Gainful Reflection

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Every year I try to take an account of the words that I’ve spoken and the thoughts that I’ve had during the 12 months. I try to evaluate how those thoughts have either benefited me or was possibly a detriment.

There are a lot of times where I want to speak out my feelings, but after I think about it, I decide that I don’t want my feelings to control my outcome so I keep my mouth shut. It has been an effective deterrent in keeping me from speaking out how I feel during any given situation. More than once it’s probably saved our marriage.

It’s not to say that I don’t vent! I do. And it’s not always a good vent! But I have tried to make it the exception to the rule simply because I know that my words have power, and with that power comes responsibility. I know that I am made in the image and likeness of God and that God is a speaking spirit. He creates with the words of His mouth and He has made me to do the same. That’s why Proverbs 18:21 says, death and life is in the power of the tongue and those who love it eat the fruit of it.

So what words have you spoken this year that you regret? Because it’s not all about you, it’s about speaking what God sees and feels about others not how you feel. Yes people are going to be people and the things that they do are going to sometimes light you on fire. But the key here is to gain control of your feelings to be able to speak positively and as the spirit leads rather than as your flesh leads. That’s practicing self-control and there are many of us who have forgotten what that is. As my mom always said, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.”

So as the end of this year approaches quickly, let’s start out the new year with the most important resolution we can make, and that is to control the things that we say because it does affect not just others but the outcome of our own existence. Make this your prayer today.

Father, this year I give You my words. They are no longer mine, but Yours. May they bring life and not death. May they build and not tear down. May they bring peace and not strife.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord. I repent of bad seed and pray for crop failure on those. This year may I declare, “Your Kingdom (Your way of being and doing) come on the earth as it is in Heaven!”

It’s in Jesus name and forever for Your glory! Amen

Sandy G

Intimacy

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into heaven’s kingdom. It is only those who persist in doing the will of my heavenly Father. On the day of judgment many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, don’t you remember us? Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we cast out demons and do many miracles in your name?’ But I will have to say to them, ‘Go away from me, you lawless rebels! I’ve never been joined to you!’ Matthew 7:21-23 TPT

Most translations say, “I never knew you,” which can be interpreted as joined in intimacy. I like how they made it as an intimate term, because just as Jesus was one with God, we are made one with the Father, through His shed blood. But there are those who want to keep God at a distance. They want the feel goods, but not the complete surrender that comes with deep intimacy.

There is a difference between being acquainted with God and truly knowing Him deeply. Jesus knew God because He did the will of the Father. He stayed surrendered, living out Gods plan, walking and talking with Him daily, minute by minute. That was the whole plan from the beginning, to allow all to come to the Father as sons and daughters, fully restored, seated with Him, living lights reflecting His glory.

I want that, don’t you? Let’s make that our prayer today.

Father, I don’t want to worship from afar, I want to be where You are. Sweep me off my feet because I can’t live without intimacy with you. I’m here for you to move through and work through. I yield all of me to all of You. Take me into Your Presence, my heart is Yours alone.

Sandy G

Stress & Drama

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Psalm 34:8 MSG

What’s with all the stress? I know if I feel it, you must feel it too. It seems to be in everything now days. Everything’s a drama event waiting to pull us into its abyss.

“It must be completed NOW!” and the stress they feel is transmitted to you because they waited too long. Drivers sliding from lane to lane, in a hurry to get to somewhere fast. Why didn’t they just leave sooner instead of their actions causing accidents? Horns honking when someone at the light hesitates a second longer than seems appropriate, as you yell to your windshield, “Pay attention!” Someone in the ‘fast food’ lane taking too much time with their order. Why didn’t they just go inside rather than hold everyone else up?

Ever feel like that, or am I totally alone in this? I must admit I’ve been that person at times in my life. Now I find that when anxiety makes my heart beat fast and my blood pressure rise, I try to take a minute and check my attitude now. Why am I in such a hurry? Is this internal or external pressure? Hey, it doesn’t happen often, but it’s a start!

So I guess I’m asking what you do when stress and drama is played out before your ears and eyes? Do you react with anger and impatience, or do you internalize it and explode in other ways? Take a few days and listen to yourself when you’re driving. I’m wondering if it’s become a normal thing, or simply something we’ve accustomed ourselves to? If so, how can we change our behavior to be the exception to the rule?

I don’t want to be influenced by others behavior anymore, unless it’s to the good. I want my life to be a reflection of the peace of God that is always accessible to me. Perhaps it’s time to change. I know some of us hate that word, but change is a good thing if it brings peace.

Perhaps it’s time to place Jesus in the passenger seat when we enter our cars (oof, that’s gonna take some getting used to). To pull up a chair by our desk at work for Him to sit in. To be aware of Him as we wait in line at the store or the drive-through. Because although that seems silly (because who does that?), He is always with us, whether we’re aware of it or not. He never leaves us, at our worst moments.

My prayer today: Father, sorry about my behavior of late. No excuses! I can’t control what others do, but I can surely control my response to it. I really need your help with this. I’d say, ‘Hey, I’m only human!” but you already know that since you made me. Help me to choose better when I get behind the wheel. To take a moment at work to gain control of my emotional response before I make one. Thanks for never leaving me or getting put off by my human nature. To stick with me so closely and still love me, that’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever known. I really want to be more like you!

And all Gods people said, AMEN.

Sandy G

Everything Has Purpose

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose.
Romans 8:28 TPT

I’ve been reflecting on some of the hard things that have happened in my life over the years. Although at the time, I did not appreciate going through them, looking back, I see that there was purpose for it.

Granted it didn’t seem like it. And I didn’t see it for a long time. I guess my focus was more on how hard it was during the event than what God had planned for it. I’m convinced that through each hard trial we went through, it taught us to trust God deeper.

I wasn’t thankful than, but I’m very thankful now. Thankful for the deeper intimacy. Thankful for the deeper trust. Thankful my faith has grown. Thankful that I have a greater endurance. Thankful for the ability to type not only my stories, but my victory’s as well.

I’m no longer shocked by the battles that pop up in my life, for I know who fights my battles and has won them for me once and for all. When they show up, I lift up my hands and worship the one who has seen me through them time and time again. My Father loves me and that is enough.

Find the purpose and praise Him.

Sandy G

Trust Hope Love

I see you struggle everyday with what seems so real. I wish there was someway to help you see what lies beyond all of this, because that is what is truly real. You’re running toward a mirage instead of running to Me. Do you hear me calling you? Close your eyes and listen, it is then that you will hear me the loudest.

I Corinthians 13:12-13 MSG; We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Say that outloud: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. It’s the best gift you can give yourself that actually transmits to others.

Sandy G

Pregnant With A Word

That night, in a field near Bethlehem, there were shepherds watching over their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in radiant splendor before them, lighting up the field with the blazing glory of God, and the shepherds were terrified! But the angel reassured them, saying, “Don’t be afraid. For I have come to bring you good news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard! And it is for everyone everywhere! For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. You will recognize him by this miracle sign: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough!”

Then all at once, a vast number of glorious angels appeared, the very armies of heaven! And they all praised God, singing:

“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”

When the choir of angels disappeared back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go! Let’s hurry and find this Word that is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the Lord has revealed to us.” So they ran into the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a feeding trough. Luke 2:8-16 TPT

Oh look what I discovered in the last part of this story; “Let’s hurry and find this Word that is born…” Right there! John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God places such a high value on His Word, do you? Jesus is the Word of God spoken to Mary, who gladly received it, carried it for 9 months and gave birth to him. It didn’t happen in a palace, or even a nice cushy bed. I’m sure it was anything but what she imagined, but it happened like He said it would.

Don’t you see that God is waiting for you to take the Word He’s spoken over your life, carry it and give birth to it? Like Mary, you were born to birth something special. When you’re pregnant with a Word, it’s only a matter of time and it will come out. Don’t abort the promise by speaking contrary to the Word. Protect it. Nourish it. Know it. God’s Word ALWAYS comes to pass, just not like you think it will.

Father, thank You for the Word you’ve placed in me. Like a hen watches over her chicks, so will You watch over Your Word to perform it. My hope and confidence is in You. Your Word has healed me, delivered me and transformed me. I will not fear, for You are in me. I praise Your mighty name today, knowing that the Word in me will prosper and yield great reward. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Merry Christmas,

Sandy G

How Do I Forgive?

“And whenever you stand praying,  if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him  so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.” Mark 11:25-26 TPT

Have you ever found yourself in an unforgiving state? It’s really ok to admit it, we’ve all had those incidents that have remained unresolved in our hearts. A word spoken to you or about you, an action understood or perhaps understood. Sometimes people can just be mean and it’s hard to overlook it no matter how you try.

Well, regardless of the reason, we must not hold onto it, we must choose to forgive. It doesn’t mean that it will be easy, but as I was thinking of an incident that happened to me many years ago, I realized that forgiveness begins with a choice but is only complete with surrender. It’s never completely gone until we give it up.

Let me explain what I mean. When I allow the thoughts of what happened to sit and stew in my head, eventually it takes root in my heart and is harder to get free from. Anything rooted, grows, especially when I constantly water it and expose it to others. Before I know it, that root becomes a formidable stronghold that is so much harder to get out.

It’s hard to forgive, unless I remember what Jesus did. It’s impossible to replace hate with love unless I surrender it to the Father and let His love wash it all away. Jesus said I can’t expect to be forgiven unless I learn to forgive. I can’t release love to others if I’m holding fast onto something else.

So this morning, I have a few things to let go of. I don’t really want to, they’ve been there so long, I’m not sure what I’ll feel like without them, but I must. Once and for all, I surrender it now. I won’t bring it up again until Love has cleansed me from it. I don’t want to stand before God with unforgiveness in my heart and expect Him to forgive me of my many, many, many sins.

Thank you Lord for saving my soul, making me whole and giving to me such absolute forgiveness that You’ve completely wiped them away and buried them where they’re never found again. May I follow Your example. Teach me to love like You.

Sandy G

Imagine That!

Visionary; a person who is given to audacious, highly speculative, or impractical ideas or schemes; dreamer.

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe it when they see it, and those who dream it, speak it and than see it. God is a visionary. He saw what could be, than he spoke it into existence. Jesus was also a visionary. He saw the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the lepers cleansed before it happened. He merely spoke out of the vision inside of him.

What about you? Are you a visionary? Are you given to audacious, highly speculative, or impractical ideas? Are you a dreamer?

Matthew 21:21-22 GW, Jesus answered them, “I can guarantee this truth: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will be able to do what I did to the fig tree. You could also say to this mountain, ‘Be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. Have faith that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Never stop dreaming. Never allow discouragement to affect your dreams. Age isn’t a factor when dreaming. Faith is! When you trust in what you don’t see, it affects what you do see. That’s why Jesus said, “Have faith in God!” He wants to hear your vision, to see you dream big, but He also wants to be involved in it.

Every big dream needs investors and God is yours. You don’t have to convince Him of it, He gave you the dream and He’ll work out all the details. Just be attentive, listen to His promptings. He’ll show you the way, all you need to do is walk in it. Nothing is impossible to those who believe!

Thank You Lord for being my example, my mentor, my teacher. Thanks for giving me Your Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth. You gave a picture to Abraham to meditate on; stars and sand. May the vision you’ve given me, neither overwhelm or stop me, but challenge me to believe You for more. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, Amen.

Sandy G

Just Out of Reach

Psalm 62:5-7 NLT “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.”

Have you ever tried to touch something that was just out of reach? When I read this, I pictured the enemy trying to get to me but I was just out of reach. I turn and look at Father, he smiles and I hear him say, “Told you I wouldn’t let him touch you! The only way that he can get to you is if you move away from my side.”

Another Psalm comes to mind, the 91st; If I live in the secret place, I’ll remain stable and secure under the shadow of the Almighty, where no enemy can stand.

Right in the middle of uncertainty-He’s my stability. In the middle of turmoil-my peace. In sickness-healer. In weakness-strength. In trouble-help. Darkness-light! Can I get a witness?

So many of you are facing things you just don’t know how to handle but God would say to you, “Look up! Your deliverer has come. He was not just a baby in a manger, He’s alive today and lives to make intercession for you. He petitions me daily on your behalf, what is there to fear? Have I not said to come to me when you’re weary and heavy and I will give you rest? Not the kind you know, but MY rest! When your eyes are on me, the things of this earth grow dim because the light of my presence is enough to show you the way through. I am your Deliverer. Your strong tower. Your help. Come. I will show you the way.”

What sweet assurance that even if things look bad, You always have me in the palm of Your hand if I only trust in You. Father, everyday, may I remember Your words. You are faithful to keep me out of the enemies hands. I rest by the still water because You restore my soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Sandy G

Tormenting Thoughts

For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 TPT

In the King James version which is what I learned the verse in, it says casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV

Have you ever lay in bed and thoughts would not stop running through your head? And these aren’t just random thoughts, these are focused thoughts. They creep in and tell you things like, you have a tumor and you are going to die. And no matter what you do, those thoughts just multiply in your head.

So the other night I was being tormented in my mind. It was driving me far from sleep and actually fear began to creep in. And this verse came to my mind, casting down imaginations. I began to talk with the Lord about it and asked him if this was what he was talking about. Could these imaginations be from a tormenting spirit? If so what do I do?

So I found the scripture and I looked it up in different translations. I think the passion translation is easy to understand, but the King James version just spoke so deeply to my spirit. The verses before that talk about wrestling and our weapons are not of this world. I began to realize that our mind is where the devil plays his games.

So I began to take into captivity those thoughts and bring them under the authority of the word of God. I began talking about my Covenant that God made with me. I began to think on scripture of healing. It doesn’t mean the pain went away right away. The devil’s not that dumb! He knows that if he can mess with us and get us to believe the lie that he’s sending to our minds, he’s won the battle.

But God meant what he said when he said I sent forth my word to heal you and deliver you from all your affliction, all your disease! Those are not just cute little words that we quote, those are words we take to heart and can believe! I’d like to say, What God Says is truly the truth. You can’t debate it, it’s simply his word and it does not return to him empty but it accomplishes what he sends it forth to do.

So I’m going to say this, if you are his child, you can believe that Satan is after your peace, your health, your finances, your children, your home, and anything else you can think of. He plays dirty and he’s not satisfied with just your goods, he will try to steal everything he can including your peace of mind. He will wear you out if you allow him to.

So today and every day, I’m going to put down those thoughts that have been trying to mess with me in the night and in the daytime. I will believe the word of the Lord. And I challenge you to do the same! Stop allowing the Devil to steal what belongs to you. He can’t do it unless you allow it because you have a covenant with God.

Blessings on your thoughts today.

Sandy G