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

Get Outside Your Box

Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Romans 12:2 GW

I’ve always loved the saying, ‘Think outside the box!’ Walt says I don’t just think outside the box, I live there! Well, I guess I’d rather live in a realm where there are few then in a crowded mess. If I merely want what the world wants, all I’d have to do is follow aimlessly and just fit in, but I’m admonished to be different or separate from the world.

As a child of the King, I’m given a purpose that doesn’t fit with the purpose of the world. I can’t just hang around other Christians and be a Christian. That’s like stepping into the garage and expecting to be a car. Trust me, God’s not talking about my dress or physical appearance. It’s not even keeping the big 10. No, it’s not the works I do, but the work He did that calls me to be different.

It’s being a giver instead of a taker. Being a part of something bigger then myself by finding my part in the body of Christ and acting and speaking like His daughter. It’s not about my gifts or education, but what I am is someone who dares to be different and who’s purpose is to make a mark on others that can’t be erased (in a good way, I hope!).

I want to use my words to bless, not curse and encourage others to live a life of faith as well. I don’t see things like most folk, I try to gain heavens perspective and speak like my Father. You can’t follow me around and imitate me! That would not be good, one Sandy in the world is MORE then enough.

There’s no shortcut to being a Christian! You simply state, ‘Jesus, I acknowledge your sacrifice for my sin and make you Lord of my life. Be my teacher, I will be your willing student. Show me how to walk and talk like you. Then get out the text book (The Bible) and begin reading. I recommend getting a translation you can easily understand and read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John until you get the picture of who Jesus is, what He did and what He asked us to do. The more you know him, the more like Him you’ll become. Get ready for life outside the box! Lose your old way of thinking and speaking because in the Kingdom of God, we carry our sword (His Word) and know how to use it to change the world, one life at a time.

Enjoy Your Weekend,

Sandy G

Come And Get It

Then the angel said to me, “Write these words: Wonderfully blessed are those who are invited to feast at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” And then he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9 Passion Translations

There are few things that get people to pay attention, at least that’s the way it is in our house. One is the words, ‘Come and get it!’ always brought the kids running. The second one is the smell of something burning and the third, the sound of water overflowing. You know, like the coffee pot when someone doesn’t empty out the old or someone forgets to turn off the tub and it spills over. Yeah, we’ve all heard those sounds.

This is what the Lord spoke to me this morning, “My table is ready, come and get it!” I’m thinking, awesome, here I come! When you’ve waited long for a good meal, you’re hungry, hungry for the goodness of the Lord, hungry for his presence, hungry for his Word. You can’t think of anything else, your hunger is driving you to the table.

The Lord would say to you, “It’s time for overflow! You’ve finally got your eyes off your problems long enough to see that I am all you need. Let me satisfy your mouth with good things. There is an unending supply of my goodness and mercy. Let me lavish you with my love till it overflows. Let me feed you with my own hand as a lover offers himself to his bride. Let me be enough for you.”

Joel 2:26-27 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God. And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”

He’s Waiting,

Sandy G

He’ll Do It Again

There are times in life where circumstances seem to dictate the outcomes. But God wants you to know that what He did before, He will do it again.

Jesus was able to say to us, whoever will say to that mountain be removed and cast into the sea, and will not doubt in his heart, but will believe that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatsoever he says.

How was it Jesus was able to say that? Because he had already seen his Father do it time and time again. The Bible shows us that Jesus was there when the Earth was created. He saw what God was capable of doing.

Some of us need to get our eyes off of our own resources and get them on to God’s resources. If God is asking you to give something that is well beyond your own means, that means he wants you to trust him for it.

You see knowing God in your mind puts limits on him. But knowing God in your heart, that’s a whole nother story. That takes faith and trust to a different level.

For 7-days, Joshua and the children of Israel marched around Jericho. They didn’t see anything happen on the first day. They didn’t see anything happen on the 2nd 3rd or 4th day. But they continued to circle every day through the 7th Day simply because God told them to do it.

It was on the 7th day that those walls came crashing down. Not only did the children of Israel take the city, but God established a hedge of protection around them for future battles.

You see, when God asks you to do something unusual, He’s not just thinking about your now, He’s thinking about your future. Today’s seed comes your future Harvest.

My dear friend, if God is asking you to plant an astronomical seed today, please know that he has your future blessing in mind. Don’t hesitate to do what God is asking you to do even when you don’t understand where it’s going to come from, commit to do what he tells you to do and He will provide seed to the sower and bread to the eater.

He’ll do it again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Get it? Never doubt it! His storehouses are bigger than you can even imagine!

Keep The Faith,

Sandy G

Directions For Life

The man who reads this Book and listens to it being read and obeys what it says will be happy. For all these things will happen soon. Revelation 1:3

There are always directions to everything in life. In our jobs, we’re given duties to perform prior to getting a paycheck. In purchasing a home, you’re expected to put down 20% before the bank will finance the rest.

God has directions as well, but we won’t know them if we don’t read His direction manual. We want all the good stuff, all the blessings, the promises fulfilled, but we seem to have issue with following directions.

Here are just a few directions to think on throughout the day:

  1. Love one another. “I give you a new Law. You are to love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers.” John 13:34-35
  2. Give. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Love, because God is love. Give, because that’s how His Kingdom works. Read His Word, because in it contains directions.

If things aren’t going right in your life, get in a habit of reading His Word everyday. It will change you into the man or woman God designed you to be. It doesn’t mean everything will be roses and sunshine on the outside, but on the inside, your perspective will change. You will see God’s direction in every twist and turn, every storm, every loss, every pain.

If you want to know God and get direction for your life, read the directions.

Attention Men & Women of Faith

Then Elijah said to King Ahab, “Now go eat and drink. A heavy rain is coming.” So King Ahab went to eat. At the same time Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel. At the top of the mountain, Elijah bent down. He put his head between his knees. Then Elijah said to his servant, “Go up higher and look toward the sea.”
The servant went and looked. He came back and said, “I saw nothing.” Elijah told him to go look again. This happened seven times. The seventh time, the servant came back and said, “I saw a small cloud the size of a man’s fist that was coming in from the sea.”
Elijah told the servant, “Go tell King Ahab to get his chariot ready and go home now. If he does not leave now, the rain will stop him.” After a short time the sky was covered with dark clouds. The wind began to blow, and a heavy rain began to fall. Ahab got in his chariot and started back to Jezreel. I Kings 18:41-45 ERV

Where are our men and women of faith? Faith to believe that God is a God of His Word and will do what He’s said He will do. We have lost our ability to really see. We look only in the natural and have become lazy in developing our faith. We must not lose hope! Faith is knowing that what’s been promised will without a doubt manifest, not in our timing, but when God gets the most benefit from it. We see only our own needs, He sees the multitudes.

Let’s look at Elijah in the story above; He declared to the king that rain was coming. When we hear from God, we tend to hide it, not speaking of it for fear people will think we’re crazy, but declare it we must. That is the first key to truly realizing the promise.

Secondly, he got on his face before God and prayed. He didn’t send his servant once, then get up and say, “Well then, guess I missed it.” No, he sent him 7 times until his servant came back with a report of a very small cloud.

Lastly but certainly not least, he sent his servant to instruct the king that he needed to leave before the rain stopped him. He didn’t say, ‘Let’s wait till we see a few more clouds and then tell the king,’ no, he was that sure of the Word God had given him. He declared it in the beginning what would happen, prayed, then declared it again at the end.

Some of us are holding onto a promise, and still wondering. Well wonder no more. Scoop up your faith in God, if you’ve lost it, begin to read stories like this one and tell yourself that God doesn’t do for one and not for another. It’s the enemy that tries to steal, kill and destroy. Hold on tight to your confidence in Gods ability to do far more then your tiny mind can imagine. He’s a faithful Father. What He says, He will do!

Be Attentive to the Word,

Sandy G

Now Is The Time To Worship

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1

If you’re too busy to spend time with God, you’re too busy. Adjust your schedule, break stubborn habits, remove obstacles and hindrances. Find a quiet place void of distractions. Come with no agenda but to worship. No asking for anything, just an audience of one, singing your own song, making your praise about Him.

Ten minutes. Can you not spare ten minutes every morning? It’s such a small token of time when He’s given you the breath you breathe. If you find it hard to fill ten minutes, begin to make a list of things you’re thankful for and read them off to Him. Soon those ten minutes won’t be enough. You’ll find yourself setting your alarm earlier and earlier.

His presence is addicting. Your spirit will begin to crave time with His Spirit until you can’t stop thinking of Him. All throughout the day and when you wake at night, you’ll begin to hear Him calling you to that secret place where He can be with you and make you like Him. Then one day He’ll ask if you’re ready to be completely His, laying down your life long dreams, plans and hopes for a journey with Him.

It’s when you say yes, forever yes, that your life becomes one with Him and all that matters is what pleases Him. Loving others isn’t hard anymore. Giving becomes second nature. All that He is, becomes all that you are. By giving up, you gain so much more. By surrendering, you gain access to everything He has. What a great trade-off! Worship-it’s a game changer!

Be Watchful

So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you. James 4:7

There are two things I see here; first, we are to give ourselves to God. Some translations say submit, both words denote complete surrender. No more me, me, me, but what can I do for You, Father. The second is something we must do; stand against the devil. He does not in anyway, shape or form, go away quietly and leave you alone. ‘Oh, sorry, I forgot you gave yourself to God!’ will never come out of his mouth.

He will try everything he can to try to get you back, but if you keep resisting, he will run away like the chicken he is. How do I know this? Because I’ve submitted my life to God and not a day goes by that satan doesn’t try to discourage me, lie to me, and try to cheat me out of what’s mine. The more I testify of what God’s done for me, the more I tick him off.

Remember when Jesus spoke the Word to Satan in the wilderness? It was to show us how to resist, giving us the right tools to resist with. He will definitely run away, but be prepared and keep resisting.

My friend, stay submitted to God, His plans are more important and rewarding than any of your own. Be ready to be messed with! Just because you submit to God doesn’t mean a life of ease, it means ‘game on’ devil. GAME ON!

Be Watchful,

Sandy G

God Will Make A Way

I’m not sure if this is for one person specifically or many people around the globe, but I felt an urgency in my spirit this morning to remind you, however your situation looks right now, God will make a way.

There’s a story that comes to my mind of a group of people making a mass exodus from Egypt, who came upon an impassable body of water. They panicked when they realized the entire Egyptian army was pursuing them. They couldn’t move.

Fear does horrible things to us, doesn’t it? It holds us in a prison and keeps us from moving forward. We feel like there is no where to go and no one can fix it. Please know this, God will make a way! He’s good at knowing what lies ahead in the dark and how to dispel that darkness, allowing us to see the path. He is the light of the world, you know that, right?

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

So right where you are, throw your hands up in surrender, give it to God and announce, “I trust You, oh God! I know You will make a way!” Now hold onto your peace. Don’t let it go, don’t talk about your situation anymore. Don’t give it another thought. Trusting God will make a way, keeps you looking at the Way Maker, not the obstacle or impossible odds you’re facing.

Hebrews 10:35 tells us; Do not throw away your trust, for your reward will be great.

Father, I ask that Your Holy Spirit will bring comfort, wisdom and strength. Not to the situation, but to the person facing it. May they stand still and know that You are God and that nothing is impossible for them, because You are their God. I speak peace over them. That as they sit in Your presence, perhaps reading this message, Your incomprehensible peace will permeate them from head to foot. May they know You in every sense of the word in this moment. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Hang on, He’ll show the way!

Sandy G

It’s Just My Perspective

We’ve all seen it–people who get offended when reading a social media post. It happens to me, often, possibly because I’m more vocal or opinionated than most. But it’s your perspective that draws the conclusions you make. That perspective or how you draw those conclusions, are based on a lot of things; personality, family dynamics, history of past hurts…

No one can know what others have been through or are going through or with what lens they’re reading your posts. Sometimes people get upset about things that weren’t meant the way they read it. It doesn’t make them a bad person for posting it, it means that what you’re going through is painful.

Before you unfriend or unfollow someone, remember that one day, they may be the very one to show you the way out of the hellish hurt you’re in. Yes, definitely unfriend unhealthy friendships! Keep yourself safe in the natural and virtual world. But remember that not everyone agreed with Jesus or how He presented things, and HE was God in the flesh. It would be a perfect world if everyone just got along, believed the same and knew what they meant when they said that, but seriously, if that was true, we’d never need a Savior.

So this is a disclaimer of sorts. I would never intentionally say hurtful things or be insensitive to what you’re going through. I try to write or say what the Holy Spirit leads me to write and say. I’m not perfect! But I do love you and care about where you spend eternity.

I’ve been told I have an odd perspective on things. I’ll take that! At least I don’t get stuck in the rut of wrong or religious thinking. I have conversations with God that if you were privy to them, you’d truly wonder if I need a padded room with a white coat that has extended sleeves. Because of these ‘talks’ with God, my life is forever changed. I’m not a slave to my past because He constantly tells me who I am.

Hands down, He’s the best employer I’ve ever had. I will work for Him until I retire to His throne room, where we’ll continue to have these unusual and wonderful conversations.

If I could have one wish it would be this; that you too would know Him like I know Him. But that, my dear friends, though available, is absolutely up to you. Know that I will always continue to encourage and challenge you toward that relationship, and that I love you and He does too.

May Your Day Be Sweet,

Sandy G

The Shalom of God

My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those to this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful. John 14:27 Voice

What an appropriate verse for the day we live in. It seems every day, our peace is disturbed as we watch endless acts of violence on the news. Unlike the English word “peace”, “shalom” does not just mean peace of mind, but also wholeness for your entire being — spirit, soul and body. It means having a sense of completeness and soundness. In other words, shalom encompasses your prosperity, health and total well-being.

When God steps into the middle of your problems, you allow His shalom to come. Just leave it to God to add so much more to the simple word–peace. He doesn’t just give us a nice feeling of euphoria. He completes us.

I once heard the definition of shalom as nothing missing or broken. Wow, I don’t know about you, but I needed that word today. He doesn’t just heal part way, He doesn’t provide just enough, if we speak His peace over our situations, we can expect WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS, NOTHING MISSING OR BROKEN.

Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace goodwill toward men! Lets remind our bodies of that. Lets remind our finances of that. Lest we forget whose we are, let’s rest in the complete shalom of God today and every day this week.

Let Peace Reign,

Sandy G