LAUGH

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“Laughter is an instant vacation!” – Milton Berle

by Tammy Phillips
July 9, 2020

 So, I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry. – Ecclesiastes 8:15 NKJV

We all are going through so much in 2020.  Craziness and pressure attempt to close in on us.  Lately, the fiery darts have been coming faster and with more fury in our family.  I could make a long list. I could share the trials and tribulations, but I do not want to depress nor overwhelm you with our trouble.  You have your own  mumbo jumbo, poppycock, gobbledygook to deal with.  I also do not want to concentrate on the challenges but stay focused on Jesus.  We are all good because we have God.   We must choose to make the best of the bad and enjoy every moment that God has given us.

I, along with the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, recommend enjoyment!  LAUGH!  Enjoyment is the Hebrew word simach which means joy, gladness, to be very joyful, specifically, joyful voices and joyful cries 

Yesterday, the Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 2:4,

“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh.”

If God is sitting and  laughing with all He has to manage in the world, then His example is good one to follow.  Later in the day, I received more encouragement , my friend, texted:

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great [is] your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:12 NKJV

I hear you Lord!  I feel the pressure.  I am going to stop.  I am going to laugh.   I am going to laugh out loud.  I am going to choose to laugh hard and long until my sides hurt.  One cannot laugh and brood at the same time.  I am passing on the same instruction to you that I received:

LAUGH! REJOICE!
BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD! BE MERRY!

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away”. – Benjamin Franklin

LAUGH:

It relaxes the whole body.
It relieves physical tension and stress.
It improves the immune system.
It decreases stress hormones.
It increases antibodies.
It increase endorphins.
It relieves pain.
It replenishes the lungs.
It prevents heart disease.
It increases blood flow.
It may increase life span.
It stops distressing emotions.
It helps relax and recharge.
It helps with focus.
It is contagious!

I enCOURAGE you to LAUGH!  LOL!

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die”. –Abraham Lincoln

NO OTHER NAME

IMG_4856By Tammy Phillips
July 7, 2020

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12 NKJV

In Acts 4, Peter and John were arrested after healing the lame man and for preaching the good news of Jesus.  They were questioned by what power or name was the lame healed.  When Peter addressed the religious leaders of the day, the Sanhedrin, he was filled with the Holy Ghost. He spoke boldly.  He fearlessly told them that it was by the name of Jesus that the man was whole.  He told them that salvation exists in no other.  Jesus is the ONLY NAME THAT SAVES.

The President cannot save.
The government cannot save.
The media definitely cannot save.
Family, friends, nor physicians can save.
Medicine cannot save.
Masks cannot save.
We cannot save ourselves.

Only Jesus heals.
Only Jesus makes us whole.
Only Jesus has all the answers.
Only Jesus saves.

In whom do you put you complete trust?

I enCOURAGE you to believe and trust God completely.   Jesus is your salvation in ALL circumstances.  Paraphrasing the words of Peter in Acts 4:10 , “Let it be known everyone, to all the people of Israel and the Unites States  and to ALL the world…that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom we crucified because of our sins and  whom God raised from the dead, by Him we are all made  whole. We are all saved.”

ENJOY ALL THINGS

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by TammyPhillips
July 7, 2020

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. – 1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV

Enjoy the good of your labor.
Enjoy the work of your hands.
Enjoy the grit of the grind.

Enjoy the presence of the Lord.
Enjoy the company of friends.
Enjoy gathering of family.

Enjoy peace.
Enjoy plenty.
Enjoy prosperity.

Enjoy life.
Enjoy laughter.
Enjoy love.

I enCOURAGE you to enjoy every breath that you take.  Enjoy every step that you make.  Enjoy all things richly.

WHERE ARE OUR ACTS?

IMG_4834by Tammy Phillips
July 6, 2020

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father. – John 14:12 NKJV

I was reading through the book of the Acts of the Apostles.  I made it to chapter three.  I read about the lame man being healed.  The Bible records that Jesus healed ALL people and ALL kinds of sickness and disease when He walked this earth.  The Holy Spirit raised this question to me: “WHERE ARE YOUR ACTS?”

The Book of Acts is about the actions of the apostles that spread the gospel, the good news, from Jerusalem throughout the world to Rome.  Isn’t our world crying for good news?  We call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ.   We carry the good news with us, correct?  It was free to us.  Why aren’t we passing it on at every chance?

Jesus said to his followers, his disciples, in John 14:12, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do.”  He also said in Luke 4:18:  “The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives and recovery of sight to [the] blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; – Luke 4:18 NKJV 

 We are supposed to do greater than the list above?  WHERE ARE OUR ACTS?”  When is the last time we performed one of these acts?  How about greater?

It blows my mind that we were only taught part of the good news growing up in church.  You know that headline, “Jesus saved you from hell! Repent!”   He did so much more.  He set the mind of the tortured captive free.  He gave sight to the blind.  He made the lame man from birth to walk. He healed the woman with the issue of blood.  Doctors had not been able to help her for 12 years.  He raised the dead.  He created us.  THERE IS NOTHING GOOD THAT THE NAME OF JESUS CANNOT ACCOMPLISH…NOTHING!

I enCOURAGE you to believe, embrace and share the good news of Jesus.  ACT!  Everywhere and all the time.  If all “followers of Jesus,” would ACT like it, the world would be a different place.  Share the good news of Jesus, TODAY!   Jesus said:  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do [it].” – John 14:13-14 NKJV.  Jesus will act when you ask because he wants the Father to be glorified.  He died for His people to be free, to live, to love and to enjoy life.  He wants us to ACT like him.  How else will people know the good news?

 

PERFECT SOUNDNESS

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July 5, 2020

And His name,through faith in His name,has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of  you all – Acts 3:16 NKJV

God is ready to act.  What is your need?  I asked and I am believing for the Corona Virus to go away and for healing and unity in our nation.   I am believing for backs to be whole.   I am believing for cancer to be healed, marriages to be saved, and finances to be restored.  I am believing for weddings to happen.  I have asked for a baby…not for us!   I even asked and I am believing for God to supply an auto to a special friend in need of a car.  Most importantly, I am believing for friends and family to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus and for them to follow hard after him.

In Acts 3:13-14, Jesus (Jehovah is Salvation) is called the Holy One (meaning Pure, Sinless, Upright) and Just (meaning Righteous and Blameless).  He is also called the Prince of Life which could also means Chief Leader of Life and Author of Life.  In, through and by His name, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Peter commanded the lame man to rise and walk.

In Acts 3:5, the lame man paid attention to the disciples and expected to receive something from them.

I promise you, he got more than he expected.  He had been crippled since birth.  He ran into the hands and feet of Jesus that day.  Our Lord only gives good and perfect gifts.  He is known for doing exceedingly abundantly above what we ask or think.  The man had never walked before!  He stood and walked.  He actually leapt up, kept on leaping and praising God!  Expect to receive from the Name, Jesus, and watch what he will do through faith in His name!  Our only responsibility is to believe Him and He will do the rest.

The Author and Source of Life gave the lame man life that day.  He gave him strength, healing, wholeness, and perfect soundness.

Strong is the Greek word, steroō, meaning to solidify, make firm, stabilize, make to stand, set in place or balance.

Perfect soundness is the Greek word holoklēria.   This word appears only one time out of the 783,137 words in the King James Bible.  This word is unique and so very special.   It means an unimpaired condition of the body, in which all its members are healthy and fit for use.  It means complete in all its parts, in no part wanting or unsound.  It is the definition of complete, entire, whole.  It implies a body without blemish or defect. Perfect soundness by definition is to make whole what was shattered and broken.

I enCOURAGE you to pay attention to the Lord and expect to receive from Him.  Keep on walking, leaping and praising Him continually.  He is not prejudice.  He does not play favorites.  He is the Source of your life, too.  He also gives YOU His strength, healing, wholeness and perfect soundness.  He has healed, is healing and will make whole all that is shattered and broken in your body.  He give you a sound mine and soul, too.

P.S.  If you have a request that needs prayer, I will pray and I have a group of warriors who will join me.  Leave a comment, email, text or call.   God is ready to act on your behalf.  Remember, God does not have  big problems.

 

CALLED TO LIBERTY & FREEDOM

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“Sunrise in Savanah,” our neighborhood.  Happy July 4, 2020!

by Tammy Phillips
July 4, 2020

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not [use] liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13 NKJV

I thank God that we have been called to liberty in Jesus who paid for our freedom with his blood.  We cannot take this for granted and continue in sin. “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36 NKJV) We, the children of the Most-High God, are—

FREE from:

Chaos.
Confusion.
Care.
Hate.
Guilt.
Shame.
Worry.
Sickness.
Death.
Want.
The Enemy.
Hell.

FREE to:

Love.
Give.
Pray.
Approach the throne.
Worship.
Sing.
Praise.
Shout a hallelujah.
Be the sons of God.
Enter the gates of heaven.

I enCOURAGE you to enjoy and celebrate your freedom in Christ and in this country.  We will always be free in Christ, but our freedoms in this country are slowly being taken away.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. – Galatians 5:1 NKJV

Remember…

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV

 

 

BIG GIRLS DON’T FALL GENTLY

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by Tammy Phillips
July 3, 2020

 For a righteous [man] may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. – Proverbs 24:16 NKJV.

I thank God for the blood of Jesus.
I thank God that His word is true.
I thank God for protection.
I thank God for Psalm 91 and 103.
I thank God that He is faithful.
I thank God that no weapon  formed against us shall prosper.  I thank God that “many [are] the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 NKJV

A few years ago, Kris and I were bringing our (well, my) Christmas tubs and decorations into the house. Somehow, I fell down the two tiny steps leading out into our garage. I slipped off the first step! Sideways and air born, I went!  I was like a redwood crashing to the ground.  I landed on my right side.  Thank God for my extra-large angels who braced my fall.  The concrete before me became like a cushion.

Kris thought I had broken my shoulder, wrist and/or my hip.  I laid there for a few seconds in shock.   I slowly raised up. The Word says:   For a righteous [man] may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. – Proverbs 24:16 NKJV.   I️ promise that I rose by faith.  Nothing! Nothing was hurt; no bruises, no pain, no soreness, no broken bones.

BIG GIRLS DO NOT FALL GENTLY.  Obviously, I fell gracefully.  I fell with the grace, the favor and the protection of God.  I was covered in the protective blood of Jesus.

If you know us, you know how jammed-packed our blessed lives are.  This full life of ours only grows exponentially during November and December.  Did I mention we were preparing to have about 20 for Thanksgiving at our home?   There was no time for accident recovery!

I shared this story to say that Jesus died for so much more than our eternal salvation which I greatly thank him for!  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be SAVED. -John 3:17. Saved is the Greek word sozo, meaning:  keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. HEALED, WHOLE & COMPLETE.  I was saved that day.

I thank God for His love.
I thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus.
I thank Jesus for every stripe he took for us.
I thank God that we are healed, whole and complete in Him. 

I enCOURAGE you, if I this big girl can fall and rise unharmed, so can you.   Look to the Lord and wait on His salvation.  He will hear you.  Know that when you fall, you will rise in Him because He is your Savior in all things.

Therefore, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.  Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD [will be] a light to me. – Micah 7:7-8 NKJV

PS…This  fall happened about 10 days before I burned my hand on Thanksgiving day (see post) : PRAY THE WORD.  SAY THE WORD.

GOD IS OUR DRIVE

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by Tammy Phillips
Juy 2, 2020

For this God [is] our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death. – Psalm 48:14 KJV

I was mentally tired.  My get up and go was gone.   I was looking for encouragement.  I really did not want to think about anything.  I just wanted to clear my head.   Some people come home after work and choose to have a drink.  I came home and looked for a word from God for clarity.  God knows me best.  He knows laughter is good for this soul.  He is funny and makes me laugh. Holy Spirit  “guided” me to Psalm 48 and it made me laugh:

  • God is our God forever and ever.  He is not going anywhere.  We are stuck with Him eternally, as long as we choose Him.  He always chooses us, at our worst and our best.
  • He is our Guide…even unto death. He is our Guide over death.  He is our victory.  He is our guide into for ever and ever.
  • He is our Guide. Goodness!  I would not want that job for anything.  I absolutely love this word, guide. In Hebrew, It is   Of course, it means so much more than guide.  Expounded below:

God is our Guide.
God is our Lead.
God drives us forth.
God leads us away.
God urges us on
God is our Drive.

I enCOURAGE you…when you reach the point of exhaustion and need to stop for that cup of coffee in this journey of life, no need.  Stop for a word with our Lord.  He is your drive.  He will keep you going.  He will urge you on.  He will guide you to and through.  He will lead you all the way through life into His eternal presence.

HE IS ALL (and that’s all!)

IMG_4548by Tammy Phillips
July 1, 2020

 Christ is all and in all. – Colossians 3:11 NKJV

He is all.
He is in all.
He is the whole
He is everything.

He healed all. Matthew 12:15
He healed all who were sick. Matthew 8:16
He healed all different diseases. Matthew 4:24
He desires all to be saved. 1 Timothy 2:4
He created all things. – Colossians 1:16 NKJV
He is before all things. – Colossians 1:17 NKJV
He holds all things together. – Colossians 1:17 NKJV
He is far above every name that is named. -Ephesians 1
He is far above all. -Ephesians 1:21
He fills all in all. -Ephesians 1:23
He is head overall. -Ephesians 1:22He is all.

I enCOURAGE you to recall ever day that He is your ALL!
Just chew on that!
He is ALL we need.
HE IS ALL.

BENEFITS OF A PERSONAL TRAINER

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by Tammy Phillips
June 29, 2020

Train yourself toward godliness, [keeping yourself spiritually fit].   For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.  -1 Timothy 4:7-8 AMPC

I need to exercise my body, so that it is a reflection of my spirit man!  My spirit is in shape.  It is lean and healthy.  [They test BMI (Body Mass Index); I wish there was SMI (Spirit Mass Index.)

The only reason my inner man is in stellar shape is because I go to the Personal Trainer.  I spend time at the feet of Jesus, every day.  Somedays, it could be 15 minutes; most days, it is longer.  Ten years ago, I committed to spend at least 15 minutes a day working out with my favorite PT.  Usually, my spiritual workout is a couple of hours.  Do your best and do not beat yourself up!

Think about the time and commitment you spend exercising your body.  Scripture says that “exercise is useful, but spiritual training is more valuable in this life and the life to come.”  How much time have you spent with the Lord today?  This is not condemnation, just a question.  The Lord knows, I need to spend more time exercising my bod.

Think about it.  What are the benefits of a personal trainer?  How do those benefits mirror the LORD as our Personal Trainer?

A personal trainer teaches us everything we need to know about exercising.  The Holy Spirit teaches us everything we need to know about life, how to breathe, how to excel, and how to succeed.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26 NKJV

A personal trainer instructs us the correct way to work out by being an example.  Jesus was our example of how to live righteously.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40 NKJV and All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

A personal trainer helps us achieve results faster.  The Lord instructs the steps to take to get the best results.

  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. – Psalm 32:8 NKJV

A personal trainer helps us lose fat, gain muscle, and transform our body.  The Holy Spirits teaches us how to renew our mind, exercise our faith muscles and transform us from the inside out.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2 NKJV

A personal trainer comes up with new ways push us through plateaus while keeping us motivated. The LORD coaches us and give us His strength to keep us going.

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

A personal trainer helps establish realistic and healthy fitness goals as well as a plan to help achieve them.  The One and Only Personal Trainer prepares us for the battle.

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; – Psalm 144:1 ESV

I enCOURAGE you to get your daily work out in, both spiritual and physical.
“But I discipline my body and bring [it] into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” – 1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV

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