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

Wait Here

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

Sometimes I think we lose sight of important details when we become Christians. We get so busy ‘doing’ for Christ that we stop seeking Christ. We are so busy seeking the ‘anointing’ that we stop seeking the Anointer. So what’s more important, the call of God on our lives or the Caller? Should we be seeking after the gift or the Giver?

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 seek His face everyday, spend time in His presence and 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, I can’t do anything 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 never going to happen, but just show up everyday wanting more of Him. To know His love, grace, 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 says, “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.

Waiting,

Sandy G

May I Obey

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.” Genesis 22:2

Was reading Genesis 22 this morning. How I love the 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 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. 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. That’s 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 Spirits been reminding me. I’ve just chosen to ignore Him 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. To Jesus be all honor and glory, amen.

Listening,

Sandy G

Break The Rules

There was a day when Jesus went to church and saw a man whose hand was crippled. All the Pastors, board members and deacons stood watching to see if Jesus would break the rules and heal the man inside church on Sunday, because that was forbidden. Let’s pick up the story in Mark 3:3-6;

Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand up here so that everyone can see you.”
Then Jesus asked the people, “Which is the right thing to do on the Sabbath day: to do good or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?” The people said nothing to answer him.
Jesus looked at the people. He was angry, but he felt very sad because they were so stubborn. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The man held out his hand, and it was healed. Then the Pharisees left and made plans with the Herodians about a way to kill Jesus.

Jesus was always moved with compassion when He saw someone in need. He never allowed rules or laws to stand in the way of doing what He did. John 5:19 Jesus said, “I assure you that the Son can do nothing alone. He does only what he sees his Father doing. The Son does the same things that the Father does.”

Don’t be afraid to break a rule or law that opposes what Jesus did and said to do. Having real relationship with God will clearly show you that He is a good and loving Father. It’s His will that no one be sick or diseased. Why else would He have sacrificed His Son so we could not only be saved, but whole in every area of our lives?

Perhaps if the entire body of Christ would be moved with that kind of compassion, stand in the authority we were given and do what we’ve been instructed to do, there would be less death and more living. Jesus came to not just bring life, but abundant life. Sitting in our homes being safe is not living, it’s being disobedient to what Jesus told us to do.

“Go and make disciples,” He said. Show others by example what unconditional love looks like. Don’t be afraid! You won’t experience the power of God until you step into the power He provided you to walk in. Remember that the Word of God (Jesus) is powerful and He lives in you to do HIS good pleasure.

Pushing The Boundaries,

Sandy G

Trust The Word

So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father’s only son), full of grace and truth. And it was about him that John stood up and testified, exclaiming: “Here is the one I was speaking about when I said that although he would come after me he would always be in front of me; for he existed before I was born!” Indeed, every one of us has shared in his riches—there is a grace in our lives because of his grace. For while the Law was given by Moses, love and truth came through Jesus Christ. It is true that no one has ever seen God at any time. Yet the divine and only Son, who lives in the closest intimacy with the Father, has made him known. John 1:14-18 Phillips Translation

The Amplified version shows the first part of verse 14; “And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us.” What a visual John gives us here. In the beginning of the chapter, he establishes that Jesus is the Word, that He has been and will always be with God. What transpired is mind boggling. Flesh was wrapped around the Word and came to dwell with us to show us the truth, for it is Truth that makes us free.

Without Truth, we walk blindly through gross darkness, but when Jesus, the Light of the world walks with us, He gives us the light we need to walk through this world. That is why it is vitally important in these times to keep our eyes on Jesus. Stop straining to see into the darkness. Focus on the Light and He will direct our steps.

Jeremiah 29:13 tells us that if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. That is my goal. In a very dark world, I keep my eyes on the brightest light–Jesus. He is faithful and always brings truth and grace to me. If I’m unsure, I ask Him and He answers me. He never withholds from those who ask. He’s not hiding from those who seek Him. He puts Himself in the easiest place to access Him, His Word.

There is no greater fellowship than with the Word. It’s been planted in me and when I need it, there it is! I open my mouth and He fills it with Himself. As I speak His Word, He hears and answers. Paul says, it’s alive and powerful, sharper than a two edged sword. It never stops working! Once it’s sent, it does what it’s sent to do and never returns before it’s finished.

I can rest assured that He who began the work will finish it. He is faithful. He is constant. He is our present help in time of trouble. Nothing is too hard for Him. Sickness bows and trembles at His Word. Lack scurries away at His Word. Demons tremble at His Word. Darkness flees at His Word. Jesus is the Word and I trust in Him. Those who believe and trust in Him will not be ashamed, nor will their enemies triumph over them.

Still Trusting,

Sandy G

Please Pass the Faith!

So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke. Romans 10:17 GW Translation

Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of the Anointed One. The Passion Translation

In 2017, I had a dream that I was in a small room with some great men and women of faith. These were people who I consider my mentors, because I’ve listened to their teaching for years. I began asking them questions, just seeking to know if I was on the right track with my thinking about faith. Each time I’d ask something, they would answer me with the Word.

I suddenly realized they weren’t actually moving their lips, it was the Holy Spirit who was answering me. Then as one man looked at me and smiled, I heard, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Instantly I knew what that meant. Paul wasn’t being redundant when he said that. He was telling us that it was the Word that speaks.

It goes beyond hearing with our natural ears. We can read the same verse hundreds of times and we’ll be like, yeah, I understand. Then as you meditate on it, suddenly the Spirit speaks through that Word and it takes on new meaning. That is to say, the Word of God is something that continues to speak to us in various ways, depending on what we’re experiencing. It’s applicable in different ways at different times.

We have each been given a measure of faith but it’s our responsibility to grow that faith. If you are given a seed but don’t plant it, don’t expect it to grow. Start where you are and plant your seed. Expect the unexpected. Find the Word of promise, water it, spend time nourishing it, weed out the doubt and unbelief and watch it grow.

“Faith is the confidence (full trust) that what we hope (the feeling that what is wanted can be had) for will actually happen; it gives us assurance (positive declaration that brings confidence) about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

Let patience grow in you as you consistently speak over your seed. Mark 11:24 says that if you believe you receive when you ask, you will have it. Just like a baby ready to be birthed, it’s in you. You are pregnant with promise.

Father, this morning I just want to ask You to put miracle grow on my faith. I know that what I speak will come to pass because I truly believe. Help we to constantly and consistently water my faith with Your Word. May I inspire others to stand on the Word that’s alive in them. If You said it, You will do it! You’ve given Your Word. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory alone. Amen

Watching My Seed,

Sandy G

His Unfolding Plan

For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure! Ephesians 1:5-6 TPT

I kept reading this over and over again. Something about this passage stirred my spirit. It was like a beautiful symphony playing an undiscovered piece of music, hidden in an ancient place. Gods perfect plan.

It was always there from the very beginning, we just didn’t see the depth of it. We knew we were adopted by the Father because of what Jesus did, but did you know it was because He just wanted a way to release His unending, unconditional love to mankind. To show off His mercy and favor on us so that all would see how extravagant He is with His own.

Let’s personalize that as if He is speaking of you. YOU! It was always His plan to adopt you as His own so that He could show you off to the world. He wanted you to have His wisdom. Unearthly wisdom. To astound those around you. He wanted to make you privy to things the world can’t understand. He set you up to succeed just as a way to show you off.

This isn’t wisdom we can get any other way but by spending time in His presence, talking with Him, asking Him questions, allowing that Love to permeate our thinking and transform our world. That’s why He said to seek Him first. He wants us to come to Him. Not in a hurry, but wanting to be with Him more then anyone or anything else.

Oh Father, thank You for loving me so much. You have a plan for me and it’s unfolding. Demonstrate Your deep abiding love, mercy and favor upon me today. May it be as if I just got out of the ocean, soaked and dripping with it. May I bask in the light of Your love and may that love be evident. It’s in Jesus name I thank you, Amen.

Enjoying The Song,

Sandy G

Creating Readiness

Remember the song, “I can see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.” Well, there are times in life when the fog is so dense that you can’t see what’s 5 feet in front of you and it’s times like this that we must learn to rely on other senses. Today, I’m speaking about things that are not seen with our natural eyes nor heard with our natural ears. Things that only certain people seem to see and hear. Then I ran across what Jesus said in Matthew 13:11-15 Message Translation.

The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:

Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing.
    Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing.
The people are blockheads!
They stick their fingers in their ears
    so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
    so they won’t have to look,
    so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
    and let me heal them.

There have been times when I read the Word and it’s like God speaks to me directly through what I read. When I try to encourage others with what God said to me, they look at me like ‘deer in the headlights’ and say, “That makes absolutely no sense to me at all!” For a season, I wondered if maybe I missed it, but I realized that not everyone wants to see. Not everyone even wants help. They just want to talk about their problems, even have people feel sorry for them.

I’ve always been open to God speaking to me. I remember conversations with God while sitting in an open field, pouring out my heart, my grief, things I had a hard time verbalizing. I was 15. It changed my life when I realized He was more than a big God sitting on His throne in Heaven. He was a God who hears and He still hears today. I will never be too busy to spend time in His presence, giving Him my worship and thanks, asking Him what I can do for Him today.

The only way you can encounter revelation and understanding is when you determine to spend time in His presence. Things you couldn’t see become clear. Answers that alluded you become obvious. When you make an effort to stop thinking on your problem and meditate on His promises, He shines a light directly on the path He wants you to take, than He leads you beside still waters and restores your soul. What a great and precious gift we have in His Word.

Today, as you try to navigate through the fog, take a moment and connect with your Heavenly Father who has the ability to lead you to the other side with deep revelation and insight. Don’t miss what could be the greatest adventure you’ve ever had simply because you’re too busy.

Father, I’m expecting to have fun today. Life is never dull when I’m on a journey that You’ve designed just for me. I will arise and shine as a light in this world where we walk together. May those who walk in darkness be drawn to Your great light. It’s in Jesus’ name, amen.

Creating Readiness Together,

Sandy G

Paid In Full

You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own.  It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. Ephesians 2:8-9 CEV

If your mortgage was paid in full, would you continue to make the payments? Of course not! More than likely, you’d throw a party to celebrate! Why? Because there is nothing more rewarding than paying off a large debt.

Well Jesus did just that for us. He paid off our entire debt, every sin we would ever commit, gone. Yet we continue to try to pay for the things that were purchased and gifted to us.

That verse says we are saved by faith. Faith in Gods ability to keep His Word to us, that is what has saved us from sin, sickness, poverty, pain and death. Salvation isn’t just about sin, it’s about so much more. It’s the ability to live a life free of all of those things, but that freedom is dependent on believing.

I believe we’ve believed the lie that, ‘nothing in life is free’, for far too long. I’ve listened to countless people tell me they just can’t get past that. But here’s the clincher; it’s free, you just have to receive it. Like winning the lottery takes you going to the office with the winning ticket to claim your winnings, you must come to Jesus, tell Him you believe and receive your forgiveness and everything else that His blood purchased for you. The difference is, you don’t have to pay for the ticket!

What a beautiful gift! I’m so thankful for the grace of God, His undeserved, unmerited favor. Everyday, I shake my head in wonder at the life I get to live because He gave His Son to buy me back from slavery to sin. I live free because He made me free.

Forever Grateful,

Sandy G

Stationed In a Fortified Place

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. Philippians 4:6-7

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. If you’ve never experienced that peace, you’re missing out on the very best He has for you.

I love verse 7 in the amplified bible; 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 then enough! Now I rejoice in Your victory! I rejoice in the blood of Jesus that was shed for me. It saved me from sickness, disease, poverty and strife! I lay my head on Your shoulder and rest in the peace You gave me.

Come Rest With Me,

Sandy G

Cross Over to Possess Your Promise

Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’ Joshua 1:11

If you’re planning a trip, you must first decide on a date, purchase your ticket, make arrangements for lodging, than pack a bag and you’re on your way. Each step is significant in the process. If any one step is missed, it could spell disaster!

In the same light, God has chosen a date for you to possess your promise. You’ll only get the instructions when you spend time in His presence, reading His Word and worshiping before Him. When He speaks, have faith that each step you take will bring you closer to the land He’s promised. He is faithful to lead if you’ll but follow.

If you never prepare, you’ll never possess. Have you been listening? What is the Lord telling you to do? Your simple obedience to His still small voice, will pave the way for you to possess your promise. What Joshua learned was that he could trust the voice that led him. He listened and obeyed and when he did, everything fell into place.

I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 CEV

Possessing My Promise,

Sandy G