I AIN’T PLAYIN’ By Tammy Glover

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV

Please excuse my grammar this week but I have a serious attitude. When I say I’m a child of God, therefore a co-heir with Christ, I ain’t playin’ (Romans 8: 16-17). When I say that I’m not the person I used to be, I ain’t playin’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When I say I’m healed, I ain’t playin’ (1 Peter 2:24). When I say I’m blessed and favored, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 5:12). When I say I am loved, I ain’t playin’ (John 3:16). When I say I will succeed, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 138:8). When I say I’m beautiful, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 139:14). When I say I’m protected, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 91:9-12). When I say was chosen, I ain’t playin’ (1 Thessalonians 1:4). When I say I’m more than a conqueror, I ain’t playin’ (Romans 8:37). When I say I’m free, I ain’t playin’ (Galatians 5:1). When I say I’m armed, I ain’t playin’ (Ephesians 6:11-18). When I say I’m not worrying, I ain’t playin’ (1 Peter 5:7). When I say I will not be controlled by fear, I ain’t playin’ (2 Timothy 1:7). When I say Jesus is coming back, I ain’t playin’ either (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17).

When the enemy attacks, get an attitude. Let the enemy know that you ain’t playin’. Stand on the promises of God and boldly profess them. A storm is not the time for you to become passive. It’s not the time for you to lose hope. It’s time to hold on even tighter to your faith. It’s time to praise the Lord even harder. If you don’t have faith that God is almighty and can do all things, you have already lost the battle. Have no doubt. God loves you and He is with you. He will deliver you.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

FREEDOM IN CHRIST By Tammy Glover

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NIV

Today, I declare my freedom. I have freedom that only Jesus Christ can give. I am free to love, to have joy in any situation, to praise Him and to receive His peace. I am no longer bound by fear and worry. The chains of depression, anger and confusion have been broken.

I praise God for his freedom. He has made me into a new creation with a new heart, cleansed of my sins. He has rescued me from an eternal sentence of death and destruction and he has replaced it with the gift of eternal life with him.

Is freedom easy? No, it never is, but the Lord has given me a more than adequate defense. He has given me armor that I must put on everyday because my freedom is constantly being tested. I am fully armed with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.

Stand firm my sisters and brothers. Put on your armor and declare your freedom today.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV

THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED AWAY By Tammy Glover

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!’” Mark 16:4-6 NIV

So many of us live as though we are trapped in a tomb. We’re sealed in by our pasts. We continue to relive our mistakes and past hurts. Our old ways of thinking and behaving haunt us. We want to escape the stinking decay around us but we forget that the stone has been rolled away. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were set free from our past. It’s ok to step outside of our tombs.

We are no longer bound by our old ways of living. When Jesus arose from the dead, so did we. Our thoughts should be higher. Our dreams and goals should be higher. Our actions should be higher. Now, more than ever it is time for us to remember this. Let go of the past and step into the light. Praise God, the stone has been rolled away!

“As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men and chosen by God and precious to him–you also, like living stones, are built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH By Tammy Glover

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV

He didn’t come so that we could be oppressed. He wasn’t subjected to ridicule and humiliation so that we could be depressed and lonely. He didn’t have a crown of thorns placed on his head so that we could be confused. He wasn’t beaten and tortured so that we could be powerless and allow life to beat us down. He didn’t hang on a cross so that we could live in fear. He wasn’t pierced in his side so that we could live in sickness and poverty. His blood wasn’t shed so that we would continue to live in darkness. He wasn’t raised from the dead so that we would lose hope.

Jesus suffered, died and was raised from the dead so that we could have an abundant life. He loves us. Enough is enough. It’s time that we know and walk in the truth.

We’ve had enough of being depressed. He left us joy. We’ve had enough of walking in fear. We have the power of God inside of us. We’ve had enough of being oppressed by the enemy. He can deliver us. We’ve had enough sickness. He can heal us. Again, I say, enough is enough. Let us reclaim our rightful inheritance as a child of the Most High.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

RESCUED BY TAMMY GLOVER

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7, NIV

I was walking along, enjoying the sunshine and picking up the beautiful flowers along the way. It seemed like the perfect day. It started to get cloudy but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying the day, I kept on going along my path. I knew something was coming but I refused to worry about it.

I started to see fewer flowers along the way, which was a disappointment. I had started to look forward to their bright colors and intricate designs. Despite the disappointment, I kept on going until I tripped over a fallen branch. I had a few scratches and a bruised ego but nothing major. I just got back up, dusted myself off and kept on walking.

I heard wolves and I became distracted and scared. I was alone in the woods with bloody wounds and I was sure the wolves would track my scent and devour me. I had to find a safe place to hide. I started running away from the sounds of the howling wolves but they seemed to be surrounding me. I could see their glowing eyes watching me through the trees and bushes. I stumbled once again and fell into a deep pit. I tried to grab on to anything I could to stop my fall but to no avail. I hit the hard, rocky bottom. I was so far down that I could only see a sliver of light peeking through the top. I tried to climb out but only accomplished making myself weary and my finger tips raw and bloodied. I called out for help and I heard a strong voice answer back, “I’m here and I’m going to get you out.”

I was thankful but it just didn’t seem like the voice above was working fast enough. Oftentimes, there were long periods of silence and I thought that he had left me. I panicked and called out to him until I was hoarse. The voice always came back and let me know that he was still there, working on my rescue. He promised to never leave me. I knew that I had to remain calm and be patient. I kept the promise of rescue in my mind and heart. Eventually, the light from above became brighter and brighter and I could see my rescuer’s hand reaching down. I knew that it was going to be ok.

Life is a lot like this. We start down a path that we know God has set us on. We enjoy his anointing over us and his blessings along the way. Small issues arise but we press forward. We stumble and fall but we get back up. People who don’t want to see you succeed show up and we become distracted. We allow fear to overtake us. Sometimes we fall in a dark pit and we feel like there is no way to escape. The Lord your God is always with you. There is no problem that he can’t solve. He is the rescuer. There may be times when you feel like he has left you during your troubles but He is still there working on your way out. He hears your cries. You just have to remain calm and be patient. Help isn’t on the way, it’s already here.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” John 14:1, NIV

DURING A STORM By Tammy Glover

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalms 107: 28-29, NIV

It’s easy to be positive, strong and bold when everything is going well. It’s easy to stand firm and to be of good courage when the sun is shining on you, but what about when the storms come? Do you start to worry when the skies darken and the rain starts to fall? Do you start to look for a place to hide when the thunder and lightning strikes? Do you still give thanks and rejoice in the Lord when the hail starts to pelt you upside your head? Does doubt creep in as the waters rise around you?

A life free of pitfalls was never promised to us while we are on this earth. There will be storms and some of them will hit harder than others. The storms will feel like they last for far too long and you will wonder if they will ever end.

The good news is that they will not last forever and God has promised to be with us every step of the way. He will see us through every storm if we trust in Him. Don’t try to ride this storm out alone. When lightning strikes seek the shelter of God’s arms. When the flood comes, stand on the rock of God’s Word. When the hail falls, put on the armor of God. His favor will cover you as a shield. He hears your prayers and He is faithful. Remember, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV.

Stay encouraged, friends.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6, NIV

SEE THE RAINBOW By Tammy Glover

“Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:15-16 NIV

Are you in the middle of a flood? Is the rain falling so hard and fast that the water is rising all around you? Does it feel like the rain will never stop? Sometimes, life can feel like this. Family, work and bills can turn into wave after wave of problems that knock you up against jagged rocks. You wonder if the next hit will finally break you.

You think that if you could just grab a hold of a branch, step foot on a patch of land or if you could just see a sliver of sunlight through the clouds, you’ll be ok. You look around and see miles and miles of water and it becomes harder and harder to find joy. You start drifting aimlessly in a sea of negative thoughts. Thoughts like, you’re not going to make it, this is too much for you, even if you do survive this, you’ll never be able to handle the damage left behind.

I imagine this might have been how Noah felt at times during the flood of his day. It must have been overwhelming and extremely stressful being cooped up in that boat with animals. I’m sure his family may have gotten on each others nerves too. He may have even wondered if God had forgotten him. Even through the discomfort and stress, Noah still trusted in God. He knew that God was a faithful God. He wouldn’t have told him exactly how to prepare for this disaster if He wasn’t planning on seeing Him through it. The Lord kept Noah and his family safe when the world around them was being destroyed. After the rain, the sun shined again and the Lord gave Noah a sign, a rainbow, to remind him that, “never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9:15

When the floods of life hit and it feels like all will be destroyed, trust in God and see the rainbow. Problems will come but God will not let it destroy you and He will never leave you alone. You are always safe in His presence and He always has a plan to see you through whatever life throws at you.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-3 NIV

THE DEAD SHALL RISE By Tammy Glover

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 NIV

Is there a dream or situation in your life that seems dead? Even though it looks hopeless, it is still tugging at your heart. It could be a business you wanted to start, a book, play or movie you wanted to write. Maybe there’s a house you wanted or a degree you’ve been wanted to go for. It could even be a situation you’ve been struggling with, such as a failing marriage or a troubled family member. You’ve all but given up on losing weight, having children or finding a husband or wife.

Have you allowed these hopes and dreams to become a passing fantasy? Was it because you’ve allowed doubts and negative thoughts to creep into your mind; thoughts like, I’m too old or young? I’m not smart or strong enough. I don’t have enough money or connections. I’m not gifted enough. Do you feel like you’ve made too many mistakes or you have missed too many opportunities?

Let me tell you something. God’s calling on your life is still there. God’s word will not return void. Even if you have veered so far off the path that He has laid out for you, and you feel hopelessly lost, God still knows where you are. It doesn’t matter how deep in darkness or how close to rock bottom you are. God can lift you up and turn you around. He is the author of life so He already knows the ending. Pick up your faith and get back into agreement with the Lord. He will bring those dead things back to life. Just as He called Lazarus to arise and live again, He will speak the same thing in your life.

Don’t you ever give up on something that God has called you to do. Whenever those negative thoughts slither inside your mind, remember what the Lord says about your life. Continue to stay in faith. Continue to read the Word. Continue to pray. Stay close to the Lord, He will give you strength and wisdom, which is always plentiful and yours for the taking.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7: 7-8 NIV

HE STILL HAS THE POWER by Tammy Glover

“They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.” Psalm 145:6 NIV

When life is constantly beating you up, it’s easy to forget that we have someone that’s more powerful in our corner. Sometimes, our hurt, frustration, anger and bitterness blinds us to this fact. Even in times of trials we must never forget that our God is El-Shaddai, God Almighty. His power is endless.

If He parted the Red Sea to help the Israelites escape danger, He will part seas for us. If He used all the injustices against Joseph to place him in a position of prosperity, He will do it for us. If He granted great wisdom to King Solomon, He will grant it to us too. If He delivered a man possessed with a legion of demons, He will deliver us. If He can heal someone who is hearing impaired and unable to speak, He will open our ears and loosen our tongues to speak of His glory. If He can bring Lazarus back from the dead, He can cure our cancer. If He can heal the paralyzed, He can guide our steps. If He used Moses, the prophets and the apostles to spread His Word, He can use us too. If He can restore honor to a prostitute, He can restore us too.

All these mighty works that the Lord has done didn’t stop after the apostles died or after the Bible was written. God still has the power. It is up to each and every one of us to believe. Mark 6:5 NIV says, “He could not do miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” I don’t want to limit God’s power and blessings in my life because of my lack of faith. When in the darkness, let the Lord be your light. When life beats you down, look up to your Heavenly Father, His power is unlimited.

“They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5 NIV

MY SECRET WEAPON by Tammy Glover

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

I have a secret weapon. It defeats my enemies. It tears down walls. It loosens chains. No matter what circumstance, I am always armed.

My secret weapon is praise. I praise God when I’m happy and when I’m hurting. I praise God when I’m among friends and when I’m surrounded by my enemies. I praise God for success and when I’m rejected.

I know it seems strange to some when I lift my hands and rejoice with tears in my eyes and I look defeated. They don’t understand the nature of my weapon. When I praise the Lord, I am trusting Him to take care of me. I am acknowledging the fact that there is no problem greater than Him. As an added bonus, I’m confusing the enemy too.

There is no special skill required to use this powerful weapon. All you need to do is say, “thank you, Lord. I know that you are almighty. All things are possible with you.”

Now, the next time the devil attacks, have faith and take out your secret weapon.

“Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.” Nehemiah 9:5 NIV