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

The Secret of Strength

Rise up and help me, Yahweh! Come and save me, God! For you will slap them in the face, breaking the power of their words to harm me. For the Lord alone is my Savior. What a feast of favor and bliss he gives his people!
Pause in his presence Psalm 3:7-8 TPT

Continuing on with the remaining part of this Psalm of David fleeing from Absalom, the last part in this translation is entitled, The Secret of Strength. It took me a few minutes to figure out just how they came up with that, but if you’ll allow me to share my thoughts.

First of all he cried out for help. Regardless of what you’ve been sold over the years, it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help! In fact that is by far the most important lesson we can learn. When you cry for help, you’re relying on your covenant partners strengths and abilities, not your own. Somehow we’ve bought into the notion that we must figure it out and do it on our own, that God created us to rule and reign and by cricky, we must do it! But the bible says we rule and reign with Him and that, my friend, is partnership.

Strength also allows God to deal with our enemies and the words and deeds they’ve hurled at us. By allowing your partner to do His part, you become more focused on what He is able to do, and less focused on your inabilities.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Then David gives all glory to God by proclaiming that He alone is my Savior. Again, it takes the focus off of us and places it where it belongs–on Him. All through the Psalms and in every situation David faced, even in his rantings about his enemies, he always shifted to phrases highlighting Gods ability to save and deliver. Talking about what a mighty deliverer God is.

He closes with the benefits of leaning into Gods strength, His favor and blessings. Can you just take a moment and thank Him for that? To tell Him how eternally grateful you are for all He has done for you. In the middle of your mess, tell Him how thankful you are that He is strong even when you are not. Tell Him how much you trust Him and love Him, that regardless of the supposed outcome, He always causes ALL things to work together for your good because you love Him.

Today I’ll Leave It All To Him,

Sandy G

Hush Little Baby

So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby—then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory. Even though ten thousand dark powers prowl around me, I won’t be afraid. Psalm 3:5-6 TPT

What are you going through that has you so afraid? When this Psalm was written, David was forced to flee from his own son, Absalom. His very existence was threatened by a son he had loved and cared for his entire life. Bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh had risen against him to take over his kingdom. An act of treason to be sure, but your own son?

How troubling this must have been for David. How do you sort through all of those emotions? Betrayal, hurt, unbelief, grief must have flooded his heart each time he thought about it. Like the time I tried to walk into shore just to have wave after wave knock me off my feet. It weakened me to the point that I almost drowned. That’s how I see David at this time.

It takes a special kind of relationship in spite of the torrent of feelings and emotions to proclaim, “I think I’ll lay down and sleep like a baby now! When I wake up, I’ll awake in safety, for You surround me with Your glory. I won’t be afraid!”

But Sandy, you don’t know what I’m going through! You don’t know the pain I feel or the uncertainty of my next step. You’re right, I don’t! I can only imagine how hard it is for you right now, but He knows. And like David, He wants you to experience the same kind of relationship and intimacy with Him. The same confidence that you can lay your head down tonight and sleep like a baby, knowing you’ll awake in safety because He’s with you. Let that knowledge be enough.

Hush Now! Sleep Well!

Sandy G

Deep Down

But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head. Psalm 3:3 TPT

It’s that place deep down inside of me that just knows. It’s the confidence in my Father that regardless of the part of the journey I’m in, He has become my impenetrable covering. Regardless of what tries to destroy me, take me out of the race or tries to trip me up on my way, my God wraps me in Himself.

Most shields I’ve seen simply are held up to protect the vital organs, but God literally wraps Himself around me and shields every part of me. It’s the way I would protect those I love. I would do everything in my power to keep them from being harmed. I’d place myself as a shield between them and a bullet, an attacker, I’d risk my life for them.

How much more would God shield me from danger and harm? He’s waiting for me to cry out to Him, “Daddy! Do you see me down here? I’m sitting here with a pile of used tissue in front of me. I’ve been crying all night, wondering if you truly see me or if I’ve made an error in judgement to trust you. But deep down in my heart, in the depths of my spirit, I know that you have become my Shield, my Strong Tower, my Fortress, my Father and my trust is in you.”

In moments like these, I lift up my hands in total surrender and I say, “Nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done. My heart and soul belongs to no man, it belongs to You. I am and will always be Yours. I will never stop being Your daughter. My situation and circumstances may change, but You are unchangeable. When things look dark, You alone are my Light and my Salvation.”

I lift up my head, Lord. You are my glory.

Sandy G

Awake Oh Dreamer



“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.” Genesis 37:5

Sometimes dreams are misunderstood. Perhaps you don’t even know all of it, but somehow, you know it’s a God given dream. Maybe your dream has not come to pass and it’s been years. You’ve lost hope, become disillusioned, even turned your back on your dream or even on your God.

Perhaps you’re just too old, too feeble, too fat, too poor, too busy, too whatever! Maybe you feel it’s your fault that you’re not walking in your dream. That you took one too many wrong turns, didn’t take care of yourself, don’t deserve it.

I’m here to say, wake up from your slumber, oh dreamer. The King gave you that dream for a specific time and the time to prepare is now. Perhaps you’re not nearly as ready as you think you are. Dust off your dream. Scrub off the dirt of doubt and unbelief. Why should you be any different from any of the men of old. God needs you! He needs your hope and trust to be in Him, not the dream.

A few years ago, a friend of mine gave an illustration of CPR that applied to what the Spirit is doing in us. First, He gives heart compressions which causes the blood to flow. Then He checks the airways and removes obstructions (OMG-anything in the way must be removed!) Last but most importantly, He breathes into us.

Holy Spirit, breathe in me that I may live and declare Your works, singing praises to Your name, giving that same life and hope to others. Remove obstructions, things I’ve become familiar with and allowed in my life that deter me from my destiny in You.

All or nothing, Lord! Thats what I want. I want all of You or take me home, I cannot live 1/2 full, 3/4 full, I must be completely filled with You. If I loose friends, family, jobs and I have You, I will never lack for anything. If I’m to be Your bride, I can no longer live to please others, I must live to please You. I speak to dead dreams, LIVE! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Dreaming,

Sandy G

Easy Prey

For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritualweapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 TPT

Spiritual warfare is not fighting to get a victory as humans do. It’s contending for the victory Jesus already won for us. It’s not begging God for what you need, it’s reminding your enemy what Gods already provided. Neither is it asking God to heal us, that’s already done.

When your territory is being threatened, hold up the shield of faith, grab the sword of the spirit (Word of God) and remind the thing that’s threatening you that it’s a done deal.

If you own a home but someone came and told you it’s not yours, what would you do? More then likely, you would show them your title deed and be done with it. But what if they didn’t leave? What if they got a corrupt lawyer who had a sheriff in his pocket and they tried to evict you from your home? I’m sure you would think it was a nightmare, right? The thought of having to hire a lawyer and go to court for something you own is ludicrous.

Yet we have handed over our title deed of healing and provision. We just accept everything that Satan throws at us. We don’t pick up our bible and find our promises. We even have an advocate who intercedes for us and we still do nothing. We get upset about things but we are too lazy to contend for what is ours.

Don’t be easy prey,

Sandy G

Pitch a Tent & Dwell With Me

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9 AMPC

I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.  Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 CEB

What a beautiful picture this paints for us. His favor and loving-kindness and mercy is enough for you. It’s enough for me! What we can’t do–He can! His strength and power is shown more effective in our weakness. It’s like when you turn a light on in a dark room verses turning the light on in a sunlit room. If life was good all the time, why would we need Him?

Paul said, “I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” Can you see it? His strength and power, not mine. I don’t have to be strong. He’s not looking for me to be strong, but rather to find my strength in Him. He’s calling me into that tent and telling me, rest here, I have this! It’s a place of conversation and communion. A place of complete and total surrender. Jesus is saying, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest! Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Yes Lord! I hear you say to me, “I’ll trade you! You give me what you have, and I will give you all I am. I will be a Father to you, a husband and a friend. All I need from you is your weakness, and in exchange, I’ll give you my strength. Are you good with that? When are you going to let me pitch a tent over you? To give you a place where you can put your head on my lap and tell me everything that is on your mind. I’m waiting for your surrender.”

Love,

Sandy G

From Powerless to Powerful

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Him who is able. Ephesians 3:20

I’ve often felt powerless, have you? Powerless to change a situation, a circumstance, a person or a chain of events. So many times I’ve cried out to God for help and it seemingly never came. I could have easily given up, given in or lost all hope, but I chose to remind myself that He is able!

Able to do exceedingly (to an unusual degree; extremely), abundantly (richly, amply, lavishly, generously, profusely, satisfactorily, sufficiently, affluently, inexhaustibly, luxuriantly) above all that we ask, think or even imagine. Your wildest imaginations can’t even come close to what He has in store for you. But it’s not in your ability. No! It’s only according to the power that works in you.

What power? The power of the Holy Ghost that God sent to you. Have you been filled with the Holy Ghost since you believed? (Acts 8:14-19) Study up my friend, that is where the power lies.That’s why praying in your prayer language (tongues) is so very important. It builds you up or empowers you (Jude 1:20). Hey, I’m not making this up! This stuff is not just real, it works!

So if you feel powerless to resist, pray in tongues. If you lack discipline, pray in tongues. If you’re facing an intense battle, pray in tongues. Trust me, it’s the difference between victory and defeat.

He Kept Giving

Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people. Luke 9:16 NASB

I don’t believe I’ve ever taken the time to really look at this verse in this translation. Jesus took the 5 loaves and 2 fish, blessed them, broke them and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people. Do you see that? He kept giving them pieces. Like the woman who kept pouring the oil into the empty jars until she ran out of jars, He kept giving.

What if we were to keep on giving when a need arose? What if we never stopped? Would the thing we are giving continue producing until the need was met?

I wonder how many times we’ve stopped just this side of our breakthrough? It must be like watching your child run a race and quit just out of site of the finish line. No amount of cheering, prodding and pleading will move them any closer, they’re tired and they just quit. How frustrating to watch this day after day.

Father, I commit to run the race with everything in me. When I grow weary, I will pray! When I’m discouraged, I will read your Word and encourage myself. I will turn my eyes upon you, pray for others with everything that’s in me, and continue breaking what I have and give. If I do not give like this, then others may quit the race as I look on.

Keep Giving,

Sandy G

Shout Out

“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ Jeremiah 33:2-3 Message

Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). AMPC

Who is reading this today that has questions? Perhaps you’re struggling with a decision or just need to know the direction to travel in life today. Whatever the need, God has the answer. He’s promised to tell you things that are hidden, a mystery that can’t be solved, so while you’re so intent on knowing, here’s a short ‘to-do’ list.

  1. Keep in mind who you’re speaking with. He is God. Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords. Bow at His feet and cry out, holy, holy, holy, there is no God like you! No one can compare to You, so rich in mercy and kindness, full of love and compassion. You made us in Your very likeness and gave us authority to rule in the earth. We humbly bow before You and submit to Your authority and leadership.
  2. Never forget who you belong to and refer back to #1.

Don’t allow this mountain you’re facing to become bigger than the God who made it. Don’t become weary in climbing, rather stop, rest and remember that you are His and He will take care of you. Each time you feel you can’t go on, remember that you possess the strength to get through this. He sent His Spirit to dwell within you so that you will know you’re never alone.

Today is a new day with a beginning and an end. We are never promised tomorrow, but we are promised that He’ll never leave us or forsake us. He’s promised to accompany us each and every day, showing us what we don’t know, but only as we acknowledge Him in the process.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

As You Trust Him

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT

There’s something about this opening sentence that caught my attention this morning. Christ may come into our hearts by invitation, but He makes it His home as we trust Him. We can invite someone into our home, but they’ll never feel at home there until they get to know you. Once that happens, you see a shift in the way they behave. They feel comfortable pouring their own coffee, getting into the refrigerator for cream.

Do you get the picture? I’ve hosted people in our home for years and totally enjoy it. I’ve observed this on a first hand basis, so I know what I’m talking about. Funny thing is, often those who trust the most will enjoy and take advantage of the hospitality I offer. Those who aren’t trusting simply retreat back into their room, hanging out a ‘do not disturb’ sign on their door. It’s often a telltale sign of a past built on rejection, hurt and shame.

I can offer a listening ear and encouragement as part of the benefit package, but they must spend time with me to enjoy it. It’s the same with God. To gain all of the benefits that go along with His deep love, I must spend time with Him, building relationship and learning to surrender my time and attention to Him. It’s where I learn about the fullness of life and the power that comes from God.

Paul advised us to experience the love of Christ, though it’s too great to fully understand. That tells me that even if I can’t understand, I can still pursue it. I can still seek Him and am told I will find Him when I do. It’s the only thing that makes me complete.

Today, allow your roots to go deep into the ground of His love. It will change you from a visitor, to a resident.

Love,

Sandy G