I Will Not Fear

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8

If you’ve ever been through anything in your lifetime, fear has nibbled at your toes a time or two. I certainly have felt the cold wind blow down my spine in several situations I’ve had to face. Be it myself, my husband, our girls or even our grandkids, fear hasn’t been a stranger.

The thing about fear is this; you can hold onto it with a death-grip, or you can take a deep breath of peace and allow it to fill you like the sails of a ship as it turns out to sea. It’s a choice that each of us are given. I choose peace.

A dear friend shared an incident with me about something that happened to her husband. I asked what she did and what she was going to do and her response shook me. These aren’t her exact words, but my recall as I lay in bed was this, “I will not walk in fear and I absolutely will not let go of my peace.”

Which in turn made me search my bible for, ‘do not fear’ and I realized it’s so common for man to fear first, that God was continually saying to His people, “Do not fear! I am with you!” If it’s a comfort to all who heard those words, let it be a comfort to you as well. When you’re faced with fear vs peace, choose peace.

It’s not even about doing what you need to do, researching every angle known to man, it’s about resting in the security of the Secret Place of the Most High, laying your head on His competent arm and resting in His peace. He is well able to keep what I commit to Him. He never sleeps, so rest your eyes and let Him watch over it. You can’t fix it, but He created it and has all the tools needed to make it right.

Hold fast to your peace and regardless of what is said to you by the doctors, your employers, the government, let God do what He needs to to make it right.

Remember this, “He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Sandy G

Yours Always

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:1-3

I love this familiar story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his only son. What faith he had in his covenant with God. Not once did he cry, slam his fist on the table, stomp off in a huff. He had already set his heart toward obedience to God and absolutely nothing could shake him from his course.

How about you? Has God ever asked you to do difficult things where that kind of trust was needed? It’s so easy to say yes to God but when He actually expects to see you do it, well pause and think on that for a minute.

I remember a pastor friend of mine saying, “If you haven’t heard God speak to you recently, go back to the last thing he asked you to do.” You see, obedience is key to hearing the voice of God in your life and walking in the covenant blessings provided. Thats why we teach our children that there are consequences to disobedience, it’s called a paddle. Two stiff swats on the backside puts things back in perspective.

We’re a bit old for spankings, but I just can’t live in silence. I don’t like knowing I’ve displeased Him, not for one little moment. I can’t say, “I forgot!” because the Holy Spirit’s been reminding me. I’d just chosen to ignore because I had other things I needed to do.

Forgive me, Lord. I got busy serving me and forgot I’m not my own anymore. Can we start over, again? Strengthen my resolve to promptly obey because I don’t like the consequences of my lack of action. Mostly, I don’t want to be responsible for holding back Your work on the earth. Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Today, this hour, this very minute, may I hear Your voice loud and clear.

Yours Always,

Sandy G

Garrison & Mount Guard

Philippians 4:6-7 says; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What a beautiful passage to speak out over yourself today. Gods promise of peace regardless of what you face. Not the worlds peace, but the peace of God. I love verse 7 in the amplified bible which says, And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

It will garrison and mount guard over my heart and mind. Wow! That word ‘garrison’ means a body of troops stationed in a fortified place. Can you see that now? God sends his angels to surround you and keep you in all your ways. There are more with you then those against you.

Thank you Father that You’ve sent your angels to guard and protect my peace. I will not by any means allow the enemy to steal what is mine. I rest in Your ability to fight my battles for me. You are more than enough! It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, Amen.

Sandy G

Let Truth & Justice Prevail

In your glory and grandeur go forth in victory! Through your faithfulness and meekness the cause of truth and justice will stand. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished! Psalm 45:4 TPT

What a way to start out my day! In a world where truth and justice seems an illusion, Gods truth and justice will stand. It’s not by my might or power, it’s by His.

So often I’ve thumbed through the old testament in search of stories about the God of truth and justice and read them over and over to allow faith to rise in my heart. Like so many in the world, the things we hear about or watch on the news can discourage us and make us wonder, does God see? Does He hear?

Well here’s the good news my dear friends; Yes, why yes He does! 1 Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Those words were written by one who walked with Jesus and I’m pretty sure he knew that it didn’t exempt him from persecution, rather that his confidence was truly in the Lord who ordered his steps and whom he gladly laid his own life down for.

The words at the end of this Psalm says all we need to know about God. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished! Everything He does is to show a measure of who He is and always will be.

Look no further. Keep your hope in God Almighty, All-Powerful, Never Failing, our Firm Foundation. Be assured that He has an awe-inspiring miracle coming to a place near you. Be assured! Plant your feet and hold on.

Truth and justice will prevail!

Sandy G

My Love Song

My heart is on fire, boiling over with passion. Bubbling up within me are these beautiful lyrics as a lovely poem to be sung for the King. Like a river bursting its banks, I’m overflowing with words, spilling out into this sacred story. Psalm 45:1 TPT

Have you ever loved someone that much? It feels like a all the feelings bubble up and spill over to saturate the person you’re in love with. That’s how I feel this morning about Jesus. So much love that my words trip over the hard rocks in my heart and I’m refreshed in the parched places of my soul.

He is everything to me. I can’t thank Him enough for all He’s done for me. I was in the pit of despair and He rescued me. I didn’t want to live, but He breathed life into me and made me to live again. His heartbeat is my heartbeat.

Unspeakable joy rushes through my veins. When I think of His goodness, even when I don’t deserve it, I’m amazed at the feelings that well up inside of me.

He will never hide from me, nor I from Him. He knows me better than I know myself and still He loves me deeply and constantly. How can I not love others? How can I not give freely what He has given to me? I cannot nor will I withhold it from those around me.

Give Him all honor, glory and praise this morning. Lift up your voice to Him and let His presence fill you and overflow onto others around you. See what the Lord can do through you when you give Him permission.

Sandy G

Choices Carry Consequences

“Stop dwelling on the past. Don’t even remember these former things. I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 TPT

One of my favorite sayings is this: You can’t go anywhere safely while staring in the rearview mirror.

I believe that God has always been and forever will be a forward thinking God. Just give that a bit of thought as you go through your day. Creators create. They’re always thinking of the next thing, how it will work, how it will be used in the future.

I believe that when He said, “I know the plans I have for you….” that He was and continues to plan out my life as I respond to each situation I go through. The plans are always there for me, but He always gives me a choice whether to go or stay. I can rest or run. Walk or drive. Dance or sit. Pick up my bed and walk or lay in my bed and remain where I am.

My action always causes a reaction. Just as my voice carries the ability to bless or curse, my movement sets into motion things I can’t see where I stand. I can’t blame you for my consequences when it was my choice to be where I am today.

I think that’s why our culture is in so much trouble today. They think they’re not accountable for their actions and they are very, very wrong. I’m not saying things don’t happen, but they usually happen because we choose to do what we want without waiting to consult with God or to surround ourselves with other believers and learn from their mistakes.

Hopefully this won’t strain your brain too much, but I hope it makes you think before you speak and wait patiently on the Lord.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sandy G

Give It Back

But look at his people. Others have defeated them and have stolen from them. The young men are afraid. They are locked in prisons. People have taken advantage of them, and there is no one to protect them. Others take their money, and there is no one to say, “Give it back!” Isaiah 42:22 ERV

As I read this verse, I was reminded of how important and valuable our words are, not just for ourselves, but for others. We were created as speaking spirits, those who would declare the Word of the Lord, yet seldom do I hear people willing to do just that. Instead, we are told to keep quiet, that mere words won’t make a difference. Oh contrare!

David went so far as to pray, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and redeemer.”

I believe that God positioned us in various communities, neighborhoods and cities so that we would use His words and say, “Give it back! Give back the souls that are lost and deceived! Give back the money stolen! Give back the houses and lands!”

We’ve become lax in our speaking over sphere’s of influence. We’ve been convinced by the enemy that our words are useless, that what we say doesn’t come to pass. Let me be so bold as to say, THAT IS A BALD FACED LIE!

Moses responded at the ripe old age of 80 to the call of the Lord. He stood before Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go!” He didn’t do it just once or twice, but he did it until the people of God were set free.
What would happen if we all stood in our cities and said those words on a daily basis, “Let my people go!” or even, “Give it all back! Everything stolen, return it in Jesus’ name!”

Guess we won’t ever know until we rise up and do it.

Sandy G

I Can’t Change Yesterday

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. James 1:17 TPT

I can’t change yesterday, it’s over and done with. I can call for a better today and tomorrow. So many are making New Years resolutions. Some are simple, some are severe and unrealistic. Some call for extreme changes in lifestyle or society, some commit to going to church every Sunday, losing 100 lbs, never eating sweets again, working out everyday.

I’m doing something different this year. I’m committing my ways to the Lord, delighting in Him each day, enjoying my life, giving my worship, continuing in the Word. Each day He has given me is a gift and I will find enjoyment in it, whether I must work or stay home. I will find ways to encourage others and show them a love that never fails.

I will not hesitate to speak the truth of the Word in love, for love never fails. I have lost friends, family, and things that were dear to me, but I will not lose my relationship with Jesus. I will praise Him when I’m up and praise Him when I’m down. I will grab hold of Fathers hand knowing He will lead me and guide me each step of the way.

I was 15 when I surrendered my life to Christ and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Like Paul, I’ve learned that praying in the Holy Ghost builds me up in the weak areas of my life and trust me, I need to be doing it all the time! So in the year 2022, what I’ve committed to do on a daily basis will not change. What will change is me.

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” II Corinthians 3:18 NLT

Sandy G

Has Your Battle Been Long?

The battle has been long and has almost defeated you, but the Lord your God is with you wherever you go and as He said to Joshua, “Make yourselves pure. Tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among us.”

This is indeed the year of the open door and we’re prepared to walk through it. That’s not to say every door will look inviting or beautiful. What it does mean is, you’ll never know what waits for you on the other side unless you open it up.

I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did. God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn’t hand me over to Death. Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates! I’ll walk right through and thank God! This Temple Gate belongs to God, so the victors can enter and praise. Psalm 118:18-20 The Message Bible

Last year may not have been a great year, but if you’re reading this today, you made it! You didn’t die in your trial. You still have reason to be thankful. What I went through last year, I didn’t go through alone. God kept His Word to me when He said He’d never leave or forsake me. No. Never. I’m thankful for that.

So I speak to those doors that have been shut up in my path, “Swing wide open!” I will walk right through and praise the Lord. He remains faithful. These doors before me will no longer be shut to me, they will open and I will walk through them praising God the entire year.

Let’s do it!

Sandy G

Expect The Unexpected

Not everything in life comes in a nice neat package. There are things that life throws at us that are unexpected but let me give you a new perspective on the unexpected things of life.

Do you remember when Jesus was teaching the crowd of people and it got late in the day and He didn’t want to send them away without feeding them because they were in a very remote area. So he told the disciples to feed them. You can find the story in Matthew 14 but their first thought was that it would cost too much to feed so many.

When they brought Jesus the small fish dinner and He blessed it, it became more than enough to feed the crowd. There will always be tests in our lives but those tests are to challenge our faith. Not faith in our own resources, but faith in God and His Word. If Jesus said to do it, than you can be guaranteed that He has already made provision for it.

Stop looking at what you don’t have and start looking for what you do have, then offer it up to God. He said whatever you bless will be blessed and whatever you curse will be cursed so begin blessing your supply. You may need $1000 and only have $100, offer it up to God and ask Him to bless and multiply it, than do what He showed the disciples-give it out. What you collect after will fill up multiple baskets.

Without faith, it’s impossible to please God, so stop looking at your need and begin to ask God what to do with your seed. The answer to your situation is in your own hands, but until you get your eyes off your problem and on to God, you’ll never see it, you’ve exalted the problem over the problem solver.

Father, I offer up to you my seed. I believe that all things are possible with You. Thank You for growing my faith this year, faith in Your Word and Your promises. You are my healer, provider, protector, deliverer. I know that I can’t please you without faith and that my faith can grow, so grow my faith! With every unexpected and unplanned situation I face, may I turn to You and ask Your blessing on what You’ve provided and trust You to take care of it. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.