The Word Has The Final Say

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I will give them a single purpose and put a new spirit in them. I will remove their stubborn hearts and give them obedient hearts. Ezekiel 11:19 GW

I’ve been observing a whole lot of people who seem to have a whole lot of time on their hands to talk about other people. They voice their observations as if reinforcing what they see through the words they speak.

“Things are so bad and seem to be getting worse!” “So many hard-hearted people who refuse to hear the truth!” “Can you believe that happened?” “Did you hear?” “Did you see the news last night?”

The only way things will ever change is when we change what we see and say. It’s the nature of God to speak things into existence and we are His children. We shouldn’t be moved by what we see in the natural world, we should be moving the natural world by speaking the Word over it.

If what is coming out of your mouth doesn’t line up with what God has spoken, you’re being moved by the wrong things. Set your heart on things above, not below. Meditate on the Word of God and allow it to trump the situation you’re facing. Stop allowing your spirit to be overwhelmed by your flesh. God is bigger than that!

Instead of saying, “I fear for this generation!”, begin to say, “Thank You Father for putting a new spirit in them and exchanging their stubborn heart for obedient ones.” Nothing changes until you change how you see things!

Read Philippians 4:8-9 so that you know what you’re to think on. Change your thoughts and you’ll change your words. Nothing is impossible with God so stop limiting Him by the way you think because of what you’ve heard. Train your brain to think right! Train your mouth to speak right! Change your expectations and your results will be different.

Until Tomorrow!

Sandy G

Be Strong! Be Strong!

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Again, the person who looked like a human touched me, and I became stronger.  He said, “Don’t be afraid. You are highly respected. Everything is alright! Be strong! Be strong!”

As he talked to me, I became stronger. I said, “Sir, tell me what you came to say. You have strengthened me.” Daniel 10:18-19

Daniel was pregnant with vision and didn’t know it. He’d never birthed anything before, yet his spirit cried out. 21 days of labor that grew in intensity. Until one day the angel of the Lord stood before him with a word from God.

Daniel began with a desire to understand. He humbled himself before God and cried out. It says that the very first day, God heard and sent the angel with a message but he was detained by Satan who was trying to keep the answer from him. He even had to send for angelic interference so that he could get to Daniel with the message.

I sense there are many around the world who are waiting for an answer. You’ve cried out day after day after day and felt as if God has turned a deaf ear to your cries. My friend, you couldn’t be further from the truth! He has heard and has already sent the answer.

There is something about sitting in the presence of the Lord and allowing His voice to speak into your spirit that causes strength to come. Moments of deep intercession that drain you are instantly infused with unspeakable peace. In this season of waiting, allow the Spirit of God who is in you to strengthen you.

I have a word for you in the form of a song my mom often sings:

“Oh yes the answers on the way this I know! Jesus said it, I believe it and it’s so. Our heavenly Father knows our need before we pray, and we can rest assured, the answers on the way!”

Thank You Father for the answer! Thank You that even when the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches try to drown out Your voice, I hear You whisper, “Hold on child, it’s almost here!” Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, showing me which direction to take and which to avoid. I will wait in Your presence for that is where my help comes from. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen

Until Tomorrow!

Sandy G

Before All That

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“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 GW

With all I’ve been through in my life, sometimes I need to be reminded of how God sees me. I need to remember that way back, I mean way, way back, before I was a gleam in my daddy’s eye, long before he was even born, God knew me and had purpose for my life in the earth.

And it’s not just me. You too! Most of you wouldn’t give me a cursory glance if you saw me at the mall but God knows me by name. That gets me excited! Of all the people on the earth, when I call on Him, He answers me. He’s not confused or left wondering at my voice. He knows exactly who I am.

And here’s another great wonder to remember and ponder on today; His Holy Spirit has been deposited in me so that we can share life together. He doesn’t just walk with me and talk with me, He’s in me constantly telling me things about Him and His deep love for me.

When I need a doctor, He’s mine! When I need a provider, He’s mine! When I’m feeling alone, His Presence fills me up until I overflow with joy. Oh and when He needs hands, I’m His. When He needs arms, I’m His. When He needs a voice, I’m His. When He needs feet, I’m His. Just as I have access to all He is, He has access to all I am.

You’ll have to excuse me now as I’m a bit overwhelmed with His glory as He’s just shown me another aspect of what He has planned for me today.

Until Tomorrow!

Sandy G

Fridays Free-For-All

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I’ve learned that there is nothing perfect in this imperfect world except your words, for they bring such fantastic freedom into my life! Psalm 119:96 TPT

That verse just says it all! His Words are true forever. His words formed the universe and keeps everything hanging and rotating with precision. His words are alive and powerful. His words are forever working. His words bring peace. His words satisfy and strengthen.

And the fantastic freedom it brings into my life when I place my trust in His Word! Now that there is the frosting on the cake, the ice-cream on the cone, the grand finale of the fire-works display.

Makes me want to just get on my crazy praise, my dancing shoes and shout praises to the God whose Word has made such a difference in my life and set me in a safe place where I can see what’s going on around me, but it just doesn’t affect me or take my peace away.

I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously! The only true and living God! I will continuously praise and glorify Your name for You are good, Your mercy is everlasting and You will never leave us or forsake us! Praise Your mighty name! AMEN!

Happy Freedom Day

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Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past. Galatians 5:1 TPT

Today we celebrate our independence as a nation. As wonderful as that was, and as much as I appreciate the sacrifice of so many who made that possible, I’m also extremely thankful for the day Jesus came and set me free.

You see, no one can take that freedom from me. I was a slave to sin, lost and bound by chains and doomed to a horrific life until someone introduced me to a man named Jesus who set me free of my chains, rescued me from destruction and set me on a path that leads me closer and closer to Him.

If that’s you, Happy Freedom day to you too! If you’ve never met Him, let me introduce you. Friend, meet Jesus. Jesus, meet my friend. I ask You to reveal Yourself to them as You have to me. As they give to You all of their sins, wash them and make them new just as You did for me. Now invite them to walk with You and teach them Your ways so that they may enjoy the same freedom I have. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you think that’s too good to be true, wait until you find out what He has in store for those who love Him. It will blow your mind!

Happy Freedom Day!

Sandy G

Trust + Focus = Perfect Peace

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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.”

Let me just read this backward for a moment. He who trusts You and keeps his mind stayed on or focused on You will be kept in perfect peace.  Now I’m not a math whiz, but that equation adds up to me!

Now let me clarify this for a moment by giving you an example of what I’m talking about. We recently had some nasty storms come through the area. There were power outages, trees down, wind was whipping. When I drove home, I could see the damage of what that storm had produced, but guess what? While the storm was going on, I was sitting in my office at work focused on my work. I was aware of the storm, but safe at my desk.

Do you understand? When I’m encountering some nasty stuff in my life, I seek the Lord as to how He wants me to deal with it, I do what He asks and I praise Him. Each time it loops around in my head, I say, “Lord, I did what You said, now I’m casting the care of it onto You because I know You care for me. You care for my body, You care for my children, You care for my finances, I will praise You and leave it in Your capable hands.”

I trust Him. I fix my eyes on His faithfulness and rest in His perfect peace. He promised and I’m the beneficiary of that promise. It doesn’t mean I don’t get distracted or tempted to have a freak out moment. What it does mean is when I practice shifting my focus and remember that He’s never failed me, I can rest in that. Each time gets a little easier to shift my focus back until at last, I’m not even distracted by it.

My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be of 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 deep 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 and he never opened up to me and shared his secrets with me, I could not know him.

Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly and consistently think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand what’s happening. Creating habits, good or bad, 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.

Enjoy Your Perfect Peace! Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

The Focus of Obedience

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Faith opened Noah’s heart to receive revelation and warnings from God about what was coming, even things that had never been seen. But he stepped out in reverent obedience to God and built an ark that would save him and his family. By his faith the world was condemned, but Noah received God’s gift of righteousness that comes by believing. Hebrews 11:7 TPT

What kind of person builds a giant sized boat on the Word of an unseen God who said it would rain in a land that had never known rain. Can you even imagine the ridicule, the harassment against himself and his family? It took him 120 years. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS!

Verse 8; Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith.

David was anointed king of Israel, but after the anointing came a very long season where he was hunted. He continued to talk to God and get direction, using that season to learn how to lead men and hear Gods voice.

Who does that you ask? People whose focus remains intentionally unwavering regardless of the time involved in the process. These great men stayed focused on God and His promises regardless of what transpired in the span of time between the first step of obedience to the manifestation of the promise.

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. Span of time? There’d better not be a long one or we’re skipping out to the next thing.

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

There is absolutely nothing impossible to those who believe. 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, the length of time is determined by unwavering faith regardless of the odds, and unchanging word of God.

Abraham possessed his land and ended up blessed by a son in his old age. Noah got his rain and was the only family saved from the flood. David took his throne and was the only king that God said, “He’s a man after my heart.”

You too will have what you’re willing to wait for. Just keep pursuing the presence of God and continue doing what He says. If our focus doesn’t change, our circumstances eventually will because everything changes in the presence of God.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G