Choose Wisely

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You rise up early, you go to bed late, and work hard for your food, all for nothing. For the Lord gives to His loved ones even while they sleep. Psalm 127:2 NLV

Let me just share how I personally heard this verse. ‘You work from morning to night, full of stress and worry, listening to the news which stresses you out more. You worry about how you’re going to pay your bills, if you’ll keep your job, all for nothing, because I the Lord your God, love to provide for you even while you sleep.’

In the King James version it says; bread of sorrow, which can be interpreted vain and non productive or useless things. Proverbs 4:20 says, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.”

Some of us eat more from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than we spend with the Tree of Life. The truth is that if we eat poison, we’ll die, yet we don’t think this applies to what we partake of on a daily basis. Can I just break it down for you? The more time we spend with Jesus, the more like him we become. The more time we spend watching secular programming and the news, the more like the world we become.

We need to make better choices with our diets, don’t we? I’m finding that if I keep my mind on Jesus, true to His Word, He leads me into all truth. That when I get up a little earlier and spend time with God, cutivating relationship with Him, I recognize when He walks into the room, when He speaks, I know it.

We need to be tuned into the WORD not CNN. We need to read the WORD not the Tampa Tribune. We need to listen to our God, not our president or government. If we don’t understand His Word, we won’t know if our leaders are leading us astray. It’s not wrong to be aware of what’s happening in our nation or around the world, but we must prioritize the Word of God and when we sense we’ve heard enough, turn it off and spend time with the Lord. Seeking Him gives us answers the world needs.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

He Knows Your Voice

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For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Amp

I’ve been thinking a whole lot on this passage lately. We know the Word of God is powerful. I mean, He created everything by speaking and it doesn’t stop with what we see, but it continues creating. Scientists state that they are constantly discovering new galaxies and universes. Why is that? Because it never stops working.

His Word does more than our tiny minds can even comprehend. Have you ever watched a sunrise or sunset? Have you seen how He constantly paints masterpieces for our enjoyment? Have you ever watched a woman give birth? Fascinating! Watched a flower unfold in the morning and close at night? Amazing.

And if we’re so captivated by these things, what makes the Creator any less to imagine. So kind and loving that He has engraved each of our names upon His fingers. He is always mindful of us and has great plans for us. Psalm 37:23 says that our steps have been ordered and He takes delight in the plans He has for us. That is mind boggling!

You’re not insignificant by a long shot! God has deposited important stuff in you. You actually share His DNA and since God is all knowing, all seeing and omnipotent, there is no way He will ever forget about you. He knows your name, your face, your voice and your worship. If you call on Him, He will answer you and show you things you don’t yet know.

How can you not choose Him above all else? He’s worthy of all the glory, honor and praise and His Name is above all names in heaven and earth.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

Let’s Violently Possess Our Promise

I normally don’t post other people’s posts on my blog, but as I read this from 2018, I realized I wasn’t the only person who needs the reminder. I hope it encourages you as much as it did me.

THIS WEEK, VIOLENTLY GRAB HOLD OF THE PROMISES OF GOD!!!

Lana Vawser

Today I have had a strong sense of this prophetic word for many in the body of Christ who have been facing intense battle right now.

The enemy may have come against you violently and there is such a violent attack of discouragement, despair and other things to move you AWAY from the promises of God for your life.

I saw many who have become “heartsick” and really feeling like the battle over the promises God has spoken to them in this season has ramped up, but I want to encourage you today.

The enemy has come against you violently to attempt to shake your faith, cause you to doubt and let go of your promise, because of the RADICAL recompense and explosive power of God that is meeting your circumstances, landing on the promise He has given you to bring great and significant breakthrough.

Many have been feeling like there’s something significantly wrong because of the intense battle over the promise, but I want to encourage you, the battle has come, because of the imminent breakthrough.

You must hold on, hold on tight to His promises and don’t let go.

I heard the words “This week, violently grab hold of the promises of God”.

There is something very significant for many of you this week and it’s crucial that you violently decree the Word of God. Grab hold with authority and conviction what is yours, what He has spoken and what is yours in Christ. I felt strongly this week to take a stand and decree and don’t let go. There is a shift coming for many this week that will bring significant breakthrough and turnaround and the enemy will be reminded again that he is defeated and the power of God in that will break through into your circumstances releasing the divine turnaround, recompense, justice and breakthrough of God will make the enemy sorry he ever came against you. There is significant increase and turnaround this week, but go after what is yours! Don’t allow the attacks of the enemy, the discouragement and despair to sway you from the promises of God. Go after them! Pick them up again if you’ve laid them down and go after what is yours.

The time is now & significant shift, turnaround and breakthrough await you. Don’t believe the lie the enemy is trying to tell you that it is about to get ‘dark’ again. Many of you need to hear this..

THE NIGHT IS OVER and the SON is rising on your circumstances!!! Jesus is interceding for you and you are going to see a significant shift. The SUN of a new day, hope, grace and turnaround is imminent!

Watch things come into accelerated alignment this week!!

Don’t give up!

Sandy G

When The Wait Seems Long

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Though all your wanderings wearied you, you never said, ‘I give up.’ Your strength was renewed so that you did not faint. Isaiah 57:10 TPT

I lay in bed for an extra couple hours this morning. Walt was resting in his chair after taking another tumble yesterday, pinching a nerve in his back. I was looking out the back slider we had just installed in the new master, watching the branches sway in the gentle breeze. A blue jay flew onto a branch and flittered from leaf to leaf, so beautiful.

As I enjoyed this scene, I began to think on how long it had been since I’d allowed myself to just lay in bed, let alone enjoy such a view. It was necessary. I felt like this year has been longer than any other year we’ve gone through. Oh, we’ve endured trouble before. But this seemed relentless. Like every time we get a break, something comes along and tries to knock us down again.

When my eyes landed on this verse, I felt like it was written just for me. I’ve wanted to say, ‘I give up!’ so many times, but I’m no quitter.  Sometimes it just takes a little talk with Jesus to renew my strength. So when He stopped by this morning, I heard Him sweetly whisper, “Child, I know it seems like a long time, but I’ve not forgot the promises I made to you. It won’t be long and you’ll see everything I said, come to pass.”

Those words were like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. It blew strength into every fiber of my being, revitalizing my energy to carry on one more day. The wait may seem long, but if you’ll just allow the sweet voice of the Spirit to strengthen you, you too can make it.

I pray for each one of you as you face your own personal battle today. May the angel of the Lord encamp around you, strengthen you and give you peace. May you feel His light shine on you and warm you with the assurance that everything will happen in His time.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Necessary Twists & Turns

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Looking straight into their eyes, Jesus replied, “Humanly speaking, no one, because no one can save himself. But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!” Matthew 19:26 TPT
One of my favorite lines from the book, The Calling by Rachel Dekker;
“What if I told you that you couldn’t fail? That all the outcomes of your choices are just steps on a necessary path to get you here?”
I’m realizing that just because I can’t see the plan, doesn’t mean that I need to. Isn’t that what trust looks like? As a child places her hand in her loving fathers hand and trusts him to get her where they’re going, so are we to do with God.
There are no mistakes or missteps with God. All you’ve gone through was necessary to get you to where you are. Its time to really know and trust Gods ways. It looks dark when your focus is on the night, but when you turn the light on and it dispels the darkness.
Its really simple, just let go and trust God with everything that makes no sense. He’s good at unraveling twisted things and He’s madly in love with you. Let go of the norm and hang on to Him for the ride of your life. Its gonna be wild indeed!
Until Tomorrow,
Sandy G

The Fruit of Thoughts

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Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—The fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words nor My law, but rejected it. Jeremiah 6:19

This morning as I was journaling, I began to write about Gods Word and how I love thinking on Him and His faithfulness. He led me to look up ‘my thoughts’ and I ran across this verse in Jeremiah. The part that jumped out at me was, “The fruit of their thoughts.”

I felt the Lord begin to teach me, “Whatever you constantly think on will yield fruit, good or bad. When you magnify My Word and it becomes what you think on and speak about, it may seem strange to the world and they can’t ‘relate’ to you, but the fruit you will bear will speak of Me. It’s easy to think on what you see, the world is ruled by their thoughts, but you must train yourself to think on what you read.”

John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” So if our thoughts yield fruit, then perhaps that is why we have what we have. Perhaps you can better relate to the following: ‘What if I lost my home?’, ‘What if there’s disease in my body?’, ‘What if I lost my job?’, ‘What if I never get married?’, ‘What if my house catches on fire?’ We don’t just think these thoughts, we entertain them.

We play out each scenario until we’re sick with worry. It’s not easy to retrain yourself to think right, but if we want to change the fruit, we must change our thoughts. That is how change begins, one thought at a time. Romans 1:21 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Father, open the eyes of our heart that we may know Your truth, meditate on Your truth and be fruitful to bring You glory.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

What Are You Waiting For?

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Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! Ephesians 3:18-19 TPT

What are you waiting for? I believe thats what the Lord is saying to each of us. If you’re waiting on Him to do it all for you, think again. Everything was done when He died on the cross and rose from the grave. Victory over every trial, healing for every disease, provision for every need, it’s all been done.

Again I ask, what are you waiting for? He’s not going to die again, it’s a done deal. He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on your behalf. For what? So you will walk in the power He gave you. Sit at His feet and learn of Him for you are in dire need of direction and the only way you’ll get it is by spending time in His presence.

He’s not a magician, He’s God! Unchangeable, undeniable, awesome, mighty and powerful. He’s so good that He hid the treasure deep in His Word so that only those who seek Him will find Him.  So what are you waiting for? Go after God with everything in you, sit and be still and hear the Word of the Lord.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Let’s Get Back to the Basics–Love

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Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves.  Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. Philippians 2:2-4 GW

Well now, that was a mouthful! Especially in todays climate with everyone screaming their opinions about this rule, that rule, the president, the senate, the governors, and the list goes on and on. “I’m right, you’re wrong! You must be stupid!” are just a few of the insults I’ve seen and experienced. What is wrong with us? Never have I seen so much hatred as I have seen recently.

Paul urges us to abandon every display of selfishness. Why is that? Because there is no room for it in the Kingdom of God. It’s a distraction from purpose, the purpose to preach the gospel of Love. There can be no selfishness in love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 TPT says it so well: Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.  Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

I believe we all needed to read these verses to remember what our true purpose is–Love. If we, the remnant bride of Christ can’t get it right, where is the hope for others? It’s easy to hurl insults and be angry, but the truth is that being right doesn’t matter without love. We need to get back to that basic principle and never stray from it again. Right or wrong, rich or poor, slave or free, nothing matters without love.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

 

Mouth Test

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And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them. Ephesians 4:29 TPT

Have you ever listened to the things that you say? The bible is very clear that our words are super important. In fact, Proverbs 18:21 says, “Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences.”

I dare say that we are so often tripped up by the words of our own mouth, simply because we don’t believe there are consequences to our actions, we disregard this important verse.

Here’s something to think about; when a seed is planted in the ground, do you see it sprout up right away? No, it takes time to germinate and grow, usually a few days before you see a little green pop up out of the ground. And how long till you see the fruit of what you planted? Usually 2 to 3 months. That’s why people plant in the spring to harvest in the fall.

So it is with your words. You won’t see it right away, but eventually it will show up. You will eat what you’ve planted. If you continually say, “I’m sick! I think I’ve got the virus!” than chances are, you will eventually get it. You’re sending a message to your body to get ready, it’s coming!

But let’s change our words to agree with God’s Word regardless of what you feel like. Let’s have faith in God and state, “He sent His Word (Jesus) and healed me and delivered me from all disease.” Again, it may take a little bit before it pops up out of the ground, but if you don’t waver, and you keep declaring the Word, you will reap what you sow if you faint not.

I challenge you today to do the mouth test. Listen to what’s coming out of your mouth and decide that regardless of what you see in the natural, it is subject to change by the things you speak. Stop confirming the things you feel and make a decision to stick with the unchanging Word of God.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

God Has Chosen Me

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‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:9b&10

Someone reading this needs to know that God is madly in love with you. He wants you focused on Him this morning and not the problem that looms large and angry before you. It’s hardest to remember these things when you’re in the middle of chaos and there’s a reason for that. The devil wants you so focused on the problem that you forget you are a child of God.

Let’s personalize this passage and speak it out loud and declare it to your spirit;  God has chosen me! I won’t be afraid! He is with me! I won’t be discouraged! He is my God! He will give me strength and help me! He will hold me up with His victorious right hand!

Take that, devil! No weapon formed against me will prosper and every tongue that rises up against me in judgement will be put down. It’s my heritage! You can’t take that from me! Not today, not tomorrow and not any day thereafter. I’m a daughter of the most High God and nothing will separate me from that.

My dear friend, as you go about your day, continue to speak this and remember, there is no problem bigger than your God. He is not just able, but He is willing to help you and deliver you. You can take that to the bank!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G