2022 DECLARATIONS: “Yeah! What God said!”

View out our front door…third snow of the year. What’s up?

By Tammy Phillips
January 17, 2022

(Derived from Lana Vawser posts January 14, 2022 And January 15, 2022)

I took Lana’s encouraging word s from the Lord and created declarations for 2022, supported by the word of God,  line by line. Please clink on date links above to read her encouragements and scripture reference  below to see entire scripture.  Be blessed and use these declarations in your daily walk.  They are what God says about you and me. 

“DAUGHTERS OF GOD, YOUR HEALING IS UPON YOU SO YOU MAY RUN LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER RUN BEFORE”- Lana Vawser

Join me and declare out loud…

“The winds of My Spirit and the tidal wave of My revelation and resurrection power is crashing upon you now and causing you to arise into a strength and empowerment of My Spirit where you will RUN. Get your new shoes on for it is time to run.”

“WHERE I HAVE FEARED, THE CONSUMING FIRE OF HOLY SPIRIT REPLACES IT WITH A FIREBALL OF FAITH!”  -Lana Vawser

I enCOURAGE you to read, confess and believe these declarations over your life.  God said it.  I believe it and that is it.  Let’s go conquer 2022, humbly.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NIV)

“From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power.” (Matthew 11:12 – TPT)

NEVER EVER GIVE UP

What was lost was found, again!

by Tammy Phillips
January 10, 2022

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”(2 Chronicles 15:7  NIV)

Abide
Believe
Continue
Diligently be
Endure
Faithfully be
Go
Hold on
Immovable
Just don’t give in
Keep at it
Linger
Maintain
Never Give Up
Persevere
Resolutely be
Stand firm
Tenaciously be
Unwavering
Vigorous
Watchful
X off the list
Yield not
Zealously be

Over and over in the Lord’s word, the Alpha and Omega gives us words from “A to Z” that encourage us to never give up.  Our Holy Father always reminds us to endure to the end and to stand, stand, stand. 

Recently, He taught me this lesson, again.  My son found a pair of black pearl earrings that I had misplaced in a plastic baggy in his closest along with a watch that I was to get repaired long ago.   My husband and I  purchased the earrings on a trip we took for my 50th birthday.  I wore them to a wedding about five years ago and then they just disappeared.  Suddenly, they had reappeared, and I was filled with joy!

I was so happy to have them back.  I wore them the very next day when I went out to return some items and look at a few stores for after-Christmas sales on decorations.  I went to no less than four big chain stores, Walmart, UPS, Fed Ex, Publix Grocery, and a Hallmark store inside a mall.  When I got home, I was done for the day.  I sat down, phoned a friend, and that is when I found one of the pearls was missing, AGAIN.  I immediately realized that the enemy was attempting to steal my joy.  In that moment my flesh wanted to lose it, pitch a fit, scream and cry.  I had just been blessed with discovery of the pearls the day before.  How could this be happening again?

My battle was in the mind, as are all battles.   I knew that God knew where that pearl was.  I got off the phone and began what might seem to you as a futile search.  I had walked over a mile in, out and through all those stores.  The chances of me finding the earring were not good. However, add God to the mix and my chances go up exponentially.  I simply as Him for His help.  I did what I knew to do.  I began calling stores.  The only place that asked for my number was our local Hallmark store.  I know you probably think I was crazy for even making the calls. Maybe I was, however, “#phillipsnever quit” is our family motto and I do have crazy faith in my Big Daddy.

The afternoon was busy, and I talked to several people while calling the different stores in search of the pearl.  It had only been two hours since I called the Hallmark store.  I had yet to call all the places I had visited that day.  While on another call, I somehow missed the call back from Rachel at Amy’s Hallmark.  She (along with the help of our Loving Father) had found the missing pearl in the clearance section, of course.

I do not care what the circumstances look like.  They don’t matter.  God cares about the smallest to the largest things in our lives.  He will help if we ask, believe, and stand on His promises.  Many times, we fail to invite Him in or believe that He will help. 

I enCOURAGE you to be strong and never ever give up!  When you begin to feel the battle is too much and you want to give up, you must choose to fight. Resist! You must decide that you are not going to quit. When your mind is attacked by doubt and fear, you must take a stand and declare,  “I am never ever giving up! God loves me. God will help me through!”  Place your complete trust in Him.  Do everything you can do, then watch Him intercede on your behalf, and do what only He can do.  It is not hocus-pocus.  It is faith.  It is believing God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do.  It is TOTAL dependence on Him.  It is enduring in Him.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.(1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26 NIV)

PS…Big thanks to God and to Rachel at Amy’s Hallmark for going the extra mile. 

HUMBLE  YOURSELF

 by Tammy Phillips
January 3, 2022

I want to thank you for  constantly supporting  “Complete in Him” and reading what the Lord has put on my heart for the last few years.  It is with sadness and excitement that I will be going from a daily post to a weekly post and maybe a few in between.

Each post takes from  two to four hours to write.   I told God when He called me to be a scribe for Him that I would write as long as He gave me something to say.  The well has not dried up.  God is infinite after all. There is still much to say.  Holy Spirit continues to share revelation with me.  However, I know that I am to work on finishing the second encouragement book, editing both books , as well as attempting to get them published for His glory and the furtherance of His kingdom.  This will take time and focus, not to mention, I just want to spend more time getting to know my Jesus more intimately.  I also need to work on making me the best me I can be.

Again, thanks so much for each person in every country that has read what Holy spirit has inspired me to share.  I am not stopping.  I am just going low and slow.   I pray that you will spend more time with the Father as well.  Dive into His word.  He loves you so much and wants to show you Himself.

Here is the first weekly blog of 2022…

“If my people…shall humble themselves…”2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

The LORD  is talking to us.  We are his people.  We must become humble. The Hebrew word for humble is “kana”meaning,  bow the  knee; submit; go low.  Why must we humble ourselves?  What does it mean to be humble before God? A humble attitude doesn’t say “I.” A humble attitude surrenders and declares:

  • We need God.
  • We cannot do it on our own.
  • God can do it better and faster.
  • God has a better plan than we do.
  • God is the center of the universe, and we are not.
  • God is in control, and we are not.
  • God is great and we are small.
  • God is right and  we are not.
  • God is God and we are not

We can do nothing without him, but all things with Him.  We own nothing.  We have nothing.  We are nothing without Him.  We cannot solve all problems, but He has all answers. He wants us to come to him.  We need God.

Why must we humble ourselves?  I pose this question, “Why did Lucifer fall?”  PRIDE!  He thought that he was all that. He thought he was the shining the light.  He was just a mirror reflecting the light, the glory of God.  Pride destroyed Lucifer and gave him a new name, Satan. 

“Pride [goes] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV)

God says in Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six [things] the LORD hates, Yes, seven [are] an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness [who] speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV)

The LORD lists what he hates and at the top of the list in verse 17, “A proud look…” Pride is at the top of the list!

In James 4:6-7 (NKJV), the Word says… “But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

God resists the proud: the one who thinks he is better than another, above the crowd, the superior thinking, big headed, egotistical, bloated opinion of self, the exaggerated, and the self-centered.  God resists the proud.

You know the proud.  They say things like, “Mines better than yours.  I know better than you.  My President is better than yours. I am smarter than you.  I am better than you.  I live in a nicer house.  I drive a better car.  I make more money. I am prettier.  I have not done the bad things you have done.”

The Greek word for “resist” is antitassō. It means orderly military might who sets itself against, and successfully wages war against, the non-compliant in order to crush the enemy.  Ouch!  God hates the proud.  He resists the proud.  Pride is a repellent to God!  He is attracted to the humble, the low in mind, the one who goes low, the one who thinks small of himself and big of God, the meek, the modest, and the God centered.  He gives grace, favor, a touch of empowerment to the humble.  He gets involved in the humble life.

In James 4:10, we are directed to, Humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift us up.  He will elevate us to the places He has planned for us.  We just need to recognize and give Him the credit because we cannot do it without Him.  In  1 Peter 5:6, the Word says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” 

This encouragement may seem redundant from the past couple of days, but it is what Holy Spirit has placed on my heart, so I know it is on His heart for me and perhaps you.

I enCOURAGE you to humble yourself.  Get rid of the pride.   I would much rather be lifted up from low and elevated by God because I chose to be humble myself than be resisted by Father God.  

“You are never too small for God to use but you may be too big.”-Rick Renner

HUMBLE! PRAY! SEEK! TURN! 

We are so little in light of our galaxy and our galaxy is just one of so many in God’s universe.

by Tammy Phillips
January 2, 2022

“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)

If my people…

  • If my nation
  • If my kinfolk
  • If my kin
  • If my Tammy
  • If my ___________, (fill in your name)

which are called…

  • which encounter
  • which are invited
  • which are chosen
  • who are called by name

by my name…

  • by the One who was, and is, and is to come
  • by the name of Jesus
  • by the name of Christ
  • Christian Tammy
  • Christian ___________, (fill in your name)

shall humble themselves…

  • shall bring themselves low
  • shall subject themselves
  • shall be low themselves
  • shall go low themselves
  • shall bend their knee
  • shall humble and go low, Tammy…
  • shall humble, ___________, (fill in your name)

 and pray…

  • and intervene
  • and make supplication
  • and make petitions

and seek…

Require; enquire; desire; request; seek to find, secure; ask; request; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer)

 my face…

  • what’s right in front of you
  • what’s before you
  • my presence

and turn from their wicked ways…

  • turn back from their wicked ways
  • return from their wicked ways
  • renew from their wicked ways
  • refresh from their wicked ways
  • restore from their wicked ways
  • and Tammy turns from her bad ways
  • and ___________  (fill in your name) turns from bad.

then I will hear from heaven…

  • then I will listen
  • then I will pay attention
  • the I will hear Tammy from heaven
  • then I will hear ___________, (fill in your name) from heaven

 and will forgive their sin….

  • and will forgive Tammy’s sin
  • and will forgive ___________ (fill in your name) sin
  •  and will forgive all who ask

 and will heal their land.”

  • I will heal.
  • I will heal you.
  • I will heal ___________, (fill in your name)
  • I will heal your land.
  • I will heal you state.
  • I will heal your county.
  • I will heal your city.
  • I will heal your community.
  • I will heal your home.
  • I will heal your family.

I am the God that heals! (Exodus 15:26)

I enCOURAGE you to declare this word over yourself in 2022, your family, city, state, and nation. I declared it over country on June 28, 2019.  It is a word the Lord has been declaring to us for ages.  We just need to obey today!  Humble! Pray! Seek! Turn!

We are just one light in this massive universe of God. This alone should humble us, but that He loves and cares for us….just think on this.

KEEP THE LOVE GOING

by Allison Becker
January 1, 2022

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV)
“Pray without ceasing.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV) 
“Bear one another’s burdens.” (Galatians 6:2 NKJV)

Not sure what to do with those Christmas cards after the holidays? A friend of mine shared her family tradition a few years ago.  I love it!

Put the Christmas cards your family received in a special place that you can revisit throughout the year.   Pull one out of the stack each week.  Make that family your prayer focus.  Pray together for that family. 

This makes giving and getting them an even greater blessing all around that lasts for the whole year! Kind of like the baby in a Manger!

A note from Tammy… HAPPIEST  2022!  

I enCOURAGE you not to throw your cards away!  Pray without ceasing for your focus families.  I am going to text my focus family at the beginning of the week and see if they have any needs.

I suggest recording  their requests on the back of the card, if possible, and note when the prayers are answered.  Not only will we “keep the love going, ” The cards will provide a great prayer focus and we will have a record of the goodness of God at the end of the year.  I so love this idea.  What a way to start the New Year!

Please know you can text or email me anytime.  I am always willing to go to Father God on your behalf.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you [is] faithful, who also will do [it.]. Amen.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NKJV)

GO LOW

AMAZING SUNRISE by God and photographed my Maria Silén

by Tammy Phillips
December 31, 2021

“Folly is set in great dignity, While the rich sit in a lowly place.” (Ecclesiastes 10:6 NKJV)

If you know me, you know that the Holy Spirit gives me a guiding word each year.    I have been hearing, “go low…and slow,” for a while now.  I know that I need to slow down and spend more intimate time with Him, but what does “go low” mean?  According to Websters 1828 Dictionary, low means humble instead of high and lofty; reduce arrogance and self-dependence; meek and submissive to divine will; free from pride; to go deep; cry out.  It is time to take me out of the equation! 

If you know me well, you know my maiden name is Lowe.  Depending on my heritage, my last name could mean “at the low,” a locational name from someone who lived near a hill or my name could mean “a lion,” and a name was given to a brave or regal person.  In 2022 I suppose I am being called to live up to my name and to go low.  

Solomon says that folly and stupidity are promoted in this world, while the “rich” sit in a lowly, humble place.  I choose to abide in the low, meek, humble place in 2022.  I will learn what it means to “go low and humble myself.”

The word of God says:

“Be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,” (1 Peter 5:5-6 NKJV)

  1. Be clothed with humility.
    “To be clothed  was to wear the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the belt of the vest and distinguished slaves from freemen. Therefore, 1 Pet 5:5, “gird yourselves with humility as your servile garb” encourages Christians to show their subjection one to another by putting on humility, humbleness, and lowliness of mind.” (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/g1463/kjv/tr/0-1/)
  2. God gives grace to the humble and low

“But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10 NKJV)

  1. Humble yourself under God
    Submit and lower ourselves to God. Serve in His kingdom. He will elevate us in due time. “He sets on high those who are lowly…(Job 5:11 NKJV)  “But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10 NKJV)

“Therefore, as [the] elect of God, holy and beloved, put on…humility…” (Colossians 3:12 NKJV)

  1. Put on Humility
    Sink into a deep sense of one’s moral littleness. Have a low opinion of oneself, and a deep sense of unworthiness in the sight of God.

“Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3 NKJV)

  1. Seek Humility
    Require; enquire; desire; request; seek to find, secure; seek the face; ask; request; to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer)  Seek low instead of high and lofty.  Seek to reduce arrogance and self- dependence.  Seek meekness.   Seek and submit to God’s divine will.  Seek to be free from pride.  Seek to go deep.  Seek and cry out.

“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV)

  1. Humility and fear of the Lord are richness, honor and life.
    “Humility is a proper view of self; fear of the Lord is a proper view of God. The person who has these two qualities is well on their way on the path of wisdom.” Blessing will come to the wise man or woman who has humility and the fear of the Lord. They can certainly expect spiritual riches and honor and life, and often those same things materially in this world.” -David Guzik, (https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Pro/Pro-22.cfm?a=650004)

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “” (Matthew 21:5 NKJV)

  1. Jesus came in low and slow. We should, too.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”(Matthew 11:29 NKJV)

  1. Learn from Jesus who is low and humble in heart. It is where we can find rest.

     

  2. The kingdom benefits of being humble
    He regards the lowly.  (Psalm 138:6 NKJV)
    He guides the humble in justice and He teaches His way. (Psalm 25:9 NKJV)
    He lifts up humble. (Psalm 147:6 NKJV)
    He beautifies the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4 NKJV)
    The humble increase their joy in the LORD.  (Isaiah 29:19 NKJV) 
    He  does not forget the cry of the humble. (Psalm 9:12 NKJV)
    He saves the humble. (2 Samuel 22:28,Psalm 18:27 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to “go low and slow” in 2022.  “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10 NKJV).  He will save us, and don’t we need saving?  Doesn’t our land need saving?  Jesus is the humble man of 2022 and forever.  

“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 from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)

Pray with me?

Father:  May we speak evil of no one, be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. May we be rich in You and sit in the lowly places. May we humble ourselves, pray and seek the face of God.  May we turn from evil.  May God forgive all our sins and heal us and our land.  In Jesus name. AMEN.

2022 word:          humble
2022 phrase:      go low and slow
2022 verse:         Ecclesiastes 10:6, James 4:10

WHAT IS YOUR WORD?

by Tammy Phillips
December 30, 2021

My son, attend (pay attention) to my WORD; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Each year, I do not choose a word; the Word chooses me.  The Holy Spirit guides me to a Word(s), His Word for my season.  He usually leads me to word, a theme, a verse, a chapter, and/ or a book in the Bible.  A WORD has bubbled in my spirit for the last 10 years at the beginning of the year. (It could have been going on longer and me not have realized it.) The word becomes my “banner” for the year.  It is my guide and light.  And each year the words build on each other.

2015: DO NOT FEAR
2016: WAIT
2017:  GLORY & FOCUS
2018:  BE BRAVE
2019:  DO IT
2020:  RESOLUTE
2021:  PLUMB ALIGN to TRUTH…
2022:

Sometimes, I get my Word at the beginning of the year and sometimes it’s a few months into the year.  As I have sought God, He has not failed to deliver His special word to me.  The word so carefully chosen for me reveals more and more about God.  After all, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same (the Word) was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by (the Word) him; and without him (the Word) was not anything made that was made. In him (the Word) was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

I enCOURAGE you to listen for your guide word. Ask God for a word.  He is faithful and will give you one.   Most of all pay attention to the Word of God.  Give it first place in your life. It is life and will light on your way.  What is the word He has for you this year?  I will share my word for 2022 tomorrow.  I know you can hardly wait.

 

 

 

A TIME TO YIELD AND A TIME TO STAND

Bird’s eye view of Manhattan, looking down at people and yellow taxi cabs going down 5th Avenue. Toned, Instagram photography with slight vignette.

by Tammy Phillips
December 29, 2021

 “If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post; for conciliation pacifies great offenses.” (Ecclesiastes 10:4 NKJV)

Do you have to be right all the time?  Are you stubborn?  Sometimes, being right can be wrong, and costly.   There is a fine line between standing and yielding to pacify.  It is actually a tight rope walk  that I need to practice quite a bit more.  It is kind of like a four way stop.  I might be right that it is my turn to go, but if someone else believes it’s their turn, I better yield or be willing to face the consequences. There’s some real nuts out there in the world. And a lot of people have been killed by insisting on their right of ways. ‘It’s my right of way.’ And you can insist on your right of way but get wiped out. So, ‘yielding can pacify great offenses.’” -Chuck Smith 

If the ruler’s
governor’s
reigning power’s
dominator’s

spirit
temper
anger
mind
breath
violent exhale 

rises
goes up
ascends
springs up
increases
become strong

against you
upon you
over you

do not abandon
do not rest
do not cease
do not settle down
do not lay down
do not leave
do not be quiet

your post
your standing place
your standing space
your country
your region
your state
your county
your community
your city
your town
your village
your home
your room
your spot

because

conciliation
composure
sound mind
yielding
healing

pacifies
rests
settles down
ceases
quiets

great
high
loud
mighty
powerful
magnified

offenses
misses
mistakes
sins
grievances
missed the way
lead astray
missed the goal
made a wrong turn
to make a false step
stumbling’s

We get in the biggest arguments over some of the most stupid things.  Sometimes we need to give in and shut our mouths; sometimes we need to stand.  Take time to be very sure of your position.  “It’s my right of way,”  first thought by Adam and Eve that led us to the mess that we are in now.  If we would choose to go God’s way all the time, all messes and mistakes would be avoided.

I enCOURAGE you to know what time it is.  What is God’s will?  Yield if it is going to pacify a simple offense that does not really matter.  If it really matters, take your stand, and do not move.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV)

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand…” (Ephesians 6:11-14 NKJV)

 

 

THE “RIGHT” WAY

by Tammy Phillips
December 28, 2021

“A wise man’s heart [is] at his right hand, But a fool’s heart at his left.” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NKJV)

I was very close to all my grandparents in my early years.  I adored and spent a lot of time with them.  They were just the best.  My Papa Lowe was left-handed.  In the beginning I did a lot left-handed, but they encouraged me to use my right hand.  Evidently, I struggled either writing or cutting left-handed with right-handed scissors.  Papa Lowe wanted me to have every opportunity and to never have to struggle.   He wanted me to be able to use the right-handed scissors and not be “left out.”  He wanted me to be able to sit at the right-handed desks, left-handed ones were not made.  My mother also said my teachers pushed me towards the right hand.  My very best lifelong best friend, Pam Verma is left-handed, and she turned out just fine.  She also rights upside down.  I blame my clumsiness on the forced change.  

Research suggests only about ninety percent of the world population is right-handed with the left being in the minority, ten percent. There has always been a bias against “lefties.”  The bias has shown itself in cultures and that is why lefties were retrained.

“In many parts of the world, the left hand is considered unclean or rude to use. If you’re left-handed and visiting places like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Middle East, it’s thought of as rude behavior to eat, pick up or hand over things with your left hand. In Britain in the Middle Ages, lefties were associated with the devil and often accused of the crime of witchcraft, meaning they would get burned at the stake.” (https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53739189)

Language proves that the “left” are not “shown the love.” In French, “gauche” can mean “left” or “clumsy.” (See I told you!)  In English the word ‘left’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, meaning ‘weak’.  The word the word “sinister” actually comes from the Latin word “left.” The German word “linkisch” (related to the left) means “awkward.”  In Mandarin Chinese, words synonymous with “left” are “wrong” and “incorrect.”  In English, “right” is synonymous with “correct or to be right.” 

Are these thoughts what fueled the thoughts of Solomon?  This verse is in the Bible and for a purpose. 

A wise man’s
An intelligent man’s
A cunning man’s
A skillful man’s
A shrewd man’s
A crafty man’s…

heart
mind
will
understanding
inner man is at …

his right hand
his right side
right of direction
south (the direction of the right hand facing east)
to choose the right
to go to the right
to be right

…but…

a fool’s
a stupid
a silly
a fat
a fleshy

heart
mind
will
understanding
inner man is at …

his left
his left side
his left of direction
his north (the direction of the left hand facing east)
his left being covered and wrapped in outer garment thrown over left shoulder; and the right hand on the contrary was called right because it was given as the pledge of faithfulness in promises.”  Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon  

I believe Solomon was simply telling us to follow our heart in the “right” direction, do not follow it to the left or wrong direction.  Our “inner man” will lead us the “right” way.

I enCOURAGE you to follow your heart into the New Year.  Listen to your inner man.  If you are born again and a believer in Christ, follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.  He will guide you in the “right” way.

“A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NLT)

“A wise person’s heart goes to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. ” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 CSB)

 

 

A HOME MISSION

When God does something, He does it will all His might and does it right.
Sunrise in Sayklä, Finland by Maria Silén at Mamaartphotos on Instagram


Whatever your hand finds to do, do [it] with your might; for [there is] no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV)

 Comments below by Tammy Phillips 
December 27, 2021

I know that if we had lived at the same time, if the Lord had woven our lives together,  my brother in Christ, Charles Spurgeon and I would have been great friends.  We speak the same language.  As I was studying Ecclesiastes 9:10, I realized that his sermon was brilliantly inspired by the Holy Spirit.  I borrowed excerpts from his 7000-word exhortation to share with you.  Hits home for me! It is part of what the Lord shared with me about ten years ago… “Go to YOUR world.”  

A HOME MISSION
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y CHARLES H. SPURGEON
New Park Street Pulpit Volume 5
June 26, 1859

 First, I shall explain THE PREACHER’S EXHORTATION. I shall do so by dividing it into three parts. What shall I do? —“Whatsoever thy hand findeth.” How shall I do it? —”Do it with thy might.”—And then, why shall I do it? —”For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.

Why cannot you do wonders in the circle in which God has placed you? He does not call you to do that which is leagues away, and which is beyond your power; it is that which your hand findeth to do I am persuaded that our home duties, —the duties which come near to us in our own streets, in our own lanes and alleys, —are the duties in which we ought most of us mainly to glorify Christ. Why will you be stretching out your hands to that which you cannot reach? Do that which is near, —which is at your hand.  Serve God in that which your hand findeth present. Serve him in your immediate situation, where you now are.  Just do that first which is nearest to you. Begin at home.  Stop and attend to y our own work.

Oh, if ire did but understand the true majesty of humility, and how great a thing it is for a Christian to do little things, to bow himself and to stoop, we should rather envy the meanest of the flock than the greatest, and each of us try to wash the saint’s feet and perform the most menial service for the Master. Often, I think, when you and I are standing back for some humbling duty if Christ Jesus should come by that way and do it, how we should blush.

  1.  What shall I do? —”Whatsoever thy hand findeth; Do it.”

That is do it promptly; not fritter away your lives in setting down what you intend to do to-morrow as being a recompense for the idleness of to-day. No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we have honored Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do to-day. For after all, the ticking of the clock saith-today! to-day! to-day! We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future hath not come; we have, we never shall have, anything but the present. This is our all. let us do what our hand findeth to do.  Do it! Procrastinate not a day. “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Let him not steal thy time. Do it, at once. Serve thy God now; for now, is all the time thou canst reckon on.

  1. How shall I do it? —”Do it with thy might.”

“Do it with thy might.” Whatever you do for Christ, throw your whole soul into it, Christ wants none to serve him with their fingers: he must have their hands their arms, their hearts, We must not give Christ a little slurred labor, which is done as a matter of course now and then; but when we do serve him, we must do it with all our bears, and soul, and strength, and might.  If ye cut your works open and cannot find your hearts in them, it is an ill omen for your works—they are good for nothing, and their object shall never be accomplished. The worst part of the Christian church at this time is, that it seems as if many of our ministers and their churches had lost their hearts. Step into your churches and chapels, everything is orderly and precise. but where is the life, where is the power?

But where is the might of a Christian? Let us not forget that. The might of a Christian is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. It will be well for us if all we attempt to do is done in God’s strength, or else it will not be done with might: it will be feebly and badly done. Whenever we attempt to serve a loaf in the winning of souls, let us first begin with prayer. Let us seek his help. Let us go on with prayer mixed with faith; and when we have concluded the work, let us commend it again to God with renewed faith and fresh prayer. What we do thus will be well done and will not fail in its effect. But what we do merely with creature-strength, with the mere influence of carnal zeal, will come to nothing at all. “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,” do it with that real might which God hath promised them that ask it, with that real wisdom which he giveth liberally, which he bestows on all who seek it meekly and reverently at his feet. God help us, then to carry out this exhortation, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it v with thy might.”

  1. Why shall I do it? —“For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.”

We are to do it with all our might death is near and when death comes there will be an end to all our serving God on earth, an end to our preaching, an end to our praying, an end to our doing aught for God’s glory among the perishing souls of men. If we all lived in the light of our funerals how well should we live.

If you were quite sure of the time of your death, if you knew you had but a week or two to live, with what haste would you go round and bid farewell to all your friends; with what haste would you begin to set all matters right on earth, supposing matters are all right for eternity. Christian men like other men, forget that they are mortal,

Let us pause a moment, and think that in a short time we must die

Mother, you can pray for your children, now; but when death shall have sealed your eyes in darkness, there can be no more prayers lifted up for ever.

All we can do for our fellows we must do, now. For the cerement shall soon enwrap us, the hands must soon hang down, and the eyes be shut, and the tongue be still. While we live, let us live. Work while ye live, and live while ye work; and God grant to each of us that we may discharge in this life all the desires of our hearts, in magnifying God and bringing sinners to the cross.

I enCOURAGE you to STIR UP ALL PROFESSORS OF RELIGION HERE PRESENT TO DO WHATSOEVER THEIR HANDS FINDETH TO DO, TO DO IT NOW, AND WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT. If Christ Jesus should leave the upper world and come into the midst of this hall this morning, what answer could you give if after showing you his wounded hands and feet, and his rent side, he should put this question, “I have done all this for thee what hast thou done for me?”

What have you done for him?

As for some of you, you have done positively nothing. You have joined the church and have been baptized, and that is about all, you have sometimes doled out a little from your abundance to the cause of Christ, but oh, how little when you think he gave his all for you!

But if ye do believe it, act as ye believe; if ye think men are perishing, if the Lord’s right hand is dashing in pieces his enemy, then I beseech you be strengthened by the same right hand, to endeavor to bring those enemies to Christ that they may be reconciled by the blood of the cross.

‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.’

Entire sermon may be found here: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/a-home-mission-sermon/#flipbook/

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