Jesus bowed down and washed the nasty dirty, stinky feet of Judas who He knew was going to betray Him.
Jesus even gave Judas a prime seat near Him at the very last dinner He was going to have with his beloved disciples.
Jesus called him friend in the garden where Judas betrayed Jesus and loved Judas unconditionally to the end.
Jesus endured three different trials where He was falsely accused by the religious of the day before being sent to the cross. He said NOTHING in His defense.
Jesus was mocked.
Jesus was slapped and punched in the face.
Jesus was spit at.
Jesus said nothing.
After they finally judged Him guilty for answering the question, “Are you the Son of God?”
Jesus was beaten to near death.
Jesus was stripped of his clothes.
Jesus was shamed by the soldiers. They dressed him like a king in a scarlet robe.
Jesus was pierced when they placed a crown of thorns on his head…again mocking Him as king.
Jesus was given a reed staff for His right hand and then later beat with it.
Jesus was spat on again.
Jesus was stripped again and sent to the cross.
Jesus was judged as a criminal and crucified beside two.
Jesus was mocked again by passers by. What did He say, “Father, forgive them? They don’t know what they are doing?”
Has anyone else ever loved you that much? Will anyone ever? No! Only Jesus, the Savior would humble himself to the point of death in exchange for your life. He did that for you and me.
But then…HE ROSE. He shook the world and HE ROSE. He defeated death. Bam! He did that for us, so that we can follow His example and rise in Him, too. Thank you, Jesus!
I enCOURAGE you to think about what He did for you and me. I could not do it and neither to you. I couldn’t get pass Judas betraying me, nor keeping my mouth shut in self-defense. HE DID NOTHING WRONG. It was us! He did it all for us! We choose to stay parked in offense and pain when he led the way and showed us to move on and love. He loved us so much that He took every mock, punch, lashing, spit and even a shameful death. He did that for us!
What have you done for Him lately? He requires nothing but for you to choose, love and listen to Him. As you think of what He did and does, choose Him. He is the only way. He did it all for us, so that we could spend forever with Him. Choose Jesus.
“The prudent considers well his steps.” (Pro 14:14-15 NKJV) “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways!”’ (Hag 1:7 NKJV)
Recently, I scrolled social media and accidentally found the St. Jude’s Second Annual 100-Mile Challenge for April. Without hesitation or a second thought, I committed to it. It was only running, walking, or stepping an average on 3.33 miles a day for each day in April. What I soon came to realize, it would take 3.33 miles EVERY DAY to reach 100 miles and if missed one day, the number increased. I had not been exercising regularly. I thought this would be great way to motivate myself to get moving and benefit a great cause. The first and second days of stepping were a little slow…very slow.
My fundraiser goal was met very quickly, so I increased it. The second goal was also reached easily by the gracious donations of friends and family. I concluded that I better get my feet to stepping. People had committed to me, and I better get committed super-fast to walking out this challenge.
Stepping, walking, running, racing are all themes used in the Bible to teach us spiritual lessons. Holy Spirit had a lesson prepared and waiting: “Every step matters.”
If we do not take the first step, we definitely cannot take the second. If we do not take the second step, we cannot take the third and so on and so on. If we do not step, we cannot make progress. If we do not step, we cannot attain or goals. If we do not step, we cannot live. Even someone who cannot physically walk, utilizes a wheelchair to go and uses their hands “to step.” Everything in life is about taking steps.
“Ponder the path of your feetand let all your ways be established.” (Pro 4:26 NKJV)
My translation of Proverbs 4:26: “Think about and prepare for every step you take.” Look at it like this. Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, cooking supper, baking a cake, planning a trip, a wedding, or an event, all require us to take certain steps. One miss step and we miss our intended goal. Take for example, driving a car, one must:
Unlock the car.
Open the door.
Step into the car.
Start the car.
Put the car in gear.
Push the gas.
If we do not follow these steps, we cannot drive. Every step matters. If we do not take the necessary steps, we cannot get where we are going. We cannot achieve our goal. Life is a series of steps. If we do not step, we stop.
My goal is to take at least 225, 000 steps in the month of April. That is one quarter of a million steps!!! Do you really think every single step doesn’t matter to me? Slow down and really meditate, everystep we take is one step closer to our goal. In the beginning of the challenge, I was mindlessly doing daily chores and running errands. These things didn’t seem important, but they keep our home “going.” I was not counting each and every step as important. When became conscious of every step, even to the restroom, some days, I could add a as much as a mile or two to my daily total. Every step matters.
I enCOURAGE YOU to consider well your steps.
Your steps are ordered by the Lord. Every step matters.
“The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)
The Lord sees your every step, whether you are in or out of step with Him. Every step matters.
“For His eyes [are] on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.” (Job 34:21 NKJV)
When we make a miss step into the miry clay and get stuck, He is there, too.He reestablishes our steps. Every step matters.
“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:2 NKJV)
Our steps are of and directed by the Lord.Every step matters.
“A man’s steps [are] of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?” (Pro 20:24 NKJV)
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Pro 16:9 NKJV)
We are called to follow in His steps.Every step matters.
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps…” (1Peter 2:21 NKJV)
Wherever we step, do it for the Lord. Every step matters.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17 NKJV)
7. The King of all kings commands His angels to watch, and guard are every step. Every step matter to Him and every step matters to us.
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11 NKJV)
How are you going? Where are you stepping? What are you walking into or out of? Are you progressing toward your goals or sliding away from them? Every step matters. I encourage you to step toward Jesus, walk by faith into the life you were meant to live. Every step matters.
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
When we are feeling wrong, it is nice to be reminded that we are right.
When we are feeling sad, it is wonderful to be reminded why we should rejoice always.
When we are feeling less than enough, it glorious to be reminded that He is more than enough.
The following is modern adaptation from “Morning Reading” by Charles H. Spurgeon:
Mourning Christian! Why do you weep ? Are you mourning over you own sins? Look to the perfect Lord, and remember, YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM (Colossians 2:10). You are perfect in God’s sight, as if you had never sinned. More than that, the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man. You have the righteousness of God. You who are mourning because of sin, depravity, and disobedience , remember, none of your sins can condemn you. You have learned to hate sin; but you also must know that sin is not yours. Your sin was laid upon Christ on the cross. He took and paid for your sins. Your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ. Your acceptance is not in yourself, but in the Lord. You are as much accepted of God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before God’s throne, free from all corruption. I beg you, lay hold of this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For you are “complete in Him.” With the Savior’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) Sister and Brother, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved.” ( Ephesians 1:6 ) What do you have to fear? Let you face always wear a smile. Live near the Master! Live in the suburbs of the Celestial City! Soon, when your time has come, your shall rise up where Jesus sits and reign at His right hand. All this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I enCOURAGE you to meditate on this inspired word from our brother, Charles Spurgeon. Meditate on who you are in Him. You are righteous in Him. You are free in Him. You are delivered from the penalty of sin in Him. You are perfected in Him. YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM. I needed to be reminded of these very facts this morning and I believe you probably needed to hear this, too.
Take confidence in the fact that your loved ones in Him who have passed on through the gates of heaven are truly whole, healed, and complete in Him and living their very best lives in His loving arms. Blessings and encouragement to all who have lost loved ones these past few weeks.
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” (1Th 5:14 NKJV)
This is probably not the encouraging word you wanted to hear to begin the week. It is not the word I wanted to hear. To be honest, I am tired, and I wanted a “well done good and faithful servant” from the Holy Spirit.
I had an event at the house over the weekend and I hid my computer cord from myself. After looking for an hour and patience wearing thin, I found it. Once my computer was plugged in and recharging, I asked Holy Spirit what He wanted to say today. The very first thing I saw in my journal, written big and bold…BE PATIENT with ALL!
I studied this verse on Wednesday of last week and by Friday, I had failed the test a couple of times. We are supposed to read the word and do it. The Lord had prepared my heart, mind, and spirit with this word from Him. I had studied yet I had failed when it was exam time. Thankfully, the Lord is forgiving as well as my family and friends, but obviously I need to spend a bit more time studying. Want to join in so that you can pass the patience test.
Merciful Lord doesn’t say this just in one verse, but many times in the New Testament.
“Therefore, be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See [how] the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7 NKJV)
“You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8 NKJV)
Be patient. Be patient. Be patient with all. Think He wants us to be patient?
What is patience?
Slow to anger
Slow to boil
Slow to get inflamed
Long enduring temper
Not losing heart
Mild and slow in avenging
There seems to always be and “and” with the Lord.
“Anda servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” (2Ti 2:24 NKJV)
This is not an ask, but a command… “A servant of the Lord must not…”
A servant of the Lord must:
Not quarrel, Greek word, machomai, meaning to war, fight, dispute, and war with words.
Be gentle, Greek word, ēpios, meaning to be mild; kind; friendly; good-natured; easy to talk to.
Able to teach.
Patient, Greek word, anexikakos, meaning, forbearing, enduring wrongs.
“The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2Pe 3:9 NKJV)
The Lord is patient with us, and He expects us to be patient with all.
Be patient with all men. Be patient with our spouses. Be patient with our children. Be patient with our parents. Be patient with our siblings. Be patient with our employers. Be patient with the person driving 40 mph in a 60-mph zone. Shall I go on? Be patient with all situations. Be patient with His coming. Be patient with all.
Ouch! Aren’t you excited about this week, this life of patience we are to live.
I enCOURAGE you with the word of the Lord. It is all I can do. I am in the same boat as you with patience. I am still trying to pass the test as a servant of the Lord. I can’t do it without Him.
Patient Father: Lead us. Help us walk in your steps of patience as we go this week. In Jesus name, AMEN.
Last year, my friend shared this devotion with me and the LORD aligned a few more “witnesses” to hammer home the lesson: I need to ASK BIG of Him. That is exactly what I did. Actually, my prayer group and I did. As a group we meet weekly, seek, pray and ask of the Lord, but today is a special day, an ask the “IMPOSSIBLE” day.
And…this year Holy Spirit told me: 1. Do not limit God. 2. Do not put Him in a box.
I hope the following devotion by Joseph Prince inspires great faith in you, too…
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
“I want to begin this devotional by giving you this challenge: ask God for big things!
What do you desire to see in your life—in your family, health, finances, and career? What would you ask God for if you knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is good and that His love for you endures forever?
Ask God for them! Jesus came so that you might live a life that is marked not by lack, but by abundance; not by despair, but by the fullness of His love, joy, and peace.
I would like you to write down in your journal what you would ask God for if you knew that He hears your prayers. What are your dreams, hopes, and aspirations? What would you like to see come to pass in your life? What are you battling with today? Which area of your life would you like to see God’s power work in?
Write it down. Write it all down. Write what you want to see happen with Bible hope in your heart that He hears you and will supply. Write with a certain, joyful, positive, and confident expectation of good.
Don’t just ask God for small things. Ask Him for big things! For instance, don’t ask Him for just a job. Ask Him for a position of influence. Don’t just ask Him to restore your health. Ask Him for a long and healthy life filled with many good days.
Enlarge your faith to believe in God’s goodness. He is pleased when our faith is big. He is not offended when we ask Him for big things.
Would you do that right now? Just take a few moments and pen down your requests to God—God, who is almighty and more powerful than we can ever imagine.
God, who hung the planets in their places and spoke order into the world. God, who led His people in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God, who rained manna from heaven and brought forth water from dry rock.
God, who turned bland waters into the finest wine. God, who made the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf hear. God, who multiplied five loaves of bread and two small fish to feed five thousand men. God, who raised the dead and conquered the grave.
Ask what you need of God, who loves YOU with an everlasting love!”
This devotional is taken from the book 100 Days of Right Believing—Daily Readings from The Power of Right Believing.
I enCOURAGE you to ASK BIG and without limits accord to the word of God.
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, [And] made me bold [with] strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3 NKJV)
Have you made the LORD your dwelling place? Where do you stay? Do you stand in His presence or to your knees do you fall, or do you allow yourself, your mind, to run to and fro? That the Lord’s job…not ours. One day, I am going to count the number of different ways in the Bible that He tells us to stand, don’t move, abide, dwell…It is all the same. Believe Him and what He says. When you believe His word, it makes it easy to ask Him anything because He is the God of everything. Slow read the rest of Psalm 91 and see what the Lord says:
9 Because you have made the LORD, Because you have appointed the LORD Because you have set up the LORD Because you have placed the LORD Because you have fixed the LORD
who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, your abode, your retreat, you lair.
10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague, Nor shall any strike, Nor shall any blow, Nor shall any mark, No touch, Nor hand reach you or … come near your dwelling.
11 He shall give His angels charge over you, He shall give His angels command over you, He shall give His angels orders over you, He shall set His angels over you.
To keep you in all your ways, To preserve you, To watch you, To guard you, To take care of you, To hedge you about with thorns.
In [their] hands they shall bear you up, Lift your head up, Carry you, Take you, Support you, Help you,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone, Run into an obstacle.
13 You shall tread… You shall walk, You will trample, You will pound, You will overtake, …upon the lion and the cobra.
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. You will tread upon. You will oppress. You will stomp on.
Don’t think our adversaries have a chance! Why? The LORD says…
14 “Because he (that’s you and me as followers) has set his love upon Me, He has cleaved to Me. He has attached to Me. He has joined Me. He followS Me.
Therefore I will deliver him. I will make an escape. I will make a way for him to slip out and away. I will set him in safety.
I will set him on high, I will exalt him, I will make him inaccessible…
because he has known My name. He has gotten to know Me. He has gotten acquainted with Me. He has turned his attention to Me. He has discovered Me. He sees Me.
He shall call upon Me. He shall cry out to Me. He shall shout to Me. He shall call Me by name. He shall accost Me.
And I will answer him. The LORD will answer you. Our loving Father God will stop and take your call, always.
I will be with him in trouble. I will be with you in distress. I will be with you in the tight place. I will be with you in the pressure. I will be with you in the fire. I will be with you in affliction. I will be with you in addiction. I will be with you when the world starts closing in on you. I will be with you.
I will deliver him and honor him. I will remove him. I will withdraw him. I will loose him. I will set him free. I will equip him for war. I will arm him. I will prepare him for battle.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” I will show him My deliverance. I will show him My welfare. I will show him My prosperity. I will show him My help. I will show him My health. I will show him My victory.
I enCOURAGE you to trust the Lord Jesus Christ. I enCOURAGE you to call on Him and wait for His answer. Sometimes, we might think He has not answered. He always answers in His way, not ours. His word are true, and you can count on Him, over and over. If you choose to stay in worry, you are not staying in the place of trust. You have moved from complete faith in Him. Move back in with Him. Dwell with Him. What he says, He will do. Call Him. Trust Him.
Tomorrow, six of us will gather and pray. We are asking God for the “impossible.” How can we join you in boldly asking and believing for “big” things from our Father? Honestly, nothing is too big or too little to ask God.
Do you ever get tired of hearing your child’s voice? Neither does God. He wants to be in your presence more than you want to be in the presence of your children. He wants to keep you…just trust Him. Jump in and enjoy the ride.
Are you happy and healthy? Are you sick? Are you tired? Are your desperate? Are your lonely? Are you ready to give up? Are your ready to begin again? Are you taking care of a new baby or an elderly parent? Are you heading off to war or just heading to work? Have you received bad news? Have you received a good report?
No matter what you are going through, I have good news! If you are in Christ, the LORD has you covered. If you are not in Christ, come to Him, He wants to shelter you. He is hope, no matter. Meditate on the richness of the words in PSALM 91:1-8 (part 1-expounded)
He (You are “he,” if you follow Christ and this can be you, if you turn to Him. )
who dwells… who abides who remains who continues who sits down whose place is
in the secret place… in the cover in the covering in the hiding place in he protection
of the Most High
shall abide… shall lodge shall stop over shall pass the night shall continue shall stop shall show oneself obstinate shall show oneself stubborn shall say I am not moving shall say I am not leaving
under the shadow… in the shade super close under the protection under the defense
of the Almighty… of the Most Powerful of El Shaddai
2I will say of the LORD… He is my refuge. He is my shelter. He is my shelter from the rain. He is my covering in the storm. He is my place of hope. He is my place of trust. He is where I flee for protection.
He is my fortress. He is my strong hold. He is my strong place. He is my defense. He is my net. He is my mountain castle.
My God, in Him I will trust… in Him I have confidence in Him I will be bold in Him I will fear nothing in Him I will be secure in Him I will feel safe in Him I will be careless in Him I will confide in Him I will set my hope upon in Him I will throw my cares on in Him I will be confidant.
3Surely, certainly, when…
He shall deliver you… He shall recover you He shall rescue you He shall snatch you away He shall pluck you out He shall preserve you He shall provide you a way of escape He without fail with pull you out
from the snare… from the trap from the spring net from being spread out like lamina from being “spread too thin”
of the fowler… of the trapper of the bait layer of the entangler
the perilous… the noisome the wicked the perverse the mischievous the destructive
pestilence… plague destruction death what was spoken what was told what was threatened what was declared what was arranged what was set in a row and put in order.
He shall cover you with His feathers. He shall defend you. He shall hedge you in. He shall fence you in. He shall shut you in. He shall shut you up. He shall shut you off. He shall screen you over.
And under his wings, you shall trust… you shall take refuge you shall have hope you shall flee for protection.
His truth shall be your shield … your large shield that covers the whole body your guard by something that pierces your barb, you know, like barb wire
His truth shall be your buckler… your surrounding what goes around you what travels about you, to and fro.
5You shall not be afraid… You shall not show reverence to You shall not be in awe of You shall not be amazed by…
the terror by night the dread a sudden alarm the causer of terror
6Nor of the arrow that] flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Not morning, noon or night…nothing to be scared of!
7A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; [But] it shall not come near you. It shall not come near you! It shall not approach you! It shall not join you! It shall not, no, never, overtake you!
8Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
I enCOURAGE to take out your Bible or your Bible ap and really meditate on the power and strength of the verses of Psalm 91. Above I have looked up what the main words mean in Hebrew and have expounded the verses to show how very rich and powerful God’s word is to us. If He said it, you can count on it. He does not lie.
Tomorrow, I will be back, and we will mediate on the last 8 verses of Psalm 91. All of this is in preparation for what my prayer team calls, “THE BIG ASK.” Wednesday, we will stretch our faith muscles and ask God for what looks impossible to us. We would love to pray for you. I challenge you to be thinking of how we can pray for you. How do you need God to show up big in your life?
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)
“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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