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

When You Think You Know Best

I was reading in 1 Samuel 8 this morning about how the children of Israel wanted a King. They kept asking Samuel to appoint them a king to rule over them and the Lord said to give them what they asked for because they didn’t want God to be their King.

How very sad. I wonder how many times we’ve asked for things that weren’t the best for us. We beg for a better job but haven’t been faithful to do what God had intended for us to do in the one we have. We are full of greed and refuse to allow God to rule us.

I remember being in a job I hated. The people I worked with were evil and being around that all the time was very difficult. I remember asking the Lord if I could quit and He said, ‘I still have a purpose for you here, be patient, watch and listen, I will show you.’

So every morning I would get up with a bit of dread in my heart. I’d go do my job the very best I could and try my best to tune out the gossip and hatred. One day while talking to my co-worker, she asked me if I were to leave, what job would I want. I told her that my favorite job up north was working with Physical Therapists and I’d really enjoy going back to it.

Three months later, she was in a car accident and had to go to a new physical therapy clinic. They asked her if she knew of any medical billers and she said she did. I faxed my resume, was interviewed that next week and two weeks later took the job I have now.

Twelve years later, I’m recounting the events that led me there. Had I not stayed and allowed God to direct me, if I’d been hard hearted and gone by how I felt, I would not have the position, I have now.

Just like the people in Israel, I thought I knew what was best for me. I wanted what I wanted not knowing that it wasn’t the blessing that God had intended for me. I couldn’t see how God was ordering my steps to meet countless people and plant seeds of hope and encouragement into them. The times I was able to pray for people at their point of need.

I would rather be led by Jesus then by anyone on the face of the earth. Until we submit to His Lordship, we will be placing another king over us. It wasn’t about the money, pay wise it was a lateral move. It was about being in a place where God intended me to be.

Every morning I cry out to the Lord, please use me today, I’m your servant. I believe you order my every step and I trust you to direct me today. To be your hands, your mouthpiece, your love and light to a lost world. I appoint you Lord of my life.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Early Morning Exchange

I will talk about the kind things the Lord has done.
    I’ll praise him for everything he’s done for us.
He has done many good things for the nation of Israel.
    That’s because he loves us and is very kind to us. Isaiah 63:7 NIRV

There’s nothing like calling a friend early in the morning cause you know she’s awake, and talking about the faithfulness of God. You know what I’m talking about! As you’re sharing how good God’s been, seeing He’s still good and always will be good, and the more you talk about Him, the more excited you become.

But seriously, when you’ve learned that kind of trust, you have certain peace and confidence that ALL things–you’re not hearing what I’m saying–I said ALL things work together for good. Come on somebody! I say, ALL THINGS work together for good to them who love God. Those who rely on, trusts in and confidently waits for HIM to bring it all together for His glory.

I’m so stirred in my spirit right now that I can’t wait to bring Him my highest praise. Move over angels! I’m just going to slip into His presence and let Him know just how much I love Him. I’m going to elbow my way into the throne room where I can jump into His lap and love on Him a little bit.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Power Packed Promises

Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. He shall live within God’s circle of blessing, and his children shall inherit the earth. Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises. Psalm 25:12-14 TLB

Have you ever just sat and thought about the greatness of God? Look up at a star-filled night, He made and named them all. Examine a flower and realize, He created that too. Examine a baby and understand the intricacy that went into that life and what keeps it breathing, growing and learning. All God.

To fear the Lord is defined, in awe or deep reverence. That verse says that God will teach you to make the best choices. I believe that’s why it’s important to daily think about the Lord and worship Him for how great and mighty He is.

That next promise is that we will live in God’s circle of blessing and our children will inherit the earth. I don’t know about you, but that is HUGE! That’s like being in the inner circle of God. You’ve not known privilege and favor until you’ve known God. Every moment you spend time teaching your children to honor God and the life He created, it’s preparing them to inherit the earth.

And finally, friendship with God, reserved for those who reverence or revere Him. He’s no longer an after thought, an ‘oops’, forgot You today God. Oh well, You’re busy anyway. No, it’s waking to His presence each day, hearing His voice whisper all day long. It’s with those alone, He shares the secrets of His promises or covenant.

These are promises that I take with me everyday. Promise of direction, favor and revelation. I want to know God in every fiber of my being. I want Him to be more real then my surroundings. Bigger then any enemy, problem or fear. For when I exalt Him, everything else seems very small indeed.

Father, there is absolutely nothing bigger then You. I know that You will take care of every problem I face, for You are greater than my problem. There is nothing too hard for You, nothing You’re not aware of. My job is to enlarge You and magnify Your name. When I do that, You will give me the direction I need, Your favor on me and my family daily, and I will know Your secrets. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Your Now Won’t Last

Please don’t mistake my optimism as someone who’s not going through a battle. I just choose to focus on the outcome, not the ongoing. I know what the Word of God says, and I choose to believe God over my flesh, my feelings and my bank account.

YES, I’m weary! YES, I’m hurting, but it’s not ABOUT me! The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy my destiny, my power, my anointing, but he can ONLY do that if I surrender my authority to him.

I’ve been around the block enough times to recognize that the greater the pressure, the closer the victory. Satan is trying to get me to agree with my issue rather than agree with the Word of God and I’m not going down that road!

I’m not playing church, I AM the church. The bible clearly says that the gates of hell won’t prevail against the church. So pick up your weary tail feathers, pick up His Word and revive yourself! Shout your praises to the Lord right there, in the middle of your mess. If you refuse to give in and give up, you will see the salvation of the Lord.

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. Mark 11:22-23 TPT

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

The Weapon That Wins

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 NLT

When David came face to face with Goliath, he remembered the lion and the bear and the power of His God. Davids past built incredible courage and trust in God.

Like David, we have a future and a destiny, a purpose we must complete. Its never about the mountains we face, but about our trust in Gods ability to make crooked places straight, to give us power over the mountain.

“So we must ask ourselves, is our focus upon the enemy’s flood? Or are we aware of the standard God is raising up to counter the onslaught of evil? ” Francis Frangipane.

How will we remember the things we’ve gone through in our lives. Will we allow those things to become stumbling blocks or building blocks? We must not react, we must respond! We must rise up in boldness & authority and release the Word, because He watches over it.

I’m thankful that God watches over His Word. When I speak in the authority of His Word, things change around me so that I can do and be what God has called me to. I’m thankful that Gods Word is alive and lives in me.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Positioned With Purpose

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said,among the remnant whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:28-32

Oh remnant friend, this world is not your home, so don’t be comfortable here. Your commission has always been to seek out and save the lost, the dying, the broken and downtrodden. To share the good news of the Kingdom. To heal the sick and raise the dead, to love as the Father. He demonstrated His love to you when He gave His only son to redeem you.

You were not left orphaned, He gave you His Spirit. That deposit within you made you powerful. But it wasn’t to hold it in or keep it to yourself. It was to share! You’ve been positioned in the Kingdom for this time in history.

Wake up, oh remnant bride. Wake up and trim your lamps. Be full of oil and burn bright, for this is the time for you to shine in the earth.

Remember, your Groom awaits you. He’s gone to prepare a place for you and will return for you again. Don’t let Him find you unprepared and uncovered. Find refuge in His love. Let Him become your covering.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

When The Storm Runs Out of Breath

Late that day he (Jesus) said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”

Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”

They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!” Mark 4:35-41 Message

Is there anyone out there that just wonders, ‘what the heck’s going on?’ You’re enjoying time with the Lord, everything is going well at home. Finances are great, your job is going well. Shoot, you even have money in the bank. For the first time in years, you actually feel like you’ve got yourself together and then the storm hits.

Out of nowhere, it says a huge storm came up and waves poured into the boat. Now THAT would be scary for anyone! But they called on Jesus. Perhaps out of fear, but they still called on Jesus. Maybe their faith wasn’t up right then, but they still called out to Jesus.

Do you get the picture here? It doesn’t matter what you’re facing today, call out to Jesus. We tend to go to Him last when we should come to Him first, but nevertheless, call out to Him now.

Jesus, I’m sorry I took my eyes off You and I’m sinking right now, but I know that if You take my hand, we can walk on the water together. Jesus, You told me not to let my heart be troubled or afraid, but I confess to You, I’m afraid! Yet You said to come to You when I’m weary and heavy laden and You’d give me rest.

Jesus, the storm looks so bad! The water is filling the boat and I feel I’m sinking, nevertheless, I will speak to my storm, PEACE, BE STILL! And I know the wind will cease because You said that it would obey me if I don’t doubt.

Jesus, thank You for the Holy Spirit You gave to me so that I would have the power needed to do what I need to do for You. Thank You for shifting my focus from what I see in the natural to what I see in YOUR natural. I am more than a conqueror. Your hand is on me for purpose-YOURS, and I can do all things because You give me strength. It’s in Your name I pray this, Amen.

Battles Are Won Here First

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

I love this prayer that David prayed. He seemed to know that it wasn’t just the words of his mouth that God hears, but also what he meditated on. Jesus said it like this in Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

I wonder if David would have won all those battles if he constantly thought he would be defeated? I wonder if every time he became discouraged, waiting for the promised throne, if he remembered being brought up from the fields that one day that Samuel the prophet came to his house to anoint him as the next king of Israel.

Even as I read the Psalms, I hear David crying out because of his troubles, then remembering that God is God, He is mighty to save and deliver. Regardless of what he endured, His focus changed from his problems to His God who is able.

It became such a pattern in his life that in three separate passages, Psalm 42:5, 11 and Psalm 43:5, we hear him say the same words, “Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I tell myself, “Wait for God’s help! You will again be able to praise him, your God, the one who will save you.” (ERV) He knew there would be times we would think wrong and be tempted to doubt, but he told himself to do the right thing, trust in the Lord.

Perhaps you’re facing a challenge or a downright, knock down, drag out battle. You’ve been in it for awhile now. Perhaps years have gone by and you still haven’t seen a change in your situation. You’re weary and you don’t know how much longer you can hold out. You’ve faced things before, but this seems different, like something’s out to pull you under. You’re tempted to end it all, then you remember the Word that is near you, even in your mouth.

You begin to fortify your mind, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” “No weapon formed against me will prosper and every tongue that rises against me will be condemned. It’s my heritage as a servant of the Lord!” “When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord raises a standard against him.” “A thousand will fall on my right side and ten thousand at my left but it will NOT come near me. Only with my eyes will I see it for I am safely tucked under the shadow of the Almighty’s wings. Do you hear that, devil? You can’t find me cause I’m hidden by God!”

Suddenly you feel stronger, like you could run to the finish line. He sustains you, child of God. He will never leave you, my dear friend. Stop focusing on your weaknesses and focus on the mighty God that is in you. Yes, this same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, lives in you to make you strong, regardless of your age or physical demeanor. You can do this! Don’t quit now, just change your thinking and your words.

Father, thank you for being the rock I stand on that cannot be moved. Thank you for strengthening me for the assignment you’ve given me. Thank you that I can do all things because you give me the mindset and words to accomplish anything. I will never have to do it alone for You are always with me. Your rod of correction and Your staff of direction always comfort me, knowing that I can never go far from Your presence. Thanks for reminding me that I am Your daughter, therefore I win. It’s in Jesus’ name I ask for Your strength this day. Amen

Sandy G

Exposed!

The world can’t hate you, but it does me, for I am exposing their evil deeds. John 7:7

I was reading John 6 and 7 this morning simply because I love reading about Jesus. These chapters were about how Jesus was challenged by religious leaders, misunderstood, even rejected by many of his own followers.

He had just fed 5000 plus, just walked on the water, but when He spoke truth, the evil in them couldn’t handle the disruption in their minds. He tried to show them that the only way to God was through His sacrifice, but they didn’t see it that way.

“I speak to you living truth: Unite your heart to me and believe—and you will experience eternal life!  I am the true Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert and died.  But standing here before you is the true Bread that comes out of heaven, and when you eat this Bread you will never die.  I alone am this living Bread that has come to you from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever. The living Bread I give you is my body, which I will offer as a sacrifice so that all may live.” John 6:47-51

I see this still happening today. Hatred, slander, murder and mayhem ensues whenever an attempt is made to open people up to a deep seeded truth. It’s as if evil is an entity and doesn’t like being uncovered. Could it be?

Could it be that Jesus started what we were meant to finish?

“Just remember, when the unbelieving world hates you, they first hated me.” John 15:18

Maybe, just maybe that’s the reason Holy Spirit led me to decree this year, “Eye’s open! Ears open! Open the eyes of those blinded! Expose evil!” Perhaps that’s why the exposure of evil in the earth is happening right now and those who have eyes to see and ears to hear are open to the truth.

I have decided that the only way to be free from darkness is to expose it to the light. Who is the Light of the world? Jesus. And who lives in me? Jesus. So I will continue to do what He started, because He who began a good work in me will be faithful to finish it.

In the words of Paul as he told King Agrippa what Jesus said to him in his conversion story found in Acts 26; “And you will open their eyes to their true condition, so that they may turn from darkness to the Light and from the power of Satan to the power of God. By placing their faith in me they will receive the total forgiveness of sins and be made holy, taking hold of the inheritance that I give to my children!’”

Exposing Truth,

Sandy G