but [are] a synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9 NKJV).  They were poor because their stand for Christ cost them. It cost them jobs.  It cost them their lives.  Jesus declared them rich spiritually.  Jesus knew them.  He had not forgot them.  He approved of them and their stand.

DON’T LIKE:    Out of the seven churches who received letters, Smyrna is the only one whom Jesus did not correct for one evil thing.  This line was blank in their letter.  This should be our goal.  

DO THIS:         DO NOT FEAR any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw [some] of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days.  BE FAITHFUL until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10 NKJV) Do not fear and be faithful.  Stand, stand, stand.  Isn’t that what the LORD has old us throughout the Bible?  The time is now.  In this evil world, we must stand.  Oddly, enough, if they were followers of Christ, the church of Smyrna was considered outlaws for rebellion against the directive of their government to bow to Caesar.  No certificate. No job.  Sound eerily familiar?  When tested, Christians are purified, and our testimonies become a witness for the Lord. 

REWARD:        The crown of life mentioned was a “wreath or garland which was given as a prize to victors in public games.” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon) This was a victory crown.  They were faithful to death and victory was theirs.  Death was not defeat, but a result of a faithful stand.   “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”  (Revelation 2:10-11 NKJV).  In reality, they were not hurt by the first death either, but victors in both.

I enCOURAGE you to stand, stand, stand! Remember, Jesus is the First and Last.  He has the first word on all things and the last.  He says, “Do not fear.  Be faithful unto death.”  Those are such easy words for me to repeat.  However, if we believe Jesus, this is how to receive the crown of life, the victor’s crown.  I do not know about you, but I do not like to lose.  I particularly do not want to lose for eternity.  Do you?  We must choose the excellent way, the right way   We must choose to  stand, faithfully for all things God and not bow to anyone, but Jesus.  This is not a game.   This is life eternal.

REIGNITE THE FIRST LOVE FIRE

by Tammy Phillips
September 14, 2021

TO:                             THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS 

CC:                             (Future Churches and Future Followers)

FROM:                      JESUS, “He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.”  (The seven stars equate to the seven angels or messengers of the assemblies.  The lampstands equate to the seven churches that receive their light from Holy Spirit.)

I LIKE THIS:            “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil and you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 “and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans. ” (Revelation 2:2-3, 6 NKJV)

I DON’T LIKE:        “Nevertheless I have this against you, that YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE.”(Revelation 2:4 NKJV).   They were so busy working, it seems they forgot Who they were working for.  The Greek word for love is agape.  Agape love happens when we see and really appreciate the value of a person. This is big love.  It is the highest love.  It causes us  to love with awe, admiration, wonder, and sincere appreciation. W cannot get so caught up in working for the Lord that we are not absolutely amazed by Him, every day.

DO THIS:                  REPENT.  Remember where we have fallen.  Remember, the first love when we saw what Jesus did for us and how much he loved us.  Remember, the radical, transforming, life changing, sold out, fervent love we had for Christ. If we have fallen, we must turn back to Him and do what we did in the beginning. We must remember and be compelled to love Him.  Look at what the Church of Ephesus did in the beginning. They were sold out and in love.   From Rick Renner’s, Sparkling Gems II,  page 802, look at their “first works” and what God was calling them back to:

    • They possessed a great spiritual hunger (see Acts 18:20).
    • They enjoyed rich fellowship among the brethren (see Acts 18:27).
    • They had an eagerness to repent and to receive what God had for them (see Acts 19:1-6).
    • They cherished the Word of God (see Acts 19:8).
    • They sacrificed their religious reputation for Jesus (see Acts 19:9).
    • They were committed to applying God’s Word to their lives (see Acts 19:10).
    • They were receptive to the power of God and to the gifts of the Spirit (see Acts 19:11,12).
    • They loved Jesus and the wonder-working power associated with His name (see Acts 19:17).
    • They were quick to confess their sin and turn from their evil works (see Acts 19:18).
    • They severed all connections with a pagan past at great personal cost (see Acts 19:19).
    • They were publicly persecuted for the sake of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:32).
    • They were faith-filled (see Ephesians 1:15).
    • They were known for their love of the brethren (see Ephesians 1:15).

OR ELSE:                 “I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.(Revelation 2:5 NKJV).  Jesus is the light and provides the light to do the work.  Like the church of Ephesus, He will turn out the light in our church, or us, if we turn our back on Him and turn only toward the work.  The answer is to repent and turn back to Him.  Remember our first love.  He is first.  He is chief.  He loved us first. We are to seek Him and love Him first, and above all.  

REWARD:                “To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”  (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you, like Jesus exhorted the Church at Ephesus,  return to your first love.  Repent and do what you did when you first found Jesus.   May the blazing fire of His love be reignited in you if it is only flickering.  Overcome the distraction of this life and turn your attraction to Him.

 

ARE YOU A WHO WITH AN EAR?  

by Tammy Phillips
September 13, 2021

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2:11, 17, 29, 3:6,13,22 NKJV)

“He who has as ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…”    I am walking down the path of Revelation in this encouragement.  I believe it is to paint for you the beautiful picture of Jesus that John delineated through the words of the Holy Spirit in the last book of His love letter to us.  Please walk this path with me because…

“All seven letters to the churches are vitally important to us, because they are the inspired Word of God. Each contains a message for us—either instructions or warnings for us to heed, lest we fall into the same snares as six of the churches.” (Dr. Hilton Sutton, Revelation Revealed, pg. 71)

Jesus begins each letter to the church by telling them what they are doing right.  He then tells the churches where they have wandered from the right way.  He calls each church to repent.  Lastly, he warns the churches of the consequences of their actions if they continue to disobey His words and corrections.

All of the seven letters end with:

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2:11, 17, 29, 3:6,13,22 NKJV)

Are you a WHO with an ear?  Walk with Holy Spirit and I as we navigate on this journey through the REVELATION of Jesus.  As I used to tell my boys, “Turn on your listening ears.”  We all know how to turn a deaf ear.  Do not  do that.  Let these words sink into your ears.  Take them.  File them away in your memory.  Hold onto them.  They are of vital importance.  Heed the warnings and reap the rewards.  Hear, obey and overcome. 

I enCOURAGE you to always listen and see what the Holy Spirit says.  However, when Jesus says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  I know that I am a who that has an ear, so my physical and spiritual ears need to perk up and listen to Holy Spirit.  You are a who that has ears, right?  We are all who’s with ears!  He is talking to us all and we will benefit if we tune in.  Please, do not tune out Holy Spirit because you think there is nothing more for Him to teach you.  He is infinite in wisdom and willing to share.

POWER IN THE NAME (pt.3)

by Tammy Phillips
September 12, 2021

 “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”  (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

Jesus Christ, His Name is Wonderful. (Isaiah 9:6) The Hebrew word for wonderful is pele’ which means extraordinary, hard to understand.  Jesus is hard to understand.  What an understatement!

Jesus’ name means Jehovah is Salvation. GOD IS OUR SALVATION.  How cool is it that in the name of Jesus, the LORD tells us that He is our salvation? Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of Mankind, God incarnate, Christ the Anointed.  The One Who is and Who was and Who is to come is SALVATION to everyone who will come to Him.

He was, is and will always be the “Faithful Witness of the Father.”  A witness is someone who has first-hand knowledge and shares it.  He knew God because He was God.  His life bore record of God’s thoughts, what God spoke and said.  Jesus walked the walk and talked the talk.  He is Truth.  He is the True and Faithful Witness of Revelation 3:14. Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father?” (John 14:9 NKJV). God, three in one.  His witness was His life.

Jesus is the Firstborn of the Dead.”  In the Old Testament, the firstborn son inherited his father’s place as head of the family.  He received his father’s blessing and a double portion of the inheritance. (Deuteronomy 21:17).   Jesus is the head of our family and he inherited it all.  (Ephesians 1:22)   Jesus being the “firstborn of the dead” means that he was the first to rise from the dead.  He is first in supremacy.  He is the first to rise. He is first of the new creation. He is the rightful heir to everything.  He is heir to the throne of God and King of Kings.

Jesus is the “the Ruler over the kings of the earth.”  He is first in rank and power.  He is Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Commander, Chief of Completeness and He is Ruler of all.  He is the King of the world.

“God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV)

Every knee includes “the kings of the earth,” righteous and unrighteous.

Jesus is extraordinary.  Jesus is hard to understand.  Jesus is everything. How could everything possibly be described and recorded in words?  The LORD GOD inspired every word in the entire Bible to help us unfold layer after layer,  who He is, our Beginning and End and Everything, in between.  He is our Creator and Savior.  He was, is and is to come!  HE IS!

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on the NAME OF JESUS.  Spend time in the presence of God. OPEN THE LOVE LETTER HE WROTE YOU, the Bible.  Let Him reveal Himself to you.  I have spent three days attempting to tell you about the power in His Name.  We have only touched the tip of the iceberg.  God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are unfathomable, but are so willing to show you the POWER IN THE NAME.

 

SEPTEMBER 11:  A Day to Love

by Tammy Phillips
September 11, 2021

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

A DAY TO REMEMBER…

Enjoy your today.
Go out and play.
Don’t forget to pray.

Enjoy every breath you take.
Enjoy every call you make.
Enjoy every text you take.

Be kind.
Have a great time.
Don’t whine. 

Be aligned.
Stay in the right mind.
Don’t be full of pride.

Celebrate freedom.
Praise the Holy Threesome.
Don’t be dumb.

Seek His face.
Run your race. 
Don’t be late, nor hate. 

No matter the color of your skin.
No matter how thick or thin.
Don’t forget to grin and be healed within.

Mask or no mask.
Vax or no vax.
Don’t forget the attack.

Concealed or revealed.
Pricked or not sticked.  
Love!

Today.
Yesterday.
Tomorrow.

…A DAY TO LOVE.

I enCOURAGE you TODAY. DON’T BE CRAY.  DO NOT SWAY.  DON’T BE LED ASTRAY.  PRAY.  PLAY.  SOAK IN THE DAY.  LOVE

POWER IN THE NAME (pt. 2)

by Tammy Phillips
September 10, 2021 

 “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”  (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

 In yesterday’s encouragement, we discussed part one of WHO the Revelation letter was from. Today, we will examine part two of WHO sent the revealing letter to the churches, the seven Spirits who are before His throne.

John really wanted the churches to know the full backing behind the letter, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It was the Holy Trinity!  The Trinity is challenging to understand.  The LORD is three, woven in to a glorious One.  Think of it like this.  My name is Tamela Denise Lowe Phillips.  However, I am mother, wife, and daughter.  I am called many other things, too.  As a mother, I do not perform wifely duties.  As a wife, I do not act as a daughter.  I am many in one.  I hope that helps. 

In Isaiah 11:2, we learn about the seven spirits, or characteristics of the Holy Spirit that rested on Jesus and is spoken of in Revelation 1:4.

The Spirit of the LORD.
The very wind and breath of He who was and is and is to come.   Holy Spirit’s source is God Himself.


“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind… And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4 NKJV)

The Spirit of Wisdom.

Wisdom is the right use or exercise of knowledge.  Simply, it’s how to use what you know truthfully and rightly.  It is knowing what to do with what you know.


The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One [is] understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 NKJV)


The Spirit of Understanding.
Understanding is intelligence and insight.

The Spirit of Counsel
The Spirit is Counsel by definition is the Spirit of advice, of the LORD’s plans, purposes,a nd directions. 


“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV)

The Spirit of Might
I love this one. It is the Spirit of strength, valor, bravery, and courage. It is the Spirit of a warrior and a champion! This attribute of the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus, and us, to take the knowledge, understanding, wisdom, counsel, fear of the Lord and fearlessly do what need be done.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he  (Holy Spirit) that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV)

The Spirit of Knowledge
Knowledge is a clear perception of truth and facts. It is insight and illumination of the mind. It is information learned. 


“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)


The Spirit of the Fear of the LORD
The fear of the LORD is the reverence, respect, awe and just being amazed by the LORD alone. 
Nothing, and I mean nothing, deserves fear but the LORD alone. 


“What then shall we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [can be] against us?”  Romans 8:31 (NKJV) 


Jesus began His ministry by saying, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”(Luke 4:18) 


Seven is the number of perfection and completion.  The seven spirits of Holy Spirit perfectly and completely, empowered Jesus do all He did.  Jesus went to the Father, so Holy Spirit could live in us, us in Him and so we could be empowered to greater works for the kingdom.  

So far, we have seen how LORD has revealed Himself in the greetings to the churches, as Jehovah, the Father and Jehovah, the Holy Spirit. 

I enCOURAGE you to mediate on HOLY SPIRIT.  Welcome Holy Spirit in.  He is often, wrongly, left out of the Trinity equation.  Holy Spirit cannot be left out.  Holy Spirit is Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might and Fear of the Lord.  Holy Spirit empowered Jesus in His ministry.  The Holy Spirit inside us gives us wisdom, understanding, counsel, might and fear of the Lord to live the life we were called to live.  There is power in Holy Spirit.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

 

POWER BEHIND THE NAME (pt.1)

By Tammy Phillips 9/9/21

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

Anytime we get an email, text, or letter in the mail, the first thing we look at, is who is it from? Can you imagine getting an email from “John” and it having the same contents as the letter of Revelation to the Seven Churches in Asia Minor?

Can you you imagine the “From:” line reading…

From: Him who is and who was and who is to come…

This is a throwback to the Name of God, YHVH, revealed first to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7. We write it as Jehovah and as LORD.

Father God also revealed more of Whom the letter was from in the Old Testament by His compound names of Jehovah:

Jehovah Adonai: The LORD GOD (Exodus 34:23) Him who is God and who was God and who is God to come

Jehovah Jireh: The LORD My Provider (Genesis 22:14) Him who is my Provider and who was my Provider and who is my Provider to come

Jehovah Nissi: The LORD My Banner( which implies Protector-Exodus 17:15) Him who is my Banner and who was my Banner and who is my Banner/Protector to come

Jehovah Roi: The LORD My Shepherd (Pslam 23:1) Him who is my Shepherd and who was my Shepherd and who is my Shepherd to come

Jehovah Tsidkinu: The LORD Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6, 33:16) Him who is our Righteousness who was our Righteousness and who is our Righteousness to come.

Jehovah Shalom: The LORD Peace (Judges 6:24) Him who is Peace and who was Peace and who is Peace to come.

Jehovah Rapha: The LORD Your Healer (Exodus 15:26) Him who is your Healer and who was your Healer and who is your Healer to come.

Do you get the picture? Do you see the magnitude of WHOM the letter was from? John was writing it, but it was FROM the LORD, God the Father, mentioned above. It was from all the power, authority and love behind the NAME of God.

The letter was also FROM the Holy Spirit and the Son of God. There is power in just the “FROM” in Revelation 1.

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on the NAME and Names of God. He is all that and more! He wants you to know His NAME! He is everything, was everything and is to come everything!

There is POWER in HIS NAME!

(To be continued)