TRUST HIM IN THE JOURNEY

by Tammy Phillips
July 13, 2021

[As for] God, His way [is] perfect; The word of the LORD [is] proven; He [is] a shield to all who trust in Him. (2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what is God doing?  What is happening in this world?  Why did this happen?  Isaiah says that His ways are not our ways.  Really now, Isaiah?  This is where faith comes in.  We must trust His word when He says… 

His way is perfect.
His road is full.
His course is upright.
His journey is sound.
His direction is complete.

His word is proven.
His utterance is tried.
His speech is founded.
His command is refined.
His promise is purged.
His direction is tested.

He is a shield.
He is a buckler.
He is a defense.
He is a protector.
He is a cover.
He is a hedge of protection.

To all who trust Him
To all who seek refuge in Him
To all who have hope in Him
To all who flee to Him

He [is] my strength [and] power, And He makes my way perfect. (2 Samuel 22:33 NKJV)

He is my strength and power.
He is my fortress
He is my protection and might.
He is my means of safety.
He is my place of security and Man of Valor.

He makes my way perfect, whole, healed and complete.

I enCOURAGE you to trust in the Lord.  His way is perfect, and He makes your way perfect, too.  It might not seem like it, but He looks at things a bit differently and sees the whole picture of your life.  He has proven repeatedly that His word is tried and true.  He can be trusted to work all things together for the good to those who love Him. Trust Him in the journey.

EVER PLAY FOLLOW THE LEADER?

by Tammy Phillips
July 12, 2021

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14 NKJV)

Last night, I watched the season finale of the Chosen where Jesus told Matthew that he was leaving them “directions to follow.’  I awoke this morning to a text from mom.  It was a devotion about “following directions.” Funny, I had already prayed and asked the Lord what “direction” He wanted the encouragement to go today.  I guess I had my answer.

The word direction does not really appear  in the King James version of the Bible.  However, other synonyms of direction like, guide, instruct, lead, order, charge, path, way, and commandment appear often.  The Lord is a God of order and will always show us the way. 

Have you ever played follow the leader?  The rules are simple and easy to understand. The object of the game is to try and follow everything the leader does.  Children line up in a line and do everything the leader of the line does.   If you don’t follow the leader, you are out until the next game.  The last one standing wins, and then becomes a leader.   There is even a song to make it more fun, “We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader …. We’re following the leader wherever He may go.”

Can you hear Jesus calling us, “Let’s play follow the leader?  I am going to make this as simple as possible!”  We all line up behind Him and He says, “You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14 NKJV)  We start singing, “We’re following the leader wherever He may go.”  Then He gives one uncomplicated, straightforward direction, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV)

LOVE. STAND. WIN.

I enCOURAGE you to follow our Leader.  Follow His one direction…love like He loves.  Be love because He is love. Love encompasses and covers it all. 

Prayer:  “Lord, I hear you, but this is so much easier said than done.  We will follow You wherever You go.  We will say whatever You say and do whatever You do.  Most of all we will love well like You do.  In Jesus name, we pray! AMEN!

“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:1-2 NKJV)

 

TO BE KNOWN BY THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL

by Tammy Phillips
July 11, 2021

“My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me, and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given [them] to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of My Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29 NKJV)

My sheep…

  • Hear My voice
  • Attend to My voice
  • Consider My voice
  • Understand My voice
  • Learn My Voice
  • Learned in My voice
  • Give an audience to My voice

I know them… 

My sheep… 

  • Follow Me…
  • Join Me as My attendant
  • Unite with Me on the road
    Accompany Me
  • Side with Me
  • Are in the same way with Me
  • Are in time with Me
  • Become my disciples
  • Cleave steadfastly to ME

I give My sheep…

  • Eternal Life…
  • Without ending vigor
  • Never ceasing breathe
  • Everlasting fullness
  • Forever enjoying reality
  • Perpetually blessed
  • Endless living water

My sheep shall never…

  • Perish…
  • Be destroyed
  • Abolished
  • Put to and end
  • Rendered Useless
  • Be Killed
  • Be Lost
  • Be blotted out
  • Delivered to eternal misery.

Neither shall anyone…

  • Snatch
  • Pluck up
  • Catch away
  • Carry off
  • Seize

My sheep out of My hand.

My Father, who has given My sheep to Me is GREATER

  • LARGER
  • LONGER
  • STRONGER
  • MIGHTIER
  • HIGHER
  • OLDER
  • MORE ABUNDANT
  • MORE POWERFUL
  • GRANDER

…than ALL…

  • Anything
  • Everything
    Anyone
  • Everyone
  • Every condition
  • Every matter
  • Ever side
  • Every way
  • Whatsoever
  • Whosoever
  • The whole thing

and no one nor nothing  is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29 KJV)

I wanted to boast  on the Greatest of them all, the Good Shepherd!    He absolutely amazes me. He is so kind.  I am blessed thankful to be counted as one known  by Him.  

I enCOURAGE you to boast on our Good Shepherd.  He is still missing a few sheep and chasing after them.  Let’s help Him and share his goodness with all because He is the Greatest.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. … 14 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My [sheep] and am known by My own. (John 10:11, 14 NKJV)

 

 

 

DO YOU HEAR FROM GOD?

“Listen with your hEARt” by Nashville artist, Anna B. Webb.

by Tammy Phillips
July 10, 2021

 “So, then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

Many people think God does not speak to them. I know the Lord speaks.  I hear Him.  In fact, I expect that He is always speaking and loving us back to Him.  You may get tired of me voicing my opinion that He will use everything  and anything to reach out to us.  He wants a relationship with us.  The best place to start is His written word.  He took the time to write it down, the very least we could do is honor Him by listening to Him.

Honestly, I have never heard the audible, thundering voice of God Almighty.  I think if I did it would shake the foundation of our home and raise the roof.  However, over the last nine days, you might not have realized it, but I have shared nine different ways that the Lord will whisper to your heart or boldly proclaim the word you need to hear from Him.  I did not even realize that the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about speaking to you about Him speaking  until about four days in.  In nine days, look at the many ways God spoke to me through:

Life events:        July 1, “A TRUE STORY OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD”

Television:         July 2, “A CONVERSATION WITH JESUS

People:                July 3, “BREAK UP TO BREAK THROUGH”

Songs:                 July 4, “SUNDAY IN THE SAND”

The Bible:          July 5, “WHAT A WORD THIS IS”

Prophets,
Pastors, & 
Prayers:             July 6, “PROPHETS, PRAYERS, AND PASTORS”

Technology:     July 7, “TECHNOLOGY TO REACH THE WORLD”

Creation:           July 8, “CREATION IS POURING OUT”

Arts:                    July 9, “PAINTING THAT SPOKE A THOUSAND WORDS”

Do you see what I mean?   When you read the post, d id you hear the voice of God in each post? 

I enCOURAGE you to purpose in your heart to hear from God.  First, spend some time with Him reading  the Bible.   If you can read this post, you can get your hands on a Bible.  Load an app to your phone.  You can carry multiple versions of His word in your hand, thanks to technology.   Pay attention to all the ways God speaks to you today.  I would love for you to come back to this post and share how and what God spoke to you.  Have a great day!

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (John 10:27 NKJV)

 

THE MARVIN POSEY PAINTING THAT SPOKE 1000 WORDS

“Complete in Him” by Marvin Posey, ’91 (It came unnamed, so I named it. )

by Tammy Phillips
July 8, 2021

I was born a creative person. It is part of my DNA and one of my gifts. I love all things creative. I love the fine arts that include painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, lettering, architecture, furniture and interior design, writing, reading, music, theatre and definitely, the culinary arts.

I actually have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Georgia. When I was in college, my dream was to design furniture in High Point, North Carolina. I allowed fear and insecurity to hold me back. I have always used my artistic abilities, but have not practiced design. Art was my thing; I did not know writing was. I was not a fan of English at all throughout my education. However, over the last ten years, I have found freedom and grown in knowledge through journaling. It is from pain, journaling, and the leading of the Holy Spirit that this blog was born. Artistic expression is my way of caring and sharing with others.

I am so excited to share this encouragement. Because of my love of the arts, on March 20, 2021, Kris and I  attended the Marvin Posey Jr. Scholarship Art Exhibit at Austin Peay, where the proceeds benefited his endowment. Marvin was a world-renowned performance artist who painted to jazz music. His art was fluid and colorful. At the exhibit, there was a silent auction of a few pieces of his art.

Initially, a large 3’x4’ painting, had no takers. I was drawn to its muted magenta colors.  After consulting with my husband, we made the first bid. The museum curator in our town placed the next bid. I waited to the last minutes of the auction to make our best and final bid. Thankfully, the curator conceded.

The masterpiece found a temporary home in our dining room where I sit at the feet of Jesus and learn. It sat there in silence for four days. On the fifth day, it began to speak, and I was amazed. Words paint pictures and pictures paint words. Every day, my hope is to paint you a picture with words. Below are the words that the painting spoke to me as it came alive, as well as partner scriptural inspiration that the Lord has been pouring into me over the last five years.


THE WALK

The woman is obviously walking, and she is clothed in the color of my journal. My journal represents my journey and the directives of the Lord as I walk through life.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 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)


THE ROCK

She is standing on a rock in the middle of the water. The rock is her salvation and help to get her though the water and safely to the other side.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Ps. 40:1-2 NIV)

“He only is my rock and my salvation; [He is] my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:2 NKJV)


THE RIVER

She is standing in a pool of blue, signifying a river to me.  One of my guiding scriptures:

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT)


THE TREES

The trees are upright and planted beside the water in the artwork. The woman is also planted upright and resolutely by the water. When I moved to Clarksville, I had a dream/vision that I was a Cottonwood tree planted by the Cumberland River. Oddly enough, there are Cottonwood trees literally planted by the river downtown.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly… 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD, And in His law, he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV)

“Blessed [is] the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV)

We receive the living water of the Lord and pray that our fruit and leaves are food and medicine to others.

“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all [kinds of] trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47:12 NKJV)


THE HILLS AND VALLEYS

The hills represent the upward journey toward completion in Him. The valleys are the obstacles and detours along the way. Our help and instruction come from hills. Abundance flows from the valleys and the hills of life.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills–From whence comes my help. 2 My help [comes] from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV)

“You shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills;” (Deuteronomy 8:6-7 NKJV)

“Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD…He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” (Isaiah 2:3 NKJV)

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth;” (Isaiah 58:14 NKJV)


HE SURROUNDS AND HOLDS US UP

The woman is symbolic of the love of God, and we are the baby held secure in His loving arms. Like the baby, we are held up by His right hand and, in His embrace, He holds our right hand. We are surrounded by Him.

“You have hedged me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me.  10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:5, 10 NKJV)

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; 13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you; Fear not, I will help you;” (Isaiah 41:10, 13 NKJV)


THE BROKEN HEARTS AND LIVES

See the fragmented pieces of color throughout the painting. They represent the broken pieces of our lives that the Lord miraculously picks up, heals, and mends back together.

“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3 NKJV)


THE RESOLUTELY ALIGNED

The woman is fearlessly standing, upright, plumb, and completely aligned.  She is walking into her responsibility and her destiny. She is not alone the Lord is with her as well as other trees of righteousness. She is doing what she is called to do.

“Arise, for [this] matter [is] your [responsibility]. We also [are] with you. Be of good courage and do [it].” (Ezra 10:4 NKJV)


I enCOURAGE you to meditate on the word of God that the art spoke to me because it is as much for you as it was for me. The painting so beautifully illustrates the life the Lord has gloriously provided for us. So, Arise. Abide. Stand. Continue. Endure. Go forward. Be Upright. Be established. Be fixed. Be RESOLUTE. Flourish. Persevere. Grow Up. Be a woman! Be a man! This matter is your responsibility. We are in this together. Be of good courage. Be strong. Be brave. Do whatever He has called you to do.

*I have since learned that Marvin Posey name the painting, “Autumn Stroll” which I love, too.  Love his interpretation of autumn. 

CREATION IS POURING OUT

by Tammy Phillips
June 8, 2021

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

When I go to the beach,  I feel like I climb up in the lap of my heavenly Father.  I can hear His love, “Look nothing is impossible for me.  See how big I am? Look how powerful I am, I made the line in the sand that the waves cannot cross.   See how vast I am?  I am infinite.  Look how creative I am?  Do you hear the colors of the sunset warmly calling you to Me?  And every grain of sand and shell varies in shape and size. Do you hear the gentle lull of the waves transporting you into my rest and peace?”

Be aware.    Do you hear the Creator in creation in the…

Roar of the ocean?
Rage of the river rapids?
Babel of the brook?
Crash of the falls?
Shout of the sunrise ?
Surrender of the sunset?
Silence of the moon?
Thunder of a storm?
Whisper of the wind?  
Beat of a pulse?
Pulse of a pulsar?
Cry of a baby?
Bray of a donkey?
Moan of a whale?
Chirp of a bird?
Buzz of a hummingbird?
Giggle of the daffodil?
Laugh of a peony?
Song of the leaves?
Echo of a great canyon?
Murmur of the mountains?
Groan of the universe?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech; they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4 NIV)

Creation informs us that God is infinite.  He is infinite in love, kindness, greatness, power, strength, wisdom and creativity.  Creation advises us that the Lord is a God of divine order. He engineered everything to work perfectly together.  Creation reveals to us His light, His glory, His  beauty and His artistry.  Creation tells us He is not bound by numbers, shapes, sizes nor colors in the rainbow. Creation was designed to make us aware and knowledgeable of God.

I enCOURAGE you to stop and listen.  Creation is calling us deeper into Him.   God is a God of show and tell and He will use anything and everything to  bring us into the glorious knowledge of all He is.  Don’t miss Him.  He is everywhere.

“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 5:13 NKJV)

If you have never heard this Louie Gigllio mash up of Stars and Whales singing, below is a link.  It is worth the listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=helxFeG-0n0&list=RDLaAiCdRHV4k&index=2

 

GO, CHANGE THE WORLD; SHARE THE LIGHT!

“I love how this picture depicts sharing across the world as points of light! ”

“This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations” (Mt. 24:14).

I do not know about you and your family, when Kris or I receive good news in any form, we race to share it.  I cannot imagine what Matthew was thinking when he scribed the above words of Jesus.  I know that he felt the same urge to share.  I mean, come on.  He was a disciple, and he did write the whole book of Matthew.  Think about the assignment of the disciples to go and preach.  Their mode of transportation was by foot or maybe donkey.  I don’t even think they had a herd of horses to take them all over the “world.”  The only way they had to share the word was by mouth or to write it on parchment. They did not have a plethora of paper at their disposal, nor smooth writing, easily attainable, pens and pencils. 

The task to preach the gospel must have seem daunting and virtually impossible.  However,  they had been in the presence of Jesus and had received the living water.  It was oozing from them, and they had to share no matter the cost.  Jesus commissioned them to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) 

 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15 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.” (Acts 1:8 NKJV)

They were obedient to the word and changed the world.  We have the same commission to go.  That formidable assignment was overwhelming to me until I talked to the Lord about it.  He simplified the task and revealed to me how to start small by going to my circle of influence, my world, family, friends, community and city.  When I was faithful in the small, He bumped up my assignment.  He asked me to write for Him and through technology, reach the whole world.  I am small potatoes in the blog world, but to God be all the glory and through God, to date, “Complete in Him” has reached over 25,000 people in 67 countries.

Think about how much easier it is for us to hear and share the word of God than it was for the disciples.  Let’s take technology and media for example.  We have television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, online books and Bibles.  We have the world wide web, the internet, podcasts, blogs, microblogs, social networking, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tick Tok.  At our fingertips, we have portable phones, devices and computers, where we can easily email, text, or direct message anyone at any time  with a few keystrokes.  At the click of a button, I can share this blog and it will travel across the world wide web and cover the world in literally seconds.

Sure, Satan influences the media, like everything else, to spread his message like a virus. 

BUT  GOD! 

HE IS THE GREATEST INFLUENCER!  Satan has nothing on Him.  The Lord uses technology and media to preach the good news to the ends of the earth.  Like Genesis 50:20, Satan meant it for evil; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people.

I enCOURAGE you to be bold and courageous. USE the media to further the spread of the gospel.   Share the good news of Jesus.  Use technology. Use media.  Give a book.  Send a text.  Share a meme.   I have a dear friend who usually shares one encouraging meme a day. I have heard the Lord speak through him many times. His shares light up my day or path, for example: 

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”– Dale Carnegie

“Three simple rules in life:

  1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
  3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.” -The Open Mind

 “Success is the sum of small efforts-repeated day in and day out.” -Robert Collier

“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” -Good Night Wishes and Quotes

You never know how one small share could change someone’s day or life.  It’s simple.  Go, change the world.  Share the Light!  

LESSONS FROM THE RUBBER BAND:  PROPHETS, PASTORS AND PRAYERS

Pastor Mark Benton delivering the sermon at LifePoint Church, Clarksville, TN on July 4, 2021

by Tammy Phillips
July 6, 2021

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)

God uses a village to raise a Christian from the point of being born again to completion in Him.  The Lord uses apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to help us along on the journey to completion in Him.  In Ephesians 4, He tells us that He uses His laundry list of supporting characters to perfect us, which means to make, mend, fit, frame, restore, to perfectly join us together and to complete.   He uses the same group to proclaim, promote, attend, and build up the body of Christ.  The Lord is our Shepherd; He leads us many ways.  He uses prophets, pastors, and prayers to guide us.  

LET ME GIVE TESTIMONY!  Read how He prepared me to surrender, who He used and how He answered my call for help. 

June 3- July 1, 2021:  GOD USES THE PROPHET

Holy Spirit used and continues to use Lana Vawser’s prophetic words to speak life to me and love me back to Him.  (https://lanavawser.com)  Following are titles of words she has received, released, and spoken into my life over the last month. 

June 3, 2021:  I HEARD THE LORD SAY “MANY DAUGHTERS OF GOD, THE ENEMY MAY HAVE THOUGHT HE COULD TOUCH AND STEAL YOUR VOICE, BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, I AM NOW AMPLIFYING MY VOICE THROUGH YOU”

June 13, 2021:  I HEARD THE LORD SAY, “I AM MAKING SOME CHANGES AND ADJUSTMENTS.” Highlight for post:  Pay attention.  Do not be distracted.  Shift into new alignments (Resolutely Align is my word for 2021). Radical and quick obedience.   Moving with Jesus in obedience to these changes He is making, will cost, there is a cost to obedience, BUT the glory on the other side of your obedience will far outweigh the discomfort or wrestle in the obedience!

June 14, 2021:  I HEARD THE LORD SAY “YOUR OBEDIENCE TO MY WAY IS CATAPULTING YOU INTO YOUR GREATEST DAY”

June 20, 2021:  I HEARD THE LORD SAY “A WEEK OF UNTANGLING FOR MANY”

June 25, 2021:  I HEARD THE LORD SAY, “DON’T SEE THE COCOON AS THE END, IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING… MANY ARE ABOUT TO FLY WITH THE EYES OF ELISHA!”

Highlights of post: …A week of being delivered from things that have kept you bound, continually trying to trip you up and suffocate.  Untangled from “old things” and “old alignments”.  Freedom to run into the new alignments without hindrance. Cocoon felt like a place where they were dying, and not flourishing.   The “dying process” taking place in this season a place of deeper yielding to the Lord.  It’s a season where God is calling His people to “BE CONSECRATED to HIM” in a whole new way.  GIANTS and strongholds are dying.  The “dying process” is actually the PATHWAY to life and the indicator that you are about to FLY.

June 28, 2021:  I ask the Lord for help and surrendered my weight loss journey to Him.  The Lord continued to speak through Lana, I HEARD THE LORD SAY “EXPAND, FOCUS, HONE”

Highlights:  Fight against distraction and find the YES and alignments of the Lord.  Be ferociously focused on what God is speaking and what He has promised. Expand, “make room,” “declutter,” “get things in order.”  I have been hearing the Lord say the same and have been decluttering, literally and physically.  I heard it again the week of June 25th and shared with my friend, Kristi. I hear you Lord. 

June 30, 2021:  GOD USES THE PRAYER

The Lord tells us to pray without ceasing and not lose heart.  His word says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done!” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). The Lord also says, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”  (Psalm 91:15 NKJV)

On June 28th, ‘begin again day,’ I asked the Lord for help; He answered me.  On the 30th, I discussed with my Cover Tennessee prayer zoom group what I had asked of the Lord.  As I told you in a previous post, He used my sister Alli to speak His word straight to my heart.   Holy Spirit gave her the words to speak and the “rubber band” illustration, as an example of struggle and resistance.  Holy Spirit allowed me to SEE breakthrough in the spirit for I was asking of the Lord. I saw the catapult, flying, freedom and expanse when the rubber band broke.  Gina, also on the prayer team, had lost zoom connection.  She came into prayer AFTER Alli’s words of encouragement and Holy Spirit gave her the same image concerning the rubber band.

July 1, 2021: RE-ENTER THE PROPHET

I cannot make this up!  Lana Vawser, lives on the other side of the world in Australia.  She is my Holy Spirit sister.  It is like we talk on the phone daily, but yet have never spoken.  She posted this after prayer group and three days after my restart… I HEARD THE LORD SAY, “YOUR DEPTH OF SURRENDER TO ME IS POSITIONING YOU TO STAND IN NEW PLACES.”

On the week of my surrender, the Lord inspired the prophet and encourager to speak to me of surrender?  Surrender to the ways of the Lord and the “PROCESS.”  (I had been doing one thing and I had already prayed for the Lord to lead me in a new way, a new process… whatever way.  I was open and listening.)

Other highlights from the surrender word:  There was ‘pain’ in letting go, but their hearts to worship Him and follow His way, far outweighed the pain of ‘letting go.’  You had to let go and die to some things, to come into the expanse of the life of the new birthing’s upon your life.

THEN…

July 4, 2021:  GOD USES THE PASTOR

Pastor Mark Benton pulled a rubber band out to illustrate his great sermon.  I am telling you that I cannot make this up… BUT, and ONLY, GOD!!! (Sermon link: The Book of Acts: What’s Your Foundation

He put the rubber band on the thumb of one hand.  It represented the voice of others; husband, mom, dad, kids, family, political correctness, political affiliation, race, work, food, addictions… He put the rubber band on the other hand.  It depicted you and me.

He explained that God gets hold of our lives and starts shaping, molding, and stretching us.  The Lord says, “Come over here” and immediately, resistance comes.  God keeps asking us to stretch.  At some point in the stretch, breakthrough from the voices of other people and other things, come.  The breaking and the stretching are really hard.  It hurts.  It is painful to break free, but when we do, we fly.  The voice of God is enough, trust it.  Jesus did not die on the cross for us to live the rest of our life in discontent.  Will you reflect Him, reject Him, or follow Him?

God used Pastor Mark to preach a little different sermon but, essentially say the same thing that the Lord has been telling me all week…  RUBBER BAND. STRETCH. BREAKTHROUGH. FLY! 

I know this was a long post.  Thanks for reading to the end.  I was so encouraged this week by “these,” three ways that God spoke to me through the prophet, the prayer, and the pastor.  I wanted to testify to the different ways that YOU CAN hear God’s voice.  I know God adores us so much that He is always talking to us.  We just have to listen carefully.

I enCOURAGE you to pay attention to the prophet and the pastor speaking the word of God.  Spend time, all the time, in prayer, talking to God.  You will hear His life changing words when He talks with you.  Enjoy!  Live amazed!

“Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (2 Chronicles 20:20)

 

 

AMAZING WORD

Fireworks last night at “Crockett Country Club.” Thanks to Parker and Jonathan for the show!

by TAMMY PHILLIPS
July 5, 2021

“Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, ‘WHAT A WORD THIS IS! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.’” (Luke 4:36 NKJV)

Why have a phone if you are not going to answer it?  Why have a door if you are not going to open it?  Why have a light if you are not going to turn it on?   Why have a car if you are not going to drive it to your destination?  Why have a computer if you don’t open and use it?  Why have a Bible in your home if you are not going to read it?   

The word of God is lovingly God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16).  It is God speaking directly to us.  It is the way to find out what is on His mind and His heart.  It is His will.  The word of God is active and working to do what it sets out to accomplish.  The word of God, inspired by our Creator and the Author of all life, will tell us everything we need to know.  It will give us the answer we seek or point us in the right direction.  1000%…The word of God will speak, when opened.  Slow read and think about… “what a word this is!”

The word of God is…

  • Alive
  • Powerful
  • Active and operative
  • Sharper than any two-edged sword
  • Piercing
  • Thought Discerning (Hebrews 4:12)

The word of God is…

  • Creative (Psalm 33:6 NKJV)
  • Refined, tested, and proved (Psalms 18:30)
  • Right and true (Psalm 33:4)
  • Perfect and Trustworthy (Psalm 19:7)
  • Fulfilling (Ezekiel 12:28)
  • Accomplishing (Isaiah 55:11)

The word of God is…

  • Effectually working
  • Active
  • Operative
  • Transformative (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
  • Cleansing (Psalm 119:9, John 15:3)
  • Sanctifying (Ephesians 5:26)
  • A sin preventative. (Psalm 119:11)

The word of God is…

  • Teaching
  • Rebuking
  • Correcting
  • Training (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Faith building (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

The word of God is…

  • Wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)
  • Understanding (Psalm 119:130)
  • A counselor (Psalm 119:24)
  • A lamp and a light (Psalm 119:105)

The word of God is…

  • Healing and delivering (Psalm 107:20 NKJV)
  • Strength to the heavy, melting soul (Psalm 119:28)
  • Blessing to the obedient (Luke 11:28)

The word of God is…

  • Life sustaining (Mathew 4:4)
  • Life giving (Proverbs 3:1)
  • Soul saving (James 1:2)

The word of God is…

  • Truth (John 17:17)
  • Enduring (Isiah 40:8)
  • Forever (1 Peter 1:23)

The word of God is…

  • Spirit and life (John 6:63 NKJV)
  • Eternal life (John 6: 68 NKJV)
  • Jesus Himself (John 1:1).

I enCOURAGE you to open your Bible.  Hear the life giving words of our loving Father.  Get to know  His word.  Get to know Him.  Take the advice of Solomon in Proverbs 3:1, don’t forget God ‘s words.  Do what it says because it will add longs days, long life, and peace to you.   I guarantee that  you will never be the same.  Every day you will live amazed by His word…”WHAT A WORD THIS IS!”

 

 

 

SUNDAY IN THE SAND

by Tammy Phillips
July 4, 2021

I have one friend who will text me a worship song out of the blue.  They come few and far between, but they mean so much.  They usually take me to a special place with the Lord.    Don’t you just love it when you get that kind of a text or email?  My niece-in-love sent me this song and it took me to my very favorite place…the beach with the Lord.   Like the lyrics of Brian Kelley’s song, “God, I’m grateful for this land.”  On this July 4th, I am thankful that this is the land of the free.  I am so grateful for our independence.  I am thankful that every time my toes hit the beach that it is, “Sunday Service in the Sand.”  I am thankful for this song that took me to my favorite place with the Lord and to the place where I feel the freest!   Happy Fourth!  Enjoy our freedom and this song.

SUNDAY SERVICE IN THE SAND
Songwriters: Blake Redferrin / Brian Kelley / Canaan Lee Smith / Jake Rose Song by Brian Kelley

Sunday service in the sand
God, I’m thankful for this land
I see You as far as I can see
Words can’t paint what you mean to me

Whoa whoa, watching them white caps crashing over my sins
Whoa whoa, don’t think heaven can get much closer than this
 
I’m sending up a beach chair prayer
I’m talkin’ to the man upstairs
Gotta tell Him how grateful that I am
I can feel the salt water workin’
High tide’s takin me to church and
I can’t help but raise my hands
To another Sunday service in the sand
 
Teal water sunrise, gulf side view
I start my day on a tailgate pew, yeah
Seagulls singing them holy hymns
Oh god, I love to sing along with them
 
When I’m sending up a beach chair prayer
I’m talkin’ to the man upstairs
Gotta tell Him how grateful that I am
I can feel the salt water workin’
High tide’s takin me to church and
I can’t help but raise my hands
To another Sunday service in the sand
Mm, service in the sand
 
Whoa whoa, watching them white caps crashing over my sins
Whoa whoa, don’t think heaven can get much closer than this
 
I’m sending up a beach chair prayer
I’m talkin’ to the man upstairs
Gotta tell him how grateful that I am
I can feel the salt water workin’
High tide’s takin me to church and
I can’t help but raise my hands
To another Sunday service in the sand
Mm, service in the sand, oh yeah
 
Sunday service in the sand

GOD, I’M GREATFUL FOR THIS LAND

I simply enCOURAGE you to enjoy your freedoms today.  Enjoy the freedom to breathe, walk, talk, to read your Bible openly, speak the name of Jesus without being jailed, and “Sunday service in the sand” or wherever you might go to church.   Enjoy the day. Enjoy the song…https://youtu.be/uvIOOZDRJM8

Sunday Service in the Sand lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc