Study/Teaching on Frontlets Phylacteries Immovable Faith

Do NOT Be Moved!

by DeAnna Thieme 10/17/11

I had been hit with a little “storm” a few weeks ago and within that storm, the Lord gallantly met me. He lovingly pursued me with comfort and confirmation minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, until He knew my entire being was settled. He continued to speak and after each statement declared over and over, “…do NOT be moved.” I know Him, and I knew there was something even deeper with Him choosing to end each statement with , ”…do NOT be moved.” So I began to pursue His depth.

I first began by looking up the word moved and its meaning.

MOVED: to shake, move to and fro, to render insecure, stir up, to disturb, disquiet, to be wheedled, befooled by pleasuring utterances, to disturb, to bear/carry. (Vine’s Expository Dictionary Old and New Testament Words) How many times have I been moved or shaken, rendered insecure, stirred up, disturbed, disquieted, wheedled, befooled by pleasuring utterances, bearing and carrying things that I shouldn’t have? I was here at this moment.

I looked up several scriptures pertaining to the word moved and strangely enough I was led to the word Frontlets in the King James Bible. Now I was really in a discovery process! What did Frontlets have to do with “…do not be moved.”? Frontlets or in the New Testament, Phylacteries, are primarily “an outpost”, or “fortification”, a guard, or “any kind of safeguard”. They denoted a prayer fillet, a phylactery, a small strip of parchment, with portions of the Law written on it; fastened by a leather strap either to the forehead or to the left arm over against the heart, to remind the wearer of the duty of keeping the commandments of God in the head and the heart.

4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 6:4-8

If there was no issue in the use of phylacteries, why did Jesus deal harshly with the Pharisees with regard to them?

5Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.” Matthew 23: 5-7

It had come down to a heart issue. We can’t fool God; He sees our hearts. Jesus knew the hearts that were steeped in hypocrisy, pride, and driven by a religious spirit. He knew, and still knows that no matter how much scripture we know, do we believe it? Do we obey it? Is it truly written on our hearts not just rolled up and placed within a box on our foreheads or on our shelves? Is the Word of God truly on our minds? Is this Word priority on our thoughts that we run to it first for counsel? Do we meditate on it daily and rejoice over it nightly? Do we starve for it? Do we long to understand it spiritually? Does it fortify us? Do we let it correct us and guide us? Is it impressed on our minds that we are unmovable?

David said “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

In this moment of discovery with the Lord, I understood in the study time through several scriptures, that if the Word of God is on the FRONT of my mind at all times and WRITTEN on my heart, I would NOT be moved in my thoughts, or my understanding, in the Truth that reigned permanent and enduring. What the Frontlets or Phylacteries denoted in the natural (and are still used today), must be translated today in the spiritual. If having this Phylactery strapped to your forehead represented a “safeguard” or “fortification”, imagine when we have it as it is, the living Word, alive in our hearts and minds as the safeguard to our existence?

I began to minister this back to the Lord to make sure I was “tracking” right and began: “Okay Lord, so you’re saying that I’m to focus on the Truth you give me only…it is to be written on the tablets of my heart and seared in the forefront of my mind thereby directing my every step…”

The Lord finished the rest and said, “ Therefore, do NOT be moved in your mind from what you know is my Truth and my voice. It cannot be taken from you. Do not be shaken, rendered insecure, stirred up, disturbed, disquieted, wheedled, befooled by pleasing utterances, disturbed, or carrying anything extra that I didn’t give you.”

The Word of God has so much benefit that I don’t want to ever trivialize or speak of flippantly. Brothers and Sisters, we need His Word like never before. We must welcome His safeguard and protection through the Word of God and by the power of His Spirit that He invites us to daily. He wants to stand firm and “…NOT be moved” and gives us the tools to do just that. Jesus tells us that man does not live on bread alone but on every Word from God. We all have the opportunity to hear from the Lord and be taught by the Holy Ghost, it’s in scripture as a fact. (1John 1:27) I’m eager to continue to grow and understand His word and will continue to encourage everyone I know to do the same. (Hebrews 11:6, James 1:5, Hebrews 4:12)

I pray my privilege of a waging through a storm and learning through it by His grace, will benefit many.

Peace and Grace!


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