When Worship Brings Deliverance

Have you ever faced something that seemed WAY over your ability to deal with? Overwhelmed, broken and defeated, because sometimes things just look impossible! It seems like that, because it’s all we can see. It consumes our vision each time we open our eyes, and it takes up all our thoughts when we close our eyes. Awake or asleep, there’s just no escaping the problem.

King Jehoshaphat faced a similar situation in II Chronicles 20. Verses 6-12 we hear him crying out and reminding God of all He’s done for them and he ends with, “but our eyes are upon You.” Hear what the Lord answered in verse 15b, “Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ Then he gives them instruction on what to do in verse 17, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

But the COOLEST part of this story is found in verse 18, “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.”

Do you see that? When you trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, you will remind God of His promises, wait for His instruction and then WORSHIP Him.

We have a tendency to run and do without being thankful. Jesus healed 10 lepers, only one came back to worship and thank him. The 9 were healed, but only one was made whole. Restoration comes when we worship.

I’m facing an impossible situation today. It’s trying to block my view of the God of the impossible. My options are clear, focus on what I see in the natural or focus on the God who dwells in me and inhabits my praise.

I’m not going to be satisfied with a part of my salvation, I want it all. Shift my attention as I worship You, my King. I’m thankful for your Word over my dilemma that moments before obstructed my view of You. May my worship usher in my victory over my enemies today.

No Other God,

Sandy G

Need A Wow?

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Have you ever had a ‘wow’ moment? You know, something happens that’s totally unexpected that just blows your mind? Well, I feel like that’s what God’s getting ready to do. He wants to wow us.

If you’re at your lowest point, scraping the bottom of the barrel, needing a breakthrough miracle like never before in your life, you’re right at the place where God can wow you. You see, if you were able to do it, you wouldn’t need the intervention of God so that’s why I say, He has you where He needs you to be so that there’s no way on earth anyone will get glory but Him.

II Kings 4 tells a story of a widow who was deep in debt and about to lose her boys. The prophet showed up and asked her, “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”

“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.

So he instructs her to gather as many empty vessels as she can get, borrow from neighbors (who she probably owed already), shut yourself up in the house and begin to pour from your flask of oil until they’re all filled. So she did. She obeyed and got paid.

What would have happened if she had overthought the command? Reasoned out the impossibility of THAT ever happening? How many of us, because we just couldn’t ‘see’ how that could ever happened, have talked ourselves out of our greatest miracle?

Listen, I firmly believe that if we would simply spend time in Gods presence, listen and obey even when it makes no sense, not only would we see breakthrough for us, but we’d position ourselves to be part of breakthrough for others. I have no problem looking foolish, acting foolish or being foolish if it will bring glory to His Kingdom.

I’m ready for a wow day!

Sandy G

What a Seed Carries

Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 NASB

I was thinking this morning of all that I’ve been through on my journey through life. The thought, gone but not forgotten came to mind. Suddenly I saw a seed lying dormant in the ground and I realized that not one seed is ever lost or forgotten. God knows where they are and He knows what is needed to resurrect that seed. He knows the time that seed was purposed to grow. He knows what that seed is needed to do, to feed or give shade.

There’s purpose for every seed and even though it remains hidden under the ground and we can’t see it in the natural, God knows. That’s what trust looks like. He directs our steps. Our focus must remain on Him regardless of whatever happens in our life. Our past, our present, even our future is determined by what is in those seeds. Trusting someone we cannot see with seeds we cannot see, that is faith. Not trusting in our ability, but in His. He is well able to keep what we’ve committed to him. With every seed!

Satan also plants seeds of doubt and unbelief. Seeds whose purpose is to choke out the plans and purposes of God. Don’t assume you know the reason you went through that painful event. Don’t assume you know what God has planned for that seed. Trust His timing for that. Keep yourself tuned into His voice and follow His instructions. He’s got a plan and will show you what you need to know and not a moment too soon.

You don’t know what that seed contains, your job was to plant it. You don’t know what that seed needs but you were asked to water it. You have a need for food and God leads you back to the harvest He’s provided from a seed planted years ago because His timing is perfect.

Trusting The Creator,

Sandy G

Give Like Your Daddy

“Do you know of any parent who would give his hungry child, who asked for food, a plate of rocks instead? Or when asked for a piece of fish, what parent would offer his child a snake instead? If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?” Matthew 7:9-12 TPT

When I found this picture, I began to wonder, where does all that water come from? For centuries, it continues to cascade off the rock and into the water below. It reminded me of the inexhaustible supply my Father has. It never stops! He never runs out of what we need nor does He tire of us asking. I love that about Him.

God wants us to know him as a giving God. He doesn’t hold on with a death grip like we do when He asks us to give something. It’s my experience that no matter how much I try, it’s impossible to out give God because it just keeps multiplying and coming back in superabundance.

You see, God calculates our seed differently. He has His own math and we haven’t quite figured it out yet. One thing I do know, He loves a cheerful giver, so when you give, put a smile on your face and be like your Father. Give like you have an endless supply, because you do.

Looking For Ways To Give,

Sandy G

Be A Doer

And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.” Mark 16:15-18 TPT

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or your education level, God needs you! If you surrender to Him, He will use you in the weirdest places in the strangest ways. If you take on His nature of love, you will shine in the darkest places.

It’s time to put hands and feet to the Kingdom of God and be His witnesses in our work place, our community and homes. We all have talents and abilities, skills that God can use to show that famous Love.

You may ask, what can I do? Take an inventory of what you’re able to do and add Gods ability to it. He will use your little, multiply it and make much out of it.

Walt and I have always looked for ways to help those who have less or are going through a tough time. We take what little we have and bless them with it. Just a can of soup can make a meal. Just a smile and word of encouragement can give someone strength to take another step. Just praying God’s peace over someone may be enough to change their lives.

Change your ‘but I don’t’ to ‘I can do this’ and watch God give you opportunities to love. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Father, I ask for divine opportunities to show Your love today. In the middle of my busyness and business, may I constantly be looking for ways to show others Your deep abiding grace and goodness. Its’ in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Be A Doer,

Sandy G

Set Right By Believing

And he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.” Genesis 15:6 Message

This scripture reminded me of an old song we used to sing, Only Believe. I’m sure some of you remember the lyrics. It was a simple but repetitive chorus that stated; Only Believe. Only Believe. All things are possible. Only Believe. Only Believe. Only Believe. All things are possible. Only Believe.

It’s the key to everything, isn’t it? To believe. John 3:16-18 in the Message version gift wraps it for us:

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

There’s nothing forced here, it is always a choice with God. He holds in each hand, life and death, blessing and curses, ours to choose which way we’ll go. He didn’t say life would be easy. He didn’t say we wouldn’t have to go through lots of stuff. But He did say He’d accompany us on the journey and that we would be invited to have relationship with Him.

We’re so caught up in our own plans that we’ve forgotten that our life isn’t our own. We’ve been purchased with blood, a life for a life. I was given a second chance and I took it. I’m so thankful. I won’t forget the sacrifice. I won’t forget the freedom purchased for me by that blood. Every day I remember. Today, I get to do life with Jesus.

I choose to believe. My choice is a lasting one. On good days and bad days, when it rains or shines, I will believe. Each day I offer myself, my gifts and my messes to You Lord. Do with me according to Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Believing Always,

Sandy G

You’re Not Alone

What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint. And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time. Habakkuk 2:1-3 MSG

I’ve been given prophetic words in the past, words that I heard with my ears and received in my spirit, but felt as if they must be talking about someone else. Have you ever felt like that? You know you’re called to something much bigger than yourself. You have passion for God that others think is too radical. Things that you’ve read in the Word has expanded your thinking and you know God has included you but you have no idea how, where, what, why or when it’s going to happen.

In the process, you’ve learned Gods voice and stepped out in faith to obey instructions that made no sense in the natural. When someone asked why you did that, you shrug your shoulders and respond, “Because God asked me to.” You’ve seen eye rolling taken to a whole other level. You’ve heard the snickers of friends and family alike as they shake their head and say, “Guess they’ll just have to learn the hard way!” But you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were obedient, even after your own thoughts scream in your ears, “You’re so stupid! When will you ever learn? God didn’t say that! You don’t hear His voice! He doesn’t speak like that anymore!” But you know! Regardless of what things look like or feel like or sound like, you know!

If this is you and you’re in the span of time between obedience to what you heard and the manifestation of promise, let me take a moment to encourage you. Hang on because there’s a rumbling going on. I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “I’m pulling them together, my remnant, my bride. You’re not in this alone, for there are many more like you. Don’t be discouraged or downhearted. Don’t give up and quit! You’re not running this race alone.

“Just as Elijah stood exhausted from the good fight in the cave at Horeb where I told him he was not alone, but there were 7000 others who had not bowed to the god of this world, so you my sons and daughters are also not alone. And just as a body is linked together by cells, blood, tissue and bone, so are you linked with others for my purposes.

“The rumbling you hear, is the dry bones coming together to form a mighty army of men and women all around the world. Every nation, every tribe and tongue, who are filled with my Spirit and are willing to obey my voice, these are those who I will use in this last day. My timing. My Kingdom coming, my will being done on this earth as it is in Heaven.”

In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine being included on anything of this magnitude. It’s mind bending, scary and cool all at the same time. I’m awaiting instructions and am confident that He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it. I’ll continue to run this race that is before me, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.

So be it!

Sandy G

Be That Reminder

in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they raised their voices accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His kindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not rise to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NASB

At times, I will read something in the Word as an answer to something that I’ve been asking the Lord to explain to me. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share something I’ve noticed happening to me personally over the past several months. Something I’ve experienced throughout my life, but could never put into words.

I’ll be in conversation with someone and begin to mention what an awesome and mighty God we serve and suddenly, I feel goose bumps coursing over my flesh in waves as if the Spirit of God who lives in me, is moved by the words I’m speaking. Crazy, right? Yet it’s happening more and more frequently.

Last week while at work, a particular patient came up to the window to check in. As always, I exchanged pleasant conversation with her, accompanied by my normal smile. She made a comment about how good God is and it ignited the fire inside of me. I begin to sing the song, “If God has been so good to you, you ought to praise Him. If God has been so good to you, you ought to praise Him. If God has been so good to you, (jumping to my feet) you ought to stand up on your feet and praise and magnify the Lord for He’s the one who set you free. Praise Him! Praise Him!”

She clapped her hands together with tears in her eyes she said, “Oh my dear, thank you for the reminder! I’d become so consumed with my problems I’d forgotten just how good God has been to me.”

Last night I carried Walt’s suitcase down through the corridor of the hospital where he’s been in rehab for the past 2 weeks. There in the hall was a man I had seen several times, part of the housekeeping crew who always smiles and nods. Some distance away he called out, “Going home today?”

“Tomorrow,” I replied. “Just taking this home tonight.”

His voice rang out in the hall, “God is good!” and I responded, “Always! He’s always good! Forever faithful, even if we’re not. His mercies are new each and every morning.”

I could see it in his eyes and feel it in my spirit, the tangible glory of God coming over us in that moment as we took the time to acknowledge His goodness. Just as the singers and musicians in unity began to proclaim Gods goodness and it ushered in His presence so that the priests and ministers couldn’t stand.

It’s the ‘new’ thing God is doing in the earth. He’s igniting the passion that burns in us all so that each time we open our mouths to magnify His name, He fills His temple, the one not made by hands, with His glory. It’s out of that reminder that true revival breaks forth, not in a building made by hands and not by one man as in times past, but a mighty outpouring through those willing to be bold wherever they are. Walking in a hospital, walking on a bridge, working out in a gym, doing your job, eating your lunch, wherever you happen to be, fanning the flames to create a roaring fire.

Be The Reminder,

Sandy G

A Prayer For Favor

“Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name. Give Your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.” Ps 90:17

Both Nehemiah and David had no problem with asking God for favor. Dictionary.com defines favor as excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment. It’s not something we deserve or can earn, it’s the unearned, undeserved favor of God. It’s similar to when you buy your children gifts out of your generous nature. When you see something you know they’d enjoy, you just buy it for them for the mere pleasure of seeing the smile on their face.

Jesus said that if we ask, we would receive so ask big! Ask because He’s your Father and He loves you. Ask because it’s His pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Ask and expect what you ask for because if you ask for bread, He won’t give you a stone.

Father, I ask that at every turn, wherever I go, whatever I do, may I have divine connections and the favor of the Lord. Be with our pastors, parents, employers; our children, grandchildren & siblings. I ask not just for myself, but that your favor would be upon them all. In Jesus’ Name and for YOUR glory, Lord, that your Kingdom would come upon the earth.

Let His Favor Overwhelm You,

Sandy G

When Trust Rules

“I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the LORD. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 ERV

Trust. Thats what I feel the Lord is speaking to me this morning. The word trust is defined: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of (GOD) a person or thing; confidence.

Notice how I slipped God in that definition. I just added His name and look how your confidence level changed. You see, God never intended for us to trust in what we see, but in what is unseen. For it’s the unseen that changes the seen in any situation, not the other way around.

Don’t try to humanize God by bringing Him down to the level of your need. Bring your need to the level of your God. It’s not even fair to your need because God is WAY bigger and you can trust Him.

Close your eyes and compare your problem to your God. No contest! It’s time to lift up the things you’ve been trying to carry to the God who has GOOD plans for you. He’s not hiding from you, but you have to close your eyes to see Him. Love you my friends.

Like a vacuum, may He suck you into Himself and show you what He’s capable of.

Trusting,

Sandy G