Inhale

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I open my mouth and inhale the word of God because I crave the revelation of your commands. Psalm 119:131

Here’s a revelation for you this morning; if you don’t inhale, you will die! You thought that was going to be a deep truth, right? Well let me just say that this is the deepest truth you will hear all day.

If you don’t inhale the Word of God, your spirit will die! You simply cannot survive this life without inhaling the life giving oxygen of His truth. When you think that 5 minutes without air causes brain damage and that without a miracle, it’s permanent, how much more important is it that our spirits get the same?

I know you’re probably thinking, not the same, Sandy! Totally different! Really, you think so? Let’s look at John 6:63; It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. The very next verse, Jesus said, But there are some of you who do not believe.

Father, Your word is life because I’ve found it, it’s health to my flesh. It’s the joy in my sorrow, it’s the peace in my storm. You are the air I breath. You give me life, not just enough life, but abundant life. You never do anything small, but way beyond my expectations. I would have died long ago if I had not filled lungs up with the Your life giving Word. As I exhale today, may others be touched by the same air that energizes me. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Well Shut My Mouth

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I am your only God, the living God. Wasn’t I the one who broke the strongholds over you and raised you up out of bondage? Open your mouth with a mighty decree; I will fulfill it now, you’ll see! The words that you speak, so shall it be! Psalm 81:10 TPT

I’m always so curious about the power of our words. I’m aware that we are speaking spirits just as God is a Spirit, we are all spirits, living in a body. This knowledge is so important to have if I am to operate as He designed me to.

We can have thousands upon thousands of words floating in our heads, but it’s the speaking of those words that create the pathways we walk out. We must learn that as God created with His words, so we can create with ours. Most of us are walking out what we’ve spoken without realizing it, simply because we have no idea the value our words have.

I remember years ago, Walt had returned from a conference where the speaker had illustrated the power of words in such a simple but powerful way. As he shared the demonstration, he had me stand with my arm out from my side and had me repeat the words, “I am weak, I am weak, I am very, very weak!” ten times. Then he placed his hand on my arm and was easily able to push it down.

Next he had me in the same position, say the words, “I am strong, I am strong, I am very, very strong!” ten times. He pushed hard on my arm and with no effort, I resisted him and he was unable to lower my arm. He smiled and said, “Isn’t that cool how your words make such an impact?”

Your words do make an impact on both things seen and unseen. You can change your outcome by changing what goes out of your mouth. Not convinced? Have you ever said, “I’m afraid I’m going to get the flu,” and sure enough, you got it? Did you ever think that when you said it, you invited it to come? You came into agreement with what the medical community projected, or you had a friend who came down with it and you set yourself up by your words to have those things you say.

Hey, I’m not trying to condemn, I’m trying to get you to see that whatsoever things you say and believe, you can have. It’s what Jesus said. All things are possible to them that believe. All. Get it?

Remember when God said to the Israelites, “I place before you blessings and curses, life and death, choose life!” That’s what He’s saying to us. “It’s your choice! Choose to come into agreement with My Word. Line up with My Word. Listen to My voice. Speak life, not death. Speak health, not sickness. My Son shed His blood so that you could have not just life, but abundant life. It’s your choice!”

Father, if my words were seeds planted in the garden of my life, what would I be reaping today? Would I spend my days weeding or feeding? Forgive me for the many weed seeds I’ve planted and make me more aware of the ability You’ve given me to create good with the words of my mouth. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

 

Return to Praise

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Once and for all, end the evil tactics of the wicked! Reward and prosper the cause of the righteous, for you are the righteous God, the soul searcher, who looks deep into every heart to examine the thoughts and motives. God, your wrap-around presence is my protection and my defense. You bring victory to all who reach out for you. Psalm 7:9-10 TPT

For some odd reason, when I read “Once and for all, end the evil tactics of the wicked!”, I heard, “Off with their heads!” I’m not sure what movie that was from, but it was a mental image of the end of what has dragged on and on and on far too long!

Are you there with me? I’m thinking of a song we used to sing from Psalm 3; Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousand so people, that have set themselves against me round about. For thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of mine head.

Father, even where I am, in the middle of the bad reports, the predicted storm that has unsettled my peace, You are a shield for me. I take refuge in the knowledge of who You are and that nothing, absolutely nothing is too hard for You.

It may look like I’m surrounded by thousands of demonic forces trying to steal my peace and the Word hidden in my heart, but with me is 10’s of thousands more angels You have sent to rescue me from the pit of despair. I will trust in You for You have never failed me. I will keep my eyes on You for You have never left me. I will praise Your Name which is above any other name that would try to crowd my view of You.

Now and forever, You reign. Your Word will never return to You without doing what You sent it to do. On the other side of this pit lies a promise, and the blood of Your Son has bridged the gap. As David trusted, so will I trust in You for as he discovered through the journey he took with You, I have discovered, You will not forsake Your own.

Praising Is What I Do,

Sandy G

Delightfully Loved

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Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then “loving one another” should be our way of life! No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor. But if we love one another, God makes his permanent home in us, and we make our permanent home in him, and his love is brought to its full expression in us. 1 John 4:11-12

According to dictionary.com, that word delight means a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture. Did you know that He takes pleasure in you? Psalm 149:4 says that the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

How can we not be love to others if Love lives in us? It’s all about overflowing onto others that which has overflowed onto us. If we are spending time in His presence, His presence will overflow. Do you get it?

We are His permanent residence. When He leaves, we’re going with Him! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord but His presence is in us to overflow. It doesn’t matter how you feel, you’re overflowing. It doesn’t matter what you see, you’re overflowing. What matters most is what He says.

His love is brought to its full expression in us. It must free flow for others to be recipients of that love. If it’s stopped up with the cares of this world and the deception that the things of this world will satisfy us, we won’t ever be free to love. It can be stopped up by unforgiveness or bitterness, whatever is standing in the way of the manifested presence of God from flowing through us, repent of it quickly because time is short, Jesus is coming soon and we MUST be about our Fathers business.

Let’s be aware of His love toward us today. Don’t hoard it, because freely you’ve received, freely you must give. Don’t allow your vision to be so shortsighted with what you see in the natural causes you miss the opportunity to be a living expression of His love.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

It’s Time For Discovery

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For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep. Luke 9:24 TPT.

I’m reminded this morning that discovery takes place by looking for new things where you’ve not looked before. This can take place in different ways, but I’d like to share one experience where it happened to me.

I’ve always been the ‘designated’ driver. When Walt and I were dating, it quickly became obvious that driving made him tired. This was long before he’d been diagnosed with sleep apnea or began sleeping with a bi-pap machine. So I inserted myself behind the steering wheel anytime we went for a long drive anywhere.

In doing so, I was so focused on the road and driving, that I wasn’t always aware of things along the way. If someone else would be driving, I had to re-train myself to take my eyes off the road and look at the scenery. It was there that I began to discover places I wanted to visit or restaurants I’d like to try.

I get so focused on my destination that I forget to look for new things. When I read this verse, I heard the Lord say, “Let me drive so you can enjoy the scenery. There are things I want to show you today. Things that have been there all along, but your mind has been on other things. Don’t focus so much on the road you’re on that you miss what I’m trying to do in and through you on your journey.”

So I’m paying closer attention today. I’m watching for things I may have missed, locations, people, things God is trying to show me. I want to discover the plans and purposes of God, not for 5 years down the road, but for today alone.

I’m discovering that to be in control is just an illusion. Real control is complete surrender. Allowing God to insert Himself behind my steering wheel so that I can pay attention to opportunities He has for me, that is true discovery.

Enjoying the Ride,

Sandy G

My All On The Altar

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At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.  Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart. Psalm 5:3 TPT

Every morning when I rise, my spirit reaches up to touch the heart of Father. Sweet kisses! Good morning Holy Spirit. What’s up for today? I yield my plans, desires and agenda into Your hands. May I please You at every turn and be an overflow of Your presence onto every person I meet.

When I lay my head at night, it’s a big thanks for guiding and keeping me, my husband, my children and grandchildren. You’ve covered me and I’m grateful. Sweet sleep is ours tonight and may we dream of times in Your presence. Perfect are Your ways and all of our steps are ordered. Such a wonderful Father. So excited for what awaits me again tomorrow. Tonight I lay down my cares into Your capable hands.

I love how David lay out the pieces of his life on the altar of his heart and waited for the fire of God to fall and consume his sacrifice. It’s not always easy to lay it all down, but it’s so necessary. For if we carry what we weren’t meant to carry, our hands will be too full to carry what we need to.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Covered By Glory

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King David’s song when he was forced to flee from Absalom, his own son

The Humbling of a King

Lord, I have so many enemies, so many who are against me.
Listen to how they whisper their slander against me, saying:
“Look! He’s hopeless! Even God can’t save him from this!”
Pause in his presence

The Help of God

But in the depths of my heart I truly know
that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield;
You take me and surround me with yourself.
Your glory covers me continually.
You lift high my head when I bow low in shame.
I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence.
You send me a Father’s help.
Pause in his presence

The Song of Safety

So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby—
then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory.

Psalm 3:1-5 TPT

Those who cry out in the middle of their test will end up with a testimony. Those who focus on their test will continue being tested. I don’t know about you, but I want to focus on the one who covers and cares for me. Regardless of how many enemies came against David, it was his sincere magnification of His God that saved him every time.

It’s so easy to get our focus wrong. I’m not saying to ignore the problem, but it can’t consume you either. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that when you’ve done all you can do, stand. Stand in the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word. Stand in the stillness of His presence. Stand in the power of of His glory. Let Him cover you.

My friend, you may be facing the biggest giant you’ve ever seen. Perhaps you’re not sure how to conquer your fear and the intimidation it brings, but let me assure you, God is bigger and He has you covered. It’s at times like this we all need a Savior and Jesus, He is that for us. He’s your glory and the lifter of your head.

I hear the words to the old hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” There’s so much truth in that song. When we focus on Jesus and all He’s done, we realize that nothing is impossible if we believe.

What about you? Where does your mind go and how long will it stay there before you realize you’re thinking on the wrong things? The One who covers you, holds you in the palm of His hand. He never leaves you or forsakes you. He has plans for you and a future like you can’t imagine. Keep your eyes on Him. You can’t do it, but He’s got you covered.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G