Run With Passion

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 TPT

I typically don’t run unless someone is chasing me, however I know several people who run because they’re passionate about running. As I read this, I heard this question; What are you passionate about and are you pursuing it?

I didn’t have to think long about this because my passion is God and His Word and knowing Him deeply and intimately. There’s nothing that drives me like God. I’m constantly seeking for treasure and rejoicing when I find it. One word from Him gives me a rush of excitement and a desire to share it.

As Paul said above, I haven’t acquired, or amassed the riches of His glory, but I’m well on my way. I’m farther along than I was. As my daddy would say, “Leaves a more taste in my mouth!” I just can’t stop running, I can’t get enough of His presence.

How about you my dear friends? Are you a runner or an observer? He’s given us all a ‘divine invitation’ to participate in this glorious pursuit. You will always talk about what you’re passionate about, so what are you talking about? Every other passion you have, will be birthed out of your deepest passion. Don’t ever flip them around and place them higher then your pursuit of God.

Sweet Father, I’m calling out to You this morning to ignite the passion in the hearts of Your people. Those who know of You, may they burn with a new desire to know You more. Those who’ve lost their light, set them on fire. Give them a peek of what awaits them. May they experience Your power and “run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.” Amen

Always Running,

Sandy G

Suddenly

“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2 NLT

Can you imagine the scene? 120 people in a room, together, in one accord (that right there was the biggest miracle). They’re longing for the promise, they know somethings coming because in Luke 24:49, Jesus told them the Holy Spirit was coming. What would he look like? What would it feel like? I’m thinking this was the only way they could describe the sound-a mighty windstorm.

I think of times in my life where I felt a storm had come and wrecked havoc on my dreams. When the noise of life had been deafening and I just couldn’t hear clear direction. Suddenly, a still small voice was heard above the roar and like a whirlwind, swept away all the uncertainty, doubt and fear to be replaced with the sweetest peace ever known. Have you experienced that?

It happened once again just yesterday. Something tried to take my peace, shove me off my feet, slam me to my knees thinking it would get the best of me and cause me to be fearful. Little did he know that when you put a blood bought child of God who is filled with the Spirit of God on my knees, it just causes me to pray! Suddenly, the mighty Spirit of God swept all the fear away and clearly assured me of victory. Suddenly, the problem seemed very small and the answer seemed very large.

If you are waiting for an answer, don’t wait for it to get quiet before you hear, allow the Spirit of God to still your soul so that in the middle of all the noise, you hear him loud and clear. I can hear my mom singing an old song, “Oh yes the answer’s on the way this I know. Jesus said it, I believe it and its so. Our Heavenly Father knows our need before we pray and we can rest assured, the answers on the way.”

QUICKLY. That was the word that rose up in my spirit this morning while praying for you. QUICKLY. Doors will open QUICKLY. Needs will be met QUICKLY. Healing will manifest QUICKLY. Debts canceled QUICKLY. Answers QUICKLY. Whatever you’re waiting for, surrender it to God. He’s almighty, creator, provider, protector, deliverer and healer. Stop holding onto what you weren’t meant to carry. He’s moving QUICKLY to cause all the pieces to come together. He’s working on your behalf QUICKLY.

Holy Spirit, do your thing in us today! Quickly! We receive it right now in Jesus’ name and for Your glory. Amen

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Voice Activated

And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6

Did you catch that? It’s a voice activated Kingdom we live in! WOW! Whats that mean to us? SAY IT! DECLARE IT! DECREE IT! It’s not going to happen by itself. You will say! There are times when you ask, but there are times to declare.

God didn’t say, ‘Light, will you come please?’ No, he said, LIGHT BE, and it was! Kings who rule do not ask, they command. If you don’t talk to your circumstances, they will talk to you. Don’t believe me? Try not eating for a few days, your stomach will talk to you!

When Jesus healed the sick, He spoke to sickness. He activated His words to create a different outcome. What sort of outcome do you want? If you knew that your miracle is waiting on you to activate your words, would you stay quiet? I sure wouldn’t!

Pain-you’re dismissed! be gone! I say health come. Nothing missing or broken! I say to Lack-you’re dismissed. Poverty is under the curse and I am under the blessing. Nothing missing or broken in my finances, in my family, in my future! I speak to my destiny, COME! All things are possible to them who believe.

Oh, thank you Jesus for showing us a better way. You didn’t say to ask the mulberry tree to please die, You said it as a command. You speak to your children who are lost in this worlds system and call them back. Speak to whatever you’re facing and have faith that your words, joined with your faith will bring the results you’re saying. Remember this, God backs your words! Good or bad, you can expect to have what you say. Make your words count in activating the supernatural in your life!

Father, You set a great example for us when You created the universe. You showed us with Your words how we are to activate the power of the Holy Spirit in us. I declare Your Word today and come into agreement with it because it will never come back empty or unfulfilled. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Declaring,

Sandy G

Happy Trusting

Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Genesis 25:21

At age 40, Isaac prayed for Rebekah womb to be open to bear children. He was 60 when she gave birth to twins. For 20 years he believed God for his children, just as he learned from his father Abraham, he waited to receive the promise.

Jacob loved Rachel from the moment he lay eyes on her when she came to the well to water her father sheep. But her daddy had other plans and tricked Jacob into taking Leah, his oldest daughter first. He had to work another 7 years for Rachel and isn’t it funny how she was unable to bear children as well. There was nothing he could do in the natural, but when Rachel called out to the Lord, He opened her womb and she bore him a son, Joseph.

Whatever you’re waiting for know this, what God has promised will come to pass. It doesn’t matter the amount of time that passes, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, for He is faithful who has promised. It may be a child, a husband, a ministry, a manifestation of healing, a president……the list is endless. But the same God who created all things is well able to do this for you.

Waiting isn’t easy! Especially when injustice has taken place. But God has a plan and the glory He will receive when it happens will blow your mind. Trust Him and His timing, He really sees more than you do. You’re trying to drive in a blizzard and can’t see where you’re going, but God does. Stop trying to make it happen and surrender to the Lord. He will lead and direct your steps.

Happy Trusting,

Sandy G

Imagine What’s In That Seed

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6

This morning, I want you to imagine what one seed of Faith can do. Have you ever held a seed in your hand and imagined the possibilities? Well, you can keep on imagining all you want because until you plant it, it will never grow anywhere! You can have a seed, hold a seed, encase it in a beautiful piece of jewelry, but until you plant the seed it, water the seed, care for the seed, nothing will ever come of it.

Seeds have a purpose, it’s to reproduce after its own kind. Has your seed of promise remained in your hand and you wonder why it hasn’t done anything? Plant it! I’m not saying toss it onto any old ground and hope for the best. No, I’m saying spend time with God and get some direction. Ask Him where the best soil is for that particular seed! If you want optimal yield, you must learn to listen and obey.

Sometimes you have to look for a better job to replace the one you have. Sometimes you must plant your children (NOT LITERALLY-though at times you may want to!) and totally trust God for their future before you see the slightest bit of change. Don’t be discouraged! Don’t be downcast, oh my soul! My help comes from the Lord!

Even when you can’t see whats going on with the seed, it’s growing. Don’t gage the end result by what you see while it’s still growing. I love what God has done in both my daughters but most of you didn’t know me going through the ‘growing’ part. I had to stop talking about what I saw and go by what I heard from the Lord in the secret place. I had to put on my blinders and speak of things that were not as though they already were.

It was the soil I got dirty in, caring for the seed I had entrusted to the Lord. Water, watch, water, till, weed, water, watch…it’s a long process, but keep remembering that tree is destined to grow and yield fruit! So again I ask you to imagine what one seed of faith can do. Then after you do what God asks you to do, watch God bring the harvest.

Awaiting My Harvest,

Sandy G

He Will Do What You Ask

“I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father! For I will do whatever you ask me to do when you ask me in my name. And that is how the Son will show what the Father is really like and bring glory to him.  Ask me anything in my name, and I will do it for you!” John 14:12-14 TPT

Jesus was trying to convey a truth that we all must remember; we will do what He did if we believe and ask in His name. If that is the case, I believe that man has tried to overcomplicate a very simple thing. It’s not a 10 step program, it’s a 3 step process. 1. Follow in faith 2. Believe 3. Ask

Even His disciples didn’t understand the concept that God was in Him. In the previous verses, Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be all that we need.” All that time and they didn’t understand. Well guess what, some of us don’t understand either. When we believed in Jesus and asked forgiveness of our sins, that took faith. When we received the Holy Spirit as power source, that took faith. But if you don’t believe there is so much more, you’re not doing what Jesus intended for you to do.

We must believe that because God lives in us via His Spirit, we can do all things as well. Yes, we can raise the dead and heal the sick, which draws those who don’t believe into hearing the gospel. All to build the Kingdom of God and bring glory to Jesus.

He has a plan and we are a very large part of it. Ask anything in Jesus’ name and for His glory. Not selfish prayers. I’ve found that as I pray for others, my own needs are tended to. Jesus showed us how, we just need to read, learn and demonstrate.

Always remember how much God loves us, that it’s His nature to give us the Kingdom and the Kingdom of God is in us. What is His Kingdom? Righteousness (right standing with God), peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Everything we need has been provided by His Spirit who lives in us. When the light comes on, ask anything. I dare you!

Asking With You,

Sandy G

Abundant Living

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. Ephesians 1:7-10 Message

We are not just barely free, but we are abundantly free. Abundance is a word that just keeps bringing more even when your basket is already full. It’s defined by dictionary.com as; an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: overflowing fullness: affluence or wealth.

If that is the case, why are so many Christians today living just free from sin, but not free from sickness and disease? How about pain? What about poverty, lack, heartache or depression? We find it ‘easy’ to receive forgiveness because that is the message we’ve been given, but there is oh so much more.

Faith is a tiny muscle each of us are given. In order to develop that faith, it must be used constantly and consistently. This tiny muscle (seed) has great potential, but if it lies dormant, it won’t support the work it needs to do. John 6:32 tells us that we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free. Who is the Truth? In John 14:6, Jesus told us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life–no one comes to the Father except through Him.

Who do you need to know to get what you need? Jesus! He’s the only way. It’s relationship with He who holds the keys. It’s not about believing in Him, it’s about knowing Him. Anyone can believe. Satan believes. But building that faith muscle is developed by sitting with the Personal Trainer–Jesus. His Holy Spirit will show you that if you trust in Him with all your heart and stop trying to figure it out yourself, He will lead you on a journey of complete surrender. Trust will build faith, it’s the oxygen to the muscle.

Breathe deep through the exercise. It will be exhilarating as He takes you on the most incredible journey of discovery. When you find out what you have access to through the blood of Jesus, you’ll be sorry you settled for just forgiveness of sin.

Living in Abundance,

Sandy G

What Will Show Up For You?

So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God. Psalm 19:14 TPT

When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition? James 1:7-8 TPT

If what we speak today showed up tomorrow, what would we speak. Would the sum total of our words be selfish or others focused? Would our day be filled with peace or turmoil? Joy or sorrow?

Jesus Himself said that whatever we ask, we’ll receive. He told us that our words are like seeds that fall onto the ground. Some on good soil that take root and grow, some are choked out by our cares and concerns. I think that it’s important to keep our soil filled with good nutrients so that what is planted in it will grow and bring fruit. It will not only feed us, but others as well.

If what I speak doesn’t encourage and help others in their journey, I’m not speaking right words. Hey, I’m not perfect! I get caught up in things I shouldn’t and say things that I regret but hey, I’m human, right? But God wants us to focus on who we are in Him, not who we are in us. If we are sons and daughters, our character will change and our words will change as well.

So if words are so important, why don’t we watch our mouth? Psalm 141:3 in the Amplified version says; Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly]. Our words should be well thought out because they will be productive for good or evil. Our choice. Always our choice.

So today, I speak salvation to my community, that revival would break out in the schools and work places. I speak hunger & thirsting for righteousness. I call forth signs, wonders and miracles! That they would follow us believers in the grocery store, the workplace and the schools.

That healing would manifest, lame walk, deaf hear, mute speak, limbs grow, blind eyes open, the paralyzed rise and walk! Not in our churches, but in the fields as we work, the office during meetings, while I get my groceries. I call forth success in our neighborhood businesses. I call out, windows of Heaven-be open over us today! Uncontainable, chase me down and run me over kind of blessings.

Father, I will not doubt in my heart for I believe that whatsoever I say in faith will come to pass, in Jesus Name! and those who agree say, AMEN! Now speak it! Don’t just read it, speak it out daily! Watch your harvest happen in your tomorrow.

Happy Speaking,

Sandy G

Stop Striving

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NASB

Another version says, “Be still” but the message is clear; STOP TRYING TO DO IT YOURSELF! God must be in a perpetual head shaking mode as He watches us from above. It’s as if I hear Him say, “There she goes again! I give her a nail and she’s hunting for something to hammer it in with. If she’d just wait, I’d bring someone to her that has a hammer.”

It’s almost laughable when you read it like that. Perhaps we don’t want to look foolish holding our nail, answering questions about our nail so we try to hide it, make it less conspicuous to those around us. By the time the hammer arrives and the purpose is revealed, we’ve already made some sort of jewelry out of it.

For some reason the story of Noah comes to mind. God asked him to build an ark and told him it would rain but we must remember, he had never seen rain or an ark. God merely gave him a task to complete that would save him, his family, and every living creature so they could reproduce and repopulate the earth. But it wasn’t just about reproduction, it was about getting rid of sin. His desire was to have a people who would know Him and worship Him.

Be still! He has a plan for that thing in your life that makes no sense to you right now. He has a plan for it! Be still! Just be faithful reading His Word, cuddling up in His presence and being still with Him. Watch and see what He does while you’re there being still. You’ll be changed!

Oh YES LORD! Change me and I will be forever changed. I am Your daughter and I will listen, I will obey. Great and Mighty Deliverer, You have ordered each of my steps and connected me to Your own body that I may be a part of You and Your plan. So as I wait, reveal Yourself to me.

You’re Gonna Make it!

At each place they went, they strengthened the lives of the believers and encouraged them to go deeper in their faith. And they taught them, “It is necessary for us to enter into the realm of God’s kingdom, because that’s the only way we will endure our many trials and persecutions.” Acts 14:22 The Passion Bible

Life gives us many twists and turns, unknowns and variables, but one thing we can be sure of…..Gods Word is always the same, never changes and cannot lie. This knowledge is key to the race you’re in. With God, it is impossible to lose.

Keep your eyes trained on Him, follow closely. You’re gonna make it. Don’t look away to the circumstances, not now. No matter what it looks like to you or to others, God is on your side and if God be for you, who can be against you.

Let Hebrews 12:1-2 be an encouragement to you this morning: As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

That 2nd verse says to ‘look away from the natural realm’ and fix or fasten our gaze on Jesus. It’s so easy to get our eyes fixed on the wrong things, isn’t it. But anything that pulls us away is simply a distraction. When you’re running a race, you can’t stop along the way to take a nap. No, you’re focused on finishing! Encouragers will hand you a water as you pass, but you don’t stop to catch up on the news or find out who’s ahead. You simply run.

Everyday you face, do not think you’re alone. You’re never alone. When Jesus left us He said to receive the Holy Spirit He sent. This was a separate act from repentance and believing on Jesus for salvation. After being ‘born again’ He sent us the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead. The same Spirit who enabled Him to endure the cross and run His race.

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. Ken Bible

Keep your eyes on the finish line, Jesus is standing there waiting to wrap His arms of love around you as you finish well. Don’t let the things of earth to pull you from His presence. Maintain your peace. Walk in love so that others will be drawn to relationship with Him.

Making it!

Sandy G