POWER IN THE NAME (pt.3)

by Tammy Phillips
September 12, 2021

 “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”  (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

Jesus Christ, His Name is Wonderful. (Isaiah 9:6) The Hebrew word for wonderful is pele’ which means extraordinary, hard to understand.  Jesus is hard to understand.  What an understatement!

Jesus’ name means Jehovah is Salvation. GOD IS OUR SALVATION.  How cool is it that in the name of Jesus, the LORD tells us that He is our salvation? Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of Mankind, God incarnate, Christ the Anointed.  The One Who is and Who was and Who is to come is SALVATION to everyone who will come to Him.

He was, is and will always be the “Faithful Witness of the Father.”  A witness is someone who has first-hand knowledge and shares it.  He knew God because He was God.  His life bore record of God’s thoughts, what God spoke and said.  Jesus walked the walk and talked the talk.  He is Truth.  He is the True and Faithful Witness of Revelation 3:14. Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father?” (John 14:9 NKJV). God, three in one.  His witness was His life.

Jesus is the Firstborn of the Dead.”  In the Old Testament, the firstborn son inherited his father’s place as head of the family.  He received his father’s blessing and a double portion of the inheritance. (Deuteronomy 21:17).   Jesus is the head of our family and he inherited it all.  (Ephesians 1:22)   Jesus being the “firstborn of the dead” means that he was the first to rise from the dead.  He is first in supremacy.  He is the first to rise. He is first of the new creation. He is the rightful heir to everything.  He is heir to the throne of God and King of Kings.

Jesus is the “the Ruler over the kings of the earth.”  He is first in rank and power.  He is Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Commander, Chief of Completeness and He is Ruler of all.  He is the King of the world.

“God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV)

Every knee includes “the kings of the earth,” righteous and unrighteous.

Jesus is extraordinary.  Jesus is hard to understand.  Jesus is everything. How could everything possibly be described and recorded in words?  The LORD GOD inspired every word in the entire Bible to help us unfold layer after layer,  who He is, our Beginning and End and Everything, in between.  He is our Creator and Savior.  He was, is and is to come!  HE IS!

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on the NAME OF JESUS.  Spend time in the presence of God. OPEN THE LOVE LETTER HE WROTE YOU, the Bible.  Let Him reveal Himself to you.  I have spent three days attempting to tell you about the power in His Name.  We have only touched the tip of the iceberg.  God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are unfathomable, but are so willing to show you the POWER IN THE NAME.

 

SEPTEMBER 11:  A Day to Love

by Tammy Phillips
September 11, 2021

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

A DAY TO REMEMBER…

Enjoy your today.
Go out and play.
Don’t forget to pray.

Enjoy every breath you take.
Enjoy every call you make.
Enjoy every text you take.

Be kind.
Have a great time.
Don’t whine. 

Be aligned.
Stay in the right mind.
Don’t be full of pride.

Celebrate freedom.
Praise the Holy Threesome.
Don’t be dumb.

Seek His face.
Run your race. 
Don’t be late, nor hate. 

No matter the color of your skin.
No matter how thick or thin.
Don’t forget to grin and be healed within.

Mask or no mask.
Vax or no vax.
Don’t forget the attack.

Concealed or revealed.
Pricked or not sticked.  
Love!

Today.
Yesterday.
Tomorrow.

…A DAY TO LOVE.

I enCOURAGE you TODAY. DON’T BE CRAY.  DO NOT SWAY.  DON’T BE LED ASTRAY.  PRAY.  PLAY.  SOAK IN THE DAY.  LOVE

POWER IN THE NAME (pt. 2)

by Tammy Phillips
September 10, 2021 

 “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”  (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

 In yesterday’s encouragement, we discussed part one of WHO the Revelation letter was from. Today, we will examine part two of WHO sent the revealing letter to the churches, the seven Spirits who are before His throne.

John really wanted the churches to know the full backing behind the letter, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It was the Holy Trinity!  The Trinity is challenging to understand.  The LORD is three, woven in to a glorious One.  Think of it like this.  My name is Tamela Denise Lowe Phillips.  However, I am mother, wife, and daughter.  I am called many other things, too.  As a mother, I do not perform wifely duties.  As a wife, I do not act as a daughter.  I am many in one.  I hope that helps. 

In Isaiah 11:2, we learn about the seven spirits, or characteristics of the Holy Spirit that rested on Jesus and is spoken of in Revelation 1:4.

The Spirit of the LORD.
The very wind and breath of He who was and is and is to come.   Holy Spirit’s source is God Himself.


“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind… And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4 NKJV)

The Spirit of Wisdom.

Wisdom is the right use or exercise of knowledge.  Simply, it’s how to use what you know truthfully and rightly.  It is knowing what to do with what you know.


The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One [is] understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 NKJV)


The Spirit of Understanding.
Understanding is intelligence and insight.

The Spirit of Counsel
The Spirit is Counsel by definition is the Spirit of advice, of the LORD’s plans, purposes,a nd directions. 


“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV)

The Spirit of Might
I love this one. It is the Spirit of strength, valor, bravery, and courage. It is the Spirit of a warrior and a champion! This attribute of the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus, and us, to take the knowledge, understanding, wisdom, counsel, fear of the Lord and fearlessly do what need be done.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he  (Holy Spirit) that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV)

The Spirit of Knowledge
Knowledge is a clear perception of truth and facts. It is insight and illumination of the mind. It is information learned. 


“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)


The Spirit of the Fear of the LORD
The fear of the LORD is the reverence, respect, awe and just being amazed by the LORD alone. 
Nothing, and I mean nothing, deserves fear but the LORD alone. 


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


Jesus began His ministry by saying, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”(Luke 4:18) 


Seven is the number of perfection and completion.  The seven spirits of Holy Spirit perfectly and completely, empowered Jesus do all He did.  Jesus went to the Father, so Holy Spirit could live in us, us in Him and so we could be empowered to greater works for the kingdom.  

So far, we have seen how LORD has revealed Himself in the greetings to the churches, as Jehovah, the Father and Jehovah, the Holy Spirit. 

I enCOURAGE you to mediate on HOLY SPIRIT.  Welcome Holy Spirit in.  He is often, wrongly, left out of the Trinity equation.  Holy Spirit cannot be left out.  Holy Spirit is Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might and Fear of the Lord.  Holy Spirit empowered Jesus in His ministry.  The Holy Spirit inside us gives us wisdom, understanding, counsel, might and fear of the Lord to live the life we were called to live.  There is power in Holy Spirit.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

 

POWER BEHIND THE NAME (pt.1)

By Tammy Phillips 9/9/21

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 1:4-5 NKJV)

Anytime we get an email, text, or letter in the mail, the first thing we look at, is who is it from? Can you imagine getting an email from “John” and it having the same contents as the letter of Revelation to the Seven Churches in Asia Minor?

Can you you imagine the “From:” line reading…

From: Him who is and who was and who is to come…

This is a throwback to the Name of God, YHVH, revealed first to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7. We write it as Jehovah and as LORD.

Father God also revealed more of Whom the letter was from in the Old Testament by His compound names of Jehovah:

Jehovah Adonai: The LORD GOD (Exodus 34:23) Him who is God and who was God and who is God to come

Jehovah Jireh: The LORD My Provider (Genesis 22:14) Him who is my Provider and who was my Provider and who is my Provider to come

Jehovah Nissi: The LORD My Banner( which implies Protector-Exodus 17:15) Him who is my Banner and who was my Banner and who is my Banner/Protector to come

Jehovah Roi: The LORD My Shepherd (Pslam 23:1) Him who is my Shepherd and who was my Shepherd and who is my Shepherd to come

Jehovah Tsidkinu: The LORD Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6, 33:16) Him who is our Righteousness who was our Righteousness and who is our Righteousness to come.

Jehovah Shalom: The LORD Peace (Judges 6:24) Him who is Peace and who was Peace and who is Peace to come.

Jehovah Rapha: The LORD Your Healer (Exodus 15:26) Him who is your Healer and who was your Healer and who is your Healer to come.

Do you get the picture? Do you see the magnitude of WHOM the letter was from? John was writing it, but it was FROM the LORD, God the Father, mentioned above. It was from all the power, authority and love behind the NAME of God.

The letter was also FROM the Holy Spirit and the Son of God. There is power in just the “FROM” in Revelation 1.

I enCOURAGE you to meditate on the NAME and Names of God. He is all that and more! He wants you to know His NAME! He is everything, was everything and is to come everything!

There is POWER in HIS NAME!

(To be continued)

JESUS UNCOVERED

Virginia Falls, Sparta,TN

by Tammy Phillips
September 8, 2021

I have studied the book of Revelation before.  Holy Spirit has been drawing me back to it recently. To be honest, I resisted, and I am not sure why. However, it is where I am at now.

Are you like me and thought the word apocalypse had a negative connotation to it?   I am here to show you differently.  Revelation is the Greek word apokalupsis, our word apocalypse, meaning to unveil, uncover, take off the cover, disclose.

The book of Revelation is a book of Jesus revealing who He was, is and is to come.

He first tells us:

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, [the] Beginning and [the] End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8 NKJV)

He is the A to the Z! He is Everything!

I have seen young girls today comment on cute pictures on Instagram, “This is everything!”  Wrong!  You might not have words describe what you are seeing or feeling, but Jesus is the only thing that is everything!

The LORD God alone is…

  • ineffable
  • inexpressible
  • Indescribable
  • beyond words
  • too great to be expressed or described in words

His name is four Hebrew letters that were unspeakable. We mispronounce Jehovah or Yahweh.  His name is…“Who is and Who was and Who is to come.” INDESCRIBABLE!

He also reveals Himself as the Almighty!

  • He who holds sway over all things
  • The Ruler of all
  • Omnipotent
  • All powerful
  • The Strongest
  • The Mightiest

I think Jesus is off to a pretty good start revealing to us Who He is in the first chapter of Revelation.

He is it! If we need anything, He tells us He is everything.  He is A to Z and all in between. He is name above all names, so there is nothing we can name that He is not above.

I enCOURAGE you to let the Lord completely reveal himself to you. He is EVERYTHING and He will show you if you seek Him out! He loves you and wants nothing more than to be in a trusting relationship with you. Don’t let the book of Revelation frighten you. Allow Jesus to reveal Himself to you through it, as well as the rest of the Bible.  It all points to Him.

 

 

MY FAVORITE RED SHIRT

by Tammy Phillips
September 7, 2021

“Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)

I have a red shirt that I purchased a couple of years ago when we were out of town watching Parker, my youngest son play baseball.  I bought it while shopping with my mom and my husband.   It was, and is my favorite red shirt.  I wear it all the time.  I wore it to a fourth of July celebration this year.  Some fireworks went rogue.  We were probably sitting too close.  Unbeknown to me, and only realized when we got home, some embers slightly burned my shirt.  I was bummed.  As I said before,  it was my favorite.  I was not willing to just throw it away.  I could have bought another, but it would not be my beloved red shirt.  I tried to clean it.  I tried to scrub it and made two tiny holes in it.  Nothing worked.  Finally, I decided to cover it.  I washed it in different color.  Actually, I took a sharpie and drew my logo over it.  I took something I loved that had been burned, ruined, scarred and I created something even more beautiful.

This is exactly what Jesus did .  He loved us first.  He loved us at the cross.  He loved our burned, ruined, scarred, filthy sinner selves, first.  He loved us where we were, where we are and where we will be.    It is who God is.  His ineffable name is Yahweh, He who was, He who is to come.   He loved us first in our sin, then He chose to wash us from all our sins, burns, and scars in His precious blood.  He cleansed us and made us white as snow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV)

The LORD was with us and loved us in our past.  He is with us  and loves us now, and He will always be with us and love us, if  we are with Him.  He will take our lives and create something more beautiful with His washing. 

I enCOURAGE you to know how very much Jesus loved you. Do not look at your past, nor current situations to determine how worthy you are to be loved by Jesus.  Look to the cross to see how much He loved you.  Like my favored red shirt, He willingly gave His life blood to wash your past, present and future sins.  He loved you and washed you.  So put Him on and walk worthy of your call.  You are His favorite “red shirt” that now looks perfectly white as snow in His eyes.  He was, is and will always be faithful.

 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)

SPILL IT

Ozone Falls brought to you by Kay Hendricks in her retirement. Today, I honor her. She was one Brayden’s first teacher’s and definitely the best. She poured her excellence into my sons life and many other. She gave him a great foundation. If all teachers were like her, this world would be a different place. Thanks! Mrs. Hendrick’s

by Tammy Phillips
September 6, 2021

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:8 NKJV)

I do not believe there is anything that the Lord asks us to do that He has not done himself.  He poured Himself out for us and He pours Himself into us.

TRUST
Hope
Have confidence
Be confident
Be secure
Be bold
Be careless
Hide for refuge
Fear nothing

IN HIM

AT ALL TIMES
At happy times
At unhappy times
Today
Tomorrow
At morning time
At evening time
Every time
Every season
In loss
In gain
When things are up
When things are down
Now
Always

YOU PEOPLE
Nation
Tribe

Kinfolk
Whole human race

POUR OUT
Shed
Cast out
Gush out
Empty our
Spill it

YOUR HEART
Soul
Mind
Inner man
Guts
Self

BEFORE HIM
In His direction
In front of Him

In His face
In His presence

GOD IS A REFUGE
God is a shelter
God is a shadow of protection.
God is a place to flee.
God is a confidant.

God is someone to trust in.

FOR US.  SELAH.
Pause.
Rest.
Be silent.

In Psalm 62:8 the LORD asked us to trust Him every time and in everything.  He poured Himself out to and into us.  He asked us to pour out ourselves in His presence.  He sees and knows all, anyways.  It is not like we can hide anything from Him.  I have trusted confidants that I run to when I feel like I cannot do life alone.  The LORD wants to be that confidant.  He wants us to come before Him when we are good and bad; happy and sad; up or down. 

I enCOURAGE you not to let infantile pride keep you from turning your face to His.   Do not think you have to do it all by yourself.  I did that for far too long.  Big mistake.  Do not allow your misguided thoughts to lead you away from Him.  Do not be afraid of anything.  Do not fear that you have messed up too many times to go to Him.  It is not too late.  Allow Him to be your confidant.  Trust Him.  He is your shelter, protection, someone to trust in, and a place to flee.  Spill it.  He can take it.

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU RUNNING ON EMPTY?

by Tammy Phillips
September 5, 2021

“For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” (Jeremiah 31:25 KJV)

To be honest my tank was a little empty.  I wanted to crawl back in bed and stay for a while.  Instead, I chose to exercise my faith and arise.  Thankfully, our everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor grows weary. (Isaiah 40:28) He filled me up.

To the thirsty soul, He gives a large drink, a “Big Gulp”

To the dry soul, He irrigates the barren land of your heart.

To the dehydrated soul, He is the Living water.

To the bone-dry soul, He soaks.

To the craving soul, He abundantly satisfies.

To the withered soul, He drenches.

To the exhausted, empty soul, He fills up to overflowing.

To the melting soul, He makes whole.

To the withering soul, He refills.

To the pining soul, He fills the vacant space.

To the faint soul, He restores.

To the sinking soul, He abundant supplies.

To the yearning, He refreshes.

To the languishing soul, He completes.

I enCOURAGE you to go to the Lord if you are running on empty.  Let the power of His word fill you up.  He alone can satiate and replenish your weary soul.

 

 

THE CALLING CARD

by Tammy Phillips
September 4, 2020

 “‘Call to Me and I will answer you and show [and tell] you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).’” (Jeremiah 33:3 AMPC)

Formally, a calling card, also called a business or visiting card, is a small card with the name, title, address, phone number and email of a person, for presenting when making a business or social calls.  Informally, a calling card is any mark, sign, trace, characteristic, or the like by which someone or something can be recognized.  A calling card is also called phone card.  It is a prepaid card that can be used to make a telephone call at home or away from home.(dictionary.com)

The Lord left us His calling card in Jeremiah 33:2-3.  In verse two He establishes who He is and gives us His name.  His title is Maker, Former, and Establisher of the earth.  The Lord is His name.  In verse three, He literally “text messages” us,  “Call me!  I am the Lord. I made it all. I formed it all. I established it all.  If you need to know anything about anything, I know it.  Call me.  I will answer you!  I am eager to show and tell you great and mighty, hidden, fenced in things…things you do not know.   If you call me, I will show and tell you all about it.  Know what that means?  I will make it conspicuous.  It will be obvious to your eye and easily seen.  I will put  it right in front of you.  It will stand out boldly because I will make it manifest to you. I will show you.  I will tell you.  I will give you a report. I will message you. It will be in plain sight; I will bring it to the light. It will be clearly visible.”

The Lord wants to be in business with us.  He wants to partner and reveal Himself to us.   He wants to lead and guide us.  He wants to show and tell us what we need to know, when we need to know it.

I enCOURAGE you not to tuck His card deep in your wallet, but to remember it.  Pick it up.  Use it. “Text” or call Him.  Your calling card is also a prepaid card.  It was paid for with the precious blood of Jesus and can been used anytime to reach the throne of God.  I guarantee He will answer, text, show and tell you great and mighty things.  

“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)

 

 

A SEPTEMBER CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM MY BEST FRIENDS

by Tammy Phillips
September 3, 2021

“A man [who has] friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend [who] sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV)

I love my friends and I am so very thankful for every one of them. As I said in yesterday’s encouragement, we all need strong, iron friends. (Please read it if you have not, it will enhance this encouragement.) My closest iron friend, although I probably would call Him my diamond friend, is a “friend who sticks closer than a brother” and who loves like no other.  He is the one and only, Jesus, my Lord.

He is a friend who…

  • Has never forsaken me, although I have turned my back on Him. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Is always with me. (Matthew 28:20)
  • Has been with me through every trial and trouble. (Psalm 23:4)
  • Always answers when I call. (Jeremiah 33:3)
  • Has always been faithful. (Psalm 119:90)
  • Has never failed me.  (Deuteronomy 31:8)
  • Walks with me through deep water. (Isaiah 43:2)
  • Restores my soul. (Psalm 23:3)
  • Forgives me every time. (1 John 1:9)
  • Laid down His life for me. (John 15:13)
  • Died so that I could have a better life. (John 10:10)
  • Loves at all times. (Proverbs 17:17)
  • Is always on time and never late.
  • Calls me friend. (John 15:14)
  • Sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
  • Always amazes me. (Luke 5:26)

My very best Friend, my Lord, my God blew my socks off again.  Actually, He sent me a pair of socks. 

Follow this crazy, loving, amazing story…

My lifelong best friend and sister in Christ, Pam Verma, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, sent me a Christmas gift, last year.  She sent it to Maryville, Tennessee, where I had not lived in ten years.  When we discovered her mistake, I asked our old neighbors, the Winders, to go next door to see if the package had been received; it had.  They brought the gift home. My iron friend that I spoke of yesterday lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She went and picked up the gift to give me the next time that we met. We have seen each other a few times since Christmas, but for different reasons the exchange was not made.  In fact, she brought the gift to my son’s wedding in Florida, where all my best friends were all together, including Kristi and Pam!  AGAIN, we did not make the exchange.  It was not God’s timing yet.  I was in Chattanooga this week with my husband for work.  Kristi met me for lunch and brought the gift!  I took it back to the hotel room and let it sit unopened for a day.  As I was packing up and consolidating things, I decided to open the small gift, so the contents could be easily packed away.  When I finally opened the package, I was amazed!  My BEST FRIEND, my Lord, had used my earthly best friends, Kris, Kristi, and Pam, to deliver me an on-time gift that took eight months to receive.  It was a sweet cross ornament and a pair of socks!  It was what was on the socks… a verse that I used just the day before and one of my favorites, Joshua 1:9! 

What a friend we have in Jesus!  He wove and aligned all that craziness, just so that I would receive a blessing from Him in His perfect timing.  “To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to get to know Jesus as your friend. He wants to be your best Friend and do this crazy, amazing life with you.  He is the best and will just blow you away if you give Him the chance.  His love and timing are perfect and amazing.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV).   

Nothing like the love of my best Friend who “sticks closer than a brother.”