It’s Pretty Clear

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Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded with us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people and God wants everyone to know it! Colossians 1:27 TPT

What is it that God wants us to know? That the fact that Christ is in us, is all we need, a never ending supply of power the world will never know.

Let’s take a good look at the word embedded. Dictionary.com says it like this: to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass.

Do you see what Paul was trying to show us? Jesus is firmly planted inside of us and what He brings into our lives are treasures we must discover how to use. How do we do that? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

When Jesus said, “Greater things than this will you do,” he meant it. Not just the shear fact that there are millions of Christians in the world today, but what a powerful force if we simply recognized the power we contain.

Yes, we are full of power! Just as Paul said, “This same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you.” Think about that for just a moment. There is no greater power in heaven or earth than the power that is at work in us. Power to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead and so much more.

I believe that Satan has worked overtime to keep us blind to what we possess. Just as we’ve been blind and deaf to what’s happened in our world, we’ve been deceived into believing we’re powerless. Wake up saints! Jesus gave us all power over all the works of the enemy and nothing will harm us. The key to access all of that is we must believe, for nothing is impossible to those who believe.

I think that’s why God spoke to me to declare over the earth, “EYES OPEN!” He’s made it clear to us that we are His sons and daughters. It’s not just in our DNA, it’s embedded deep within us and can’t be removed. But it’s got to go from head knowledge to heart knowledge. We must know that we know, fully persuaded, than believe that the Word that is in us will heal, save, raise and deliver.

Let’s clean off our lenses so we can see clearly.

Sandy G

 

Unimaginable Happenings

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“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 GNT

He who created me, has plans for me. GOOD plans. BIG plans. IMPORTANT plans. RICH plans.

I can call on Him and He will answer me. What a promise! Yes there have been times when I thought that God had forgotten about me. I saw things happening for everyone around me but it was like I was invisible to miracles.  But something happened when I shifted my gaze off what I was expecting, to who I was expecting them from.

God gives us dreams that are bigger than we can imagine so that when the unimaginable happens, we’ll know only a BIG God could do that. We’ve all heard the saying, “A watched pot never boils!” Well, I submit to you that a watched problem never resolves. Get busy focusing on God, worshipping him, loving on him, proclaiming his goodness and leave the big stuff to the BIG God.

He reminded me again this morning, “I’ve got this, faithful worshipper! You stay busy doing what I designed you to do and let me handle this for you!” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a GOD plan to me!

I’m crazy in love with You, Lord. I daydream about Your goodness. I get so full of joy I feel I may burst open and spill out all over everyone around me. I’ll leave this mess to You that I may live to testify of Your great grace on my life. I’m experiencing Your unimaginable plans for me.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Who Ordered This?

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One of my very favorite verses is one that David penned in Psalm 37:23; The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Anyone who knows me has heard me quote this multiple times.

It’s hard to believe that this journey was actually ordered by someone. What was He thinking? Did I actually sign up for this? Yes, why yes I did! The moment I made Jesus Lord of my life, I said yes to His will and ways. I allowed Him full access to my life and allowed Him to take me on a journey that would best suit His plans for me in His Kingdom.

Remember Joseph with his coat of many colors? Now that was a trip! I’m pretty sure when he was on his journey, he probably felt some of the same things we do at times. Tricks and traps, slavery and prison, hurt and betrayal, never looked a thing like the dreams God had given him. But he knew his covenant and trusted God’s plans.

If it was something he could have done on his own, he wouldn’t have needed God. But his trust in God’s plan made every dream a reality. God simply took him on a path he could not walk down alone. His paths and plans may be unfamiliar, crooked and rough, but it is to simply prepare us for a deeper level of trust in Him.

Father, I trust in You. With all my heart I seek You. You alone are my strength and shield, to You alone may my spirit yield. You alone are my hearts desire and I long to worship You. As I rest in Your loving arms this morning, I thank you for the cadence of your heartbeat. All the unknowns and the unfamiliar is hidden in the thing I’m most accustomed to; Your love.

I will end my week with a note of encouragement to you, my dear friends. If the road you’re on looks strange, unfamiliar and uncomfortable, you’re on the right road. If in the distance you see the image of a fellow traveler, shout out to them, “Keep going! You’re almost there!”

May His Kingdom come and His will be done in us, in the earth, on our journey.

Sandy G

His Intentions Are Good

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This God! His way is perfect!
    What the Lord declares proves true.
        He shields everyone who flees for protection to him! 2 Samuel 22:31 ISV

When things don’t go as we expect them to, we have the tendency to complain and question. But if we truly trust in the Lord with all our heart, we won’t question. Why? Because we know as sons and daughters of God, our steps are ordered by Him and He takes great delight in the plans He has for us (Psalm 37:23).

Think about it. When you get on an airplane, you trust the pilot to get you where you need to be, right? You don’t even have a relationship with them, yet you trust them to get you safely to your destination.

There are hundreds of stories in the bible we can reference, but do you remember when the children of Israel made their exodus from Egypt? They were led by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night until they arrived at the Red Sea and set up camp. They complained that Moses brought them there to die, but God had a plan to do something so great that there would never be another doubt that He was their deliverer and all or their enemies would know He was Lord!

We’ve all faced ‘Red Sea’s’ before and wondered, “Did I make a wrong turn? Should I go back? I don’t understand! I can’t see! Which way do I go, Lord?” When I come to that place and the ‘wonder why’s’ hit me in the face, I get quiet before the Lord and simply say, “I trust in You! I’m just going to worship You and listen for Your direction. You’ve shown me what to do in the past and I believe You’ll do it again!”

So even when you don’t understand, rejoice in him! Lift up your hands to God and say thank you! For His intentions are always for good and not evil.
Don’t allow fear to derail your blessing.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Do You Have Room For More?

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Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

As I sat in the booth enjoying the last of my breakfast, the waitress stopped by with what looked like a fresh pot of coffee in her hand. “Top it off?” she asked. Never being one to turn down a refill, I pushed my cup to the edge of the table and watched as the hot liquid poured into the cup.

“You don’t need to leave room, I drink it black.” So she filled it all the way to the top, so far that to the unpracticed, unsteady hand, it would of spilled all over when it was lifted to drink from.

I laughed and told her, “No worries! I’m a pro at drinking from full cups. Thank you!”

The fullness of that cup reminded me of the verse in Luke 6:38. As you empty your cup, it simply makes room for more, and more, and more. It would make no sense to try to refill an already full cup.

Soon the Holy Spirit began to speak to me. “I cannot bless what is full. If you hoard what you have, there is no opportunity to refill it. Emptying out what is in your hands builds trust in knowing I will do it again and again. My supply is limitless.”

There’s a reason God asks us to give, to make room for more of his blessings. Even a little becomes much when God is in it.  Every time you give an offering, you make room for more. Every time you help someone, you make room for more. Giving out causes more to come in. Investing in the Kingdom is NEVER a bad investment.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

You Have Authority

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When the seventy missionaries returned to Jesus, they were ecstatic with joy, telling him, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we commanded them in your name!”  Jesus replied, “While you were ministering, I watched Satan topple until he fell suddenly from heaven like lightning to the ground.  Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority. However, your real source of joy isn’t merely that these spirits submit to your authority, but that your names are written in the journals of heaven and that you belong to God’s kingdom. This is the true source of your authority.” Luke 10:18-20 TPT

Jesus imparted to us ALL his authority to trample over Satan’s kingdom. Think about that! We can trample down every demon and overcome every power Satan possesses. I don’t know about you, but that makes me so excited! Then He goes on to say that absolutely NOTHING will be able to harm us as we walk in that authority.

But the real joy comes from knowing that our names are written in the Lambs book of life and that we belong to God’s kingdom. That is the true source of our authority! Knowing who we are and whose we are. That is powerful right there!

You see, when you come to know your true identity is found in Christ Jesus, nothing can take that from you. Nothing! It’s more than saying the words, “I’m a Christian,” it’s about the benefits that come along with that title. The very DNA of God runs in you. When Satan looks at you, He sees the image of Jesus Himself.

So take your authority and use it. Don’t bury the treasure in you because you’re afraid you’ll use it wrong. No, begin speaking into the atmosphere around your home, your city and your state. Call down principalities and powers and every evil scheme of the enemy. Jesus clearly said, “Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority.”

Use your words, take your authority, build the Kingdom!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

 

Bumps In The Road

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Afterward, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the lonely wilderness in order to reveal his strength against the accuser by going through the ordeal of testing. Matthew 4:1 TPT

We’ve all read the story of Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days and nights. If you’re unfamiliar, you can read the 11 short verses beginning with the above passage.

So many times people have asked me, why did this happen, or why did that happen. Why did he have to die? Why wasn’t I healed? Why did I have to file bankruptcy? Why did I lose my house? Why did I get fired? Why did my husband leave? The list is long and just when I think I’ve heard them all, a new one assaults my senses.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I never knew how strong I was until…..”? Because you don’t know what you’re able to withstand until you’re tested. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re challenged. Does that make sense?

Jesus had just been baptized in water by John the Baptizer and was the first to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He was taken into the wilderness to be tested, not to show how strong He was in and of Himself, but to know the new strength available because of the Holy Spirit in Him.

You see, it’s in the lonely wilderness where there are no distractions, that we tune into God’s voice and leading. It’s there that His Holy Spirit begins to strengthen us, give us revelation on His Word, leading us into all truth. He reveals the secrets of His covenant to those who hide themselves in Him.

Last week was a wilderness week for me. I found myself on a path I didn’t want to be on but that there was absolutely no way around it. To get where I needed to be, I had to stay on this lonely road. It was full of bumps, twists and turns, rocks that cut my feet, yet I kept my eyes on my destination and kept moving.

As I lay on my bed weeping, I felt my head hit my Fathers lap as He gently stroked my hair and whispered, “Hush now sweet daughter. I’m here. There’s nothing you need to fear, just rest with me and know that I’m taking care of it all. I’ve been working on an amazing plan for you, just trust Me.”

It was so soothing that soon my crying ceased and an amazing peace fell over me like that warm blanket I’ve spoken about before. All the cares fell away, the burden to do something, anything was replaced by a confident assurance that God is able to see what I can’t and do what I’m not able to.

Strangely it reminded me of Martha, always busy serving others, and Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet. What was it He said to Martha when she complained that Mary wasn’t helping? “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”

To face what I must face today, I must remain in the secret place of the only one who is able to keep me in perfect peace. The place where His strength is revealed in and through me.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G