At Any Age-I’m Never Forsaken

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Ps 37:25-26 “Once I was young and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others and their children are a blessing.”

Thinking of this verse and watching how God has taken care of my children, who are no longer little, but such a blessing to others. Its just another testament to the Word of God and His faithfulness to it. He never leaves or forsakes His own. His Word is still alive and as powerful as when He first spoke it.

Being givers has many advantages, not just givers of money, but givers of our time and energy. You can’t sow into the Kingdom and not reap back 100 fold in your lifetime. Again, it’s His Word and He’s forever faithful.

I’m thankful! I’m thankful God’s not looking for perfect vessels, but God takes my imperfections and covers them with the blood of His precious Son. He takes my many seeds and turns them to His advantage to build His Kingdom on the earth.

To be a part of something so great is worth getting up every morning and getting His direction on my day. He will never leave me alone even though I can be directionally challenged at times. 

Thank you for Your faithfulness, Lord. My life is Yours, do with me as You please today. May I add value to the lives I touch and may You receive all the glory.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Don’t You Dare Stay Quiet Now

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Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Psalm 34:8 Message

I don’t believe that means to physically run to Him, I believe we need to mentally run to Him. How do we do that? By thinking about Him day and night.

When we’re surrounded by evil, when everything that could go wrong goes wrong, when we’re facing a mountain of debt, when the report from the doctor is a death sentence, we open our mouth and speak of His faithfulness. We open our eyes to see His faithfulness.

The best solution to any problem we face is to begin to worship the Lord for all He’s done in the past and all He will do in our future. To remind Him of His promise to never leave us or forsake us. To thank Him for wisdom to deal with our present so we can add it to our arsenal against our enemy.

It may seem like you’re alone, but you’re not. It may seem like the problem is too big until you see how big your God is. Nothing compares to Him. NOTHING!

David faced Goliath because he knew God was bigger! Jesus faced death because He knew God would raise Him up. If you don’t trust like that, it’s time you opened your mouth to taste, open your eyes to see just how good your God is.

Today lets keep our focus where it should be, on the great grace and goodness of our God. As you run after God, He will deal with your enemy.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Let Him Deal With it

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

King Jehoshaphat faced a similar situation in II Chronicles 20:6-12 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 not going to be satisfied with a part of my salvation, I want it all.

I worship you, my King. 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.

And All God’s People Said, Amen

Just Think

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“Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.” Malachi 3:16

Does anyone fear the Lord and think about the honor of His name anymore? When I talk about Him, He not only listens, but He writes it in a book. OMG! It goes on to say that on the day He acts, we will be His own special treasure and He will show us mercy. Just because we talk and think on him.

I know how it makes Walt feel when I tell people what a wonderful man he is. Those times when I think about him during the day and tell him at night, but I’ve never thought of how it makes God feel.

So let me just tell you about my God! He’s the greatest. He loves me so much and takes such good care of me. Every need I have, He finds a way to provide it. I’ve never been so loved in all my life. Think about THAT today. He remembers those who do.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Share The Light

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“Of what great worth is Your loving-kindness, O God! The children of men come and are safe in the shadow of Your wings. They are filled with the riches of Your house. And You give them a drink from Your river of joy. All life came from You. In Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9 NLV

Did you catch that too? In your light we see light. Wait, how can you see light in light? Luke 11:34 TPT says it like this; “The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. When your heart is open the light floods in. When your heart is hard and closed, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place.”

I John 1:7 says, “But if we keep living in the pure light that surrounds him, we share unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, continually cleanses us from all sin.” I believe that as we fellowship with God, the light shines brighter on His Word in us.

The other morning after spending time with the Lord, He began to show me a great truth about something I had just read. As I shared that revelation with a friend, it got brighter. In other words, I received even more revelation on the Word as I shared it. The Glory of the Lord was in our sharing.

Has that ever happened to you? Where the presence of the Lord is almost tangible as you share the Word with each other. Oh how I love the depths of His light. May I walk in that light and burn brightly, shedding light into the dark areas of my life and my world. Indeed all my life came from You, Lord and in Your light I see light.

Share the Light!

Sandy G

The Gift of Forgiveness

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Someone once asked me, “How do you know when you’ve forgiven someone?” My answer: When you can think of them with love. Until those feelings of hurt and anger stop pouring out of you when you talk of them or talk about the situation.

If Jesus could love that much, how can we not also if we are indeed his disciples. Unforgiveness is like carrying around a heavy load of slime, until you release it, it will hold onto you. 

Unforgiveness is like formaldehyde, it will preserve bitterness forever. Love on the other hand, encases your heart like a shield and deflects the arrows back onto those who sent it. Wouldn’t you rather love?

Love covers a multitude of sin. Let love have its perfect work in your heart today. What happened is in the past, its a part of your journey. It may have been a wild ride, but perhaps God needed to refine you as pure gold so that what comes forth will be more valuable to Him.

Ps 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, oh God and renew a right spirit within me.”

Until Tomorrow, 

Sandy G

Difficulties Cultivate Joy

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My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!  For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things.  And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. James 1:2-4 TPT

I see three things here: difficulties, invaluable opportunity, greatest joy.

Do you remember Sesame Street and the song they would sing, “One of these things are not like the other?” Well, that it what runs through my mind when I see these 3 words together. Difficulties just doesn’t seem to fit with ‘invaluable opportunity’ or ‘greatest joy’.

Ok, well if you’ve spent any time reading what I’ve ever written, you pretty much know that my perspective isn’t like most. Some would say it’s skewed, or screwed up, but I choose to think of it as seeing things differently. Maybe it’s what we all need now days, a new perspective!

So when I see the word ‘difficulties’, I see it as the fertilizer for the ‘invaluable opportunity’ which brings ‘great joy’. I also see it as opportunity to turn mourning to dancing, sorrow to joy. Let’s just call it optimism in it’s highest form.

That’s kinda what my world has looked like for the past 7 months. I told my pastor that I felt I was in a shit-storm (or for all you religious folk-fertilizer fest). It’s been like standing in the middle of a field and the farmer doesn’t know you’re there. He gets out the big guns and begins to spray fertilizer on the field. It doesn’t smell pretty and definitely looks even worse. I don’t just need a shower, I need to swim in tomato juice just to kill the smell.

Not only does it affect my smell, but I can’t see anything. I’m not sure where to move to get out of the way. I’m not sure that my yelling will be heard over the noise from the machine. I feel gross, look gross, smell gross and I’m pretty sure I’ve just lost my sense of sight.

Are you there with me? Am I describing how you feel in the middle of all this mess? Do feel helpless, hopeless and incredibly lost? I have good news for you. Stand in the presence of Jesus knowing that He has already cleaned you up, made a way where there seems to be no way and that He will direct your steps.

He will take what the enemy meant to harm you with and use it for good. It will be the fertilizer that brings the most incredible opportunities that in turn bring you great joy. Just as fertilizer grows a garden, so difficulties grow opportunities. Do you see it?

Sometimes it’s hard to see the way God uses losses to bring gains, but when you spend time thinking on it, it makes sense. The same person that frustrated the stew out of you, when they’re no longer there, you miss them. It’s hard to find joy in the middle of the process, but when you keep your eyes on Jesus, He helps you see it as it should be seen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Holy Fire that Burns

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“At the time my coming draws near, heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to ten maidens who took their oil lamps and went outside to meet the bridegroom and his bride. Five of them were foolish and ill-prepared, for they took no extra oil for their lamps. Five of them were wise and sensible, for they took flasks of olive oil with their lamps.  When the bridegroom didn’t come when they expected, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.  Then suddenly, in the middle of the night, they were awakened by the shout ‘Get up! The bridegroom is here! Come out and have an encounter with him!’ So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps.  But the foolish ones were running out of oil, so they said to the five wise ones, ‘Share your oil with us, because our lamps are going out!’

“‘We can’t,’ they replied. ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. You’ll have to go and buy some for yourselves!’

“While the five girls were out buying oil, the bridegroom appeared. Those who were ready and waiting were escorted inside with him and the wedding party to enjoy the feast. And then the door was locked.  Later, the five foolish girls came running up to the door and pleaded, ‘Lord, Lord, let us come in!’

“But he called back, ‘Go away! Do I know you? I can assure you, I don’t even know you!’

“That is the reason you should always stay awake and be alert, because you don’t know the day or hour when the Bridegroom will appear.” Matthew 25:1-13 TPT

As I read this story of the 10 virgins who camped out waiting for the bridegroom, I realized that 5 of them had planned for the occasion, taking extra oil for their lamps. But the other 5 were self-satisfied. They thought they had plenty and could get more by simply asking others. But that’s not how it happens, is it? It’s those who hunger and thirst for righteousness that will be filled.

In Luke 24:49, Jesus tells 500 people to stay in the city and wait for the fulfillment of the promise of power but only 120 were committed to partner with the Promise “until” they received power from on high. 120 our of 500. That is called lack of commitment.

I looked up the word, complacent in the dictionary and look what it says: pleased, especially with oneself or one’s merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied.

Which group do you fit in with? Are you satisfied with what you have right where you are or desperate enough to stay and pray until you get what you’re expecting? Are you always expecting things to be easy or are willing to wait even when it’s hard? Are you complacent or desperate?

I’m taking inventory of my life, my attitude and my hunger level. This is not a game to me, it’s my life and the outcome depends on my ability to trust in the One who is in me. So if I appear to be overly focused on the task at hand, please understand that I’m in it to win. The Oil that fills me will only remain full when I wait in His presence and spend time in the Word and prayer. I don’t fast 6 days and fill up on Sunday, I fill up each day and party and feast on Sunday.

I know this is a challenging word because it’s challenging me. You don’t have to ‘like’ it, but I hope that when you read it, your self satisfaction turns into desperation for Holy Fire that never burns out.

The God of the Wow

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Have you ever had a ‘wow’ moment? You know, something happens that’s totally unexpected and just blows your mind? Well, I feel like that’s what Gods 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 thats 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 to work off her debt. The prophet Elisha showed up and asked her, “What can I do to help you?” He 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.

I wonder what would have happened if she had over thought the command? If she had 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 don’t know about you, but I have no problem looking, acting or being foolish if it will bring glory to His Kingdom. I need a wow day and I’m ready, how about you?

Gift Giving God

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Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them… Matthew 7:10-12.

God wants us to know Him as a giving God, but in order to know Him that way, we must give Him something to work with. He doesn’t hold on with a death grip, like we do when He asks us to give something. ‘How much more?’ That question right there begs for an answer.

Just how much more? I can’t tell you the many times we sacrificed to help our children. I would gladly fast a week so that they had enough food to feed themselves and their family. That pales in comparison as to how much more God wants to give to us. The difference is, He doesn’t have to do without, He owns it all.

There is absolutely no way to out give God, it’s impossible to do because it just keeps multiplying and coming back in superabundance. 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.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G