We Serve a Strong God

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“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Don’t think that God misses anything. When we stand in faith, unwavering and disagreeing with our natural knowledge to agree with His Word, He notices. There comes a time, a moment, when SUDDENLY you see the thing you’ve waited for take place. God rewards that kind of unwavering faith.

People may disagree with you. They may argue with you and make you think it’s your fault that it hasn’t happened. Just like the voice of satan, the accuser, they guilt you and beat you with their word. They minimize the Word, make it of no affect, make you think it’s something you did or said. PAY NO ATTENTION to them.

Just like lightening falls from the sky, so the Word will connect with you, my friend. He is not a man that he should lie to you! It is not for nothing! Don’t ever stop believing and holding fast to the promises of God. May his Word always speak louder to you than any other word. If it doesn’t line up with Gods written Word, it isn’t something you should pay attention to.

He is faithful. Always. He has not called us to a life of feelings but a life of faith. Feelings change. His Word NEVER changes.

I declare today, My God You are a strong tower, I can run to You and find safety. I declare that I am healed and saved by grace, not works. It won’t be anything I do, but what Jesus did that manifests it in my body. I declare that You bring peace and safety to all who are oppressed, that no harm will come near my home. You have already given Your angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways.

I don’t care what the report of the doctor is, Your report is more powerful than any of those and it’s Your report that I believe. I will be loyal to You, to Your Word and to Your name. Regardless if it happens or doesn’t happen, I choose to believe Your Word and stand on it until I see with my eyes what I say with my mouth. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Strength to You,

Sandy G

Surrendering

Then the Lord will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hands, Deuteronomy 30:9a.

My mind goes back to the day I read this and the Holy Spirit highlighted the word ‘your’ in that verse. You see, if you were raised anything like I was, you may have been taught in Sunday School that if you did everything right, if you kept every command God spoke, then and only then would the Lord prosper you. But that’s not what this verse says, is it? No, it clearly says that He will bless all the work of your hands.

In other words–no work, no prosper. Which takes me to the verse in James 2 where he talks about faith without works is feeble. It’s in your obedience to the voice of God that causes you to partake of the blessings of God. Abraham obeyed without hesitation when God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac. His willingness to obey forged an unbreakable friendship and bond with God and he walked in great favor and blessing all the days of his life.

When you hold tight to things and are unwilling to let them go when He asks you to, you’re only saying, “I don’t really trust you God.” Just because you can’t see the outcome, you choose to wait and see. Abraham never saw God give His only son. He didn’t understand the prophetic significance to his act, but He trusted the covenant God had made with him and that was enough.

Don’t ever get possessive with what you have here on earth. The earth belongs to God, we’re only caretakers. This isn’t our home, we’re only sojourners, ambassadors of the Kingdom we represent, in the earth to show off His glory to all we encounter.

I wonder what the world would look like if the Remnant Believers would take their place in the plan of God? To submit and surrender, let go of things we trust will bring us happiness and find our security in Him? To know Him in all of His fullness enough to trust that His plans are bigger and better than we could ever imagine.

So you see, it just doesn’t matter what things look like. It doesn’t even matter how you feel today. God’s a promise keeper and His promises are enough.

Surrendering,

Sandy G

The Planner

I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 GNT

This morning as I lay in bed thinking about some of the swirling reports of yesterday, it occurred to me that God has a plan in all of this. I may not be happy about it, or even claim to understand, but I know that somehow, someway, God will use it for my good.

I could have lay there for hours thinking about how I can take care of this situation, but if I’ve learned anything in this journey toward God, it’s if I seek the Planner, I will find Him and therefore, access to His plan. And because I seek Him with all my heart, I just may be a part of the solution. I must spend time in His presence and allow Him to show me things I don’t yet know.

We quote Jeremiah 29:11 all the time. We have it on key chains, tattoos, pictures, but the best part of knowing God has a plan is that He’s assessable to us. We can call and He answers us. That my friend is called conversation.

Some of those plans don’t make us jump up and down shouting for joy. Sometimes plans take our breath away. It’s all a part of the process, the journey we’re on. To climb a mountain, we risk falling rocks, slippery slopes and danger. But we also find breath-taking views, cool breezes and peace.

I’m trusting in the Planner today. God not only made the plan, but He knows the way around every obstacle, every bad report, every dangerous slope. Plans that were established from the foundation of the world. Plans for success, plans of victory, plans to show His Glory, plans we know not of.

Trust doesn’t come in knowing the plan, trust comes in knowing the Planner. Do you know my God?!?!

Father, I declare this day that I trust in YOU. You don’t have to explain Yourself to me. You are God and I am Your child. Just to know You is enough. Just to know You know, makes this journey a lot easier. You take care of me even when I’m not aware. The times I was close to the edge of a slippery slope, I was unaware of the angels You released to watch over me. I’m not alone, You’re always with me. Your plan, not mine. Let’s do this! In Jesus’ name and always for Your glory, Amen.

Trusting The Planner,

Sandy G

Overcomers Overcome

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NASB

What Jesus did for us by shedding His blood, gave us complete victory over every enemy we face. Not some, but EVERY. This scripture shows us that in three parts;

  1. They understood the value of the shed blood and the power in it.
  2. They understood the power of their words.
  3. They understood that they belonged to God completely, servants of another Kingdom, ambassadors of heaven and that to leave this world would only take them home.

It’s one thing to accept the part that Jesus gave His life for you, but it’s yet another to take up your own cross and follow Him.

What about you, my friend? Are you truly serious about your walk with God? Is it a convenience factor or are you completely His? Did you sign the contract with God to get the good stuff, or did you understand that contract was to forfeit all for the Kingdom of God?

May you become the overcomer in your family, your job, your world. May the words you speak testify of God’s goodness, grace and mercy. May signs follow in the form of astounding miracles as you touch unbelievers everywhere. And may those miracles be saturated in the love of God He freely gives.

Overcoming,

Sandy G

This Is How I Fight My Battles


I feel in my spirit that there are so many people out there that are discouraged, ready to give up the good fight because the good fight just got nasty. Please know, you’re not alone in your battle.

2 Chronicles 20 talks about an ensuing battle for Jehoshaphat. He heard many reports of a large army coming against Israel and he was afraid. You see, even kings get fearful! But the first thing he did was to call a fast and pray. He sought the Lord! Listen to his prayer this morning;

“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’

He brought to remembrance who God is and what He will do. My friends, this is what you too must do, remember who God is. Deliverer, Provider, Healer, Help, Strong Tower, Fortress, Mighty God, Shepherd, He is all this and more. Whatever you need Him to be for you, that’s who He is.

And as they stood before the Lord, He spoke these famous words; ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’ Then He gives them instructions and they worshipped and praised His great name.

Perhaps your battle has been fierce and you want to quit. I say to you, don’t allow the pain you’re feeling today to keep you from your victory tomorrow. He’s already sending reinforcements, already answering your prayers.

Take all that hurt, bitterness and resentment and give it to the Lord. I know, makes no sense in the natural, but it sure brings victory in the supernatural. Only God can see the outcome of your battle. When you look to Him, get HIS instruction, you’ll win everytime. You are an overcomer!

We hear You Father, ‘Stand still and see My Salvation. It’s in the place of rest where confidence in Me and My Word is established. Don’t be afraid. I’m with You. I said I’d never leave you nor forsake you and I won’t. Tuck yourself up under the shadow of My Wing and find rest and comfort in My victory.’ We give You praise this morning, Lord. We will trust in You.

Faithfully Fighting With You,

Sandy G

An Audience With The King

I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart I worship you in the presence of angels! Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice as I sing my loving praise to you. I bow down before your divine presence and bring you my deepest worship as I experience your tender love and your living truth. For your Word and the fame of your name have been magnified above all else! At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me! You strengthened me deep within my soul and breathed fresh courage into me. Psalm 138:1-3 Passion Translation

Here is something you must understand about worship. It is the key that opens the door to enter the throne room of God. If you’re in need of an audience with the King–just worship. You can sing, you can dance, you can say it with words in your own language or in your Spirit language, but get good at it, because it’s what you’ll be doing in heaven.

How valuable is worship? It’s the very thing that Satan tried to get Jesus to do when he tempted Him in the wilderness. “I will give you all of this if you bow down and worship me.” He continually tries to get us to worship other gods by getting us to pay more attention to other things than to God. He will convince you that work is more important. He’ll throw in an extra bill or even pain in your body to keep you from worshipping. He’ll convince you that the doctor is your answer, and he’ll laugh as you spend your time and money doing it the way of the world instead of worshipping the God who saves, provides, heals and delivers.

David discovered that being in the presence of God, gave him victory over his enemies and wisdom to rule God’s people. Once Moses discovered what God’s presence meant, he would spend days on the mountain seeking His face. Paul made it a priority and received so much revelation that it’s still ministering to us today.

Today, I will worship. Though I’m still easily distracted by everything, I will harness my soul and position myself at His feet. “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise. I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.” I will be thankful and bless His Name, for I’ve discovered that in His presence is fullness of joy. He is literally all I need.

Father, my love for You is deep, deeper than the deepest ocean. It’s Your love that catapults me into obedience. I will hum a melody because words alone are not enough. When you speak, the sound of Your voice echos softly into my heart and responds with overwhelming gratitude. Your voice leaves me longing deeply for more.

Here I come, running, leaping, dancing into Your throne room, hands raised, waving as an offering. Is that a smile I see on Your face, Father? Do I delight You with this small and fleshy offering of my heart and soul? My words seem so limited to describe such a weighty presence, such a deep sense of comfort as if being wrapped in a blanket of everything I could ever need or want.

AHHHH….I love You seems such a small term to scream out to You, but it’s all I have. I love You, I love You, I love You! You know every secret place in me thats hidden from the world, yet Your presence covers it with light, lifting it out, washing it away. Every hurt, every tear, every scar, every sin, washed away! Red with Your blood, a reminder of what it cost You to redeem me. Grateful! I’m so very grateful for Your sacrifice. Again, waves of mercy and grace, love and peace. Hours or minutes, it doesn’t matter. You’ve done more for me this morning then I could ever do for you.

Psalm 108:3 “I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations.”

The Master Gardener

Years ago I had a vision. I saw a large hand come out of heaven, pluck up a plant by the root, gently shake it off and lay it aside, followed by these words, “Trust the master gardener to tend His garden.”

At the time, there was a shaking going on in our church and I thought it had something to do with that, but this morning as I was thinking about a scripture, this vision came back to me again.

John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Seems God is challenging us to be fruit bearers and if we’re not, we get plucked up to make room for those who WILL bear fruit. And those who do bear fruit, He is pruning so we’ll bear more fruit.

It’s a challenge to lay down anything that stands in the way, every issue of the heart that we have placed in the seat that God should be seated in, is being dealt with. I Corinthians 6:20 says it so well, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

So we’re not just looking at spiritual issues here, we’re looking at flesh issues as well. I hear some say, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Just how much does God expect from me?” Everything! Yes, thats right. He gave everything and expects the same from you but only if you want to.

He makes it your choice. You can be plucked up or bear fruit. This could be the most difficult thing or the easiest. It’s easy when you understand that we just yield and rest in His finished work. It’s difficult when we try to do it ourselves.

Make me heavy with fruit, Father. I trust you, Master Gardener to tend your garden, to prune me so that I please you. Make my life count for the Kingdom. Grow me into a feeder not a needer, a giver not a taker and a lover not a hater. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

A Reminder to Get Squeaky

“In a certain town there was a judge, a thick-skinned and godless man who had no fear of others’ opinions.  And in the same town there was a poor widow who kept pleading with the judge, ‘Grant me justice and protect me from my oppressor!’

“He ignored her pleas for quite some time, but she kept asking. Eventually he said to himself, ‘This widow keeps annoying me, demanding her rights, and I’m tired of listening to her. Even though I’m not a religious man, and I don’t care about the opinions of others, I’ll get her off my back by answering her claims for justice and I’ll rule in her favor. Then she’ll leave me alone.’ ”

Jesus continued, “Did you hear what the godless judge said—that he would answer her persistent request?  Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out his Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for.  God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting, in the same way as the widow. Even so, when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of undying faith on earth?”

It’s in times like these that we must remind God of His covenant promises to us. It’s not that He’s forgotten them, it’s that we must keep them ever before our eyes and in our hearts. You can’t trust who you don’t know and you can’t know what you’ve not read. His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were passed on down to us through the blood of Jesus.

It amazes me how many people don’t know the Word. They’re unfamiliar with God as Father, Provider, Deliverer, Protector and Healer. They got saved from sin and they’re on their way to heaven, beyond that, they haven’t got a clue. They’re afraid of everything and have not placed their trust in God. They’d rather trust in the bank, the government or a vaccine than to place complete trust in their covenant.

I will constantly keep reminding God of what He’s promised me. I know He hasn’t forgotten me, but I need to remind myself and build my faith and that’s what reminding does. What is it you need to remind God of? What do you need to remind yourself of? Are you going to focus on the problems you face or what the Word says about those problems.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. I have to speak it. I continually go before Him, reminding Him of His promises to me. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease?’ Well, start squeaking! Gods standing with his big ole can of WD-40 just waiting to spray you down with blessings. Today is your day!

Because He Said it!

Sandy G

Be Bold

I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right. Isaiah 45:19 NLT

Why is it God publicly proclaims His bold and audacious promises? So that everyone, not just Christians or Jews, but everyone will know that He is God. Just as He did with Moses, from the burning bush all the way through the wilderness, faithfully protecting them, delivering them time and time again.

I can trust that when I lay hold of His promises, it’s only a matter of moments before I see the end result. If He said it, I believe it. He always keeps His Word to me. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It doesn’t matter what people are saying around me. What matters is the amazing promises He made and they still carry weight today.

They are not secrets whispered in the forest for only the trees to hear. He made them to you and I because He wants us to know Him, in all His fullness and glory. He’s declared His love to us so that we would desire relationship with Him.

I want to be like my Father this week, declaring bold promises! I’m coming into agreement with His Word of truth. For everything I have need of, He’s already provided. There’s nothing He hasn’t thought of, His supply is vast and His hand is not short that it can’t reach us.

Father, measure the words of my mouth. Anything that tries to come out that is contrary to Your Words, Your will or Your ways, stop them at the gate. I will not speak against Your Word. I will not speak my feelings, the facts of my circumstances or the things I see in the natural. Your Word changes all of that! My words will not sound like the worlds words. My thoughts will not be like the worlds thoughts. Everything must bow to Your living Word of truth. Thank you that as I seek You this morning, I will find you. You’re not hiding from me. I call Your name and You respond. Oh that fills me, thrills me, chills me. All hail King Jesus! I welcome You into my words and ways. Change me into Your image and likeness that all men may be drawn to You.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

The King’s Face

In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. Proverbs 16:15

How refreshing, the presence of God. You can have the most miserable week but turn your face to the King and be refreshed. Like tipping your head back in a gentle rain, feeling all clean and fresh. It’s even better when it’s Friday, the end of the work week!

I’m reminded of His goodness in so many ways. Hopefully this week, you’ve been reminded to be thankful, to worship and pray. May it challenge you to step up to the table and eat of the good things God has provided for you. His Word. It contains everything we need for life and godliness (II Peter 1:3), leads us into all truth (John 16:13), arms us for battle (Ephesians 6:10-18) and assures of victory (Romans 8:37).

What great and precious promises we’ve been given to hold onto. Don’t let go! Not when opposition comes (and it will), when temptations come to conform (and they will), tests and trials (promised!). Stand firm on the Word and keep it before your face, coming out of your mouth, going in your ears, coming out your mouth (get the picture!).

Don’t let anything or anyone separate you from the love of God and His promises. They’re more real than anything you can see with your physical eyes or hear with your physical ears. Let His report be louder than the report of your boss, your doctor, your friends and enemies. You are a child of a Mighty, Living God who will never leave you. His promises are Yes and Amen now and forever.

Look up and see the light of His face and enjoy the favor He lavishes on you today and everyday.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G