Friday’s Selah

Pausing to reflect on what the Lord has done just seems fitting today. It should be fitting everyday, but we just get so busy with trivial things that we forget.

Paul said it so well in his letter to the Philippians; Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 Message)

The things we think on determine how God weaves us into His tapestry. The beautiful harmonies of the song He’s written, will be the note we represent. The choices I make today could effect not only me, but others who are destined to cross my path. What a beautiful thought.

Today I will scroll through the pages of my week and be thankful. For every single time I didn’t sleep through the night allowed me to help my husband who only a little while ago was not in my bed, but in a hospital bed alone.

For every day I looked across the table and was able to share a meal with the man God gave me in covenant. I’m thankful not just for the food, but for the gift of covenant keeping promises.

I consider the Promise Maker to always be the Promise Keeper. He said that He would satisfy us with long life and show us the deep magnitude of His redemptive salvation. I pause and think on that.

Thank You my gracious Father for being such a wonderful, faithful Father. How deeply I love You and am thankful for each brush stroke in my life. You have made me beautiful in Your sight and I lift up my song of worship to You.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Who Says?

My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception. 1 John 4:4-6 Message

You have a right to question what you’re being told, especially when it doesn’t set right in your spirit. Nobody likes to be bossed around, to be told what we should think or how we should speak. To be manipulated into doing something that goes against everything you know to be true. I loved how Jesus stood up to the religious leaders and healed on the Sabbath.

I think that one of the first words I learned to say was, who says? I remember saying that often to my sister when she tried to boss me around. Like, who gave you authority to tell me what to do. Have you ever questioned? Especially when someone tells you something you don’t want to hear? I have! Man, it’s something I’ve struggled with most of my life. I know this comes as a huge surprise to most of you. LOL!

Did you know that God has given us authority over all the power of the enemy? We think of enemies as something we can see, but did you know that the biggest enemy we have is unseen? He accuses us, puts fear on us, addicts us, makes idols for us, convinces us we’re powerless to defeat him when all the while we’ve forgotten who gave us the authority to question.

II Corinth 10:4 says, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.”

Perhaps it’s time we started back talking the devil! Who says, you big fat liar! (OMG it IS like talking to my sister! LOL) Who says, I’m sick-liar! By His stripes I’m healed! Who says I’m broke-liar! My God will supply all my needs! Who says I’m afraid-liar! He gave his angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways. 1000 may fall here and 10,000 may fall there but it won’t come near me!

Know who you are! Know your authority! Use your weapons because they are mighty-Use the Word. Learn to question so that you’re not bowing to the wrong authority.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Prayer-It’s Not For Sissy’s

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Those who pray, understand. Those who think prayer is a meal blessing or a ‘now I lay me down to sleep,’ have not cracked the prayer door open.

To pray without ceasing is a continual conversation with Father. It’s complete surrender to what He says and does. It’s realizing that we’ve been set free from sin to walk again with power and authority. It’s knowing that we reign because He reigns.

Prayer is having your heart so moved with compassion for the lost that you cry out as if it were your own children on the road to hell. Prayer is declaring and agreeing with what the Word says. It cries out, “Kingdom come! Will of God be done!”

Prayer doesn’t stand with political parties, its stands with God who says to pray for those in authority over you. His words, not mine! Not my own will, but His.

Prayer opens me up to the neighbor who lost his job, to takes a meal, a bag of groceries to them and extends what is in my own hands. Prayer sees someone hurting and gives a hug, even when the world says not to. It’s not afraid to do what the Father says.

Prayer is a living, breathing word. It has no end because it’s continual. Amen in a prayer is not the end, it’s simply a warrior of agreement, “SO BE IT!” It’s when their very agreement attaches to faith and believes with you.

Anyone who has experienced prayer, has smelled the burnt sacrifices and heard the cries of the lost. They have felt the flames being fanned, heard the sweet Spirit of God rush up out of them and into the room. Those are the ones who will push aside everything standing in the way to be there when prayer takes place. They’re always in a state of readiness.

Father, for those who haven’t experienced Your Name and all that it contains, make Yourself known to them. Open the eyes of their understanding. Give them eyes to see, ears to hear and an obedient heart that obeys. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Guard Your ❤️ & All It Holds

“Sandy, give attention to my words: tune your ear to my sayings. Don’t let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the center most protected part of your heart; For they are life to you as you find them, and health to all your spirit, soul and body.” Proverbs 4:20-22 Sandy’s Version

A few years ago, I got ahold of a series by Creflo Dollar entitled, Are You In The Game. I just couldn’t stop listening to them. It was all about winning the battle of your mind, how to fight your thoughts with the Word and they were the most eye opening, mind bending, practical truth I’ve listened to.

Have you ever felt yourself tossed into the heat of a battle and wondered what the heck was going on? I have, but it’s weird, like really weird warfare. When the enemy tries to convince you that you can’t communicate, no one really understands you and that people are just being nice.

Each time you open your mouth, it’s like you’re stumbling over your words and what you say doesn’t translate into English right. You begin to wonder if you’re actually having a stroke or losing your ability to speak.

This actually happened to me and I was about to stop talking until I could figure out what was going on, but when I thought that thought, I instantly recognized it was the devil and in my spirit I heard, “He’s trying to steal your words!” (Mark 4:15) So I said, “You will not have my words, devil! For they are hidden and protected in the center of my heart where you can’t get to them. I know the truth and the truth sets me free!”

My friends, Satan’s goal is to shut you up and he is relentless in his goal to do so. He will come at you from every side, to discourage you and get you to give up. If that’s not happening in your life, perhaps you should examine what, if anything is coming out of your mouth. If there’s no warfare, there’s no treasure to steal.

I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to stand in a place of battle and from a place of victory to contend for what Jesus purchased for me. I hold up my shield of faith and quench every fiery dart hurled at the Word in me. No weapon formed against me will prosper. Jesus won the war, I must be convinced of that and rest in it.

I pray for each of you who have treasure in you to protect; guard your heart and mind. Don’t cry out for yourself, cry out for others. God did not make you to be self-centered but to focus on Him and others. I link myself together with you and pray for you that I might be saved. (James 5:16)

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Speak a Blessing

Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another.  Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. 1 Peter 3:8-9 TPT

What does it mean to speak a blessing? To bless those who curse and insult you instead of retaliating? That takes a lot of forethought, doesn’t it? Our first instinct is to give back what they’ve just dished out! But our new nature should be to bless them. I don’t know about you, but I feel like that is something I need to work on.

Each day I spend renewing my mind in the Word of God, I’m trading my old nature for my new one. It’s not something that just comes naturally. Even Peter struggled with doing things the way Jesus taught him. Remember in the Garden when they came to arrest Jesus? Peter took a sword and cut off the priests ear. Jesus told him to put away his sword, because people who live by the sword, die by the sword. 

Learning to recognize where evil actions come from, helps me to separate the person from the action. When I understand that they are influenced by the evil one and I’m influenced by Jesus, I can choose to walk away or ‘turn the other cheek’. Jesus didn’t say it would be easy, but He said I could do it because He did it. 

So how do I bless someone who is cursing me? I can bless them by speaking peace and joy over them. I can bless them by speaking the Love of Jesus to them. I can smile and give them my love. I can bless them with a gift card or buy them lunch. Perhaps while they’re cursing me, I can silently ask the Father what I should do and than listen for instructions. The best blessing always comes from Him.

Freely I’ve received, freely I will give. They may not deserve the blessing, but than neither did any of us. Yet in His great love for us, He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him might be saved. That’s the greatest blessing we can give.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

It’s Ok To Be Different

But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 1 Peter 2:9 TPT

Although we’re chosen by God as kings and priests, we are all very unique in our calling. The only way to find out just how God intends to use us, we must first understand our identity. Our identity if found in Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Imagine if we all wanted to be a doctor. It’s a great thing to aspire to, but if your motive in becoming a doctor is merely to make money, think again! There are a whole lot of expenses involved in the process, not to mention study, discipline and self sacrifice. We’ve all been to doctors who have no passion for what they do, but we’ve also experienced many doctors who do.

In the same way, God gave us a heart for various things. Some of us would make great teachers, some prophets, others evangelists, etc., but not everyone would. Each and every gift is given by the Father, but it’s up to us to develop those gifts and use them as God desires us to.

Understanding people can be challenging at times. Some of us never get it right because we don’t understand the simple fact that people have different personalities and communicate differently. It doesn’t make them stupid or wrong, just different then you.

Even within the different gifts, our personalities, our backgrounds are all variables. It’s what makes each of us God’s own gifts within the body that He’s putting together as a bride for His dear son. Appreciate those differences—He does!

Seeking relationship with God works like that too. We each have our own unique relationship with Him. Yours won’t look like mine and mine won’t look like yours. As we seek Him, we find Him when we seek Him with all our heart. I may see Him differently than you, it doesn’t make me wrong it makes me different.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Identity, Instruction & Success

This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Joshua 1:8

There is so much we can learn from this first chapter of Joshua. Because sometimes the instructions we get seem a bit ill defined, don’t they? We know enough to take one step forward, but never enough to do it on our own. Why do you suppose that is? Well, it’s because God never wants us to outgrow our dependence on him.

The first nine verses, God gives Joshua these instructions. Cross the Jordan, I’ll give you every place your foot falls on. Then He gives him the boundaries, but what I want you to pay close attention to is the 3 times in those verses God tells him to be strong and courageous. In fact once, He says “Be strong and VERY courageous!” It wasn’t until they took the first step and crossed the Jordan that God gave them instructions on how to take Jericho.

One huge factor in this whole story is this: When God tells us to do something, He will ALWAYS back up His Word. It’s the same scenario with different people all the way through the bible. He gives them a new identity, gives them instruction and promises for a new future with Him.

Let me now say this, if Jesus told us to go make disciples (followers of Jesus), to be a light, be witnesses, healing, delivering, setting free those who are oppressed, will He not also back His Word? What are we waiting for? Others to do it first? A huge revival to come where well known pastors and evangelists do it? NO! He commanded you and me to do it.

First He made gave us a new identity, than He gave us instructions followed by the assurance that He would never leave us but be with us to the end. Just before He left the earth, these were His very last words, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

For far too long, we’ve expected the ‘church’ to do outreaches, things to draw people to Jesus. But that’s not following instructions at all. Perhaps it’s time for us to be what He said we are, the church! For the Kingdom of Heaven is in us. There are so many ways to be a light, ask God how He wants you on display and than go do it!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Fix Me, Lord!

This is a part of what Jesus said to us, his disciples: “I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father. I will do anything you ask the Father in my name so that the Father will be given glory because of the Son. If you ask me to do something, I will do it.” John 14:12-14 GW

There are some keys here that we need to see. 1. This is a guarantee. Defined; to make oneself answerable for (something) on behalf of someone else who is primarily responsible.

2. We will do the things Jesus was doing and even greater things. This includes; walking in unconditional love always; forgiving and letting things go; compassion that moves us to give of ourselves without complaint; no murmuring; forfeiting your own will and desires for the good of the Kingdom.

3. We can ask anything of the Father in Jesus Name that will give the Father glory. WHAT? We can’t just have anything we want? We can’t ask for a million dollars and have it drop magically in our account? What? It can have no selfish ambition attached to it at all.

Jesus went about doing good and healing all. How many of us live our lives like that? How many of us can really say that our minds are so toward God, that we never think of our own needs or wants because we know the Father will take care of us. Most, if not all of us would have to admit to this.

Father, forgive me. I’m so not like Jesus. My eyes are still glued to my bills. I still want for wrong reasons. My faith is still so small. The more I read about you, the smaller I feel. So this morning, I ask to know you more. To hunger and thirst for your presence. To overflow onto others the love and compassion that Jesus had for the lost you love.

May I not be critical of others and their motives. How do I know what their motives are! Open my eyes to try to find the good in ALL those around me, not just those who are nice to me. Only then will you be able to break through the walls they’ve formed from rejection and hurt. Only then will my own walls come down so that you can touch them through me. Jesus, give me your eyes. I’m broken, please fix me.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Life Words

It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh is of no help. The words I speak to you are spirit and life. John 6:63 NLV

Have you ever experienced a time when you felt God breathe on you? That’s what it feels like when I begin to read His Word or merely worship Him, sitting in His presence and thinking of His goodness. It’s refreshing, revitalizing and energizing all at the same time.

I could be exhausted, both mentally and physically, but one moment in His presence restores my soul. I can simply turn on worship music and shift the environment in my home. It reminds me of that old song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

David penned these words that ring true today; So hide all your beloved ones in the sheltered, secret place before your face. Overshadow them by your glory-presence. Keep them from these accusations, the brutal insults of evil men. Tuck them safely away in the tabernacle where you dwell. Psalm 31:20 TPT

A vacation can’t provide that. Time at the beach can’t do that. Reading a good book can’t do what the Word of God can do. They bring life to all who hear them and health to all their flesh. There is no better way to heal than spending time with God, basking in the sunlight of His love.

Just typing these words causes a deep longing to sit with Him for awhile…

So Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

One Step at a Time

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 NKJV

This verse reminded me again, that God cannot direct your steps if you are not moving. Sometimes the voice of God is merely an impression, something that repeatedly comes to your mind. And as you take a step you get clear direction as to the next step. Rarely have I gotten a clear picture of the entire outcome until I took several steps in the direction God was leading me.

You see faith is built one step at a time. It’s not faith in your ability, but it’s faith in God’s ability.

In Psalm 37 the scripture says that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he takes great delight in the plans He has for him. That in itself takes trust. You don’t know everything and if you did you could do it yourself. God wants you to trust in him!

If you knew ahead of time where you were going and what you were going to be doing you would formulate your own plan and get there your own way. That’s not how God works people! God wants you to rely on Him.

When God led Moses into the wilderness, he took one step after another until he ended at the Red Sea. Even though it looked like the end of it, God opened the Red Sea and made a way across. So what may look like you took the wrong way, just rest in the knowledge that God has a plan and a purpose for what you think might be a dead end.

My friend, if you are stuck in a place where you feel there’s no going forward or backward, this is the time to spend time with Him, seeking His face and enjoying His presence. Wait upon the Lord. Rest in His promises. He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G