This Is How I Fight My Battles

I feel in my spirit that there are so many people out there that are discouraged, ready to give up the good fight because the good fight just got nasty. Please know, you’re not alone in your battle.

2 Chronicles 20 talks about an ensuing battle for Jehoshaphat. He heard many reports of a large army coming against Israel and he was afraid. You see, even kings get fearful! But the first thing he did was to call a fast and pray. He sought the Lord! Listen to his prayer this morning;

“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’

He brought to remembrance who God is and what He will do. My friends, this is what you too must do, remember who God is. Deliverer, Provider, Healer, Help, Strong Tower, Fortress, Mighty God, Shepherd, He is all this and more. Whatever you need Him to be for you, that’s who He is.

And as they stood before the Lord, He spoke these famous words; ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’ Then He gives them instructions and they worshipped and praised His great name.

Perhaps your battle has been fierce and you want to quit. I say to you, don’t allow the pain you’re feeling today to keep you from your victory tomorrow. He’s already sending reinforcements, already answering your prayers.

Take all that hurt, bitterness and resentment and give it to the Lord. I know, makes no sense in the natural, but it sure brings victory in the supernatural. Only God can see the outcome of your battle. When you look to Him, get HIS instruction, you’ll win everytime. You are an overcomer!

We hear You Father, ‘Stand still and see My Salvation. It’s in the place of rest where confidence in Me and My Word is established. Don’t be afraid. I’m with You. I said I’d never leave you nor forsake you and I won’t. Tuck yourself up under the shadow of My Wing and find rest and comfort in My victory.’ We give You praise this morning, Lord. We will trust in You.

Faithfully Fighting With You,

Sandy G

An Audience With The King

I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart I worship you in the presence of angels! Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice as I sing my loving praise to you. I bow down before your divine presence and bring you my deepest worship as I experience your tender love and your living truth. For your Word and the fame of your name have been magnified above all else! At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me! You strengthened me deep within my soul and breathed fresh courage into me. Psalm 138:1-3 Passion Translation

Here is something you must understand about worship. It is the key that opens the door to enter the throne room of God. If you’re in need of an audience with the King–just worship. You can sing, you can dance, you can say it with words in your own language or in your Spirit language, but get good at it, because it’s what you’ll be doing in heaven.

How valuable is worship? It’s the very thing that Satan tried to get Jesus to do when he tempted Him in the wilderness. “I will give you all of this if you bow down and worship me.” He continually tries to get us to worship other gods by getting us to pay more attention to other things than to God. He will convince you that work is more important. He’ll throw in an extra bill or even pain in your body to keep you from worshipping. He’ll convince you that the doctor is your answer, and he’ll laugh as you spend your time and money doing it the way of the world instead of worshipping the God who saves, provides, heals and delivers.

David discovered that being in the presence of God, gave him victory over his enemies and wisdom to rule God’s people. Once Moses discovered what God’s presence meant, he would spend days on the mountain seeking His face. Paul made it a priority and received so much revelation that it’s still ministering to us today.

Today, I will worship. Though I’m still easily distracted by everything, I will harness my soul and position myself at His feet. “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise. I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.” I will be thankful and bless His Name, for I’ve discovered that in His presence is fullness of joy. He is literally all I need.

Father, my love for You is deep, deeper than the deepest ocean. It’s Your love that catapults me into obedience. I will hum a melody because words alone are not enough. When you speak, the sound of Your voice echos softly into my heart and responds with overwhelming gratitude. Your voice leaves me longing deeply for more.

Here I come, running, leaping, dancing into Your throne room, hands raised, waving as an offering. Is that a smile I see on Your face, Father? Do I delight You with this small and fleshy offering of my heart and soul? My words seem so limited to describe such a weighty presence, such a deep sense of comfort as if being wrapped in a blanket of everything I could ever need or want.

AHHHH….I love You seems such a small term to scream out to You, but it’s all I have. I love You, I love You, I love You! You know every secret place in me thats hidden from the world, yet Your presence covers it with light, lifting it out, washing it away. Every hurt, every tear, every scar, every sin, washed away! Red with Your blood, a reminder of what it cost You to redeem me. Grateful! I’m so very grateful for Your sacrifice. Again, waves of mercy and grace, love and peace. Hours or minutes, it doesn’t matter. You’ve done more for me this morning then I could ever do for you.

Psalm 108:3 “I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.”

The Master Gardener

Years ago I had a vision. I saw a large hand come out of heaven, pluck up a plant by the root, gently shake it off and lay it aside, followed by these words, “Trust the master gardener to tend His garden.”

At the time, there was a shaking going on in our church and I thought it had something to do with that, but this morning as I was thinking about a scripture, this vision came back to me again.

John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Seems God is challenging us to be fruit bearers and if we’re not, we get plucked up to make room for those who WILL bear fruit. And those who do bear fruit, He is pruning so we’ll bear more fruit.

It’s a challenge to lay down anything that stands in the way, every issue of the heart that we have placed in the seat that God should be seated in, is being dealt with. I Corinthians 6:20 says it so well, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

So we’re not just looking at spiritual issues here, we’re looking at flesh issues as well. I hear some say, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Just how much does God expect from me?” Everything! Yes, thats right. He gave everything and expects the same from you but only if you want to.

He makes it your choice. You can be plucked up or bear fruit. This could be the most difficult thing or the easiest. It’s easy when you understand that we just yield and rest in His finished work. It’s difficult when we try to do it ourselves.

Make me heavy with fruit, Father. I trust you, Master Gardener to tend your garden, to prune me so that I please you. Make my life count for the Kingdom. Grow me into a feeder not a needer, a giver not a taker and a lover not a hater. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

A Reminder to Get Squeaky

“In a certain town there was a judge, a thick-skinned and godless man who had no fear of others’ opinions.  And in the same town there was a poor widow who kept pleading with the judge, ‘Grant me justice and protect me from my oppressor!’

“He ignored her pleas for quite some time, but she kept asking. Eventually he said to himself, ‘This widow keeps annoying me, demanding her rights, and I’m tired of listening to her. Even though I’m not a religious man, and I don’t care about the opinions of others, I’ll get her off my back by answering her claims for justice and I’ll rule in her favor. Then she’ll leave me alone.’ ”

Jesus continued, “Did you hear what the godless judge said—that he would answer her persistent request?  Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out his Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for.  God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting, in the same way as the widow. Even so, when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of undying faith on earth?”

It’s in times like these that we must remind God of His covenant promises to us. It’s not that He’s forgotten them, it’s that we must keep them ever before our eyes and in our hearts. You can’t trust who you don’t know and you can’t know what you’ve not read. His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were passed on down to us through the blood of Jesus.

It amazes me how many people don’t know the Word. They’re unfamiliar with God as Father, Provider, Deliverer, Protector and Healer. They got saved from sin and they’re on their way to heaven, beyond that, they haven’t got a clue. They’re afraid of everything and have not placed their trust in God. They’d rather trust in the bank, the government or a vaccine than to place complete trust in their covenant.

I will constantly keep reminding God of what He’s promised me. I know He hasn’t forgotten me, but I need to remind myself and build my faith and that’s what reminding does. What is it you need to remind God of? What do you need to remind yourself of? Are you going to focus on the problems you face or what the Word says about those problems.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. I have to speak it. I continually go before Him, reminding Him of His promises to me. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease?’ Well, start squeaking! Gods standing with his big ole can of WD-40 just waiting to spray you down with blessings. Today is your day!

Because He Said it!

Sandy G

Be Bold

I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right. Isaiah 45:19 NLT

Why is it God publicly proclaims His bold and audacious promises? So that everyone, not just Christians or Jews, but everyone will know that He is God. Just as He did with Moses, from the burning bush all the way through the wilderness, faithfully protecting them, delivering them time and time again.

I can trust that when I lay hold of His promises, it’s only a matter of moments before I see the end result. If He said it, I believe it. He always keeps His Word to me. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It doesn’t matter what people are saying around me. What matters is the amazing promises He made and they still carry weight today.

They are not secrets whispered in the forest for only the trees to hear. He made them to you and I because He wants us to know Him, in all His fullness and glory. He’s declared His love to us so that we would desire relationship with Him.

I want to be like my Father this week, declaring bold promises! I’m coming into agreement with His Word of truth. For everything I have need of, He’s already provided. There’s nothing He hasn’t thought of, His supply is vast and His hand is not short that it can’t reach us.

Father, measure the words of my mouth. Anything that tries to come out that is contrary to Your Words, Your will or Your ways, stop them at the gate. I will not speak against Your Word. I will not speak my feelings, the facts of my circumstances or the things I see in the natural. Your Word changes all of that! My words will not sound like the worlds words. My thoughts will not be like the worlds thoughts. Everything must bow to Your living Word of truth. Thank you that as I seek You this morning, I will find you. You’re not hiding from me. I call Your name and You respond. Oh that fills me, thrills me, chills me. All hail King Jesus! I welcome You into my words and ways. Change me into Your image and likeness that all men may be drawn to You.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

The King’s Face

In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. Proverbs 16:15

How refreshing, the presence of God. You can have the most miserable week but turn your face to the King and be refreshed. Like tipping your head back in a gentle rain, feeling all clean and fresh. It’s even better when it’s Friday, the end of the work week!

I’m reminded of His goodness in so many ways. Hopefully this week, you’ve been reminded to be thankful, to worship and pray. May it challenge you to step up to the table and eat of the good things God has provided for you. His Word. It contains everything we need for life and godliness (II Peter 1:3), leads us into all truth (John 16:13), arms us for battle (Ephesians 6:10-18) and assures of victory (Romans 8:37).

What great and precious promises we’ve been given to hold onto. Don’t let go! Not when opposition comes (and it will), when temptations come to conform (and they will), tests and trials (promised!). Stand firm on the Word and keep it before your face, coming out of your mouth, going in your ears, coming out your mouth (get the picture!).

Don’t let anything or anyone separate you from the love of God and His promises. They’re more real than anything you can see with your physical eyes or hear with your physical ears. Let His report be louder than the report of your boss, your doctor, your friends and enemies. You are a child of a Mighty, Living God who will never leave you. His promises are Yes and Amen now and forever.

Look up and see the light of His face and enjoy the favor He lavishes on you today and everyday.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Master Planner Has a Plan

It happened that four lepers were sitting just outside the city gate. They said to one another, “What are we doing sitting here at death’s door? If we enter the famine-struck city we’ll die; if we stay here we’ll die. So let’s take our chances in the camp of Aram and throw ourselves on their mercy. If they receive us we’ll live, if they kill us we’ll die. We’ve got nothing to lose.” 2 Kings 7:3-4 Message

Have you ever been in the middle of a situation that looked so impossible and had been going on for so long it consumed you? The pressure of people depending on you to feed them and provide for them? Add to that years of promises that hadn’t come to pass. Such was the state we find the King of Israel in after the Syrians had held the city captive for 7 years.

Let’s continue with verses 5-8; So after the sun went down they got up and went to the camp of Aram. When they got to the edge of the camp, surprise! Not a man in the camp! The Master had made the army of Aram hear the sound of horses and a mighty army on the march. They told one another, “The king of Israel hired the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to attack us!” Panicked, they ran for their lives through the darkness, abandoning tents, horses, donkeys—the whole camp just as it was—running for dear life. These four lepers entered the camp and went into a tent. First they ate and drank. Then they grabbed silver, gold, and clothing, and went off and hid it. They came back, entered another tent, and looted it, again hiding their plunder.

The people were so consumed with themselves that they hadn’t even realized their captures had fled. God used 4 unlikely lepers to pronounce freedom to the city and in one day everything that could change, overwhelmingly changed. One day you’re eating donkey heads, the next day filet minion.

Verse 16 says, “The people then looted the camp of Aram. Food prices dropped overnight—a handful of meal for a shekel; two handfuls of grain for a shekel—God’s word to the letter!”

This fits so well with what is taking place in our nation today. We can’t afford to be so consumed with what is going on that we miss what God is doing in our midst. Revival fire is falling in California. Churches are reopening. Mask mandates are being lifted. Don’t let your focus be so much on the negative the news is reporting that you fail to see that God is on the move!

God the master planner has a plan. Its such a big plan that your mind can’t wrap around it. It’s a plan that people will be talking about forever. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. He’s the same God who delivered the 3 Hebrew children from the fiery furnace, the same God who sent His son, Jesus to buy us back so we could fellowship with him. If He’d do it for them, He’ll do it for you. For one tiny moment, get your eyes off your problem and worship the God who has your turnaround moment on His mind.

Father, the camp of my enemy is empty and I see it now. Your provision is visible, it’s tangible, it’s edible. You’ve had a plan all along and it was a good plan. You’ve opened my eyes and shown me that I was never an after-thought, rather I’ve been on Your mind from the very beginning. You made a way where there was no way and I praise and thank You for that. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Keeping My Eyes Open,

Sandy G

Be Hope to Others

Love empowers us to fulfill the law of the Anointed One as we carry each other’s troubles. If you think you are somebody too important to stoop down to help another (when really you are not), you are living in deception. Galatians 6:2-3 TPT

“If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I can cheer somebody with a word or song. If I can show somebody they are traveling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain.” This very old song was sung by Ann Downing at a concert Walt and I attended while dating. The message is what life should be about….others.

We should be outward focused in everything. Always looking for opportunities to bless others in anyway we can. Thats what Jesus did. The bible tells us in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t He say that greater things then THIS would we do? I don’t see many little Jesus’s walking the earth today. I see need all around me and Christians walking with their heads down and hearts closed to those who are desperately looking for hope. We have that hope in us! The answer to unanswered questions everywhere, in us.

Colossians 1:27 GW says it like this, “God wanted his people throughout the world to know the glorious riches of this mystery—which is Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory.”

I had a woman tell me once that she had given up hope of her husband ever changing and coming to God and was going to leave him. She wasn’t in an abusive situation, so I said, “Wait! Don’t leave! You have hope in you! Let that hope rest in Jesus because He is able when you are not. If you seek God with all your heart, focus on Him, listen and obey Him and just trust Him, while you’re not looking at your husbands problems, God will do His perfect work in you. Yes I said you! You can’t help others until you open yourself up for surgery by God.”

Seems the enemy of our soul wants to distract us from our purpose with anything he can put in the way. Sickness, disease, financial ruin, foreclosure, children, spouses and anything else not listed here. If he can get us to focus on anything but God, he’s won! We become self absorbed, leaving the world without hope.

Oh Father, thank you for opening my eyes, helping me see the harvest around me and how white the fields are. May I be so focused on You, tuned into Your voice, a giver of hope to those in need around me. More of you, Lord, less of me. A LOT less of me!

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Coming Back

I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for him to rescue me. Only God is my Savior, and he will not fail me. Psalm 62:5 TPT

Those stressful moments when you’re trying to get ready for work, running around like a chicken with you head cut off, trying to get as much done as possible before you leave. That’s where I was when I heard the Lord say, “Hey, remember me? You rushed out of our time just as I was getting settled in to listen. Why are you in such a hurry? Those things can wait, but I need to share some things with you that you’re going to need today.”

How can I say no to such a request? How can I not take a moment to sit with Him? Just taking the time to read that verse calms my mind and spirit. I find myself taking a deep breath and exhaling all the stress, all the concerns and every care I’ve been holding onto.

I’m trying to be more deliberate with even my time with Walt. Sometimes I tend to get the attitude that he’ll always be there, I have more important things to tend to right now. But last year, when he was in and out of the hospital from February through September, I realized how wrong I was.

Psalm 62:9a TPT says; Before God all the people of the earth, high or low, are like smoke that disappears, like a vapor that quickly vanishes away.

That’s exactly where I am this morning. I can’t call back this moment and do it over. Each and every moment I have on this earth is valuable to God, whether it be time alone with Him or time working with Him to influence others for the Kingdom. I must value that time and make it count. A smile, a touch, a word of encouragement to someone, a soft kiss in passing, even saying I love you until they’re convinced they are loved.

So Jesus, here I am standing in absolute stillness, waiting for Your love to encompass me and carry me away with You. When I’m in trouble, You are there to rescue me. When I’m afraid, You comfort me with the largeness of Your presence. No foe can stand before You, for each of them have been defeated. You will never fail me. Failure isn’t something You know how to do. So I’m trusting in You to be all I need today. Here’s my heart, do with me as You please.

Glad I Chose to Wait,

Sandy G

God Does Nothing Small

“Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied: I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise, lay your foundations with sapphires, construct your towers with rubies, your gates with jewels, and all your walls with precious stones. All your children will have God for their teacher—what a mentor for your children! You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble—nothing to fear! far from terror—it won’t even come close! If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, and if any should attack, nothing will come of it. I create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer-but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” God’s Decree. Isaiah 54:11-17 Msg

Too often we forget that WE are God’s servants and WE can expect this for ourselves. We think it was written for the Jews centuries ago. We forget that WE are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. We’ve been adopted, grafted in to the vine, His own special people, sons and daughters of the Most High God.

Now go back and read those verses again and put your name in it. Make it personal, because it is. It’s God’s decree to you, his child. ‘Stacy, Rob and Shannon, my grandchildren, Stasia, Paryse and Cipriano, will have God for their teacher-what a mentor for them. How can they fail in life when He leads them into all truth. Walt and I are built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble-nothing to fear! far from terror, it won’t even come close to us. Any attack on us, our children, grandchildren, our bodies or our finances is NOT of God. You are a good God and want the best for us. Our hope is in You and we trust and rely on You.’

We are remnant, His remnant people, and He will always take care of His own.


Sandy G