GRAY DAYS ARE RAY DAYS

by  Tammy Phillips
May 23, 2022

“Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts [is] His name):” (Jeremiah 31:35 NKJV)

The first day on the beach was very overcast.  Needless to say, I packed up the necessities, water, chair, and a good book and off to the shore I went.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with what the sky was displaying, but so elated to be in my happy place.  Then I heard the LORD speak to me so simply, “Gray days are ray days.”  The sun still shines and lights the sky.  The warmth of its kiss and the touch of its rays can still be felt. We cannot see the sun, but it is still hanging and shining high in the sky.  It does not bow nor concede its place to the gray.  The sun only allows the silver sky to obscure its glory for short few minutes in time.   Then “suddenly,” powerfully and ever strongly, a hole opens in the sky and the rays of the sun declare its glory. 

Isn’t that just like the LORD?  We cannot see the LORD, but He is always in our life, lighting our days. His presence can always be felt. Gray days may come, and obstacles may block our view of seeing clearly.   However, stormy, gray days of life are still touched by His rays.  Wait just a little while and the “suddenlies” will come breaking through the gray, declaring His glory, and lighting our way. While we are waiting, we should bask in the richness of the silvery, gray heavens.  All the while, knowing that the golden sky that is hidden behind is worth the wait and just a breakthrough away.   Enjoy the gray days because…

Gray days are ray days. 
We should realize His presence is still touching our lives. 

Gray days are pray days.
We should expectantly pray for the gold that is just one breakthrough away.

Grays days are say days.
We should declare His word and trust in His promises over our lives.

Gray days are lay days.
We should be content no matter where we are and layout in surrender before Him.

Grays days are pay days.
When we question why we have to endure the gray, we are missing out on the richness that the silver days,

Grays days are vacay days.
We should resort to the LORD on these days and delight in His presence.

Gray days are way days.
We should understand that through the gray the LORD will show us the way,

Gray days are my kind of days.   Really, gray days are days like any other.

I enCOURAGE you to embrace your gray days.  Every day really is a great day when we walk it out with our Savior.  The gentle whisper of the Lord changed my whole attitude about gray days. It gently rained most of the first day.  There were little breakthroughs where I could barely see the white ball of the fiery sun through shadowy sky.  When I arrived back to our villa, I could visibly see where the sun had left its mark on my skin.  It had been active and working.  I just could not see it.  Remember, gray days are still ray days where the Lord, our Dayspring, is still working, even though we might not see Him.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

by Tammy phillips
May 8, 2022

“She who gave you birth will be happy.”  Proverbs 23:25

I am so happy today!  I have two men in my life that I am blessed to call sons. They are my greatest joys! I could not be prouder of  the both of them.  In different ways, they have incredibly big and giving hearts. They might get that from me, but they are just like their dad when it comes to living and working.  They play hard and work even harder!  They make this mama’s heart swell with joy. 

You know, Mother’s Day is supposed to be all about mothers!   I am so very grateful for every mother that I am blessed to do life with. I couldn’t  have done it without them.  I am particularly  thankful my own mother. She is my biggest fan and cheerleader.  I do challenge the fact that Mother’s day is all about mothers because without the kiddos, mothers are not mothers.   Any mom who enjoys celebrating the day would tell you that it is really all about the children. Right?

“No doubt about it!  children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.” Psalm 127:3

Other than the gift of Jesus, children are the greatest gift!  Here’s to the kids and to Father God who granted us our biggest blessings.  I prayed for my boys and the Lord gave me what I asked from him. So, I gave my boys back to the Lord. As long as they live, they are the Lords (  Samuel 1:27-28).

I enCOURAGE you to be happy today! Mothers enjoy your gifts; your children and children enjoy your mother’s. Neither will always be around.  Appreciate the gifts that God has gifted you with…your mothers and your children.  I do! Love you all!

P.S.  Best thing my son’s have done gifted me with THE BEST daughters! 

My sweet Mama! I love you!

THE CALL OF JOYOUS SPRING

“It’s spring! I want to sing! I want to dance!” Photo my: @ yoshinko_bass

by TAMMY PHILLIPS
May 2, 2022

My beloved spoke, and said to me: ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over [and] gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines [with] the tender grapes give a [good] smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!’” (Song 2:10-13 NKJV)

Do you hear our Beloved Lord calling, “Rise up and come away?”  He calls to us as He calls Spring forth from the earth.  Would He have us hibernating, or sleeping while He resurrects nature all around us?  Can you hear Him declare, “I am risen.  Rise in me.  Come away with me.  Let’s go higher. ” 

It is Spring. 
It is time to arise.
It is time to break forth.
It is time to come out of the darkness.
It is time to appear.
It is time to grow.
It is time to proceed.
It is time to thrive.
It is time to leap; to bound; to jump.
It is time to start; to burst; to shoot forth; to explode.
It is time to arise and go away with our Beloved.

The earth has heard our Beloved.
They have answered His call.
Can you hear the joy He brings? 
Can you hear the life He sings?

I hear the choir of a 100-songbirds rising:
Rocking Robins, Bubbling Brown Thrashers,
Cheerful, Chirpy Finches, and Sharp-Cheepy Sparrows.
I even hear one feathered friend,
favored and ever-present Little Mockingbird,  
spring forth and  perform a grand solo.

Love is in the air. 
I see the brilliant red cardinals turning, twisting
And dancing their dances.
and the bluest bluebirds fluttering and waving their wings. 
The mockingbirds face off with their heads held high
darting and retreating in their coy little performance.

The glistening green grass has risen and been pruned.
The slender sheathing blades have risen again
with every droplet of rain to even taller heights.
The happy, golden daffodil clusters
have broken out of the dark.
They sang their praises and announced
with the solitary bell tone of the tulips
that spring has sprung, and new life has begun.

The multitude of gray winter is afar.
The growing, glowing emerald is everywhere.
It is all encompassing and covering with comfort.
New life surrounds and energy abounds.
It is spring.

I enCOURAGE you to stop and look around.  Hear the voice of our Beloved Father calling to you,“Rise up and come away.”  Enjoy ever scent of His creation.  Delight in His presence .  Grasp His hand and take the next steps of your  journey out of the darkness of winter and into the joy of spring. He waits on you. I hope you will answer His call.

Lovely Yellow Warbler by Karen Gallo

THE AMEN

by Tammy Phillips
April 25, 2022

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:” (Rev 3:14 NKJV)

Revelation 3 tells us that Jesus is the Amen, but exactly what does that mean? What does ‘amen’ even imply?

Amen is a most unique word. It is a universal word.  
The Amen is a most unique man.  The Amen is a universal man. 
Amen is not a word to be ignored or left out of our vocabulary. 
The AMEN is not a man to be ignored nor left out of our lives. 

The word, amen,  has been “transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech” (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/g281/nkjv/tr/0-1/).

Amen means the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English.  The Hebrew word for “amen” is amen. The Greek word for “amen” is amen, not amenthe, and so on.  “Amen” is originally from the Hebrew word, “aman,” which translates like this in reference to Jesus:

He is Firm.
He is Assurance.
He is the Assured.
He is Faithful.
He is Truth.
He is Sure.
He is the Confidence.
He is the Establisher.
He is the Trusted.
He is the Steadfast.
He is the Stand.
He is the Certain.
He is the Confirmer.
He Is the Verifier.
He is the Supporter.
He is the Stay.
He is the “So Be It.”
He is the Amen. 

HE THE FAITHFUL GOD, THE AMEN GOD

“Therefore, know that the LORD your God, He [is] God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deu 7:9 NKJV)

THE LORD WHO IS FAITHFUL, THE LORD WHO IS AMEN

“Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.” (Isa 49:7 NKJV)

THE GOD OF TRUTH, THE GOD OF AMEN

“So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes.”  (Isa 65:16 NKJV)

The Lord is the Amen.  His word and his works are also, amen.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD [IS] SURE. THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD [IS] AMEN.

“The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.” (Psa 19:7 NKJV)

THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS ARE]AMEN. ALL HIS PRECEPTS ARE]AMEN.

“The works of His hands [are] verity and justice; All His precepts [are] sure.” (Psa 111:7 NKJV)

Whether Jesus and the disciples used the word, verily, truly, or assuredly in the following scriptures, it is the Greek word, “amen.”   Jesus, the Amen said it.  It is the truth. So, be it. Be confident. It is certain. It will happen.  You can take it to the bank. Believe it. He is truth and His word is truth. He is faithful. Be assured; it will be.

Jesus (the AMEN) said  to them  assuredly, I say to you, “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mat 17:20 NKJV)

Jesus (the AMEN )said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 18:3 NKJV)

Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”(Mat 18:18 NKJV)

Then Jesus  (the AMEN)said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 19:23 NKJV)

So, Jesus (the AMEN) answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. (Mat 21:21 NKJV)

Teaching them to observe all things that I (the AMEN) have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age. Amen. (Mat 28:20 NKJV)

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;” (Mar 3:28 NKJV)

Every promise that the AMEN ever made, every word He ever spoke, we  can be assured  that it will be because It is backed by the  unlimited resources and power of the Kingdom Bank of God.

He is the AMEN Savior, the AMEN Healer, the AMEN Completer, the AMEN Deliverer, the Amen Guide, the AMEN Comforter, the AMEN Help, the AMEN Provider, the AMEN Conqueror and the AMEN Victor.  He is the AMEN.  Amen!  

“For all the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2Co 1:20 NKJV)

 I enCOURAGE you in the AMEN, our Jesus!   If you are not emboldened by this one little four word and all its promises, I do not know what will motivate you. I have read and wrote myself happy and fearless in Him today.  I believe the AMEN can and will make all things possible according to His promises.  It is not “if,” it is when ?

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all.  Amen” (Rev 22:21 NKJV)

 

 

HE DID IT FOR US

by Tammy Phillips
April 17, 2022

Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-24

Slow read and think of what all Jesus did for us…

Jesus stepped out of heaven to save us.

Jesus bowed down and washed the nasty dirty, stinky feet of Judas who He knew was going to betray Him.

Jesus even gave Judas a prime seat near Him at the very last dinner He was going to have with his beloved disciples.

Jesus called him friend in the garden where Judas betrayed Jesus and loved Judas unconditionally  to the end.

Jesus endured three different trials where He was falsely accused  by the religious of the day before being sent to the cross.  He said NOTHING in His defense.

Jesus was mocked.

Jesus  was slapped  and punched in the face.

Jesus  was spit at.

Jesus said nothing.

After they finally judged Him guilty for answering the question, “Are you the Son of God?”

Jesus was beaten to near death.

Jesus was stripped of his clothes.

Jesus was shamed by the soldiers. They dressed him like a king in a scarlet robe.

Jesus was pierced when they placed a crown of thorns on his head…again mocking Him as king.

Jesus was given a reed staff for His right hand and then later beat with it.

Jesus was spat on again.

Jesus  was stripped again and sent to the cross.

Jesus was judged as a criminal and crucified beside two.

Jesus was mocked again by passers by.  What did He say, “Father, forgive them?  They don’t know what they are doing?”

Has anyone else ever loved you that much?  Will anyone ever? No!  Only Jesus, the Savior would humble himself to the point of death in exchange for your life.  He did that for you and me.

But then…HE ROSE.  He shook the world and HE ROSE. He defeated death. Bam!  He did that for us, so that we can follow His example and rise in Him, too.  Thank you, Jesus!

I enCOURAGE you to think about what He did for you and me.   I could not do it and neither to you.  I couldn’t get pass Judas betraying me, nor keeping my mouth shut in self-defense.  HE DID NOTHING WRONG.  It was us!  He did it all for us! We choose to stay parked in offense and pain when he led the way and showed us to move on and love.   He loved us so much that He took every mock, punch, lashing,  spit and even a shameful death.  He did that for us! 

What have you done for Him lately?  He requires nothing but for you to choose, love and listen to Him.   As you think of what He did and does, choose Him.  He is the only way.   He did it all for us, so that we could spend forever with Him.  Choose Jesus.

EVERY STEP MATTERS

by Tammy Phillips
April 11, 2022

“The prudent considers well his steps.” (Pro 14:14-15 NKJV)
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!”’ (Hag 1:7 NKJV)

Recently, I scrolled social media and accidentally found  the St. Jude’s Second Annual 100-Mile Challenge for April.  Without hesitation or a second thought, I committed to it.  It was only running, walking, or stepping an average on 3.33 miles a day for each day in April.  What I soon came to realize, it would take 3.33 miles EVERY DAY to reach 100 miles and if  missed one day, the number increased.  I had not been exercising regularly.  I thought this would be  great way to motivate myself to  get moving and benefit a great cause. The first and second days of stepping were a little slow…very slow. 

My fundraiser goal was met very quickly, so I increased it. The second goal was also reached easily by the gracious donations of friends and family.   I concluded  that I better get my feet to stepping.  People had committed to me, and I better get committed super-fast to walking out this challenge.

Stepping, walking, running, racing are all themes used in the Bible to teach us spiritual lessons. Holy Spirit had a lesson prepared and waiting: “Every step matters.” 

If we do not take the first step, we definitely cannot take the second.  If we do not take the second step, we cannot take the third and so on and so on.  If we do not step, we cannot make progress.  If we do not step, we cannot attain or goals.  If we do not step, we cannot live.  Even someone who cannot physically walk, utilizes a wheelchair to go and uses their hands “to step.”  Everything in life is about taking steps. 

Ponder the path of your feet  and let all your ways be established.” (Pro 4:26 NKJV)

My translation of Proverbs 4:26:   “Think about  and prepare for every step you take.”  Look at it like this.  Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, cooking supper,  baking a cake, planning a trip, a wedding, or an event,  all require us to take certain steps.  One miss step and we miss our intended goal.  Take for example, driving a car, one must:

  1. Unlock the car.
  2. Open the door.
  3. Step into the car.
  4. Start the car.
  5. Put the car in gear.
  6. Push the gas.
  7. Drive

If we do not follow these steps, we cannot drive.  Every step matters.  If we do not take the necessary steps, we  cannot get where we are going. We cannot achieve our goal.   Life is a series of steps. If we do not step, we stop.   

My goal is to take at least 225, 000 steps in the month of April.  That is one quarter of a million steps!!!  Do you really think every single step doesn’t  matter to me?  Slow down and really meditate, every step we take is one step closer to our goal.  In the beginning of the challenge, I was mindlessly doing daily chores and running errands.  These things didn’t seem important, but they keep our home “going.”  I was not counting each and every step as important.    When became conscious of every step,  even to the restroom, some days, I  could add a as much as a mile or two to my daily total. Every step matters.  

I enCOURAGE YOU to consider well your steps.

  1. Your steps are ordered by the Lord. Every step matters.

“The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

  1. The Lord sees your every step, whether you are in or out of step with Him. Every step matters.

“For His eyes [are] on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.” (Job 34:21 NKJV)

  1. When we make a miss step into the miry clay and get stuck, He is there, too.He reestablishes our steps.   Every step matters.

“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:2 NKJV)

  1. Our steps are of and directed by the Lord.Every step matters.

“A man’s steps [are] of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?” (Pro 20:24 NKJV)

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Pro 16:9 NKJV)

  1. We are called to follow in His steps.Every step matters.

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

  1. Wherever we step, do it for the Lord. Every step matters.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17 NKJV)

7.  The King of all kings commands His angels to watch, and guard are every step.   Every step matter to Him and every step matters to us. 

“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11 NKJV)

How are you going?  Where are you stepping?  What are you walking into or out of?  Are you progressing toward your goals or sliding away from them?  Every step matters. I encourage you to step toward Jesus, walk by faith into the life you were meant to live. Every step matters. 

YOU ARE RIGHT IN HIM

One of my best friends, Bobbe Gillis, sent this sunrise from Tybee Island, April 4, 2022. To me, it was like a loving hug from her and our amazing heavenly Father. So on time!

from Tammy Phillips 
April 4, 2022

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

When we are feeling wrong, it is nice to be reminded that we are right.

When we are feeling sad, it is wonderful to be reminded why we should rejoice always.

When we are feeling less than enough, it glorious to be reminded that He is more than enough.

The following is modern adaptation from “Morning Reading” by Charles H. Spurgeon:

Mourning Christian!
Why do you weep ? Are you mourning over you own sins? Look to the perfect Lord, and remember, YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM (Colossians 2:10).   You are perfect in God’s sight, as if you had never sinned.  More than that, the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man.  You have the righteousness of God.  You who are mourning because of sin, depravity, and disobedience , remember, none of your sins can condemn you.  You have learned to hate sin; but you also must  know that sin is not yours.  Your sin was laid upon Christ on the cross.  He took and paid for your sins.  Your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ.   Your acceptance is not in yourself, but in the Lord.  You are as much accepted of God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before God’s throne, free from all corruption.  I beg you, lay hold of this precious thought, perfection in Christ!  For you are “complete in Him.”   With the Savior’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”  (Romans 8:34)  Sister and Brother,  let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved.” ( Ephesians 1:6 ) What do you have to fear? Let you face always wear a smile.  Live near the Master!  Live in the suburbs of the Celestial City!    Soon, when your  time has come, your shall rise up where Jesus sits and reign at His right hand. All this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on this inspired word from our brother, Charles Spurgeon.  Meditate on who you are in Him.  You are righteous in Him.  You are free in Him.  You are delivered from the penalty of sin in Him.  You are perfected in Him.  YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.  I needed to be reminded of these very facts this morning and I believe you probably  needed to hear this, too. 

Take confidence in the fact that your loved ones in Him who have passed on through the gates of heaven are truly whole, healed, and complete in Him and living their very best lives in His loving arms.  Blessings and encouragement to all who have lost loved ones these past few weeks.

 

I FAILED THE TEST. YOU?

by Tammy Phillips
March 28, 2022

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”  (1Th 5:14 NKJV)

This is probably not the encouraging word you wanted to hear to begin the week.  It is not the word I wanted to hear.  To be honest, I am tired, and I wanted a “well done good and faithful servant”  from the Holy Spirit. 

I had an event at the house over the weekend and I hid my computer cord from myself.  After looking for an hour and patience wearing thin, I found it.  Once my computer was plugged in and recharging, I asked Holy Spirit what He wanted to say today.  The very first thing I saw in my journal, written big and bold…BE PATIENT with ALL!

I studied this verse on Wednesday of last week and by Friday, I had failed the test a couple of times.  We are supposed to read the word and do it.  The Lord had prepared my heart, mind, and spirit with this word from Him. I had studied yet I had failed when it was exam time.  Thankfully, the Lord is forgiving as well as my family and friends, but obviously I need to spend a bit more time studying.  Want to join in so that you can pass the patience test.

Merciful Lord doesn’t say this just in one verse, but many times in the New Testament.

“Therefore,  be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See [how] the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7 NKJV)

  • “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8 NKJV)

Be patient. Be patient. Be patient with all.  Think He wants us to be patient?

What is patience? 

  • Long spirited
  • Forbearing
  • Long suffering
  • Slow to anger
  • Slow to boil
  • Slow to get inflamed
  • Long enduring temper
  • Enduring
  • Not losing heart
  • Persevering bravely
  • Mild and slow in avenging

There seems to always be and “and” with the Lord. 

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” (2Ti 2:24 NKJV)

This is not an ask, but a command… “A servant of the Lord must not…”

A servant of the Lord must:

  1. Not quarrel, Greek word,  machomai, meaning to war, fight, dispute, and war with words.
  2. Be gentle, Greek word, ēpios, meaning to be mild; kind; friendly; good-natured; easy to talk to.
  3. Able to teach.
  4. Patient, Greek word, anexikakos, meaning, forbearing, enduring wrongs.

“The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2Pe 3:9 NKJV)

The Lord is patient with us, and He expects us to be patient with all. 

Be patient with all men.
Be patient with our spouses.
Be patient with our children.
Be patient with our parents.
Be patient with our siblings.
Be patient with our employers.
Be patient with the person driving 40 mph in a 60-mph zone.
Shall I go on? 
Be patient with all situations.
Be patient with His coming.
Be patient with all.

Ouch!  Aren’t you excited about this week, this life of patience we are to live.

I enCOURAGE you with the word of the Lord.  It is all I can do.  I am in the same boat as you with patience.  I am still trying to pass the test as a servant of the Lord.  I can’t do it without Him. 

Patient Father:  Lead us.  Help us walk in your steps of patience as we go this week.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

ASK BIG…DON’T LIMIT GOD

God will use anything to speak to us. We just have to have ears to hear. Received this newsletter at the end of February as a reminder from Holy Spirit about the 2023 “ASK BIG” day! Suttle hint…you think?

by Tammy Phillips
March 23, 2022

Last year, my friend shared this devotion with me and the LORD aligned a few more “witnesses” to hammer home the lesson: I need to ASK BIG of Him.  That is exactly what I did.  Actually, my prayer group and I did.  As a group we meet weekly, seek, pray and ask of the Lord, but today is a special day, an ask the “IMPOSSIBLE” day. 

And…this year Holy Spirit told me:
1.  Do not limit God.
2.  Do not put Him in a box. 

I hope the following devotion by Joseph Prince inspires great faith in you, too…

ASK BIG

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) 

“I want to begin this devotional by giving you this challenge: ask God for big things!

What do you desire to see in your life—in your family, health, finances, and career?  What would you ask God for if you knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is good and that His love for you endures forever?

Ask God for them! Jesus came so that you might live a life that is marked not by lack, but by abundance; not by despair, but by the fullness of His love, joy, and peace.

I would like you to write down in your journal what you would ask God for if you knew that He hears your prayers. What are your dreams, hopes, and aspirations? What would you like to see come to pass in your life? What are you battling with today? Which area of your life would you like to see God’s power work in?

Write it down. Write it all down. Write what you want to see happen with Bible hope in your heart that He hears you and will supply. Write with a certain, joyful, positive, and confident expectation of good.

Don’t just ask God for small things. Ask Him for big things! For instance, don’t ask Him for just a job. Ask Him for a position of influence. Don’t just ask Him to restore your health. Ask Him for a long and healthy life filled with many good days.

Enlarge your faith to believe in God’s goodness. He is pleased when our faith is big. He is not offended when we ask Him for big things.

Would you do that right now? Just take a few moments and pen down your requests to God—God, who is almighty and more powerful than we can ever imagine.

God, who hung the planets in their places and spoke order into the world. God, who led His people in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God, who rained manna from heaven and brought forth water from dry rock.

God, who turned bland waters into the finest wine. God, who made the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf hear. God, who multiplied five loaves of bread and two small fish to feed five thousand men. God, who raised the dead and conquered the grave.

Ask what you need of God, who loves YOU with an everlasting love!”

This devotional is taken from the book 100 Days of Right Believing—Daily Readings from The Power of Right Believing.

I enCOURAGE you to ASK BIG and without limits accord to the word of God.  

 “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, [And] made me bold [with] strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3 NKJV)

THE LORD HAS YOU COVERED (PS. 91, pt.2)

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by Tammy Phillips
March 22, 2022

Have you made the LORD your dwelling place?  Where do you stay?  Do you stand in His presence or to your knees do you fall, or do you allow yourself, your mind, to run to and fro?   That the Lord’s job…not ours.  One day, I am going to count the number of different ways in the Bible that He tells us to stand, don’t move, abide, dwell…It is all the same.  Believe Him and what He says.  When you believe His word, it makes it easy to ask Him anything because He is the God of everything.  Slow read the rest of Psalm 91 and see what the Lord says:

9 Because you have made the LORD,
Because you have appointed the LORD
Because you have set up the LORD
Because you have placed the LORD
Because you have fixed  the LORD

who is my refuge, even the Most High,  
your dwelling place,
your abode,
your retreat,
you lair.

10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague,
Nor shall any strike,
Nor shall any blow,
Nor shall any mark,
No touch,
Nor hand reach you or
come near your dwelling.

11 He shall give His angels charge over you,
He shall give His angels command over you,
He shall give His angels orders over you,
He shall set His angels over you.

To keep you in all your ways,
To preserve you,
To watch you,
To guard you,
To take care of you,
To hedge you about with thorns.

In [their] hands they shall bear you up,
Lift your head up,
Carry you,
Take you,
Support you,
Help you,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone,
Run into an obstacle.

13 You shall tread
You shall walk,
You will trample,
You will pound,
You will overtake,
…upon the lion and the cobra.

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
You will tread upon.
You will oppress.
You will stomp on.

Don’t think our adversaries have a chance!  Why?  The LORD says…

14 “Because he (that’s you and me as followers) has set his love upon Me,
He has cleaved to Me.
He has attached to Me.
He has joined Me.
He  followS Me.

Therefore I will deliver him.
I will make an escape.
I will make a way for him to slip out and away.
I will set him in safety.

I will set him on high,
I will exalt him,
I will make him inaccessible

because he has known My name.
He has gotten to know Me.
He has gotten  acquainted with Me.
He has turned his attention to Me.
He has discovered Me.
He sees Me.

He shall call upon Me.
He shall cry out to Me. 
He shall shout to Me.
He shall call Me by name.
He shall accost Me.

And I will answer him.
The LORD will answer you.
Our loving Father God will stop and take your call, always.

I will be with him in trouble.
I will be with you in distress.
I will be with you in the tight place.
I will be with you in the pressure.
I will be with you in the fire.
I will be with you in affliction.
I will be with you in addiction.
I will be with you when the world starts closing in on you.
I will be with you.

I will deliver him and honor him.
I will remove him. 
I will withdraw him.
I will loose him.
I will set him free.
I will equip him for war.
I will arm him.
I will prepare him for battle.

With long life I will satisfy him  and show him My salvation.”
I will show him My deliverance.
I will show him My welfare.
I will show him My prosperity.
I will show him My  help.
I will show him My health.
I will show him My victory. 

I enCOURAGE you to trust the Lord Jesus Christ.  I enCOURAGE you to call on Him and wait for His answer.  Sometimes, we might think He has not answered.  He always answers in His way, not ours. His word are true, and you can count on Him, over and over.  If you choose to stay in worry, you are not staying in the place of trust.  You have moved from complete faith in Him.  Move back in with Him.  Dwell with Him.  What he says, He will do. Call Him. Trust Him. 

Tomorrow,  six of us will gather and pray.  We are asking God for the “impossible.”  How can we  join you in boldly asking and  believing for “big” things from our Father?   Honestly, nothing is too big or  too little to ask God. 

Do you ever get tired of hearing your child’s voice?  Neither does God.  He wants to be in your presence more than you want to be in the presence of your children.  He wants to keep you…just trust Him.  Jump in and enjoy the ride. 

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