FOUND HOPE DOING DISHES

By Tammy Phillips
September 23, 2020

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God…The help of my countenance and my God. “(Psalm 42:5, 11; 43:5 NKJV)

We are blessed to have dishwashers in our homes.  Repeat after me.  We are blessed to have dishwashers. However, loading and unloading the thing is a necessary task that does not bring me great joy.  I made a choice to turn the chore into any enjoyable event. I use the time as an opportunity to chat with Lord, friends and family.  Recently, I was taking advantage of dish time to talk with a friend and she questioned, “what is hope?”  Can you see my thinking cap go on? 

David repeatedly encouraged himself in his depression by saying, “Hope in God! Hope helps my frown turn upside down!”  (My interpretive version of the focus verses above.)

Joel 3:16 says, “The LORD will be the hope of his people.”

So, I first responded, “Jesus!”  Then, I continued, “Faith is believing God is who He says He is, has done what He says He has done, and will do what He says He will do. He keeps His word and His promises. So…hope is…hang on…”

 I looked up the definition of hope in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our convo continued, “Hope defined is the PATIENT, JOYFUL AND CONFIDENT EXPECTATION OF GOOD.  Bam! Drop the mike!” She had been hearing from God and preaching to me: “Expect from God!  We need to expect!”  She was right. Hope in God. Why pray, if we do not expect an answer?  When we pray God’s word back to Him, the Bible says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them]. (Mark 11:24 NKJV)

David also repeatedly said in Psalm 119, “I hope in Your word.”

81My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word.
114 You [are] my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.

166 LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.

Hebrews 10:23 states it differently: “He who promised is faithful.”

Our hope, our patient, joyful and confident expectation of good, is in Him and His word. God’s word said it.  We believe it. Hope expects it.

Let’s look at Hebrews 11:1 blown up with what we have found…

Faith is believing God is who He says He is, has done what He says He has done, and will do what He says He will do. Faith is the substance, confidence or foundation of things hoped for, the patient, joyful and confident expectation of good…

I enCOURAGE you to HOPE IN GOD!  Have confident expectation of good in Him.   Remember, when you put dishes in the washer, you do not wish them clean.  You expect that washer to do what it promises, right?  God is greater and more faithful than that old washer.  He will perform His promise!   

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NKJV)

 

GOD CAN BE TRUSTED EVERY TIME

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by Tammy Phillips
September 22, 2020

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised [is] faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

The long and the short of it.

When life is uncertain…
When your dream has been stolen…
When your breath has been taken…
When you have been knocked down…
When you have been punched in the gut…
When you have experienced unbearable pain…
When your grief is trying to hold you captive…
When your sickness imprisons…
When your disease paralyzes…
When you have been deceived, lied to, cheated on, spit in the face…
When you wake up sad because you just do not understand…
When 
memories bring relentless tears…

LET US, that is you and me…

HOLD FAST
Hold on
Retain
Detain
Possess
Seize
Take
Adhere to
Cling to

THE CONFESSION,  what we profess to be ours, our declaration,

OF OUR HOPE…
Joyful expectation of good
Confidence
Trust
The Author of Hope
God our Savior
Lord Jesus Christ

WITHOUT WAVERING
Leaning
Slanting
Sloping
Inclining
Reclining
Declining
Falling back
Bowing down
Unmoved
Firm
Resolute

FOR… because… seeing… no doubt… assuredly…truly…verily… the fact is…

HE IS FAITHFUL
Trustworthy
Believable
Reliable
Sure
True

WHO PROMISED!
Who says He is about to do
Who announced He would do
Who gave His Word

I enCOURAGE you to declare the same thing as JESUS.  His promises are life to the weary soul.  Find His word that will medicate and heal your hurts.  Discouragement leads us to waver from the truth.  Honestly, pains intent is to draws us away from the Truth, the Way and the Life…Jesus.  A renewed confidence in the greatness of Jesus and His promises enable us stand strong and #RESOLUTE2020.  Hope is restored in our heart that God can be trusted, every time.

LIFE IN THE PROTECTIVE BUBBLE

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by Tammy Phillips
September 21, 2020

 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)

I believe the Bible holds the answer to every question.  Watch how God answered a question that we were not even asking to begin with.  

I recently discussed with a friend how I see that we live a protected life in a bubble.  It is like we have a force field surrounding us that keep us protected.  It is called the protective blood of Jesus Christ.  He is our hedge of protection.

The next day, the same friend told me that she had a vision.  She was in a large three car garage.  She was in one bay and a snake was in a relaxed position in the furthest bay from her. She took a shovel, hit the snake behind the head and almost severed its head.  She thought the snake was dead and all of the sudden it lunged toward her upper body.  She raised her weapon to block its attack.  However, as the snake ensued its strike, it ran into an invisible force field and fell to the ground. 

Stay with me. We talked about the bubble.  My friend dreamed about the bubble the same night.   We awoke the next day to an encouraging word from another sister in Christ who lives in Australia who we do not even know.  She wrote: “I WILL SURROUND YOU LIKE A SHIELD… I saw the Lord SHIELDING YOU. The Lord wants you to be encouraged and to rest in His protection.”

I told my friend that the NBA who has attempted to live in a bubble to escape CoVid-19 has nothing on our God.  In the state of living amazed by God, I questioned, “Bet there is a verse for this?” God was obviously trying to reveal another layer of Himself to us.  I went to the Blue Letter Bible ap and searched the word, force. Nothing.  Then, I searched the word protect which led me to the word shield.  Guess what? There is more than one word for shield in the Bible.  WATCH THIS!

Most often in the OT the word for shield was the Hebrew word, magen, which is a smaller shield or defense.  This small shield is activated by trusting in the word of the Lord and walking uprightly.  The translation of shield in the verses below is magen.

The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; (Psalm 28:7)

For the LORD God is a sun and shield…No good [thing] will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)

You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He [is] their help and their shield. (Psalm 115:11)

You [are] my hiding place and my shield. (Psalm 119:114)

He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Proverbs 30:5)

One shield of God would be enough, but he gave us two!  In the focus verse Psalm 5:12, we discover that the Lord blesses us, the righteous, with favor by surrounding and encircling us like a “shield.”  Shield #2 revealed, was the Hebrew word, tsinnah, meaning, a large prickly shield covering the whole, a thorny hedge of protection, a target, something piercing.  The shield mentioned in Psalm 91:4 was the same word:

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

The thought of God being a surrounding, encircling, large, prickly, thorny hedge of protection was enforced by the addition of the word buckler in Psalms 91:4.  The only time the Hebrew word cocherah is used in the Bible is here for buckler.  It means something going around, to and fro, surrounding, or defending a person.  

 In conclusion, we found the answer.  There was a verse about “life in the protective a bubble.” It is life behind His protective force field, I mean shield.

I encourage you with the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Ask the questions.  He will answer.  Also, trust Him as your small shield and your large shield.  Enjoy the protection of life in His bubble.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16)

 

 

WATCH

by Tammy Phillips
September 20, 2020

WARNING:  Most, if not every crisis is preceded by some sort of warning.

At baseball games, we hear, “heads up,” which means a foul ball, potential danger is headed our way.  On the golf course we hear, “FORE!” Fore is a term used to warn that a golf ball is moving in our direction.  Our stomachs growl alerting us that it is time to eat.  Thunder booms warning that anyone outside is in striking distance of a storm.  Tornadoes are announced by the sound of a loud roar, like a freight train.  Police, firemen, and ambulance drivers let us know they are coming by flipping on the ominous sirens.  The loss of a friend or loved one, warns of the brevity and preciousness of life.

The word of God clearly tells us to watch, maybe… just maybe, we should listen!  Let’s slowly, look carefully at the treasure hidden inside grēgoreō, the Greek word for…

WATCH:

  • Pay strict attention to
  • Be cautious
  • To keep awake
  • Be vigilant
  • Be awake
  • Be watchful

Do we hear the sirens going off?  Do we here God yelling “fore?”  What warning signs are we missing or ignoring?  Look at these 15 encouragements’:

WATCH: WE DON’T KNOW WHEN JESUS WILL RETURN

  1. WATCH therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:42 NKJV)

     

  2. WATCH therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13 NKJV)

     

  3. “Take heed, WATCH and pray; for you do not know when the time is. (Mark 13:33 NKJV)

     

  4. WATCH therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning– (Mark 13:35 NKJV)

WATCH WITH JESUS

  1. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and WATCH with Me.” (Matthew 26:38, Mark 14:34 NKJV)

     

  2. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not WATCH with Me one hour? (Matthew 26: 40, Mark 14:37 NKJV)

WATCH AND PRAY TO AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO SIN

  1. “WATCH and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.” (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38 NKJV)

     

WATCH AND PRAY ALWAYS AND IN ALL THINGS

  1. WATCH therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36 NKJV)

     

  2. Continue in prayer, and WATCH in the same with thanksgiving; (Colossians 4:2 KJV)

     

  3. But WATCH thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5 KJV)

     

  4. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and WATCH unto (1 Peter 4:7 KJV)

WATCH! WATCH!

  1. Therefore, let us not sleep, as others [do], but let us WATCH and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:6 NKJV)

     

  2. Be sober, WATCH, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)

     

Did you know that the Greek word for sober, nēphō, means: calm and collected, not drunk, but it also implies to watch? The prior verses are saying, “WATCH! WATCH!”

I encourage you to:

  1. WATCH, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV) #RESOLUTE2020- Do not be lulled by the world. It is a shame that God feels like he has to warn us so many times to watch, yet so many Christians do not listen to His OMNIPOTENT WARNINGS.  We cannot be included in that group. 
  2. “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not WATCH, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Revelation 3:3 KJV)
    (Look at the signs in Matthew 24:4-14 KJV; Mark 13:5-13 KJV;

    Luke 21:8-19 KJV)

     

 

 

 

 

REALLY, ONE HOUR IS NOTHING

Garden of Gethsemane

by Tammy Phillips
September 19, 2020

“Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”’ (Matthew 26: 40 NKJV)

I like a clean house, but I do not like to clean house!  It is painful because you know as soon as you get it clean it is going to get dirty again.  It takes at least 8-10 hours to clean my house.  Sometimes, I call a friend who cleaned my house when I worked, to help.  We do it together and it cuts the time in half.   Or, I call my best sister in the Lord, we will talk and clean.  Recently, she sacrificed most of her day just to help me get through the painful task.  We talk about the Lord and many “encouragements” come from our conversations.  We walk, talk, watch and pray for each other through the most difficult and painful obstacles in life.  In 2014 I found this scripture and we accepted it as a license from the Lord to talk as often as we wanted:  “Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name.” (We have volumes written in heaven.). I am so thankful to have sisters who watch and pray with me through the storms.

Jesus asked his three best friends to come with him into garden of Gethsemane on the night of his arrest. The arrest lead to his horrific death on the cross. He knew all of this was ahead.  He asked them to watch and pray with Him.

He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:38 NKJV)

Jesus was “exceeding sorrowful” which means he was encompassed with grief.  He experienced crushing, pressing pain in anticipation of what he was about to endure. (Did you know Gethsemane means olive press?) Jesus willingly went into the Garden of the Press for you and me. 

My Grandfather always said, “The worst thing about doing anything is thinking about do it.”  Even though Jesus was the Son of God, he was battling in his mind what was upcoming.  He needed to pray to find the strength to endure.  As a man, he wanted his friend’s support.  He advised the disciples to follow his example. ‘When He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”’(Luke 22:40 NKJV).   

My hope that we would have responded to the words of Jesus.  They did not…watch nor pray but slept.  This verse breaks my heart: “Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”’ (Matthew 26: 40 NKJV)

The Word of God strongly encourages us at least 15 times in the New Testament, to watch and many more times to pray.  As we come to the end of the end of days, the final hours before Jesus’ return, I hear Holy Spirit saying the same thing: “What!?! Really? Can you not watch and with Me in this last hour?” He gave his life for us, but we cannot give him this hour ?

I enCOURAGE you to watch and pray.  Wake up.  We cannot get caught sleeping in the cares and pains of this world.  When we stand before Jesus, I know we do not want to hear the words, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?”  Really, one hour is nothing!

SPEND MORE TIME PUTTING ON CUTE THAN PUTTING ON CHRIST?

Fun times in “the jumpsuit” at Jonathan and Kat’s wedding, Trump Winery, Charlottesville, VA 10/19

by Tammy Phillips
September 18, 2020

“Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 NKJV)

What’s the morning routine?  Look familiar? Get up. Have a cup of coffee. Read or watch the news.  Simultaneously, check social media.  Shower and shave.  Brush the teeth and do the hair. Slap on make-up. Choose the perfect garb, including “outers,unders,” shoes and accessories. Finally, Get dressed. Grab breakfast. Walk the dog.  Go to work in or out of the house.   Where is the time for sitting at the feet of Jesus?  And, if we go out or to a special event, more attention is paid to “putting on cute!” 

Jesus said in Matthew 6:25: “Do not worry….”  In other words, Don’t give it a second thought.  We are not to waste time thinking nor worrying about what we are going to eat, drink, or put on.  Ever had this conversation?

“What are you going to wear? “Should I wear this one or that one…or maybe, what do think about this other one? Which shoes goes best?”

Before you put on or give thought to putting on any clothes, what does the Bible say we are to “put on?”

  1. PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts. (Romans 13:14 NKJV)
  2. PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT. (Romans 13:12 NKJV)
  3. PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24 KJV)
  4. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11NKJV, See Ephesians 6:10-20 to see all the armor which includes putting on your prayer.)
  5. PUT ON TENDER MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, LONGSUFFERING;(Colossians 3:12 NKJV)
  6. But above all these things PUT ON LOVE, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:14 NKJV)

Once, the Holy Spirit pricked my spirit about attending a book launch in Franklin, TN.  Kris encouraged me to go. I responded. “I’ll pray about it. I don’t want to go by myself.” I never mind going anywhere alone so that was odd for me to say. I reviewed my short roll of friends that I could ask to join me.  Loud and clear in my spirit, I heard my Best Friend: “I will go with you! Let’s make it a date. You need to go shopping for an outfit for Jonathan and Kats’ s wedding. Let’s make it a date! You and I!” —God!  I prayed before heading to Nashville. “Lord, you are in charge. Tell me where to go.”  I was nudged towards Nordstrom Rack. I asked for the Lords help before entering.  As I browsed, Holy Spirit whispered for me to look carefully.  I cautiously picked up a few things and then came across a couple of jumpsuits.  I thought, “Me in a jumpsuit? No way!” I remembered the advice of my Date, “Look carefully.”  When I went into the dressing room, I tried on the jumpsuit first to eliminate it.  I liked it!  It was so comfortable and looked good. It was so affordable. I was so excited.  I tried on everything else. The jumpsuit was the answer.  I face timed my sister in law for her opinion and she agreed.  First, store and first try on…GLORY TO GOD!   The rest of the day we had a light lunch and strolled around the quaint shops of Franklin. I put him on first that day and he took care of the rest.

I enCOURAGE to “put on the LORD JESUS” and Love, first !  You will have the most amazing days in Him.

IT IS THE LORD

IT IS THE LORD… who made this Blue Star Lotus somewhere in French Polynesia, captured by me, 2015

by Tammy Phillips
September 17, 2020

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NKJV)

 THE LORD IS FAITHFUL!

It is the LORD who will ESTABLISH!
It is the LORD who will MAKE STABLE!
It is the LORD who will STEDFASTLY SET!
It is the LORD who will STRENGTHEN!
It is the LORD who will PLACE FIRMLY!
It is the LORD who will KEEP IN PLACE!
It is the LORD who will MAKE STAND!
It is the LORD who will MAKE RESOLUTE!

The Lord is our STABLISHER, STABILIZER, and STEADFAST!
The Lord is our STRENGTH, FIRM PLACE, AND CONSTANT!
The Lord is our SOLID, FIRM, and RESOLUTE!

It is the LORD who will GUARD!
It is the LORD who will PROTECT!
It is the LORD who will PRESERVE!
It is the LORD who will KEEP!
It is the LORD who will WATCH!
It is the LORD who will HAVE HIS EYE UPON!
It is the LORD WHO WILL KEEP YOU FROM EVIL!

I enCOURAGE you in the Lord.  
It was the LORD!  It is the LORD!  It will always be the LORD!  

ROUSE TO REALITY

by Tammy Phillips
September 16, 2020

And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11 KJV)

Let me start by saying that I do not like to be late!   I am on the prayer team at church. We have four services and a team prays during each one.  For at least one hour, we pray over the service and a myriad of kingdom business.  I used to be the first one to arrive and then I got a little slack.  One Sunday, I was going to be right on time.  I thought I would stop and grab a cup of coffee which would make me just a little bit late.  Holy Spirit dropped this thought into my spirit. “What if Jesus was physically sitting in the prayer room waiting for you?  Would you stop for coffee?” I don’t like to be late and I sure would not want Jesus waiting on me.  Plus, I said I would be there at 8:00 AM and I am only as good as my word.  If I had paid attention to the time and awoke earlier, this would not have been a problem.  

 When we wake up what is the first thing we want to know? “What time is it?”  Is it time to get up? Is it time for church? Is it time to start the day? It is important for us to know the time.  It really is our guide as to when it is time to rise.  We could be oblivious and uncaring to everything and everyone around us and just stay in bed all the time.  What profit is that?

Romans 13: 11-12 tells us what time it is.  It is the time that “our salvation is nearer than we believed” and that the night and time of darkness is almost gone, and the day is about to dawn. The day is the eminent return of Jesus Christ our Savior, when he comes to take his children home and the end of this age will come to a close. I promise, when he calls, we better be ready.  There is not going to be time to say, “Wait just a minute Jesus, I need to grab a cup of coffee for the ride.”

It is also “high time to awake up out of sleep.”   The alarm is going off and Paul is saying wake up sleepy heads.   The hour is come.  It is time.  It is THE time. It is the season. It is the moment.  It is the instant.  RING! RING! …or whatever sound your alarm makes.

WAKE UP!  ARISE!  RAISE UP!  COLLECT YOURSELF!  ROUSE TO REALITY!

Get yourself together.  Jesus is coming. We need to be awake. 

We need to be fixing a cup of coffee and talking with Jesus every morning.
Can’t do that in our sleep.

We need to be listening to him.
Can’t do that in our sleep.

We need to be walking the Love walk.
Can’t do that in our sleep.

We need to be talking the Love talk.
Can’t do that in our sleep.

We need to be making ourselves ready and getting dressed.
Can’t do that in our sleep.

I enCOURAGE you to ROUSE to reality.  If I came to pick you up for lunch, you would be excited and ready to go.  Jesus IS coming to take us to the most glorious event ever.  The Marriage feast of the Lamb.  We got our heavenly bodies and comfy eternal robes waiting on us.

FAN THE FIRES OF FIRST LOVE

by Tammy Phillips
September 15, 202

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. (Romans 12:11 KJV)

I remember when I first fell in love with my hubby, Kris.  Do you remember that first love feeling?   You could not wait to see, talk and be around your new love.  Sparks and passion were flying. You could not get enough. The fire was burning hot and you would do anything to please your partner.  Even now, we call it, “warm fuzzies!”  I have discovered this to be the meaning behind Romans 12:11.

How do I know?  When a verse pricks your spirit, but you do not know exactly why, it is time to go digging!   It is like a treasure hunt.  Looking at this verse, some of the words did not make sense. It was time to unlock the riches of the word by looking at the Greek Definitions:

Slothful: okernos, meaning, lagging, lazy, idle, from okneo: to hesitate, be slow, delay.   The word apathetic and an “I don’t care” attitude come s to mind.

Business: spoudazdo, which means zeal, diligence, eagerness, haste, striving after, earnest carefulness. From the word speudo meaning to speed

Fervent: zeo, meaning to be hot; to Boil in liquids and to glow in case of a solids

Serving: douleuo, which means: one who gives himself up to another’s will ; devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests; total obedience, and bound to.

This verse is a treasure trove!  When all the rich substance of the words are combined, it could read like this:

DO NOT BE SLOTHFUL IN BUSINESS
Be diligent. Do not be negligent.
Be zealous. Do not be apathetic.
Be eager. Do not be lazy.
Be speedy. Do not hesitate or be slow.
Be caring. Do not be carless.
Be attentive. Do not be absent-minded.

BE FERVENT IN SPIRIT.
(Remember that first love feeling)
Be continuously boiling.
Be glowing.
Be hot.
Be on fire.

SERVING THE LORD
Surrendered to the Lord’s will
Devoted to the Lord.
Totally committed.
Total obedience to the Lord.
Bound to the Lord.
Do whatever is needed.
SOLD OUT.

I encourage you to be a Fire-place and “to fan into flame the gift of God…For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV) So, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.“ (Colossians 3:17 NIV) We have to stay hot, boiling and on fire  for the Lord.  Whatever we do, we need to make Him look good so that we draw others to Him.  We need to build up the name of Jesus in all that we do. We need to brag on our Man by our very actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

by Tammy Phillips
September 14, 2020 

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV)

I have spent most of my life seeking love and happiness.  I have taught my children the same thing.  I told them to find what they loved and to do it.   Sadly, I taught them to pursue knowledge, wealth, sports and happiness, more than I originally taught them to know God.   God was always important in our family, but He was not always first.  

It is so  sad that the “world” is so lost. Honestly, I believe many self proclaimed Christians are lost; I was.  It is disheartening that the answer is right before our eyes and that so many are blind to Jesus.  God wrote is all out for us in His word. 

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)

I am determined. I am resolved. I am resolute to not know anything among you accept Jesus.  The Lord is and always has the answer.  I sought money.  It was not the answer.  I sought art.  It was not the answer.  I sought sports. It was not the answer. I have found out why this world in such a mess?  We have sought knowledge and wisdom in all the wrong places and not Jesus first.

Christ [is] all and in all. (Colossians 3:11 NKJV)

JESUS IS…

  • The Beginning!
  • the Son of God
  • God in the flesh
  • the Savior
  • the Christ
  • the Teacher
  • the curse for us
  • the Crucified
  • the resurrection
  • the Raised
  • the Redeemer
  • the refuge
  • the Restorer
  • the Everlasting Righteousness
  • the High Priest
  • the Destroyer at the works of the devil
  • The End!

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth [come] knowledge and understanding; (Proverbs 2:6 NKJV)

Since the Lord is the most loving, most powerful and  infinitely knowledgable man that has ever lived, why would we not see to know his Words and imitate His actions?   He walked successfully through life all the way into eternity.   We have long followed the wrong things…

We have pursued happiness.
Happiness cannot be truly be found outside of Jesus.

We have pursued the fountain of youth.
 The Lord is the fountain of life.  
“For with You [is] the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9 NKJV) 
 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3 NKJV)

We have pursued knowledge in all the wrong places.
He is all knowledge for goodness sake.  He spoke the world into existence. He might know a little about it. Don’t think God is creator?  Simple example, We speak our dinner into existence, when we go through the drive through of Chick Fila.  We speak. The universe obeys. We drive around the corner and voila, there is our meal. That is how easy it was for God to speak the universe into existence.  He is all might and all powerful.

“…To the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”(Colossians 2:2-3 NKJV)

    Christ is the way, the truth, and the life!

    • It does not matter how many years of schooling we completed.
    • It does not matter how many degrees or certifications we have collected.
    • It does not matter whether we have a bachelors, master, doctorate or no degree at all.

What matters is that we know and purse Jesus and His resurrection.

I enCOURAGE you “to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV) Resolve to know Him!  Make him your study (not the internet), your passion, your research and the one thing you need.  All else pales in comparison.  There is no comparison.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord [is]. (Ephesians 5:17 NKJV)

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