Let Peace Gobble You Up

Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you;  they confidently trust in you. Yes, trust in the Lord Yahweh forever and ever! For Yah, the Lord God, is your Rock of Ages! Isaiah 26:3-4

I instantly thought of this picture I’d seen awhile ago. A quiet place where He and I can be alone together. My God in whom I trust.Coleman Camping Project

No that’s not me, but it’s the place I go in my imagination when it get’s crowded by thoughts of defeat and discouragement. When the accusations of the enemy become louder than the voice of God, I step away from the noise into the secret place.

When I want to step in and rescue but the Lord says, “Not this time. I’m doing a work in them that the only part you’ll play is to speak my Word and encourage them.” I rush into the place where peace consumes me and I smile, knowing that the same God who brought me out will bring them out as well.

When I think of a rock, I think of something strong. A large rock that I hide in could be a cave. God is that to me! My Rock of Ages has stood the test of time. He is the place I run to in time of trouble. When life gets stressful, His perfect peace rushes in, but only when I allow my mind to be consumed with thoughts of Him.

That’s where the shield of faith comes in. Faith in God comes through obedience to His voice when you can’t see it. It’s remembering the stories of old when God spoke a not-a-lick-of-sense instruction so that He would get all the glory in the end. You don’t have to run it by a friend, you just need to obey and believe.

So go for it! Let your mind be consumed by thoughts of the greatness of God and watch the peace come rushing in. Peace over your health. Peace over your finances. Peace over your problem. Peace over your children.

We speak Peace be still over every intentional distraction today. Just as You said, we believe You will keep us in perfect peace when our minds are fixated on You.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

You Can Do This!

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Lord Yahweh, you are my glorious God! I will exalt you and praise your name forever, for you have done so many wonderful things. Well-thought-out plans you formed in ages past; you’ve been faithful and true to fulfill them all! Isaiah 25:1 TPT

I sense in my spirit that someone has been in a tug-of-war over promises spoken over their lives. You have been contending one moment and singing praises the next. The sword of the Lord (His Word) is in one hand and in the other you’ve lifted the shield of faith. Fiery darts are being slung by the wicked one and when your arm grows weary, you’ve felt a great surge of strength go through you as others speak words of encouragement to you and over you.

The Word of the Lord to you today is that your future is already established. God is in the process of putting every detail in place so that promises spoken over you will come to pass in rapid succession.

Don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t happen as quickly as you think it should. Remember this; it took a long time for God to convince you to go there and do this and there are multiple others involved in this process. Start trusting God and rest in His ability to move others as He did you. If they refuse, He will raise up another. It shall come to pass, says the Lord!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Do You Hear The Call?

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Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have “arrived”, spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal—my reward the honour of being called by God in Christ. Phil 3:12-14 Phillips Translation

This so aptly describes my hearts cry right now. I may not be perfect yet, but I’m yielded. I’m all in for the cause of Christ. Hands raised outward, pushing back all fears and hinderances and I’m pressing on.

No matter what my future holds, it’s been planned in advance by my Father who loves me. I can trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense and my promise seems far away. It’s still a part of His design and plans and so I keep going.

From beginning to end, from my first breath to my last, He has captured my heart in His hands. On my best day or my worst day, my focus is firmly planted on His face so that I won’t stray from the purpose He has for me.

Available. That’s my prayer this morning. I’m available for your virtue to flow from me into others. To be Your hands in healing, Your arms in loving and Your voice of encouragement. To fan the embers in the hearts of men and women everywhere whose embers have died out.

Keep going! Just a little bit further and it will be over. Your reward is so close so don’t give up now.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Friday’s Fortress

 

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I run for dear life to God, I’ll never live to regret it. Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Put your ear to the ground and listen, give me space for salvation. Be a guest room where I can retreat; you said your door was always open!
You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress. Psalm 71:1-3 Message

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like what I really need today. Do what you do so well, get me out of this mess and up on my feet! It’s been some kind of week and I’m thankful as always for Friday.

Put your ear to the ground and listen, give me space for salvation. Oh my! That word is such a huge word. When I think of salvation it always brings me back to that day as a child when I asked Jesus into my heart. He saved me from my sins.

For years I thought that was all there was to it. I’m saved! But I discovered that wasn’t the sum of it, that was only the beginning. I discovered that the moment Jesus said, “It is finished!” He wasn’t declaring his death, He was declaring my future. His finished work saved me from poverty, sickness, disease and gave me access to Love, peace, joy, untold riches and success in everything I put my hands to.

He became the open door to my heavenly Father. The Way, the Truth and the Life, my retreat from pressure into pleasures forevermore. One moment in His presence brings realization of my place in His plan. Forever valuable to Him. His prize. Me. You. Together we make up His Bride.

He’s coming for us soon my remnant friend. Don’t be weary in the waiting for in due season, you will reap if you faint not.

May Friday find you faithful.

Sandy G

 

 

Happy Waiting!

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“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28 Message

Have you ever felt like your life is one big waiting game? Like the only room you occupy is a waiting room? “Wait here please!” “Please have a seat and wait to be called!” “Wait here and the doctor will be with you shortly.” “Please enjoy this ringtone while you’re waiting.”

Why is it that some of us have no problem waiting and others feel like it’s a slow death? My husband has no problem sitting for hours waiting for an appointment. He will get there an hour early and wait. Not me! I absolutely HATE waiting! I will get there 5 minutes early and expect to be seen at my appointment time. If you’re going to be late, call and let me know so I don’t have to wait for you.

Perhaps that’s why I loved reading this verse, “the moment we get tired in the waiting” because it gives me hope knowing I’m not alone. But it also gives me something to do while waiting, pray. Even when I don’t know what to pray, He prays for me, in me, through me.

He knows what I’m pregnant for, what lies within me that He needs to birth in the earth. He’s continually speaking, directing and leading me into my next, fanning the flames of desire and passion, reminding me of who I am and Whose I am.

And in the waiting, in the hardest of times when my frustration is intense and my patience wanes thin, He reminds me that He knows my destination and that it’s not all about constant movement, but resting in His presence and enjoying that part as well.

Perhaps you’re facing an intense situation right now and have grown weary in the waiting.  Take the time to turn off the noises and sit with Him. Turn off your phone, your ipad, your laptop, even your music and sit with your bible, pen and paper in the presence of the best friend you’ll ever have. Allow Him to give you rest, peace and joy in your waiting room.

What’s Next, Papa?

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Are you ready? Ready for the unexpected, supernatural, awesome direction of the Lord today? Will you allow Him to be in total control? Are you listening for His voice to direct you?

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” Romans 8:15-17 Message

God has purpose for you and He has to break dread off you to do it. Did you hear that? Stop going through life afraid. Stop going through the motions of daily routine. Be an active participant in this journey He’s carved out for you. Be brave and make up your own song to the Lord. Thats right, no one needs to hear it but you and God.

The first time I did this, I was in the car on a trip and I began to sing a new song to the Lord. I began to laugh, but it wasn’t an embarrassed laugh, it was a joyful, playful laugh with my Father. God wants you to take some risk in life, not play it safe. The only thing safe about serving the Lord is knowing we will dwell in the safety of His arms. It doesn’t mean we won’t do some free falling, but as the mother eagle swoops down and saves the eaglet until he can fly on his own, so our Father will swoop down to save us until we get our faith muscle built up and learn to trust in Him completely.

If you always do what’s safe to do, you’ll never reach where He wants you to go. He needs you to need Him! He didn’t tell you to do what’s comfortable, He said He’d never leave you. He didn’t say wait till you have it all together, He said He would make a way where there seems to be no way.

Don’t be afraid of the unknown, rather form relationship with Him and watch Him sprinkle color on the black and white canvas of your life. When life makes no sense, He’s merely working the colors into the ordinary and breathing life into dead places. When He’s finished, you won’t even recognize yourself.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Don’t Moan at the Unknown

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There is nothing scarier then the unknown. Has God ever given you a Word, a promise or perhaps a vision that was so far beyond your frame of reference that you couldn’t even imagine? You hesitated to even tell the closest of your friends because it sounded that incredible, yet you knew it was going to come to pass, you just couldn’t see how.

In Luke 1:38 after the angel had announced to Mary that she was going to get pregnant by the Holy Spirit and have the Son of God and that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, she spoke in agreement with the angel because she knew the value of agreement with God.

“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

If what God has spoken over you didn’t require faith and agreement, then you would get the credit, not Him. There’s more to this then meets the eye. In fact, if you can see it in the natural, you’re not thinking big enough because the God who created the universe that keeps on growing, has a much larger point of reference then you or I combined.

God has asked many of us to step out of the boat of our comfortable life and come to Him but we’re afraid of what’s out there, what could happen, losing our security, being ‘different’, not fitting in. We just want to live our lives, die and go to heaven to get our reward.

THAT’S JUST NOT ENOUGH FOR ME! God didn’t wire me that way! He wired me for adventure, to create, to speak life, to heal, to raise up, to proclaim. I’M SIMPLY NOT OF THIS WORLD. God is just waiting for me to take the first step of obedience out of the boat.

Are you listening? Please hear the Father say; “If I called you out of the boat, I’m able to change the molecular structure of the water so you can walk on it. Is anything too difficult for me?”

God wants to use ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things. Put on your super-human cloak of righteousness, grab the sword of the Word, don’t forget the shield of Faith to quench those fiery darts of doubt and unbelief and lets go! Clark Kent was just a reporter until he stepped out to put on his cape. You can do ALL things through Christ. Lets do this!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G