FINDING BALANCE

IMG_3612by Tammy Phillips
May 27, 2020

A just weight and balance [are] the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work. -Proverbs 16:11 

I was searching for the balanace.  I felt like the scales of my life were teetering.  I did not like the feeling of unsteadiness.   I was looking to stabilize time spent between God and Kris. I was looking to equalize time spent working, writing, cooking, cleaning, projects around the house and just playing.  I was searching for balance in my eating habits.  Ultimately, I was trying to reconcile time between DOING and time just BEING.

What was missing?  Focus.  I was so occupied with everything I had to do that I was not doing my best at anything.  I took time to refocus.  I took time to find center again. I stopped.   I turned off everything, including my racing mind.  I ran to center.  I ran to God. I read. I sang. I prayed. I found peace.  I found balance. I found God waiting on me to straighten it all out.

Proverbs 16:11 tells us that “a just weight and balance [are] the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work.”   Where is balance?  It is the LORD’S.  He is our Balance.  Jesus balanced all on the cross.  The weights or stones in the bag of life are His work.  We have to run to Him.  We have to ask him to help us work it out.  We need to ask Him, “what’s next?”  He will instruct us and teach us the way to go, what do, when to do, how to do and when to stop.  He has the answers. We just have to ask and seek Him.

I enCOURAGE you to take time and refocus. Ask our LORD to help you find balance. Seek the LORD for balance.  It is His.  If you seek Him, you will find Him, balance and everything else you need.

CELEBRATE GOD

IMG_3599By Tammy Phillips
May 26, 2020

 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: -1 Peter 2:9

As followers of Christ, as chosen, as royal priests, as a holy nation, as a peculiar people, we are called to shew forth the praises of God.  Exangellō is the Greek word for “shew forth.”  It means to tell out; to declare abroad; divulge; publish; to make known by praising or proclaiming; to celebrate.

We are called to celebrate God.  We celebrate each other.  We celebrate birthdays, graduations, promotions, marriages, homeruns and touchdowns.  How often do we really celebrate God?  How often do we brag on him? You have to KNOW him to brag on him. You have to have a relationship with him to be privy to what He is doing.  Right?

We are called to publish God’s praises.  Praises are defined as virtues.  His virtues are what He thinks by what he says or how He acts; His excellence; His power; His perfections; His valor (manliness)

But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm 73:28

 We must declare all His works to show all who He is.   We cannot abide, sit or hangout in the darkness.  He is not there.  God has CALLED US OUT of the darkness.  He has removed the scales on our eyes that were blinding us.  He has redeemed us from circumstances of hopelessness.  He has beckoned us into His marvelous, wonderful, extraordinary, striking, surprising, passing human comprehension, amazing light where things become clear or manifest.

We are chosen and peculiar in order to celebrate our Amazing Father God.

“He is the First and the Last.  The Beginning and the End. He’s the Keeper of creation And the Creator of all. He’s the Architect of the universeand the Manager of all time.  He always was, always is and always will be.” -Priscilla Shirer

I enCOURAGE you, chosen, royal priest, holy and set apart, peculiar treasure, sparkling gem, to arise into your calling for such a time as this.   Celebrate our Father who has called you out of your darkest dark and into his amazing light.  You have and assignment from the King of Kings, Creator of the Universe. Declare His praises.  He has people to save, touch and heal through you.

PECULIAR PEOPLE

IMG_3575by Tammy Phillips
May 25, 2020

But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, A PECULIAR PEOPLE.  -1 Peter 2:9

When I think peculiar, I think of something weird, strange or odd.  Actually, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, currently, defines peculiar as: odd; curious; eccentric, unusual.

However, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary states that the word peculiar comes from the Latin word, peculiaris, an adjective meaning, privately owned or special that is derived from the word for “property,” peculium.  Further, it defines peculiar as, belonging to a person and to him only; special.  How did this ever come to mean freak?

In 1 Peter 2:9 the Greek word for peculiar is peripoiēsis which means a preservation, possession, one’s own property, thing to be obtained, purchased, acquired, and to make around oneself.

By the world’s definition followers of Jesus Christ may be odd, but Peter says that we are a peculiar people.  We are God’s private property purchased at a very high price.  We are special.  We belong to Him only.  Peter also states that we are chosen, picked out, and all God’s favorites. You are His favorite. I am His favorite.  We are all his favorites.  He chose us.  We chose Him.  He chose all.  All did not choose Him.  In the end, it is choice that separates one from God, not God.

We are a holy nation. Holy meaning pure, clean, and set apart for God, to be exclusively His. We are all unique. We are unusual. We are special because we are His, a royal priesthood chosen for service in His kingdom.

Our most prized and favorite things in our home may be special to us but no one else.  Who loves a piece of roof tile?  I do.  I found it on the beach of the first island that Kris and I were blessed to visit in French Polynesia.   How about a broken shell?  It is priceless to me.  Honestly, it represents a special time with God, a unique time with Kris, and enduring LOVE.  Think about your peculiar treasures.

We all might look a little odd or act a little different.  However, we are God’s precious possession.

I enCOURAGE you to embrace the true definition of peculiar.  Look at yourself as high valued property of our Father God, Creator of all.  You are priceless to Him.   Treat yourself differently.  Treats yourself as a sparkling gem of our Daddy.  View all others as God’s peculiar treasures and watch as he melts your heart for His people.  We all are His peculiar treasures.

“And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.”-Malachi 3:17

GOD SUPPLIES & DELIVERS better than Amazon

IMG_3515(Sunrise this morning that only God can deliver.)
By Tammy Phillips
May 24, 2020

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.   -Philippians 4:19

 Amazon just ran across our freshly mowed front lawn and delivered a package to our door. (They never use the sidewalk.)  We enjoy a brand of chewing gum that is expensive at retail outlets.   I order my want from Amazon because I can get it thirty to forty percent cheaper.  I touch a few buttons and in two days they deliver.  It is few and far between that delivery is delayed or that Amazon cannot supply my want or need, but not always.

God is greater.   

According to AMAZON.COM, Amazon operates more 175 fulfillment centers around the world in more than 150 million square feet of space.  Its largest center is over one million square feet.  Amazon employs 840,000 to meet the needs of its customers.

Our God is greater. He is our Supplier.

“But my God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED!”  Amazon, as big as they are, cannot do that. All means all.  Supply is the Greek word, plēroō, meaning: fulfil; fill; make full; to furnish liberally; to flood; to make complete in every particular; to render perfect; to carry through to the end; to accomplish; carry out; to bring to pass.  Plēroō is from the word plērēs, meaning: filled up; covered in every part; nothing lacking; make replete; completely filled; to cram full, to furnish and finish a task, verify.

Our God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider.   He has the biggest fulfillment center.  He can employ anyone at any time to come to our aid.  He also has countless angels in His full-time employment on call 24/7.   His resources are limitless and timeless.  When we call on Him as our Supplier, He does not just fulfill our order, but he abundantly crams the box of need fuller than we could ever ask or expect.  He perfects and completes the need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  He has all riches, all contacts, all resources, all healing, and all knowledge at His disposal.  God has it all.  He is all in all.  “And He is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) Amazon might have a lot, but they do not have it all.

Our God is greater!  He is our supplier.

Got God?  Got Supply! Got need? Need met.

I enCOURAGE you to turn to God in your need!  Our God is Greater.  He is much more reliable than Amazon.  You trust Amazon to deliver and be on time.  Trust God more.  He will always deliver and be on time.  It might not be in your time.   Joyce Meyer says, “He is seldom in a hurry, but never late.”   He wants to fulfill, perfect and complete whatever is lacking in your life.  He is our SUPPLIER!  TRUST HIM.  He has and will continue to prove His faithfulness, over and over.  He never fails.  He will always deliver.

“You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.”-Psalm 16:5 GNT

HAVE FAITH IN GOD

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May 23, 2020

 “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”1 Corinthians 2:5

We have faith in…

  • A chair rising two feet off the floor, sitting on a deck suspended high above the ground, hanging off the side of a skyscraper.
  • Airplanes that safely take off, glide thousands of feet in the air and land.
  • Telephones that we pick up, push a few buttons and connect with the world.
  • Light switches that we flip, and “voila,” darkness is over come by light.
  • Cars that transport us at fast speeds wherever we need to go by simply pushing an accelerator.
  • Water appearing at the simple turn of a handle.
  • Pills that heal every ailment.
  • The sun that faithful rises and sets each day.
  • Our heart beating and our lungs breathing to keep us alive.

We faithfully and easily believe in all these things.  Yet, we find it hard to believe that our God who created us, could heal us, protect us, provide for us, even save us.  We choose to put our trust in fear of the bad news the doctor brings.  We fear that our children will continue to mess up, our grand kids might get corona or that we might not have enough to eat.  We fear we have missed the mark too many times.  Why is it so hard to have faith in God?  Why is it hard to believe that he is who He says he is and will do everything he says he will do?

Can you imagine the hours that it took to write the Bible?  It is a book that has survived and survived and survived.  It is God’s love letter to us.  I have discovered His promises are true.  Need answers?  They are all in the Bible.   We either believe that God is big enough to inspire His people to write the truth or we do not.   We believe He is big enough to handle our trial and troubles or He is not.

2 Timothy 3:15 states that “from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus said to the disciples In Mark 11:22, the same thing he is saying to us, his disciples today:  “Have faith in God.”  Trust God.  Rely on God.  Be confident in God.  Kenneth Hagin interprets the verse like this: “Have God kind of faith.”  Have the confidence of God.  Believe He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do!

The scriptures also say:

  • The just live by faith in God. (Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)
  • Stand fast in faith. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
  • Be Established in the faith. (Colossians 2:7)
  • By faith in Christ Jesus we are children of God. (Galatians 3:26) So…
  • Have Faith in God. (Mark 11:22)

Believe Him!  He’s got you and your family.  Do not fear under any circumstance.  Have Faith in God.   Well, you can fear and be amazed by God…that’s the only time we need to fear.

I enCOURAGE you to “exam yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Don’t put your faith in your fears.  Have faith in God. Walk by faith in God.  Live by faith in God

Let our confession always be:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

TREASURES FOUND…”IN HIM”

IMG_3500By Tammy Phillips
May 21, 2020

“And ye are complete in him. -Colossians 2:10 

My life was forever changed about 20 years ago, when I found Colossians 2:10.  YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.  I realized everything I needed or could ever want was in Him.  All answers could be found in Him.  All I could ever hope for was found in Him.  I could not do anything to make Jesus love me more.  It was all about Him and not me.  The two words “IN HIM” are a loaded treasure chest.  I have always wanted to do this.  Here is every treasure I found in the New Testament that includes “in Him, by Him, with Him, through Him, in Christ:”

HEALING Matthew 8:17
TRUST -Matthew 12:21
HAVE FAITH­ ­Mark 11:22
LIFEJohn 1:4
CONTINUEJohn 15:9
ASK and DONE -John 14:13, 14
ASK and RECIEVE -John 16:23
ABIDE -John 15:5a, 7
JUSTIFIED -Romans 3:24
PEACE -Romans 5:1
JUSTIFIED and SAVEDRomans 5:9
NO CONDEMNATION -Romans 8:1
FREE from LAW of SIN and DEATH.Romans 8:2
MORE THAN CONQUERORS Romans 8:37
SANCTIFIED 1 Corinthians 1:2
ENRICHED in UTTERANCE and KNOWLEDGE 1 Corinthians. 1: 5
ALIVE 1 Corinthians 15:22
VICTORY 1 Corinthians 15:57
PROMISES ARE YES2 Corinthians 1:20
ESTABLISHED and ANOINTED –2 Corinthians 1:21
TRIUMPH -2 Corinthians 2:14
NEW CREATURE2 Corinthians 5:17
RECONCILED –2 Corinthians 5:19
RIGHTEOUNESS2 Corinthians 5:21
LIBERTY –Galatians 2:4
BLESSINGS of ABRAHAM Galatians 3:13-14
CHILDREN of GOD Galatians 3:26
HEIRS of GODGalatians 4:7
CHOSEN before the FOUNDATION of the WORLD-Ephesians 1:4
BLESSED with ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS -Ephesians 1:3
ACCEPTEDEphesians 1:6
REDEMPTION and  FORGIVENESS of SINEphesians 1:7
INHERITANCE –Ephesians 1:11
POWER -Ephesians 1:20
ALIVE -Ephesians 2:5
RAISED UP -Ephesians 2:6
EXCEEDING RICHES of GRACE -Ephesians 2: 7
CREATED WORK OF ART-Ephesians 2:10
PARTAKERS in THE PROMISE-Ephesians 3:6
BOLDNESS and COURAGEEphesians 3:12
ACCESS to GOD -Ephesians 3:12
LIGHT -Ephesians 5:8
BE STRONG -Ephesians 6:10
FOUND -Philippians 3:9
PRESS ON -Philippians 3:13, 14
HEART and MIND KEPT ­-Philippians 4:7
DO ALL THINGS -Philippians 4:13
SUPPLY ALL NEEDS -Philippians 4:19
REDEMPTION Colossians 1:14
ALL THINGS EXIST Colossians 1:17
TREASURES of  WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE-Colossians 2:3
WALK -Colossians 2:6
ROOTED and BUILT UP Colossians 2:7
RISEN- Colossians 2:12
DO EVERYTHING Colossians 3:17
REWARD –Colossians 3:24
GIVE THANKS1 Thessalonians 5:18
GRACE, FAITH, and LOVE -1 Timothy 4:14
SAVED, CALLED, and PURPOSE 2 Timothy 1 :9
BE STONG IN GRACE ­2 Timothy 2:1
SALVATION -2 Timothy 2 :10
BELIEVE –1 Peter 1:21
EXAMPLE -1 Peter 2:21
HEALING –1 Peter 2:24
CALLED INTO ETERNAL GLORY1 Peter 5:10
EVERY GOOD THING Philemon 1:6
SAVED TO THE UTTERMOSTHebrews 7:25
CONTINUALLY PRAISE-Hebrews 13:15
FORGIVNESS and CLEANSING-1 John 1:9
ABIDE 1 John 2:6
HOPE1 John 3:3
OVERCOMERS I John 4:4
LIVE 1 John 4:9
NO FEAR1 JOHN 4:16-18
CONFIDENCE –1 JOHN 5:14
WASHED FROM SINRevelation 1:5
KINGS and PRIESTSRevelation 1:6
GO and TEACHMatthew 28:19

For IN HIM we LIVE, and MOVE, and have our BEING -Acts 17:28

I enCOURAGE you to soak in all that we are and have IN HIM.  Mediate on these scriptures.  Jesus died and deposited ever yone of these treasures into the life of us who confess and believe Him as Savior and Lord.  All of this is paid for. Take all that is yours IN HIM.  YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.

R.I.N.G.  Really Impossible is Nothing with God

By Tammy Phillips
May 21, 2020IMG_3491

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. -Matthew 19:26

What are you going through?  Where do you need God’s help? Are you walking through an impossible?  Put a R.I.N.G. on it!

When we add God to our impossibility,  He is the -I.N.G. that makes the impossible, possible.  The suffix -ing puts action to the need.  When we call on God and invite Him in, he takes action.  He makes it happen.

Need to prosper?  Impossible is nothing with God.   Prosper + ING = Prospering

Need deliverance? Impossible is nothing with God. Deliverance + ING=Delivering

Need to be whole and healthy? Impossible is nothing with God.  Health + ING= Healing

Need to be rescued? Impossible is nothing with God. Rescue + ING= Rescuing

Need to stand?  Impossible is nothing with God.  Stand + ING=Standing

Need to be saved? Impossible is nothing with God.   Saved +ING=Saving

God provides the ING. God provides the action to turn our impossible, possible.

REALLY IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING with GOD!

One of my favorite pictures of God is Him sitting on the throne laughing and saying, “Is there anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14) and “Look, I AM THE LORD GOD of all, is there anything too hard for Me?”  (Jeremiah 32:27).  Our answer should always be, “NO!”

I enCOURAGE you to put a R.I.N.G. on “it.”  See, Really Impossible is Nothing with God!

“Anything is possible if a person believes.”  -Mark 9:2

BE CONTENT

IMG_3364by Tammy Phillips
May 20, 2020

Ever had a day when you did not want to get out of bed?  Sleep had deserted you ? Ever had to give yourself a strong pep talk to get up and get going?  Fear greeted you before your feet could hit the floor. Anxiety was loudly ringing the doorbell before you could pour the first cup of coffee.  The unknown was waiting for you to rise,  just begin its attack.  Ever had to call on the Lord to help you rise much less get through the day?

I experienced all of this today between 6:30 am and 7:00 am.   Then I remembered the words of Paul in Philippians 4:11:

“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.”

Below is a short list from 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 of the trials Paul went through

  • Labors
  • Imprisonments
  • Beaten times without number in danger of death.
  • Five times thirty-nine lashes from the Jews
  • Three times beaten with rods
  • Stoned once
  • Three times I was shipwrecked
  • A night and a day I have spent adrifton the sea
  • Exposed to danger from rivers,
  • Exposed to danger from bandits,
  • Exposed to danger from my own countrymen,
  • Exposed to danger from the Gentiles,
  • Exposed to danger in the city
  • Exposed to danger in the wilderness
  • Exposed to danger on the sea
  • Exposed to danger among those posing as believers
  • Experienced much labor and hardship
  • Often unable to sleep
  • Often in hunger and thirst
  • Often driven to fasting for lack of food
  • Exposed to cold without adequate clothing
  • Besides those external things, the daily inescapable pressure of my concern for all the churches.  Feeling the weakness, pain, sorrow and temptations of the people.

Notice, I said that he went through them.  Not only did make it through and endure every suffering on the list, he said he was content in whatever state.  Content is the Greek word, autarkēs, meaning sufficient for one’s self, strong enough, possessing enough to need no aid or support; enough in means or lot.  Content is a derivative of arkeō, meaning to be possessed with unfailing strength, to be strong, to suffice, to be satisfied, to be enough. 

Webster’s 1828 defines content as:  quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.

Paul was saying that it did not matter where he was or what he was going through, he was content.  Whatever his lot, God was enough. Wherever he was, his mind was at rest in Him.  If Paul can say it, can we be encouraged to say the same?

I enCOURAGE you to join me and speak by faith, “I have learned no matter what. I am to be content.  It is enough.”

Photo credit: @mamartphotos

GOODNESS & MERCY ARE IN HOT PURSUIT

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by Tammy Phillips
May 19,2020

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. -Psalm 23:6

Joy or pain.
Sunshine or rain.
Happy or sad.
Feast or famine.
Health or sickness.
Journey or rest.
Whole or broken.
Peace or chaos.
Prosperity or poverty.
Increase or decrease
Success or failure.

It does not matter what valley we are going through or hill we are climbing.  Goodness, the best, the most, the greatest and mercy, loving kindness, the zeal, the passionate desire to accomplish good will follow us, run after us, pursue us, try to chase us, down all the days of our life, every day, all day.  (Remember how it felt when your love pursued you. He let you know he wanted you.  God wants you more.)

God wants the very best for us.  He assigns goodness and mercy to follow us with Him leading the way.  He holds our hand through every descent, every climb and across every plateau of life.  He empowers us with the great assurance that we will dwell, abide and sit in His house, now and forever.  We never have to move away from home but get to continually reside in His presence.

I enCOURAGE you wherever you are today to rest in the presence of our GOOD FATHER.  His goodness and lovingkindness are in hot pursuit of you. You have a resting place in Him.  He is always with you. He has not left your side and He will never forsake you.

 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] forever. -1Ch 16:34 KJV

THE LORD FIXED A SPREAD…better than Granny’s!

IMG_3748 2by Tammy Phillips
May 18, 2020

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  -Psalm 23:5

When Granny, my mother in law, invites the family to dinner, we know to expect a spread.  It does not matter if it is Christmas, Easter, or no reason at all.  One meat is never enough.  One potato dish is never enough. We might have picnic ham, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, greens, fried squash, baked beans, brown beans, green beans, corn bread, biscuit bread, rolls, a vegetable tray, vinegar cucumbers, and stuffed eggs. If that isn’t enough, there will always be an Oreo Ice Cream Cake and usually, Chocolate Fudge pie, Chess pie, and Pecan Pie to choose from.  We never leave her house hungry.  Her heart is to bless us. Her heart is to prepare more than enough.  She has the heart of God.

David tells us that our Shepherd prepares a table before us.  One of God’s Names is El Shaddai, the All Sufficient one or the God of plenty.  In other words, God of more than enough!  God does not serve up honey peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a big tall cold glass of icy milk, although I consider that manna from heaven.  He prepares, an orderly array for us.  The word for table in Psalms 23 is shulchan which means a table, but not just an ordinary table, but a table stretched out and spread out.  I see a huge table with a SPREAD prepared by God of more than enough.

You are invited to the King’s table.  He has prepared more than enough.
Prepared by the Good Shepherd

TODAY’S MENU

Bread of Life

Salvation: Wholeness, Healing, Completeness, Rescue from Danger, Protection, Prosperity

Limitless Bowls:  Grace, Forgiveness, Healing, Redemption, Righteousness, Deliverance, Contentment, Happiness, Protection,

Unlimited servings of the Fruit of the Spirit:   Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control

Pitchers of Living Water

Come up to the secret place of the Most High.  The table of peace is set.   Eat all you want.  Order will be served in the face of chaos and confusion because our God is MORE THAN ENOUGH.  No evil will fall on you.  Sit down and enjoy His presence because there is nothing to fear.  He has given you all that you need and more.  He will anoint your head with oil.  He will give you the anointing you need to do what he has called you to do today. His grace is sufficient.  Remember He is El Shaddai.  He has supplied you with more than you need to make it through.  He runs your cup over with Himself.

I enCOURAGE you to come sit at the table the Lord has prepared.  Take and eat in remembrance of Jesus.  Remember, all that He has prepared and done for you.  Don’t run away from the spread.  It is time to eat.

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