The Road That Leads Nowhere

How well God must like you—you don’t walk in the ruts of those blind-as-bats, you don’t stand with the good-for-nothings, you don’t take your seat among the know-it-alls. Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust—Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. God charts the road you take. The road they take leads to nowhere. Psalm 1 Message

The wicked are windblown dust. They are blown by every small breeze that comes along. Their life has no purpose other than self made goals and plans. They seem to pursue whatever suits their fancy at any given moment.

But God loves you and charts the road you take. Remember that as you walk out your day. Psalm 37:23 says it like this; The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

When you delight yourself in the Lord and feast at His table, He watches over you and the steps you take. You need not fear for He is with you.

Be Blessed,

Sandy G

First a Shepherd Than a King

And David said to Saul, “May no one’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight this Philistine!” But Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight him; for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior since his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a sheep from the flock, I went out after it and attacked it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth; and when it rose up against me, I grabbed it by its mane and struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” 1 Samuel 17:32-36

David was a shepherd tending sheep when his father sent him to take food to his brothers. When he heard Goliath taunting the army of God, he was appalled. He knew who God was and what God was able to do. Gods people had been in battle for so long, they forgot who God was to them. They listened to the enemy day after day after day until it messed with their mind and created fear in them.

David went through a whole lot of stuff before he sat on the throne, but he never lost sight of who God was in him and for him. He worshipped until He slipped behind the veil and sat in His sanctuary. He found the key to the throne room was in His worship.

If you want David’s passion, you must know God deeply. If you want Davids record of conquests, you must first seek God for direction before making decisions. If you want wealth like David, you must prepare to give to God first with your money. David wasn’t moved by his surroundings, he was only moved by God. He heard God speak because he practiced communion with Him. Pay the price, have the life!

Sandy G

Calling All Father Seekers

Jesus said to her, “Believe Me, woman, that a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21‭-‬24

I talked yesterday about the importance of worship in your daily routine. I hope you’re doing it and that you notice a difference. Even if you don’t, do not give up. The end of these verses say it so well, God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

It’s not a public thing, it’s a private thing. When you don’t do it to be heard by others, you do it simply to be known by Him. It’s personal and precious to your Father when you drop off everything and just sit with your head on His lap and love on Him. Keep doing it until you experience that. It’s life-changing.

Besides, you can’t fool God. He knows your heart better than you do and He is able to take what is broken and put it back together again. He’s good that way!

“Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love him in return and will reveal myself to him.” John 14:21

Sandy G

Don’t Waste Your Breath

Everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6 NASB

I was reminded this morning of the importance of what we use our breath for.  Obviously breathing is super important. If we didn’t breathe, we’d be dead. But each and everyday, I hear people wasting that precious commodity on griping and complaining, talking fear and frustration instead of being thankful and praising God.

The things we spend time listening to consumes our thoughts and words. It’s those very things which determines our direction and outcomes. But what if we could change all that by making simple adjustments? Are you interested? If you are, keep reading.

David wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord my strength and my redeemer.” He knew the importance of meditating and listening to right things, so much so that he made it his prayer.

I’m not saying we won’t slip up and be consumed by the turbulence going on around us, but what if we got up every morning and put on some worship music and entered His courts with praise? What would that shift in our lives, our homes and our families?

Sometimes in our attempts to be ‘spiritual’ we lose the simplicity of access to His presence. It’s not in doing more, but doing the right things.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courtyards with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Psalm 100:4 NASB

You can pass through His open gates with the password of praise. Come right into His presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name! Psalm 100:4 TPT

Try doing this for a month and see what happens. Put on some worship music that makes declarations. I played one this morning that was entitled, I Will Not Fear. When I finished, my spirit soared as I once again elevated His name above lack, poverty, sickness and disease. His name over my children, my grandchildren, my family and friends. There is no other name higher than the name of Jesus.

Don’t waste your breath talking like the world does, put your faith in God. He is indeed bigger than all of that.

Sandy G

My Communion Table

Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Psalm 43:4

Did you know that an altar is also known as a communion table? Interesting isn’t it. So could it be that when we rise up in the morning to commune with the Lord, we have built an altar to Him? That might be a stretch for some of you, but bear with me.

This is my place to remember what the hand of the Lord has delivered me from. This is my altar of intercession for my family. This is my altar of great and precious promises. This is the place where I’ve received great revelation from the Lord. This is my communion.

“The sun cannot compare to the glory of your Love, there is to shadow in your presence. No mortal man would dare to stand before your throne, before the Holy one of Heaven. It’s only by your blood and it’s only through your mercy, Lord I come.

“I bring an offering of worship to my King. No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing. Jesus may you receive the honor that you’re due. Oh Lord I bring an offering to you.” (Paul Baloche)

May my offering oh Lord be accepted by you. May it be a sweet aroma, a delicate fragrance that brings you joy. May my passion for you burn off all the dry places until I’m ignited with your fire. My soul delights in your goodness. Once again, I come away refreshed and renewed to face the task you’ve handed me. I love you Lord! I’m thankful you never leave me.

Sandy G

Bright Light

For God, who said, “Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,” is the one who has cascaded His light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ. We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that this immeasurable power will be seen as God’s, not ours. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 TPT

How do we possess that kind of light? By sitting in the presence of a mighty God and asking Him to reveal himself to us through His Word. When we understand and use His Word, we are using the treasure in us.

Let’s not hide our treasure, but let’s declare the Word in our daily lives, over our families, our church and our neighborhoods. We must be light. Our lamps will only burn when they are filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Our lights will only be seen when we turn up the flame.

The time has come to let your light shine that it may glorify our Father. Come on! Be a glow stick, that every person on the face of the earth may see us burn.

Sandy G

His Presence Is Addicting

All together now—applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of his glory, set glory to the rhythms of his praise. Say of God, “We’ve never seen anything like him!” When your enemies see you in action, they slink off like scolded dogs. The whole earth falls to its knees— it worships you, sings to you, can’t stop enjoying your name and fame. Psalm 66:1 MSG

If you’re too busy to spend time with God, you’re too busy. Adjust your schedule, break stubborn habits, remove obstacles and hindrances. Find a quiet place void of distractions. Come with no agenda but to worship. No asking for anything, just an audience of one, singing your own song, making your praise about Him.

10 minutes. 10 minutes every morning. It’s such a small token of time when He’s given you the breath you breathe. If you find it hard to fill 10 minutes, begin to make a list of things you’re thankful for and read them off to Him. Soon, 10 minutes won’t be enough. You’ll find yourself setting your alarm earlier and earlier.

His presence is addicting. Your spirit will begin to crave time with His Spirit until you can’t stop thinking of Him. All throughout the day and when you wake at night, you’ll begin to hear Him calling you to that secret place where He can be with you and make you like Him. Then one day He’ll ask if you’re ready to be completely His, laying down your life long dreams, plans and hopes for a journey with Him.

It’s when you say yes, forever yes, that your life becomes one with Him and all that matters is what pleases Him. Loving others isn’t hard anymore. Giving becomes second nature. All that He is, becomes all that you are. By giving up, you gain so much more. By surrendering, you gain access to everything He has. What a great trade-off! Worship-it’s a game changer!

Sandy G

Your Choice

God spoke to Moses: “You are about to die. So call Joshua. Meet me in the Tent of Meeting so that I can commission him.” So Moses and Joshua went and stationed themselves in the Tent of Meeting. God appeared in the Tent in a Pillar of Cloud. The Cloud was near the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. Deuteronomy 31:14 MSG

Did you ever wonder what went through Moses’ mind when God told him that he was about to die? It could have been a number of things. Hoped He’d forgot about that one crazy bit of angry disobedience, striking the rock. Perhaps somehow thought God would disregard it because he spent so much time with Him?

One thing God doesn’t do is forget. Once He says it, the Word is set into motion for the appointed time. He said it’s appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgement. Everyone of us has a date on the calendar when we will stand before God to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord”, Or the other, “You knew this day was coming. Your lack of preparation doesn’t give you a pass on judgement. Depart down to share your masters fate.”

I’m certainly glad that God is not a dictator who forces His will on us. No, He gives us choices.

I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19 MSG

It’s a choice He offers you, like a multiple choice on a test. He even gives you the answer but it’s still in your court. He is life, a far richer life than what you think the world holds.

Sandy G

Passion To Do

God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 TPT

The dictionary describes the word, ‘revitalize’ as to give new life to, or to give one vitality or vigor. So when I read this verse, I see God has us on automatic renewal. We don’t have to ask for more life or energy to do what we need to do. It’s a given.

Not only that, but He implants in us the passion (any powerful emotion or feeling), to do what pleases Him. I don’t know about you, but I can’t manufacture that kind of passion! I don’t get up in the morning and presto chango, I’m jumping up and down for the opportunity to make a mark on the world.

No, I can’t ‘go into all the world and do Jesus’ until I’ve worshipped at His feet and felt His breath on the back of my neck, energizing me to go and do. I depend on it. I soak in it. I can’t do anything of lasting value without Him.

So this morning, stand before Him with your arms lifted high and say, thank you Lord for your perpetual presence, for without You, I cannot do today.

Sandy G

My Super Hero

The Lord your God is with you. He is a hero who saves you. He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 GW

When Walt kills a spider or bug for me, I always say, ‘You’re my hero!’ to which he responds with his hands on his hips, ‘Da, da, dahhhh!’ in his superhero musical voice! It always brings a smile to my face and a kiss to his lips, his reward for a valiant rescue!

That may not be super spiritual to you, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I read this verse. When I think about God happily rejoicing over me, celebrating over me, shouting for joy, it brings a smile to my face. Wow, how often have you just needed to know someone was there for you? Someone loved you enough to rescue you? That someone is the Lord your God. He’s your hero!

I hope that makes you smile too. I hope that as you think on that word today, you send a kiss up to your Heavenly Father who rescues you.

I love that God loves me! Lets go share that love today!

Sandy G