Wild Dreams

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God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20-21a

Have you truly thought about the endless abilities inside of you right now? His Spirit in you. Just pause with me and think of the magnitude of that. Limitless. Unending. Un-defeatable. Things thought impossible are now possible to you. What was unattainable is within your reach.

Thats right! Pinch yourself! I’m not trying to make this bigger than it truly is. Just as this verse so aptly says it; His Spirit deeply and gently within us. Why? Why has He placed His Spirit in us? Here’s my personal take on it:

1. He’s my personal and constant reminder of the Fathers love
2. With Him, I’m never alone
3. He’s my personal mentor in everything (I so need Him!)
4. Constant access to Gods wisdom (AGAIN!)
5. He show’s me Gods secrets
6. I’m filled with power
7. I can pray perfect prayers in His language

That’s only my personal seven but there is so much more to God. Everything insurmountable I face-He’s bigger then that! Every accusation-He’s bigger then that! With Him, I can do the impossible. With Him, I can love the unloveable. With Him, I have hope.

Now that you’ve read this, you have a choice to make. You can either believe that the God in you is bigger then the things you face, or that the things you face are bigger then the God in you. Whichever way you choose will impact your life and the lives of everyone around you.

Father, thank You for Your Spirit! You said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Me.” So I’ve done my best to exalt you today. To explain just how awesome and wonderful You are and that You’re not somewhere far away, but deep in us, everyday, to be everything we need. A very present help in time of trouble. I believe! I believe You are able and willing to use me and I give You permission to do impossible things through me today. It’s in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Time to Refresh

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I will open up refreshing streams on the barren hills and springing fountains in the valleys. I will make the desert a pleasant pool and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:18 TPT

When habits and patterns become something we have to maintain, perhaps it’s time to bring on some change. Some personalities love routine, others dislike it! Whatever it is in your life that you’ve grown tired of or perhaps it’s just tired, 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 the back yard, 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.

Don’t be stuck! 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 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.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

You Can’t Fix it Like That

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“Again and again those false prophets lied to my people. They said there would be peace, but there is no peace. The people need to fix the walls and prepare for war. But they only slap a thin coat of plaster [a] over the broken walls.” (plaster A type of mud or cement that people used to cover a wall and make it smooth. This is also a wordplay. The Hebrew word is like the word meaning “It will fall.”) Ezekiel 13:10

There have been times in my life when I just wanted to hear a good, encouraging word. Something that would take my mind off what I was going through with my girls or in our marriage. But that’s not always what I received. There were times when the Holy Spirit would have me fall on my face and pray. There were times I just had to deal with something.

Putting on some worship music and praying in the Spirit are two of my favorite fixers. Those two have pulled me out of the pit on more then one occasion. But going before the Lord and waiting for direction is the ONLY way to fix it right.

Plaster may cover a hole in the wall, but if the structure is compromised, it will fail. I believe God is telling us that at times, the promise of peace isn’t what He’s saying. Sometimes it’s a promise that war is coming and we need to prepare.

How do we prepare? We fortify our walls. It may take a bit longer to do it right, but once it’s complete, NObody will get in that way. It’s harder to break down poured concrete then thin plaster. Ephesians 6:10-18 comes to mind here. It begins by saying; Be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might….Who is mightier then God?

Father, how do I prepare for this battle? By tucking myself up in the knowledge of who is in me-YOU. You fortify me! You are my strength, my present help in time of trouble. I won’t be afraid of this battle. I’ve prepared for this season. I will not be overwhelmed or overtaken, for You are my shield. Your Word is my sword and I will use my tongue to proclaim that my victory is assured. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Trust Fall Friday

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May everyone who knows your mercy keep putting their trust in you, for they can count on you for help no matter what. O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those who come to you. Psalm 9:10

There is someone out there who has had a pretty crappy week so I’m just going to take this time to say, you’re not alone! Will you allow me to encourage you today? This isn’t just a nice, sweet word. This is a declaration over you that things are going to turn around quickly.

The beginning of your week may have hit you hard, but the end will be better than your beginning. God has shown you mercy and you know it, so rejoice in it. Take the win and fall into His arms. Favor isn’t fair, but this favor is from God.

He recognizes your frustration and anger. He’s well acquainted with it. Still you can count on Him to come through for you every time. You’ve extended your hand to Him in worship right in the middle of it all and I’m not sure you felt it, but I saw Him reach down and take your face in His hands and kiss away your tears. Did you feel the hug as He wrapped you in His arms? I saw that too.

Keep doing it. Keep going to Him. Keep returning to His throne of grace again and again because He will never ever ever turn you away. You’re His favorite. He holds your future, your twisted past and He has plans for you that if you knew, would blow your mind.

So rejoice! Lift up your hands, close your eyes and fall back into His arms. He’s waiting for you. He will hold you in His arms until this storm passes by.

Love Each Of You!

Sandy G

The Music of My Past

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So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. Romans 8:28

I know this may surprise you, but I have history. Although I was raised in a Christian home, I didn’t always do Christian. Can I get a witness? When I was a teen I made some very stupid decisions. I was rebellious and did some things I’m not very proud of. But the good news is, I found my way back to Jesus, stood at his feet and asked forgiveness and then, they were gone!

Every time I would try to bring those things up again, He would tell me, “I don’t remember that! That must have been before my blood washed it all away.” It took me a bit to soak that in. I’ve been reminded of my imperfections by everyone who knows me, but the one who knows me best and loves me most, He has amnesia!

Your past is just that-past. God will take those things, even wrong things, and use them for His glory and your good. The thing that Satan meant to destroy you with will end up being a boomerang that destroys him and his plans.

Don’t ever downplay your past. It’s only a compilation of the most beautiful song of your future. You may be in the middle of something horrible and can’t see how Gods gonna use this but trust me, He has a plan.

Don’t allow the enemy to steal your song. Just one more note. One more word and your song will be complete. Sing, mighty child of God! Sing from your pain! Sing from your failure! Sing with passion for a tender loving God. Your song gets more beautiful with the deep meaning it holds for you and when you sing it, it’s going to touch more lives then you can imagine. Sing!

I Will Agree With You

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Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. Matthew 18:19 The Passion Translation

I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. New Living Translation

Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. New American Standard Bible

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. Amplified Bible Classic Edition

You cannot dispute this solid truth that Jesus spoke to us long ago. It’s still true today and I believe it with my whole being, but can I clarify something here? Will you allow me to go just a little deeper?

This word ‘agree’ is mentioned in each translation because it is key. Let’s take a look at what the dictionary says: to have the same views, emotions, etc.; harmonize in opinion or feeling; to come to one opinion or mind; come to an arrangement or understanding; arrive at a settlement: to concede or grant.

When I’m looking for a partner to agree with me in something, I look for someone who has the same mindset, the same outlook or opinion. I personally know a remnant of people who I can call, briefly explain my situation (details are never needed) and what the Word says about it and they immediately come into agreement with me and begin declaring the Word over the issue.

What I don’t do is talk to everyone about what’s going on. Why? Because I don’t want contrary words of people who wag their tongue and tell everyone their opinions, out there. That is counterproductive! It’s not to say I’ve never done it, I have before I knew better. But there’s nothing like going through something and watching your prayers not be answered because the ‘agreement’ part went wrong.

Here’s what I’ve learned that may help you in your situation. 1. First and foremost, know the Word. If it’s promised, it’s yours! 2. Write the scriptures down and keep it before your face. Meditate on it until it becomes a part of you. 3. Regardless of what it looks like in the natural, DON’T CHANGE YOUR CONFESSION OF FAITH! 4. Trust God. Trust His timing, His way, His purview. He knows more than you ever will so trust Him.

There is no magic formula, no coercing God into doing what you want. It’s simple, really. He said it, that settles it. Go your way, live your life, focus on others, be surrendered to God and live out your trust one day at a time. You’ll struggle. You’ll be discouraged. You’ll cry. You’ll question. You’ll be angry and you’ll be hurt. Don’t take it personally, the battle isn’t yours, it’s Gods. Keep surrendering it to Him and start over again. Repeat until you see the manifestation of what you’ve asked for.

I’ll come into agreement with you for what you’re believing for but you put in the leg work. Come prepared before the throne of God, He will hear you.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

My Oldest Brother

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For he knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like him. Romans 8:29 TPT

Have you ever thought about that? Jesus being the oldest Son in a vast family of brothers and sisters? And that we’ll become just like Him? Wow! That’s a bit hard to imagine right now for some of us.

But regardless of how we see ourselves or others, the fact remains that we are all a part of a very large family and that family originates in Heaven with our Father God. His Spirit birthed our spirits which gave us life. We are linked, each believer, by the Spirit of God that lives in each of us.

I was discussing the Word with a friend and just sharing some revelation God had given me. We were bouncing off each other on the phone, caught up in discussing the character of God and how much He wants relationship with us so that He can expose the lies we’ve believed all our lives. Lies that at times came from the pulpit by well meaning pastors who gave logical answers to spiritual questions without consulting the Holy Spirit to see if they were true.

I ended the conversation with, “I’m so glad we’re sisters!” I love how God has linked me together with like minded people who are so in love with God and just want to seek His face and grow deeper in their relationship with Him.

It’s always been God’s plan to redeem us. It’s always been His plan that none should perish, but all would come to the knowledge of His grace. It’s always been His plan for us to serve Him and love Him with our whole heart. It’s always been His plan for us to be like Jesus. But it’s our choice to go with His plan or ours. He’ll never force you to surrender, that’s your choice, but seriously? Haven’t you always wanted an older brother to look up to, one you could emulate?

Jesus, I want to be just like you. I want to love like you, shine my light like you so that everyone can see the Father through me. I surrender to your plan. I surrender to your leadership. I surrender to your will and your ways. I surrender my plans for yours. So that one day I may return to live with you in the home you’ve prepared for me. It’s for you I live and it’s in your name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G