Birthing Love

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Jesus’ Prayer For You:

“And I ask not only for these disciples, but also for all those who will one day believe in me through their message.  I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one.  I pray for them to become one with us so that the world will recognize that you sent me.  For the very glory you have given to me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy. You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me.

“Father, I ask that you allow everyone that you have given to me to be with me where I am! Then they will see my full glory–the very splendor you have placed upon me because you have loved me even before the beginning of time.

“You are my righteous Father, but the unbelieving world has never known you in the perfect way that I know you! And all those who believe in me also know that you have sent me! I have revealed to them who you are and will continue to make you even more real to them, so that they may experience the same endless love that you have for me, for your love will now live in them, even as I live in them!” John 17:17-26 TPT

Did you know that the last prayer Jesus prayed before Judas betrayed him was for you? You were on His mind and in His heart and He prayed for you. His whole prayer seemed to be that we know God as He knew Him. A Father. A righteous Father filled with endless love.

How can His endless love live in us? Through the same Spirit who adopted us and resides in us so He could constantly lead us into the truth of that love. That is the prayer seed that was planted all those many years ago. That we know the love of God as He did. That we know Love.

1 John 4:11-13 says it best: 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. And he has given us his Spirit within us so that we can have the assurance that he lives in us and that we live in him.

And there it is. It’s as if Love is not just a part of my nature, it’s my true nature because I am His. My last name is no longer Gregory, it’s Love. It’s what happened the day I gave my heart to Him and decided my life was no longer my own, it was His. I lay down my desires and traded them for His. It’s His love I carry. It’s in my DNA. I’m a carrier of Love because of Who is in me.

Unless I open myself up to Love like Jesus did, I cannot be His. Love is the deciding factor. Every time I run up against opposition–Love. When men hate me–Love. When they accuse me falsely–Love. If they spit on me–Love. If they try to kill me–Love. That’s why most of Jesus’ teaching centered around this single truth—Love covers a multitude of sin because that is just what He did.

Until Next Time,

Sandy Love

3rd Contraction

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“Let me make it quite clear: You will weep and be overcome with grief over what happens to me. The unbelieving world will be happy, while you will be filled with sorrow. But know this, your sadness will turn into joy when you see me again! Just like a woman giving birth experiences intense labor pains in delivering her baby, yet after the child is born she quickly forgets what she went through because of the overwhelming joy of knowing that a new baby has been born into the world.” John 16:2–21 TPT

Don’t you wish Jesus was here today ‘making it quite clear’ just what we’re in for? Even when he spoke these words to his disciples, they hadn’t a clue what he was talking about.  It’s not that they were stupid, they just imagined it was going to happen differently or that Jesus was once again talking in a parable.

I mean really, everyone loved Jesus, right? He healed everyone, who wouldn’t like him? He fed them all, who wouldn’t like him? But those same people who followed him from town to town, from healing to healing, those same people when offered money by the religious leaders of that day, turned on him and yelled, “Crucify him!”

It’s always been about an unbelieving world, hasn’t it? He gave his life for an unbelieving world in hopes that someday, they would turn to him, acknowledge him and understand that he did it all for love. Yet even today, an unbelieving world would crucify him yet again. They don’t want anything to do with him. How very sad!

I can’t help but think that as we cry out in our labor, as we sense the pain of what we’re about to deliver is coming to an end, we will too rejoice in the birth that takes place. The birth of so many who enter the Kingdom and find the faithful love of God. This world that is so ripe for harvest. May we have ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to obey through the painful contractions until we hold in our arms the reward of our birthing.

As the contractions grow close together, don’t be distracted by what you see in the natural. Don’t forget that those who endure to the end, those same will be saved. The time to bear down is coming. Keep your eyes on Him.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

2nd Contraction

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What a God you are! Your path for me has been perfect!
All your promises have proven true.
What a secure shelter for all those
who turn to hide themselves in you!
You are the wrap-around God giving grace to me. Psalm 18:30 TPT

Lord, if I’m going to be totally honest, which I’ve found is always best because you know anyway, my mind is actually saying, “Are you joking? If this is your perfect path for me, can we just take a rest, a detour, anything? I don’t like this path!”

Yesterday as I posted my blog about the first contraction, the Lord began speaking to me, showing me some things I’d never seen before. Hope you don’t mind if I share. Doesn’t really matter if you mind, I think I’ll do it anyway and perhaps someone out there will benefit from it. Here’s a bit of our conversation:

“Sandy, you’ve been asking me about what you’ve been going through, I believe your words were, “God, what the heck is going on? Am I missing something? I can’t believe this is part of your plan, is it?”

“Daughter, is labor easy or is it painful? Who can measure the time it will take to birth the child you carry? Each one carries a profound part of my plan for these last days, but I never said there wouldn’t be pain involved. I never said it would be easy. I simply said to keep your eyes on me, the author and finisher of your faith.

“What you’re experiencing are simply birth pains. Each time you cry out, it’s the cry of a woman in travail. The pains are getting closer together because what you’re carrying is close to being delivered. No one knows the hour, but you can feel the lunging in your birth canal as the baby is crowning.

“No longer do you cry out, “I can’t do this!” You’re crying out that I’m your present help in your time of trouble. No longer do I hear you say, “ENOUGH!” You are truly focused on the process, careful not to abort the thing you labor to bring forth. You can do this, daughter. My Spirit is in you to help you in this moment. To strengthen you and uphold you.

“Everything I have placed in you is coming to completion. Your purpose is to birth the unseen so that those who watch will be challenged to do the same. It’s never about what you see, it’s always about so much more.

“So in this time of labor, press into me. Keep your resolve. Don’t be distracted. Don’t be tempted to figure it all out because you can’t. My ways are not your ways neither are my thoughts yours. They are so much higher and they will only be revealed as you press into me. I have released angels to minister to you in this time. Take courage and know that I am God. I reward those who diligently seek me.”

For this is the hope of our salvation. But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? Romans 8:24 TPT

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

 

Is This a First Contraction?

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Later, when they arrived at the Mount of Olives, his disciples came privately to where he was sitting and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what supernatural sign should we expect to signal your coming and the completion of this age?”

Jesus answered, “At that time deception will run rampant. So beware that you are not fooled!  For many will appear on the scene claiming my authority or saying about themselves, ‘I am God’s Anointed,’ and they will lead many astray.

“You will hear of wars nearby and revolutions on every side, with more rumors of wars to come. Don’t panic or give in to your fears, for the breaking apart of the world’s systems is destined to happen. But it won’t yet be the end; it will still be unfolding.

“Nations will go to war against each other and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be terrible earthquakes—seismic events of epic proportion, horrible epidemics and famines in place after place.  This is how the first contractions and birth pains of the new age will begin!” Matthew 24:3-8 TPT

Since I was young, every time believers would gather together they would say the words, “Jesus is coming soon!” Songs were written, songs were sung, prayers were offered up and the cries of the righteous went up before God, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” But as I was reading Matthew 24 this morning, I believe we’re merely in the first contractions of a new age that Jesus spoke about.

You can agree or disagree, but read it for yourself. Jesus himself said it very clearly in these verses when He answered the questions His disciples asked. Yes He’s coming! Yes He’s coming soon! But there’s some things that have to happen first and those things aren’t good things, they’re just contractions that are starting the birthing process.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not liking the ‘new’ things that are happening in the earth. I don’t like them at all! Neither did I like the labor I had to go through to birth our daughters, but I had to go through it. Not just one contraction, but hours of contractions before I gave birth.

If you want to help birth the coming of Jesus, get ready for some pretty intense labor pains. You might be screaming for an epidural before you’re finished, but stop saying, “I can’t do this! Just give me a C-Section! I want it over!” Keep your thoughts on heaven and the appearing of the Son of man. There’s a process to this and aborting it isn’t an option. Jesus is indeed coming and you have a choice to make. Will you continue to push through or will you decide to abort?

For me there are no choices. Like the old song says, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back. No turning back!” Jesus didn’t say, “It’s going to be easy because I did it all for you.” No, He said,  to pick up your cross and follow him. He also said that in the world you’ll have tribulations but be of good cheer, I overcame the world. It’s called constant surrender.

Lord Yahweh, we were like a pregnant woman going into labor pains—Isaiah 26:17 TPT

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

This Time-Your Time

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“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

How exciting to be in the Kingdom at this time. How exciting to know that the King of kings is on the throne, ruling and reigning in our hearts. It’s not for our agenda, it’s for His. 

My friends, this truth must be firmly established in our hearts. We must not fear, but rather trust in the Lord completely and fully. The God who plans your life has a plan and you’re a large part of it. The key to fulfilling that plan is to stay in His presence, listening to His voice and following His direction.

Don’t allow the news media to change what you know. The job of the enemy is to make you fearful, but God is clear in His promises to you. He said He will never leave or forsake you and He meant it. Keep your eyes on Him and your hope in His promises. You’re not alone! He’s never left your side and He doesn’t plan to do so.

Remember what it says in Revelation 12:10; Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Your New Reality

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So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions. Their corrupted logic has been clouded because their hearts are so far from God—their blinded understanding and deep-seated moral darkness keeps them from the true knowledge of God.  Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession.

But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you.  If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus! Ephesians 4:17-21 TPT

Like so many in the world today, I find it mind boggling how so many ‘Christians’ have adapted the worlds ways and standards. This word, apathy in the original greek means; insensibility to suffering, equivalent to apathe- (stem of apathḗs) unfeeling. So a spiritual apathy shows a seared conscience or being insensitive to the ways of God.

See how Paul used tries to jerk us back and get our attention? It’s not the way of life that Jesus has unfolded within you. If you’ve truly experienced Jesus and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life. Unfortunately, what is seen in the lives of so many, is a blatant disregard for what God desires to do in and through us.

There is no better way to say it than Paul to the Corinthians:

Don’t continue to team up with unbelievers in mismatched alliances, for what partnership is there between righteousness and rebellion? Who could mingle light with darkness?  What harmony can there be between Christ and Satan? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What friendship does God’s temple have with demons? For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said:

I will make my home in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.

For this reason,

“Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will embrace you.I will be a true Father to you, and you will be my beloved sons and daughters,” says the Lord Yahweh Almighty.

Don’t be afraid to be different! Be afraid to be the same! God is for those who will separate themselves unto Him. To do as He needs you to do in the earth. Is that you? Are you willing to make this your new reality?

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Energizing Power

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Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Ephesians 3:20 TPT

This morning as I read this verse, I began to think about the last part of this verse, “for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” I don’t know about you, but this body gets worn out and needs a little bit of His miraculous power to energize me. I can’t remember the last time I slept 8 hours. Sometimes life gets a little crazy and you have to rely on strength that doesn’t come from you.

I’m sure you remember the ‘Energizer bunny’ in the battery commercial? Well guess what? God’s power never needs to be charged. It’s constantly at work in us, exceeding our wildest imagination. That’s a whole lot of energy right there. Full blown, solar charged power, by the Father of lights, the Lord of glory.

I don’t know how He does it, but He does. I remember at the beginning of the year thinking, God, are you finished with me? Is this the end of my usefulness? Is there any thing more I can do for you? Suddenly He began to send complete strangers to me who were in need of what was in me. Jesus! His powerful love makes a difference every time.

Energize your people today, Lord. Cause them to stand still and see the complete and total salvation you promised show up in every situation they face. You never disappoint! You never give up on us. Your deep and abiding love is always available for each one of us.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

Will You Find Love?

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The Lord looks down in love, bending over heaven’s balcony, looking over all of Adam’s sons and daughters. He’s looking to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, any who are searching for God and wanting to please him. Psalm 14:2 TPT

What a beautiful picture. The love the Father has for us is inescapable and constantly searches out those He can show His favor to and lavish His blessings on. Will He find you? Are you searching for Him and is your desire to please Him?

We all search for love in all the wrong places. We try to find it in relationships, in things, in money. The word ‘love’ is used so loosely that I believe it’s become lost in the bywords of our society. ‘I love that outfit!’ ‘Love that new store!’ ‘Love those shoes!’

Lets look at Ephesians 3:18-19 in The Passion Translation. It says; Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!

We will never understand it, but we can be partakers of it. Thats like drinking water, not sure how it was formed, but we do enjoy it when we’re thirsty. I believe God wants us hungry for his love.

1 Corinthians 14:1a says, “Let love be your highest goal”, so is it? Is it the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night? Are you passionately pursuing the heart of the Father to know every part of Him? Every dimension of His love? 

I pour out my love to you Lord in the only way I know how. I will lavish songs of love, words of love, my eyes squeezed shut as I think of you and the great love you have for me. My heart is overwhelmed by the many memories of your goodness. My hopeful, watchful eye of faith anticipates the goodness you will show me today, tomorrow and in days to come. I drink from your cup of love and it quenches my parched soul. I cannot come away from this time with you and not be changed. Love really does cover and I am clothed with your love.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

When Impossible Meets God

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Jesus looked at them and replied, “With people it is impossible, but not with God—God makes all things possible!” Mark 10:27 TPT

Jesus said to him, “What do you mean ‘if’? If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the believer.”
Mark 9:23 TPT

I just wanted to take a moment this morning and give you a reminder that regardless of what you are facing at this very moment, absolutely nothing is impossible with God! In fact, the very moment God meets up with your impossible situation, possible happens!

These men are prime examples of what I’m saying. Abraham left his family and country to pursue the promise of a God he had only just met. Noah built a giant sized boat on the Word of an unseen God who said it would rain in a land that had never known rain. For 120 years he endured ridicule. David was anointed king but was hunted for years before he took the throne.

Who does that? People whose focus remains intentionally unwavering regardless of the time involved in the process.

We live in a society where waiting 3 minutes at a stoplight causes anxiety attacks and heaven help us if the drive thru window attendant is too friendly to the person in front of us.

When what God has promised doesn’t manifest in the time we’ve allowed Him, we tend to toss our faith away and assume God could care less. We couldn’t be more mistaken! He is more then faithful to a faithless generation.

There is NOTHING impossible to those who believe. Absolutely nothing! Don’t throw away your confidence just because it doesn’t show up when and how you think it should. Every story in the bible began with a promise. God alone knows the length of time it will take. Be determined to guard your heart and mind so that your words are consistent and your faith unwavering.

Abraham got his son. Noah got his rain. David took his throne. You too will have what you’re willing to wait for. Just keep pursuing the presence of God and continue doing what he says.

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

This Storm Will Pass

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One of my many favorite verses is found in Isaiah 26:3, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. NKJV

In The Passion Translation, it says; Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.

This is how I see this verse being played out; I can have the end result, perfect peace, IF and WHEN I stay focused on God and trust Him. I think thats pretty straight forward, don’t you? But HOW? How do I stay focused on Him?

Three nights in a row we had some pretty bad storms come through our area. High winds, rain, lots of lightening, water spouts. I enjoy watching those storms because I’ve always liked storms and have taught my girls to appreciate them as well. My mom would always pray and trust God to take care of us and I’ve followed that course as well.

We know people who don’t feel the same way about storms, in fact they don’t like them, they’re fearful. My mother-in-law was one of those people. Each time there were bad storms, she would call me and tell me to get the girls and take them to shelter because it was really bad outside. I’m not going to be foolish about them, but I refuse to be afraid, I’ve placed my trust in the one who has never failed me. Sometimes, I’ve heard him direct me out of the path of a storm and was thankful I listened.

My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be no use to God. I must learn to place those things that are out of my control into the hands of the one I’ve grown to trust, Jesus. To learn to do that, I must first know Him and be confident that He is the same God who healed the sick and raised the dead. The same God who supplied for the widow woman and her son. The same God who hears me when I call. I must KNOW Him.

To quote a pastor/friend of mine, “The greater the trust, the deeper the intimacy.” I would never know Walt and trust him if I didn’t spend time with him and learn about him. He reflects God in our home and to those around us, but if we never talked, I could not know him.

Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand what’s happening. Creating good or bad habits comes by repeating the same behavior over and over again. I will keep bringing my mind back to what God said and rest in His promises.

I want that absolute perfect peace, don’t you? So let’s flood our imaginations with stories of how God protected His people in times past and remember, He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G