“LISTEN TO ME.”  DO YOU THINK YOU HEAR FROM GOD?

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by Tammy Phillips
April 23, 2021

Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (v.1) 

 “Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone and blessed him and increased him.” (v.2)

Listen to Me, My people; And give ear to Me, O My nation: For law will proceed from Me, And I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. (v. 4) 

Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.
[ (v.7) Isaiah 51:1,2, 4, 7 NKJV]

Do you think you can hear from God?  Four  times in seven verses in Isaiah 51 God exhorts Israel:  “Listen to Me!”   I assume many of you are saying but I do not hear from God.  This topic has come up, in and around my prayer group lately.  One sister shared the most beautiful example of hearing from God.  She was talking with her daughter about the same thing.  Her daughter said that she could not hear God.  She shared a lesson in listening that she had learned long ago.  She encouraged her  daughter, “I am going to prove to you that you can hear God.”  As her daughter was obedient to the call of her loving mother who said, “Listen to me.  I am going to show you, ” this precious child learned that she could in fact hear from her loving, heavenly Father.

I know you want to know! This is a participatory encouragement.  Join me and follow the simple instructions my friend gave her daughter.

  1. Be still.
  2. Close your eyes and keep them closed.
  3. Tell Jesus that you love Him.
  4. What did you hear?
  5. If you love Jesus, I know what you heard.

Why do you think the Lord exhorts Israel and us to listen to Him?  Simply, He knows the way.

In Isaiah 51:1, He encourages us who truly follow Him to remember where we came from.

In verse 2, God reminds us of His past faithfulness to someone who listened to Him.  The Lord called Abraham to be a Father of many nations.  Abraham was obedient and listened to Him.  He was faithful to the call.  The Lord blessed him and increased him.  He gave him his first child when he was 100 years old!  That is my God who sits in heaven, laughs and says, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

In verse 4,  if we will listen to the Word, the Lord’s justice and righteousness will light the way for us and lead us into His salvation.  Do you hear him? Are your listening? In Isaiah 51:5-6,  the LORD says, “My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth and My arms will judge the peoples… My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished.”

In verse 7, the Lord again says, “Listen to me!” He is saying to us:  You know Me, you know right, and My words are in your heart.  Do not fear disgrace, scorn, contempt, being cancelled by men. Do not be discouraged, shattered or broken by their taunts or censure.

 “Once a Christian gets eaten up with discouragement and unbelief it takes a great deal to shake him out of it. Those two emotions are the masterstrokes of Satan. So long as the child of God maintains an attitude of praise and trust in the Lord, then he is invincible. Once the devil gets him discouraged, that poor man in really going to take a knocking!” (Redpath)

I enCOURAGE you to answer the Lord’s call when He says, “Listen to Me.”  We have two choices.  We can either listen to the voice of Truth, God, or listen to the father of lies, the Devil.  In every decision we make, every word we speak and every direction we go, we choose right or wrong.  We choose to listen to God and do it the “right” way or we don’t, at which time we are siding with the enemy.  To whom are you listening ?  Did you hear 6.? “I love you, too!”

THE LORD JUSTIFIES ME

by Tammy Phillips
April 22, 2021

He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me?  Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.  Surely the Lord GOD will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed, they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up. (Isaiah 50:8-9 NKJV)

There is power, courage and boldness in these words from Isaiah spoken by our humble, merciful  Lord.  He justified Jesus.  We are justified through the blood of our Savior, Jesus. (Romans 8:30)  We can then boldly proclaim…

He is near who justifies us.
He is near who aligns us.
He is near who makes us upright.
He is near who makes us straight.
He is near who declares us right and plumb.
He is near who declares us innocent, absolved and acquitted.

I do not know if  you have ever been falsely accused.  I bet you have.  I have.  To put it mildly, it’s not such a great feeling.  It is actually sickening.  Know this, the false claim was born in the pits of hell by the father of lies.  Remember, Satan is called the accuser of the brethren in Revelation 12:10.  Satan’s name  means adversary and enemy.  He is also called the Devil, which means calumniator, false accuser, slanderer, traducer, and condemner.  If we have been falsely charged, our accusers have made the choice to turn their backs to the truth, believed a lie and joined forces with the Devil, himself, in propagating his agenda, plans and purposes.

BUT GOD…The Lord says, “Let us stand together.” 

Expounded this means:

In union, wholly, joined, united, together as a unit, let us…

  • stand
  • remain
  • endure
  • persevere
  • persist
  • stand upright

I hear the Lord saying it like this… “LET US BE RESOLUTE TOGETHER.  We are not moving.  We are not going anywhere.  It is you and me against the world, baby!” 

I don’t know about you.  I want the Truth to be on my side.  I would rather have Father, Son and Holy Spirit stand with me, more than anyone else.  What a trifecta guard of body, mind and spirit!  With the Lord near, by our side, we can then also courageously say, “Who will contend with me?  Who is my adversary?  Who is he who will condemn me? Let him come near me.  Surely the Lord GOD will help Me!” 

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

I enCOURAGE you not to be discouraged by the reproach of any group, media outlet, man, woman, family member, friend nor foe.  “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?  IT IS GOD WHO JUSTIFIES. … Yet in all these things WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US. (Romans 8:33, 37 NKJV). And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”(Romans 8:28 KJV)  

Drop the mike! I hope you feel better.  I do.  Satan has no right to say that we made the wrong choice or did the wrong thing.  It is the Lord who justifies! 

THE LORD WILL HELP ME and I WILL NOT BE “BOOSHY”

by Tammy Phillips
April 21, 2020

“For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore, I will not be disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7 NKJV)

We are often concerned about living up to  the expectations of others.  We are concerned about making the right choices. We concern ourselves with the “shame game.”  We ask ourselves questions like:  Did I say the right thing? Did I wear the right thing? Did I do the right thing? Did I react the correctly?  Will I fail, again?

Isaiah prophecies about the suffering of Jesus in Isaiah 50:6,  I gave my back to those who struck me, My cheeks to those who plucked out My beard, and my face to those who spat and shamed me.   Jesus always said, did and reacted righteously because He knew the truth of Isaiah 50:7.  His unshakable confidence was in God alone.  He knew the Lord would be His help and defense.  No matter what happened to Him or what offense came His way, He knew the Lord God was in His corner and  He would not be disgraced.  The Hebrew word for disgraced is kalam which means to wound, to hurt, to insult, shame, blush, be ashamed, be reproached, be humiliated, and be put to shame because one failed in his endeavors.

Although we might fail, Jesus did not.  He walked perfectly with the constant support of Father God.  He also resolutely  fulfilled the prophesied words,  “I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.” His was ferociously focused to accomplish His mission.  In Luke 9:51 we read, “he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.”   Jerusalem was the place where He could and would say, “IT IS FINISHED!”  Mission accomplished.  

I did not accomplish my mission last year.  My word for 2020 was RESOLUTE.  I was resolute in many things.  However, I was not in one thing that the Lord had been calling me to most of my life, a maintainable healthy weight.  Thank God for the example of Jesus.  He steadfastly set His face to the cross and accomplished His mission.  He paid for all the times when we missed the mark. Every day we are on earth He gives us a do over and there is no shame in that game.  

The Lord showed me that 2021 is really 202WON for me.  With His help, I will BE RESOLUTE and ALIGN to Him.  I will resolutely walk the PLUMB LINE which will take me to my WON-derland called ONE-derland.  I did not accomplish the mission in 2020 but, “I have set my face like flint and I know that I will not be ashamed.”  The Hebrew word for ashamed  here is bûš. It is pronounced boosh.  It means so much more than ashamed.  We can derive  the following declarations from the wealth of the word, so repeat after me:

I will not pale in terror.
I will not be troubled nor confused.
I will not be disappointed.
I will not be delayed.
I will not be astonished.
I will not be silenced.
I will not fail in hope or expectation.
I will not be “booshy!”
I know where my help comes from. 

“My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you with the words of Spurgeon. “Imitate Christ’s steadfast resolve.  When there is something right, stand for it.  When you have a right purpose that glorifies God, carry it out. Stand fast for God, even as Christ Jesus stood fast for you.

Remember, there is no shame in your game…of life.  Do not be “booshy!”  Do not worry whether you said or did the right thing? Do not think about failed hopes or expectations! The only opinion that matters is God’s.  Have unshakable trust in Him as your Helper. BE RESOLUTE and win.

 

LORD HAS GIVEN US THE “KNOW-HOW”

by Tammy Phillips
April 20, 2021

“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. (Isaiah 50:4-5 KJV)

 According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, “know-how” means knowledge of how to do something smoothly and efficiently : EXPERTISE. 

The Lord God gave Christ the “know-how.“  He made Him an expert in hearing and speaking an on-time word to the  weary.  Why did  people flock to Christ Jesus ?  He was anointed to speak to them where they were.  He loved them where they were.  He loved Saul who was a murderer and Mary who was a prostitute. He saw and knew their potential, but He spoke on-time words to them right where they were with no expectations of where they should be. 

The Holy Spirit has gifted us with the same gift!  Jesus says in Matthew 10:19-20, “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” 

He gives us what we need to speak, when we need to speak. 

The New Living Translation  of Proverbs 15:23 puts it like this:

“Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” 

Like Jesus, God has given us the ear to attentively hear the words from mouth of our Heavenly Father and pass it along without adding anything to it or taking anything away from it.  Jesus Himself  received from Father God so  that he could so freely give it away.  Absolutely, we should follow His example.  He has given us the “know-how” to say the right thing at the right time. 

I enCOURAGE you to spend time at the feet of  Jesus in the presence of the Lord.  He has given us the ears to hear Him and the “know-how” to pass along His expertise, whether an  encouragement or admonishment.   We never know what a word spoken on time may mean in the life of another.  

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

 

“YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE CONTINUALLY BEFORE ME”

Beautiful and expectant, Katherine Crockett!

by Tammy Phillips
April 19, 2021

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms [of My hands]; Your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:14-16 NKJV)

As I wait for the past due arrival of our great nephew, the focus verse for today brings back memories of my boys when they were first born.  The love I felt for those boys was like nothing I had or have ever experienced.  Both of my babies  were born big, and they liked to eat every two to four hours.  At times I might have liked to forget my nursing boys and caught a few more hours of sleep, however, I think it was quite obvious, they did not miss a meal.  As David Gusik so eloquently states reflecting on Isaiah 49:15, “The LORD’s affection for His people is greater than the devotion a woman has for her nursing child!”  As a mom who nursed and would do anything for her boys, this is hard to fathom.  The love of Father God is far greater!   

Often times,  we  may feel forsaken or forgotten.  For instance:

  • when a loved one betrays and offends us
  • when we are diagnosed with a debilitating disease
  • when we have prayed and are waiting patiently for the answer
  • when a  loved one tragically leaves the earth
  • when hardships and trials seem to overtake us

When the enemy of your soul tells you that you are not on the mind of our Father.  Listen to the voice of our loving Father who says: “I WILL NOT FORGET YOU!”  This is a promise we can take to the bank.  We are not forgotten.  Also, Hebrews 13:5 tells us that He said, “I will never leave or forsake you.”

Have you ever written something important on your hand so that you would not forget it?  Isaiah 49:16 alerts us to the fact that this is not an original idea.  The Lord did it first.  

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”

The nail scarred hands of Jesus has every one of our names in it.  I find it fascinating that those scars were a witness to the disciples of God’s great love for them.  His love was so awesome that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be scarred, beaten and killed for us.  When Jesus was a nursing babe on the breast of Mary, God knew His destiny and He still sent Him to earth.  He was born to die so that we would not be forgotten.   

I enCOURAGE you not  to so easily forget the  great  love of the Father when you are going through the most difficult times.  Remember, His love  is greater than any Mother’s.  Do not tune into the enemy who says that you are not important or that God has forgotten you.  Listen to the loving voice  who says, “ I love you.  I will not forget you.  I will never leave you.  I will never forsake you.”  Never is a really long time to be continually before Him.

“LOOK TO ME AND BE SAVED”

by Tammy Phillips
April 18, 2021

“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22 NKJV)

Brayden, my oldest son, is getting married in two weeks.  I have been tossing a decision about the rehearsal dinner around in my head for the past couple of weeks. I was supposed to give  caterer an answer, yesterday.  I have talked to my husband about it.  I have discussed it with a friend.  I have even asked my son and his fiancé to choose.  Even after they finally gave me an answer, I was still belaboring the point. Guess who I did not look to for the answer?  You win the prize!  No! I hate to admit it.  I did not look to the Lord.  I really make an effort to talk to God about everything, big and little.  I only realized that I had not, this morning, as I read the words from Isaiah 45:22.  I know God loves us so much that He cares  about every detail of our lives.  We just forget that sometimes. 

How simple is message of salvation?  “Look to Me and be saved!”  His message is so effortless that even a child can accomplish His elementary and uncomplicated request of “look to Me.” We make things way too hard.  We look to everyone else for our answers and He says, “Look to Me!  I am God and there is no other!”

Can you hear Him? 

When you are confused by the hard hits of life, LOOK TO ME and be saved. 
When you are burdened by guilt and shame, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When you are carrying the weight of the world, LOOK TO ME and be saved. 
When your marriage is falling apart, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When your kids are hurt and wonder off the path, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When offense comes knocking at your door, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When sickness is eating away at your body, LOOK TO me and be saved.
When you do not know where you are going to live, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When you do not know what to do next, LOOK TO ME and be saved
When you do not know how to decorate a room, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When you do not know what to wear to an event, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When you can’t make a rehearsal dinner decision, LOOK TO ME and be saved.
When you do not know where you are going to spend eternity, LOOK TO ME and be saved.

I enCOURAGE you with the words of the One and Only, Savior, the Lord God, Creator of the entire universe and you, “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” 

P.S.  I looked to Him this morning and immediately, got the direction I had been searching for.  I am at peace.   Decision is made.  I rest assured that I am saved today and forever.  Are you? Look to Him for the big and the little.

RETURN TO ME

photo credit: mamaartphotos

by Tammy Phillips
April 17, 2021

“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you. 22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:21-22 NLT)

We learn in Isaiah 44 that Israel had carved out wooden idols and had bowed to them like the idols could save them. 

What idols have we carved out in our imagination?  Where have we put our faith or adoration?  Is our idol in the shape of a football, baseball or basketball?  Is it in a man, a sports figure, government official or Hollywood actor?   Has our imaginary carved  an idol  that resembles a job, money or fame?  Is our idol food, drugs or alcohol?  Have we been so foolish to place our trust and worship in anything  other than the Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who died and paid for our salvation with His own blood? 

Even though Israel had slipped into the folly of carving images, God continued to love Israel back to Himself.  He loves us back to Himself in the same way.   In the last verses of Isaiah, the Lord directs us to remember , “I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”  Can you hear His voice begging us to come home to Him?  Listen.  Slow read each line.  Hear the love and promises of our Father…

I am the Lord.

You are my servant(I believe here that the Lord is lovingly implying, “You are the Lord’s. You are mine.  I have marked you, My own,” as servants were commonly marked or tattooed in the hand with their  master’s name.)

I made you.

I will not forget you.

I have blotted out and  swept away your sins like a cloud.

I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.

I have redeemed you.

I have paid the price to set you free. 

I am your Redeemer.

Can you hear the Father saying, “COME HOME?”

RETURN TO ME!

Restore our relationship.

Refresh your adoration to me.

Renew yourself to me alone.

Salvation, Redemption and Love—what good news!   It should send us running  into the arms of our Creator with shouts of joy and songs.  There is joy, songs,  and freedom in returning to God!  You might say, “But, I know God!”  I know God, too.  I have an intimate relationship with Him, but I had not completely surrendered everything to Him.  Honestly, for me, surrender is a daily thing.  I must be resolute in my choices.  Returning to Him is the first choice I make each morning. I exercise my faith.  I crucify my flesh.  I make healthy food choices instead of ingesting a tablespoon of peanut butter for a snack.  I determine to consistently exercise my body. This is the path of God’s best life for me.  Our path’s may look different or maybe they are the same.

I enCOURAGE you to RETURN TO GOD in every area of your life.  Work with God.  Get on the path of life that will bring you so near to God that you can hear His very heartbeat walking along with you.  I promise and 100% guaranteed, you will not be disappointed in the surrender.  The surrender, the return, it is actually life, real and free.

 

 

 

 

 

JESHURUN:  UPRIGHT ONE

Just like these gorgeous tulips, God sees your as His Jeshurun, upright and beloved!

by Tammy Phillips
April 16, 2021

Can you see yourself the way God sees you?  As God continued to love me back to Him on my weight journey and I continued reading through Isaiah, I came upon the word “Jeshurun.”  Jeshurun only appears four times in the Bible.  It means upright one or blessed one.  I learned that Moses used “Jeshurun” as a synonym for Jacob and a reference to Israel, God’s beloved people.  As Christians, we are adopted into the family of God.  We are God’s beloved people. We are called righteous in Him.  See where I am going?  We are Jeshurun, the upright one’s in Him. 

It became evident to me as I sought scripture that contained “Jeshurun” that I was looking in the mirror.  God was painting a picture of His amazing grace.

The first mention of Jeshurun is in Deuteronomy 32:15,

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered [with fatness]; then he forsook God [which] made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. (Deuteronomy 32:15 KJV)

Yes, like Israel I grew fat, literally.   I forsook God in my eating.  I lacked self-control.  I turned to food for comfort.  I turned away from God in that area and lightly esteemed the Rock of my salvation.

BUT GOD…He still lovingly called Israel, Jeshurun, because of abundant mercy and forgiveness.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:8-12 NKJV)

You can further see God’s mercy toward Israel (and us) in the blessing and words of Moses in Deuteronomy 33:26-27

There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. 27 The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NKJV)

There is no god like the God of Jeshurun, who runs to help us.  He is our refuge, hiding place, den, and our living room.  He is where we live and abide.  And we only remain upright because He hold us in His everlasting, ever loving arms.  He lovingly goes before us and kicks the enemy out of the way, boldly saying, “Destroy!”  And that, my friends, is OUR GOD.  He removes our sins. He obliterates them as well as our enemy. 

Who or what is your “enemy?”  Is it fear? Lack? Depression? Addiction? Sickness?  Is your God big enough to destroy your enemy?  Mine is!  My God is the God of Jeshurun.  He sees us upright even when we have fallen down. 

Can you hear His loving words to Jacob, Israel, Jeshurun and us in Isaiah 44:1-4?

“Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen. 2 Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, [who] will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; 4 They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.'” Our Lord says:  Hear me!  Listen to me.  I chose you.  I made you.  I formed you in the womb. 

DO NOT FEAR!  I chose you Jeshurun.  I chose your upright one.  I chose you beloved one.  Want to know God’s will?  He says:

I WILL HELP YOU!   
I WILL POUR… water on you if you are thirsty.
I WILL POUR…My Spirit upon your children.
I WILL POUR…My blessing on your descendants.   

God does not take back His promises.

THEY WILLL SPRING UP among the willows and poplars by the watercourses, the rivers and the streams.  
THEY WILL become trees of righteousness. 

The God of Jeshurun is not talking about a sprinkling.  He says He will pour His very self into us and our children and our children’s children.  God sees us upright in Him!  It does not matter what we have done.  He freely forgives and gives of Himself.

I enCOURAGE you to ask Him to forgive you where you have missed the mark.  Then hear His loving voice, “I forgive you.  I forgave you 2000 years ago at the cross.  Do not be afraid.  I love you I am your God.  You are My Jeshurun, my upright one.  I will  destroy your enemy.  I have got you in My mighty arms.”

I enCOURAGE you to:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-4, NKJV)

A PRAYER FOR YOU

by Tammy Phillips
April 15, 2021

Before Christ, we are broken.  We seek  to be loved and accepted.  Many will do just about anything to find that love and acceptance.   Before Christ, We have darkness inside that we  try to fill with anything and everything but God.  I have good news.  The only thing that will ever satisfy and complete us  is to know the love of God and for Him to make His home inside.   I am not talking about knowing God.  Satan knows God.  I am talking about knowing  how very much He loves us.   Paul explains God’s mystery and His great plan in Ephesians 3.   Paul ends Ephesians 3 with a super, encouraging prayer.  Below is my prayer, based on Ephesians 3:14-21, for you and your family today.  It is a great prayer for you to pray often, too.

When I think of God’s cause, seeing the greatness, wisdom and scope of His plan by which we are all built together, I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,  the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth, whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources, and favor that He will supernaturally strengthen and empower you.  I pray that He will flood your innermost being, your inner man, with his divine might and explosive power through His Spirit.

I ask  Christ to  live and make His home in your hearts through faith, as you trust in Him to be your Lord and Savior.  I pray that you be rooted and grounded in love.  I pray that your roots will grow down into God’s marvelous love and  keep you strong.

I ask that you have the power to understand and grasp how wide, how long, how high, and how deep the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions is. I pray that you know how deeply intimate and far-reaching His love is!  It is endless love beyond measurement.

I ask that you know and experience the love of Christ that is far beyond knowledge, too great to fully understand.  It is so great that you will never see the end of it .

I pray that His endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled entirely to overflowing with the fullness of God, the richest measure of His divine Presence, and become a body, made complete, wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish exceedingly abundantly, far over and  above all, infinitely more than we might dare to ask, dream, hope or imagine.

 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

I enCOURAGE  you to make Ephesians 3:14-21 your prayer.  Know the love of God.  Be empowered by the love of God.  Know that if you have questions, He has answers.  My sister, Gina Suiter, said it like this yesterday, “GOD IS BIG ENOUGH!”   He is powerful enough to do exceedingly abundantly, far over and above all, infinitely more than we might dare to ask, dream, hope or imagine! Glory to God.

A POWERFUL PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO GET ON YOUR NERVES AND THOSE WHO DON’T

by Tammy Phillips
April 14, 2021

Yesterday, we talked about people who get on our nerves:  spouses, mothers,  fathers, brothers, sisters, children, friends, co-workers, superiors, and even the President.

We are instructed to love them.  One of the ways we can love them best is to pray for them even when we do not feel like it. 

In 2014 through the wise advice of Kenneth Hagin and Billye Brimm, I learned to pray Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom, Ephesians 1:16-23,  for my family.  When I first started praying it, I had no idea what it all meant.  As I prayed the Holy Spirit began to answer the prayer in my own life.  He opened my eyes and heart to the significance of the words that I was praying.

My list has grown and changed through the years.  I start with our national leaders, move to spiritual leaders, then family and friends.  

No, not every on the list gets on my nerves. That is just a temporary circumstance, anyways.  Jesus extended love, grace and forgiveness to all and I must do the same.  Lord knows, I get on the nerves of others at times.  Ask my husband and my boys.   I want that same love, grace and forgiveness extended to me, when I act like a goober.

I wrote Ephesians 1 out in my own words and I pray it like this:

I do not cease to give thanks for you.  I thank God for you all the time.  I pray for you always and  make mention of you in my prayers.

 I always pray that Father God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of Him.  I pray that you may abundantly grow in Him.

I pray that the eyes of your heart are flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

I pray that you can know and understand what is the incredible, IMMEASURABLE, UNLIMITED, SURPASSING GREATNESS of God’s power in and for us who believe in Him, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.  This is the same might power which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.  This same power is available to us!!!

NOW, Jesus is far above any leader, ruler, authority, power or dominion.  He is far above every name that is named, was named or will ever be named.  He is above every title that can be conferred, above every disease ever known to plague man, above any problem or situation,  not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.

 God has put all things under His feet and authority and has appointed Jesus the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body.  The church is His body, made full and complete in Him, who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.

I enCOURAGE you to create your own list of people to pray Ephesians 1 over.   Pray it often.  Breakthrough will come.  Let me be clear,  sometimes in haste, I simply say, “Father, Ephesians 1 them, you know my list.”   He knows my heart.  However, God’s words repeated as a reminder, back to Him are a powerful way to pray.