Be Wise

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Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. Proverbs 19:20

There are a whole lot of educated people in the world today who are just that; educated. People who are great at debate but lack the ability to apply it to everyday life. Lots of folk out there who have adapted the ideas and opinions of professors and teachers, but so few who have taken the time to truly educate themselves at the feet of Jesus.

You see, wisdom doesn’t come from a school or professor, that’s merely knowledge. True wisdom comes from God. It comes through the Holy Spirit as we sit with Him and allow Him to show us things our intellect will never pick up on. It’s learning to be quiet and listen as He demonstrates how to apply what we’ve learned so that we can be proficient in the very thing He’s called us to do.

Now I will tell you that I have gained insight and knowledge through some great teachers along the years. But I always go back and ask the Father what He wants me to do with what I’ve learned. There are other times when I hear Him say, “This isn’t for now, store it in your heart for I will show you more on it later when you’ll need it.”

I’ve heard people say, “You should never question God!” Part of that is true. You should never question Gods way of doing or being. You shouldn’t question His plans because He sees far more then you ever will. You shouldn’t question His ability for He is well able. However, asking God questions is a good thing. If you need clarity, ask.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  He’s not withholding answers, we’re just not asking.  And for those who need to see it in the New Testament, John 16″24 says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” He wouldn’t have said ask if it wasn’t the thing to do.

So if you’re looking to be wise, ask the Father for wisdom. If He gave it to Solomon, he will give it to you as well.

Until tomorrow,

Sandy

 

 

Special People

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But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

We are all special children of the most high God. Each one of us carries a fire within us that was meant to expose darkness and draw others to the light.  So what keeps that from happening? What causes us to hide our light?

I believe the answer to that is, we have been deceived into believing we are not special and that there is nothing of value in us or about us. We simply exist in this world. Our true identity has been stolen from us and the truth of the power we hold has been hidden from us.

So many have taken their own lives because they feel they are of no value to anyone, but the truth is, God doesn’t see us like that.  He loves us so deeply and has purpose for each of us. We must simply believe it, and for some, that is the hardest thing to do. The voices in their head drowns out the truth, hammering them with accusations that make them feel worthless.

The truth is, we are all great in Gods eyes.  There is not one who is more anointed, more gifted, more beautiful or lovely.  All of us as Gods children, possess the same value in Gods eyes.  Some may have a college degree, while others may be a high school dropout. That does not change anything! In Gods eyes we all have the ability to have relationship with Him, learn from Him and do great exploits.

Don’t allow that slick and slimy devil to distort the truth of who you are and what you possess.  Truth be told, he’s always feared you! He knows that when you discover who you truly are, you will be unstoppable! He fears the power that you possess and will do everything he can to keep you from walking in that power.  He knows that if you truly believe, all things will be possible for you.  Why do you think he fights so hard to keep things from you and to keep you from spending time in the Book that will show you the truth?

You are so much bigger than he is! You are so much more powerful than he is! Your words alone can send him and his minions running with their tails between their legs.  Believe it! God does.

 

The Key To Knowing

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“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:9-13

I remember when our firstborn, Stacy, was only two years old. She was so curious! Always asking questions about everything. “Mom, why does daddy have to work?” “Mom, why can’t I have candy for breakfast?” She was so easy to understand from such a young age, and she wasn’t asking questions to be belligerent, she was a thinker and really wanted to know.

What I didn’t do was brush her off because I was busy or didn’t want to be bothered. I was her mom and therefore her teacher. If she had questions, it was my job to answer them to the best of my ability. To this day, she’s still a deep thinker and a wise woman of God who knows how to hear Gods voice and ask Him questions.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

The key to knowing is asking, seeking and knocking. Asking denotes using your words to inquire of someone about something. Seeking denotes a hunt for discovery of something hidden. But knocking. it’s an announcement I’ve arrived for a visit.

I have assurance that God is always available to answer my questions. He never turns a deaf ear. He’s never too busy. I will always ask Him and expect an answer. It may come through someone He sends to me, but He will always answer me. My questions are never silly to Him. He is such a good Father that He always answers! ALWAYS!

Father, thanks for listening to me and providing me with the answers I need. I’m not fumbling my way through life because You always give me directions, warn me of traps and snares, and keep me safe and secure. My heart trusts in You alone. You gave me Your Spirit to live inside of me so I’m never alone, How I love You!

For everyone asking, give them answers. For each one seeking today, show them hidden secrets. And for all who knock, I know You’ve been waiting for them and have prepared a feast of fellowship for them. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Proclaim Grace

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“Who are you, ·big [mighty; great] mountain? ·In front of [Compared with] Zerubbabel you will become ·flat land [a level plain], and he will bring out the ·topmost stone [capstone], ·shouting [or amid shouting], ‘·It’s beautiful! It’s beautiful [or Blessings, Blessings upon it; L Grace, Grace to it]!’” Zechariah 4:7 EXB

This word Grace is simply the undeserved, unmerited favor of God. Just as His love is unconditional, His Grace or favor is also undeserved. When we proclaim Grace over an unmovable obstacle in our life, we’re actually allowing God to ‘handle it’ for us. We may have created the mess and we certainly don’t deserve His favor on it, and yet He’s both willing and able to make that mountain a flat plain.

It’s not our job to fix what we cannot. It’s not our job to live a life of regrets. It’s our job to proclaim His Word over every situation we face because in our weakness, He is the strongest.

The battle isn’t ours, it’s Gods. Our weapons are not carnal or of this earth, but they are mighty in God to pull down strongholds. So if today you find yourself standing before a mountain of debt, a mountain of pain, a mountain of discouragement, a mountain of depression or whatever you face, speak Grace to it. Not just once but repeatedly.

I speak Grace, Grace over my children and grandchildren! I speak Grace, Grace over my marriage! I speak Grace, Grace over my health! I speak Grace, Grace over my debt! In the name of Jesus whose grace is sufficient and who is well able to keep what I’ve committed to Him, I declare Your abundant Grace over my friends today. Amen!

Why Focus Is Important

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And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here so that I might show them to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see.” Ezekiel 40:4

Why is focus so important? You’ve probably heard the saying, “What you feed grows, what you starve dies.” When you focus on your weakness, whether you realize it or not, you’re merely magnifying them, feeding them and causing them to become strong in your life. But when you focus on your strengths, your weaknesses simply fade into the distance as your strengths come to the forefront.

This verse reminded me that we are to fix our minds on what God shows us, not what the enemy points out to us. We are to see what God shows us and hear only what He says and be completely convinced of their truth so that we can tell others. If we’re not fully persuaded, how can we persuade others?

Jesus talked about this in Mark 11:23 when He said, “ For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

Logic is mans way, faith is Gods way. When you focus on His Word, it becomes the rock you stand on when the storm tries to blow you off balance. You must be fully convinced that if God said it, it can’t happen any other way.

When your focus is on the circumstances (pain, lack, bad report etc.), it grows to such large proportions that it consumes you. But if you focus on others and continue to speak the Word over your situation, you’ll find the circumstances will change.

Focus on God-glance at the problem!

Until Tomorrow

Sandy

 

 

I’m Boasting Today

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And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 1 Corinthians 12:9

Are you familiar with the term ‘covenant’? It’s an agreement or pact that is made between 2 or more parties to do or not to do something. Covenants have been taking place way back in history but the first one we see in the bible was the one God made with Abram in Genesis 12.

I’m not going to get into that today, but unless we have a basic understanding of covenant, these verses cannot be fully understood. So what I do want to say is this; Covenants were designed to eliminate weakness.

Let that sink in for just a moment. Whose strength is made perfect in our weakness? Gods! Why? Because it’s what covenant does. Where I am weak, He is strong. I rely on Him for my provision, protection, health, peace, etc.. I can only do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

When Jesus became our new covenant by shedding His own blood for us, the bible says He sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. He is our advocate against all the accusations of the enemy. So where Satan focuses on our weakness, Jesus reminds Him that He is our strength. He fights for us so we don’t have to fight.

He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us so that we would have power over all the power of the enemy. To be our teacher, our counsel, our guide, to bring healing, peace and joy. Where we are weak, He is strong.

So let me just boast about all of my shortcomings, my weak points. There are so many things I’m not good at, but He is. I can honestly say that without the Holy Spirit being strong on the inside of me, I wouldn’t be able to a fraction of what I do. That’s why when people say, “Sandy, that was so good!” I can not take credit for it because it was ALL God!

But just like Paul, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I’ll never again say, “I can’t!” If God wants me to do it, He will do it through me because all He needs from me is my availability.

Until Tomorrow

Sandy

A Vessel That’s Full

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The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,  “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.”  So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.  But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Jeremiah 18:1-4

There’s an old hymn that comes to mind as I read this. Some of you younger folk have probably never heard it, but it goes like this:

“Have thine own way Lord, Have thine own way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, after thy will. While I am waiting, yielded and still.”

I watched as a potter molded a piece of clay on the wheel once. It was amazing. What a masterpiece to my naked eye. Then I watched in horror as he put his fist into it and started over again. I must have given some vocal cry as he did this because I saw him smile. “It wasn’t what I pictured,” he said.

I wonder how many times God has done that with me? I may be pretty satisfied with myself but He sees so much more, so there He goes again, gently shaping me into what He sees I should be. It’s all about my purpose, and all of us have one. I may want to be a beautiful centerpiece to a table but God sees me as a useful vessel to hold oil.

Then a carrier of oil I will be. I’ll be slippery to handle, for the One who filled me has filled me to the full till I overflowed. I made a mess on the table and down on the floor, but when I thought I had enough, He poured even more.

I cried out, “Wait Lord, can’t you see that I’m full! Turn off the spicket, until I’m poured out or used!”

I felt His smile then I heard his laughter, “Didn’t I tell you that I would pour out a blessing you didn’t have room to contain? Didn’t I tell you with the same measure you give, it would be measured to you again? Didn’t I tell you that with blessing I will bless you and with multiplicity I would multiply back to you again? I can’t stop what I’ve started nor can I turn off the blessing I’ve already sent to you. Just keep giving, child. You can’t out give me. Not today, not tomorrow, not in this lifetime.”

Be blessed today! God blessed you to bless others, so have fun doing it!

Sandy