A POWERFUL PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO GET ON YOUR NERVES AND THOSE WHO DON’T

by Tammy Phillips
April 14, 2021

Yesterday, we talked about people who get on our nerves:  spouses, mothers,  fathers, brothers, sisters, children, friends, co-workers, superiors, and even the President.

We are instructed to love them.  One of the ways we can love them best is to pray for them even when we do not feel like it. 

In 2014 through the wise advice of Kenneth Hagin and Billye Brimm, I learned to pray Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom, Ephesians 1:16-23,  for my family.  When I first started praying it, I had no idea what it all meant.  As I prayed the Holy Spirit began to answer the prayer in my own life.  He opened my eyes and heart to the significance of the words that I was praying.

My list has grown and changed through the years.  I start with our national leaders, move to spiritual leaders, then family and friends.  

No, not every on the list gets on my nerves. That is just a temporary circumstance, anyways.  Jesus extended love, grace and forgiveness to all and I must do the same.  Lord knows, I get on the nerves of others at times.  Ask my husband and my boys.   I want that same love, grace and forgiveness extended to me, when I act like a goober.

I wrote Ephesians 1 out in my own words and I pray it like this:

I do not cease to give thanks for you.  I thank God for you all the time.  I pray for you always and  make mention of you in my prayers.

 I always pray that Father God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him.  I pray that you may abundantly grow in Him.

I pray that the eyes of your heart are flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

I pray that you can know and understand what is the incredible, IMMEASURABLE, UNLIMITED, SURPASSING GREATNESS of God’s power in and for us who believe in Him, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.  This is the same might power which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.  This same power is available to us!!!

NOW, Jesus is far above any leader, ruler, authority, power or dominion.  He is far above every name that is named, was named or will ever be named.  He is above every title that can be conferred, above every disease ever known to plague man, above any problem or situation,  not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.

 God has put all things under His feet and authority and has appointed Jesus the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body.  The church is His body, made full and complete in Him, who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.

I enCOURAGE you to create your own list of people to pray Ephesians 1 over.   Pray it often.  Breakthrough will come.  Let me be clear,  sometimes in haste, I simply say, “Father, Ephesians 1 them, you know my list.”   He knows my heart.  However, God’s words repeated as a reminder, back to Him are a powerful way to pray.



 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LORD KNOWS: THERE WOULD BE THOSE WHO WOULD GET ON OUR LAST NERVE

“Like fingernails on a chalkboard!”

by Tammy Phillips
April 13, 2021

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; (1 Peter 4:12)

God has an answer for everything.  He knew that there would be people who would “try our patience.”  Know anyone like that?  Perhaps, your spouse, not mine of course!  Could it be your mother? Father? Brother? Sister? Children? Co-worker? Boss? Congress? President?

The Lord answers before we ever call for help on this one.  He gave Paul the solution  in Ephesians 4:1 (AMPC), “I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service…”

How is our behavior?  Is it a credit to the summons to God’s service?  Almost everyone I talked to in the past few days were having their patience tried by someone.  How about you?  How did you handle it?  How did I deal with it, you ask? Did I breathe in Jesus and blow out Satan? Hmm…Let’s get some more advice from Paul.  He tells us to handle it like Jesus:

“Living as becomes you with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.” (Ephesians 4:2 AMPC)

Let’s look at a few translations to see help us clearly see what Paul was really saying:

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2 NIV)

 With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous[b] love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. (Ephesians 4:2 TPT)

Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. (Ephesians 4:2 CEV)

Be patient.  Love one another.  Put up with each other.   Many times, instead of putting up with each other, we want to put each other out!   Right?  Yesterday, one friend put it like this:

“I want to line them up.  Run the back of my hand across the right side of their face.  Then I want to come back down the line, slap the left side of their face with the palm of my hand. Then I want to blow on them and watch them all fall down!”    Ever feel like that? This friend was done with everybody.  I quickly got off the phone and wrote this encouragement for her. (LOL).

A final word of encouragement, I love how the Message Bible interprets Paul’s word in Ephesians 4:14:

“While I’m  locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere . And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.

I think that just about sums it up!

I enCOURAGE you to keep on walking in and by faith.  Follow in Jesus’ footsteps.  Love well, even those who get on your last nerve. “Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. (Ephesians 4:3 AMPC).  This is so much easier said, than done.   However, me and the peeps in my world, old friends and new ones, need to hear it.  Remember, I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME THE STRENGTH, including loving the ones who get on my last nerve.

OUR CONFIDENCE

Photo credit: MaMaartPhotos

by Tammy Phillips
April 12, 2021

For the LORD shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (Proverbs3: 26 KJV)

Can I be transparent?  I am tired.  I have so much to do.  I would have honestly like to have slept in this morning.  I did not have an encouragement prewritten.  I had ideas but they were going to take more effort than I wanted to exert.   However, when I opened Word, the computer program this morning, this document was sitting open with Proverbs 3:26 written at the top of the page  and waiting on me.  (I had copy and pasted it their yesterday for further meditation.)

I did not even want to meditate on it today.  Nothing came to me at first.  I looked for other things to write.  I even looked in some devotionals to see if I could find something from a “guest speaker. ”   Holy Spirit stopped me in that path and  reminded me of something I said, over a year ago, when I began this writing journey. “If the Lord does not  give me something to say, I will say nothing at all.”  That has been true thus far. 

This morning I felt inspired to just tell you how I felt.  Every day, I do not jump out of the bed ready to conquer the world.  In fact, I would still be in bed if I had not committed to be an encourager each day online at the beginning of the day.

Looking at the focus verse, I was reminded that the Lord is our confidence to face the day, to trust for words when there are no words, and to look into the giant’s eyes fearlessly.  He will keep our foot from being taken by the enemy. Holy Spirit gave me the words today.  He softly, whispered Psalms 26 in my ear as I began to write.   Now, I can confidently say: “I have expectantly, trusted in the Lord, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.” (Psalms 26:1 AMP)

Holy Spirit gave me  the words.  He showed me the way.  He will do the same for you. 

I enCOURAGE you to face this day head on.  Intentionally, put your feet on the floor.  Arise to what the Lord your God has called you to do this day. Keep the word in your heart and He will keep you.   He is your Confidence.  He will not allow your foot to be taken.  He will not allow you to slip and slide when you look to Him first.

 

KEEP

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by Tammy Phillips
April 11, 2021

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:6-7 KJV)

The Lord tells us in Ecclesiastes that there is a time for everything.  He recently took the time, again, to tell me to guard my mouth. I really need to go to a seamstress and let her install a zipper to my lips.  I then would have consciously zip and unzip before I spoke. 

I kind of followed the Holy Spirit down a rabbit trail. I read Ecclesiastes 3:6-7.  It was right in front of my eyes. “There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak!”  I responded, “Ok, Lord. I really do hear you.  I am going to watch my mouth, what goes in and comes out of it.”   I also saw that there is “a time to keep.”   If we are to keep our mouth, what else are we to keep.  What does keep mean?  Several different words for “keep” exist in the Hebrew and Greek, but they all mean pretty much the same thing: to guard, watch, protect, attend to, observe, preserve, regard.  Here are a few things I found in the word that we are to keep:

Keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. (Deuteronomy 8:6)
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Psalm 34:13)
Keep his way and wait on the Lord. (Psalm 37:34)
Keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalm 39:1)
Keep his covenant and remember his commandments to do them. (Psalm 103:18)
Keep judgment, do righteousness at all times and be blessed (Psalm 106:3)
Keep His testimonies and seek Him with the whole heart. (Psalm 119:2)
Keep His precepts diligently. (Psalm 119:4)
Keep His word.  (Psalm 119:17)
Keep His law continually for ever and ever. (Psalm 119:44)
Keep the door of my lips. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth. (Psalm 141:3)
Keep the paths of the righteous. Walk in the way of good men (Proverbs 2:20)
Keep sound wisdom and discretion. (Proverbs 2:21)
Keep instruction; Take fast hold of let her.  Do not let go for she [is] thy life. (Proverbs 4:13)
Keep His words in the middle of your heart Let them not depart from your eyes. (Proverbs 4:21)
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
Keep my words and lay up my commandments with you. (Proverbs 7:1 KJV)
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. (Proverbs 7:2)
Keep my ways and be blessed. (Proverbs 8:32)
Keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually. (Hosea 12:6)
Keep My saying and you shall never see death. (John 8:51 KJV)
Keep my commandments, If ye love me. (John 14:15)
Keep my words, if you love me and my Father will love you, and We will come to you, and make our abode with you. (John 14:15, 23 KJV)
Keep under my body and bring it into subjection. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
Keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus And the peace of God, which passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7 KJV)
Keep thyself pure. (1 Timothy 5:22 KJV)
Keep his commandments and hereby we do know that we know Him. (1 John 2:3)
Keep his commandments for this is the love of God and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3)
Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21 KJV)
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:21)

In all these “keeps,” I did not one time see,“Keep house, you wives of men.”  Actually, a couple of times the Bible talks about concubines and a large group of women keeping the house, but nothing specific.  Woo hoo!  Other than that, I think He wants us to keep ourselves from the top of our head to the tip of our toes and everywhere in between.  But God…He knew we could not do this on our own.  He sent us help.  (I keep my angels on high alert with my none too cautious self.)

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm 91:11 KJV) 

I enCOURAGE you to keep.  Keep your mouth, your body, your mind, your heart, your way, and His word.  It all leads to His best for us. Keep on  keeping on!

WHEN YOU GO THROUGH DEEP WATER

“Take me deeper, Lord” Atlantic Beach, August 17, 2016

by Tammy Phillips
April 10, 2021

Listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 4…you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:1-4 NLT)

While sitting at the feet of Jesus on the beach and listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong (https://youtu.be/dy9nwe9_xzw) , I heard the Lord ask me to trust Him completely.  He called me to go deeper with him.  This lyric from Oceans became my reoccurring prayer:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

I cannot tell you how much this song and encounter with the Lord has changed my life.  And then Holy Spirit gave me a guiding scripture to stand on, Isaiah 43:1-4.

The Lord God has paid for our life with His own blood, and He has called us with His loving voice.  And He will call us into some pretty uncomfortable places “where feet may fail.”  However, He assures us that we are His.  He is always with us.  He goes with us. We are precious to Him and most of all that HE LOVES US.

When He calls us deeper, He encourages us in Isaiah 43 by saying “when you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”   He does not say, if you make it through this. He assures us that we will go through. 

Think about it like this. 

“When you pass through deep waters…”.

When God led Moses and Israel to the Red Sea in Exodus 14, He called them out upon the water to trust Him through deep waters.  He was faithful to make a way. He made away that we could never imagine, through the sea on dry land.  Moses trusted God.  He brought them through and saved them.

“When you pass through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.”

When God called Joshua and the Israelites to cross the River Jordan in Joshua 3, He gave them very specific directions. In Joshua 3:5, “He told the people, ‘Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you.’” (Joshua 3:5 NLT). The Jordan was overflowing its banks.  However, as soon as the priest put a foot in the river, the flow of water was cut off up stream, the river backed up, formed a wall and all of the Israelites crossed over on dry ground.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flame kindle on you.”

In Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach and Abendnego, were ordered to bow to the government and worship, King Nebuchadnezzar or be thrown into the fire.  They paid no attention to the order.  They refused to serve the king or worship the gold statue he sat up. King Neb even gave them a second chance to bow, but hey said in Daniel 3:17, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.”   They were bound and thrown into the roaring fire that was so hot that it killed the men that through them in.  BUT GOD, He was with them, showed up in the middle of the fire and loosed them.  They came out unscathed.

And then there is Peter!  He sees Jesus walking on the water.  Jesus tells them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27 NKJV). Peter and His silly self said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (Matthew 14:27-28 NKJV) Jesus calls Him out to the deep water, “Come.” Peter stepped into the deep and walked on the water.  However as soon as the wind came, He lost focus on Jesus.  “But when he saw that the wind [was] boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”  And immediately Jesus stretched out [His] hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 30-31 NKJV).  

Even when we are called to go through the deep waters and fail, Jesus is always there to pick us back up.  Deep will challenge, stretch and grow us.  Our faith will increase when we go through the deep waters with Him.

I enCOURAGE you not to be afraid.  He is with you.  He has redeemed and called you out into the deep waters, the roaring rivers and fiery furnaces with Him.  He will get you through because you are precious, prized, valuable and very rare in His sight.  There is only one of you and He loves you more than you can imagine.  Go deeper with Him.  You will not regret it.

 

 

 

WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH, AND THAT IS OK, BUT HE IS

by Tammy Phillips
April 9, 2021 

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Genesis 17:1 KJV) 

I can name every extra pound on my body.  The voices I listened to, helped me name each pound.  I listened to voices that told me. “You are not enough!”  They filled in the blank of “You are not _____ enough” with words like…

Good
Skinny
Pretty
Tall
Smart
Successful
Rich

They told me that I was not a good enough daughter, wife, mother, worker, sister nor friend.  Nothing I ever said, did, drew, wrote, wrapped or made was good enough.  These voices can be good in pursuit of excellence.  They can prod us on towards perfection, if they are encouraging words, but they were not for me.  They were discouraging.  They were meant to insure my destruction.  My lying friends, Comfort food, Sweet food, Crunchy food and Bad food, we had many a party.  Almost Every Monday, I would say no more partying with them.  The weekend would come, another hurt, or another offense would visit, and the party was back on.

I have learned and overcome their voices many times only to fall prey to their lying taunts, again.     

I have finally tuned them out and turned on the voice of Truth.  They try to come back but his voice is more powerful.  It is full of truth and love.  I have wised up and discovered that it Is not about the I am that I am.  It is ALL about the “I AM.”  It is about who He is and who I am in Him.  My God says, “I AM Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect.”   I do not have to be enough  because  He is, El Shaddai, God who is  More than Enough.  He is the All sufficient One. 

And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)

He is enough.  His grace is sufficient enough.  He makes grace abound toward us so that we ALL SUFFICIENCY IN ALL THINGS.  All means all.  He makes us strong when we are weak.  He gives us wisdom when we are lacking.  When we fail, He picks us back up.  When we miss the mark, He forgives us.   He heals us when we are hurt.  When we are broken, He completes and perfects us. When we say we are not pretty enough, He says that we are the apple of His eye and made in His image.  He says in Psalm 45:13, “The King’s daughter is all glorious within!”  When we are broken, He completes and perfects us. 

I enCOURAGE you to stop looking at you and focus on Jesus.  If we can truly look into His compassionate and adoring eyes, we will see how very much He loves us.  We will see ourself through His eyes and know that we are enough only because of who we are in Him, who is MORE THAN ENOUGH!

BE RESOLUTE AND YOU WIN

One little tree stands in the midst of Lake Pyhäjärvi (Holy Lake) in Finland by Maria Silén.

by Tammy Phillips
April 8, 2021

“Con vuestra paciencia ganaréis vuestras almas.” (Luke 21:19 RVR60)

I do not read or speak Spanish, either.  When I first read Luke 21:19, the treasure of this verse was hidden to me, just as if it was written in a foreign language.  I did not get it.  As I dug deeper into these words of Jesus recorded by Dr. Luke, I discovered the richness of this scripture. 

Meditate on: 

“In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19 KJV)
“By your patience possess your souls. (Luke 21:19 NKJV)

The word “in” is the Greek word en.  This is not a word that indicates direction.  This is preposition denoting a fixed position in place, time or state.  So, when we are in a fixed position in patience, we possess our souls?  We love the word patience, right?  What does it really mean?  “Patience” is from the Greek word hypomonē which means:

  • Strong endurance
  • Steadfast
  • Constancy
  • Enduring (cheerful and hopeful)
  • Wait
  • Abide
  • Remain
  • Stand
  • Do not lose heart
  • Bear Bravely (misfortunes, trouble, offense, or injury)

When we are in a fixed position in place or time, enduring, being steadfast, waiting, standing, not losing heart and bearing bravely, we possess our souls. 

Possess simply translated means to get, acquire, obtain, gain.

Look at the light shined on the uncomplicated words of Jesus in the below translations:

“By standing firm, you will win your souls.” (Luke 21:19 NLT)
“By your endurance you will gain your lives.” (Luke 21:19 ESV)
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” (Luke 21:19 NIV)

In Matthew 24:13 the same words of the Lord are declared just a little bit differently than Luke:

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

If there was a Tammy’s International Version, Matthew 24:13 (TIV) would read:

“He who is resolute to the end will be whole, healed and complete!”

Further, Luke 21:1 in the TIV would read:

“BE RESOLUTE AND YOU WIN LIFE.”

I enCOURAGE you to dig deeper.   If you do not understand a verse in the Bible, look at different versions of the same verse.  Looking into the definitions of words.  You will find a treasure trove.  The Blue Letter Bible is an excellent tool to help you dig. (https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/jhn/10/1/t_conc_1007010

As I was growing up, I would ask my stepfather the definition of words.  He would make me so mad.  Instead of giving me what I asked for, he would ALWAYS tell me to go look it up.  I am passing on that advice.  If you don’t get it, go look it up.   In other words, be resolute and you win.  Endure and you will be saved and get your answer.  This works with words.  This works with life!  

MOVING MOUNTAINS

by mamartsphoto

by Tammy Phillips
April 7, 2021

Are we moving mountains?
Are we helping others move mountains?

In every word, do we help others hear God? 
In every action, do we help others see God?
In every deed, do we help others know God?

The Word of God says in Isaiah 41:10…

Do not fear!
I am with you!
Do not look around.
Do not turn your eyes from me.
Do not look to another for help.
I am your God.
I will strengthen you
I will help you.
I will uphold you.
with my righteous right hand.

This looks like God’s will to me.  He said, “I will” three times.  We can conclude it is His will  to help, strengthen and uphold us.

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

Do not forget how big God is!  Remember, He can hold all the water, oceans and lakes in his hand! (Is 40:12). Nothing, and I mean nothing, stands in the way with God’s help!   If we have the faith, He empowers us to moves mountains. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE…if we believe.

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

Our will should align with God’s will.  Our actions, words, thoughts, site, hearing should align to the will of God.   Our do’s and our do not’s should align to the word of God. 

Our declaration should be, I will align my…

Beliefs
Actions
Choices
Words
Thoughts
Sight
Hearing
Do’s
Do not’s
Eating
Exercise
Children
Future
Destiny
Friends
Church
Prayers
Truth
Hope
Faith
Love

… to the will and the word of God.  Remember…

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

Our prayer should imitate that of our Jesus:

“Abba, Father,” he said, “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU. Take this cup from me. YET NOT WHAT I WILL, BUT WHAT YOU WILL.” (Mark 14:36 NIV) 

I enCOURAGE you to align your will to His and watch the mountains in your life move.  It is His will to help us.  It should be our will to partner with and help Him build His kingdom. 

When I align my words, actions and deeds to His, I begin to see my mountain, my weight, move in the right direction.  When that mountain is finally torn down, melted and thrown into the ocean, will I not be able to help build faith in others to move their own mountains?  As I give my God all the credit for the transformation, will that not help bring others into His kingdom? 

It is time to move mountains and tell others about it!  Let’s go, kingdom mountain movers.

 

THE LORD IS RESOLUTE

by Tammy Phillips
April 6, 2021 

The LORD is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all he does.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all he does. (Psalm 145:13, 17 NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
There is a time for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)The Lord is RESOLUTE.

The Lord is FAITHFUL.
The Lord is UNCHANGED.
The Lord is NEVER LATE.

We remain RESOLUTE.
We remain FAITHFUL.
We remain UNCHANGED.

We wait.

In the wait…
Sing it out.
Shout it out.
Laugh it out.
Dance it out.

Wait it out.

I enCOURAGE you to remain resolute, faithful, and unchanged.  Wait on the Lord.  In the wait, sing, shout, laugh and dance it out before the Lord.  He is working behind the scenes and aligning His plans and purposed for your life.   Are you at the edge of your own “Red Sea?”  In the words of Moses, “Do not be afraid.  Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today…. 14 “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV)

TAKE OUT THE TRASH and CARVE OUT A NEW HEART

by Tammy Phillips
April 5, 2021

Many years ago,  I drew a little heart shaped shovel beside this verse.  I ask the Lord then to go into my heart and clean out the trash…shovel it out.  My prayer is the same today.  Take out the trash and make me more like You. 

Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me!  Psalm 51:10 NET

CREATE…
Shape
Cut
Carve out
Form by cutting
Make smooth
Polish
Birth

FOR ME A PURE HEART…
A clean heart
A clear heart
An uncontaminated heart
An unmixed heart
A bright heart

O GOD!
Great
Almighty
Exceeding
My Hero

RENEW
Rebuild
Repair
Restore
Cut

A RESOLUTE…
Upright
Plumb
Prepared
Established
Constant
Ready
Right
Erect
Fixed
Set up
Ordered

SPIRIT
Breath
Wind
Life
Thought
Action

WITHIN ME
In the middle of me
In the center of me
In my interior

Do not reject me!
Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me!
Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance!
Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey!
Then I will teach rebels your merciful ways,
and sinners will turn to you. (Psalm 51:11-13 NET)

 I enCOURAGE you all to pray this prayer with me and with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord. Share the mercy of the Lord and His deliverance.   Draw others to Him.