WE DON’T DO “OH NO!”

by Tammy Phillips
September 2, 2021

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV)

Iron is a lustrous, malleable, ductile, silvery metal.  The element symbol, Fe, was shortened from the Latin word ‘ferrum‘ meaning ‘firmness’.  It has a melting point: 2800°F and a boiling point: 5182°F.  Pure iron is fairly soft and can easily be shaped and formed when hot. 

It is the second most abundant metal element in the Earth’s crust and is primarily used to produce steel, one of the most important structural materials in the world. It is strongly magnetic. Exposed to a strong magnetic field, any piece of iron can be magnetized. Scientists believe that the Earth’s core is made up of about 90% iron. The magnetic force produced by this iron is what creates the magnetic north and south poles. (Bell, Terence. “Metal Profile: Iron.” ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, thoughtco.com/metal-profile-iron-2340139.)

IRON IS ESSENTIAL TO HUMAN LIFE. IT is in every body cell. Around 70% of the iron in the human body is found in the hemoglobin of red blood cells. Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to all the other tissues. Iron deficiency in humans leads to anemia, which forces the heart to pump harder to compensate for the lack of oxygen in the blood. (https://azironsupply.com/2020/02/19/ten-fun-facts-about-iron/)

We all need “iron” friends that have high melting and boiling points.  We need companions that are strong under fire, but are also soft, flexible, and can be easily shaped in the fire. We, gals, need lustrous friends that help us sparkle. We need magnetic mates who keep us aligned north to south, straight up, like the world and it poles. We need iron confidants that help up us breathe in Jesus and breathe out Satan.  Most of all require strong, firm friends in our lives that keep us on the straight and narrow.   Iron brothers and sisters are essential to our spiritual life.

I was recently talking with my iron sister, Kristi Stephens.  She is all of five foot tall, but a spiritual giant on fire for the Lord.  She would tell you that she was a six-foot woman trapped in a 5’2” body.  I confided to her that I awoke feeling this-way-and-that.  I had some symptoms that were not good.  I mentioned that I thought, “Oh, no!”  She immediately corrected me as an iron friend would  do.   She emphatically said, “We do not do ‘Oh, no!’”

“Oh no!”
“Uh oh.”
“I am afraid…”
“This is killing me.”
“I am worried…”
“I am troubled…”
“I am upset…”

These are all statement that are born out of fear and not faith.  The word of God says:

DO NOT FEAR

“Fear not, for I [am] with you; Be not dismayed, for I [am] your God. I will strengthen    you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'” (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)

DO NOT BE DISMAYED…which is the “OH NO!” 

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your    God [is] with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV) 

 DO NOT WORRY

“Do not worry about your life… Do not worry about tomorrow… do not worry about        how or what you should speak. (Matthew 6:25, 6:34, 10:19

Kristi and I, as iron women for God, choose to obey His word.  She sharpened me by reminding me that we do not do what God tells us to do not do. “We don’t do, ‘Oh no!”’

I enCOURAGE you to find your iron.  Find someone who will hold you accountable to the word of God.  I encourage you not take the word of God lightly.  Be obedient to His word and remember, “WE DON’T DO, ‘Oh no!”’  Instead, we call out to Him in faith

 

 

 

 

“CAN I ASK  YOU A FAVOR?”

by Tammy Phillips
September 1, 2021

Raise your hand.  Who has a problem asking a friend or family member for a favor?  This used to be me.  Like a baby, I would pridefully think that I could do it all by myself.  I did not want to be a “bother.” I did not want to ask anyone for anything.  I did not want to put them out of their way.  The truth is I did not want to be rejected in shape, form, or fashion.   

Is this why we do not pray to God about everything? Do we have infantile pride?  God created it all.  Who better to ask about anything and everything?

Prayer is simply going to God and asking him a favor.  Prayer is an appeal with zeal.  Prayer is confessing to God that we cannot do it all by ourselves and that we need His help.  I love one of Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of prayer: “In worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with adoration, confession of sins, thanksgiving for blessings received and supplication for mercy.”

The New Testament of the Bible direct us to pray in the following way:

“But you, when you pray, go into your room,
and when you have shut your door,
PRAY TO YOUR FATHER WHO [IS] IN THE SECRET [PLACE];
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
(Matthew 6:6 NKJV)

“But I say to you, love your enemies,
 bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you, and
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU.”
 (Matthew 5:44 NKJV)

“Watch and
 PRAY, LEST YOU ENTER INTO TEMPTATION.
The spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.”
 (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38 NKJV)

“When you PRAY, SAY:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” 
(Luke 11:2-4 NKJV)

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to
PRAY AND NOT LOSE HEART,” (Luke 18:1 NKJV)

“Watch therefore, and
PRAY ALWAYS THAT YOU MAY BE COUNTED WORTHY
to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:36 NKJV)

“PRAY THAT YOU MAY NOT ENTER INTO TEMPTATION.” (Luke 22:40 NKJV)

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV)

PRAY EVERYWHERE, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;” (1 Timothy 2:8 NKJV)

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16 NKJV)

At this point in this post I have used 458 words, Jesus only used 50 words when He showed us how to pray in Luke 11:2-4.  We don’t have to pray many words.  In fact, Jesus said, “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” (Matthew 6:7 NLT)

I enCOURAGE you to ask the LORD for a favor.  Pray all the time, everywhere, and for everyone.  It’s what He tells us to do.  He is God.  He knows best and He has THE answer you are searching for.  He is full of grace and eager to grant your favor.  Pray.

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE DESIRE OF YOUR HEART?

Isn’t it funny that a destination point marker looks much like a completed question mark?

by Tammy Phillips
August 31, 2021

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

I was talking with a loved and trusted sister in Christ about a serious concern. Afterwards, our conversation went in many different directions.  At one time, I thought we were going down one path.  She went in a completely different direction and caught me completely off guard by asking me the question I am asking you, “What is the desire of your heart?”  I was confused.  She expounded, “If you could ask the Lord to do anything or many things for you, what would you ask Him?  What do you want?”  The question was provoking.  I gave her an answer with little thought. I think I said, “to delight  in the Lord and to get published, whatever that looks like.”

This question deserved more consideration. It would require me to put on my mud boots and to dig deep.  After I replied to her, I laid the question down on the table beside my comfy chair.  It was Saturday night and I had to get ready for a party.  I determined I would pick it up again another day.

Fast forward five days, I was perusing Instagram and read the following @THEZIGZIGLAR: “Are you ready to start crushing your goals?”  My memory was stirred, “What is the desire of your heart?” The screen above the Zig Ziglar question read:

Setting Your Goals in Four Easy Steps→

( I swept right to the next screen.)

STEP ONE:
Let your imagination run wild, and write down everything you want to be, do, or have.  When you write, your concentration is greater and you burn the idea more undeniably into your mind!

(Zig Ziglar was posing the same question formatted a bit differently.  I guess I needed to pick the question back up.  It had been posed to me twice within a week.)

Swipe right again…

STEP TWO:
Wait 24-48 hours and answer the question for every goal you wrote down.  If you cannot verbalize it, then it is a dream and not a goal. 

Swipe right…

STEP THREE:
Divide your goal into three categories.  Short range (1 month or less); intermediate (1 year or less); Long range (1+years)

Swipe right…

STEP FOUR:
Prayerfully choose four of your goals that are most important and decide what you need to start working on today.  Remember, motivation comes after your start a project.

As a new month rolls around, it is a time for new beginnings.  Seasons will change, and I believe it is time for a new season in my life.  How about yours?

I enCOURAGE you to join me and answer the question, “What is the desire of your heart?”  If you have already accepted this challenge and are well on your way, CONGRATULATIONS!  Pray for the rest of us.  If you have not responded, do not table it for too long.  You are only delaying your destiny.  

“Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring [it] to pass.” (Psalm 37:5 NKJV)

(Credit for the four steps @THEZIGZIGLAR on Instagram)

 

“HAVE YOU R.S.V.P’D?”

by Tammy Phillips
August 30, 2021

 “Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44 NKJV)

It is wedding season!  We celebrated our oldest son’s marriage in May and have been to several weddings since then.  I cannot even count how many weddings the kids have attended this year. I awoke at 3 AM this morning thinking about my youngest son’s future wedding.  He told me about a unique idea he had for his groom’s cake, NEXT YEAR.  My creative, artist brain started running in an attempt to come up with a design.  Then Holy Spirit kicked in and reminded me of His words that have been echoing between my ears for weeks:

 “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” (Matthew 24:38 NKJV)

“They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:27 NKJV)

I am sure that the people thought Noah was crazy!  They had never seen, nor did they know about rain, so that had no real concept of a flood.   The earth was watered from the Lord’s irrigation system in the ground, a mist that rose from the earth not from rain that fell from the sky (Gen.2:5-6).  I assume there were many conversations around the construction of the ark, but the Bible does not say so. The only thing the Bible alludes to was that Noah was a “a preacher of righteousness.” (2 Peter 2:5)   They Bible does not say that Noah warned the people of the impending flood. Also, Noah was told to build the ark when he was 500 years old, and the flood did not come until he was 600.  People kept living however THEY wanted, unrighteous and ungodly, just like today. 

The Lord saved the righteous but destroyed the unrighteous with with a flood. He turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes and made reservations in hell until judgment day for the angels who chose to sin against Him.  He came quickly, without warning and executed justice.  For most of my life, at least the last forty years, I have believed that Jesus was coming soon. Christians have believed in Jesus’ eminent return since His death over 2000 years ago.  The disciples believed that He would return quickly and set up His kingdom.  The Bible tells us repeatedly that Jesus is coming quickly…

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” (Revelation 3:11 NKJV)

“Behold, I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22:7 NKJV).

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12 NKJV)

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20 NKJV)

I know what you all are thinking…two thousand years is a long time and Jesus has not come yet.  News alert, time is irrelevant to God, to us it might be 2000 years of grace, but to the Lord it might be two years of grace.  “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8 NKJV)

The question is really not, “when is Jesus coming again?”  He is coming!  Jesus will come quickly and without warning.  He has been so good to us and warned us over and over and over again.  He has given us chance after chance to get our lives right.  The real question is, “Are we prepared to meet Him?”  Have we kept on doing what we want to do?  Have we been our own god?  Have we kept on eating, drinking, marrying, and partying and forgotten the LORD our righteousness?  

I strongly, strongly, enCOURAGE you with everything that is in me to get right with the Lord.  Choose Him as your Savior and allow Him to be Lord of your life.  As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; … There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10, 18 NKJV) ” (Romans 3:10- NKJV).  Don’t let this be you when Jesus comes.  You cannot do, nor be good enough for the Lord.  You are only made righteous and justified in Him.  He is your Justifier, and He is your Righteousness.   I do not know when Jesus is coming.  It could be today, tomorrow or hundreds years from now.  I am going to live like He is coming today and prepare for the next 100 years. 

If you read this far, you have been advised and you have been invited.  Have you accepted the proposal of Jesus, the Groom? Have you Répondez S‘il Vous  Plaît?  Have you RSVP’d to the party of all time, the marriage feast of the Lamb?  Are you ready? Please respond! 

 

 

 

GOD WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED

August 29, 2021

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

I don’t know why I thought of this but somebody needs to hear it.

When God calls us to step out in faith and do something that is way out of our comfort zone, He will give us everything we need to do it. When He first called me to write, I was like…”What?” I am still amazed that every day He gives me the words to say.

Today, I am “old school” writing. I am sitting in our hotel bathroom, trying not to disturb my sleeping husband. Tapping away on my phone. When I first answered the call to to be a scribe for the Lord. I had pen, paper and my phone. I would jot encouragements on my small device. The small device was problematic at time, so I challenged the Lord. I prayed, “if you want me to work for you, I need the correct equipment.” I ask Him for a laptop, but I didn’t tell anyone about it. I was determined not to buy one. I kept plugging away on my phone.

Christmas of that same year, the last gift I received was from my whole family. My youngest son had written on the box, “Do not cry mom.” Around Thanksgiving, The Lord had placed it on his twenty-something-year-old heart to buy me a laptop. He enlisted the support of his oldest brother and Father. The Lord used my whole family to bless me with my request. He accepted my challenge and what else could I do but tearfully submit to His.

I enCOURAGE you to boldly answer the call of the Lord. He has good plans for your life. You were created for a purpose. Just ask Him! He will deliver and give you everything you need to go in His name.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)

THE WEDDING TROUSSEAU

by Tammy Phillips
August 28, 2021

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks [himself] with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns [herself] with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 NKJV)

I cannot help but think all things marriage this morning.  We are blessed and have the joy of attending two weddings today.  Thankfully, they are in one city. I can hardly wait to see what the brides are wearing. 

Weddings are so exciting!   Marriage is a beginning.  It is a birth of a new family.  Marriage is a union.  There is an energy in the air when God joins two people together for life.  He creates a oneness and a bond that is never intended to be broken.  Marriage is also a mirror of God’s unconditional love. Like a bridegroom chooses his bride, God chose us. He loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us so we could live forever with Him as His spotless bride.  He bought our wedding trousseau with blood and His life.

Like Isaiah, we should be excited and echo his words:

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD!”  Look what He did for us. He picked you.  He picked me.  He unconditionally loved you and me.   

We are not ignorant, nor should we ignore the tragedies that are covering our planet at this time.  However, it is only because of the Lord that we can still greatly rejoice through our world’s current catastrophes of floods, earthquakes, insurgencies, unnecessary sicknesses, and deaths.  To paraphrase, David said, “Unto the upright light arises in the darkness; Surely, he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of bad news. His heart is steadfast, fixed, resolute in trusting the LORD.” (Psalm 112:4, 6-7 NKJV) Bad news will come, but we, as the bride of Christ, are always on His mind. And we shall determine to be joyful in our God.

Why?

He has gloriously dressed us and prepared us to boldly stand like a bride and groom ready for a wedding.  He has bought and paid for our wedding attire.  He has clothed us with the garments of salvation from head to toe.  He has given us the helmet of salvation, a belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness.  He has readied our feet with the gospel of peace. He also gifted us with the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit, the word of God.  He has dressed us to stand, stand, stand, against the evil day, all the bad news and to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.  We do not have to take and carry all the world’s burdens.  We can choose the joy of the Lord and prayerfully, let Him as our strong and Almighty groom, handle everything.  We can trust He has it all covered, including us. 

We have yet another reason to have double joy and greatly rejoice in the Lord. The Lord has us covered.  He has us covered with the robe of righteousness! He has covered us in Christ himself, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  This is the label we wear.  Righteousness is not about us.  We can never be good enough nor do enough to be righteous. It is a gift.  It is all about the finished work of our groom.  Jesus paid a hefty, hefty price to prepare and dress us, His bride, in garments of salvation and robes of righteousness.  It will not be a black-tie affair.  Again…

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 NKJV)

We are only prepared for the wedding and made righteous in Him.  Are you ready?

I enCOURAGE you to treasure your precious, and oh so expensive, actually, priceless wedding trousseau…the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness.  They are powerful and will help you navigate through life.  You do not need much else in your trousseau.  The coolest thing about these clothes is you get to wear them every day in preparation of meeting your Love face to face.  Conceptually, put them on daily. Choose to greatly rejoice in them and in Him, our soon and coming King, Prince and Bridegroom.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP?

by Tammy Phillips
August 27, 2021

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV)

Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord is not a free pass to heaven.  It is not a one and done decision.  Jesus died to save us. Our salvation begins now.  What a waste of God’s breath in inspiring the Bible, a love letter to us, and a waste of His Son’s life if we believe salvation is just an escape from hell and entrance ticket to get us through the pearly gates.  His word says that He is not willing that any should perish, but desires ALL to be saved. 

God wants  you saved.
God wants you safe.

God wants you saved.
God wants you sound…
body, mind, and spirit.

God wants you saved.
God wants you preserved.

God wants you saved.
God wants you out of dangers way.

God wants you saved.
God wants you delivered…
from death and the penalities of sin.

God wants you saved.
God wants you full of life…
possessed with vitality, active and vigorous, devoted to Him.

God wants you saved.
God wants you healed.

God wants you saved.
God wants you whole.

God wants you saved.
God wants you complete.

God wants you saved.
God wants you to know the truth.

The truth is “there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NKJV)

I do not know what you are going through.  I do not know where you are in your walk with the Lord.  We all have steps to take toward Him. 

I enCOURAGE you to take your next step toward Jesus.  Accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  Begin your walk with Him.  Take your first step and follow Him.  If you have said yes to Jesus as Savior but not Lord, you have next steps to take with Him to be safe and sound.  You know it, follow Him.  Step toward Him.  If you are a devoted follower of Jesus, we all have next steps to take toward Him.  Take the next step.  Be obedient to what He has asked you to do.  It does not matter where you are on the way.  Jesus is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He will instruct you and teach you where to go and how to take the next step.  Follow Him.  The LORD wants you in His kingdom!  What is your next step?  Take it.  

Talking to God about you right now.

WHOSE HAND ARE YOU HOLDING?

Photo credit goes to one of my favorites…Dudewithacamera, Lucas Chambers

by Tammy Phillips
August 26, 2021

God’s word to us is loving, encouraging, mighty and powerful.  After reading the following passage, I was reminded of whose hand we hold, as we navigate through the raging rapids of this crazy, upside-down world.  Be encouraged by words of David!  He comes to the end of his reign and His son Solomon is about to be anointed King. He has collected offerings for the temple of God and is overwhelmed with goodness of God. He knows his son was chosen by God and will soon build the temple of God.  These are the words of David:

“Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O LORD, [is] the GREATNESS,
The POWER and the GLORY,
The VICTORY and the MAJESTY.
For all [that is] in heaven and in earth [is Yours];
Yours [is] the kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head overall. 
Both riches and honor [come] from You,
And You reign overall.
In Your hand [is] POWER and MIGHT;
In Your hand [it is] to MAKE GREAT
And to GIVE STRENGTH to all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You And praise Your glorious name.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10-13 NKJV)

Honestly, if those are not words of encouragement, I do not know what is.  In His hand is power, force and firmness. His hand is fixed, steady, constant, stable, unshaken, and not moving. He holds us up as we cross the crazed currents.   He gives us the might, energy, and ability to maneuver the fierce flows.  In His hand are we made great, grown up, twisted, and bound together. His hand helps us to hold fast, be constant, persistent, and be undaunted. His hand gives us strength to become courageous, firm, and RESOLUTE to traverse these tumultuous times.

This is the same hand of God Almighty that holds us up, supports us and says, in one my favorite verses, Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I [am] your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.(Isaiah 41:10 NKJV).”

I enCOURAGE you to literally reach out and join your hand with the hand of God.  Allow Him to release His power, might and strength into your life.  Lean into Him. Do not hold hands with the world, the world will fail you and let you fall.  Know whose hand you are holding.  As you hold tightly, take comfort in the fact that He will not let go.  The Lord will not fail you. Hold tightly to Him, His word and His ways. He will always get you across, and through the deep, ferocious water to the other side.  

WORTHY

Who is worthy? Who hung every star in the Milky Way? Photo credit to Lucas Chambers

by Tammy Phillips
August 25, 2021

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV)

You know how a song gets stuck in your head and you sing it all day long?  The word worthy showed up in my thoughts two days ago and has been running on repeat.  I went to prayer yesterday and the praise song, “Worthy of Every Song” by Brett Younker, led us off.  The lyrics begin, “Worthy of every song we could ever sing. Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring. Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe.”   

OUR GOD IS WORTHY. 

I went digging into the Bible to see what worthy really meant and how it was used.  I found that many times the word was used in the context of someone not being worthy. John the Baptist “preached, saying, ‘There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.’” (Mark 1:7 NKJV) “preached, saying, there cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.” (Mark 1:7 KJV)

Think about that statement!  If that does not put us in our place?

According to Websters 1828 Dictionary, worthy is defined as: deserving; having worth or excellence; equivalent; with of, before the thing deserved; possessing worth or excellence of qualities; virtuous; estimable.  Worth means value, importance, excellence.  Alone, we are nothing.  We are insignificant, have no value, and are not important.  We are not even worthy enough to stoop down and unloose Jesus’ shoes, and this comes from His cousin.  The world owes us nothing.  Jesus owes us nothing. We are nothing without Him.  It is because of His will that we exist or were even created. Glory to God.  He chose us.  He chose all. (All just have not chosen Him.) He alone is worthy, but He made us joint heirs. Through the sacrifice of his blood and his life, we are made righteous in Him. We are important to Him. 

The Lord is weighty, excellent, important and the most valuable in the universe, and in my life. He alone is deserving and “worthy of every song we could ever sing. Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring. Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe.”   All of heaven and earth will proclaim:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power [Be] to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”” (Revelation 5:12-13 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on Who is worthy, the Lamb of God.  He alone is worthy to be praised.  Think about how unworthy we are.  We are not important, in and of ourselves!  Our value is in Him.  I do not care how much money you have in your bank account, how many best-selling songs you have written, how many New York Times best-selling books you have penned, if you are movie star, professional athlete, or President of the United States, your worth is in Him alone.  I love you, but you are not all that and a bag of chips without Jesus as your Savior.

Don’t assign value to anyone or anything, where value is not due.  Jesus alone is worthy, worthy, worthy, and He is due our praise! 

 

WHO ARE WE REALLY FOLLOWING?

Who or what are you we running after?

by Tammy Phillips
August 24, 2021

“Then He said to [them] all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23 NKJV) 

I want us to contemplate, and answer one question today.  Who are we really following?  Are we following religious leaders?  Educational leaders? Business leaders?  The CDC?  NIH?  National and state government leaders? Are we following entertainers and all forms of media? Are we following family or friends?

Jesus said…

“Follow Me.”
Join Me as My attendant on a journey
Accompany Me.
Side with My party.
Become My disciple.
Cleave steadfastly to Me.
Fix your eyes on Me.
Conform wholly to My example.
Be in the same way with me.
Unite with me on the road.
Go the same way I am going.

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

Follow Me.”
Imitate Me.
Copy Me.
Think like Me.
Believe like Me.
Speak like Me.
Be compassionate like Me.
Be patient like Me.
Be kind like Me.
Be humble like Me.
Be unoffended like me.
Protect, trust and hope like Me.
Endure like Me.
Love like Me.

I enCOURAGE you to know and follow to know the Lord. (Hosea 6:3). The LORD says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6 NKJV).  Chase, run after, and ardently pursue the Lord.  Listen to His words, “Follow Me.”

“He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor.” (Proverbs 21:21 NKJV)