Your Life is a Result of Your Thinking

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. They will give life and health to anyone who understands them. Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:20-23

How many know that when you continually think a certain way, it forms habits that are hard to break? This can work for both good things and bad things. Sin isn’t something that happens overnight. No, it’s something you’ve thought about.

God was very clear about our thought life. I can quote so many verses that talk about this very thing; “As a man thinks, so is he.” “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.”

Part of Gods instruction to Joshua was; Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 GNT

I will make my way prosperous and successful! How, by filling my mind with Gods Word. By thinking on His Word constantly. I call it ‘super-infused’ with the Word. I will only have available to my mouth, the things I put in my heart. I can pray for wisdom till I’m blue in the face, but until I renew my mind, nothing will change.

If you want to know why your life is a mess, go to the Word for a check-up. If your body isn’t lining up with the Word, ask yourself what you’re thinking on. If you’re constantly fearful, begin finding scripture on the peace of God and type them up, read them every day until your mind is renewed and your confidence in God is secure.

God has done everything He will ever do for us to guarantee our success in life. If you’re looking for your life to change dramatically, begin by reading the Word. Make it the focus of your attention. Make it a priority and watch how things shift in your thinker.

Always Thinking,

Sandy G

As We Come

She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels that bore spices, very much gold and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. 1 Kings 10:2

Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. 1 Kings 10:10

What a beautiful picture of a wise woman. She knew how to give honor by bringing not just a gift, but many gifts. I believe this is also a picture of the bride of Christ today as we come to Him, we never come empty handed, we pour out our love and worship telling Him all that is in our heart.

It’s never about monetary value. It’s about what it costs you to give it. The cost of your gift may be time, it may be stepping up to do what you feel is not in you to do. The greatest of all gifts are those born of sacrifice, when tears flow from the cracks of a broken spirit.

This should be happening in our church services but most importantly, daily in our homes. It should the example we set for our children and our friends, that they too may know the value in their gift.

Approach God with a humble heart and a contrite spirit, but knowing that you’re His son/daughter, come boldly, holding nothing back, but giving liberally to Him of the Love He so freely has given you. Expose the secret places of your heart to Him and you will find Him exposing the deep and hidden treasures of His covenant to you.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Whiners Weary God

Malachi 2:17 says, “You have wearied the Lord with your words. ‘Wearied him?’ you ask. ‘How have we wearied him?’ You have wearied him by suggesting that the Lord favors evildoers since he does not punish them. You have wearied him by asking, ‘Where is the God of justice?’

I can’t stand listening to whiners. Sometimes Walt will do it because he knows how much I hate it. Anytime my grandkids would whine, my daughter would say, “Whiners don’t get crap!” I must have raised her right!

When I think of whining in the Bible, I always think of the children of Israel and their time in the wilderness. Even God grew weary of it and wanted to kill them all and start over again.

If they only knew that God was simply trying to show them what real relationship with Him looked like. He was trying to build trust.

When you truly trust someone, you know there are reasons beyond your understanding. When you trust, you realize you just don’t have Gods perspective on things. When you trust, you know He cannot lie! His Word doesn’t come back void!

It’s just a matter of time. The Lord ALWAYS has our best interest in mind. When you trust, you also learn to listen, correct your path, press on. Nothing can separate you from the LOVE of God or make you believe He is not a good and faithful God.

So today, stop whining about things you can’t control and place your hand in His, trusting Him to take you safely to the place He’s prepared for you.

Sandy G

Time To Obsess About God

But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged. Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld. Job 36:17 NLT

Obsess: to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally. What are you obsessing about?
If there are things that you are obsessing about, let them go into the very capable hands of God.

Ever been bothered by things to the point it’s all you think about? It consumes your thoughts, your speech, your movement. Awake, asleep or at work, it’s always there, nagging at you. It’s the reason there’s so much crime and hatred in the world. They’re obsessed with it.

If you’re going to obsess, obsess about God and His ability to take care of it all. The religious people around you won’t like it a bit, but you’ll be too busy resting in Gods peace. Be assured, all your striving, reaching and stressing isn’t going to make a bit of difference, nor does it impress God.

Get consumed with His presence. In that quiet time of fellowship, he will give direction to either go and do, or stay and wait. Whichever way he directs, do it even if it makes no sense. He sees things and knows things you don’t and your obedience measures your level of trust. Spending time with Jesus is the only worthwhile obsession to have.

Father, I will keep my mind focused on what is good. You are a good God so I will think on You. When trouble tries to hide take my peace, I will remember You are the peace giver. I love You so very much and I’m thankful for every promise You’ve made that I can think on. Keep my mind stayed on You today, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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John 14:1-4 MSG-1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”

Whatever you’re facing, God has it! He’s way ahead of you! He not only knows the problem, He has also provided the answer. It’s like an open book exam, they don’t put a question on the test if the answer isn’t in the book, you just have to take hold of the book, open it and read.

Something else happens when you read Gods Word. Your confidence in Gods ability goes off the chart.

Hebrews 10:23-28 & 32-38 Phillips translation says, “You must never forget those past days when you had received the light and went through such a great and painful struggle. It was partly because everyone’s eye was on you as you endured harsh words and hard experiences, partly because you threw in your lot with those who suffered much the same. You sympathised with those who were put in prison and you were cheerful when your own goods were confiscated, for you knew that you had a much more solid and lasting treasure in Heaven. Don’t throw away your trust now—it carries with it a rich reward in the world to come. Patient endurance is what you need if, after doing God’s will, you are to receive what he has promised. ‘For yet a little while, and he who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him’.”

Don’t freak out at test time! Trust the One who gives the answers.

Corrupt & Foolish Thoughts

Throughout human history the fingerprints of God were upon them, yet they refused to honor him as God or even be thankful for his kindness. Instead, they entertained corrupt and foolish thoughts about what God was like. This left them with nothing but misguided hearts, steeped in moral darkness. Romans 1:21 The Passion Translation

They refused to honor Him, to give Him respect, to place Him in high regard, a place of highest esteem. To lose the awareness of the sovereignty of God, is to risk the fall into moral darkness. If you haven’t seen it yet, take the time to look around. Watch how low we’ve fallen by taking a moment to watch some of the TV programing or commercials on public television.

We have made the grave mistake of humanizing God in our hearts and minds. Not all of us, but so many of us have. We place a higher priority on human medicine than the blood of Jesus which heals, saves and delivers. I’ve even heard people say, “It’s ok to trust God for your health when you don’t have doctors available.” WHAT? That’s like saying that God only provides food for those who don’t have money to go buy their own. That’s worldly thinking!

God wants us to rely and trust in Him with ALL our hearts, not part. Not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. You develop trust, it’s not something that magically appears when you need it.

Galatians 6:7 says, “God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest.”

You don’t want to trust in God with all your heart, it’s your choice! Nobody can make you believe what you choose not to. But when you get into a situation that only God can fix for you, don’t be surprised when your answer is what you’ve always believed in.

Father God, when people look at me, I want them to see your fingerprints on me. I want them to sense your love when I hug them, to feel your heart when I encourage them. Keep your hand on me and never take it away. I will thank You for Your goodness and mercy. I will rely on You for strength in my weakness. When I’m tired, I will draw on You for an infusion of strength.

I rely on You!

Sandy G

No Entrance Here!

So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 Passion Translation

Have you ever reacted to something and later wished you could take back what you said? We all have, trust me, I struggle with this daily! But if you could, what would you do? I don’t think this verse would have been written if it wasn’t possible. How would you prepare to respond correctly?

My personal opinion is that although I can’t predict when things happen, I can choose to trust in God and the covenant He has with me. If I know my covenant, I can expect God to keep His end of the bargain. So if something contrary comes along, I put up my hand and say, stop right there! You can’t cross that line because my God said, “No plague will come near my home!” Stop right there, my God said that my enemy won’t triumph over me. He didn’t say there wouldn’t be battle, only that He would win.

So when circumstances & situations knock loudly at the door to gain entrance in your already crowded mind, make a decision before it even happens, NO ENTRANCE HERE! You can’t wait till it knocks to guard your mind, your mind must already be fortified, the locks & bolts firmly in place.

The Word says that you will KNOW the truth and it will make you free. It doesn’t say you will read the Word, glance at the Word or even memorize the Word. It says KNOW it. That word expresses deep intimacy with the Word. It must be more of a reality to you then your circumstances or situations. Overcomer’s KNOW the WORD.

Sandy G

Count Your Blessings Day

Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of his one body. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15 Passion Translation

What do you have to be thankful for? How about the gift of God’s Love? It’s always there, constant even when we screw up. It’s not something we’ve earned or deserve, it’s simply free.

How about eternal life? When I chose to believe in Jesus, He gave the assurance that not only I would inherit eternal life, but those in my house as well. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house.” What a blessing!

How about healing? I’m thankful each day that healing is an intricate part of salvation. By His stripes, I’m healed! No one can take my healing. I trust in my covenant!

Of course I’m thankful for my family, friends and the ability to worship freely. These are only a few things, but I sure would love for you to add what you’re thankful for in the comments. I love reading about you and the wonderful things God has done for you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to count your blessings.

Sandy G

Don’t Compare Your Gift With Theirs

I was sitting in church one Sunday and heard someone singing behind me with such a beautiful voice. I wondered why her gift wasn’t being used, she could have easily been on a stage of some kind. What a shame, I thought, my voice sounds like fingers on a chalkboard compared to hers.

Suddenly I heard the Spirit speak, “The deceiver comes to convince people that they have no gift, that their gift isn’t good enough, not pretty enough. He even tells them they have no talent until they place the gift upon a shelf or only use it for themselves. He makes them ‘shy’, they say, ‘Oh no thank you, I’m not good enough.’

“They refuse out of fear, self deprivation and just plain selfishness. I gave them a gift so that My plans and purposes could come in the earth. When you bless Me with your gift by using it as an offering, even if it’s not perfect in your ears, it is perfect in Mine.”

Well that brought me up short. How many times have I done the same thing? It made me realize that ‘perfect’ to me is distorted compared to God’s perspective. If I constantly compare my gift to others’ gifts, I’d never sing again, never type another word on my blog, never share a smile or word of encouragement.

If your struggle is as real as mine, don’t listen to the deceiver! Don’t let him win over the ‘imperfect’ gift you possess. If it’s good enough for God, it’s good enough. Be thankful for what you do have, don’t compare yourself with others and don’t sit on your gift. Use it or lose it, your choice.

Father, I humbly offer my old gift to you. May it be sweet to Your ears and bring glory to You. For all the other gifts I hold, may I not discount them based on my abilities, but Yours. It’s faith in You that allows me to be successful in all I do. As I discover these gifts, may I open them up and ask you for instructions so they may bless you and others. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

The Voice You Hear

Have you ever been in a crowded and noisy place and distinctly heard your name? I was at the mall a while ago and that happened to me. I turned around to search for the person responsible, their voice sounded so familiar. I woke up this morning to a familiar voice. No, not Walt, I heard the Spirit of God nudge me awake so we could just love on each other.

Psalms 3:4, “I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.”

Psalm 120:1, “In my distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me.” and Jonah 2:2, “I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, and He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.”

How exciting! It doesn’t matter how you cry out, He hears! Isn’t that the most awesome thing you’ve heard in awhile? Whisper his name, Jesus. Call out his name, Jesus. SHOUT OUT HIS NAME, JESUS! It doesn’t matter how you say it, be assured He will come running to rescue you, provide comfort, healing, deliver, whatever you need at that moment, He’s your ‘go-to guy’!

As I type this, I’m full and overflowing with the joy of His sweet presence. Just do it. Close your eyes and say His name over and over. See what I mean? He’s only waiting for you to call His name. No agenda! No requests! Just say His name and no other. He said if you seek me you will find me if you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

His presence is all we need! Enjoy Him today as He also enjoys you.

Sandy G

Don’t Call It Quits

Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. 2 Corinthians 4:8 TPT

There’s an old song we used to sing in church. It’s probably been a good 20 years, but it goes along with this verse so well. The verse starts out like this: “I am pressed but not crushed, persecuted not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. I am blessed beyond the curse for His promise will endure that His joy’s gonna be my strength. Though sorrow may last but a night, joy comes in the morning.”

Someone needs to hear that today. Regardless of how hard today may be, there’s always tomorrow. God has gone before you and made provision for your journey—today. Sufficient unto the day, right? Let tomorrow take care of itself.

I speak peace over you my dear friend. Peace to your day. Peace to your storm. Peace to your stress. Don’t quit! Just get through today and put your hope in the God of your yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Keep on keeping on,

Sandy G