Your New Reality

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So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions. Their corrupted logic has been clouded because their hearts are so far from God—their blinded understanding and deep-seated moral darkness keeps them from the true knowledge of God.  Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession.

But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you.  If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus! Ephesians 4:17-21 TPT

Like so many in the world today, I find it mind boggling how so many ‘Christians’ have adapted the worlds ways and standards. This word, apathy in the original greek means; insensibility to suffering, equivalent to apathe- (stem of apathḗs) unfeeling. So a spiritual apathy shows a seared conscience or being insensitive to the ways of God.

See how Paul used tries to jerk us back and get our attention? It’s not the way of life that Jesus has unfolded within you. If you’ve truly experienced Jesus and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life. Unfortunately, what is seen in the lives of so many, is a blatant disregard for what God desires to do in and through us.

There is no better way to say it than Paul to the Corinthians:

Don’t continue to team up with unbelievers in mismatched alliances, for what partnership is there between righteousness and rebellion? Who could mingle light with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and Satan? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What friendship does God’s temple have with demons? For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said:

I will make my home in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.

For this reason,

“Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will embrace you.I will be a true Father to you, and you will be my beloved sons and daughters,” says the Lord Yahweh Almighty.

Don’t be afraid to be different! Be afraid to be the same! God is for those who will separate themselves unto Him. To do as He needs you to do in the earth. Is that you? Are you willing to make this your new reality?

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Energizing Power

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Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Ephesians 3:20 TPT

This morning as I read this verse, I began to think about the last part of this verse, “for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” I don’t know about you, but this body gets worn out and needs a little bit of His miraculous power to energize me. I can’t remember the last time I slept 8 hours. Sometimes life gets a little crazy and you have to rely on strength that doesn’t come from you.

I’m sure you remember the ‘Energizer bunny’ in the battery commercial? Well guess what? God’s power never needs to be charged. It’s constantly at work in us, exceeding our wildest imagination. That’s a whole lot of energy right there. Full blown, solar charged power, by the Father of lights, the Lord of glory.

I don’t know how He does it, but He does. I remember at the beginning of the year thinking, God, are you finished with me? Is this the end of my usefulness? Is there any thing more I can do for you? Suddenly He began to send complete strangers to me who were in need of what was in me. Jesus! His powerful love makes a difference every time.

Energize your people today, Lord. Cause them to stand still and see the complete and total salvation you promised show up in every situation they face. You never disappoint! You never give up on us. Your deep and abiding love is always available for each one of us.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

Will You Find Love?

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The Lord looks down in love, bending over heaven’s balcony, looking over all of Adam’s sons and daughters. He’s looking to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, any who are searching for God and wanting to please him. Psalm 14:2 TPT

What a beautiful picture. The love the Father has for us is inescapable and constantly searches out those He can show His favor to and lavish His blessings on. Will He find you? Are you searching for Him and is your desire to please Him?

We all search for love in all the wrong places. We try to find it in relationships, in things, in money. The word ‘love’ is used so loosely that I believe it’s become lost in the bywords of our society. ‘I love that outfit!’ ‘Love that new store!’ ‘Love those shoes!’

Lets look at Ephesians 3:18-19 in The Passion Translation. It says; 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!

We will never understand it, but we can be partakers of it. Thats like drinking water, not sure how it was formed, but we do enjoy it when we’re thirsty. I believe God wants us hungry for his love.

1 Corinthians 14:1a says, “Let love be your highest goal”, so is it? Is it the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night? Are you passionately pursuing the heart of the Father to know every part of Him? Every dimension of His love? 

I pour out my love to you Lord in the only way I know how. I will lavish songs of love, words of love, my eyes squeezed shut as I think of you and the great love you have for me. My heart is overwhelmed by the many memories of your goodness. My hopeful, watchful eye of faith anticipates the goodness you will show me today, tomorrow and in days to come. I drink from your cup of love and it quenches my parched soul. I cannot come away from this time with you and not be changed. Love really does cover and I am clothed with your love.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

When Impossible Meets God

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Jesus looked at them and replied, “With people it is impossible, but not with God—God makes all things possible!” Mark 10:27 TPT

Jesus said to him, “What do you mean ‘if’? If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the believer.”
Mark 9:23 TPT

I just wanted to take a moment this morning and give you a reminder that regardless of what you are facing at this very moment, absolutely nothing is impossible with God! In fact, the very moment God meets up with your impossible situation, possible happens!

These men are prime examples of what I’m saying. Abraham left his family and country to pursue the promise of a God he had only just met. Noah built a giant sized boat on the Word of an unseen God who said it would rain in a land that had never known rain. For 120 years he endured ridicule. David was anointed king but was hunted for years before he took the throne.

Who does that? People whose focus remains intentionally unwavering regardless of the time involved in the process.

We live in a society where waiting 3 minutes at a stoplight causes anxiety attacks and heaven help us if the drive thru window attendant is too friendly to the person in front of us.

When what God has promised doesn’t manifest in the time we’ve allowed Him, we tend to toss our faith away and assume God could care less. We couldn’t be more mistaken! He is more then faithful to a faithless generation.

There is NOTHING impossible to those who believe. Absolutely nothing! Don’t throw away your confidence just because it doesn’t show up when and how you think it should. Every story in the bible began with a promise. God alone knows the length of time it will take. Be determined to guard your heart and mind so that your words are consistent and your faith unwavering.

Abraham got his son. Noah got his rain. David took his throne. You too will have what you’re willing to wait for. Just keep pursuing the presence of God and continue doing what he says.

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

This Storm Will Pass

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One of my many favorite verses is found in Isaiah 26:3, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. NKJV

In The Passion Translation, it says; Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.

This is how I see this verse being played out; I can have the end result, perfect peace, IF and WHEN I stay focused on God and trust Him. I think thats pretty straight forward, don’t you? But HOW? How do I stay focused on Him?

Three nights in a row we had some pretty bad storms come through our area. High winds, rain, lots of lightening, water spouts. I enjoy watching those storms because I’ve always liked storms and have taught my girls to appreciate them as well. My mom would always pray and trust God to take care of us and I’ve followed that course as well.

We know people who don’t feel the same way about storms, in fact they don’t like them, they’re fearful. My mother-in-law was one of those people. Each time there were bad storms, she would call me and tell me to get the girls and take them to shelter because it was really bad outside. I’m not going to be foolish about them, but I refuse to be afraid, I’ve placed my trust in the one who has never failed me. Sometimes, I’ve heard him direct me out of the path of a storm and was thankful I listened.

My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be no use to God. I must learn to place those things that are out of my control into the hands of the one I’ve grown to trust, Jesus. To learn to do that, I must first know Him and be confident that He is the same God who healed the sick and raised the dead. The same God who supplied for the widow woman and her son. The same God who hears me when I call. I must KNOW Him.

To quote a pastor/friend of mine, “The greater the trust, the deeper the intimacy.” I would never know Walt and trust him if I didn’t spend time with him and learn about him. He reflects God in our home and to those around us, but if we never talked, I could not know him.

Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand what’s happening. Creating good or bad habits comes by repeating the same behavior over and over again. I will keep bringing my mind back to what God said and rest in His promises.

I want that absolute perfect peace, don’t you? So let’s flood our imaginations with stories of how God protected His people in times past and remember, He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Fireworks of Worship

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Let all the universe praise him! The high heavens and everyone on earth, praise him! Let the oceans deep, with everything in them, keep it up!
Psalms 69:34 TPT

The mountains are dwarfed when You, oh Lord stand; the oceans though deep to us become wading pools for Your feet. There is no one who can compare to to Your greatness. You alone are holy.

So tender hearted, You have stored my tears in a bottle and always bend your ear to hear my love song. I quiver with longing for the touch of Your hand. My worship will fill the air with singing and Your response will be life changing.

Your presence washes over me like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. I will know the beauty of Your holiness & the reward of obedience. I honor You with my worship today, Father. May it bring joy to your ears and a smile on your lips.

Always Yours

Sandy G

That Door Is Closed–Move On!

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Stop dwelling on the past. Don’t even remember these former things.  I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 TPT

Have you ever had such a deep sense in your spirit that God was up to something BIG? I’ve heard this passage over and over for the past couple of years and each time I do, it’s as though fire works go off. NEW THINGS, NEW THINGS, NEW THINGS!!!

New things aren’t necessarily ‘good things’ or ‘bad things’, but they are definitely new things. When I think of the word ‘new’, I think of something I’ve never had or experienced before. What’s currently going on in the world is new to me. I’ve never had to wear a mask to work. I’ve never had my husband in the hospital for 6 weeks without being able to visit him.

These things are new to me. Most of them I don’t like and don’t want, but I think you’ll agree they are new.  So many are saying, “This is the new normal!” But there is nothing ‘normal’ about what we’re experiencing. It’s not how God designed us or created us to be. Jesus said we are to lay hands on the sick and they would recover but it’s impossible to do that when we’re forbidden to touch.

What I do sense in my spirit is that the new things God is doing, is uprooting the familiar. He’s taking away complacency and giving us a heart for the changes He’s making in His Bride, preparing her to be the perfect and spotless one His Son is returning for.

That process looks different for each and every one of us, but it’s a process we must all go through. Things must change in us. We must not be distracted by what’s happening around us, but what is happening in us must become our focus.

What is the Spirit speaking to you? What is He asking of you? There is a shifting in the earth but more importantly, there’s a shifting in us, His remnant. He never said it would be tied up in a nice neat bow. It’s going to be messy but marvelous, risky but rewarding, astronomical but astounding.

Are you ready to stop comparing your journey with the journey others are on? Are you ready to see only Jesus as you walk closely behind Him? Stop expecting different results when you’re unwilling to change the way you’re doing life. New doors are going to open but they won’t look like the old doors you’re used to. Stop trying different keys to open what’s been closed. Move along!

Stepping into the light of His presence will show others that we’re all in this to be a light. Your light will look like only yours can, but it’s still a reflection of being with Him. His glory will heal the sick. His glory will raise the dead. You’re just a vessel of His righteousness to change the space you’re in. Don’t be overwhelmed with the harvest. Work the field you’re in and allow the light to change the world you live in.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

My Challenge To You

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The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Psalms 37:23

One of my favorites, this verse. Why? Because I love the adventures I see in my journey when God orders my steps. Life with Him is never boring. His path sometimes takes me through mine fields, testing my ability to listen to His direction. Some people prefer a walk in the park and there are times that is nice, but I rather like a challenge because its what draws me near to trust Him more.

A climb up a difficult path often gives way to the most breathtaking views. There’s nothing like the feeling that comes after a deep time of intercession, crying out for a friend or a loved one. To see the end as God does, to proclaim and decree a thing then watch it come to pass.

I listened as my husband told someone, “My heart stopped for 30 seconds. If it wasn’t for Gods hand on my life, I could have been dead right now. But because of His Spirit in me and His plans for me, I’m still alive.” For years Walt has quoted this verse, “My steps are ordered by the Lord and He takes great delight in the plans He has for me.” It wasn’t a pleasant experience having a triple bypass in the middle of this pandemic, but He trusted God’s plans and daily grows stronger in body and spirit.

We always want the easy way out, the smoothest path, the bright sunny days. But what if that’s not the way God has for you to walk? Are you ready to place your hand in His and trust Him in this moment? Are you willing to walk the rocky road? Climb the difficult trail? Weather some bad storms and some dark days? Will you trust Him even when you can’t see what lies ahead and fear grips you?

Been there! Done that! Bought the t-shirt, wore it out, threw it away and bought a new one. But I would never trade the deep trust I’ve earned in the process. Never!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Transformed In His Presence

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When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face, but when he went into the presence of God to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. When he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see Moses’ face, its skin glowing, and then he would again put the veil on his face until he went back in to speak with God. Exodus 34:33-35 Message

This morning as I was thinking about Moses and the time he spent before the Lord, it occurred to me that we too can experience that kind of glowing glory of God. Because just as Moses’ appearance was physically changed by the manifest presence of God, so can ours.

It’s impossible to think that we can have all of that without spending that kind of time with Him. The more time you spend with someone the more you become like them. Just as you cannot be physically clean without soap and water, so time in Gods presence changes who you were. Old things are gone and all things become new.

We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 2:18 TPT

It’s time to hunger and thirst for righteousness again. It’s time to burn with passion for the presence of the Fire we were created to carry. Time to flip the switch and go from powerless to powerful.

Set a fire in us, oh God. We want those around us to catch fire from the burning. It’s our desire to be more like you, but that will only happen when we are with You more then the world. It’s all about You Lord.

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

Bold and Demanding

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He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over. 2 Kings 2:14

Picture this, Elijah had been a mentor and friend to Elisha and suddenly he witnesses him being taken up in a chariot of fire. Can you imagine? Now, he’s left alone with a memory and a mantle that belonged to his friend.

He had seen things, but even before he began following Elijah, he had heard things about this man. A man who knew God and was unafraid to call out his demands. In fact, the previous chapter shows the king sending men to kill Elijah and he called down fire to consume the captain and his 50 men. Boldly confident and trusting in God and unafraid to speak up for what he had a right to.

Is there any wonder that the first thing he does after this is to strike the water and in a bold questioning statement says, “Where is the God of Elijah?” He wasn’t willing to settle for life as it once was, he wanted the double portion of what Elijah carried. The same demands Elijah placed on the power of God, Elisha now requires the same.

And God honors his boldness and the waters divided and Elisha crossed over.

Nothing gets Gods attention like those who have faith in Him.

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:22-24

You can’t demand things if you don’t believe that God is able. But if you believe and refuse to doubt regardless of what you hear, see or feel, Jesus said it, it will be granted.

Elisha’s demand was not out of line. Neither is yours. God is no respecter of persons and Elisha knew this. The same God that listened to Elijah, listened to him as well. Thus the question was thrown out and the answer tossed back. Basically God was saying, ‘I’ve got your back and will back up what you say.’

And that is what God is saying to you as well, “If you will believe in My power, believe I Am that I Am, what you ask according to My Word will be given to you. Healing, My Word! Provision, My Word. Protection, My Word. Believe in Me.”

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12

I see what You’re doing, Father. You’re asking me to surrender all of my unbelief and trust You completely. Alright then. I believe, help my unbelief. I know that You are well able and willing to keep Your word to me. I will place a demand on every financial seed planted for a return on my investment. Not just 7 fold, but a hundred fold return. Signs, wonders and miracles will follow me because I believe. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G