God Will Have The Final Say

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Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. 1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG

When we’re going through something difficult and it seems to have lasted forever, it’s difficult to not be absorbed by it. It consumes our thoughts and we begin to question if it’s worth the fight anymore. Well let me encourage you today by saying this; God will always have the last word. How do I know this? Because His Word is the final word.

He spoke the Word and created the world. He spoke the Word and created humanity. He spoke the Word and hung the stars in place. He spoke the Word then and it’s still standing today. His Word just never fails at anything. Once He released it, there are no ‘take-backs’.

Did you hear what He said? “Take a firm grip on faith. The suffering won’t last forever.” The end is sight, your trust in Him is the rope you hold onto. You who know His character knows that He says what He means and He means what He says.

And we know that “It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good.”

“Oh that will be glory for me! Glory for me! Glory for me! When by His grace I will look on His face, that will be glory, be glory for me!” I don’t have to wait till I get to heaven to see His face. Christ is in me, so when I look in the mirror, I can see Him in me just as I can see aspects of my momma and daddy looking back at me.

So when the voice in your head screams loud, scream back-“YOU’RE A LIAR! GOD WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD!”

Until Tomorrow-Keep a Cool Head & Stay Alert,

Sandy G

Your Cry Has Been Heard

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Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “Lord, only you can help the weak against the powerful. Help us, Lord our God, because we rely on you and we have marched against this multitude in your name. You are the Lord our God. Don’t let a mere human stand against you!” 2 Chronicles 14:11 CEB

God has you on His mind this morning! He heard your cry in the midnight hours and saw your sleeplessness as the enemy tormented you. He watched as blow after blow was leveled against you by the enemy and He watched as you lifted your weary arms and declared, “My soul trusts in You! You will not allow my enemies to triumph over me!”

He who does not sleep and is never tired saw your weariness and wants to tell you that help has been dispensed to you. That’s right my friend, angels are on the way to deliver you from this heavy weight you’ve been carrying. Raise up the banner of praise for the spirit of heaviness and look up, your redemption draws near.

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? Psalm 27:1

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 92:2

“But I will deliver you on that day,” declares the Lord, “and you will not be given into the hand of the men whom you dread. For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword; but you will have your own life as booty, because you have trusted in Me,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 39:17-18

It just doesn’t get much more clear than that, my dear friend. Take a deep breath and give thanks to the Lord for He is indeed your deliverer.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Let’s Go Fishing

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And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17

As I was reading the rest of this chapter, I began to ask what made these simple men leave their occupations, their families and just go follow Jesus? My observation was that Jesus didn’t just talk a good talk, He used the authority God gave Him.

Just after this verse, he went to the synagogue and began to teach. Verse 22 says, “They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”

With authority He cast out demons. With authority He healed the sick. With whose authority? The authority God gave Him and the same authority Jesus gave to us. Authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, to heal the sick and raise the dead.

We must resemble our Father who sent us. Some of us don’t have a clue as to what that looks like. We’ve married ourselves to the world and the things of the world. We’ve traded our authority for comfort. We’re more interested in reproducing more of the same and don’t understand why its not working.

In our churches, we promote agendas and programs designed to draw the lost. They want dependent followers but don’t teach them to plug into the power source and run in obedience to Gods Word. They long to control, not equip and send.

Perhaps if we went back to the very first thing Jesus said, ‘Follow me!’ we too would go into the world and change it. Not out of our relationship with man, but out of our relationship with God. Focus on Jesus, follow His example, He gave us authority and now it’s time to walk in it. The Spirit of God in us gives us the power to be the sons of God. His power is all the authority we need.

Are you tired of fishing but never catching anything? Become passionate pursuers of Jesus, follow His path of going and doing in the authority He gave you. Miracles will manifest on a daily basis if you’ll listen and obey.

It’s a great day for fishing!

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

 

Fridays Praise

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In your day of danger may the Lord answer and deliver you.
May the name of the God of Jacob set you safely on high!
May supernatural help be sent from his sanctuary.
May he support you from Zion’s fortress!
May he remember every gift you have given him
and celebrate every sacrifice of love you have shown him.
Pause in his presence
May God give you every desire of your heart
and carry out your every plan as you go to battle.
When you succeed, we will celebrate and shout for joy.
Flags will fly when victory is yours!
Yes, God will answer your prayers and we will praise him!  Psalm 20:1-5 TPT

Father, I thank you for your mercies which are new each and every morning. Regardless of my missteps, You quickly cover them and scoop me up, setting my feet on the right path.

Where can I go that You won’t accompany me? Nowhere! For You were very clear when You said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

You are a forever faithful friend. You’re always watching for ways to surprise me with good gifts. You watch over the seeds I’ve sown and cause them to bear much fruit. Even in the word seeds I’ve sown, they bring life, encouragement and hope to those who are weary.

I will praise You in the morning, praise You in the noontime and praise You when the sun goes down. My mouth will be full of Your praise for You are my God, my Rock and my Salvation. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Unconventional Means

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After this, the Lord Jesus formed thirty-five teams among the other disciples. Each team was two disciples, seventy in all, and he commissioned them to go ahead of him into every town he was about to visit.  He released them with these instructions:

“The harvest is huge and ripe. But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to drive out into his harvest fields many more workers.  Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you feel as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves.  You won’t need to take anything with you—trust in God alone. And don’t get distracted from my purpose by anyone you might meet along the way.” Luke 10:1-4 TPT

I wonder how much different the world would look today if we were to go back to the initial instructions Jesus gave. Go out into your neighborhoods and communities, praying the Lord of the Harvest send workers to reap the harvest. Going to prepare those around us to receive Jesus.

I feel we’ve become extremely distracted from our purpose. Our churches have become full of comfortable Christians who don’t want to do anything. Like the pools they swim in, they don’t want it too hot nor too cold. Just everyone play nice with one another and don’t make waves. No diving in the deep end. It’s just too dangerous and someone could get hurt.

But that’s not what Jesus sent them to do. He told them in later verses that there would be some cities that wouldn’t receive them but to just shake it off and leave. Verses 8-9 says; “When you enter into a new town, and you have been welcomed by its people, follow these rules: Eat what is served you.  Then heal the sick, and tell them all, ‘God’s kingdom realm has arrived and is now within your reach!’

What would our neighborhoods look like if we did this? Went into their homes, ate their food and filled their hunger by giving them what’s in us. Healing their sick and giving them hope instead of talking our problems and our pains. How much change are you willing to give? How uncomfortable are you willing to become?

Here’s a thought, what if you stopped expecting your neighbors to change and you became the change? Instead of wanting to be heard, you became a listener? Instead of complaining that they don’t mow their lawn, you mow their lawn. Instead of waiting for them to introduce themselves, you introduce yourself.

Don’t make it about religion, make it about relationship. Mirror the love of God to others and watch and see what God does with that. Instead of inviting them to church with you, you be the church. Invite them for dinner and build relationship. It won’t be long and they’ll be asking what’s so different about you? That’s your invitation to share your relationship with Jesus.

Father, we love how much You love us, now help us to be obedient and surrendered servants who do what You’ve instructed us to do; to go before You and tell them You’re coming and what You bring is life altering. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

What Are You Famous For in Heaven

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I recently heard a story of a young woman who was given an unusual word from the Lord which said, “Continue doing on earth what you’re famous for in heaven.” The prophet continued to describe what he saw in the spirit. Each day she would push the chairs back in her living room and put on worship music as she danced before the Lord. “God wants you to know that all of heaven stops and watches. They never miss a performance.”

What no one knew was the pain and abuse she had been through in her past. She had been to counselors but only grew worse. The only thing she could think to do was distract herself and focus on dancing before the Lord. That very day she was delivered of all the pain of her past.

What are you famous for in heaven? Perhaps you sing songs of love to Him that you compose for His ears alone. Perhaps it’s your weeping over the lost or the grief of loss that spills into His lap. God always sees the things you do for Him. He’s always watching and it delights Him.

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16b AMPC

Tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer! James 5:16 TPT

Remember Daniel? He prayed and fasted for 21 days before the angel of the Lord stood before him with the answer. What did he tell him? On the very first day he prayed, God sent him with the answer but he ran into opposition and had to call in reinforcements.

Don’t stop doing what is in your heart to do, because God never misses a performance. He intently listens to your songs, He bottles your tears. Your prayers are sweet incense before His throne. He misses nothing that you do in His presence. What you do in secret, He will reward openly. You are one day away from your miracle. Keep going, your praise is entertaining heaven.

Father, I don’t care if anyone knows my name on earth, because You do. If the words You’ve place in me is to encourage Your heart and they are sweet to Your ears, I will keep speaking them.  I will simply be available for Your service whenever You need me to be.

“Until then, my heart will go on singing, Until Then with joy I’ll carry on. Until the day my eyes behold God’s City. Until the day, He calls me home.”

 

Eyes Up

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We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God! Hebrews 12:2 TPT

Have you ever been so completely overwhelmed by something happening around you that you had a hard time thinking about anything else? It could be a situation you’re facing with your children, or pain in your body or even a large bill that looms over your head. I have! It is not easy to tear your attention from something that screams at you night and day.

Paul gives a very simple solution for this; look away and fasten our gaze onto Jesus. But he doesn’t stop there, he shows us what to focus on and that is on what Jesus did. He focused on us, the joy of knowing that we would be His. He didn’t focus on what He had to go through, He kept His eyes on the prize, sitting with the Father, watching over us as we go through our journey.

Don’t get so focused on the process that you forget that God has a specific plan for all of this. Don’t be so discouraged at the length of time you’ve been staring at this mountain, rather spend the time in His presence focused on Him, giving Him praise for what He accomplished for you. Not only will the mountain look different after you’ve encountered Him, but He will either show you how to get around it or give you strength to climb it.

Father, I bask in the glory I find in Your presence this morning. You’re so amazing to me! So wonderful! So loving and giving. You’ve provided everything I need to get through this process and I praise You. So worthy to receive glory and honor and praise. May You strengthen me today for today. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.