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

Present Tense

Now God, don’t hold out on me, don’t hold back your passion. Your love and truth are all that keeps me together. When troubles ganged up on me, a mob of sins past counting, I was so swamped by guilt I couldn’t see my way clear. More guilt in my heart than hair on my head, so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out. Psalm 40:11-12 Message

Have you ever had your past mistakes overwhelm you like David explained in this writing? We know about the time he desired Bathsheba and not only got her pregnant but had her husband killed. He thought he’d tricked everyone until God sent Nathan the prophet to confront him.

Satan wants nothing more than to have us live in our past. If he can badger us with the mistakes that we’ve made, he will succeed in keeping us from being what God needs us to be in our present. The past is not a good place to stay. It clouds our vision and keeps us living in the mire of guilt and condemnation. Stuck in past mistakes, entertaining the ‘what if’s’ and the ‘if onlies’. Wishing for a ‘do over’ so somehow the guilt would lessen.

But wait–here’s the good news. According to Romans 8:1-2 in the Message bible, “With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. a new power is in operation. The spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, as magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”

What does that mean for us? Our past has been cleared away. Every time Satan tries to bring up our past, we can remind him that our past is gone. We are blood bought, cleared of all charges, washed white as snow. Gods gavel of justice has been heard as He announced, “NOT GUILTY!”

It’s time to live in the present, doing what God has asked us to do. Not waiting until we look different or become perfect, but depending on His Spirit to bring us into all truth. To walk in the spirit and not live the way we want to. We belong to Him.

God’s not looking for perfect people. He’s looking for willing people. Be that person today. Stop living in your past and start looking to your future because that’s where Jesus is. He is in your future! Let’s take this world for Jesus today. Right where you are. Now is the time of salvation.

I’m Leaving My Past,

Sandy G

Good Roots

“You must determine if a tree is good or rotten. You can recognize good trees by their delicious fruit. But if you find rotten fruit, you can be certain that the tree is rotten. The fruit defines the tree.  But you who are known as the Pharisees are rotten to the core! You’ve been poisoned by the nature of a venomous snake. How can your words be good and trustworthy if you are rotten within? For what has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words!” Matthew 12:33-34 TPT

I’m so thankful that God chose to love me. I’m thankful that He put me back together again. Some of you may look and say, “He’s far from finished!” and I must agree that I’m a work in progress, but if you had known me back in the day–if you had known me when my emotions controlled me, when every wind that blew made me unstable and threatened to uproot me. You see, when you have known God and become planted in that deep unconditional love so deep that your roots are strong, than a hurricane could rip through, flood waters could come and it may strip some branches or take your leaves, but you know they’ll grow back because the roots are still deep in the ground.

What sort of fruit do you bear or does it bear at all? Does your life give out or just take from everyone and everything? Does it strip others of what they have in order to feel good or does it give to be a blessing? Every good tree sows seed to grow more trees like itself. Nothing is ever wasted.

The things you’ve been through are not meant to be wasted. They merely provide what’s needed to grow and sow into others around you. You can make a choice today to grow and share or keep it to yourself where no one benefits from it. If there are things you’ve overcome, ask God for a chance to share your victories with others so they too may be encouraged to grow.

Father, thank you for the opportunities in life I’ve had to sow into the lives of others. May I always be a sower. Those who sow plentifully, reap plentifully but those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly. Give me opportunity to share from the fruit of my tree today so that others may be nourished and grow from it as well. I live for your pleasure, great King. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Rooted in Love,

Sandy G

My Father Shares

I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones! Ephesians 1:17-18 TPT

Oh dear Jesus! What a wonderful word this morning as I cry out for more. The intimacy of knowing Him in a deeper way. The God who lives with me, abides in me, taking me deeper, solving problems in the now and the future. Knowing someone takes time. If we don’t invest the time, we will never be trusted with the deep secrets. You’ll have knowledge of them, but to truly have deep relationship, that takes setting aside our agenda, ask questions and listening for answers.

And that “God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling”. That has ‘more’ written all over it. We know so little, but each day holds promise that we will know Him more.

I don’t want to live in just today! My vision extends beyond my own horizon to a future that is alive with promise. I’m excited for what God has in store for me and mine. I have the spirit of wisdom and revelation only because I seek for and find it in His Word. I don’t rely on someone else to give it to me. When I prayed the prayer, ‘Give me more of you, Lord. I want to be used in a greater way. Don’t leave me the same. I want to know you more,” He responded.

He doesn’t try to withhold from us! He longs to give us the keys to his Kingdom. If He is not the treasure we seek, we will continue to come up empty. Treasure hunting is hard work, that’s why few people do it. It costs you everything, takes time and discipline, but the rewards are amazing. Most just want to hear the story, see the treasure but don’t want to do what it takes to own it. Don’t be jealous of my treasure! I have a Father who shares with me.

Father, as I sit with You this morning, I don’t want it to be about me. I want to know about You! Take me behind the curtain where intimacy takes place. Show me things I have not seen that I may be consumed by You. Take me. I’m yielded to You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Always Seeking,

Sandy G

Clearing My Head Space

Of course we are human, but we don’t fight like humans. The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people’s defenses, that is, their arguments and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5 Gods Word Translation

You are responsible for what you allow into your head. You can receive or reject it, it’s always your choice. What you allow to take residence, determines who you become. Some of us have been thinking on the wrong things far too long. It’s confused us into believing we are less than God created us to be; kings and priests.

Every thought! Sometimes you have to say, “Hold up there! That thought doesn’t line up with the Word of God so I’m not receiving it!” then you must find the scripture that is true and speak it out. Have you ever had a pain and a thought came, “Oh, you probably need a knee replacement.” Is that thought of God? No, because the infallible Word say that, “by His stripes, I am healed.” Or have you ever had a doctor give you a report that seriously shortened your life span? But if his report doesn’t line up with what Gods truth says, I respond, “I don’t receive that thought. With long life He will satisfy me and show me His salvation.”

Father, I remind you of your word because I Samuel 22:31 says; “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Thank you Lord that today, your word is manifest in my body, my mind, my finances, my faith and my future. You are more than enough for me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Clearing The Air,

Sandy G

If He Says it I Believe it!

Jesus replied, “Let the faith of God be in you. Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.  This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:22-24 Passion Translation

There are a whole lot of people today who don’t believe what Jesus said in this passage. But the simple truth is, it’s what we’ve been created for, called to–a life of faith. Faith is grown by believing. If belief is lost, faith dies. If faith dies, you get nothing. How’s that for simple truth?!

Remember that word you received from the Lord? Remember the faith that rose up inside of you when you heard it? But so much time has passed and nothing’s happened, so you’ve lost sight of what He promised. My question is, what are you believing for today? Write it down. Now let that consume your vision and allow faith to return. Not in your ability to achieve it, but in His ability to create it. Here’s what you need to remember–with God, NOTHING is impossible. Apart from God, NOTHING is possible.

Regardless of what you’re facing, God determines your outcome. It doesn’t matter who rises up against you, greater is the One who stands with you, so stand still and SEE the salvation of your God. David didn’t kill the giant because he thought he was all that. He killed the giant because he knew who was in Him. You can’t do anything alone, but when you know your God, you will be strong, and carry out great exploits. (Daniel 11:32)

Meditate on this today. The victory isn’t seen in the natural until it’s seen in the Spirit. Speak what you SEE and SEE what you SAY.

Go Big or Go Home

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 AMPC

I’ve heard this in my spirit for a few years now, but felt it needed to be repeated. It wasn’t a reprimand or a word voiced in anger, but rather a loving warning to the body of Christ, ministers, prophets and priests alike. If this resonates with your spirit, then alright, go ahead and share it. Either way, I’m simply being obedient and posting this.

The definition of the word ‘new’ from dictionary.com is as follows: unfamiliar or strange; having but lately come to a place, position, status, etc.; coming or occurring afresh; further; additional.

The definition that caught my breath was ‘having but lately come to a place, position, status,’ as if the Holy Spirits residence and power within us has been hidden for this moment in history.

So many people are looking for revival to come as it did of old, but I hear the Lord say, “Stop looking back. New means new! It’s not coming like it did in the upper room. It will not be compared with previous moves of my Spirit. That was a ‘than’ encounter and outpouring. I’m doing a totally new thing.”

I’ve personally experienced some pretty awesome encounters with God through His Holy Spirit, but God let me know that this pales in comparison to what He has in store for those who love Him. I’m not talking about people who say the words but their actions don’t follow through. I’m talking about those who have been crying out for more so deep within. The Lord says to get ready to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in a greater way than you could ever imagined. Signs, wonders and miracles will follow you everywhere you go. You will look different and the essence of the Holy Spirit will permeate your being.

“What I’m about to do is going to take your breath away! When I open the windows of heaven and pour out My blessing in the earth, it will literally bury you alive. You will say to Me, “STOP! I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE!” to which I will respond, “Breathe child, let Me show you how to operate under this anointing. Let Me show you how to operate with this much power. Do not fear what I am doing in the earth.”

Then He said, “Do you remember the saying, ‘Go big or go home?’ If my people don’t move with me in this, I will take them home. Not because I don’t love them, but because this is going to happen with or without them. I will make my people aware of the power they contain and nothing will stop what I have to accomplish in the earth.”

Get ready! It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming. Get on your face before the altar and cry out until the rain begins to fall. Be ready for the new!

Daily Longing,

Sandy G

A Whole Lot of Remembering’s

Did you know that the word remember is mentioned 230 times in the NKJV? Neither did I! That’s a whole lot of remembering for sure! Yet I felt the Lord had me go down this trail for a reason so I hopped over to get the definition of the word and this is what I found; To retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of; to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of.

So many of the old testament verses I found, began with, “And you shall remember,” as if the recollection of what God did would be a reminder of WHO God is. I’m thinking that there’s something to this. Even before the words were written about God, they were told and retold, generation after generation, so they would hearken diligently to His voice. That the Great Deliverer always made good on His promises.

Why is it that we choose to remember the wrong things? We remember all the unanswered prayers and think that God just doesn’t care, when in reality it is us who has forgotten He’s a good God, full of love and tender mercies. We must remember that although the rain falls on the just and unjust, we have promises to remember. He’s a refuge in time of storm, and gives a peace only accessible in His presence. We make our own paths and want our own way, until we’re in a desperate situation and then we cry out to God to save us, heal us and provide for us.

I will constantly keep reminding God of what He’s promised me. I know He hasn’t forgotten me, but I need to remind myself and build my faith and that’s what reminding does. Reminding myself that He watches over His Word, it never returns to Him without doing what He sent it to do. I read the stories of old because God is looking to see if I will trust Him that much too. I’m His, therefore I will remember. What is it you need to remind God of? Are you going to focus on the problems you face or what the Word says about those problems.

Luke 18:2-8 tells a story of a woman who constantly went before the judge to plead her case, she wore him down by daily taking her case before him. “For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, ‘This widow really annoys me. Although I don’t fear God or respect people, I’ll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she’ll keep coming to me until she wears me out.’”

This was Jesus’ response to this in teaching us a lesson found in verses 6-8; “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge thought. Won’t God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them? I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. I have to speak it. I have to remind myself and trust in God, because in doing that, I keep discouragement at bay and build my faith. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease?’ Well, start squeaking! Gods standing with his big ole can of WD-40 just waiting to spray you down with blessings. Today is your day!

Father, I choose to remember You are good, all the time and all the time, You are good. I’m excited for what You have in store for me just because You love me and know that I trust in You. You won’t leave me without an answer because Jesus is my answer. I trust in Your sacrifice. I trust in Your grace. I trust that Your plans are better than I could ever imagine. In the process of waiting, I will continue to do what I know to do, encourage others, pray for others, focus on You and listen to Your voice. It’s in Jesus mighty and holy name I pray, Amen.

Until Next Time–Remember,

Sandy G

Remember Your Blessing

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Philippians 4:8 TPT

I was talking with a young lady last night who was dealing with all sorts of self doubt and anxious thoughts. After a few minutes, she mentioned this verse and said, “I know! I need to think right thoughts.” But hey, that’s not always easy, is it? It’s easy to say it to someone, but when you’re going through something that consumes your focus, it’s not as easy to snap your fingers and just do it.

As the conversation continued, I remembered something she told me about last year. She had developed a habit of writing down her blessings and putting them in a jar called, ‘the blessing jar’. Whenever she faced a trial or a need, she would pull out a paper and read it, reminding herself of how God had provided for her at that time. I suggested she do the same with her self-worth. Write down what the Father says about her and when she’s facing these thoughts, pull it out and read it out loud.

You see, when you’re in the middle of a trial, it’s not always the first thing you think on because you’re too focused on the trial. We’ve all heard the saying, what you feed grows, but what you starve, dies. It’s the same with your thoughts. That’s why Paul mentioned this in his writings to the Philippians. Keep your thoughts focused on right things and then he tells you what those right things are.

So write down your answers to the accusations of the enemy so that when you’re facing your giant, it won’t intimidate you anymore. When he says, “You can’t do anything right.” Respond with, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When he says, “You will never win over that addiction!” Remind him, “I’m redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I have covenant with Him and His strength is made perfect in my weakness.”

Some of those notes need to read, “I am a child of God’s and He loves me!” “He said He will never leave me nor forsake me. He lives in me!” “He’s given me power over all the power of the enemy and nothing will by any means hurt me.” “No weapon formed against me will prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement, He will condemn because it’s my heritage!” “He took those stripes on His back for my healing. Sickness and disease is under the curse and because of Jesus, I don’t have to have this anymore!” “My steps are ordered by the Lord and He delights in the plans He has for me!”

Stop allowing the devil to intimidate and bully you into believing a lie. Know who you are and Who you belong to. Stand up and fight back against his lies and remind him he’s defeated! He may not leave instantly, but if you keep on speaking the Word to him, he’ll pack up and leave until a later date and try again. Be relentless in your resistance and he will flee. Be totally convinced of the power you possess and don’t be afraid to use it.

I’m More Than a Conquerer,

Sandy G

The Rock That Shelters

“Do not fear nor be shaken! Haven’t I foretold it, announcing it to you ahead of time? You are my witnesses, so tell me, is there any god besides me? There is no other Rock of shelter; I know not one.” Isaiah 44:8 TPT

I’m really enjoying going through Isaiah again. I love how God keeps revealing Himself over and over and over. In this verse, we see Him as the Rock of shelter. I always think about a rock as being a sure foundation, but did you know that a rock can shelter as well? It really does.

I remember being on the mountain that stood next to the small village we lived in when our family moved to Haiti. If my memory serves me correctly, my sisters and I made the journey with our cousin Becky and her friend, Colleen. When we arrived, the wind began blowing in waves and cycles, the rain came down the same. We didn’t know it at the time, but a hurricane was passing by. To keep from being blown away, we took refuge in a cave formed out of the rocks. In the morning, we made our way back down to our house, safe and sound.

Nothing to fear when God is near. If you look, you’ll find He’s already declared the end from the beginning and we win! It doesn’t mean there won’t be a battle to fight. It doesn’t mean we won’t carry scars we’ve picked up in those battles, but He is always faithful to His Word. He won’t leave us or forsake us. Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean He’s not still working. He’s our Rock and rocks aren’t easily moved!

So if you find yourself in a storm and the wind is blowing ferociously, hide behind the Rock for He will protect you from the storm. If your enemies are pursing you, plant yourself behind the Rock, He will hide you there so that no one can find you. If the water is rising and your peace is being threatened, climb onto the Rock and go to His highest point, for He will keep you from drowning.

Whatever you need Him to be, He is. Let He who forever is, be who you forever need.

Anchored,

Sandy G

Gods Big Eraser

I, yes I, am the One and Only, who completely erases your sins, never to be seen again. I will not remember them again.
Freely I do this because of who I am! Isaiah 43:25 TPT

Have you ever screwed up? Made a mistake that you were ashamed of? I have—once or twice! I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t at some point in time, felt like a failure. What I want you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, is this fact written in the scripture above: What God erases is gone forever!

With us, there’s always residual left behind. Memories that Satan constantly brings up and hurls at us like fiery darts. But let’s not forget what God said and take those darts and hurl them back! “I’m forgiven! A blood bought child of God and you cannot, under any circumstances, take that away from me!” No matter how many times you must do it, continue to do it and don’t allow the enemy to take what is rightfully yours.

And if you’re a recipient of that great forgiveness, extend it to others. What you’ve freely received, freely give. Jesus was asked, “How many times must we forgive?” and His reply was the never-ending 70 x 7. Keep on forgiving. Doesn’t mean they have to be an intimate friend or even in your surroundings, but forgive none-the-less.

If you want to be more like Father, forgive like that. You focus on Him and allow His forgiveness to wash over you, then let that forgiveness spill over onto others. It’s the gift that keeps giving. Ask God if you can use His big eraser and try it out. It’s liberating when you don’t have to keep track of what others have done to you. You simply let it go. Love indeed covers a multitude of sin.

Choose to Erase,

Sandy G