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

That The Blind Will See

Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness. Philippians 3:7-8 TPT

Paul was a Jew who kept every precept of the law. He was a leader and a scholar who ended up persecuting the church of Jesus Christ because he thought he was doing the right thing. But one day he had a life altering experience, he was blinded so that he could see.

I see so many people today who are wandering around, doing what their pastor says they should, but having no experience with the God who came to show us truth and set us free. Why would you want to have relationship with God through a person, when He invites us to sit at His feet and talk with Him one on one?

Paul thought that what he learned from man was enough until he experienced the eye-opening revelation of Jesus Christ. There are a whole lot of leaders that could use that today. They sit in their place of power, telling people what they should do, when they wouldn’t know the truth if it come and bite them on the foot.

Let’s begin to pray for all our leaders, that they may be struck blind so they can see. That they would have no where to go but to turn their eyes on Jesus. To have a heart change that will change our nation and our world.

May it begin with you,

Sandy G

Reservoirs

Since we first heard about you, we’ve kept you always in our prayers that you would receive the perfect knowledge of God’s pleasure over your lives, making you reservoirs of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9 Passion Translation

I want to be a reservoir of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding. One of the definitions of reservoir is a place where anything is collected or accumulated in great amount. It’s to be drawn from as needed over a span of time. I’d like to say that as I pray in the spirit, I build myself up or place in reserve for a time or season when it may be drawn from.

I need Gods wisdom in my life each and everyday. I know that I can have it, that’s one reason He sent the Holy Spirit to fill me up. I can ask Him questions that can only be answered by Him. He heals me in the hidden places where no one else is privy to. I don’t have to ‘spill my guts’ to anyone as long as He is in me. I don’t plan on ever letting go of my reservoir.

Keep fanning the flames,

Sandy G

Breathe Till It’s Time To Push

Elijah said to Ahab, “Up on your feet! Eat and drink—celebrate! Rain is on the way; I hear it coming.”

Ahab did it: got up and ate and drank. Meanwhile, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Look toward the sea.”

He went, looked, and reported back, “I don’t see a thing.”

“Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.”

And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.”

“Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’” I Kings 18:41-44 Message

In the middle of a drought, Elijah heard the sound of rain. There were no signs of rain, yet he ‘heard’ it. Oh to be so convinced of the mighty power of God that you keep looking till you find it.

I believe you must hear from God daily even when others cannot, it’s what brings the move of God onto the earth. Once you hear, look for it, expect it. When you get a word from the Lord to do something, do it. If it doesn’t happen right when you think it should, keep looking for it.

He sent his servant to look 7 times. Elijah positioned himself on his face in the place where the prophets of Baal were defeated and killed, head between his knees, to birth the first small cloud. If you could do it on your own, it would not be a challenge of faith in a God who can.

Don’t get so busy in your week that you don’t have time to hear and speak. We’re at the time of birthing! So I encourage you to breathe till the time to push is on you.

Sandy G

Do What You See

So many times in my life, my mouth has gotten me in trouble. I know, hard to believe, right?

Well, with all I’ve been learning lately about the words we speak and how God is attentive to our words, there is something that a friend said to me a while ago that caused me to have a ‘selah’ moment. John 5:19 NLT, So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”

It didn’t say He does only what the Father says, He said He does only what He sees the Father do. You may think, ‘Well, that was Jesus! They have a different type relationship than we do with Father.’ Not true! We are all sons of God, adopted because of what Jesus did on the cross and God is no respecter of persons.

We have the ability to have that same close relationship with the Father that we also see what He does and we do what we see. We can’t Love is we don’t know Love and God is Love.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not satisfied with where I’m at right now. If it’s possible to be crazier than I already am, I’m game! I hear Him calling right now. ‘Come closer! Come higher! Leave the cares behind, come unencumbered into My presence and spend time with Me. Seek my face; for if you seek me you will find me if you seek me with all your heart.’ Deuteronomy 4:29

Have a wonderful day,

Sandy G

Don’t Be So Busy Doing

 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes I think we lose sight of important details when we become Christians. We get the message from church leaders that serving others is the way we mirror Jesus, when in reality, loving others is the way we do that. I’ve fallen into that trap, the trap to take on more than is healthy, upsetting the delicate balance between church and family.

Please don’t get me wrong. I believe everyone should be a part of a local body or church. I love being involved, to encourage, build and serve. But if I don’t make seeking Gods face everyday a priority, to spend time in His presence, listen for direction in my day to day living, I risk doing all that out of my flesh and not out of my spirit.

Trust me when I tell you, there is nothing I can do in and of myself. I believe that as I seek after God with all my heart and stop trying to understand Him because that’s not gonna happen, my life will be satisfying. Not just showing up daily, wanting more of His love, more of His grace, more mercy and compassion, that as I begin to fill up with Him and empty out the me, that’s when I come into my true calling, my destiny or purpose.

Galatians 2:20 NKJV “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

So, this is what I’m asking, well, not me, but the Lord; “When will you answer the call I’ve placed in you to come up higher? When will you stop driving your life long enough to just spend time enjoying me? When will you allow me first place? When will I stop being an after-thought instead of always on your mind? When was the last time you laughed with me, cried with me, felt my embrace?

“I’m not a distant God. I’ve always longed to fellowship with my own, that’s why I sent my son to restore that relationship. Come, you will find all you need in me, then listen, I will send you where you’re needed. You’ll no longer be tiring yourself out and spinning your wheels. I have purpose for you.”

Oh Father, how silly of me to think I can do anything without you. I desperately need to feel Your touch, hear Your voice and know Your plans for me. I will not move from this place of worship until I hear Your voice. You never disappoint. Never. It’s my sincere desire to be used of You greater than ever before. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sandy G

I Will Not Fear

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8

If you’ve ever been through anything in your lifetime, fear has nibbled at your toes a time or two. I certainly have felt the cold wind blow down my spine in several situations I’ve had to face. Be it myself, my husband, our girls or even our grandkids, fear hasn’t been a stranger.

The thing about fear is this; you can hold onto it with a death-grip, or you can take a deep breath of peace and allow it to fill you like the sails of a ship as it turns out to sea. It’s a choice that each of us are given. I choose peace.

A dear friend shared an incident with me about something that happened to her husband. I asked what she did and what she was going to do and her response shook me. These aren’t her exact words, but my recall as I lay in bed was this, “I will not walk in fear and I absolutely will not let go of my peace.”

Which in turn made me search my bible for, ‘do not fear’ and I realized it’s so common for man to fear first, that God was continually saying to His people, “Do not fear! I am with you!” If it’s a comfort to all who heard those words, let it be a comfort to you as well. When you’re faced with fear vs peace, choose peace.

It’s not even about doing what you need to do, researching every angle known to man, it’s about resting in the security of the Secret Place of the Most High, laying your head on His competent arm and resting in His peace. He is well able to keep what I commit to Him. He never sleeps, so rest your eyes and let Him watch over it. You can’t fix it, but He created it and has all the tools needed to make it right.

Hold fast to your peace and regardless of what is said to you by the doctors, your employers, the government, let God do what He needs to to make it right.

Remember this, “He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Sandy G

Yours Always

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:1-3

I love this familiar story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his only son. What faith he had in his covenant with God. Not once did he cry, slam his fist on the table, stomp off in a huff. He had already set his heart toward obedience to God and absolutely nothing could shake him from his course.

How about you? Has God ever asked you to do difficult things where that kind of trust was needed? It’s so easy to say yes to God but when He actually expects to see you do it, well pause and think on that for a minute.

I remember a pastor friend of mine saying, “If you haven’t heard God speak to you recently, go back to the last thing he asked you to do.” You see, obedience is key to hearing the voice of God in your life and walking in the covenant blessings provided. Thats why we teach our children that there are consequences to disobedience, it’s called a paddle. Two stiff swats on the backside puts things back in perspective.

We’re a bit old for spankings, but I just can’t live in silence. I don’t like knowing I’ve displeased Him, not for one little moment. I can’t say, “I forgot!” because the Holy Spirit’s been reminding me. I’d just chosen to ignore because I had other things I needed to do.

Forgive me, Lord. I got busy serving me and forgot I’m not my own anymore. Can we start over, again? Strengthen my resolve to promptly obey because I don’t like the consequences of my lack of action. Mostly, I don’t want to be responsible for holding back Your work on the earth. Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Today, this hour, this very minute, may I hear Your voice loud and clear.

Yours Always,

Sandy G

Garrison & Mount Guard

Philippians 4:6-7 says; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What a beautiful passage to speak out over yourself today. Gods promise of peace regardless of what you face. Not the worlds peace, but the peace of God. I love verse 7 in the amplified bible which says, And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

It will garrison and mount guard over my heart and mind. Wow! That word ‘garrison’ means a body of troops stationed in a fortified place. Can you see that now? God sends his angels to surround you and keep you in all your ways. There are more with you then those against you.

Thank you Father that You’ve sent your angels to guard and protect my peace. I will not by any means allow the enemy to steal what is mine. I rest in Your ability to fight my battles for me. You are more than enough! It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, Amen.

Sandy G

Let Truth & Justice Prevail

In your glory and grandeur go forth in victory! Through your faithfulness and meekness the cause of truth and justice will stand. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished! Psalm 45:4 TPT

What a way to start out my day! In a world where truth and justice seems an illusion, Gods truth and justice will stand. It’s not by my might or power, it’s by His.

So often I’ve thumbed through the old testament in search of stories about the God of truth and justice and read them over and over to allow faith to rise in my heart. Like so many in the world, the things we hear about or watch on the news can discourage us and make us wonder, does God see? Does He hear?

Well here’s the good news my dear friends; Yes, why yes He does! 1 Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Those words were written by one who walked with Jesus and I’m pretty sure he knew that it didn’t exempt him from persecution, rather that his confidence was truly in the Lord who ordered his steps and whom he gladly laid his own life down for.

The words at the end of this Psalm says all we need to know about God. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished! Everything He does is to show a measure of who He is and always will be.

Look no further. Keep your hope in God Almighty, All-Powerful, Never Failing, our Firm Foundation. Be assured that He has an awe-inspiring miracle coming to a place near you. Be assured! Plant your feet and hold on.

Truth and justice will prevail!

Sandy G

My Love Song

My heart is on fire, boiling over with passion. Bubbling up within me are these beautiful lyrics as a lovely poem to be sung for the King. Like a river bursting its banks, I’m overflowing with words, spilling out into this sacred story. Psalm 45:1 TPT

Have you ever loved someone that much? It feels like a all the feelings bubble up and spill over to saturate the person you’re in love with. That’s how I feel this morning about Jesus. So much love that my words trip over the hard rocks in my heart and I’m refreshed in the parched places of my soul.

He is everything to me. I can’t thank Him enough for all He’s done for me. I was in the pit of despair and He rescued me. I didn’t want to live, but He breathed life into me and made me to live again. His heartbeat is my heartbeat.

Unspeakable joy rushes through my veins. When I think of His goodness, even when I don’t deserve it, I’m amazed at the feelings that well up inside of me.

He will never hide from me, nor I from Him. He knows me better than I know myself and still He loves me deeply and constantly. How can I not love others? How can I not give freely what He has given to me? I cannot nor will I withhold it from those around me.

Give Him all honor, glory and praise this morning. Lift up your voice to Him and let His presence fill you and overflow onto others around you. See what the Lord can do through you when you give Him permission.

Sandy G