The ‘But’ That Changes Everything

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Look how the wicked conceive their evil schemes.
They go into labor with their lies and give birth to trouble.
They dig a pit for others to fall into,
not knowing that they will be the very ones
who will fall into their own pit of failure.
For you, God, will see to it that every pit-digger
who works to trap and harm others
will be trapped and harmed by his own treachery.
But I will give all my thanks to you, Lord,
for you make everything right in the end.
I will sing my highest praise to the God of the Highest Place! Psalm 7:14-17 TPT

Have you ever been acquainted with a pit-digger? David was. His whole life was filled with stories of opposition on every side. His own father excluded him from the ‘Samuel Gathering’, his brother opposed him from going up against Goliath, Saul opposed him, Absalom, his own son opposed him and turned the people against him.

Regardless of what came against him in his life, his mouth was filled with praise to God. We need to learn a lesson from David and his ‘but’. It’s ok to take your complaints to the Lord, just don’t forget the ‘but’.

But I will give all my thanks to you, Lord, for you make everything right in the end.

His ‘but’ took the attention off the problem and placed praise back on God. It became the shift in his focus, the catalyst of turn-about, the refreshing reminder that God is bigger than anything that could come against him or attempt to destroy him.

Your ‘but’ can change everything for you today. Don’t leave your complaints in an elevated position. Let God be God and every man a liar!

But my God will supply all my needs according to HIS riches in glory.

But my God will deliver me from every trap the enemy has set for me.

But my God gives me joy unspeakable!

But my God will watch over my children and bless them.

Go ahead and create your own ‘but’ based on your own situation and give Him all your praise today.

I’m excited to see what your ‘but’ does today!

Much Love,

Sandy G

Let’s Go Fishing

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Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.” And they all replied, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and fished through the night, but caught nothing.

Then at dawn, Jesus was standing there on the shore, but the disciples didn’t realize that it was him!  He called out to them, saying, “Hey guys! Did you catch any fish?”

“Not a thing,” they replied.

Jesus shouted to them, “Throw your net over the starboard side, and you’ll catch some!” And so they did as he said, and they caught so many fish they couldn’t even pull in the net! John 21:3-6 TPT

Though the disciples had fished all night and caught nothing, one word from Jesus and an over abundance jumped into their net. He’s the same God and it’s the same word today. It will cause an empty bank account to overflow in abundance.

My God is no respector of persons. What He did, He continues to do. His Word is still working today because it’s alive! Thats my God!

I don’t know what you’re facing, but if you’ve seemingly been doing it all night and nothing is happening, stop and praise God for His living Word. Ask Him what He wants you to do now and no matter how foolish it sounds, be obedient because therein lies your miracle. God wants to actively participate in your life but as long as you think you’ve got it, He will not interfere.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Let Love Work

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Later Peter approached Jesus and said, “How many times do I have to forgive my fellow believer who keeps offending me? Seven times?”

Jesus answered, “Not seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven times!” Matthew 18:21-22

Someone once asked me, “How do you know when you’ve forgiven someone?” My answer: When you can think of them with love. Until those feelings of hurt and anger stop pouring out of you when you talk of them or talk about the situation.

If Jesus could love that much, how can I not also if I am indeed His. Until I release it, it will hold onto me like a stubborn stain on a favorite shirt. Gods stain remover is the blood of Jesus.

Unforgiveness is like formaldehyde, it will preserve bitterness forever. Love on the other hand, encases your heart like a shield and deflects the arrows back onto those who sent it. Love covers a multitude of sin.

Let love have its perfect work in your heart today. What happened is in the past, its a part of your journey. It may have been a wild ride, but perhaps God needed to refine you as pure gold so that what comes forth will be more valuable to Him. 

Father, I choose to exchange every hurt for love. I pray blessings on those who have attempted to harm me with their words. Every word curse that’s been spoken against me, you have stopped and turned into a blessing. You are indeed an awesome and mighty God.

Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive, for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing, drenching all your lovers who pray to you. Psalm 86:5

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

Your Wedding Day Approaches

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You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return–in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. Mark 13:35-36

It’s not up to your pastor to keep watch for you while you go out and do your own thing. It’s not your parents responsibility to watch, it’s for you to watch. YOU watch. It’s up to you to be ready.

Most of us give more attention to being ready for a job interview than we do for the final return of Jesus Christ. We’re so caught up in our own agenda that we forget He gave us an assignment before He left. “Go make disciples!” He said. “Heal the sick and raise the dead!” He said.

If it was your wedding day, what’s the first thing you’d do when you got up in the morning? Take inventory. Check the time. Make sure everything and everyone is in place. Would you talk with your fiancé? Tell them how excited you are to spend the rest of your life with him/her?

Get dressed! You know the wedding is soon so don’t be caught unaware. You’ve been warned! You can’t just say you didn’t know because you do! Don’t live like there’s no responsibility. Jesus said to be ready, so you putting it off for tomorrow doesn’t mean He’ll wait for you.

Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be in the wedding party. I don’t want to be a guest at the event. I want be a small working part of the bride herself. I want to hear the call of the bridegroom

“Come,” says the Holy Spirit and the Bride in divine duet. Let everyone who hears this duet join them in saying, “Come.” Let everyone gripped with spiritualthirst say, “Come.” And let everyone who craves the gift of living water come and drink it freely. “It is my gift to you! Come.”

As the old song says:  “People get ready, Jesus is coming soon we’ll be goin home. People get ready Jesus is comin to take from the world His own.”

Until The Day He Calls,
Sandy G

God Needs You

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It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or your education level, God needs you! If you surrender to Him, He will use you in the weirdest places in the strangest ways. Take on His nature of love and you will shine in the darkest places.

It’s time to put hands and feet to the Kingdom of God and be His witnesses in our work place, our community and homes. We all have talents and abilities, skills that God can use to show that famous Love.

You may ask, what can I do? Take an inventory of what you’re able to do and add Gods ability to it. He will use your little, multiply it and make much out of it.

Walt and I have always looked for ways to help those who have less or are going through a tough time. We take what little we have and bless them with it. Just a can of soup can make a meal. Just a smile and word of encouragement can give someone strength to take another step. Just praying God’s peace over someone may be enough to change their lives.

Change your ‘but I don’t’ to ‘I can do this’ and watch God give you opportunities to love. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Father, I ask for divine opportunities to show Your love today. In the middle of my busyness and business, may I constantly be looking for ways to show others Your deep abiding grace and goodness. Its’ in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Fridays Praise

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I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart I worship you in the presence of angels! Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice as I sing my loving praise to you. Psalm 138:1

There is no place I’d rather be than in the presence of the Lord, but I don’t just experience that at church on Sunday morning when the worship is in full swing and everyone has their arms raised singing and praising Him. Long ago I realized that I am a carrier of worship, a carrier of the oil of the Holy Spirit.

Everywhere I go, He goes. Everything I do, I do with Him. Everything I need is found in Him. I am constantly changed in His presence so it is there that I will remain until He who has began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it.

Every morning when I rise, I give Him thanks. All through the day I praise Him for who He is, for His direction and grace. He creates paths around road blocks, bridges over rivers. He parts the sea and multiplies loaves and fishes. Is there anything He can’t do? The answer to that is a resounding NO. God is able to complete what He started. He may not share His plans with me, but He won’t leave me stranded.

Come and lift your hands and praise Him with me. He is more than able. He’s willing!

Favor Like a Shield

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“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

We ask for your favor, Lord. Not that it rain down on us, but that it would wrap around us as a shield, protecting us, keeping us, directing us.

Favor that touches every aspect of our lives, health, relationships, connections, business, finances, family. Favor on our jobs, in our homes, on our pastors, our churches.

Open doors that previously remained stubbornly closed, allowing us to move forward in your plans and purposes.

Victory for battles! Promotion Transfer! Lord, let our ears be attentive and our mouth in agreement.

I prophesy favor, as you have told me to do, now great provider, do as only you can do. Blow from the north, the south, the east and the west. May every front be affected and transformed.

I will stand this day and see the salvation of my God for You are faithful to Your Word and You are moved by my faith and trust in You. You will not allow my enemies to triumph over me.

It’s in Your great name and for Your glory. Amen

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G