“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (1Ti 2:1-2 CSB)
I love divine appointments, assignments, and alignments. If you are a kid of the King, we have things to do. I wish I could download early March 10, 2022, into your brains and you could watch the same story that unfolded before me. It’s sometimes hard to explain a call from Holy Spirit.
Young and handsome, retired Major General Walt Lord and his beautiful- inside-and-out wife, Grace, invited my husband and I to a fundraising breakfast for S.A.F.E. All I knew was that it had something to do with the military. The day before Kris had attended a breakfast in Nashville where Governor Lee spoke on budgets and education. Kris had three such events in the early mornings of this particular week.
As I pulled out of our garage, Holy Spirit pricked my heart about how Kris and our leaders have to always be “on.” I felt the heaviness and burden of our leaders. Not only do they have their jobs to do, but they are also called to attend a multitude of events that can steal bits of time away from their major assignments, and any life outside of their call. I felt the burden of leadership. I recognized that Holy Spirit was calling me to pray even more fervently for our world, national, state, city, community, business, church, and family leadership.
Before I could pull out of our short drive, I looked heavenly and saw the wispiest white clouds painted on the azure background of the sky. I was thankful for the day. My burden was instantly lifted in the lightness of the moment. I knew my assignment, but as I looked up and focused on the Lord, He removed the heaviness.
Less than a mile later and not yet out of our neighborhood, I encountered a man I had never seen before. He was out for a morning run, but he was different. He was dressed in what looked like Marine PTU’s (physical training uniforms). He was definitely training his physique! The warrior was running up a steep, gradual incline carrying on his shoulders what looked like a backpack so large that a small human could be hidden inside. His burden was so HEAVY that he was struggling to make it up the hill.
Holy Spirit placed on my heart how heavy the burden on our military men and women. The running man served as a picture of the weight they carry physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Service men may get to clock out at the end of the day, but they never really leave work. They are always on and on-call.
Our leaders and militia do not get the luxury of “turning off.” They are on call 24/7. They must be ready to serve at anytime. Oddly, I had heard this same conversation amongst a group of leaders less than a week ago. Little did I know when I left the house that morning what the LORD had prepared for me.
My husband and I are privileged to attend many events because of his leadership role at Austin Peay State University. Our unspoken rule is he tells me when, where, and what events I need to attend, and I show up. This particular morning led me to a S.A.F.E place and divine assignment that had been put on calendar weeks ago. S.A.F.E. is an organization that “delivers confidential counseling free of charge to those affiliated with the military regardless of discharge type or length of service,” included are the active-duty service, veterans, and their families. They also provide free counseling to active Montgomery County First Responders and their families.
We were invited to “the Lord’s Table” for breakfast. How could you turn that down? Seated at our table along with Walt and Grace was Austin Peay State University President Dr. Michael Licari, Lieutenant Colonel Derek Di Bello, Command Sergeant Major Bryon Dinsmore, Tina Englen, Executive Director of Fort Campbell Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and her husband. The table in front of us to the right seated County Mayor Jim Durrett, City Mayor Joe Pitts and his wife Cynthia. The table to front left yielded U.S. Congressman Mark Green who was the keynote speak at the breakfast. Mark Green “came to Tennessee in his last assignment in the Army as the flight surgeon for the premier special operations aviation regiment. As a Night Stalker, Green deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror. His most memorable mission was the capture of Saddam Hussein. During the mission, he interrogated Hussein for six hours.” – https://markgreen.house.gov/biography
Our amazing Lord had aligned, prepared, and plopped me right in the middle of the very men and women that he was calling me to “step up” my prayer game for.
Mark eloquently spoke of three different soldiers that he knew and how they exemplified three warrior characteristics: courage, sacrifice and the “never quit,” enduring attitude. He brought me to tears and moved my spirit with the stories of their “heart wounds” and the burdens these warriors carried.
I learned at the breakfast that S.A.F.E., is a ministry that provides a place where military and first responders can be heard, healed of their heart wounds, and helped to unload their burdens.
I enCOURAGE you to join me. I hope you have been moved and also heard the call of Holy Spirit to pray for our leaders and military! PS…it does not matter who you voted for we are called to pray for our nations leaders.
Thank you for all our leaders, military and their families. We pray for righteous and just leaders in the world, our nation, state, community, city, military, church, and family. Draw our leaders and military men and women closer to your heart. Put people in their paths to guide them to you, their Salvation, Wisdom, Knowledge, Healer and Provider. We pray that our leaders align to You and Your word. We pray for wisdom, strength, courage and endurance for our leaders, military soldiers, and their families. Your word says: “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22 NKJV) We cast all our burdens on you and are confident that You will sustain the righteous, just leaders and will remove unjust leaders. Father, empower our leaders and military with Your power. Strengthen with your strength and guide with your wisdom and knowledge in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
If led, please click this link to read more about SAFE and to give to this wonderful organization:
“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.“ (Exo 23:20 NKJV)
The Lord has a place prepared for each of us to be right now. Are you in the right place? Don’t we all want to be in the right place at the right time? His will is for us to be…
In a place of health, not in a place sickness.
In a place of happiness, not sadness.
In a place of good, not bad.
In a place of enough, not a place of need.
In a place of faith, not in a place of fear.
“And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of God?” (Genesis 50:19 KJV)
“In the fear of the LORD [there is] strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.” – Proverbs 14:26 NKJV
In a place of refuge, not a place of peril.
In a place of wisdom, not a lack of knowledge.
In a place of prosperity, not pandering.
In a place of contentment, not depression.
In a place of liberty, not oppression.
In a place of joy, not pain.
In a place of life, not death.
In Him, not a place of our back turned on Him.
Where is the Lord’s place? It is a “secret place.” Didn’t we all like hideouts as a kid. I loved to go to secret places where I could escape the world and no one could find me. I would hang out there for hours. As adults, don’t we crave the secret hiding place even more, though many would not admit it?
Where is the Lord’s place? Where is the “secret place?” It is in His presence. He keeps us in His place. It is where we can hideout.
“You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” – Psalm 31:20 NKJV
Where is the Lord’s place? It is a “secret place.” It is the secret place of the Most-High. It is our dwelling place. HE is our dwelling place. The Lord is our place.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most-High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. … Because you have made the LORD, [who is] my refuge, [Even] the Most-High, your dwelling place,“ – Psalm 91:1, 9 NKJV
Where is the Lord’s place? The LORD is our hiding place. We are hidden in Him. He is a place we can go, stay, and hide. He preserves us in trouble and surrounds us with deliverance.
“You [are] my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7 NKJV)
When we need God (Isn’t that always?), we must go to Him. We have to close the door to all the outside noise and call on Him in the “secret place.” He will answer and reward, give away, deliver (again), repay, recompense, render, requite, and restore openly. Great reward is found in the secret place of His presence.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who [is] in the secret [place]; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly
… so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who [is] in the secret [place]; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:6, 18 NKJV
Where is the Lord’s place? It is a “secret place” where He can share His plans, purposes, and lead us to the place of victory. When we have been in the “secret place” of His presence, we come out smelling like the sweetness of Jesus. Undeniably, we can share His sweet smell in every place. It victoriously overcomes the stench of this world
“Now thanks [be] to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (2Co 2:14 NKJV)
When you do not know where to go nor what to do….
I enCOURAGE you to go to your Hiding place, enter the “secret place,” the presence of the Most- High. Do not give “place” to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27 NKJ) Do not stay in the place of sickness, sadness, need, fear, peril, lack of knowledge, pandering, depression, oppression, pain nor death. In His presence, in the “secret place,” can be found health, happiness, faith, refuge, wisdom, prosperity, contentment, liberty, joy, life, enough, and more than enough.
Stay in your place…the right place…the”secret place” of the Most-High.
“Like a bird that wanders from its nest [Is] a man who wanders from his place.” (Pro 27:8 NKJV)
Today, unbeknownst to Pastor Scott Sheppard, I am turning my blog over to him. Below is a wise and concise excerpt from Pastor Scott. If you prefer to listen, here is the link that begins at 1:09 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZCMp1U_HEI&t=4173s ) He spoke so clearly what was on his heart and my mine. __________________________
WHERE IN THE BIBLE ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE KNOW? by Scott Sheppard February 27, 2022
“I was talking to my Dad yesterday and he asked, ‘Has the world gone crazy or is God trying to tell us something? ‘- Pastor Robert Sheppard.
The answer to that question is yes.
I am going to explain a little bit to you where we are on the Biblical timeline. WE KNOW that there’s been a ridiculous attack by Russia on the Ukraine and it’s not looking good. As we’ve been in worship there is a nuclear warhead that has been set on go from Russia. What does the Bible say about where we are? From the perspective that I have of the word of God, is there any significance to Russia and the Ukraine? Where are we right now as it relates to Biblical prophecy?
First of all, I believe we’re living in the end times. I believe that the Lord Jesus could come back to earth at any given moment and if He does, I HOPE YOU’RE READY. I hope you’ve told everyone you love that they need to be ready. I don’t normally preach these kinds of sermons, but I just felt like yesterday it was appropriate and necessary. Let me begin by saying …we are I are living in the last days. There are signs that the Bible tells us about. Jesus told us to look for these signs and when you see these signs, you’ll know that the time is near.
In Matthew 24, he Jesus says it’ll be like labor pains of a woman…liking it to this the closer a woman gets to delivering her baby, the closer those labor pains become. Jesus used that illustration because He wanted us to understand the closer the signs of the times become the closer, we are to His coming. He gives us several things to be looking for in Matthew 24. You’ll hear about lots of wars and rumors of wars. What we’re seeing right now in Russia and the Ukraine is unparalleled. It’s like nothing we have seen in a in a long, long, time. It’s on a scale that none of us have witnessed. It’s different. Jesus also said as the time gets nearer, you’ll see plagues and if coronavirus was not a plague, I don’t know if we will ever see one. Ebola is still the greatest plague. It took more lives than any other.
Jesus said it wouldn’t just be wars, rumors of wars, plagues. He said he when the time draws near, there’s going to be a rising up of a leader’s who will dominate. They’ll be deceitful. The Bible names the leader who’s going to rise up and deceive, the Antichrist. I believe that what we’re seeing right now from Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is a is a sign of the things to come. His dominant, deceptive ways….We’re seeing so much government overreach in the world…reaching beyond their boundaries. It’s showing the world an example of what we can expect to see when the Antichrist comes on comes on the scene.
The question I get more than anything these past couple of weeks. ‘Is Russia a part of Biblical prophecy?’ Before you can really answer that question, I think it’s important for us to understand the difference between the modern and the Biblical. We have to understand the places and the players in the entire game. We have to understand who they were then and who they are now. Today, what the Bible calls Magog is what we call Russia. The Bible calls Iran, Persia and Ukraine, Gomer and Turkey, Togmorah. There are names that we’re familiar with who carried their names all the way throughout like Ethiopia and
When we look at the situation that that’s taking place in Ukraine and what that means to most legitimate Bible scholars, we look at Ukraine and Russia and they will bring us back to the t Ezekiel 38. Ezekiel prophesied about a scattering and a regathering of Jews . If you know anything about history, you’ll know that world wars drove most Jews out of Israel. and they were all over the world. Since 1948, after World War II, when Israel was declared its own nation, there has been a regathering of Jews. More than sixty percent of all Jews in the world have regathered to live in their homeland of Israel. Happenstance? I think not. Twenty- five hundred years ago the prophet Ezekiel said it would happen. There will be a scattering and a sign of the times, would be a regathering the Jewish people back into their homeland. and We’ve seen it happen.
So, what about Russia? Ukraine? What roles do they play in the Biblical timeline? Biblical scholars take us back to Magog which is modern day Russia and to Gog which is a leader. Gog is not a place, but a person Gog is the leader of Magog. Gog gathers the regions together, leads the people, and is the architect of the battle that’s going take place. The Bible. says there’ll be an overtaking of Israel…
For the Biblical timeline to be accurate Ukraine either has to become allies with Russia or Russia has to conquer Ukraine. When you read through Ezekiel 36-39, you see that these things have to happen in Biblical order according to prophecy. Is this battle of Gog and Magog where regions led by Russia will gather Persia and all these other nations that are surrounding Israel and overtake. Ezekiel says that from the far north of Israel will come a great power. In the Bible this is called the spirit of Rush; it is Magog. If you look at your Biblical map, go to Israel, look directly to the far north and your will see Russia. The Bible says Russia will move in and arch over her, speaking of Israel. Gog will lead Magog (Russia) will be the nation that leads.
Ukraine used to be a part of the Russian empire. In 1991 they pulled away from Russia. The communist powers of Russia have not been happy since they separated. They’ve been declaring since the day Ukraine left that they would get them back. This is not a new battle a new fight, nor a new situation. It’s just taking some time to get here, but it was prophesied all the way back 2500 years ago from Ezekiel that was going to happen. now why do you say all
It’s so easy in times like these to get our right eyes off the real target. When you’re looking at Biblical prophecies and trying to understand the Biblical timeline, you can’t be distracted by Russia and Ukraine, nor by China and Taiwan. If you’re looking at Biblical prophecy, you have to keep your eyes on Israel because Israel is the center of all Biblical prophecy. Everything about Biblical prophecy pertains to Israel and everything that happens around Israel. Most Biblical scholars will tell you that the reason Russia and the Ukraine are important is because Ezekiel 38 has to become a reality. This nation from the north has to come in and to overtake Israel, or to attempt to overtake Israel.
Want to hear some really good news ? The Bible says that when that day happens all of these nations are going to going to come in. They’re going to try to overtake Israel. Russia is going to be leading the pack. They’re going to have Iran, Jordan and all the other nations who hate Israel, right there beside them. They’re going to all come on Israel. The Bible says that the greatest battle Israel ever won will happen on that day when God enables Israel to overtake them all.
What we’re seeing today between Russia and Ukraine is not is not about the Magog and Gog war. It’s preparation for that war. It’s what has to happen before that war can happen. The Ukraine has to either become allies or the Ukraine has to be taken over by Russia before the rest of this prophecy can be fulfilled.
Now let me tell you good news, if you’re a believer, bad news, if you’re not a believer, this does not have to happen before Jesus can return. JESUS CAN COME TONIGHT! What the Bible is showing us…time is getting closer and closer and closer. What Jesus says is a real powerful picture. He says in Luke, ‘When you see these things beginning to happen, freak out, live in fear and throw in the towel because the days are over.’ That’s not what he said! He did say it was going to happen ,right? He said when it does happen, ‘when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end [will] not [come] immediately.” … ‘Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.’ (Luke 21:9, 28 NKJV)
You know Christ’s return is eminent and that’s why we’re in such a place right now where we have to be living for Jesus. It’s a bad day to be an atheist, but it’s also a bad day for believers not to be telling their nonbeliever friends that is too close not to get it right with Jesus. You got people you love, you got people you care about…this prophecy…what’s going on between Russia and Ukraine. It is a reminder, It’s a picture that we are so close ,and you better live ready! You are better live right. My wife told me this morning to tell people they have to get right. The Bible says there’s going to be many who say, ‘Lord, Lord , Jesus, Jesus,’ and He is going to say, ‘Who are you?’ ( Matthew 7:21-23). You know what He’s talking about? He’s talking about people that were in church every Sunday, people who prayed, they sang the songs. They did religion, but they never KNEW JESUS.
Now this thing going on in the world right. Where in the Bible are we?The Bible is telling us to make sure you’re ready, right now. Time is getting close. It’s reminding us that there’s that a Biblical timeline. You and I are seeing the Biblical timeline revealed, not only wars and rumors of wars and famines. Famines are happening at a rate that we’ve never seen him in human history. Did you know that over the last 100 years more Christians have been slaughtered than at any other time? There’s almost not a day that goes by that my wife doesn’t send me a text message about another earthquake. Jesus said, ‘When you see these signs…’
Last night, I looked up, ‘earthquakes on the rise.’ I found that earthquakes that register at 6.7 or higher, over the las 100 years are happening at a rate faster than ever. The last ten years, they have grown at rate faster than the last 100.
You and I are living in a time when we are seeing the Bible revealed.
How do you know this isn’t the battle of Gog and Magog? One of the reasons is because the alignment of all the countries that are involved haven’t completely come together. Another reason that I know is because the Bible says when it happens, speaking of Israel, it says that there will be a peace. They’ll be at rest. The Bible says their gates will have been taken down, their bars removed, and they would be living at a time of peace. Israel is not there yet to welcome that kind of a battle. In other words, it says it’s going to happen almost when they’re sleeping. One translation of the Bible says it’ll happen when Israel is unaware. Half the Jews in the world have moved back to Israel which has already fulfilled the first part of that prophecy. The second part doesn’t have to be fulfilled before the Lord returns. All through the Bible prophecy is being revealed. The Bible says, when you see all these things, lift up your eyes, lift up your head because you redemption…the time you’ve been looking… lift it up because you’re almost out of here…
It’s not about the Russians. This is about power. There are good people in Russia.
Our Christian brothers and sisters all over Russia need our prayers right now to cover them.
We need to pray for NATO and our world leaders. We need to pray for President Joe Biden. He needs our prayers right now. We need our president to hear from God. We need our president to have a greater fear of God that he has of man. Our job is to pray for him. It’s our God ordained responsibility. Did you know that if you’re not praying for your leaders, you’re out of the will of God ? It’s not about political party or who you voted for, who you agree with or don’t agree with, it’s about what the Bible says. The Bible says that we pray for our government. We must pray for those who rule over us. They need Jesus. They need to hear from Jesus. They need to turn their hearts. They need to turn their minds and they need to be more afraid of Jesus than they are afraid of man. We need to we need to pray for 44-year-old President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his family. These are prayers all of us need to pray. All of us need to give. All of us need to do something because that’s what we do. We don’t just sit tell sad stories and talk about how bad things are. We take action! We don’t fear. We don’t run. We don’t hide. We follow the words of Jesus.
When you see these things around you, pull your shoulders back, lift up your head toward heaven because you’re about to see Jesus flip open the sky–that’s what Jesus said–that’s my interpretation of what he said, but that’s what he meant. It’s what we’re going to do.
If you don’t know Jesus, it’s not a good time in our world not to know Jesus. We come to church every week praying that somebody will get hope for the future and healing from the past. Your only hope for the future is to know Jesus. If you don’t know Jesus, my prayer is that Jesus would tap on your heart, and you would open the door and let him in. If you do know Jesus, but you’re not walking right, I pray something in your spirit would awaken you. MAYBE take a look at Biblical prophecy and you would realize that they could predict what we’re seeing today…2500 years ago…there must be a God in heaven, a God who knows and wants us to know. He says that He doesn’t want us to be unaware. It is why I took the time to preach this message. God wants you to be aware and doesn’t want you to be confused. I want you to know where you are, where we are at this time the world. He is coming again. HE IS COMING AGAIN! IT IS HIS WILL THAT NONE SHOULD PERISH BUT ALL WOULD HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. The only way we get it, is we get to know Him.
I wonder, is there anybody who would say, ‘I don’t I know him. I don’t know him, or I know him, but I have not allowed my love for Him to change the way I live. I know him but I’m not living like I love him, and I want that to change today. He loved me so much that He gave his life for me; I want to be able to love him enough to live my life for him. He never asked you to die for Him. He just asked you to live for Him.
If you need Jesus, or if you know Jesus, but you are not living like you love Him. If you say, I want Him in my life. I need him in my life. I don’t want to be unaware. I don’t want to be caught off guard when Jesus comes. I want to be living for Jesus. When he comes, I want to be right with Him. There’s a whole lot of people that are hunkered down, hiding, fighting for their lives in basements. They can’t get up and can’t move. I’m going to ask you to move because you can. We have freedom that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine don’t have right now. They can’t out in their streets. They can’t step out into the grocery store. They can’t step over to see their parents, but you can step out and live for Jesus. There’s something symbolic about stepping toward Him. I encourage you to make move toward Him. He made that move for us when He left heaven, came to earth, lived the perfect life, and died a sinners death so that we could have life. I don’t really give a rip what anybody else thinks. I just want to make heaven happy. I’m going to live for Jesus. I’m not ashamed. Stand up! When you do heavens going to start rejoicing.
Pray this prayer:
Thank you for Your grace that saves me and Your spirit that draws me. Thank you for bringing me to this place. I give myself to You. Forgive me of all of my sins? Give me a brand-new start? Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for getting up out of that grave. Thank you for the courage you gave me today to get up out of my seat and to give my life to You, Lord. I receive this gift of salvation from You. I ask You now to move in my life. Give me a brand-new beginning, empower me by the Holy Spirit. Use my life as an asset to your Kingdom in Jesus name. Amen.” __________________________
I enCOURAGE YOU TO TURN OR RETURN TO JESUS, when He comes you do not want to miss Him and you definitely want Him to know you . And, I, Tammy Phillips, daughter of the Most High God, attest that you want to know Him. Life with Him is AMAZING. Life without Him…not so much. Join the family! Join the kingdom of God. Your alternative is an eternity separated from Him…in a place you do not want to go…hell.
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“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
God’s plan was you! He planned for your birth. He planned for you to be right here right now. If he had given you a biographical book of your life for your 16th birthday, you would not believe its contents.
The word of God in Psalm 139:15 -16 tells us that we were intricately and skillfully formed, as if embroidered with many colors in the depths of the earth. God’s eyes saw our unformed substance and in His book were written all the days that were appointed for us and before we were even born. He did write a book about us we just did not get the luxury of reading it.
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand.” Psalm 139: 17-18
Stop! Pause! Think about this. God thinks about you all the time! You are always on His mind. His thoughts of you outnumber the sand. God has not forgot about you. You are important to Him, here and now. His eyes are always on you. And, I do not care how old your are. God had and has a plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us so…
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
You probably have heard and read this quote from God many, many times. However, God is alive, and He always has new things to show us in His word, no matter how many times we have read a verse. For about ten years, I have journaled and have filled thirty plus journals. I have seen this verse every morning on the front of my journal, yet the other day, it rose in my sprit again. I sought God and look at the treasure I found…
For I know… I see… The thoughts that I think toward you… The thoughts that outnumber the sand… I think about you all the time… I know the thoughts, the “mahasaba, ” which is the Hebrew word for thoughts meaning… the plans the purposes the charges the inventions the imaginations The word “mahasaba” comes from the word, “hasab” which means to plait, to weave, mixing colors and threads; to invent, and to compose.
Not only did the Lord weave your body together with various colors, but He also wove your life, your plans, and purposes together. He has a beautiful, colorful plan for you.
His plan is to show you Himself fresh and new, no matter how many times you have read the same verse. If you seek Him, you will find Him! If you seek Him, you will find His plan and purpose for you. He had me start sharing his gospel via writing in my fifties and start a prayer group at fifty-five. BUT GOD…I love his most recent charge, come-to-action, so much. He inspired my mother at seventy-five, you heard me, seventy-five, to teach her first solo Bible study on REVELATION. She took a class on teaching precepts. We do not even talk as much anymore because she is even more committed to studying and presenting His word to her retirement community. She has stepped into her purpose “for such a time as this.” I am so proud of her for answering the call.
Don’t tell me you cannot learn something new. God always has something new for you. Don’t tell me you are too old or too young. “God is bigger than your head!” -Cindy McGill
Finishing out Jeremiah 29:11…God has thoughts of peace, “shalom,” toward you. The Hebrew word “shalom” means wellness, soundness, safety, wholeness, health, and completeness.
He started a good work in you. He will complete and fill you up with a purpose if you allow. He will give you “hope and a future,” literally a colorful cord woven together for you to hang on to.
I enCOURAGE you to trust the Lord. Seek Him early. Hear Him, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He is waiting for you. What are you waiting on?
“Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] For brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NKJV)
I had laundry that needed to be folded before we left for a long day of a string of events, a celebratory breakfast, a lunch reception, two basketball games and “a date-night” dinner in Nashville. I flipped on the television to distract me into speed folding the mound of laundry on our bed. I caught the tail end of a movie. There were some obvious conflicts at the wedding, particularly with the best man and the groom. I believe that the best man chose not to disclose a secret that would have destroyed the groom’s wedding. In the close, it seemed that they all made peace. The movie ended with the entire cast of the wedding doing the electric slide. It was in that moment that Holy Spirit went to work to teach me more about unity.
Unity or the word united literally means to be one; a unit; a junction; altogether; joined together. In the dance despite their many differences. They chose forgiveness. The chose love. They moved as one, individually, yet altogether. It was beautiful. It was smooth. It was easy. Their focus was not on what divided them, but what was most important, love. And love conquered. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1Pe 4:8 NIV)
The LORD wove each of us together, various colors and yet created us to be one person.
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricatelyand curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth.” (Ps. 139:13,15)
He is weaving the body of Christ together in the same way. We are all various colors, red, yellow, black, brown, beige, and white. I am visual. The Lord showed me the other day that He is preparing and weaving us in to one perfect bride of various colors. Do you know what color pure light is? Light is a spectrum combination of seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Light is all the colors of the rainbow. It is not black. It is not white. It is all colors. He is weaving the bride together just like He wove us individually together.
The Lord calls us to walk in Light, to be a light and to reflect Him. He calls us to walk in unity. Ephesians 4:1-6 tells us so,
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Eph 4:1-6 NKJV)
When we walk in unity bearing one another in love, no matter our differences, we become the one beautiful dance, the one beautiful body, separate but acting and moving as one. We become the bride that Christ is waiting on and then there will be no holding him back.
Our country was created in the same manner as our bodies. We are called the United States of America. We are fifty individual states and when we move as One, we are a force to be reckoned with. Currently, we are divided on so many factions. We are even divided on how and why our America was created. We were created one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We allowed God to be taken out of so many things in our nation. We are divided. We are losing our liberties. And justice for all is not a dream but reality if we bow our knees and submit to God alone. He is the only answer for our states to be united and to move as one again.
What a great picture! We all stop, put aside our differences and be the UNITED STATES, one nation under God, doing the electric slide altogether. Choosing forgiveness. Choosing love.
“You can’t see it. It’s electric! You gotta feel it. It’s electric… I’ve got to move. I’m going on a party ride. I’ve got to groove, groove, groove, and from this music I just can’t hide. Are you comin’ with me? Come let me take you on a party ride. And I’ll teach you, teach you, teach you…I’ll teach you the electric slide…” -Marcia Griffiths
I enCOURAGE you to make today a day of love, set aside your differences and choose love. It IS your choice. You do not always have to be right. You do not always have to win. I promise you, neither you, nor I know everything. I do know that everybody wants to be loved. If we would just choose love over all the hate that is being stirred…just get back in the groove…“It would be electric. Boogie woogie, woogie…” Start today and then try it again tomorrow and the next day…and so on. It all starts with being united with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are not with Him, choose Him today. Pray this prayer with me.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” (Psalm 86:11 KJV) Teach me to love like You. Teach me to forgive like You and live like you. Teach me to see like You. Heal me. Heal our marriages. Heal our families, churches, cities, counties, states, our nation. Teach us to be one. Teach us to do Your “electric slide,” so we can slide on into being the glorious bride that you are waiting for. It is all for Your glory. Amen
“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” (Romans 12:16 NLT)
“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection,” (Romans 6:5 NKJV
The wedding rehearsal was waiting for one groomsman to begin. Where was James? It was the question we were all asking and then he appeared. He had decided to take an early morning beach ride to the casual rehearsal venue. Along the way, he experienced a flat tire. He had to walk and push the bike a little way to make it to the destination. When he arrived, he was “flat tired!”
Isn’t that just like life? We are cruising through day-by-day and then pop! Pressure comes so hard and fast that your internal tire just goes flat. The troubles of life can suck the air right out of you just like a flat tire on an early morning beach ride. Life comes to a halt because you are “flat-tired!” We have to get off the bike of life and push it to find a place to revive the “tire.”
Are you riding on the bike of life “flat-tired?” Have circumstances, situations and the cares of the world knocked the breath out of you? Do you need a revival? I know the place of revival if you are “flat-tired.”
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” (Psalm 138:7 NKJV)
David walked in the middle of trouble, I would say that he was “flat-tired.” He knew Who would revive, help, and save him. He knew where and who to go to when he needed his “deflated tire” of the inner man brought back to life. The Hebrew word for revive is chayah which means:
Restore to life
To live well
The idea of breathing
I hate getting “flat-tired.” Hate it. It is trouble I just don’t want to be bothered with. Isn’t that like all cares? Who wants to be bothered? The good news is inner revival is really an easy fix. Trust the Lord as Savior, Deliver and Reviver. He is life and it is He who breathes His life into our “flat-tired.” It is His word that brings life and healing. David said three times in Psalm 119 , “Revive me according to Your word.”
In Proverbs 4:22, Solomon says the LORD’s words “are life to those who find them, and health to one’s whole body.”
When you are feeling flat and lifeless, fill up on the word of God and pray the words of David:
“Revive me according to Your word. … Revive me in Your way… Revive me in Your righteousness. … Revive me according to Your lovingkindness Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word. … Revive me according to Your justice. … Revive me according to Your word. … Revive me according to Your judgments. … Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.” (Psalm 119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 149, 154, 156, 159 NKJV)
Hear the answer of our kind and loving Father, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive: the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15 NKJV)
His will is to revive us. His will is for us to live, recover, be repaired, be restored, to flourish…to breathe. He is not about us being “flat-tired.”
I enCOURAGE you to get your “flat tire” fixed. Jump back on the bike with the Lord and ride along the beaches of life with the cool, salty breeze of His presence blowing in your face. This my brothers and sisters is true revival.
“Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.” (Pro 4:4 NKJV)
“He gives power to the weak, And to [those who have] no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew [their] strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isa 40:29-31 NKJV)
“And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after My [own] heart, who will do all My will.’” (Acts 13:22 NKJV)
Without even trying many of us desire to be just like our earthly dads. My desire is to follow in my heavenly Father’s footsteps. I want the LORD to say, “I have found Tammy the daughter of Dewey (and Marie), a woman after My heart.” Father God:
I want a heart like You. I want to love like You. I want to live like You. I want to give like You. I want to forgive like You. I want to be humble like You. I want be merciful like You. I want to be gracious like You. I want to serve like You. I want to be a warrior like You. I want to fight like you. I want to conquer like You. I want to be strong like You. I want to be courageous like You. I want to brave like You. I want to stand immovable like You. I want to endure like You. I want to be just like my Daddy.
I enCOURAGE you to be a child after our Father’s heart. Do His will and be found like David having a heart just like our Daddy. How do you know God’s will? Read His word. He tells us over and over what His will is and how to be just like Him, a loving, merciful, gracious Father.
Ask Him for help. “Father God, teach me to be just like You? P.S… One day will You let me help You paint the sky or will it even matter when I am standing in Your presence?”
“YOD. Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” – Psalm 119:73 NKJV
“Therefore, I remind you to STIR UP THE GIFT OF GOD which is in you …” (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV)
When you know the LORD, and file away His words within, the Holy Spirit will send you reminders. He will give you “the word,” the power you need just at the right time. Last week, I heard Holy Spirit, clear as day, “I AM your Warrior. You are my warrior. STIR IT UP!”
Then Holy Spirit prompted me, “Write the vision and make [it] plain on tablets that he may run who reads it. For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. ‘Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:2-4 NKJV)
I am going to make this as plain as I can. I pray that you will run with it. I did and it made all the difference.
The Lord is our Warrior. (See yesterday’s post if you need encouragement.)
“The LORD [is] a man of war; The LORD [is] His name.” (Exodus 15:1-3 NKJV)
We are His warriors following His lead.
“A warrior filled with wisdom ascends into the high place and releases breakthrough, bringing down the strongholds of the mighty.” (Proverbs 21:22 TPT)
We have a mission; go. However, the enemy bombards us with the things of life in order to stop us from going. The responsibilities of life hinder us from hearing the spoken word, praying, reading the word, and even gathering together in His name. The coals of our spirits still smolder but need to be “stirred up” to keep the flame and passion inside burning.
Leave it to David to teach us about getting stirred up! David had been going, doing, leading, and conquering. He and his men came back home from a mission to find that the enemy had invaded, burned their city down, taken everything, wives, children, and all their stuff. His men were none too happy with him and talked of stoning him. He was distressed! Life was beating him up and pressing in hard on him. (1 Samuel 30:1-6).
“… but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV)
The Hebrew word for encourage is chazaq. It means…
He fastened himself on the LORD.
He seized, squeezed, cleaved, and grabbed hold of the LORD.
He grew firm and strong in the LORD.
He was courageous in the LORD
He established himself in the LORD.
He took hold of the LORD.
He withstood in the Lord.
When the world pressed in on Him, he pressed into the LORD. How did he encourage himself? How did he stir himself up? Take a look at the Psalms. Why do we love them so much? We read and see how David struggled just like us, how real he was with God, how he encouraged and strengthened himself. When David got down, he stirred himself up in the Lord. He called on the Lord. He asked the LORD to get stirred up on his behalf. Have you ever stirred up the Warrior on your behalf?
“[A Psalm] of David. Plead [my cause], O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler and stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I [am] your salvation.” … Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord.” (Psalm 35:1-3, 23 NKJV)
The Hebrew word David used above for stir is “ur” which means open your eyes; awake; arise; ardent; to be hot. We can only laugh and learn at David’s candor with the LORD. He asks the Warrior to wake up twice to his cause! Then he asks the LORD to open his ears and stir up his strength. David IS talking to ALMIGHTY, ALL-POWERFUL GOD and asking Him to get stirred up.
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell [between] the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, Stir up Your strength and come [and] save us! Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!” (Psalm 80:1-3 NKJV)
Then David made exuberant declarations of faith like Psalm 3 , Psalm 27, Psalm 31 and pretty much every other Psalm. He encouraged Himself in the Lord. He declared who the Lord is, what He would do and confidently believed in the awoke Warrior!
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”(Psalm 27:14 NKJV)
“Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” (Psalm 31:24 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE and “remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV). Stir up in the preceding is the Greek word, “anadzoopureoo.” It is a derivative of three words. First, “ana” has the idea of doing it again; “zōos” is from zao: which means enjoy real life, alive, be enthusiastic, fervent, passionate, wholehearted, and zealous. And, “pyr” means fire. Put these all together and we see Paul is urging Timothy to “stir it up,” to rekindle, inflame, strengthen, remain on fire, and to resuscitate the flame within.
My bold interpretation of Paul’s words to myself and you: “Light the fire! Put on your big girl britches. Everybody faces adversity. Remember whose daughter you are. Remember, the Warrior within, beside, in front of and behind you. He is your Daddy, the Ultimate Warrior. You are a warrior. Stir it up! Let’s go. Be responsible and fill up your gas tank to keep the fire burning. Live on purpose, a life ablaze.”
“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) So…“Let us hold fast the confession of [our] hope without wavering, for He who promised [is] faithful.“ (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
Songs evoke extreme emotions, thoughts of warm moments, fun times, and pictures of loved ones. I cannot hear the song, “How Great Thou Art, “ without turning into the biggest cry baby. Yes, it paints a picture of our great God and the hope we have in Him. However, it also awakens precious memories of my tiny Nanny belting out the song in a physical attempt to reach the throne of God with her small, off-key voice. I know her praise reached the attentive ear of our Lord God and brought more joy to His heart than it does to mine each time I hear it.
Songs are powerful and can change our thought patterns. I read about the song of Moses and Israel this past week. The song delivered yet another dimension of the Lord to the mailbox of my mind. When I opened the letter from Holy Spirit, I was so encouraged. I hope you will be, too.
EXODUS 15: The Song of Moses and Israel (Exodus 15: Tammy sings adds her own words as she sings along)
Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, singing,
“I will sing to the Lord, for… He has triumphed gloriously. The horse and its rider (the enemy)He has thrown into the sea. (…and He will do it for me.)
2The Lord is my strength:
The Lord is my power.
The Lord is my might.
The Lord is my boldness.
The Lord is my firmness.
The Lord is my defense.
The Lord is my refuge.
The Lord is my protection.
The LORD is my song. And He has become my salvation:
He has become my help.
He has become my deliverance.
He has become my health.
He has become my victory.
It’s what the word Salvation means!
This is my God,and I will praise Him! My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
3 The LORD is a Warrior.
The Lord is a man of war.
The LORD is a man to fight
The LORD is a fighter.
The LORD is a man to fight against “it”
The LORD is a man of battle.
The Lord is an Overcomer.
The LORD is His name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has thrown into the sea. (I would sing, OUR ENEMIES He has thrown into the sea.) His chosen captains are drowned in the Red Sea. (I would sing, OUR biggest and baddest ENEMIES He has thrown into the sea.)
5 The deep [water] covers them; [Clad in armor] they sank into the depths like a stone. (see Mark 11:22-24how we deal with our enemies)
6 Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy (Jesus! You are the right hand of God. You are all powerful. We ask you to break our enemy into pieces on our behalf. In Jesus name. We evict the devil, and He has to go, in the name of Jesus!)
7 In the GREATNESS of Your majesty You overthrow and annihilate those [adversaries] who rise [in rebellion] against You; (The Lord is furious with the enemy!) You send out Your fury (anger, heat, displeasure), and it consumes them like chaff. (The LORD is mad at hell and its schemes!)
8 With the blast of Your nostrils the waters piled up, The flowing waters stood up like a mound; The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. (The LORD has a plan…Just a little poof and the seas stacked up like jello!)
9 The enemy said (and declared his plan), ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied against them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall dispossess them and drive them out.’ (The enemy of God has plans to steal kill and destroy! We boldly declare: “Jesus is our Warrior King! We are not afraid of our enemies. We fear the living God alone. We call on warrior God to help us and shatter our enemies. In the name of Jesus!)
10 You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; [Clad in armor] they sank like lead in the mighty waters. (Our Warrior executed and will execute His plan with a simple breath of defeat.)
11 Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in splendor, working wonders? (Our wonder working warrior God, nobody is like you!)
12 You stretched out Your right hand, The sea swallowed them. (Our Warrior swallowed up our enemies!)
13 You in Your mercy, loving-kindness,andgoodness have led the people whom You have redeemed, In Your strength You have guided them with care to Your holy habitation. (God is merciful, kind, loving, gracious, but He is our WARRIOR, too.)
14 The peoples have heard [about You], they tremble; Anguish and fear has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 Then the [tribal] chiefs of Edom were dismayed and horrified; The [mighty] leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away [in despair]— (The enemy of God is afraid! The enemy of God melts away. Melting can be a slow or fast process; it is still melting. Our job is patient endurance.)
16 Terror and dread fall on them; (Terror and dread of our Warrior goes before and shatters the enemies of God!) Because of the greatness of Your arm they are as still as a stone; Until Your people pass by and [into Canaan], O Lord, Until the people pass by whom You have purchased.
17 You will bring them [into the land of promise] and plant them on the mountain (Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem) of Your inheritance, The place, O Lord, You have made for Your dwelling [among them], The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. (We all have our own place and our own promised land. We all have our own mountain to climb and enemy to overcome.)
18 “The Lord shall reign to eternity and beyond.” (Buzz Light Year has nothing on God. Our Hero and Warrior will reign to eternity and beyond. If that doesn’t make you happy, I do not know what will?)
19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his war-chariots and his charioteers into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea on them, BUT (GOD)the sons of Israel walked on dry land in the middle of the sea. (The Warrior did it for Israel. The Warrior is the same, yesterday, and forever. He defeated Satan at the cross and He does the same for us every day. We have to occupy our territory and call on His name. He wins! We win!)
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron [and Moses], took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam answered them,
‘Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously and is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.”
I enCOURAGE you read Exodus 15 for yourself. Do you need a Warrior? You will find Him. Take a good look at your Warrior. He is your Champion. He is brave, strong, and valiant. He is the Chief. He is the mightiest and the strongest Warrior and He goes before you in every battle. Follow Him. He will guide you through into songs of victory!
“The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” (Isaiah 42:13 NIV)
I took Lana’s encouraging word s from the Lord and created declarations for 2022, supported by the word of God, line by line. Please clink on date links above to read her encouragements and scripture reference below to see entire scripture. Be blessed and use these declarations in your daily walk. They are what God says about you and me.
“DAUGHTERS OF GOD, YOUR HEALING IS UPON YOU SO YOU MAY RUN LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER RUN BEFORE”- Lana Vawser
“The winds of My Spirit and the tidal wave of My revelation and resurrection power is crashing upon you now and causing you to arise into a strength and empowerment of My Spirit where you will RUN. Get your new shoes on for it is time to run.”
I will not be stopped. I will not be stopped. Ps. 33:11