Pay Attention!

At God’s command amazing things happen, wonderful things that we can’t understand. He commands snow to fall on the earth, and sends torrents of drenching rain. Job 37:5-6

The first part of that verse stirred me this morning. It was like He was saying it to me personally. “Sandy, pay attention! I’ve commanded the blessing on you and this is one of the way’s I’m going to do it.”

I would have missed it if I wasn’t at the right place, at the right time. I thought I was going the wrong way because it was strange to me. I looked around and nothing was familiar. But had I not gone in that direction, I would have missed the set up for blessing.

For those of us who are directionally challenged, we need to know the voice of God more than ever. Turn on the God GPS inside of you and LISTEN! Some of us don’t want to hear because it’s distracting, but if you don’t listen, you’ll run into traffic or a detour that doesn’t show up on the map you have looked at before you left Him this morning.

The cool thing about God is this; He is with you always! He never leaves you, ever! You can’t leave your prayer room and He not accompany you during your day because He is IN you. He’s not an ‘app’ you add to your phone, He’s in you to give direction always, in every situation you face, every obstacle that stands in your way, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! Romans 8:11 TPT

Father, guide me as You promised and don’t let sin rule over me. I will acknowledge you in all my ways for You always direct my paths. My steps have been ordered by You because You know the desire of my heart is to serve You. I trust in You when things don’t make sense. I trust in You when the shaking starts and when it stops. You are my hope and the strength of my life. Keep talking, Lord. I’m listening. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Tune in and keep listening,

Sandy G

Be You Not Me

My name is Paul and I have been chosen by Jesus Christ to be his apostle, by the calling and destined purpose of God. Colossians 1:1

Hi, my name is Sandy and I’ve been chosen by Jesus Christ to be His disciple, by the calling and designed purpose of God. He has instructed me to sit in His presence and listen to His voice and not everyone else’s. He always sends me confirmation to what He asks of me, but I willingly obey regardless of what it makes me look like or sound like to anyone else.

You see, each and everyone of us have been called to discipleship. Our added gifting of prophet, apostle, pastor, evangelist or teacher (Ephesians 4:11) is just that, added. But we’re all disciples or followers of Jesus. That means we follow His commands final command to us–Go and I’ll be with you always.

Never allow what others think, keep you from being who God called you to be. Stop trying to be like other people, to imitate the gift that’s in them. You have been chosen for a specific task. The success of your assignment hinges on your ability to obey the direct instructions of God.

Are you listening? If you don’t take time to listen, you will never hear. If you never hear, you will continue on the same path you’re on, possibly going in the wrong direction. Find a quiet place, turn off the noise and distractions, worship the Lord and give Him thanks, and with no agenda, no prayer requests, just wait for Him to draw near and speak to your spirit. It will be the most productive time of your entire day.

Have fun being you!

Sandy G

Forgiveness

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23 NLT

We sure do skip over that verse, don’t we? Our response is often, ‘Hey, it’s their problem, not mine! I don’t hold anything against them.’ But thats not what that says. If you remember someone has something against you. Doesn’t matter where the fault lies, it’s on us to resolve it, ask forgiveness, clarify content.

Everyone perceives things differently. Misunderstandings happen everyday but what do we do about it? How many times have we thought, ‘I know what I meant, he shouldn’t have jumped to that conclusion?’ How petty will that sound before Jesus? Do we pass on generationally, the attitude that we are always right?

God, give us a humble heart. A heart that is willing to not just forgive but to ASK forgiveness. We want to stand before you with a clear conscience that you would receive the sacrifice of our worship, our offerings would be blessed and increase would come in every area of our life. With humble hearts, we who have received your forgiveness for past, present and future wrongs, also extend the same to those we’ve harbored unforgiveness toward. Remind us often of your grace and mercy, help us to live to extend the same.

Happy Forgiving!

Sandy G

Harvest Time

Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest.  Galatians 6:7 TPT

As I was talking with the Lord this morning about all the horrible things going on in our world, I asked Him, “How have YOU allowed this?” This was the Word that popped up in my spirit. Don’t blame God for things you’re responsible for!

Even if something is stolen, those who steal will never enjoy what they possess–God will make sure of that. How do I know this? It’s a principle from His Word.

Here’s another way of looking at it; if you plant tomatoes in your garden, how could you expect anything but tomatoes to grow? You can’t! Why? Because the seed you plant is what you harvest. Don’t expect to enjoy what you did not plant.

Exodus 22:7 tells us that if a thief is found, he must repay double. God keeps track of those things! How many times have you planted and before you could enjoy the harvest, it was stolen right out of your hands? I have–many times. But once I discovered that God keeps track of your seeds, I released it into His hands. I’m not going to sweat it. I’m not going to grieve over it. I’m going to do what I always have—Trust my covenant.

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Proverbs 3:5 TPT

Father, every seed holds within itself a great harvest. The potential is always there and I trust You to bring the increase. Not in my time, but in Yours. You always receive the glory for the increase. Once again, I give You the praise for all things work together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.

Happy Harvest,

Sandy G

I Hope In The God of Israel

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 NLT

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always. Psalm 131:3 NLT

I could read the Psalms all day, everyday! I remember as a 15 year old who couldn’t put her thoughts into words, constantly reading them out loud to God. I could relate to David in so many ways. He seemed to be able to express the very things that were deep in my heart.

Many of you are familiar with my story, but for 2 years after my dad died, I felt abandoned. Everything I’d learned about a loving heavenly Father flew out the window when people said, “God took your daddy home to be with Him.” What kind of a God does that?

But David trusted in the Lord. In the midst of all his losses, he reminded himself of His faithfulness. In his grief, he cried out to the great Comforter. When threats came against Israel, he hoped in the God of his salvation. It was in the Psalms that I discovered that regardless of my circumstances, I could trust God with my outcome.

My hope remains in you, oh God of Israel. I will speak of your faithfulness and praise your holy name. Who can turn the hearts of kings and mighty men? You oh God. As David did, I will humble myself before you and cry out for your holy city and the people you love.

Everyday, I cry out for your help, that I may be a light in the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hid. Everyday, I will spend time in Your presence that I will have oil in my lamp that make me burn bright.

Give me wisdom in the days ahead, that I may speak your Word over our rulers and not my own. Help me to bless and not curse. I do not know what lies ahead, but I know and trust in you, Lord, who knows the end from the beginning.

I know you are coming quickly. I see the signs around me and my heart is thrilled to return to my heavenly home. But before you return, may every man and woman, boy and girl throughout the whole earth, hear of your great love and mercy. May you find me faithful when you come. I love you Lord. I will not fear my future for my heart hopes in you.

Stay Hopeful,

Sandy G

Change is Coming

So don’t remember what happened in earlier times. Don’t think about what happened a long time ago, because I am doing something new! Now you will grow like a new plant. Surely you know this is true. I will even make a road in the desert, and rivers will flow through that dry land. Isaiah 43:18-19

There are times and seasons where change happens. After a long summer, the temperature begins to cool, the leaves change color and before we know it, fall is upon us. Shortly after, winter shows it’s cold face and the things we did only months earlier, come to a screeching halt.

We are surrounded by a myriad of different people. Some personalities love routine, others hate it! I’m one of those who feel like ruts are graves with the ends knocked out. I love change in most things, and even in the things I enjoy doing, I sometimes change the way I do them.

Whatever it is in your life that you’re tired of, perhaps it’s time to spruce it up. I know when I grow tired of the livingroom, I move the furniture around. Sometimes I paint the walls, add new pillows, change around the pictures.

There are times I have devotions at a park, at the beach or in my tree swing, but if your devotion time is becoming the same ole thing and you’re not getting fresh revelation, something as simple as going to a different room, turning off the lights, sitting in the dark and pouring out your love onto the Lord will add variety.

Bottom line-don’t be stuck or afraid of change! God is a God who is alive. He never tires of spending time with you. Even a simple, “Good Morning, Father!” brings His presence in like a flood. Always have pen and paper ready to write down the smallest of impressions. Write a love song or poem to the Lord. Express yourself! If you can’t express it to the Lord, how are you going to express the Lord to others.

Lord, help us not be so comfortable as to stay in a place where You no longer are. When You move, let us move with You. We are Yours and Yours alone. Our life would be empty and boring without the joy we find in following after You. May we see others through your eyes! May we be burdened for the lost and always remember Your widows and orphans. Bless Israel oh Lord, the people You love. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mix it up today,

Sandy G

Captivity Never Trumps Purpose

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:

Daniel was called Belteshazzar.
Hananiah was called Shadrach.
Mishael was called Meshach.
Azariah was called Abednego.

But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Daniel 1:6-8

Daniel was captured as a young man to serve the King of Babylon, but not once did he consider himself a Babylonian. Everyday, he prayed and communed with God, reading the word and fellowhipping with his God.

In chapter 6:3, we read; Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.

Then in verses 4-5 we watch as an evil conspiracy takes place; Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.  So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”

So they went before the king and had a law passed that no one could pray to anyone but him for 30 days or they’d be thrown into the lions den. But even in this attempt, Daniel refused to stop praying. Although he honored the king, he would do nothing contrary to Gods Word, even when he knew the punishment was to be thrown into the lions den.

Even this threat of death would not deter Daniel from praying twice a day. He knew that the wisdom he possessed came from God. He knew the gift of dream interpretation came from God. He loved God with all His heart and did not forget the covenant promises of His God.

So the evil conspirators turned him into the king and the king was forced to throw Daniel into the den of hungry lions. Hear what the king said to Daniel before he executed his judgement; The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.”

But the story doesn’t end there, does it? Here’s what happened the next morning from Daniel 6:20-22:

When he (King Darius) got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”

Daniel answered, “Long live the king!  My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

This man, because of his humble heart, was deeply loved of the Lord and received more vision of future events than any other known prophet but John. Even though a ‘slave’, he made himself available for the plans and purposes of God. He never allowed his captivity to trump his purpose!

Father, hear my prayer this morning. I set my heart on the Lord, to observe Your commandments, to stand in the gap and pray, to honor my husband, my pastors, my city and state officials and the president of our nation.

Most importantly, I will remember that I am a citizen of another Kingdom. I am not of this world because I have been bought by the highest price. I am a Christian by name and the shed blood or Jesus Christ, so I will first and foremost be accountable to my King, Jesus.

I will listen and obey Him. I will not be ashamed of His Word, but will strive to be the best ambassador while here on this earth. Should I fall prey to the evil schemes of the enemy and be falsely accused, I will proclaim “My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

From the moment I gave my life to Christ, I ceased to live, for it is not I that lives but Christ who lives in me. Galations 2:20

Remember Your Purpose,

Sandy G

The Bold Prophet

When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”

“I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.” 1 Kings 18:17-18 NLT

I love the prophet Elijah. Now there’s a man that truly trusted in the Lord. He loved God, communed with God and obeyed His voice. Just how many times did he declare something and God backed Him up? Every time!

He was bold when he announced a severe drought, then hides for 3 years till God says go back. (I Kings 18) He kills all the prophets of Baal in the most awesome display of Gods might since the splitting of the Red Sea, then he tells King Ahab, ‘Go on and get yourself some food cause I hear a heavy rain comin!’

With not a cloud in the sky, he goes up, positions himself to pray and 7 times, sends his servant to check the sky. When his servant finally returns with the report of a teeny weeny cloud in the distance, he says, ‘Run and tell the king to get in his vehicle and drive fast before he gets stuck in the rain.’ (my modern day translation of course).

Here’s my observation on this: Most of us would have got off our face on the 3rd report that there’s no cloud! We would of taken our pitiful self back home in defeat stating we’ll never take a risk like that again. Knowing we couldn’t trust the voice of God in our lives, we’d of probably crawled into bed and refused to believe for another thing.

What has God spoken to you that you’ve hung onto and believed for all these years? Do you hear a voice saying, ‘It’s never going to happen! You’re a fool for believing that way!” Can I tell you something? Look again! There’s a cloud forming on the horizon, a cloud of the promise of salvation, restoration, healing, deliverance.

According to your FAITH be it unto you, thats what Jesus said. Stop trying to explain it! Stop trying to justify it! Stop listening to friends who spread doubt and unbelief! Stop sharing it with gloom & doomers! Pick your self up and begin to run with your promise.

I declare to you this day, RAIN IS COMING! Just as you would prepare for a storm by stocking up on supplies, begin to prepare for a party! See it as God sees it, DONE DEAL! Begin to rejoice now because praise brings expectation. Its the fertilizer for your seed and add the latter rain to that and what do you have? HARVEST! IT’S HARVEST TIME!

Happy Reaping!

Sandy G

Choose Your Stone

David said to the Philistine, “You come to me using sword, spear, and javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the armies of Israel. You have said bad things about him. I Samuel 17:45 ERV

You have said bad things about Him. David was just a young boy when he said these words to a giant, a man who had caused all of Israel to freak out for quite some time. But David knew the power of His God, mighty to save and deliver. How did he learn these things about God? In a valley while tending sheep.

Perhaps you’re in a valley tending sheep right now. You feel alone, and separated from what’s familiar. This is simply the time when you learn to lean into the mighty power of God to deliver, save and keep. This is the time when you learn who God is and what He’s capable of. There may be a battle you’re about to face that will test what you know about Him.

When you face your giant, remember what you learned in the valley. He will never leave you, He’s always got your back. He didn’t say you would never go through hard places, but He did say He’d be with you. He never said there would be no battles, but He did say He would fight them for you.

This might be the day when you face your enemy and say with a loud voice, “You can mock me, but you cannot mock my God and get away with it. He is well able to deliver you into my hand!”

Now, go choose your stone and when you throw it, it will not miss it’s mark.

Ready–Aim–Fire

Sandy G

The Rewards of Obedience

“If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.” Job 36:11 NLT

What a wonderful promise to begin the day with. I love that ‘I will be blessed with prosperity’ part. Seriously! Even the ‘All their years will be pleasant’ sounds nice. Why did he have to stick that first part in there?

Seems there’s always an ‘if’ to every promise, isn’t there? Reminds me of times as a child when I’d want to go outside and play, my mom would put an; ‘If you get your chores done’.

The message of the Grace of God seems to give people an out when it comes to obedience. Some think there is nothing they have to do because Jesus did it all. It’s the unconditional Love of God is what comes freely to me. Even salvation comes with, ‘If you believe’.

I don’t HAVE to obey God, I GET to obey God. Those boundaries were set up to show that God is a good God, and that He rewards obedience. Every parent in the world should get that! When children are allowed to do what they want and there are no consequences, well, look around you today.

If I will seek the Lord with all my heart, I’ll find Him. If I call on Him, He will answer me and show me great and mighty things I know not of. If is such a small word but connects the promise to the request. God always rewards obedience.

I love how You care for me, Father. I’m thankful for the times You chastise me for doing wrong, for then it is that I know Your deepest love. I still remember the countless spankings when I was a child, but I also know how much I was loved.

Today I ask for a heart to obey. May pride not keep me from receiving all You have for me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Keep Obeying,

Sandy G