Because You Love Me

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“You can expect to be persecuted, even killed; for you will be hated by all the nations because of your love for me. Then many will stop following me and fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another.  And many lying prophets will arise, deceiving multitudes and leading them away from the path of truth.  There will be such an increase of sin and lawlessness that those whose hearts once burned with passion for God and others will grow cold.  But keep your hope to the end and you will experience life and deliverance.” Matthew 24:9-13 TPT

I felt a strong impression to post this warning from Jesus this morning. I’ve watched with heavy heart as I’ve seen friends and pastors alike lose their passion and grow cold. My cry sounds out in the early morning hours, “Come back to God! Holy Spirit, set a fire down in their soul. Fan the flames of passion once again that they may blaze again with Your glory.”

And for those who are being persecuted because of their faith and trust in Jesus, I pray that they lean in heavy on the strength of God as He proves His strength in their weakness. Don’t be weary or afraid, the Lord your God is for you and regardless of who stands against you, He will stand for you.

Psalm 91:14-16 is for you today: For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.  I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

I Will Be With You

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2

Yesterday I wrote a tiny portion of the trial we went through with our youngest daughter. I would love to say that was the end but it wasn’t.  Satan is always on the prowl and I personally believe that he targets those who he sees or recognizes, a calling or anointing on them to do great things. Or perhaps I should say, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

When she brought home the 2nd man, there was something about him we liked but we were leery.  We embraced him and began mentoring him in Gods expectations of a man, especially since he’d been married previously. We walked them through pre-marital and the closer the time of the wedding came, I noticed Shannon becoming more distant. Something wasn’t setting right with my spirit, so I prayed God would expose hidden things.

It was as we sat with friends who would cater her reception that she informed us she had found he had relapsed into addiction and would no longer need their services. It was tough to watch her go through heartbreak again, but we were so thankful that God exposed it before the wedding.

It’s so hard to watch your children go through things that hurt them, but this passage from Isaiah became something I personalized for her during this season.

When you, Shannon, pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

As I’ve watched her mature and grow in her own walk with God, she’s unfolded like a beautiful rose. Just like the pencil sketch she made me of a rose on Mothers Day years ago. Through the water and the fire He was with her, developing her into the bride of His passion. Heightening her gift of discernment and giving her a heart of compassion for others.

I’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who have both fought their own battles within and without. Both have come through the fires with scars but both realize that without those scars, they would never have developed skills in spiritual warfare.

As for Walt and I, we have become rock solid in our trust in God, knowing that He who began a good work in us, is faithful to complete it. We’ve allowed what satan meant to destroy us with, to weave a beautiful tapestry in our lives.

Whatever you’re going through, remember that He is more than able to keep you and your children, even your grandchildren in the palm of His hand. It’s your trust in Him that makes all the difference, my friend.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

 

Complete Trust

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Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT

A few years ago, Walt and I watched as the devil tried to tear our family apart. While we were busy doing the Lords work, the enemy had lured our youngest daughter away, leading her to question the call on her life, her own design and beauty.  This man had pretended to be a Christian, but we discerned he was not and began to pray, hard!

She phoned us to say they had set the date to get married a few months from then and would dad walk her down the isle, I had to inform her that her dad would never give her away to a man he couldn’t trust to care for her. She was understandably hurt and angry. I warned her yet again what God had showed us, but she refused to listen.

A couple months later on a Sunday morning, I had woken with Shannon on my heart so strong that I went into the other room to be alone in the secret place with God. As I opened my bible and looked down, Ezekiel 37 was there and I heard the Lord say, “Can Shannon live?” I used Ezekiel’s response, “You alone know, God!” To which He replied, “Then speak to Shannon!”

At that moment the Spirit of the Lord fell on me and I began to call out to Shannon, “Wake up, daughter of God! Wake up and turn back to God! You will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord! Hear me Satan, you will not have our daughter! You turn her loose in Jesus’ Name!”

I heard the Lord say, “Make your trip to Michigan and be at peace, for I will work on he and before you return, you will see me at work.”

Two days before we returned to Florida, Shannon called Stacy crying, she was afraid because he had tried to do her bodily harm and in his anger, he had missed her and punched a hole in the wall next to her face. She ran from their apartment and had a neighbor call the police.

That was the beginning of turnaround for her. It was not an easy journey and the devil did not leave her alone because he keeps trying to grab her away. But I trusted completely in the Lord. He is always faithful to His Word. I am intimately acquainted with His voice and I quickly obey when He leads me to speak over someone or a situation. I may not always speak it to them, but when I speak, the power of His Spirit goes with it to accomplish whatever He needs done.

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

An Image-bearer

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Compared to all this cosmic glory, why would you bother with puny, mortal man or be infatuated with Adam’s sons? Yet what honor you have given to men, created only a little lower than Elohim, crowned like kings and queens with glory and magnificence. You have delegated to them mastery over all you have made, making everything subservient to their authority, placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers.  Psalm 8:4-6 TPT

David understood how God saw him and the authority he was given. How did he know? Because he communed with God as a boy under the stars, singing songs and talking with Him on those lonely nights. He was a friend of God. Acts 13:22 says; ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

As sons and daughters of God, we have been crowned like kings and queens with glory and magnificence to rule and reign in the earth, not cower in fear and intimidation when the enemy threatens us. We instead should be a threat to him! Simply by knowing who we are and the authority we possess, we should be using our words to pull down strongholds the enemy set up in our cities, our neighborhoods and yes, even in our churches.

We bear a striking resemblance to our Father and it’s time we acted accordingly. We must use our words to call peace where only chaos is felt, love where only hatred is spoken.  You don’t need a mans permission when you have direct authority in the Spirit realm to do what God has commanded us all to do….reign!

Here’s an idea; let’s walk or drive our neighborhoods and call people back to God. We all came from His Spirit to the earth for purpose, it’s just some of us have lost our way. Call them back! Say, “In the name of Jesus and by His shed blood, I call you back to God. Now I release angels to surround them. Unstop their ears that they may hear Your voice. Open their eyes that they may see the truth and may it set them free!”

I guarantee you one thing, change is on the way! Expect salvation and you will see it. Expect healing to come to your neighbors, and God will give you opportunities to pray for them. When God moved you into that area, it was to rule. Some of us need to get our eyes off what Satan has distracted us with and get our eyes back on our mission.

Father, forgive us for not obeying and doing what you’ve instructed us to do. We yield to Your plans and we surrender our lives to Your mission. Help us to not be intimidated off our territory until we possess it all. It’s in Jesus name and for Your glory, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Friday’s Praise

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Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.  Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!  But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!  We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:10-15

This morning this is my praise to You oh God. There is no one in all the earth that can compare to Your great love. You created everything and saw it was good, than you gave it to us to care for. Forgive us for making such a mess of things and enable us to surrender to Your will and ways, not to mans.

We commit to follow Your Word and be seekers of You so that we may continue to reflect Your glory and be a light in a dark place. May others be drawn to the light and may we connect them with the body of Christ in the earth that we all may become one.

Today we commit ourselves to You and surrender to Your plans. Give us ears to hear and a heart to obey those plans. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Be Blessed!

Sandy G

Bright Reflectors

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We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 TPT

We were created to reflect the glory and power of God that is in us. It was meant to bring a light to a dark world. When Paul talks about being transfigured into His very image, that is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight, it happens as we continually surrender.

Surrender what you ask? Surrender all the areas of our life that we have clung to with a death grip. Some hold onto fear, others to their money, some to unforgiveness and the list goes on. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal to you the things you stubbornly hold onto, but until you release them, they will hinder the light He longs to pour out of you.

Have you ever noticed how windows get dirty? What causes that to happen? The elements outside and inside causes dust and dirt to collect. They lay hold on the glass and periodically need to be cleaned. With a good window cleaner and a stack of newspaper, you can get those windows to sparkle once again.

It’s the same way with the elements of the world. They cling to us and influence us to their way of thinking and doing. Before we know it, we’ve listened more to the voices in the world than the voice of God and we get cloudy and dirty just like the windows. But when you come away from the things of the world and sit in His presence, your perspective changes and you become clear minded in your purpose, willing to do what He tells you to do.

If we want to move from one brighter level of glory to another, than we must take time to cleanse the temple. This can be done through fasting and prayer, to set yourself aside from the world and gain His wisdom and understanding, to not be concerned about your own needs but the needs of others. But most of all, surrender.

If you find you’ve been caught up by the world and struggle to see clearly the path in front of you, I strongly suggest to you that you’ve been looking at the wrong things. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Fear should have no hold on you when you spend time in the presence of the Lord. You’ll know Him in all of His glory if you simply surrender it all to Him and allow Him to cleanse you completely.

Father, open my eyes to see You and what You’re able to do through me when I give myself to Your plans and mission. Clean my lenses so that I see as You do and do as You do. I’m your daughter, therefore You’ve made me a speaking spirit to declare the works Your works and glorify You. I present myself a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to You for it’s my reasonable service. In Jesus’ name alone, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

 

Learn To See As God Does

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Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?”

And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.” Jeremiah 1:11

If you want to see what God sees, you must learn to stretch the boundaries of your imagination because God is a very big thinker. What He says, He does. His Word never returns to Him empty of void but always accomplishes what He says.

He made us in His image and likeness and God is a Spirit, therefore He created our spirits to be like His. He expects us to reach deep inside of us and declare the things we don’t yet see so that it will come into existence.

I hear some of you say, “That’s a bit extreme, don’t you think?”

Let’s look at what Jesus said in Mark 11:22-23: Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”

He wouldn’t have taught His disciples this principle had it not been a key element in saying, seeing and believing. Our problem is that if our minds can’t comprehend it, we just can’t believe it and that my friend is doubt.

The Holy Spirit in you is your link to God. If you believe He is in you, then for heaven’s sake don’t limit His ability to manifest what you’re believing for. Remember when Paul talked about fighting the ‘good fight of faith’? Well that’s learning to stand in faith and trust that what you have said will indeed come to pass.

How do you do that? Search the Bible for scripture that you can use against doubt when it comes, because it will! Write them out on a paper and when it comes, fight it with the Word.

Example: When you are in lack and need money to meet your bills, get in the presence of the Lord and say, “Father, I come into agreement with Your Word over my finances. You said You would supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory. That wasn’t according to mine! I work for You so I believe I receive in Jesus’ name. Now when the enemy of doubt comes, pull out your arsenal of Scriptures and shoot them at him like you’re shooting arrows at a target. When the devil finds he can’t get you he will flee. Not saying he won’t return, but being prepared, you can send him packing again.

Stop looking at what you see in the natural and believing that’s the final outcome. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how He sees it than believe what He sees, not what you see. He is well able to do exceedingly above all you can ask, think or even imagine according to the power that works in you.

What is that power that works in you? The Holy Spirit! It’s time to rely on Him instead of you. You’re just along for the ride and if you allow Him to, it will be the greatest ride of your life.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G