Vines That Produce

“I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father. He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. The words I have spoken over you have already cleansed you. So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.” John 15:1-4 TPT

Did you like that? I did. It speaks of how important it is to live a fruitful life and how it’s only possible when we remain connected to the vine. Not just connected, but intimately connected.

I believe that bearing fruit is the most important thing in our lives. Fruitless lives are worthless lives. When we cease to be fruit bearers, our usefulness to God ceases as well. He will quickly prune the dead branches away so new growth can come up and bear fruit.

Perhaps that’s why I’m still working. I never know what lives I touch and encourage along the way. It’s not about me, it’s about Him. Intimacy is the fertilizer to fruit bearers. Are you one?

Me too!

Sandy G

When Demons Scream

For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in a cemetery outside the town. As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Luke 8:27b-28a.

I can’t say that this has ever happened to me. I’ve worked with the homeless before, made some people feel uncomfortable, but never had them scream when they saw me. That would be a life altering experience, for sure!

I’ve always wanted to be like Jesus, but the thought of those kinds of things happening, that’s a bit disconcerting. And as much as I want to please Him, I’m not so sure about the ‘suffering’ part, or even the persecution, but alas, He said it would happen, didn’t he?

If it takes a demon to recognize who lives in me, let it happen. I want to be so much like Jesus that demons scream out when they recognize who I carry on the inside of me. Jesus came to set the captives free. He told me to do greater things.

What does that look like to you?

Sandy G

From Now On

From now on you are not strangers and people who are not citizens. You are citizens together with those who belong to God. You belong in God’s family. This family is built on the teachings of the missionaries and the early preachers. Jesus Christ Himself is the cornerstone, which is the most important part of the building. Christ keeps this building together and it is growing into a holy building for the Lord. You are also being put together as a part of this building because God lives in you by His Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22 NLV

Ever wonder why God made you the way He did and placed you with that family on that part of the earth? Ever wonder what His plans are? How He’s going to use you for His Kingdom? Simply because God lives in you by His Spirit, He loves to direct and order your steps!

From now on I want you to think of what that looks like for you. Everything, even the things that the devil meant for bad in your life, God promises to use them for good. WOW! The more you know Father, the more you trust Father. The more you learn just who He is, the more you trust what He’s doing. He has connected you to fulfill His plans, not yours.

Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate all motives and purposes today. To submit and surrender to what God is doing in us to prepare us for this grand finale, this unveiling of his master plan. We are all a work in progress, but we’re fit together with purpose.

Find God, find purpose.

Sandy G

Friday’s Thoughts

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” John 14:27 TPT

I hope this week hasn’t terrorized you too much. If it has, remember this verse. Jesus left you with a gift of peace. Let it carry you through the weekend. Bask in it. Take time to spend some alone time with the Father and let Him fill you with that peace.

And whatever you do, don’t yield to fear or let your heart be troubled. Oh, it’s not easy, that one! But it can be done for sure. Everytime fear tries knocking at your door, lock it tight and say nope, not allowed here.

Whatever you’re facing; lack, sickness, disease, dread or even impossible situations; He is well able to keep you through it all. There is no power greater than His power. Nothing is bigger than He is.

And remember this, you carry the same powerful Word in you. You are already equipped with everything you will ever need in life. It’s what you do with what you have that makes all the difference.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sandy G

A Life Lived For God

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5 NLT

I had lunch with a dear friend once and we talked about this. She commented that she didn’t like ‘Jesus’ crammed down her throat before she was a believer. Since she became a believer, she learned that a life lived FOR God speaks louder than a lot of words ABOUT God.

This verse says to live wisely, not talk wisely. It’s not that we shouldn’t be wise about both. While I was thinking about this, I heard the Holy Spirit remind me that the world doesn’t need to hear about our problems, they have enough of their own. In other words, save your drama for your mama!

We need to demonstrate that we are victorious. We still go through things, but our focus is on helping others because we know that God has this! The confidence and trust we have in God should speak loud and clear by the way we don’t focus on our problems.

Thank you Jesus for showing me this. You said we are to be salt and light, not blend in so there’s no difference. I’m determined to smile through the pain, laugh through the trauma, give through the lack so that others may know Jesus is ever working in me. If they need a miracle, Lord, may you do it through me.

Sandy G

More Than Stories

Later his disciples came to him privately to ask him what deeper meaning they could find in this parable. He said, “You have been given a teachable heart to perceive the secret, hidden mysteries of God’s kingdom realm. But to those without a listening heart, my words are merely stories. Even though they have eyes, they are blind to the true meaning of what I say, and even though they listen, they won’t receive full revelation. Luke 8:9‭-‬10 TPT

I’ve always wondered how someone could sit in church their entire lives and not really learn anything at all. It has to do with having a teachable spirit, one that possesses a listening heart. That’s what David had. He sat in the presence of the Lord and talked with Him, but also listened.

Psalm 51:10 records David’s desire, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” That should be our prayer as well. To cultivate our hearts so that we may receive the seed of Your Word and obtain Your hidden mysteries of the kingdom realm. That Your words be more than stories.

Deep within my heart is a longing for more. More of His presence. More time at His feet. Learning, growing, maturing and gaining revelation. It’s only when it becomes so real that nothing can shake you from your firm foundation, that’s when it becomes more than stories.

Sandy G

Oily Obedience

Samuel took the horn with the oil in it, and poured the special oil on Jesse’s youngest son in front of his brothers. The Spirit of the LORD came on David with great power from that day on. Then Samuel went back home to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13 Easy to Read Version

What happened next? Nothing. He went back to doing what he’d been doing and watching sheep and caring for them and I’m sure he asked God, what now?

What was Samuel thinking? He wasn’t, he was doing. He was merely a messenger doing a duty for God. He released a word, anointed David with oil as the next king of Israel and moved on.

Davids family kept on ignoring him. They kept on harassing him and misreading his motives. But here’s what was happening that nobody saw.

The Word was released and activated. God Himself said His Word is active and powerful, and always accomplishing what it was sent to do. What God declared through Samuel was done the moment it went out of his mouth whether people saw it done or not.

Perhaps you’ve received a prophetic assignment years ago and nothing. Hold on. It’s still working. It may not happen how and when you think it will, but friend, prepare yourself for the assignment in the meantime.

You can’t go wrong sitting in your sheep fold talking to God, getting better acquainted with who He is and what He’s able to do in and through you.

It may not happen how you want but it will happen the way He wants. It’s about being a vessel filled up and poured out however He wants it spilled.

Trusting His Timing,

Sandy G

Tell Me What You See?

John’s disciples reported to him in prison  about all the wonderful miracles and the works Jesus was doing. So John dispatched two of his disciples to go and inquire of Jesus. When they came before the Master, they asked him, “Are you the coming Messiah we’ve been expecting, or are we to continue to look for someone else? John the prophet has sent us to you to seek your answer.”

Without answering,  Jesus turned to the crowd and healed many of their incurable diseases. His miracle power freed many from their suffering. He restored the gift of sight to the blind, and he drove out demonic spirits from those who were tormented.

Only then did Jesus answer the question posed by John’s disciples. “Now go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard here today. The blind are now seeing. The crippled are now walking. Those who were lepers are now cured. Those who were deaf are now hearing. Those who were dead are now brought back to life. The poor and broken  are given the hope of salvation.  And tell John these words: ‘The blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me, no matter what happens.’ ”

As I read these verses, I thought of something about our dear John, the cousin of Jesus. He had a call on his life to prepare the way of our Lord Jesus. He was the one who baptized Him, who saw the Spirit descend on Him and heard the voice of the Father say, “This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased.”

Yet while imprisoned, he clearly had a moment of doubt because Jesus didn’t seem to cooperate with the way John thought He should be ‘Savior’ of the world. The fact is, many thought Jesus had been dispensed to be ‘King’, to sit on a throne here on the earth and reign.

John, like so many of us, seemed to lose a little faith in Jesus. He thought by posing the question, “Are you the one or should we look for another?”, he might possible push Jesus into moving to rescue him. Why, because truth be told, none of us ever thinks for a moment that there’s a time limit on our assignment.

But there is, isn’t there? Who are we to tell God we need more time? Or to think we’re so valuable that God can’t do anything without us?

Jesus heard the question, but chose to answer with action. Nothing like examples to prove the answer. Signs and wonders went where He went not because He was the Son of God, but because of the power of the Spirit of God that worked in and through Him. And that same power lives in you. What are you doing with that power?

‘The blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me, no matter what happens.’

No Matter What!

Sandy G

Thanks Mom

This morning and every morning I’m thankful for the sacrifice of my mom. She tilled the soil of our heart and planted good seed in it daily. I know from talking with other friends that the home I was raised in, though not perfect, was indeed rare.

She read bible stories to us, missionary stories, never tired of our questions. She had us in church 3 times a week and in between if there was anything else going on.

When my dad died and we began to wander away from God, I would hear her from behind her closed bedroom door, praying and crying out to God. She never stopped!

She never doubted that if God began a good work, and she was faithful to water and tend it, He would be faithful to complete it. Even if it took a lifetime, she knew His Word would never return to Him empty but would finish what He started in us.

Moms mind is a little bit befuddled right now. It makes my heart sad to see her so. But I still see her sowing those seeds into the hearts of so many. Teaching Sunday school, playing the piano because there was no one else to do it. Singing with my dad and later with my step-dad. Ministering hugs and a listening ear.

Here’s what I’ve learned from her; Just keep sowing regardless if you ever see the outcome. It will not only change the life of the one you sow into, but the fruit of it will tasted for generations to come.

Happy Mothers Day Mom, I’m a life that was changed.

Sandy G

Forever Protected

You will be guarded by God himself. You will be safe when you leave your home, and safely you will return. He will protect you now, and he’ll protect you forevermore! Psalm 121:8 TPT

What a beautiful promise that you can take with you as you travel to and from work, the store, the bank or whatever appointments you have today. You are promised God will keep you safe when you leave and when you return.

Sometimes not knowing the promises of God can cause us to speak contrary to His Word. It’s important to read verses like this, to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we serve a God who protects us. Always and forevermore.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe. I know I will.

Sandy G