Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Who is this God?"

Seeing the love of Jesus in the life of my mother especially made me want to get to know Almighty God.  My mother also would say things to me like, "read your Bible and pray, ask God to speak to you and He will.  Know God for yourself.  Don't just rely on my life or the examples of other people - seek to know Him for yourself."

I cannot adequately express the indelible influence her words had upon me.  Day after day, year after year, even when I was backslidden, I saw the mighty miracles He worked in her life and the mercy He sent forth in mine - saving me from death and a sure sentence to Hell - and soon it began to overtake me...  the curiosity I had, the hunger and thirst which were all answers to my mother's prayers that I might know and serve the God of her life began to overpower my lust for the world, the flesh and the devil.  At last, I began to ask... and I mean to earnestly, intently ask... "Who is this God?  I mean, truly, Who is this God?  This loving God of my mother?  Who can He be to me?"

Thank You, Jesus.

With that desperate inquiry, God had me right where He wanted me.  He longed for me to ask that question sincerely within myself and seek to do as my mother urged and know Him for myself.  For Father God, that was a great day come unto me.  Since then I will tell you, my life has never been the same.  And again - thank You, Jesus, because I would have been dead and in Hell without that burning inquiry Holy Spirit seared into my soul.  Without His encouragements and reinforcements of the words He gave my mother, I would have lost my life and my soul to a world of fleshly evil.  But God saved me!

Through heartfelt tears I bless the Lord for ALL He has done for me.  I want the world to know Him for themselves as my mother urged that I embrace and personalize His glowing heart of Love.

My friends, I implore you - don't go by only my life or the examples of others' lives to teach you about God.  SEEK TO KNOW HIM FOR YOURSELF!  Read your Bible and pray, ask the Lord to speak to your heart.  Only believe that He will, and He will.

He's longing for you to ask yourself, just "Who is this God?"

Remanding you all to Abba's custody in His unchanging love,

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Soul Says, "Amen"

Merciful God, You have treated me with such loving kindness over all the years of my life, I cannot help but worship You.

Revealing Yourself to me has been (and is) the most special gift of my life; acquainting me with the inner workings of Your heart I regard as the most sacred of Your impartations.

I bless Your Holy Name with every fiber of my being, O, Great and Mighty King!

Yet, You also sit with me in the midnight hour and dry every tear from my eyes... You monitor my breathing like a mother hen broods over her chicks.  You give me everything of life and love I need to feel wholly nourished and well looked after.  I know You care for me.

Father, I love You with an inexpressible love!  Only my heart can bear it before You, and You understand every word.  You are to me, ALL THINGS, and I am blessed by the mention of Your Name.

Jesus, You are my all in all; You carry my thoughts of love and extreme devotion to Abba with pleasure and JOY.  You are the Door to His Heart, Mind, Will, and Emotions... Your Blood has opened that door to me.

I love the Godhead far more than my own soul, and there is nothing I wouldn't yield to keep our relationship strong and clear, whole and holy.  From my heart's depths, I LOVE YOU.

My soul says, "Amen", dear Lord, and all of my being agrees.

I am forever and always Your beloved...

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Believing the "Absolutes"

Back in January 2010 the Lord gave me a word through a younger sister in Christ, and I came across it recently while looking through my journals.  Here's a portion of what it said:

"My Precious one, hear this day that I Am faithful in all that you have asked and think.  I tell you, there will be no more struggle anywhere else in your life.  No more struggle in finances, compassion, and forgiveness.  Your heart is pure and right before Me.  You have truly yielded everything to Me on a consistent basis.  It pleases Me more than you could ever imagine that you have taken hold of My True and Holy vision and have sought My Heavenly Realm that it would manifest here on earth..."

The part of this word I'm focusing on today is this:  "I tell you, there will be no more struggle anywhere else in your life.  No more struggle in finances, compassion, and forgiveness."

I was telling my twin sister Lynette that, when this word came four years ago, I was struggling in many areas.  I'd been laid off work for a year and was relying on dwindling unemployment benefits to pay the bills while I searched for part-time work as an online transcriptionist and sweated out each week wondering what I'd do after UI benefits ceased.  My heart was a veritable proving grounds for the tug-of-war that raged between past and present wounding and my reluctance to forgive.  To say the very least, I was struggling; so, when this word was read to me, although I accepted it gratefully I had difficulty actually receiving it, if you know what I mean.

My prideful, defensive, intellectual (and fearful) side thought it was "very sweet" of my young friend to get a word for me saying that there would be NO MORE struggle in my life but, deep inside, I found that promise too much of an "absolute" to swallow.  Yet again, I underestimated and doubted God and His ability to completely bless and deliver me beyond my wildest imaginings and dreams.

However, Daddy loved me through all that doubt, fear, and unbelief.  Since my heart was aligned in obedience to His plan for me - regardless of my inability to fully grasp His promises of "no more" struggle - He brought His word and will to pass.  Brick by brick His Spirit taught me how to do without worldly provision.  He weaned me, gently, off of unemployment checks and even monies received from my work in transcription.  He commissioned finances from brothers and sisters in Christ's Body, and rewarded me for willingly seeding in to His Kingdom's works for decades through tithes, offerings, and love gifts.

Inwardly, I underwent several deep deliverances of my heart, mind, and emotions enabling me to have and show compassion and grant forgiveness in areas of personal life never before surrendered to His will.  While it's true that deliverances of every kind are ongoing in my life on varying levels and will be until death, I JOYFULLY admit, declare, and testify that - as of this day and this writing, in Jesus' Name - there is NO MORE "struggle" in my life in areas of finances, compassion, or forgiveness.  Period.  When challenges come, I don't try to handle them myself - I give them to God with no struggle. (I cover that testimony with Christ's Blood in Christ's Name.)

God's word through that sister came to pass in every way, and Jesus loved me through each hurdle of unbelief.  I'm here to tell all of you experiencing intense transitioning from dependence upon self to dependence upon God that God is Faithful.  He understands our fears and only asks that we remain obedient to His directives throughout His processing.  When we do, He will fulfill every promise He has made in every way He has made it; He will even heal us of unbelief in the face of "absolutes".


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

His "Voice" in Me

Picture by Kaitlin McMichael -
"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)
The voice Daddy has given me is being heard louder than ever before in my life.  Fifteen months ago, this blog came to earth.  Twelve months ago, Glory Shield Ministries hit the ground running.  I am so grateful for the fruit of His life in me burgeoning all over the earth. So many marvelous works of His hands through myriad Christian ministries throughout the internet have touched my soul and those of multiplied thousands because the earth has been transformed into a "global neighborhood" with the advent of cyberspace.

That is the harvest field into which I have been placed by Abba, and I adore it; for every life on earth is precious, priceless, and well worth saving.  Adding my voice to His harmonic descants each day blesses and fulfills my soul according to His promise to me from the beginning.  His ripened fruit is being shared and declared to His JOY and to the eternal reward of my being.  Of this, all I can truly say is... 

Thank You, my dear Father; my soul rejoices, exceedingly.  Amen.

Daddy's Girl :0)

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

God Knows "Better"

Every directive of God is undergirded by His intricate understanding of us.  Just because we can't understand something He's asked of us, or we struggle to understand doesn't mean His Wisdom is not in that place.  We need to let go of our desire to "analyze" and "figure out" the things He is asking, realizing that tendency is born of fear and pride.

God's got it all figured out, friends - and it all makes perfect sense.

When your flesh "struggles" (as it always will) against the commands, directives, and edicts of God, make it your first priority to yield your heart to Holy Spirit's understanding and absolutely forsake your own (Prov. 3:5).  That's critical to blessing and rescue being received through each phase of our lives so we can keep stepping on the stones He's laid out for us leading straight to His Throne.

This may seem like a no-brainer until Daddy's specific directives hit a corrosive area of your mindsets.  For instance, what do you do when God says you are not responsible to assume the role of caretaker for your aging parents?  Or what do you do when God says you are to allow your children to make their own mistakes?

If your knee-jerk response to those questions is, well God would never ask that of me... you need to think again!  Ask yourself (as I've had to), just who is "God" over our lives?  I mean, who is truly in charge - us or Yahweh?  See, when it comes to parents and children and family situations, it's often a different ballgame in terms of our ability to hear and receive truth, even though we've only just told Daddy He has full control...

Yep.  The flesh, family, and our emotions are fickle bedfellows; we need to carefully consider that when it comes to obeying God despite personal, prickly circumstances that challenge 'our' understanding.

Be encouraged that the bottom line of every story holds the same truth: GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN US, and GOD IS IN CONTROL.  I pray His supernatural impartation of that sustaining, comforting, humbling truth fills each soul reading and fills the Body of Christ in general, in Jesus' Precious Name.


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

THERE she is!

"Out of the Dark" (Copyright © 2014, SJG)
The Lord can use giftings to bring out qualities in me I can't "release" for myself.  He's doing that with my emotions, through painting!

I see my inner "soft and sweet" on the canvas before me like a baby full of folds and powder and coo, and the process of endearment begins.

Introductions overtake me:  "Hi, Sharon! There's where you are!" Daddy's daughter looks like this when standing before her Father (if, of course, she was a tree).  She's feminine and graceful and full of matching color.  The tree is naked before God, stretching forth her hands under His light, and not afraid of His love.

I'm rejoicing because I believe - in yet another way - the "daughter" God has made me is voiced here as never before.  I wanted to share it with all of you.

God bless.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Born of the Flesh

I was just thinking of how I used to believe all the behavioral yuckiness in the world could be attributed to men just because they were men.  I remember how gently Holy Spirit showed me the folly of that notion.

Since then I've heard men speak of what horrid gossips women are, and they end their statements saying things like, "c'mon now, you have to admit that's true."

Once again, God points out that gossip per se is not endemic to females, but to the flesh.  Ask any woman and she'll probably tell you there are men she knows who could gossip any woman under the table on a bad night.  (My earthly father was one.)

By the same token, there are women who cling to raunchy, vindictive, deceptive behavior that would make any demon blush.

The truth is that sin is not gender-specific, beloved... it's the calling card of the flesh.

Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden the world, the flesh, and the devil have been treacherous companions.  The debauchery or piety manifested in men and women throughout history comes from the choices each individual has made to either embrace evil or good as a way of life.  I had to learn that so Daddy could begin purging the vast mine fields of offense and hatred I ignorantly allowed to be constructed against both genders, but especially men.

When I received Abba's truth, I asked His forgiveness and I began to forgive.

The enemy and the flesh are what's evil, not genders; but since prejudice, hatred, and polarization are the enemy's forte, he's going to try to convince us such things are born solely of the sexes.


Pray for a change in the choices of men and women who have hurt you, my friends.  Allow God to tender your heart towards them and their circumstances as individuals, so you won't crucify an entire gender for personal choices born of the flesh.

God bless you.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

His Faithfulness, Promise, and Power

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"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease."  (Gen. 8:22) 
Brrr!  As yet another winter storm is forecasted upon the northeast tomorrow, I find myself thankful.  Yep, thankful for things like dependable heating, a dry roof overhead, food in my fridge, and comfy PJs.  (I cover these truths in Christ's Blood.)

I'm especially thankful for the faithfulness and strength of God's word.  Over the years, several scriptures personify His faithfulness, promise, and power to my soul.  Passages like:
"... make thee an ark of gopher wood..." (Gen. 6:14a)
Perhaps you wouldn't think these few words reflect His faithfulness or provision, but I do.  After all, He spoke them to Noah after telling him He'd decided to destroy the world by water.  That's a pretty bleak forecast given God's unyielding veracity, and I believe terrific relief flooded Noah's soul (pun intended) as these words were uttered, assuring him Daddy already had a plan for the saving of his house.  I love that.

Another verse I really like is this:
"Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay your vows unto the Most High.  Then call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me." (Psalm 50:14-15)
HALLELUJAH!  Whose promise is truer than that of Almighty God?!  Yes, sir... He's saying to every heart - you do what I've asked you to do on My behalf and then, when trouble comes, just see if I won't deliver you from it and be to you the Father and God and Protector I've promised to be!  Am I not Faithful?

Indeed, He is! All Glory to His Mighty Name!  I'm feeling GOOD today because that verse is truly speaking to me!!  ;0)  As my mother used to tell me, repeatedly, "He is - above all things - FAITHFUL."  In telling all the world about it, I am glorifying Him.  Amen.

The Best of
His faithfulness promised the redemption of mankind while His heart grieved for us in the Garden of Eden.  His faithfulness delivered unto us His only begotten Son - born of a virgin - Who suffered, bled, and died to accomplish reconciliation to God for all who believe.  His faithfulness imparted Holy Spirit into the hearts and minds of His children to bring us safely from earth to Heaven; and His great and mighty, enduring faithfulness declares unto us this powerful promise:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain - for the former things are passed away." (Rev. 21:4)
I can't tell you how that verse comforted me as my mother's casket was slowly lowered into the ground.  It comforts me still when I think of the gaping wounds of grief experienced today by so many in the Body of Christ, even though we do not sorrow as those who have no hope.  Take heart, beloved, as I have; for our God has promised - and He cannot lie - that there will come a day when there will be only greetings always, and never again goodbyes.  Of this we have His promise, Saints - and He Who promised is everlastingly Faithful.

In Jesus' Name, I impart God's supernatural power of faith-believing to all who read these words, and to the Body of Christ in general... for Daddy is Faithful.  Yes, He is.



"...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Precious Steps

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Do not fret if you can't give your every struggle to God all at once.  Yield to Him all that you can, and He'll love you and lead you into the place of yielding the rest.

The debris field of our hurt and wounding must be cleared bit by bit, beloved; and when there's room for God to enlarge our capacity to receive more of Him in His timing and way... we will.

For now, Daddy will take what He can get as we are willing and readied to yield our bondages to Him.  His Righteous process of exposure and deliverance is painstakingly delicate, and He is patience personified.  God delights in accomplishing our freedom and, as we yield more of ourselves to Him, reward comes.  For, truly, "He considers our frame - He remembers that we are dust."  The least we do is precious in the sight of our merciful and gracious Father when our hearts are diligent, and our efforts are sincere.

Don't be discouraged by your baby steps, beloved - God isn't.


Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let GOD Be Your Shield

Back in the day, I used my intellect to protect me.  I used it to shield my emotions and shield me from emotions... how they frightened and confronted me!

Thanks to Daddy, I now cancel fear in Jesus' Name, realizing that wherever I try to "shield" myself, God can't shield me.  But He's not going to shove me aside so that He can deliver me; He asks me to yield to His protection.  If I'm too afraid, I won't see that I can trust Him; if I don't trust Him, I won't yield; and, if I don't yield, I won't be delivered.

That's why God took such pains to expose my "intellectual issues" delicately - because I was always so afraid, and I had been so wounded and betrayed by those closest to me.  Sound familiar to anyone?  At one instance of life or another we've all been betrayed; we've certainly all been wounded.  We don't all use intellect as our shield, but we all duck behind something.

What's your fleshly shield and manner of self-defense?  Perhaps it's beauty, popularity, wealth, or even depression?  Whatever the device used to sidestep life's problems and emotions, the truth is those devices separate us from God, but it doesn't have to be that way. The way out is through grabbing hold of Jesus Christ in humility, confession, and repentance. There's no need to "hide" from Him.

Daddy is well aware of our wounds and fears.  He desires our release but, nearly every time, the fleshly boils must first be lanced to bring healing.

I had to stop trying to "figure things out" and just drop to my face before God.  I had to surrender my so-called intellectual shield.  That's exactly what He wanted, and then He was swift to perform the (spiritual) surgery I needed to facilitate redemption and healing in this place.  On the other side of His Masterful Hand of healing lies permanent and powerful authority in areas of intercession for others with similar struggles.  HALLELUJAH!  It was all worth it, and His tender love and mercy in deliverance for my life continues.  The journey goes from Glory to Glory in His Name, my friends, and He will without question or hesitation do the self-same thing for you!

Are you willing?  Let's pray...

[Almighty God, please enable us to depart from our own protections and structures and submit to Your will for our freedom.  Father, let the light of Your Humility illuminate our lives such that we will denounce and cast out all fear and foreboding hindering Your Hand of radical change in our lives.  We ask Your Spirit of Perfect Love and Faith to overtake us as counters to fear. Holy Spirit, we welcome You and give You permission to destroy all that separates us from God that we may begin to be delivered, healed, and aligned with Abba's plan for our liberty in all areas. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.]

God bless you all.


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

An Invitation

God takes note of your JOY and holds it safely to His heart to preserve it for your times of sorrow when He can BURST it upon you like clouds of rain on parched land.

The Lord's eyes see everything; absolutely everything.  He sees our suffering, and He has a plan for our relief.  This truth cannot be spoken enough into our spirits.

He's always planning for our good, always thinking thoughts of righteousness, peace, and love towards us, on our behalf.

Our humble words to Him always get a hearing, and our feelings are acknowledged tenderly by Him in the courts of Heaven.  He talks to Jesus and Holy Spirit about us. He is a proactive God, full of knowledge regarding our cause and the true intentions of our hearts.

Daddy will stop what He's doing and listen to us.  He will stop the earth's rotation on our behalf.  We desperately matter to God; and let's face it, y'all... we all want to matter.

Stop what you're doing and talk to God without the "thees" and "thous" of religiosity and posturing.  He sees right through you to the wall behind you, so talk to Him as a friend and you'll see that He's listening.

Ask Him to reveal Himself to you... He's always up for that challenge when our hearts are willing to believe.  If you're willing to turn your back on fear, I invite you to seize this moment to speak to God; for you'll never have a better opportunity than "now" to know the greatest, most loving, and approachable Friend there is.


Praying your strength in the Lord,

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Desire to "Live with Abandon"!

"I want to live with abandon,
give You all that I am!
Every part of my life, Jesus
I place in Your hands!"
(Newsboys - Live With Abandon Copyright © 2013 Newsboys, Inc. under exclusive license to Sparrow Records)
That song says it all for me, dear friends - especially these additional lyrics,
"I'm not looking back,
I'm done with that.
I want to give You
This song by the Newsboys expresses the exact beat of my heart in this place of new beginnings Daddy has given to me, beloved!  (Be blessed by the YouTube video.)
I've always desired the abandon of a thoroughbred and the wings of an eagle, and He's given them to me.  Now, I walk with the angels in the realms of His glory, and the world has no hold on me!  HIS world is waiting for me and for all of you, my friends...  STRETCH OUT ON HIM with no fear - only faith.
Determine to live with abandon and place every single increment of your heart, mind, will, and emotions into Jesus' hands!  He takes you very seriously, and your declarations seal you into His loving plan.  Don't be afraid... TRUST HIM.  Let Him pursue you, win you, and take you higher!  Call on Holy Spirit to enable you to release your entire being into His capable, powerful, passionate arms.  He will not fail you. 
I declare it as truth in His Precious, Holy Name!
Living with abandon and loving it...
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)