WHAT IS GOD’S MERCY?

by Tammy Phillips
June 18, 2021

The LORD is merciful.  Merciful is the LORD (Psalms 103:8)

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary mercy is that benevolence, mildness, or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy.

In the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon the word for mercy is chesed.  Chesed is defined as zeal toward anyone; passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything. In general, zeal is an eagerness of desire to accomplish or obtain some object, and it may be manifested either in favor of any person or thing, or in opposition to it, and in a good or bad cause.

The Strong’s Concordance defines chesed as loving kindness and goodness.

Mercy is like love in that it is a quality of God that cannot be defined in a single word.  Again, if Holy Spirit is whispering that He wants to turn our disgust into “His mercy.”  Let us further look through the word of God to see what mercy is and does. 

HIS MERCY PURGES OUR INIQUITY.
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6 NKJV)

 HIS MERCY FORGIVES.
“He that covers his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13 NKJV)

HIS MERCY DELIVERS BORN AGAIN LIFE AND LIVING HOPE
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3 ESV)

HIS MERCY IS ABUNDANT TO ALL WHO CALL HIM.
“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You”. (Psalm 86:5 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS ABOUNDING.
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”  (Psalms 103:8)

HIS MERCY IS GREAT.
“For His merciful kindness is great toward us.” (Psalm 117:2)

HIS MERCY CAN BE TRUSTED.
“I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” (Psalm 52:8 KJV)

HIS MERCY NEVER FAILS.
“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” (Lamentations 3:22 KJV)

HIS MERCY IS NEW EVERY MORNING.
“They are new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV)

HIS MERCY IS A COURAGE BOOSTER AND KEEPS US FROM WEARINESS
“Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.”  (2 Corinthians 4:1 KJV)

HIS MERCY LEADS
“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10 NKJV)

HIS MERCY SURROUNDS.
“Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.” (Psalm 32:10 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS FOR US.
“Blessed [be] God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!” (Psalm 66:20 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS OBTAINABLE.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING
“For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS TO THE VANISHING POINT AND BEYOND, ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE
“But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children.” (Psalm 103:17 NKJV)

HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER
“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for [He is] good! For His mercy [endures] forever”. (Psalm 106:1 NKJV)

HIS MERCY IS GREAT, BOUNDLESS, UNLIMITED, IMMEASURABLE, INNUMERABLE, and INFINITE.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:8, 11 NKJV)

 HIS MERCY TRIUMPHS
Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13 NKJV)

 His mercy purges, pardons, finds, forgives, delivers, is abundant, abounding, and great.  It can be trusted. His goodness never fails, is new every morning, is a courage booster, keeps us from losing heart and growing weary. His loving-kindness leads, guides, surrounds, is for us, is obtainable, is everlasting, endures forever, is great, boundless, unlimited, immeasurable, innumerable, and infinite.  His mercy triumphs. And that is what His mercy does for us! 

I enCOURAGE you with my concluding answer:  His mercy holds back what is justified and instead, envelops us with undeserved, tender, loving-kindness, and goodness.  I urge you to hope in His mercy because “the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 147:11 NKJV) Surely, His mercy stirs hope deep withinI pray that “mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” and that you keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:2, 21 NKJV)

His mercy held back the Red Sea, set the captives free and died for you and me.

THE LORD LOVES YOU TENDER

“It is hard to imagine anything greater than the mercy of a mother for her child,
but the mercy of the Lord is greater.” – Tammy Phillips
( My great nephew, Henry, held in the arms of adoring Mom)

by Tammy Phillips
June 17, 2021,

The LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. (Deuteronomy 4:31 NKJV)

 The word of God says in Psalms 94:18 that the mercy of the Lord holds us up when we slip so we don’t slide. What is the mercy of the Lord?  If He is willing to transform our disgust to His mercy, what is His mercy?  As I dug for this treasure through my love letter from God, I discovered that there are several words for mercy in the Old Testament.  The text below is the definition for merciful from the Hebrew word raḥûm which is a derivative of rāḥam.  This paints a picture of our merciful God.

The Lord is a merciful God.
The Lord is a God full of compassion.
The Lord is tenderly affectionate.
The Lord is a loving God.
The Lord loves deeply.

The Lord will not forsake you.
The Lord will not destroy you.
The Lord will not forget you. It is not who He is. 

The Lord loves your tender.
When the He says, “I love you,”
it is not a superficial sentiment.
The Lord  means it from His heart.
The Lord God is so into you.
The Lord  loves you tender.
The Lord is merciful to you.

I enCOURAGE you in the  tender mercy of the Lord.  He is not angry with you.  He is not out to get you because you did wrong or chose wrong.  He is not trying to hurt you.  He loves you right where you are.  He loved you and was willing to save you at your worst.  His love for you is unconditional.  The Lord is merciful.

THE MERCY OF THE LORD HOLDS US UP

by Janet Hyun

by Tammy
June 16, 2021

If the Lord had not been my help, My soul would have soon lived in the land of silence. When I said, my foot slips, thy MERCY, O LORD, held me up.  (Psalm 94:17-18)

When we invite Jesus into our life, I think there is a common misconception.   It is not like, “Hey Jesus come on in” and poof, we are perfect.  I wish.  I have come to learn that as followers of Christ, the carpenter, we are an ongoing renovation project.  When we seek Him and dive into His word, He renews our minds.  He directs us back on track.  He gently loves us back to Him and the life He has planned for us.

February 20,2021 was my youngest son’s birthday and a time for celebration.  I should have been very happy, yet it began as a sad and tearful morning.   My plea to our Father for over a month had been, “TURN MY DISGUST INTO YOUR MERCY!” On this somber morning, I was full of disgust with the sinful, evil direction of our country.  I was disgusted by national and state “leaders;” with the deception and leadership in church; by my people who say they know Jesus as their Savior, but have turned their backs on Him as their Lord; by the narcissistic selfishness of others.  What made me the most disgusted is that it took so long to get the log out of my own eye.  I was disgusted with me. 

I thought of the failures of my past year.  I had been given extra time to lose weight for my oldest son’s wedding and I had not been resolute in the process.  I was done with my own self. I concluded that I a big problem with self-control, specifically food. How could I be resolute in so many things, but not this stupid battle? I felt like a fake and liar.  My maiden’s name was “Lowe”, and I was living up to my name.

Snow and ice covered the ground that day. I suddenly grasped why we have to stay in the footsteps of Jesus and walk by faith.  When we get out of step with Jesus, it is so easy to backslide.  When we get out of alignment, it wreaks havoc. When we get out of love into disgust it is not the place to be.

If the Lord had not been my HELP, My soul would have soon lived in the land of silence. When I said, my foot slips, thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.  (Psalm 94:17-18)

MERCY…MERCY…MERCY…thank God for His mercies, lovingkindness, and goodness that are new every morning.

I enCOURAGE you to let the mercy of the Lord hold you up when you slip and when you are walking along in faith.  Allow Him to turn your disgust into His mercy.  It is your choice.   It is easier to be kind, loving and good to others, but be kind to yourself.  Love and be good to yourself.  The truth is Jesus believes you are worth it.  He loves you!

GOT TO HAVE FAITH

(Photo Credit:  Pasi Hyttinen)

by Tammy Phillips
June 15, 2021

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) 

I cannot do it by myself.  I have tried and failed and failed.  Without faith it is impossible to please God. He who comes to God must believe that God is, and that Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) What is faith?  Faith is not a wish.  Faith is not “wishy-washy.”   Faith is…

Now faith, the moral conviction of truth, knowing the truthfulness of God.  Knowing God was, is and will always be Who He said He was.  Knowing God will do what He says He will do.

Now faith… the belief: the assent, the step, of the mind to the truth of what is declared by God, resting on his authority and His veracity (habitual observance of truth) …

is the substance, a placing under, substructure, foundation, confidence, assurance, resolution, firm trust, steadfastness of mind, firmness…

is the substance, the UNDER STANDING, THE STANDING UNDER, the understanding, the place where we stand immovable, immutable, unbendable, unshakable, unstoppable, firm, persistent, perseverant, resolute, the place under Him where we stand by His promises.

Faith is knowing and believing God is who said He is and that His promises are true.

Faith is the substance of things:  business, matters, work, that which has been done, an accomplished fact, that which is or exists…

hoped for, the hopeful, joyful, confident expectation of good

the evidence, conviction brought to light, that by which invisible things are proved (and we are convinced of their reality), the exposition of God’s word, work, accomplishments, and His business…

not yet seen but done.

Faith is a place. 
Faith says I am not moving.
Faith says I am resolute.
Faith is to know.
Faith is to know by experience.
Faith is to have the same ideas as He who speaks.
Faith says I under-stand and stand under.
Faith is what we support or hold in the mind.

We either have faith in God or the whispers of the enemy.  Everyone chooses to listen to the Truth or to the Liar.  The truth will set you free. The lie will keep you bound. Who are you listening to?  Where are you standing, in or out of faith?   Are you in good place or bad?  Are you in the place of faith or fear? 

I enCOURAGE you to have faith in God. Stand saying: “I am a believer. I am an overcomer. I am confident. I am resolute.  God said it and I believe it.  God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.  I have hopeful, joyful, confident expectation of God working even though I do not see it.  I cannot see it, but I believe it.  However, I know by faith in God that it is done.”

SOMETIMES WE NEED A REMINDER OF GOD’S LOVE

Saturday over the Cumberland River, Clarksville, TN   (June 12, 2021)

by Tammy Phillips
June 14, 2021

For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV) 

A young man asked for prayer.  His request was that He would remember God’s love for Him and that it is has nothing to do with what He does.  We encouraged him.  Holy Spirit led me to Psalms 139:13-17 and Ephesians 2:10.

The paraphrased reminder I gave Him and now you…

He knows you.
He formed your insides.
He knit you together in your mother’s womb.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
His works are wonderful and you are one of them!

Your frame was not hidden from Him,
When you were being formed in secret.
The LORD intricately and skillfully wove you together
like you were embroidered with many various colors of thread.

You are His workmanship
You are His own master work.
You are a work of art.
You are created in Christ Jesus. 
You are reborn from above.
You are spiritually transformed.
You are renewed.
You are ready to be used for good works.
God prepared the path before you.
so that you would walk in them…
Living the good life which He prearranged and made ready.

The LORD saw your unformed substance.
The days that were appointed for you were
all written in His book before you were even born!

We continued to pray and then later “I” looked down at my open Bible and read a note that I had written to my self of January 27, 2015.  It is what I call a little love note from the Lord.  It is when God reveals Himself through His word in a different way. This is what I wrote in response to Ephesians 2:8-9…

“For by favor you are SAVED through faith and all that means …
IT IS NOTHING YOU DO.  It is…the GIFT OF GOD.”

This brought me back to a time when God gave me a gift that I thought I did not deserve.  It is a time when He “saved” me from myself.  I just could not fathom such favor in the middle of such imperfection and honestly, incomplete surrender and disobedience.  God did this for us all when He sent Jesus. He gifted us salvation in Jesus when we sure did not deserve it. 

This young man shared His heart and at the same time God wrecked mine.   He reminded me, AGAIN, that He is big enough to love us right where we are. Every day, every moment, every breath is a chance to begin again with God.

I enCOURAGE to take time today and remember how very much the Lord loves you. He loves you in the middle of your mess.  He loves you in the middle of your victories and failures.  It is nothing you do.  It is who He is.  Spend time loving on our Good Father. 

THE LORD LEADS THROUGH THE DEEP

by Tammy Phillips
June 13, 2021

“Who led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, that they might not stumble?”  (Isaiah 63: 13 NKJV)

“I like a bumpy ride.  I like driving on cobblestones roads and interstate lanes lined with cones that have been scraped for resurfacing,” said no one ever.  When I take off on a long journey, I hit the wide-open space of the interstate.  The very best ride is when the highway has just been completed resurfaced and it silky smooth with no potholes or obstructions.

When God led Israel though the high congealed walls of the deep in the Red Sea, He gave them a smooth, “newly-resurfaced-interstate” ride.  According to Isaiah 63:13, their way was like a wide-open field where a horse could freely run or where cattle could effortlessly be driven, obstacle free.   He cleared the obstructive path so they would not stumble, fall, waver, totter in the ankles or be weak in the knees.

Can you imagine being called to the Red Sea with an enemy in fast pursuit?  You arrive at the edges of the shore.  No boats are insight to deliver you from the oncoming attack   the thought crosses your mind of emanate doom.  There is NO WAY and then a way is made.  You witness the sea part.  Your mind is blown and then you must muster up enough courage to take the step of faith to walk through it to the other side.

When we are called into the deep, to places unknown, and into unchartered territory like the bottom of the Red Sea, the Lord said three things that help us go through to the other side:  

  1. “The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.” (Isaiah 26:7 NIV)

The LORD say that He will do the same thing for us, His chosen, that He did for His people at the Sea.  He will make our journey level and smooth.  We will be free to release the horsepower and drive wherever He is leading. 

  1. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones;You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11 NKJV)

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

When we choose to follow, He will guide us continually. He will teach us the way to go. He will keep His eye on us. Like a mother who does not ever let her child get fully out of her sight. And He will give us unfailing strength to stand, stand and stand.   No weak knees. No tottering ankles.  Strong and progressing through the deep to the other side.

  1.  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called [you] by your name; You [are] Mine. When you pass through the deep waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I [am] the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV)

Got does not call us to walk alone though the “deep.” He is always with us.  When we take the step of faith to trust Him, He promises that “deep” will not overtake us. 

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

I enCOURAGE you to follow the Lord through the “deep.”  Whatever you are going through, be led by Him.  He will take you to and through the unimaginable.  If you follow Him, no bumpy rides.  He will make a smooth and level way for you to gracefully speed like a galloping horse through the wide-open, unobstructive spaces. 

I see peace and freedom!  Can you?

 

 

“I WILL”

by Tammy Philips
June 12, 2021

Since December 31, 2020, Holy Spirit has planted me in the book of Isaiah.  It took 78 days to go through the first time.  I asked the Lord to help me share what He taught me along that journey.  Little did I know that Holy Spirit would lead me on an 85-day journey back through Isaiah, a second time.   I have never meditated on one book of the Bible for so long.  If you look back over the encouragements for the last couple of months, we have walked through the book of Isaiah, chapter by chapter, with a few Holy Spirit led detours. 

I said, “I will” to the leading of the Spirit to journey through Isaiah and in return, the Lord repeatedly revealed Himself to me.  One theme that emerged along the way is the numerous times in Isaiah that the Lord said, “I will.”  Read on and be encouraged by His will’s. 

I will strengthen you.
I will help you.
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)

I will hold your right hand.  (Isaiah 41: 13 NKJV)

I will help you.  (Isaiah 41:14 NKJV)

I will open rivers in desolate heights and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land springs of water.
I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree.  I will set in the desert the cypress tree, the pine and the box tree together (Isaiah 41:18-19 NKJV)

I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people.
I will give You as a light to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:6)

I will lay waste the mountains and hills.
I will make the rivers coastlands.
I will dry up the pools.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know.
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them.
I will make crooked places straight.
I will do for this and I wil not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:15-16 NKJV)


I will be with you when you pass through the deep waters and through the rivers.  I will be with you when you walk through the fire. You will not be burned nor scorched.  I will bring your descendants from the east and gather you from the west (Isaiah 43:2,5 NKJV)

I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)

I will blot out your transgressions for My own sake.
I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43: 25 NKJV)


I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground.
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)

I will raise up her waste places; (Isaiah 44:26 NKJV)

I will go before you and make the crooked places straight.
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. (Isaiah 45:2)

I will direct all his ways. (Isaiah 45:13)

I will carry you even to gray hairs and old age.
I will bear you.
I will carry and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4)


I will do all My pleasure. (Isaiah 46:10)

I will also bring to pass what I have spoken and have purposed.
I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:11 NKJV)

I will give Jesus as a light to the Gentiles to be My salvation to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6)
I will make My mountains a road and My highways shall be elevated. (Isaiah 49:11)

I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49: 15)

I will contend with him who contends with you.
I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25 NKJV)

I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. (Isaiah 51:4)

I will have mercy on you with everlasting kindness. (Isaiah 54:8)

I will make an everlasting covenant with you. (Isaiah 55:3)

I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 56:5)

I will heal him.
I will also lead him.
I will restore comforts to him. (Isaiah 57: 18)

I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth. (Isaiah 58:14)

I will glorify the house of My glory. (Isaiah 60:7)

I will make the place of My feet glorious. (Isaiah 60:13)

I will direct their work in truth
I will make with them an everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 61:8)

I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. (Isaiah 66:18)

I enCOURAGE you with the “will” of God.  If the LORD says “I will” in His word, you can take it to the bank that it is His will for your life.  If you are searching for the will of God, this is not an all-inclusive list, but it is a great start!   Hope you enjoy His “I WILLS” from Isaiah as much as I do. 

YOU ARE A POWERHOUSE

by Tammy Phillips
June 11, 2021

God has given us a spirit of power!  (2 Timothy 1:7)

pow·er·house:
a person or thing of great energy, strength, or power.
a source of influence or inspiration
one having great power: such as…
one having great drive, energy, or ability

The alarm went off at 5 AM.  My eyes did not want to open.  I did not even want to exert the energy to get out of bed.  I sure did not “feel” powerful, much less a powerhouse.  It is not about feeling.  It is all about what God says. Here is what the word of the LORD says:

Power belongs to God. (Psalm 62:11 NKJV). It is His and His to give away.  He made the heavens and the earth by His great power and outstretched arm. There is NOTHING too hard for Him!  (Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV)

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.THIS IS THE SAME MIGHTY POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (Eph 1:19-20 NLT)

God’s power is for us, and it is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.  Nothing should be too hard for us either, in Him.  The Lord says:

“He gives power to the weak, and to [those who have] no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29 NKJV) “Let the weak say, ‘I [am] strong.’ ” (Joe 3:10 NKJV)

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 NKJV)

 “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Act 1:8 NKJV)

The Lord gives us His power! The Lord gives us authority over all the power of the enemy.  We have to receive it. It is a given to us.  Did you know that?  He gives it to us to live and love.  He gives us His power to go to work for Him trampling the enemy and to be witnesses for Him to the end of the earth.

Because…

The good news of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (Rom 1:16 NKJV)

The message of the cross is the power of God to us who are being saved it (1Co 1:18 NKJV)

He is powerful to save in every circumstance.  He overcame death and the grave.  Remember, NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR HIM, and all things are possible through Him.

Here is GREAT NEWS!

God has not given us a spirit of fear!
God has not given us a spirit of timidity.
God has not given us a spirit of cowardice.
God has not given us a spirit of “I CANNOT DO IT.”
GOD HAS GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF POWER!  
God has given us a spirit of strength.
God has given us a spirit of ability.
God has given us a spirit of capability.
God has given us a spirit of “I CAN DO IT ALL.”
God had given us a spirit of love!
God has given us a spirit of a sound mind.
God has given us a spirit of discipline.
God has given us a spirit of self-control.
God has given us a spirit that has restored us to our senses.
(2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

If God’s word is true, and it is, I think you will agree we got the power!   Now what about the house.   Jesus said: “Abide in Me, and I in you.” (John 15:4 NKJV)

Paul said: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”(1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV)

“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 NKJV)

If we abide and dwell in Him and He abides and dwells in us, aren’t abode and dwelling synonymous with house?   Plain and simple, the word of God says:

We are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.” (Hebrews 3:6 NLT).  And 2 Corinthians 6:7 says that God’s power is working in us.  I believe that we can conclude, as courageous, confident followers of Christ, WE ARE GOD’S POWERHOUSE.  We abide in Him, and He abides in us. His power resides within, working in and through us.  

I enCOURAGE you, POWERHOUSE, to live your life boldly, courageously, and fearlessly.  Know Who is powering you all the time.   It does not matter how you feel.  A power plant doesn’t feel like a power plant.  It just is.  When you feel weak, say: “I AM STRONG.”  It is not about you.  It is about the Spirit inside who empowers you to keep on keeping on.  Remember! 

In Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (and power).  
He is the head of all principality and power.
YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.
(Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV)

ENCOURAGEMENT THAT CHANGED MY DAY

(Recently, my Mom sent this picture by 11Alive StormTracer, Kristine Wilcox to brighten my day)

by Tammy Phillips
June 10, 2021

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”  (1Thessalonians 5:11 CSB)

ENCOUR’AGE, verb transitive enkur’rage. To give courage to; to give or increase confidence of success; to inspire with courage, spirit, or strength of mind; to embolden; to animate; to incite; to inspirit.

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb 3:13 NKJV)

EXHORT‘, verb transitive egzhort’. [Latin exhortor; ex and hortor, to encourage, to embolden, to cheer, to advise. The primary sense seems to be to excite or to give strength, spirit, or courage.]

I write to enCOURAGE and exhort  you in the Lord.  They pretty much mean the same thing.   We need courage to face this world.  To be honest, I had heard so much bad, bad news that I had gotten a bit discouraged.   I felt like I had been hit with a machine gun of horrible reports from people I knew.  One of my best friends is going through something so horrific that if I told you, it would be hard for you to believe.  It is hard for me to wrap my mind around.  One sister lost her husband.  One sister’s son had been a victim of a hit and run while trying to help clear the road from a bad storm.  Another posted that her sister and brother-in-law had lost their life in a violent attack at the hands of their own son.  Another sister posted that her niece who is a young mother had been missing for two weeks. Praise God, she has now communicated with the family.  The list continues, but I do not want you to become discouraged. 

The Bible also tells us, “David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1Sa 30:6 KJV)

I attempted to encourage myself like David did by reminding myself exactly who God is and all the answered prayers of late.  It built me up and I was encouraged, but I am so thankful to God that He also used three other people to change my whole day.  None of them even knew I was down, not a clue.

Throughout the day these are the messages I received.

Around 9 AM…

At 1:35 PM I received this text from Pam Verma, my lifelong best friend…

I picked up barbeque from Grey Smoke food truck yesterday around noon.  The BBQ was hidden in a black bag until dinner.  When I opened the bag, I found the third encouragement of the day…

We NEVER know what people are going through!  We never know how ONE encouraging word can change the direction of someone’s day.  The word of God tells us in our focus verses to encourage one another and build up or exhort each other daily!

I enCOURAGE you to change somebody’s day.  Be an encourager.  Spread a little light.  It will go a long way.  My prayer for you:  

 “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.”  (2Thessalonians 2:16-17 CSB)

THE LORD IS MIGHTY! THE LORD GOD IS ALMIGHTY!

Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang, Vietnam

by Tammy Phillips
June 9, 2021

Some days we just need a reminder of who our Lord really is…

The Lord is mighty to save. (Isa 63:1 KJV)
The Lord is enough.
The Lord is more than enough.
The Lord is abundant.
The Lord is all sufficient.
The Lord is large (and in charge).
The Lord is great.
The Lord is greater.
The Lord is the greatest
The Lord is very much.
The Lord is too much!

“The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save.
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet [you] with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zep 3:17 NKJV)

 The Lord is the Mighty One.
The Lord is the Mightiest One.
The Lord is the Strong One.
The Lord is the Strongest One
The Lord is the Upright One.
The Lord is the Valiant One.
The Lord is the Chief One.
The Lord is the Champion.

“I AM THE ALMIGHTY GOD. I AM GOD ALMIGHTY. ” (Genesis 17:1, 35:11)
The Lord is Almighty God.
The Lord is God Almighty.
The Lord is El Shaddai
The Lord is the Most Powerful(.)

“I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.”(Rev 1:8 KJV)

The Lord is He who holds sway over all things.
The Lord is the Ruler of All.
The Lord is the Ruler of any, every, everyone, all things, above all things, anyone, everyone, whosoever, whatsoever, and everything.
The Lord is the Ruler of the whole thing!

I enCOURGE you to remember no matter what your day looks like, what you are going through, nor what you are having to endure, the Lord your God is Almighty.  He can handle  anything and everything, if we let him.   And, “he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). We join the elders is heaven and say:  “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. (Rev 11:17 NKJV)