WHY PAY ATTENTION?

IMG_3213by Tammy Phillips
May 6, 2020

 “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.  –1 Corinthians 7:35, 

The Holy Spirit dropped the words pay attention in my spirit. I went to the Word to see what God had to say.  I found this nugget from Paul.   In 1 Corinthians 7, he talks about marriage and singleness.   He says, he does not have a command from the Lord, but an opinion  that it is better to stay single.  However, if you are married, stay married.  He further states that marriage brings cares for the spouse and cares of the world.  Singleness allows focus on the Lord.  In 1 Corinthians 7:35, he adds: “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. The New King James version clarifies what Paul is telling us: “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

Paul encourages us to attend upon to the Lord without distraction.  The Greek for attend upon is used only one time in all the Bible.  It is the word, euprosedros.  It means sitting constantly by, constantly devoted to the Lord; to attend assiduously, showing great care and concern; not to quit one’s side.   The word distraction is a translation of the Greek word perispao meaning to drag all around, to draw away, to be driven about mentally, to be over-occupied, too busy, to be troubled, distressed.

I love my family like you do, but we cannot deny the truth of Paul’s words.  Our responsibility as a spouse is to take care of our spouse and children.  Our responsibilities definitely bring other cares.  Singleness definitley would lend more time for Jesus.  As Paul would say, we would have more time to attend to the Lord without distraction.  The Greek translation of those words paints a better picture of what Paul was telling us:

Show great concern and care for the Lord.  Do not leave his side; sit constantly by him without being dragged all around by your cares.  Do not be drawn away from him.  Do not be too busy, trouble nor distressed that it takes you away from the Lord.  Do not let the cares of this world drive you crazy and take you away from your seat at the feet of Jesus.  It is a great honor to serve my family. Not planning on abandoning them, so, I have to make time for my Lord.

Why is it so important that we spend time at the feet of Jesus in God’s word? Why do we need to pay attention? Solomon delivers they key in Proverbs 4:20-22:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

He repeats himself.  When he says pay attention to my words, Listen to what I am saying.  He wants us to get it.  It is like he is saying LISTEN! LISTEN!

Then he tells us to focus, look, don’t be distracted in verse 21:   

Let them (words) not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Here is the key!  Why do we attend to Jesus?  Why do we sit at his feet?  Why are the words of God so very important?

“For they [are] LIFE unto those that find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh.  

HIS WORDS ARE LIFE AND HEALTH!   However, it is life and health to those who find them.  If we do not sit with Jesus and pay undivided attention to the word of God, he complete life and health we are meant for will not just jump in our lap.

I encourage you to pay attention to the Lord and attend to God’s word.   Do not let the cares of this world drive you crazy.  Sit beside him and take his words of life, health and hope.

Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch (be awake, pay strict attention), and be sober (watch, be calm and collected in spirit). (1Thessalonians 5:6 KJV)

WHAT STEALS MY ATTENTION? 

IMG_3187By Tammy Phillips
May 5, 2020

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  -Proverbs 4:20  

I sat down to have breakfast in bed with my husband and looked at the larger-than-large TV that was invading the space of our bedroom.  I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “Pay attention.  Pay attention to My Words.”

How many times in life have I let that big black box steal my attention?  How many times have I let it numb my mind?  How many Netflix shows have I binged watched?  How many hours have I spent glued to the television watching Hallmark movies?  How can I pay attention to His words when almost everything coming from that black box is contrary to His word?  Have I let the TV tell me a vision that is not His?  Have I let it tell me what to think; what to eat?  Have I let it tell me what is right and wrong?  Have I paid attention to its words and not God’s?

How many hours have I sacrificed to social media: Facebook; Instagram; Pinterest; phone games?  Yesterday, I awoke at 2 AM.  I had the best intentions.  I began by praying for a friend.  It was not long before I went to look at “something” on my phone.  I spent an hour and a half just chasing rabbits on Instagram and Facebook.  Would not my time have been better spent at the feet of Jesus?  I cannot even tell you what distracted me from praying.

How many days have I spent being in a frenzy over a football game or at a baseball game?  (We do not do dance or cheer in this house, so that’s not a problem.)  Where was my attention?  Did I take Jesus to the game with me?  I might have taken him with me, but I stepped right out of his presence when I started fussing about the coach or at the umpires.

How about working, in or out of the house?  How about money?  How many times have I been distracted by the love, or lack, of money?

How about drinking’?  Have I ever let alcohol alter my mind and steal my attention?  Yes.  It is undeniable that alcohol’s words are powerful.  Alcohol delivers false courage, false peace and fleeting happiness.  I choose not to drink anymore because alcohol has lied to me and members of my family.  Its words have been very destructive in my life.   In the past I have made some really stupid decisions under the influence.  I have paid for the consequences of the distraction of alcohol.

How about food?  I have been drawn in different directions about what to make or where to eat?  Have you been absent minded and ate too much or too little?  Have you been so preoccupied by what you were making that you did not enjoy the presence of your guests at a dinner?  Getting real here.  Food is my drug of choice.  It speaks loud to me and grabs my attention.  It says, “Celebrate with me!”  Food is my comfort in sadness.  It occupies my mind when I am bored.  It is my friend on long trips.  These are all lies meant to separate me from my best life and purpose.  Food is fuel and that’s it.  Honestly, I am beginning AGAIN walking in faith toward a healthy body weight.  I have to pay attention and set guards at my mouth every day.  Food called me all my life.  It has lied to me.  It is not my friend.  I have to pay attention to only my Lord.

I enCOURAGE you to take a good look at what distracts you.  Mostly, I enCOURAGE you to pay attention to what you see, what you hear, what you do, what you eat, and what you drink.  Most of all, pay attention to God and what he is saying.

PAY ATTENTION

IMG_3176By Tammy Phillips
May 4, 2020

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; -Ephesians 6:18

This whole week the Holy Spirit has been gently, but repeatedly saying: “Pay attention.”

I thought we were finished with Ephesians 6, but he has been preparing me all week to search for his treasure in the second half of Ephesians 6:18.  Let’s look at the Greek and see what His words say.

Watching: (agrypneō) to be sleepless; do not be asleep; be awake; to be circumspect; ready; be intentional; to exercise constant vigilance over something; a state untouched by any slumberous or beclouding influences; be attentive.
thereunto:
(eis) toward
(touto) that thing
with(en) in, by through
all (pas) each and every, all
perseverance (prokarterēsis) continue all the time; devoted; constantly diligent; attend continually; steadfastly attentive
and supplication (deēsis) asking for help; making requests for basic spiritual need
for all saints.

Tammy’s translation would read something like this:

“Pray all the time with every prayer you have in your arsenal.  Oh, and by the way, watch!  Do not be asleep.  Be awake.  Do not be touched by slumber or anything that clouds your influence.  Be attentive.  Girl, pay attention, and to that with all perseverance.  Pay attention to that be awake all the time.  Pay attention and to that be constantly vigilant.  Pay attention by being steadfastly attentive.  Pray for all the saints all the time, too! 

Why does Paul so strongly instruct us to pray, pay attention and pray for our brothers and sisters?   I believe the answer can be found in 1 Corinthians 10:12, where Paul says:  “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”  and in the words of Jesus in Mark 14:38: “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.  The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak.”  Jesus and Paul both encouraged us to watch and PAY ATTENTION lest we fall and enter into temptation.  They were saying the same thing.  Stand.  Watch and pray so that you will remain standing.  Pray for you brothers and sisters so they will also be empowered to stand.

I enCOURAGE you to pay attention.  I enCOURAGE you to pray without ceasing and to pray for the saints continually.  I enCOURAGE you to endure to the end and you will be saved.  I enCOURAGE you to stand, stand, stand!

THE PILUM OF PRAYER & SUPPLICATION

IMG_3162 2By Tammy Phillips
May 3, 2020

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…   -Ephesians 6:18

What if I told you that you are a javelin thrower?

The lance (also called a pilum, a javelin, or a spear) is the seventh piece of a Roman soldier’s armor.  It was normally around six to seven feet in length.  It had a long iron head with a pyramid-shaped barb at the tip.  Lances were made in different sizes, shapes, and weights.  The lance was usually throne in the air at the enemy before they could reach camp.  At least, it could knock the pursuing enemy to the ground or, at most, it would kill its target.  It was usually thrown before engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat with swords. (https://romanmilitary.net/tools/pilum)

The number seven is the number of perfection and completeness in the Old Testament.  Of course, God would provide us with seven perfect pieces of spiritual armor to complete our power suits.  In “Dressed to Kill” by Rick Renner, he concludes that “Although the lance is not specifically mentioned by name, it is included as part of the spiritual equipment in Ephesians 6:18.”  He believes the armor is completed with the “lance of prayer and supplication.”

Paul begins Ephesians 6:18 by saying that we should pray always.  Always means all time, at every opportunity, and every season.  Always means always.  He instructs us to pray always with all prayer (every type of prayer available) and supplication.  You know, prayer is simply coming into God’s presence and having a conversation with Him face-to-face.  Prayer is relationship with our Father! Supplication is humbly asking for help from heavenly Dad.  We cannot be too proud to pray always.

When we pray, there are several different types of prayer we can offer to God.  I love that we can pick up any of these lances at any time and call on the Mightiest, the Most Powerful, the Almighty God for help.  If we cannot do it, he sure can.  We can literally throw our lances of prayer through the air at the prince of the air and his cohorts before he can reach our camp.  I love the picture of a mighty band of prayer warriors throwing spears at a retreating enemy and knocking him on his bottom.  I see prayer as the least-used weapon in our arsenal.  Do we pray always without ceasing?  Are we in constant communication with our Commander-in-Chief, God?  Do we talk to him about all things?  Do we ask him about all things?  Do we pray for all the saints, always?

I enCOURAGE you, soldier in the army of the Most-High God, pick up your pilum of prayer and supplication. Actually, never put it down.  Be in constant communication with the Commander-in-Chief, God, through Jesus Christ.  He has already won the victory over Satan.  He has equipped you with the armor or God to empower you to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Use every tool he has so freely given and STAND!  STAND!  STAND!

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

IMG_3154By Tammy Phillips
May 2, 2020

And take …the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: -Ephesians 6:17

The sixth piece of the armor of God, is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Paul compares our spiritual sword to a Roman soldier’s sword.  However, according to Rick Renner’s “Dressed to Kill,” Roman soldiers had five different swords to choose from when they went to battle.  The word for sword mentioned in Ephesians 6:17 is the Greek word machaira.  Renner says: “Of all the swords available, this machaira sword was the most dangerous of all.  Although the other swords were deadly, this one was a terror to the imagination!  This sword was not only intended to kill, but to completely rip an enemy’s insides to shreds.  It was a weapon of murder.”

 Paul tells us that the sword of the Spirt is the word of God.  We immediately think the “word of God” in Ephesians 6:17 is the written word, the Bible.  The Greek word for the written word is logos.  Logos is the Greek word used in Hebrews 4:12:

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

However, logos is not used in Ephesians 6:17.  The Greek word rhema is used instead. The translation of rhema is an utterance on a matter or topic spoken clearly and vividly.  It is derived from the Greek word rheo which means pour forth.  It is the idea of God pouring into us and speaking a clear word, scripture, or an encouragement into our spirit.  A rhema is like an “Aha!” or an “Oh, I get it!” moment.  It is like a light bulb being turned on in the darkness. Light pours into the room and there is no more darkness.  It is like God putting a lightsaber into our hand. He enlightens us and empowers us to battle with the rhema.

I am not a big Star Wars fan, but I do like the lightsaber the Jedi used to fight the dark side.  “The lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi.  It can be used to cut through, blast doors or enemies alike. Using the “Force,” a Jedi can predict and deflect incoming blaster bolts and reflect them.” (https://www.starwars.com/databank/lightsaber)   God is our Force.  He empowers our sword.  Think of it likes this: our SWORD is our Spirit WORD that God gives us to deflect incoming blasts of fear, offense, temptation, worry or sickness from the enemy.  He empowers us to resist and destroy the enemy’s plans against us.  He literally takes His logos, the written word, and pours into our spirit.  He reveals to us the meaning of his logos and it becomes rhema for us to fight our battle.  His word (logos) made alive and poured into our spirit becomes his word(rhema), our Spirit WORD or SWORD.  Jesus, our example, used the logos as his rhema or his sword, against the devil when he was tempted in the dessert.

The Holy Spirit can speak just a word or phrase into our spirit’s, and it can be a rhema.  When this happens, I go to God’s written word to get the rhema or what God is trying to pour into me from that word.  For the past few years, God has given me a word for the year, for example: WAIT, COMPLETE, BE BRAVE.  God drops this rhema to help me fight my battles throughout the year.  This year my rhema word, my SWORD, is RESOLUTE:  having a fixed purpose; unwavering, immovable, determined; hence, bold; firm; steady; constant in pursuing a purpose.   The written word of God is the primary source that brings the rhema to life and gives power to my SWORD:

I will stand (be resolute) upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:1-2)

This year my sword of the spirit, empowers me stand and write the word to you.  When I think, “Why me Lord?”   When I think, “I don’t want to write nor stand,” I take out my sword.  I come against the enemy of my soul and say: “I am resolute, and I will write the vision according to Habakkuk 2!”

I enCOURAGE you to get in the logos, the Bible to get the rhema, your SWORD to slay the attacks of the enemy.  He gives us a SWORD for every attack.  We just have to use what he has already given, or we have to go get a fresh sword from him.   He will always give us the light to chase away the darkness.

NO STINKING THINKING! (pt. 2)

IMG_3129By Tammy Phillips
May 1, 2020

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…Ephesians 6:17

Again, I am not sure where I first heard, “NO STINKING THINKING!” So, I would again give credit to the Holy Spirit, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Rick Renner, Kenneth Copeland, and my pastor, Mike Burnette, for the content of this devotion.

God has more to say about our thought life.

We are accountable for our own thoughts.
No one else can think for us.  However, the media wants to tell us what to believe.  “They know all.  They know best.”  The Government wants to tell us what to do and to believe.  Advertisements want to tell us what we should, eat, drink, wear, where to shop, where to go, and how we should live.

  • We are accountable for what we put into our mind.
  • We are accountable for what we watch on TV, on podcasts, on online video games and in person.
  • We are accountable for what we read.
  • We are accountable for what we allow our ears to hear.
  • We are accountable for what we eat.

We must think the way God thinks when it comes to problems. (Below is an example of how my son and a fellow minor leaguer dealt with the same problem.)

Problem:  2020 Minor League baseball season is temporarily suspended.

 Stinking thinking:

  1. Unpacks suitcase.
  2. Believes season is done.
  3. Loses focus.
  4. Quits working out.
  5. Quits baseball.

No stinking thinking, God thoughts:

  1. Keeps suitcase packed and ready to go.  (1 Peter 1:13 -Gird up the loins of your mind)
  2. Believes the season will start tomorrow.  (Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have…plans to give you a hope and a future)
  3. Stays focused.  (Proverbs 4:25 – Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee)
  4. Works out almost every day.  (1 Timothy 4:8 – For bodily exercise profits  little: but godliness is profitable unto all things)
  5. Prepared and ready as soon as call comes to start again. (2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith; Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.)

We must stop stinking thinking and start believing like God.

  • Stop thinking, I can’t.  Start believing, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • Stop thinking, this is impossible.  Start believing, all things are possible to him who believes.
  • Stop thinking, I am sick.  Start believing I am healed, whole and complete.
  • Stop thinking, I am defeated.  Start believing I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.
  • Stop stinking thinking.  Start believing, I have the mind of Christ.
  • Stop thinking about what the enemy throws at you.  Start believing what God freely gives us.
  • Stop thinking about the lies of the devil.  Start believing the truth of God’s word.
  • Stop thinking about the past.  Start believing in the future.

Paraphrasing my LifePoint pastor, Mike Burnette:

“Our past is behind us.  We can’t live it again.  It is gone.  The present is now.  This second is now and then it is immediately the past.  We cannot live in this present.  We live in the future.  We step each second, each minute, each day into our future.  So, forget the past, you cannot change it.  Live in the future.”

We are to be careful.

  • Be careful because our thoughts become our words.
  • Be careful because our words become our actions.
  • Be careful because our actions become our habits.
  • Be careful because our habits become our character.
  • Be careful because our character determines our eternal destiny.   -John Hagee

I encourage you to put on the whole armor of God, including your helmet of salvation and stop the stinking thinking. Extinguish those fiery darts with the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, God promises. “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusts in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

NO STINKING THINKING! (pt. 1)

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By Tammy Phillips
April 30, 2020

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GodEphesians 6:17

 I am not sure where I first heard, “NO STINKING THINKING!”  I am going to give credit to the Holy Spirit, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Rick Renner, Kenneth Copeland, and my pastor, Mike Burnette, for the content of this devotion.

God has a lot to say about our thought life.

We are what we think.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he. (Proverbs 23:7)

We have the mind of Christ.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

We are not to be conformed to this world.  We are not to listen to what this world tells us who we should be.  We are to listen to the Truth of God’s word and who he says we are.
We are to be transformed into the image of the Lord from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
We are transformed by renewing our mind.  We renew our mind by digesting the word of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

We are to be renewed in the spirit of our mind.  Let the word of God change our mind.  No Stinking Thinking.  Practice God thoughts that will renew our mind and save us in every circumstance, including eternally.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (Ephesians 4:23)

We are to cast down imaginations.  We are to throw down thoughts, reasoning, calculations, accounts, numbers, inventories, WORDS.  We are to throw down words that are contrary to God’s Word! 
C
asting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

We are to throw down the thoughts and words because they dictate our life and our moods.
Negative thoughts: negative mood.  Positive thoughts: positive mood.
Happy thoughts: happy mood.  Sad thoughts: sad mood.
Hopeful thoughts: hopeful mood.  Hopeless thoughts: hopeless mood.
I can’t thoughts: I can’t mood.  I can thoughts: I can mood.

I encourage you to put on the whole armor of God, including your helmet of salvation and stop the stinking thinking.  Extinguish those fiery darts with the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, God’s promises. “God is Promise Maker so God is a Promise Keeper!” -Mike Burnette

THE HELMET OF SALVATION

IMG_3095By Tammy Phillips
April 29, 2020

Take the helmet of salvation, -Ephesians 6:17

The fifth piece of the armor of God is the most beautiful.  It is the helmet of salvation. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God.”  Our salvation is a gift of God.  It is a gift we must take.  Our salvation comes with a manual that we must read to learn all the benefits of the gift. 

We receive gifts that come with directions: for instance, cars, televisions, computers, phones, Instapots and I could go on. Each of these items have benefits that we do not know about because we have not read the manual on it.

Let’s look at our Bible, our manual, Paul compares our helmet to the Roman helmet in Ephesians 6:17.  What does that look like?  The Romans soldiers’ helmet was made of heavy brass and beautifully engraved.  It was made to fit snuggly and cover most of the head like a football helmet today.  It was made so nothing could pierce it.  The soldiers wore his helmet in battle to save his head.  The same reason we wear helmets today. We wear helmets to protect us from severe forms of traumatic brain injury.  The purpose of a helmet is to reduce the risk of serious head/brain injuries by reducing the impact of a force to the head when we put ourselves in dangerous situations.

Where are we in danger? Where does the enemy of our soul attack us?  Where is our battlefield?  Our battlefield is approximately 22” in circumference and lies between our ears.  It is our mind; thus, the need for the helmet of salvation.  If the enemy can get into our mind, he can throw us off balance and knock us down.  Ultimately, he can destroy us through wrong thinking.  (If you have never read Joyce Meyers, “Battlefield of the Mind,” order it today. It was a  game changer for me.)  See, 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  Our opposition, Satan, tries to bombard our mind.  He attempts to deliver fatal blows of fear, hate, offense and weakness, daily.  However, if we have our helmet of salvation securely on, defending our mind , and, if we have our Jesus and all he said and did for us bound so tightly on, the blows of the enemy cannot hurt us.

Have you read God’s Life manual about the helmet of salvation?  Do you know all its benefits? I believe you do but here is a reminder.  When we put on the Helmet of Salvation, this is not just for eternal salvation.  It is salvation, here and now, for every trial, temptation, tribulation, sickness, disease, difficulty, marriage problem, or financial need.   Jesus is our Savior in all things.  When we put on the helmet of salvation, we are also donning the:

Helmet of Safety
Helmet of Deliverance
Helmet of Protection
Helmet of Prosperity
Helmet of Rescue
Helmet of Healing
Hemet of Restoration to Health
Helmet of Wholeness
Helmet of Completeness
Helmet of a Sound Mind
Helmet of Eternal Salvation from Hell
Helmet of Victory
Helmet of Jesus

I enCOURAGE you to take the helmet of salvation.  I encourage you to invite Jesus into every area of your life where you need saving.  We all have areas in our life where we battle.  We just need to surrender and allow Jesus to come in and save us in that area. He already has.  We have the victory in Jesus.  We must stop the enemies attack in that area by taking our salvation from our Savior

THE SHIELD OF FAITH

IMG_3069By Tammy Phillips
April 28, 2020

Stand…Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. -Ephesians 6:14 & 16

The fourth piece of the armor of God is the shield of faith.  (I will abbreviate  to S.O.F.) Where is your shield today?

Paul says we are to take it, raise it, and carry it, above all.  We might think the phrase “above all,” means most importantly.   However, the translation from Greek, “above all” means over everything, before each and every little thing.   Paul is stating our shield of faith of God should lead the way.   Is your faith in God leading the way or is your shield lying at the end of your bed or tossed in the corner?  Do you think it has lost its power and it is no good to you?

Look at these facts about the Roman soldiers’ shield in comparison to our shield of faith from Rick Renner’s book, “Dressed to Kill.

-Romans shield (thyreos) meaning oblong door shaped.

God has given us enough faith to cover us head to toe.

-Romans shield enough to cover the whole body.

Our S.O.F  will cover any and all need that comes along. 

-Romans shield was usually made of six layers of leather woven together making it almost as strong as steel. It was extremely tough and durable.

Our  S.O.F is strong enough to endure any attack, temptation, trial or tribulation

-Romans shield had to be oiled each morning to keep it from becoming hard, cracking under pressure, and falling to pieces.

Our S.O.F.  requires  frequent anointing from the Holy Spirit to keep us from falling apart.

-Romans shield rested on a clip on the loin belt.

Our S.O.F. rests on the loin belt, the Word of God.  Our faith is attached to the Word of God.  

-Romans shield would be submerged in water until completely saturated before battle.  The enemy shot flaming arrows which would be extinguished when they came in contact with the shield.

 When we keep our faith saturated in the “washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26), Our Word-saturated shields have power to extinguish the Fiery darts of the wicked.”

-Romans shield required daily applications of oil and water to keep shield in good shape.

Our S.O.F.  requires daily applications of oil and water to keep shield in good shape.  

-Romans shields were made to hinge together.  When it was time for a big battle, they would fall in line side-by-side and interlock their shields together.  This is called the Roman Tortoise or Testudo.  They would march in unison against the enemy and be protected from enemy projectiles.   Look at this…

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Our S.O.F when joined together, makes us stronger  and we can confidently march right at the enemy.  

If we lay our S.O.F. down, it is of no use to us.   If we don’t exercise our faith, it is just like our muscle.  It becomes weak.  When the enemy attacks, we just fall to pieces.  How does faith come?  Paul says in Romans 10:17, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  I propose: no word=no faith, little word=little faith, large word=large faith.  Our faith is built by hearing, seeing, reading and meditating of the Word of God.  If you do not know the Word of God, you do not know the promises of God which equals no faith in God or weak faith in God.  If you don’t know Jesus paid for our healing, you don’t know to ask him for healing.  If you do not know God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, then you do not know God will meet all our needs according to his riches.  Every answer to every question or need is found in the Word.

“If we don’t have the Word on it, we sure cannot have faith in it.   -Me!

Faith to us is like gas in a car or food in our stomach.  If we do not fill our tanks, we cannot go the distance.  Little food or gas, we can only go a short distance.  Full tank of gas or food, we can go the distance, until it is time to fill up again.  Faith is the same.  We need to constantly fill up to keep our shield up and operative.

I enCOURAGE you to pick up your shield of faith in God.  Receive a fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit and be washed in the Word every day.  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21) Be prepared so that when the enemy comes, and you know he is coming; you will have the power and ability to extinguish his fiery darts.   When you need reinforcements, call me and call your siblings in Christ that are wielding the S.O.F.  We will fasten our shields around you and face the enemy head on.  We are overcomers in Him.

 

PUT ON YOUR STOMPIN’ BOOTS

IMG_3064By Tammy Phillips
April 27, 2020

Stand…with your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  -Ephesians 6:14 & 15

Some days, do you wake up with the desire to just walk around barefooted all day?  I do.  However, most activities require a suitable shoe.  When our mission is to dance, we wear dancing shoes.  Tap dancers wear tap shoes; ballerinas don pointed shoes. Country girls wear cowboy boots to do a little line dance. Nurses wear comfortable shoes to endure their shifts of walking and standing.  Basketball players wear basketball shoes to support their ankles during a game.  Baseball players wear cleats to gain better traction while playing.  Hiking boots, running shoes, walking shoes; there is a shoe for everything.  Shoes provide us the foundation to accomplish our work, our tasks, and our goals, even if that is to only to look cute.  We choose shoes to empower us to accomplish.

Every killer power suit needs a pair of killer shoes.  I call them my stompin’ boots.  Paul mentions the third piece of our armor of God as “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” (FYI… Shod means tied on tightly.)  Remember, Paul is comparing our spiritual armor to that of a Roman soldier.  The soldier’s shoes had two parts: The greave which acted as a shield for the lower leg and the actual shoe that protected the foot.  The shoe consisted of leather straps that helped secure the shoe tightly to the foot and leg.  The bottom of the shoe was heavy leather for comfort and cushion to help overcome obstacles.  The bottom of the shoe was also equipped with spikes to be used as weapons and for stability.  The spikes helped the soldiers STAND in place, immovable.  These shoes actually looked like boots and these boots were made to stomp the enemy.  Our boots are made for walking, walking by faith and stomping our enemy.

We must tie on the peace of God tightly like a good shoe.  Peace translated from the Greek is Eirene which means exempt from the rage and havoc of war, rest, quietness, good order security, assured of salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot.  The enemy’s mission is to kill, steal and destroy.  His mission is to move us from our faith in God.  Our mission is to stand in God’s peace, knowing that we are whole, healed and complete.  Peace knows that God is always with you.  Peace knows that we walk by faith.  We must put on our stompin’ shoes tightly and stomp out the devil’s plans.  We are encouraged by the words of Jesus, when he says:  “Behold, I give unto you power to tread (trample, crush, stomp) on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)   We are encouraged to walk by faith.  Our shoes of peace empower us with confidence to crush out worry, chaos and the obstacles of our day.  Our killer power shoes of peace protect us from the devil knocking our legs out from under us.  They enable us to stand. 

I enCOURAGE you to put on your stompin’ boots.  God has given us the power and authority to STAND confidently in them and to overcome.   Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)  FOOT NOTE:   Overcome is the Greek word, nikao, meaning to carry off the victory.  It is a derivative of a word you know well, NIKE, meaning victory.  When we put on our stompin’ boots, we have actually put on VICTORY BOOTS!!! Stomp on!

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