Stick With God

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. Lamentations 3:22-27 Message

Upon reading this passage, it brought to mind the word ‘persevere’. Upon pulling it up in the dictionary, I found this description: to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

Is this ability to ‘stick it out’ in the hard times easily taught or caught? I think not. I have found that in the midst of adversity, trials and tribulations, it shakes the very core of my faith. But when I remember how much He loves me and how faithful He has been to me over the years, it causes me to focus on His consistent love and faithfulness. It lifts me from the mire of despair and causes me to shout aloud, “I’m sticking it out with you, Father! You have never failed me and never will!”

I have quietly hoped for miracles and been disappointed time and time again, until I looked over the edge of His arms as He held me afloat in the waves that tried to pull me under. He’s my help in time of trouble and I will trust in Him. The miracle was there, unexpected in it’s manifestation but nonetheless, miraculous.

Jesus said I would have tribulations but that I should be happy in them, He overcame, so I will too. What an example to follow. He loved the Father so much that He trusted Him to carry Him through it all, even unto death. No greater comeback than that!

If extreme pressure creates diamonds, I will wait as He makes me brilliant and wonderfully faceted. I cannot reflect His light until I stick it out through the process.

Much Love,

Sandy G

He’s Super Able

Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” Numbers 13:30 Gods Word

Can I share something with you this morning that may just catapult your day into a river of blessings? It did mine! When God puts His anointing on you, it’s to take your natural ability and put a super on it, so that you no longer depend on your abilities and talents, but on the supernatural ability of God.

What you place your trust or dependency in determines the influence you have in the earth. If you trust in your ability, you are limited. But if you trust in God, He places His ability on your ability so that you have super-ability to do something you would have been lame in doing on your own.

That’s what happened with Solomon; He was wise to ask for wisdom to lead, but it was God’s anointed wisdom on his wisdom that made a name for him throughout the earth. And because he didn’t ask for money, God gave him more money than anyone ever had and He blessed God with it.

You see, money can’t buy you love. It can’t buy you friends, it can’t buy you healing. But God said He would be a father to you and He loves you with an everlasting love. He is a friend that sticks closer then a brother. He’s your healer, provider, strong tower, deliverer, the only wise King.

It’s His anointing that has the power to break bondages off your life. It’s His Word that heals and sets you free. Anyone can read words off a page, but when God shines a flashlight on a word, it can take the darkness off your life and fill you with hope. It gives you confident assurance that He, not money, will provide everything you need.

Oh my friend, He’s a good, good Father! Good fathers provide! Good fathers take care of their children and you are His! Stop trusting in your ability to do everything and trust in His. Is anything too hard for Him?

Sandy G

I Know And That’s Enough

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will let Myself be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬14 NASB2020

We hear that first verse often, quoted by encouragers everywhere especially when everything looks crazy around us. “God knows! Even when we don’t!”

But when God declares something,  you can take it to the bank and withdraw whatever is needed.  Plans for prosperity may not correspond with what you see in your bank account, but He’s already creating you to be what He’s planned for you to be.

That has to be enough for us. It’s not ‘seeing is believing’, but rather ‘believing is seeing’.

Sandy G

That’s Salvation

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” Romans 8:9-11 Message

It’s been close to 30 years ago that I first heard what the word salvation means; nothing missing or broken. As I read these verses in the Message translation, I felt something stirring inside of me. Perhaps it was another layer of deep revelation, or simply a confirmation of what I had heard so long ago; “God has set everything right between Him and me!”

You see, when God does something, He doesn’t hold back. There isn’t any part of salvation that He withholds from His own. Wholeness is completeness. It’s not based upon what we do, but what He has already done. It’s a simple trust in His ability rather than your own.

That simple act of trusting Him, no hesitation, no plan ‘B’, simply embracing God setting things right and saying it outloud, “I trust you! You have set everything right between You and me. I look to no man, only to You for it is You who orders my steps and keeps me from falling.”

It’s not your ‘right’, it’s His right which is always right. No lack in His Kingdom. No sickness in His Kingdom. Nothing missing or broken–He makes all things beautiful in His time. Makes me wonder as Paul did, how it is there are so many sick and dying in the realm of believers. (reference 1 Corinthians 11:27-32) Perhaps if we took seriously the things that are sacred to God, things would be different in our own lives.

So this sums up what salvation means to me, and I hope it means as much to you as well. Until it becomes a natural part of your daily routine, begin to form a habit of surrender. Say it and mean it from the bottom of your heart; “God has set everything right between him and me!”

Sandy G

You Always Have Access

I took a vacation once and kept going back and forth on taking my laptop or just my tablet. I’d done my blog on my tablet before so I didn’t see an issue. Finally I made the decision–it would be my tablet for mere space alone. We stopped at a hotel and while my friend was still sleeping, I got up, went down to grab a cup of coffee and I bumped my tablet with my hand and it landed face down on the tile floor. As I lifted it up, I saw the glass was shattered. I was so disappointed I couldn’t unlock my screen to read the Word.

I was about to put everything away and head back to the room when I heard, “The Word is near you, in your heart and in your mouth.” (Romans 10:8)

The powerful, living Word, is alive and working in me. That, my friend, is like a treasure, a savings account for an ultimate pay-out. Each time I access that Word, it provides the very thing needed at that moment.

Wow! Think about it. I access healing by the Word, “He sent forth His Word and healed them and delivered them of all their diseases.” Thank you Lord for healing in my body. There is NOTHING you’re incapable of healing! Your Word has already done it. Woot woot!

So today, dive deep into the river of God and partake of the Kingdom of God that’s n you. Live like the king He created you to be.

Sandy G

The Struggle Is Real

Why is it that we struggle when asked to do something out of the norm? Wonder how Hosea felt when God told him to marry a prostitute, or how Peter felt when Jesus said to go catch a fish with a coin in its mouth. What? Who does that?

How about when Jesus said go into all the world and preach? He couldn’t have been talking to me, right? How about this one; Noah, building an ark when it had never rained. Laughable! Just sayin! Abraham to sacrifice his son? What kind of God asks that?

What is it God has asked of you? Class, class, anyone? Our response to the abstract or absurd things God asks us to do is not to embarass or humble us, it’s simply to show the world He is God. He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

So next time you see someone doing something out of the norm, check this out, God requires obedience for us to see the miraculous at work in our lives. I just won’t argue reason anymore. If God tells me to something weird, I can guaran-dog-tee ya I’m doin it! If getting there requires me to grow wings and fly, start looking for feathers on my arms.

Sandy G

How Strong Is Your Magnet?

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. Hebrews 11:1 TPT

I like how that’s written; Faith brings our hopes into reality. It becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for.

Gods Word translation says it like this; Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.

Faith attracts promises. Like a magnet pulls metals, faith attracts those things we see in His Word that belongs to us. How strong is your magnet? Is it strong enough to pull what you’re believing for from the supernatural realm to the physical realm?

May the pull in you attract the things you’re hoping for and give evidence to the things not yet seen.

Sandy G

The Wakeup Call

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all males that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’  Exodus 13:15

Was reading this morning of all God did to Egypt & Pharaoh to deliver His children. Then I began noticing similarities between then and now, the biggest being that the people were oppressed & accepted it until they began killing the baby boys.

What will it take for Gods people to wake up and cry out to Him? Nevertheless, God will deliver & receive the glory!

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

Do you hear the call to repent? Not for yourself or your family, but for your neighbors and the world around you. To humble yourself and pray. To seek Gods face with confident assurance that He hears and will answer. That our land will be healed of all the insanity that has overtaken it.

This morning, wake up and call out. Don’t wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come.

Sandy G

Be The Squeeze

“With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” Romans 12:1-2 Phillips Translation

Do you ever feel the squeeze? The squeeze of compliance, of being like the rest of the world, with no thought of God, His Word or His will?

We are all influenced by what we consider the most, spend the most time with and allow access to our thoughts. But we have choices–we can turn back to the Word of God, His Love and presence, to lay down our will and ways and allow His thoughts to shape us and not the world.

To have our eyes remain open and focused, not on what is around us, but on the one who inhabits our praises. Not just on a Sunday morning, but everyday. You see, we become true mature Christians when we allow His Word to be a greater influence in us than the news of what’s going on around us.

The only way things will change around you is to allow the Word to change you. If enough of us do that, we become the influencers instead of the ones that are constantly moulded by what is happening around them.

Wouldn’t you like to be someone who puts the squeeze on the world instead of being squeezed by the world? You can! When you hear the words, “Aren’t you afraid?” You can respond with, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” They may laugh, but they’ll stop when they see you’re not affected by their fear.

When you hear, “People are dying all around us.” You can respond with, “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I (Jesus) have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!”

Have something better to offer by responding with the Word that is in you, instead of the world that’s around you. Be the squeeze!

Sandy G

Double For Your Trouble

Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah 61:7-8 NLT

Every day I get up and face down the day. It’s almost humerus that stuff keeps happening over and over again. I just get through one roadblock and another pops up. I cried out to the Lord and said, “I need a breakthrough. I feel like I’m being buried alive and I need you to dig me out.”

I truly believe that the Lord loves when we cry out to him. He’s our father and He loves to take care of us. There is nothing He would rather do than to bring breakthrough to His children.

I know sometimes it feels like He’s taking His own sweet time about it, but we can trust Him to know the perfect time to bring us what we need. It’s usually when we’ve run out of our own resources and we lay it all down at His feet, that’s when he frees us from our troubles.

So right now where you are, in the middle of your roadblocks, at your crossroads where you are not sure which way to go, right or left, call out to Him! Let Him prove Himself to you as your provider. Let Him come through and rescue you once again. Then give Him a breakout praise, even before the answer comes. When there’s no reason other than to lavish love on Him.

Get ready for your double portion. Get ready for joy unspeakable and full of glory. He’s waiting for your cry for help.

Sandy G