What Abundance Looks Like

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And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. II Corinthians 9:8 AMP

Abundance; an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply

You were never meant to be broke; God is your Provider. You were never meant to be sick; God is your Healer. You were never meant to be fearful; God is your Protector. You were never meant to be alone; God is with you. Your husband is His. Your children are His. Your life is His. He is God and there is no other. If He is for you, who can be against you? Won’t you just take a moment and thank Him? He’s been all this and more to you.

Here we are trying to do it all by ourselves and God has already provided every favor, every earthly blessing, every miracle needed and every way of escape. He’s placed it all inside of us, easy to access, He simply wants us to trust Him. Think about that for a moment. How drastically would your life change if you really believed that verse? You wouldn’t sweat it, you’d simply believe and trust Him for direction as you move in obedience to His leading.

That abundance He’s speaking of isn’t just for you. No, it’s for those you come into contact with. You see, they need what you have inside of you, they just don’t know they need it yet. But if you will allow God to be big in you, the overflow from you will cause them to desire to cuddle up to Father as you’ve learned to. Don’t hoard the abundance, be a giver as God has been to you.

Father, so many times I just wanted to be in control and I’ve messed things up so much. I repent of my self-sufficiency. What was I thinking? That I had enough wisdom in myself to make it all happen? I realize now that everything in my life was designed to develop total trust in You.

So today, I submit and surrender to You. Be the author and finisher of my faith. You have given my access to You by giving my Your Holy Spirit to counsel me, instruct me and direct my steps. It’s He who keeps me healthy and strong, balanced and walking in love and forgiveness. I acknowledge my need to partner with You in everything I do. You are the only wise one and I need to have relationship with You so that every other relationship my benefit from ours.

Father, You are amazing beyond words, even beyond my ability to comprehend. Therefore I will place my hope and trust in You. I will not give up and quit. I know that You hear every word I speak and are attentive to my very whispers, so I will remind You of Your promises to never leave me or forsake me. I know You will deliver on Your promises in due time as I continue to place my hand in Yours. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

 

 

Mercy’s Kiss

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Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. Matthew 7:7-8 TPT

Long ago and far away, a child stood outside a home looking through an open window, watching as a family sat laughing and talking over dinner. She was tired and hungry, having narrowly escaped capture by the Germans. Memories of similar times with her family flooded through her and she softly began to weep.

“What’s the worst that could happen if I knocked?” Capture, prison or death. “What’s the best that could happen if I knocked?” Shelter, food and safety. 

Often we think the worst, when really what is waiting on the other side is so much better than we could imagine. Jesus said to ask and we’d receive. Seek and discover. Knock and the door would swing wide open. 

I love this passage from Hebrews 4:16; So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

Ask-Don’t ask small! Ask big! Think of the vast supply that awaits you on the other side of that door. That supply He has is bigger than you could ever imagine in a hundred years. He’s listening.

Seek-He said that those who seek Him will find Him if they seek Him with all their heart. That is passionate seeking. Like looking for your car keys when you’re running late for work. Like hunting for your drivers license when you’ve been pulled over for speeding. 

Knock-You’ll never gain entrance if you don’t. He’s waiting on the other side, head leaning on the door, willing you to knock. Everything you need is in Him. Everything you want is in Him. Shelter, food and safety. Peace, love and joy. An extended family who just like you, obtained the courage to knock.

Jesus, I come to You asking for help. I need to know You. To know everything about You and find shelter in the middle of the mess my life is in. I believe in You and want to trust in the grace you offer. I come freely and boldly to where Your Love is enthroned, to receive Mercy’s kiss and discover the grace I need in my time of weakness. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

Pleasuring In His Presence

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You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever. Psalm 16:11 GNT

Spending time with God will show you the path that leads to life, fill you with joy and bring you pleasure. Who wouldn’t want this? Yet so many of us allow our own agenda to dictate the time we sit before the Lord. If you’re needing answers in life, you’ll never find them from people, only from God.

Don’t be so consumed with life that you forget the life giver. You may not hear the answer right away, you may not even hear the answer you want, but what you will hear is the voice of your loving Father directing you through the maze you’re in, one step at a time.

I have found that pleasure in His presence and there’s no place I’d rather be. If I could, I would just sit here for hours, never leaving, ever. But as I’ve consistently done this over the years, I’ve found it’s not about a place or set time, it’s about being aware that His presence never leaves me because—–He’s in me.

Having that awareness has caused me to hear His whisper in the car, at the store, mowing my yard and even while I’m at work. And good news, He’s no respecter of persons. If you’ll tune in, you will hear. God loves to have fellowship with you, that’s the whole reason He created you in the first place.

The key to hearing is learning to listen with my heart, not your head. There’s not much in my head that has value apart from God. I feel He’s the missing ingredient in some of the stupid things I do. There are times I think, “Wow, that would have gone differently if I’d just asked the Holy Spirit first.” But in my hurry to get something done I have completely missed it at times.

Father, forgive me for racing away, being anxious, thinking wrong thoughts. Help me to focus on You and Your Word in all I do and say. And Lord, may You find pleasure in Your time with me as much as I find pleasuring in You. Amen

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Who’s In You?

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But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11 KJV

This is such a powerful truth that I feel God wants us to get, not just in our head, but in our heart! I have heard this and read this hundreds of thousands of time over my life span, but it has taken wings in my spirit today. Seems this is the onion He’s been consistently peeling for me over the past few weeks.

I’m pretty sure that if you’re alive and breathing, you can relate to the whole ‘mortal bodies’ that are decaying piece by piece and day by day. There are days that the pain in my knees scream for attention and I just scream back, “In the name of Jesus and by His shed blood, I am healed!” And I get pretty tired of the fight sometimes! Because trust me, it is a fight of faith and regardless of what Paul said, it’s not always a ‘good’ fight.

But guess what? My feelings don’t negate the truth of God’s Word. My spirit is infused with the Spirit of the Living God and if that same Spirit lives in me, it’s a done deal! He will bring life to my body. My tired, worn body is revitalized by His Spirit that lives in me.

One thing is required of me—-BELIEVE. It’s not for me to question or doubt but rather to believe. He said all things are possible to those who believe so regardless, I believe. I will believe until my body receives the message that my spirit is bigger than any problem I face. My spirit trumps my flesh every time and NOTHING can convince me otherwise. Not a doctors report. Not my bank account. Not my aches and pains. Nothing that’s missing or broken in me can convince me it’s permanent, because only God’s Word is that!

The same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in (your name) and quickens my mortal body. That word, quicken means; accelerate, stimulate, revive, restore life to, to give or restore vigor or activity to, stir up, rouse, become alive, receive life. You read this out loud over yourself so your ears hear it and let faith arise, because that’s covenant!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Over My Head

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Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Colossians 1:27 TPT

We scratched the surface of this last week in ‘Guest or Owner’, but I just can’t get it out of my mind. I suppose that’s what David meant in Psalm 1:2, “His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light.”

I believe there is a shift in the body of Christ. I’m running into so many believers who are waking up to the realization of what they possess. It’s not merely a good word any longer, it’s a mighty living force, actively working to bring us into position so that we may be who He created us to be in the earth.

I’m sure many of you remember the old hymn, “There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood of the Lamb.” That is exactly what flows through your veins, the blood of Jesus flows through you. Each time God looks at you, He sees Jesus. He doesn’t see your sin, He sees forgiveness. He doesn’t see weak, He sees strong.

It’s embedded in us! His Spirit lives in us, and the power we need to walk in the fullness of that comes through meditating or marinating in the Word. Asking Holy Spirit to show you more is what relationship or mentoring looks like. He wants to be your mentor. To lead you into ALL truth. It doesn’t have to be a ‘leftover’ meal from someone else. He wants to give it to you from His table.

Father, You want everyone to know You, intimately and completely. There’s not one thing You will withhold from those who love You. What a treasure You are. Each time I sit in Your presence there’s something new I discover. And it’s unending! It just keeps coming and coming, more and more, deeper and deeper, up over my head until I’m drowning in You. To each one reading this today, reveal the treasure they carry. It’s in Jesus’ name and all for Your glory, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Guest or Owner

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Now Christ lives his life in you! And even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, his life-giving Spirit imparts life to you because you are fully accepted by God. Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! Romans 8:10-11 TPT

This is the most beautiful example of proxy I’ve ever seen. According to the dictionary, proxy means A person authorized to act for another, or the written authorization to act for another.

As I read and re-read this verse, pondering on the layers God was exposing to me, I realized that I must give Him the authorization to live His life in me. Don’t get me wrong, He’s been in me since I invited Him in, but like any good guest knows, there’s a difference between a ‘guest’ and an ‘owner’. An owner possesses rights a guest does not and unless the owner allows the guest to operate freely, they will enjoy being a guest only.

I’ve always tried to do things myself. They call it ‘self-sufficiency’ I guess, but it’s more of a control issue. I’ve always struggled with people who try to control me. But this is not that, is it? Or perhaps it is. I’m thinking I’m probably not the only one out there with this problem. Say it’s not so!

Many of us try to do everything ourselves and what a shame, when the guest we invited has the ability to change everything for us. Not out of desperation, but out of real relationship. Surrendering our need to control for our need to partner in covenant with the one who is strong where I am weak.

Jesus, I’m sorry for inviting you in and leaving you inactive. I see You sitting on the couch of my life, wondering when I’ll invite You to do everything You intended for me from the very beginning. Now that I see this, I feel exhausted! I’ve worked so hard to do it well and all along Your intention was to show me I could be everything I need to be through You. Be the owner of my life! I’ll sit with You and listen to Your wisdom and do what You tell me to do. It’s all for Your glory. Amen

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

 

This Too Will Pass

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No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT

I love how it reads in The Passion Translation: Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

It doesn’t matter what it looks like from where you’re standing, this verse says, despite all these things. All what things? All the adversity, the stinky things that happen in your day to day, the strife, the turmoil, the pain, the messed up people you work with.  We’re guaranteed overwhelming victory through Jesus. What He did on the cross was enough.

Why? Because He loves you! His love was big for you then and it’s big for you now. He didn’t leave you alone or without hope. He left you with His Holy Spirit who is in you each and every day. Because of that, everything you need to overcome is living on the inside of you, waiting for you to call out.

Perhaps you’ve asked God for a deeper, more intimate walk with Him. You’ve been wanting more revelation on His Word but God seems to have been quiet of late. He says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

His demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything. EVERYTHING! Over your provision, over your health, over your losses and over your impossibilities. His love is enough. Take some time to thank Him for this Word. Don’t wait until it manifests in this natural realm before you choose to believe that He will do as He said He will. Rejoice and be glad for His overwhelming love.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G