WATCHMEN: WE HAVE A DIVINE APPOINTMENT

by Tammy Phillips
June 8, 2021

 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace, day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isa 62:6-7 NKJV)

 The LORD’s mission is salvation.  If we have the heart of the Lord, it should be ours, too.  In the Old Testament, His quest was to save His country, Israel, His city, Jerusalem, and His people.  Ultimately, we find out His objective was to not only save the Jew but also Gentile, that is us.  The LORD says in Isaiah 62:1 that for Jerusalem’s sake, He would not hold His peace nor rest, until Zion’s righteousness brightly went forth and her salvation was burning like a bright torch.  Since we are considered Gentiles and the Lord came to save both Jew and Gentile, we can replace our name or the names of loved ones where the word Israel, Jerusalem or Zion is used.  

The LORD is passionate for all of His creation.  He will continue to call His people home.  He is resolute about the salvation of all.  It is His very heartbeat.  He will not rest until His purposes are accomplished.    Until He holds His peace and returns for us, He appoints the called to join Him.  

A restless Savior calls his people to be restless, and to make the Lord himself restless to give him no rest till his chosen city is in full splendor, his chosen church complete and glorious.” -C.H. Spurgeon

Every Christian has a divine appointment with the Lord.   Isaiah 62:6 states I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem.  The word “set” is the Hebrew word, pāqaḏ, meaning:visit, appoint, charge to the care of, oversee, pay attention, attend to, look after.  The LORD has called us to be watchmen on the wall.   

In Bible times, cities were surrounded with thick walls to protect the insiders from intruders.  Watchmen were scattered around the wall to look out for the enemy in order to keep the insiders safe.  Watchmen had to stay awake and alert in order to see the oncoming enemy. When they saw a threat, they would warn the insiders.  Warriors would ascend with sword and shield to defend the city.

As watchmen on the wall, we are commissioned to guard and warn our families, friends, our neighborhoods, cities, states, and nation of danger.  Like watchmen of old, we are to be resolute, steadfast, and immovable in our appointment.  We are told in Ephesians 6 to stand, stand, and stand.

Watchmen on assignment never hold their peace, day, or night. Watchmen do not retreat because it is hard, or the day turns to night. Watchmen are never off duty because the battle is always roaring. My Bible says pray without ceasing.  Isaiah says we are to never be silent praying, warning, encouraging others of the threat of the enemy but, more importantly the safety found in the Lord.  

Watchmen “mention” the Lord and do not keep silent.  The word mention means remember, recall, record, be mindful.  It also is a derivative that means mark.   Spurgeon calls us the Lord’s Remembrancers.   You have heard the phrase, “mark my word.”  We are to do that exactly .  We are to mark the word/promise of the Lord.  We are to remind the Lord and His people of His promises, ever interceding for the hearts and lives of others. In fact, Isaiah says we are to give the Lord no rest.  It is not like the Lord can forget.  We are to remind God and others of His greatness, His mercy, His grace, and His salvation, continually.  Honestly, I believe this part of the appointment is to remind us of who He is and what He said.  It builds our faith to believe in what He has promised.  Note: if we don’t know the promises, we sure cannot use them.  As Watchmen, we must know His promises to remember them.  You do not remember what you do not know.

In conclusion Watchman…

I enCOURAGE you in your divine appointment to carry out your assignment from the King of Kings. The King has called.  Will you answer?

NEVER hold your peace, day nor night.  Sisters and brothers, we are on call, 24/7.  Get used to it. Always be on and alert.  Be a Remembrancer for the Lord and do not keep silent about Him nor His word. He says, “Put Me in remembrance.” (Isa 43:26 NKJV) Put Him in remembrance.  Mark His words.  Give Him no rest.  It’s not like the Protector ever sleeps or slumbers anyway.  (Psalm 121:4) Follower of Christ, I hope you see your importance in the Kingdom work of God. There are many who need to come home.  Embrace the heart and call of the Lord. Let’s get to work.

THE LORD IS A GAME CHANGER AND A NAME CHANGER

by Tammy Phillips
June 7, 2021

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. … 4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. (Isa 62:2, 4, NKJV)

When we meet the mate that the Lord has prepared for us, it is a game changer and name changer.  Our spouse will make us a better us.  Our partner will encourage us and inspire us to be better people.  They help us become the person we were meant to be.   Many say when they meet the love of their life that it is a game changer.  When we marry, it customary to take the last name of our husband.  Marriage is a game changer and  name changer for most. 

This is not an original idea. The Lord is in the transformation business.  TRANSFORM means to be changed in form or to be metamorphosed, according to Websters 1828 Dictionary.

The Lord is a game changer and a name changer.  In Isaiah Israel had been in Babylonian captivity. He set them free and brought them back home.  Where Israel had been wicked and immoral, God turned them to righteousness.  Where they had been in darkness, He brought them to the light, so that all would see their glory.  He called Zion by a new name.

Instead of calling Zion, FORSAKEN, He called them HEPHZIBAH which means my delight is in her.

Instead of calling them, DESOLATE, He called their land BEULAH, which means married.

The Lord delights in us and does the same for us.   He transforms us by the renewing of our mind and the washing of the word of God.  Isn’t that what a good spouse does?  They build us up in our mind and wash us with words of encouragement.  The Lord is our Bridegroom, and His word changes us from enemy of God into the image of God.   He is also the Author of Transformation and the great Exchange.  He will give us a new name. (Revelation 2:17 and 3:12) When the Bride of Christ officially meets the Bride Groom face to face, we will take His new name. In the meantime, He continues to transform us into His image, game changing and name changing.  For example:

Bound to Set Free
Addict to Independent
Fat to Thin
Poor to Rich
Drama to Peace
Unfinished to Whole
Sick to Healed
Broken to Complete

I embrace my marriage name change; I am proud to be a Phillips.  I more excited about the names the Lord now calls me and the name He has prepared for me as part of the Bride of Christ.

I enCOURAGE you to allow the Lord to change your game and your name.  What situation are you in that you want to change?  Are you calling yourself Offended?  See yourself the name the Lord calls you, Defended. Have you named yourself Hopeless or Desperate?  The Lord calls your Hopeful?  Are you terming yourself Hated?  The Lord calls you Loved.  Do you say I am Dead-Tired?  The Lord says you are Alive and Flourishing.  Last one, do you label yourself, “Eat Up with Cancer” or do you declare yourself, “WHOLE, HEALED and COMPLETE?”  Get into the Book and see what your name really is.  Don’t believe the Lie that Satan has fed you.  Believe the transforming, game changing, name changing, word of God! You will never be the same. 

“Let the weak say, “I am strong!”  (Joel 3:10)

NEVER MIND! EVER MIND!

by Tammy Phillips
June 6, 2021

 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (Philippians 3:13 NKJV)

Until now, I never really gave much thought to the words “never mind.”  Actually, “never mind” is great advice.  By definition, “never mind” is used to tell someone not to be concerned about or give attention to something or someone.  Personally, it means don’t think twice about it, give it no thought and it does not matter.   “Ever mind” is the opposite. It means to ever pay attention, to always have on your mind and it matters.  It means to think about it and keep it in the forefront.

When I read Philippians 3:13, I heard… “forget” or never mind and “reach forward,” or ever mind.  I began to question what matters and doesn’t matter.  What are the “never minds” and the “ever minds?”

Never mind Satan.  Ever mind the Lord, your God.

Never mind the Destroyer.  Ever mind Jesus, your Savior.

Never mind the Accuser of the brothers.  Ever mind Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

Never mind the offense of men.  Ever mind the goodness of God.

Never mind the affliction.  Ever mind His benefits.

Never mind being discouraged.  Ever mind being strong and of good courage!

Never mind being alone. Ever mind that the LORD is with you wherever you go.

Never mind the impossible.  Ever mind all things are possible with God.

Never mind the pest.  Ever mind He delivers us from the noisome pestilence.

Never mind sickness.  Ever mind by His stripes we are healed.

Never mind disease.  Ever mind Christ who heals all your diseases.

Never mind your cares.  Ever mind that God cares for you.

Never mind your sins.  Ever mind merciful Jesus who remembers them no more.

Never mind fear of the future.  Ever mind your times are in His hand.

Never mind dying.  Ever mind with long life He will satisfy and show His salvation.

Never mind the death of the body.   Ever mind eternal life in Him.

Never mind the enemy.  Ever mind the Lord is our refuge and fortress.

Never mind the evil.   Ever mind that no evil will befall you.  

Never mind the world.  Ever mind He has overcome the world.

Never mind defeat.  Ever mind that everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. 

Never mind losing.  Ever mind that we are more than conquerors through Him.

Never mind timidity.  Ever mind prayers without ceasing

Never mind charges against you.  Ever mind Christ, out Redeemer.

Never mind shame. Ever mind the grace of God.

Never mind you are forgotten.  Ever mind that God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Never mind everything people say.  Ever mind the word of God.

Never mind cannot.  Ever mind you can do all things through Christ who strengths you.

I enCOURAGE you to NEVER MIND the nothings of the enemy and EVER MIND everything, every word, of the Lord.

RESOLUTE JOY

by Tammy Phillips
June 5, 2021

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

Can God be taken away from us?  As followers of Christ, absolutely not!  He is always with us.  Can joy be taken away? Isaiah 61:7 tells us that everlasting joy is ours.  Our Savior did not die for us to be miserable.  Jesus said,  I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” (John 10:10 AMP)

Joy is a choice purposefully made.  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.  Joy is a fruit of our great and good God. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines joys as a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.  Joy is an unshakable, inflexible, steadfast, unwavering, determined, immovable, uncompromising understanding, knowledge, and assurance that good is ours from God.  Joy is the knowing that “all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28 CSB)

The prophet chose resolute joy in Isaiah 61:10, he made the determination twice to delight in the Lord.  Isaiah said, “I will…” and “My soul shall…”

James tells us to believe it a great joy whenever we experience various trials. (James 1:2). We must make the same choice of resolute joy and determine to say…

“When tragedy comes, I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.”
“When offense comes, my soul shall be joyful in my God.”
“When sickness comes, I will greatly rejoice in God my Healer.”
“When death comes, my heart knows and my soul shall be joyful in God, my Deliverer.”
“When the world is spinning out of control, I will greatly rejoice in the Lord. He’s got it!”

When various trials come, we do not have to give up joy.   We do not have to get upset.  It is our choice.  Our joy is in the Lord.  Our joy is from God alone and it is our strength according to Nehemiah 8:10.  The joy of the Lord transforms “all things” to good.  

Isaiah illustrates reason why we should not rejoice, but greatly rejoice in the Lord.  Our souls were naked and ashamed, as a result of our sin. 

BUT GOD!

He has clothed us with the garments of salvation. He has dressed our naked and afraid souls with everything we need to stand strong, bold, and courageous in Him.  He has dressed us from head to toe with the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, and our feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace!  “I will great rejoice in the Lord.” He has dressed us in garments of salvation, deliverance, safety, welfare, healing, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, liberty, freedom, and victory!  “I will great rejoice in the Lord!”

BUT GOD!

He does not stop with wrapping us in His salvation. He then covers us with the robe of righteousness.  Only Christ is righteous.  He envelops us with Christ Himself.  We are hidden in Him.  Our great sins are forgiven by the great goodness of God through the blood of Jesus, our Savior.

This should make us throw-back our shoulders, stand a little taller and a whole lot straighter.  We resolutely rejoice in the Lord, hidden deep in His righteousness!   The robe of righteousness is so glorious and pure.  Isaiah compares it to being a bridegroom decked out as a priest to be used by God and as being adorned as a beautiful bride prepared to marry.  Who is more joyful than a bride and groom on their wedding day?  What Jesus did for us bought us that kind of joy and it is everlasting.  “I choose resolute joy in the Lord!”

When we STOP and remember what the Lord had done or us, everything else dissipates.  When we take pause and realize who we are in Him, how can we do anything but rejoice in the Lord?

I enCOURAGE you to choose resolute joy! Everlasting joy is yours in Him.  He has clothed you in Himself!  Greatly rejoice in the Lord.  It is yours for the taking.  

 

 

 

NO MORE SHAME

We are so far from perfection! However, we live each day in joy, knowing that Jesus died for us and forgave us. We know that there is no shame in our game and we are forever forgiven and abundantly blessed . Praise God.

by Tammy Phillips
June 4, 2021

“Instead of your shame you shall have double [honor], And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore, in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isa 61:7 NKJV)

As Kris and I were driving to a baseball game the other day, out of left field, I heard the Lord question, “What was the result of the first sin?”  It was shame.

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve disobeyed the one thing God asked them not to do, “Do not eat this!”   They listened to Satan who said, like he repeatedly says to us, “Did God really say that?”    If Eve had stood in faith on the word of the Lord, she would have never fallen.  If she had not listened to the enemy and eaten what the Lord told her not to eat, sin would not have entered in the world.   As soon as we stand on God’s word, the enemy in the form of doubt will come and question, “Did God really say that? Did God really say that you are whole, healed, and complete?  Did God really tell you not to worry and that His grace is sufficient?  Did God really say that He will supply all your needs?”  As soon as we  take a bite of a doubt, chew it up and get it deep down in our system, we lose trust in God’s word. 

What immediately comes knocking at the door?  It is shame.  Shame was the result of the first sin.  In Genesis 2:25, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” However, by Genesis 3:7, they had taken the forbidden bite, “the eyes of both were opened, and they realized they were naked; so, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.“  Shame came. 

BUT GOD!  He showed up.  Israel had been in a dark time.  They been held captive and treated terribly.  In Isaiah 61, God was restoring them to their homeland and giving them the promise of Messiah.  He sent Jesus anointed by the Holy Spirit to end the shame game and shine light into the darkness.

No more shame.  We shall have double honor!
No more confusion.  We shall rejoice in our portion.
In the promise land we shall possess double!
Everlasting joy shall be ours.

Look at these promises!
NO SHAME! NO SHAME! NO SHAME!
THE DOUBLE!
EVERLASTING JOY!
Honor and Joy instead of shame and sorrow! 

As joint heirs with Jesus, He is the first born among the brothers and received the double portion, (Deut 21:17) and so do we.  WOW.  Double for the trouble of sin.   Don’t you just love God’s economy.  God so inconceivably forgiving.  For the trouble we created in our sin, the double.  Thank God, He is not fair.  He does not give us what we deserve, but He is just.  He gifts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice.  Hear me now!  Ask and accept God’s complete forgiveness.  Thank  God that he forgives us when we “partake” or eat the wrong things, too.   No sin is too big that the blood of Jesus does not cover it.   God is full of grace and wonder.  The shame of sin was erased with the blood of Jesus.  Accept it.  We have no shame in Him.   No disgrace.   Grace, Grace, God’s grace is our gift.

Not only that…

He promises EVERLASTING JOY!    Stop and think about that.    Everlasting joy is ours in Christ Jesus.  How giving is God.  This is our gift in Christ. 

I enCOURAGE you now and every day.  Believe God!  Take Him at His word.  Obey His word.  He can be trusted.  He does what He says He will do.  He says, “No more shame.” Accept His gift in Jesus.  He says, “double for your trouble;” accept it.  He says, “Everlasting joy.” What a future we have in Him.   Everlasting joy means no more sorrow to me!   We just have to accept, believe, confess, and stand on His word.  Easy as ABC’S!  Thank you, Father!
Can…you… wrap your head around the fact that God does not want us to be ashamed for what we have done or have not done and  that He promises double blessings in Jesus and everlasting joy?!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

by Tammy Phillips
June 3, 2021

“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.”  (Isaiah 61:4 NKJV)

In America, we have a plethora of home improvement and renovation television shows where neglected and run-down homes are purchased and transformed.  Look at some of the show’s titles: “Restored by the Fords, Renovation, Inc., Renovation Island, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Hometown, Property Brothers” and the list goes on.

Why are we drawn to these shows?  Most of us seek perfection, balance, and alignment.  We want our house to be the very best that it can be.  These shows give us hope for our habitation.  They also provide an unlimited resource of ideas for transformation. We also like to see things saved and made better than before.

Our God is in the same business.  He is the originator of the restoration and salvation business. He is in the generative, creative, interior design and construction business, not the destruction business.  He was and is the Architect of the Ages.  His plan since the beginning has been to rebuild, raise up, repair, restore and renovate what Satan has attempted to destroy.  Once we invite Jesus into our “home” to be Lord and Savior, He begins the transformation of our temple.  “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and [that] the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1Co 3:16 NKJV) Since God chooses to abide inside us, it is only fitting that He choose to make a few changes in our old sin-stained inners.  Just like an interior designer, it is a step by step process.    I have heard it said that perfection is a series of small things done really well.  Our transformation is little by little, step by step, and brick by brick, until one day we are finally changed into His image.  The more we are transformed, the more we say, act, and do like our Father. 

He calls us into the renovation business with Him, “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.”  (Isa 61:4 NKJV)

As interior designers, our assignment is not to make things look pretty in the lives of others.  We are not occupied by doing simple patches and throwing paint on the wall to make everything look better.  We are to open up and improve internal spaces to better suit its purpose. Our business is to knock down the walls that hold others back and rebuild walls that support.  We are to:

Rebuild, repair, set up, erect, and restore the old ruins, the ancient dry places, and the broken down.

Raise up, stand up, build up, the former, long ago, desolated, devastated, deflowered, deserted, destitute, disheartened, the astonished and the stunned.

Repair, renew, restore, polish, the ruined, wasted, dry, drought-stricken cities, the desolation of many generations.  A generation is a revolution of time, a circuit of years of life, a cycle.

In short, our mission is to:  rebuild the broken down and dried up, raise-up the devastated and to renew and restore the disheartened in the cycle of life.  A good interior designer will always bring balance and alignment to an interior space.   

I enCOURAGE you to embrace the renovation project of your own life and then help others with their interior design.  Rebuild, raise up and restore the disheartened.  Encourage other hearts.   It is what we are supposed to do as Kingdom Interior Designers in Him.

 

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “TREE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?” 

by Tammy Phillips
June 2, 2021
(Repeat and gently tweaked from October 6, 2020)

That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3 NKJV)

Looking into the depths of Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, and Ezekiel 47:12, this is what it means to me, when God calls us  “trees of righteousness:”

Blessed (happy, and fortunate)
is the man who trusts (confident, secure, careless, fearless, runs for refuge)
in the LORD.

Blessed (right, upright, to be straight, level, to be successful, prosper)
is the man whose hope (confidence, security, refuge)
is the LORD.

Blessed is the man who walks not in
the counsel
(advice, or plans and purposes)
of the ungodly
(wicked, having an unrighteous cause, to be or do wrong, disturb, make trouble, make noise, tumultuous, cause terror, who depart from God)  
nor stands
(endures, continues, abides)
in the path
(way, road or direction)
of sinners
(wander, miss, go the wrong way, miss the goal, miss the mark
nor sits in the seat of the scornful (mouths out, mock by imitating, acts a fool)
We should not be walking in the same direction! 

But his delight (and pleasure) is in the law (instruction, direction, teaching) of the LORD
And in His law he meditates
(roars, moans, growls, utters, mutters, speaks)
day and night.  
Gods words are life to us. We should be roaring them day and night.  His words and His Word, Jesus, are what keep us upright and walking in the right direction.

He shall be like a tree, (apple, almond, cedars of Lebanon, sweetgum, black mulberry, date palm, palm, sycamore fig, olive, Holly oak, Shittah or acacia, poplar…It takes all kinds of trees!  It takes all kinds of trees to meet all kinds of needs.)  
planted (God plants us, roots us in Love exactly where He needs us.)
along the bank of the river, on this side and that, by the rivers of water,
(God is living water.  He is the fountain of living watering a  constant life-source.  “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb”. -Revelation 22:1 NKJV)
which spreads out its roots by the river. (Firmly fixed, our roots grow, deeper, wider, and longer, in love, in God and in His word, creating a strong, immovable tree.  “The root of the righteous shall not be moved.”  Proverbs 12:3) 

And he will not see (look at, pay attention nor fear)
when heat comes (Heat will come.  Things that cause us to boil…temptation, hurt and offense… will come.)
BUT his leaf will be green
(As trees of righteousness, we flourish in Him.  We are rooted into the all sufficient river of living water from the word of God.  The water keeps our leaves green, alive, and thriving. This is why we have to stay planted in the word.)
His leaf  shall not wither. (fade, wilt, fall away, drop down, fail, faint, lose one’s strength, be foolish, disgrace)
The tree will not cease from yielding fruit.  Its fruit will not fail and will bring forth its fruit in its season.    
(“The root of the righteous shall yield fruit.”- Proverbs 12: 12.  The roots are plugged into nutrient rich, life giving, fruit yielding water source.  At the right time, God’s time,  we will bear fruit.)
The leaf will be for medicine.  (Our leaves, our experiences, our successes, and failures, shared can bring healing through Christ and bring wholeness to the broken.)
The tree will not be anxious (fear, take care, thought, be concerned nor sorrowful)
in the year of drought
(when the rain is scarce and supply has been clipped off or withheld)
And whatever he does shall prosper.
(to go over, go through, push forward, break out, break through, advance, succeed, to flow, be poured out, to finish well)

I enCOURAGE you to trust in the Lord always.  Believe His word.  Believe what He says about you.  Meditate on His word day and night, so that You know what He says.  Walk in righteousness.  Walk in Him.  When He says that you are a “tree of righteousness,” believe Him and you will finish well!

Revelation for the day:
 “One tree in the garden delivered death and sin.  One tree in the garden delivered life and righteousness. Which one do you choose?”  -Tammy Phillips

 

 

WE ARE HIS RESOLUTE PLANTATION

The 65’Angel Oak with 17, 000 square feet of shade in Charleston,SC

by Tammy Phillips
June 1, 2021

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me because the LORD has anointed… To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isa 61:1,2,3 NKJV)

The month of June brings beautiful, big green trees and lots of growth.  Their color alone announces to us, “Let’s go.” They are ready, and willing to cover, protect and produce lots of fruit.  When the Lord first revealed to me that we were called trees of righteousness, I promptly and proudly responded, “Not me!”  I was like Peter when he told the Lord in John 13, “You shall NEVER wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” (John 13:8 NKJV).  At that time, I thought sin had delivered too many ugly gifts to my life for me to be a mighty tree in the kingdom of God.

Sin brought distress and worry. 
Sin brought depression and disturbance.
Sin brought ugliness and offensiveness.
Sin brought pain and sadness.
Sin brought blame and shame.
Sin brought devastation and destruction.

BUT GOD!

He graciously showed me differently.  What we must realize are the exchange words that tell us the good news of the salvation of the Lord.

Jesus overcame:
To comfort and console
To give beauty
To give the oil of joy
To give the garment of praise
That we may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,
That He may be glorified

We are not called trees of righteousness because of anything we did.  It is all about what Jesus did for us when He was persecuted, put to death on the cross, and rose from the dead.  He paid the price for our wrongs and reconciled us to God.  Our Father sees us and calls us trees of righteousness because of Jesus. The word “call” is important.  It’s the Hebrew word qara’, meaning, to cry out with the idea of accosting someone; proclaim; summon; invite; commission; appoint.  We are not called trees of righteousness because of anything we did.  It is all about what Jesus did for us when He was persecuted, put to death on the cross, and rose from the dead.  He paid the price for our wrongs and reconciled us to God.  Our Father sees us and calls us trees of righteousness because of Jesus.   Do you get the idea?  The Lord is roaring, “Jesus did all this so that YOU can be CALLED  trees of righteousness!  Strong, mighty, supporting, just, straight, upright, aligned and plumb, the way you ought to be.   It is how I see you.”

We are “the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” He calls us, chooses us, and plants us.  We are His plantation. The Hebrew word for planting is a derivative of the word nata’ which means to plant, to place, fasten, establish, and to set anything upright, so that it is fixed in the ground.  We are planted that He may be glorified. We align and reflect His glory. He sees the righteousness, beauty, and strength of His Son in us, and it glorifies Father God.

I enCOURAGE you to accept all the finished work and good news of Jesus.  Be healed. Be whole.  Be complete.  Be free. Be loosed. Be favored. Be comforted. Be consoled. Be crowned. Be beautiful.  Be joyful.  Be clothed in praise.  Arise, throw your shoulders back and declare the word of God over your life.  Repeat: “I am a tree of righteousness!  I am firmly planted and rooted in Christ.  I am His resolute plantation!”

For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalm 149:4 KJV)

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

by Tammy Phillips
May 31, 2021

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to [those who are] bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. (Isaiah 61:1-2 NKJV)

Today,  we remember the brave and courageous American soldiers who gave their lives for our great country.  We remember those who died for us in every war.  We remember those who continue to serve and die for our country.  Over 600,000 to 800,000 died in the Civil War alone and more than a million Americans have given their life for our liberty.

Today, we remember the military who safeguarded our Nation. We say, “THANK YOU” to the courageous men and women warriors who served and made the sacrifice of their lives to protect our freedom.  Freedom that was ultimately purchased for us on the cross by Jesus.

Today and every day, we also thank God and remember His sacrifice.  He sent His only son, Jesus, to fight, die, and win the battle for our eternal freedom in every area of our lives.  Look at the freedoms the prophet prophesied about in the coming Messiah in Isaiah 61:1-2…

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me because the LORD has anointed Me…

To preach good tidings to the poor
To bring cheerful news to the meek
To announce great news to the depressed mind
To show and tell tidings to the afflicted
To message the miserable
To be freshness to the failing
To publish possible to the impossible

To heal the brokenhearted
To bind up the broken in pieces
To wrap up firmly the destroyed
To bandage the burst
To compress the crushed
To gird the wrecked

To proclaim liberty to the captives
To call out freedom to the carried away
To cry out free, abundant flow, to the prisoners
To address swift flight to the caged

To open the prison to the bound
To deliver from jail the yoked
To open wide eyes and ears of the captive
To liberate by opening, anyone who is fastened
To redouble to the taken in war and tied up

To proclaim the acceptable, favorable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God; (Isa 61:1-2 NKJV)

Jesus anointed  by Holy Spirit, opened the scrolls in Luke 4, read Isaiah 61:1 and then said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” Jesus in essence said, “I AM is here.  Who you have been waiting for, it is me.  I am the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. This is the ‘acceptable year of the Lord.’”

Remember, this is the age of God’s grace, redemption, and deliverance.  It is now.  All are invited to come to Christ in repentance and, by faith, receive the gift of eternal life and eternal freedom.  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)  

However, there is going to be time where God says enough is enough. The “day of vengeance of God” will come.   “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18-19 NKJV)

This was the message of the Lord.
This was the message of Jesus.
This is our promise.  This is THE GOOD NEWS. 
This is our message.
Holy Spirit anoints and empowers us, His disciples, His people, to pass on the same message of Jesus.

I enCOURAGE you to open your ears!  Hear the entire message of Jesus, our Savior.  Accept the freedom and every benefit that He paid for with His life.  Then like Jesus and our brothers and sisters in the military who so freely gave, sign up and become a freedom fighter.  It is a much easier road.   Simply, our mission, if accepted ,  stand and publish the good news of Jesus to everybody you know.  THERE IS FREEDOM IN HIM! 

Do not forget to stop and remember as you celebrate today, Jesus died for our freedom and our fellow countrymen have died to help us maintain those freedoms.  (If you do not know, each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.)  Be free!

THE BREATH OF GOD

There is no way to perfectly represent the breath of God in a photo or art. As I thought of which picture to add to this post, I thought of sound waves. I was reminded of this painting that I bought Christmas 2020 for my husband, but really it was for me. Interestingly enough, the artist, Sydney Gruber, titled it: “RESOLUTE.” If you know me, you know that was my breath of God for 2020.

by Tammy Phillips
May 30, 2021

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me…” (Isa 61:1 NKJV)

I cannot tell you how much I love God.  I am amazed every day as I sit at the feet of Jesus.  I am amazed to hear what Holy Spirit has to say through the written word and what He softly whispers in my ear.  I just adore when Abba reminds me of something special that He did.  As Father God continued to love me back to full surrender in Him, He spoke this intimate message to my heart on February 14, 2021, the day the rest of the world calls, “Love Day.”  My LORD loved me tender on this day. I read and dug through Isaiah 61:1, I fully understand that the LORD was speaking of the coming Messiah, Jesus.  However, the Lord also passes on the anointing and His ministry to us who believe.  Listen to what He intimately told me, and I am passing on to you:

Close your eyes and just listen to what the spirit of the Lord has to say.
The Spirit of the Lord God is a upon you. 
The breath of His mouth is upon you.
The breath of His nostrils is upon you.
The breath of life is upon you.
The breath of air…
The wind…
The cool breeze…
The creative word of God is upon you.

“All Scripture is God-breathed.”  (2Ti 3:16 NIV)

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6 NKJV)

God Himself is upon you.

Think of the breath of God on your skin, so close you can feel His very being.   Let your senses run wild.  Feel Him so close that you feel the warmth and breath of air coming from His nostrils on your face.  God is on you.  God is all over you.  The Lord God, the same God, that Spirit has anointed you.
He has rubbed you with oil.
He has smeared Himself all over you.
He has stroked His hand all over you.
He spread himself all over you.
He has painted you, specifically to lay colors, bright colors all over you.
He has concentrated you to Himself.
The Lord God is all over you.

I hope you are encouraged by these words.  I do not know what one more word added to an “I enCOURAGE you…” statement could add.  Be blessed.