You’re Just a Kid!

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I Samuel 17 tells the story of young David being sent to bring food to his brothers, a part of the Israeli army who were being taunted by the giant Goliath. When David arrived and heard the things being said, he was taken aback by this blatant defiance against Gods army. Lets pick up in verses 32-37:

“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told him. “I’ll take care of this Philistine!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “How can a kid like you fight with a man like him? You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!”

But David persisted. “When I am taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said, “and a lion or a bear comes and grabs a lamb from the flock,  I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If it turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented, “All right, go ahead,” he said, “and may the Lord be with you!”

As I was re-reading this story, I realized that in telling the story of the lion and bear, David wasn’t trying to brag on his exploits, he was simply reminding himself that the God who was with him in the pasture as a shepherd, was well able to do the same with this enemy of His people. It also caused me to see that this was a step forward in his journey to become king.

He’d already been anointed by Samuel in front of his father and brothers as the future king of Israel, but was sent back to tend the sheep in preparation of that position. God was training David to tend his own sheep (Israel) and protect them from their enemies. Although it wasn’t clear at the time, trust in God was being cultivated in Davids heart.

Just like David, God has anointed us for a future we’ve not seen but know we’re headed in that direction. Some of us may not know all that God accomplished through us until we get to the other side and we see it through His eyes, but none-the-less, trust is being developed and faith is being stirred to step out on the battlefield and face the enemy of the Lord. Will you go?

You’ll always be ‘just a kid’ to someone! But to a God who uses kids, He can do anything with you if you’re willing. Whatever His instructions are, go with it! It won’t make sense to anyone else but it will to God and that should be enough. Take what you have and trust that He will use it for His end plan.

Analysis Paralysis

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“Attention everyone—all of you from out of town, all you from Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat—God’s word: Don’t be afraid; don’t pay any mind to this vandal horde. This is God’s war, not yours. Tomorrow you’ll go after them; see, they’re already on their way up the slopes of Ziz; you’ll meet them at the end of the ravine near the wilderness of Jeruel. You won’t have to lift a hand in this battle; just stand firm, Judah and Jerusalem, and watch God’s saving work for you take shape. Don’t be afraid, don’t waver. March out boldly tomorrow—God is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:15-17 Message

Imagine what would have happened if the Spirit of God had not moved on someone to speak these instructions. Imagine if they had not listened. Imagine if they had not obeyed. Yet somehow I see myself in this scenario and perhaps you can relate.

Oftentimes we hyper-anylize what we’ve heard in hopes to make sense of the instructions we’ve been given. It’s a part of how some of us are wired. The years of stepping out in ‘faith’ to do what we’ve ‘heard’ only to find ourselves in situations we can’t explain. But isn’t that what faith is?

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Hebrews 11:1 TLB

What if God had this huge plan for you to be successful. What if your success was based on trusting in what you believe God is capable of instead of what you’re capable of.  When you enlarge your view of God and trust in Him, you realize that NOTHING is impossible for Him.

Make this the day that you shake off the fear that’s keeping you paralyzed in your current situation.  That first step may feel like a free fall down a very steep cliff, but you trust that Gods hand will catch you! He said He’d never leave you and He hasn’t. He loves you so much that He won’t leave you in your current situation. Stop over-analyzing and begin to step into His divine purpose for your prosperity.

Outside The Box

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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 we are admonished to be different or separate from the world.

As children of the King, we have purpose that doesn’t fit with the purpose of the world. How do we do that? We can’t just hang around other Christians and be separate. God’s not talking about our dress or physical appearance. It’s not even keeping the big 10. No, it’s not the works we do but the words we say that make us different from the world.

It’s not the rules but how we love that makes us unique. 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 sister. It’s not my appearance 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. You must read Gods Word and follow after him.

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.

Trust Can’t Happen With Strangers

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Take good counsel and accept corrections–that’s the way to live wisely and well.  We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.  Proverbs 19:20-21 Message

We think we know but do we really know? We ask for God’s plan and we get a glimpse and say, “I see!” But seeing what we see and seeing the end and the road to that end is something completely out of our view.

Two well known verses come to mind:

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23

I’ve covered these in prior blogs, but let me add to it that only God knows the end from the beginning. Why? Because He doesn’t work within the boundaries of our time. God works outside of time so He know’s everything about everything. He saw the end of your life at the beginning of your life. His entire plan for you, done! Not because we don’t have a free will, but because he saw our choices before we made them and accommodated for them.

God has always desired for you to have intimate relationship with Him. He created you for that! But He won’t force himself or His plans on you, He simply beckons you to come. Your plan B can become your plan A if you choose to surrender to Him and trust Him just as a child trusts.

I know, you’re an adult, right? You don’t need anyone to take care of you, you can take care of yourself. That is until you need Him. Until you’re desperate for a miracle healing, a miracle provision, then you’re all in! He wants you for you and needs you to want Him for Him. Not to come to Him with your Christmas list and challenge, but with a broken spirit submitting to the Father Spirit.

I surrender to You! My heart belongs to You, not just in name, but in actions. I just want to know more about You. It’s in Your name and for Your glory, Amen.

Hope this song encourages you today!

 

 

 

 

Speak Into Your Children

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Children are God’s love-gift; they are heaven’s generous reward. Children born to a young couple will one day rise to protect and provide for their parents. Happy will be the couple who has many of them! A household full of children will not bring shame on your name but victory when you face your enemies, for your offspring will have influence and honor to prevail on your behalf! Psalm 127:3-5 TPT

We’ve heard true stories from our fathers about our rich heritage. We will continue to tell our children and not hide from the rising generation the great marvels of our God—
his miracles and power that have brought us all this far. Psalm 78:3-4 TPT

I promised I would demonstrate how I have personalized the Word over various situations I’ve faced over the years. Again, this is from a personal revelation I’ve received and implemented. It’s not used to manipulate God into doing what I want, it’s merely putting Him in remembrance of His Word and showing the enemy that I know my rights.

As David stated, it’s important to not hide the Word from our children, but to tell them about God, what He’s done in the past and able to do in the future. What they do with that teaching is between God and them, but the Word is very clear in stating that when we train them up in the way they should go, when they’re old they won’t depart from that truth. So that is my foundation when going before the Lord.

Lord, I thank you for our daughters who are gifts from You. Regardless of what they are doing presently, they are a gift and one day they will rise to protect and provide the care we need. Thank You that the Word has been planted in their hearts and will one day yield a fruitful harvest.

Father, I give the care of my children over to You because I trust You with them. I’m thankful that Your blood covers them, that they walk in forgiveness of sin and that you sent Your Word to deliver them and heal them of all diseases. No harm will come near their homes or their bodies. You give Your angels charge over them to keep them in all their ways.

Thank You for exposing the works of the enemy and his plans to harm them, for according to Jeremiah 33:6, You will bring health and healing; You will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. My children will walk in peace. Every situation they face will end up being used for good and not evil. You will use them in mighty ways to utter Your truth in the earth.

I thank You for giving my children and my grandchildren a hunger and thirst for righteousness knowing that You will fill them to the full till they overflow onto others. Because the light of Your Word lives in them, they in turn will be a light to the world that will not be hidden. That light will expose evil by shining Your stunning love into the hearts of those around them.

It’s in Jesus mighty and wonderful name I give You praise. Your Word will remain active, alive and working in their lives that You may be glorified in the earth. Amen.

Now, stop speaking doubt, fear and unbelief and only speak what the Word says. Regardless of what you see in the natural, His Word NEVER falls short or misses the mark. Trust me, my faith has been tested many times by what goes on in this natural realm, but I chose to believe what God says. He always makes good on His promises even when it doesn’t turn out the way you think it should. Be encouraged today! God still reigns!

 

Your Firm Foundation

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I have a long standing love for the Word of God. It’s a part of my DNA which I can trace back in my lineage from pastors, evangelists, missionaries and church planters several generations back. Just as people who do a DNA search and find they’re from a specific country or tribe, I can say with absolute certainty that I’m my Fathers child and a part of His Kingdom.

For years now, I’ve been on a journey of discovery, one that has opened my eyes to some critical errors in not only how I was taught by traditional church’s I’ve attended and served in, but also things I’ve believed were true without checking it’s validity. I have concluded that it’s impossible to know God without knowing His nature. To have knowledge of someone is not the same as knowing them intimately.

In the words of Paul to Timothy, “Always be eager to present yourself before God as a perfect and mature minister, without shame, as one who correctly explains the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 TPT

I’ve been called out on my views by multiple people over the years and it doesn’t bother me. I’m not a Biblical scholar. I haven’t attended a Seminary school or rubbed elbows with the great teachers over the years, but I’ve spent a lifetime at the feet of Jesus, alone in my room, seeking to know Him and honing my skills in hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit who leads me into all truth. If that’s not qualification enough, it’s all good in the hood. Move along and keep your opinions to yourself. It’s not that I’m unteachable, I just tell it like it’s given to me.

In the process of learning about my foundation, God has given me some amazing teachers to pour into me which He always uses to confirm His Word to me. That’s right! I study, read, listen and sit and when I have questions about what I’m learning, I ask and He always answers me. How He answers is always unique and different, but He always does.

As I branch out into this week of sharing what I’ve learned over the years, I hope there’s something in it that either confirms what you know or challenges you to snuggle up to the One who loves you more then anyone in the world will ever love you. If you don’t take the time to become intimately acquainted with Him, you’ll have nothing to gage the strength of the truth you lean heavily upon.

Father, You’re so easy to love, even when I don’t get what I want, I know I’ve neither got what I’ve deserved. You said that I would know the Truth and it would make me free. You also said You would lead me into that truth. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will not stumble and fall for You watch over my steps. Continue to increase me in wisdom and to give me a deeper love for Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Our Weapon our Tongue

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Life and death are in the power of the tongue and they that love it will eat it’s fruit. Proverbs 18:21

It’s amazing to me how few people understand the meaning and application of this verse. It seems we are a society given to speaking what we feel without measuring the cost involved. Accusations hurled without knowing the facts, repeating what we hear rather then what we know. Our world is at an all time low when it comes to our words.

Even so called Christians get on the band wagon to cry out for everyone and anyones right to do what they please without consulting what the Word says about it. There are times I have to check to see who in their right mind would post such things on social media when not even Jesus shared that point of view.

Since our words are a weapon, we must be careful with what we say and how we say it. We can’t use our words to express our feelings then when we need to experience healing or provision, change our words to line up with Gods. That’s fickle or as it says in James 1:8, double mindedness.

There’s nothing more disconcerting then someone who quotes the Bible but is not acquainted with the nature of God. He is LOVE! He loves to give good gifts to His Children! Heaven help us if He can’t tell the difference between you and the world. Clearly somehow we’ve missed the ‘come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing’ part.

I will close with this passage from 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 from the Message translation:

Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:

“I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.
So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God.
“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.
I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.”
The Word of the Master, God.