Until There’s No More Room

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“Give generously and generous gifts will be given back to you, shaken down to make room for more. Abundant gifts will pour out upon you with such an overflowing measure that it will run over the top! Your measurement of generosity becomes the measurement of your return.” Luke 6:38 TPT

I watched from my chair at the beach as a grandmother handed each of her two grandsons a small bucket. To the she oldest she gave a spoon and to the youngest she gave a sand shovel and told them both, “The first one to fill their bucket gets to choose where we’ll eat lunch today.”

Quickly the oldest one complained, “Grams, that’s not fair! His shovel is bigger so he’s going to win.” To which ‘Grams’ replied, “The spoon is only a disadvantage if you let it be. I’m pretty sure you’ll figure it out!”

The oldest boy looked down, quickly dropped his spoon and used the bucket to dig down deep until in moments, it was overflowing with sand. Sometimes age has the advantage after all.

What a lesson to be learned here. Instead of looking at what we’ve been dealt in life and the little we have available to be generous with, perhaps we need to change our perspective, stop making excuses and just work with what we have. Trust me, once you do this, you’ll learn to become very creative.

Being raised in a poor pastors home, I would watch my mom feed people after church with whatever she had, and it wasn’t much. She never complained or turned anyone away. She could take a 1/2 pound of burger, a can of beans, a can of tomato soup and some potatoes from the garden and turn it into a delicious meal that everyone would ask the recipe for.

We were taught that if we had something, we could help someone. God will always provide for givers. You can’t out give God. He watches over every seed sown, nothing is lost to Him.

My friend, if you’re experiencing a need in your life right now and could use a blessing, change your perspective. Get your eyes off your need and look at your seed. What do you have in your cupboards? If it’s peanut butter and brown sugar, make a sandwich and find someone who looks hungry. Don’t look at what you’d like to do, look at what you can do. Learn to lay down your spoon and use your bucket.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 TPT: This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow.  You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.

Make It Your Business!

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And why would you say, “But it’s none of my business”? The one who knows you completely and judges your every motive is also the keeper of souls—and not just yours! He sees through your excuses and holds you responsible for failing to help those whose lives are threatened. Proverbs 26:12 TPT

Have you ever met someone who has an excuse for everything? Each time you ask them to do something, you hear; “I can’t! I have to work,” “I can’t, I don’t have the money,” “I can’t, I have to wash my car,” “I can’t, I’ll be out of town.” What happens? After awhile you simply stop asking.

I’ve made them, you’ve made them, everyone has made excuses at one point in time. It’s what keeps us from over-committing or doing things we just don’t want to do. There is no way that any of us can do everything we’re asked to do, but can we please find some balance?

I believe God intended for us to help others, especially when we see a need. It’s easy to offer support in some way, even if it’s a cup of water, a word of hope, to pray with someone or just to listen.

Our society has become extremely self-centered. If it doesn’t benefit numero uno, we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear. We’re too busy to be involved in someone else’s drama. “How much are you going to give me if I do that?” Nothing! The reward is in the good feelings you’ll get because you did something good for someone else. “Not interested!”

Not interested until it’s them who is hungry, thirsty, lay bleeding on the ground. Not interested until it’s their child missing, or in jail, or the hospital. Not willing until their perspective changes and they see the world through the eyes of God who is unwilling that any should perish.

Matthew 25:41-46:

“Then to those on his left the King will say, ‘Leave me! For you are under the curse of eternal fire that has been destined for the devil and all his demons.  For when you saw me hungry, you refused to give me food, and when you saw me thirsty, you refused to give me something to drink.  I had no place to stay, and you refused to take me in as your guest. When you saw me poorly clothed, you closed your hearts and would not cover me. When you saw that I was sick, you didn’t lift a finger to help me, and when I was imprisoned, you never came to visit me.’

“And then those on his left will say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and not give you food and something to drink? When did we see you homeless, or poorly clothed? When did we see you sick and not help you, or in prison and not visit you?’

“Then he will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you refused to help one of the least important among these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you refused to help and honor me.’  And they will depart from his presence and go into eternal punishment. But the godly and beloved ‘sheep’ will enter into eternal bliss.”

Change your perspective-change your destination. Make others your business!

Let It Go

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Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 TPT

We ought not to be carrying what we carry, but we do. In fact, we’ve carried it for so long that we’d be lonesome without it. Stress, worry, anxiety, care, whatever you want to call it, it is not your friend and you need to let it go!

Have you ever been around someone who has such a load on them that they walk with their head down? They wring their hands and say things like, “I don’t think I’m going to make it this time.” Every time they come around, it’s as if a heavy cloud of doom, gloom and despair is following after them. You could be standing in sunshine, and although they’re a few feet away from you, it’s cloudy and raining on them.

Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there! That wasn’t a request, it was a command. Stop picking it up. Stop carrying it around like a friend. It’s causing you to age beyond your years. It’s a weight you weren’t meant to carry.

Let it go today and replace your spirit of heaviness with a spirit of joy by lifting up your praise to the God who tenderly cares for you. You’re so precious to Him and He longs to wrap His arms around you and give you peace. But here’s the thing, if your arms are full of cares, you can’t lift them up and be filled with joy.

Start every day with the choice to lay it down and let it go. When you first start to worry and be fearful, say out loud, “God has not given me the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind! I will no fear. I let it go and I thank You Father for taking that from me. You’ll have to deal with this because I wasn’t meant to carry it around.”

If you’re looking at a pile of bills and there’s not enough money to pay them and eat, then I want you to say out loud, “Father, you said you would provide for all my needs out of YOUR riches, not mine. I’m going to pay my tithes and ask which bills you want me to pay first, believing that you will bring the money in that I need because You are my provider.”

If you’ve been handed a bad report from the doctor, I want you to lay it before the Lord and say out loud, “Father, I believe that Jesus bore all my sins, sickness and disease on his own body when he died on that cross so that I wouldn’t have to. I lay it down before you and I let it go into your very capable hands. You’re the great physician. Your mercies never fail, they are new every morning because you are forever faithful.”

Now lift your hands up and begin to shout your praise. God You are worthy! God You are mighty! God You will never leave me or forsake me. You won’t leave me in need for you supply all my needs. Thank You for your vast supply! You’re a gracious and wonderful God. Thank You for taking the cares and concerns from me. I trust in You with all my heart and won’t ever stop praising Your great name. Thank You Jesus! Amen.

 

The One In Me

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But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

In my study about covenants, I ran across a profound truth that covenants were designed to eliminate weaknesses. Each time I think about it, I remember what God spoke to Paul regarding the ‘thorn in the flesh’ he had to deal with. Another version says, “My strength is made perfect in weakness,” which always brings me back to what our covenant with God was designed to do.

You see, our weakness only gives way to showcasing the power and strength of a mighty God. Where we can’t, He can.

Listen to what Paul says in verse 10; “So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.”

Because Christ is in me, I have access to everything I need to accomplish impossible things. Miracles, signs and wonders follow me not because of me, but because I have a covenant keeping God in me. I rely on Him for the crazy things He asks me to do. Any area I’m weak or experience an insufficiency, He steps in and supersedes my puny strength with impressive power.

Lord, I am so thankful that You’re in me making me one with You. I’m aware of my weakness but choose to focus on Your strength because I know that nothing will be impossible for me when I do. I yield to Your plans and purposes today, knowing that I can do all things through You makes me strong. It’s in Your name and for Your glory, Amen

My Pleasure & Passion

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What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous. Psalm 1:1-3 TPT

I had to share this beautiful observation of Davids this morning. This just mirrored my heart in so many ways.

  1. It’s truly a delight to follow Gods ways. I get so excited when I can demonstrate His unconditional love. It takes mean people off guard when I respond with a smile and offer to help them. Following in His footsteps, even if it takes me so far out of my way and takes me twice as long as planned.
  2. To choose to be different from the world. To go left when everyone else goes right. To say a kind word when everyone else is bullying. To stand up and walk away from gossip even if it makes you look bad to them. I’d rather look good to God!
  3. My passion-His Word. Oh a thousand times YES! It’s the air I breathe, the foundation I stand on, the only truth I buy into. His Word is alive, fluid, moving here, fitting into there. Like a puzzle, it reveals itself as it all comes into place, and each time I look, I see something new and amazing. When I’m wounded, it heals. When I’m tired, it energizes. When I’m lost, it directs me. His Word is in me, even in my mouth and in my heart. It takes my breath away, then breathes into me so that I’m again alive and renewed.
  4. Standing firm like a flourishing tree. Now there’s a picture! Deeply rooted, not easily moved, a tree brings fruit so that all who gather may eat of it. A tree provides shade in the heat of the day and acts as an umbrella when it rains. It’s not easily uprooted and can survive strong storms. Planted by the water where it drinks daily and doesn’t get thirsty or dry. Always blessed. Always prosperous.

Father, thank You for the feast prepared for me as I sat at Your table this morning. It’s so satisfying, so filling and keeps on giving nourishment to myself and others. I’m so thankful. Every Word You’ve spoken will come to pass in my life and the lives of those reading this. Your Word of health to all our flesh. Your Word of provision for everything we have need of. You are my pleasure and my passion. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Keep Standing

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And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” Exodus 14:13

If the Israelites had not listened to Moses, but responded to the fear inside of them as they saw the Egyptians pursing them, they would never have reached their promised land. It’s impossible to see victory in battle when you’re running away from the front lines, you must stand your ground, face the enemy and trust God for victory.

Different battles are fought differently. I believe the key is, sitting in the presence of the Lord, asking for His plan and being obedient with His instructions. David learned the secret of this when he was a boy. All throughout this life he would ask God, “Should I fight? Should I pursue? What do You want me to do?” And God would always respond! ALWAYS!

I believe that someone needs to hear this right now. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, don’t be impatient with God. He has a plan and wants to share it with you, but you, you need to have faith in God, listen and obey.

Your deadlines are not His deadlines! Your ways are not His ways! What you hear may not make sense to you, it wasn’t meant to. If you could have figured it out, you wouldn’t need Him and He needs you to need Him.

Push in. Press in. Don’t be anxious. Don’t wring your hands and wonder. Just turn your face toward Him and worship Him for He knows the plans He has for you. They are good plans. They are plans that if you could see it, you’d be way down the road by now doing it all by yourself. Consider Him your team lead and let Him do just that; LEAD!

Let Him become what you think on, what you speak about. Let people worry you’ve lost touch with reality, it’s ok, you’ve touched Truth and it’s consumed you. You’re no longer moved by what you feel, your faith has made your situation move.

While you’re standing, be aware of who’s standing with you. You’re not alone! The God who created the universe stands with you and if He is for you, who can stand against you?

Let the ground shake, He’s in you and He’s victorious. Let the lion roar, He’s in you and He will shut the lions mouth. Let the rain fall and the wind blow, it’s not match for the Power in you. Don’t be intimidated by what you see around you, stand still and see the salvation of your God.

Keep Standing!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy

Don’t Let Opinions Derail You

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When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 MSG

There are times when it’s nice to be affirmed by others, but it should never be the determining factor of who you truly are. In the natural, I’m Sandra (Hulbert) Gregory, daughter of Glenn Thomas Hulbert and Doris Joann Smith. But in the Spirit, I’m a child of God, made in His image, strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Nobody can take that from me because nobody’s opinion matters but His.

1 Peter 2:9-10 says it like this; “But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world  For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!”

It doesn’t matter how others see you, what matters most is how you see yourself. If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for all sin so that you could be adopted into the family of God, then it’s a done deal! No one can take that from you. No one. Their opinions don’t matter. Their qualifications don’t matter. Their comments don’t matter. You matter most because you are His.

God put a deep passion inside of you that burns to do something no one else can do as well as you. His seeds planted to develop the best in you so that you can plant seed in others, that they too can produce fruit for His Kingdom. His Spirit lives in you to enable you to do so much more.

Don’t let any one derail you or set you off course. Keep your eyes on Jesus and allow Him to direct you where He needs you. If it’s writing, write. If it’s praying, pray. If it’s singing, sing. If it’s talking, talk. Allow God to develop your gift and it will be so productive it will blow you away and everyone else who thought you were a mere human.

Keep Moving!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy