Good morning ya'll ministry messages

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Romans 2:21 “You, then, who teaches others, do you not teach yourself?”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a blessed and peaceful day today.
This is an extremely good question and one that I have been paying close attention to myself this year as I have tried to spend even more time reading God’s word. No one is ever done learning. I recall, in fact, having met a 90 year old woman who said that the day she stops learning would be the day that she stopped breathing. She just loved learning new things all of her life. She even went back to school on her sixties to complete her degree in nursing. To think of ourselves too highly as if we have learned all we need to learn and now we only need to teach others causes us to miss a whole wealth of wisdom that God wants to share with us. Even if we have read the bible from front to back and back to front we can still always pick it up again, read a scripture, and feel it speaking to us in an entirely different way than it did before and that’s because of our shifting and changing seasons we walk through in our lives. When we think of the word of God we can picture it as a living breathing work of art, alive and always speaking to us in different ways every time we read it, and the word of God doesn’t change, it always remains the same. It’s us that changes and as we change we can learn something more from God than we knew before. By keeping ourselves open to always learn more and more from God and from the word of God, we are allowing God to fully work within us to help make us the finest disciples to every one we meet.
Thanks be to God.
Have a wonderful day today.
Love San 😃

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

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Matthew 20:2 “He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and he sent them into the vineyard.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a magnificent day today.
“So the last will be first and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16 this is the lesson Jesus leaves us with as He wraps up this particular parable. Jesus had this gifted way of teaching us all about God’s true heart. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it, how God saw that the best way to help teach us and show us His true heart was to leave His throne and just come on down here to tell us Himself. For any of us not to pay attention to these teachings that Jesus spoke to us throughout His ministry leaves us missing such a giant part of the picture. Jesus tells us in wrapping up this parable that we can learn from this story that the first will be last and the last will be first in the Kingdom of Heaven. As humans we tend to look to the left and to the right to see who might have more than we do, who might be living better lives than we are, and who might be getting away with this and that while we are steadily working an honest day’s work then going home to get a little rest and start over again the next day. This parable teaches us to keep doing what is right and keep living our lives the right way motivated not by greed or by the desire to gain as much as possible, but rather to be thankful for every day that God gives us and to glorify Jesus in all that we do and say and in all the ways we live. It’s not about winning the rat race here on earth, it’s about living with the presence of Jesus in our hearts and sharing His love freely with those around us then we can know that we will one day win the best reward ever, the treasures we have stored up for ourselves in Heaven not the things we could afford to buy and the amount of money we were able to save here on earth.
Have a fantastic day today.
Love San 🙂

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

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Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Jesus Christ lives in me.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a wonderful day today.
Confession time…I kind of ran out of good 20:20 scriptures to finish out these January messages, so I kind of let God lead me to different scriptures that have 20 in them and that spoke to me to share with you all. This particular scripture caught my attention last year and it has really continued to tap on my shoulder over and over again since then. My life is not my own! This comment is one that many, many people might scoff at and also feel extremely threatened by because they see this sentence as a threat to take something away from them. Viewing this sentence as a loss to you can actually rob you of the many more amazing gifts that lie ahead for you when you open your arms, lift up your eyes, release control of your entire life, and surrender your life to Jesus. Letting Him in to make your heart new, to change your view of this world and of your own life and your own family. Jesus did this for you willingly and openly. There is a reason why Jesus faced His crucifixion exactly as He did, fully exposed, completely beaten down, and willingly surrendered to His accusers, because in return He looks to us to also come to Him at the foot of the cross just the same way. When we come to Jesus in this same way, Jesus then comes in, as we have asked Him and welcomed Him to, and He takes over. Jesus then begins to transform our hearts and remove the burdens that are weighing us down. He takes away our selfish, inward motivations and He shifts our focus to seeing so many others around us who need us and who we can reach out to help. When we let Jesus into our hearts He changes us for the better and we are forever changed in the best possible ways.
Have a great day today
Love San 🙂

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

Ezekiel 20:20 “Keep the sabbath day holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have an amazing day today.
This weekend I was watching this show my son had turned on that told the story of these different scientists in Antarctica doing various s research studies on the continent. It was beautiful to watch these men and women truly appreciate the vastness of the continent that they were exploring and truly in awe over the amazing frozen tundra filled with the creatures unique to the continent such as whales and seals and artic penguins. Giant flakes of snow fell with ease where these researchers were piling up fast as one gentleman turned off the motor on his boat while in the middle of the gigantic glacier filled waters to demonstrate how the silence was like nowhere else on earth only filled by the unique creatures and creations native to that area. “Just listen!” He said, “It’s amazing. The beauty of the silence and the sounds of nature.” Just as he stood in awe of the silence filled with only the sounds of nature, another researcher pointed out the sizes of the gigantic icebergs they were passing, which can easily remind any wise human being of how small we are compared to those giant icebergs. And for someone like me, it’s all amazing and wonderful and awe inspiring to see this continent filled with the beautiful creation of God’s hands, still holding many places pure and untouched by any hands. We should all constantly be mindful of how great our God is and how infinite His creation and His reach goes. His creations that we can see, touch, hear, and feel here on earth are amazing and awe inspiring alone, can you even begin to imagine how much more amazing His Heavenly Kingdom also must be? When we can remember how great and how huge our God truly is, then we can begin to see the sizes of our worries, fears, problems, and doubts shrinking to mere specks especially when we can envision us placing those burdens into the hands of our abundantly capable Father. Stop today and choose to be in awe of our awesome God and then, for all those things that are weighing heavy on your heart, take them and hand them off to God. There’s a reason why He called us to keep the Sabbath day holy as a sign for us to remember that He is God. It’s so that we don’t forget who really is God and how amazing our God truly is. Thanks be to God.
Have a fantastic day today.
Love San ☺

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

1 Samuel 20:20 “I will shoot three arrows off to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a fantastic day today.
I have truly enjoyed taking this careful journey through the 20:20 scriptures to start off 2020. I chose this message series because I wanted to really spend more quality time reading God’s word in the new year. With all that is taking place in the world it’s so easy for us to lose sight of God because we become so engrossed in the bad and discouraging news happening every day all around us. Often so close to home. Spending more time in God’s word helps us remember so many things. Like how in the story that accompanies this scripture showing the love, support, and caring actions of a friend who wanted to keep his best friend safe and out of harms way, even when harms way was his own father’s hands. King Saul wanted David killed because he knew that David was a clear threat to his current throne, but King Saul’s son, Jonathan, was David’s best friend and he wouldn’t hear of having his best friend killed because of his own father’s greed and fear. Jonathan created this plan to help warn David if his father was trying to kill him. This story in 1 Samuel illustrates how God will always keep us surrounded by His presence even through people around us, to keep us safe and protected especially when we are being obedient to His plan for our lives. David was to be king after Saul’s time was done. David felt no rush to come into this position though as he had known for a long time that God had called him in from his own father’s fields, helped him conquer a giant, and also anointed him with the oil, which promised that one day he would be king. David held to this promise of God’s anointing even as King Saul was seeking to have him put to death. We, like David, are surrounded every day by the thoughts and prayers and presence of the eternal love and protection of God in our hearts and spirits as well as the love, encouragement, and support of our family, friends, and those who truly love us. God has called, created, and anointed us each for each of our specific purposes and as we go through our lives living obediently following God’s good path and plan for our lives, and as we live always keeping God first in our hearts, God will always continue to surround us with the people and lead us to the best places that will be there to truly look out for us and will help to speak words of life and words of wisdom to us just as a good a loving friend/family member should to help each of us always keep our hearts focused on Jesus, on God, and on our eternal forever home so that we can strive to live the life that God has truly anointed us and called us each to live.
Have a blessed day today
Love San 😊

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Acts 20:20 “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you, but have taught you publicly from house to house.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have an extraordinary day today.
I love how the author of this particular scripture tells us that he did not hesitate to preach anything that would be helpful. This is what we all want to do. Especially as we hope to help others we meet and interact with to lead them in finding their own relationship with God and Jesus. Still, it’s easy to hesitate on sharing certain things we know God may be leading us or speaking to us to share, for fear that we may somehow upset or even anger others because of the truths and wisdom God may need us to speak to them. We want to please everyone and we want everyone to like us, but Jesus Himself told us that there would be times when others weren’t going to like us and may even hate us for speaking God’s truth or sharing God’s wisdom. Speaking the words of God, sharing the truth of God’s love and His plans for us, and helping to lead so many others to know Jesus is far more important than being liked the best or being the favorite in the room. Every day, we will ask God to help us share His truth, His words, and His wisdom to everyone we meet without hesitation or fear because we never know who may have needed to hear those very words at that very moment. Thanks be to God.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😁

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

1 Kings 20:20 “And each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled… “
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a fantastic day today.
There are those who choose to live their lives in the victim mindset and then there are those who refuse to live like a victim no matter what has been done to them. It’s so extremely important to recognize and realize that living your life always in the defeated victim mindset has the very real potential to keep you down, keep you depressed, keep you from ever moving forward, and can even turn you back towards a wrong path. Too many people are in this world who don’t mind embracing their “whoa is me” mindset and sharing with everyone just how bad things have gotten in their lives. Choosing to dwell in the victim mentality robs us of the true joy we can have in our lives and causes us to miss seeing and fully embracing our blessings. In reading this part of scripture through the chapter of 1 Kings 20 I could imagine how those soldiers who were sent to the battlefield to fight could not have gone out there with a defeated and victim mindset. They had to go out there already claiming victory over their battles in order to let God’s hands help them through the battle. Much the same way, Jesus also faced the cross not with a victim mindset, but boldly and with determination He went through His own battle already claiming God’s victory over His ultimate battle even though He no doubt felt extremely alone and abandoned in His undue punishment. We will face the trials and troubles of life, Jesus already reminded us of this in John 16:33, but He also reminded us to not let these troubles lead us to feeling defeated or cause us to live the victim mindset. He said to “take heart, for He has already overcome the world.” This is God’s way of telling us that we can and we should, choose to live boldly and confidently as victor’s in our lives. We have all faced different challenges and struggles unique to us, but we are all always freely able to choose to continue living the defeated victim mindset always looking to be compensated and given special treatment because we have faced hard times, or we can choose to shed ourselves of our defeated victim mindset and call ourselves victorious every day, even on those days when it seems the hardest to do so. For by choosing to live every day claiming God’s victory in our lives and over our troubles, we are changing our mindset to a more positive and hopeful view of our lives and this will help us to expect to see God’s very best for our lives today and every day after.
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Have an awesome day today
Love San ☺

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Numbers 20:20 & 21 “Again they answered: “You may not pass through.”… Isreal turned away from them.”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a marvelous day today.
We have all been there, facing a person or a situation that we have prayed over and prayed over yet nothing ever changes, nothing ever gets any better. In fact, sometimes, that person or the situation seems to deteriorate or decline despite our most passionate pleas to God to turn things around. We are left asking ourselves why these people or these circumstances aren’t improving? Are our prayers not being heard by God? Have we angered God by our own actions? Has God forgotten about us? We already know these answers though, God has not forgotten, He is not angry with us, and He has heard our prayers, but just as it says in Isaiah 55:9 “[God’s] ways are higher than our ways.” Because we understand this we know that God’s plans are not always what our plans are so therefore not changing our situations or circumstances is likely His way of changing us for the better because we had to face those situations for as long as we did. And He may not be changing that person in our eyes or in our timeframe, but He is working in and on that person in His own way, and He wants us to keep believing Him for the positive changes to come at just the right time. This is reaffirmed to us in Romans 8:24 “But hope that is seen is not hope at all.” Then there is the heartbreaking fact that sometimes even though God has heard our prayers and our pleas, God simply has no plans to change the situation or the people because He is telling us, just as He told the Israelites in this scripture, that it is time to simply turn away and go a different direction. It’s not what we may want and it’s certainly not what we would choose, but God can see farther and wider than we could ever imagine and He knows what is best and what is not best for us.
“Child, this path isn’t for you, this road you are no longer meant to walk on, this person is not good for you and will only serve to hold you back from the destiny I Am leading you towards. Turn away now and look towards Me. If you can see the cross always before you on the path which you are walking, then you are moving in the right direction, if you can no longer see the cross at all or if things, circumstances, situations, or people are blocking the cross from your view, distracting you and keeping you from Me, then it may be time for me to shift your path or turn you the whole other way just as I did the Israelites, because from My perspective I can see what path is the best path for you to take and which paths are only going to lead to destruction, downfall, chaos, or heartache.” If your “path” seems to be hitting a brick wall even when you have prayed and pleaded with God, consider turning around, seeking God first, and trusting Him to lead you always in the best direction for you.
Have an amazing day today
Love San 😁

Good morning ya'll ministry messages

2 Chronicles 20:20 “As they set out, Jehosephat stood and said, listen to me Judah and the people of Jerusalem. Have faith in the Lord your God, and you will be upheld…”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a phenomenal day today.
I wanted to re-send this scripture today because the full realization of what God is demonstrating to us all in this story, to me, is that His hands at work on our behalf is far more effective and result producing than our hands, our words, or our actions could ever be. God is showing us that when we choose to act or react by our own power, like the armies that were coming against Jehosephat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem, we won’t see the victories we could ever hope to see like Jehosephat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem were going to see. This is because they faced their fears and they faced their enemies in faith. They had every reason to walk out on that battlefield shaking, frightened, and scared to face the armies of enemies who sought to run them from their land, but they chose to walk forth into battle in faith singing and shouting the praises of God. We have every reason to face our fears, our anxieties, our worries, our losses, our financial hardships, our insecurities, our uncertainties, and our devastations scared and frightened, but as children of the most high God, as true believers of Jesus Christ, knowing all that Jesus faced and endured for us, we will choose to go onto that battlefield we call daily living singing and speaking the praises of our wonderful God, confident and certain that His hands are already at work on our behalf. Trusting that He has heard our prayers and that He knows so very well the cries of our hearts, and He has already scripted and created our ultimate victory over all of our battles. Every day! Thanks be to God!
Have a blessed day today.
Love San 😃

2 Chronicles 20:20 “As they set out, Jehosephat stood and said, listen to me Judah and the people of Jerusalem. Have faith in the Lord your God, and you will be upheld…”
Good morning ya’ll.
I pray that you have a marvelous day today.
As I read this part of the scriptures in 2 Chronicles I was already drawn to the speech that Jehosephat was giving to the people of his region to remind them that even though it looked like they were going to meet sure defeat against their enemies who wanted to drive them out of their promised land, Jehosephat had already spent much time in prayer and petition with God and he had already heard the response from God: to go out against their enemies with songs of praise and thanksgiving and God would take care of the rest. God would take care of the rest. Can you imagine facing the challenges that we face today like financial shortcomings, foreclosures, repossessions, heartbreak, losing loved ones, talks of war in our government, and news of natural disasters all over the world, yet our only response is singing the praises of God for all the world to hear, then entrusting the rest to God. Well, this is actually a big part of what God does seek from us. God doesn’t want us to live in defeat and sorrow. He wants us to live joyfully always singing His praises. And God doesn’t want us to claim victory by warheads and missiles, but by shouting His greatness to the enemy while we allow His great hands to defeat the enemy in His perfect way. In the time of Jehosephat they had no draft to recruit soldiers for fighting, they didn’t have enough people anyway, and they had no missiles or nuclear weapons to defend themselves against the enemy, but in prayer and with wisdom, Jehosephat knew that by asking God for the help and then being obedient to what God told them to do, He and His people would be saved from the enemy and God’s mighty hands would defeat their enemies for them, and He knew this as he faced this battle with complete faith in God. We are God’s children as well and we can expect the same victory that Jehosephat and his people found when we ask God for His help and then we sing our praises to Him going out to claim our victory in faith each and every new day.
Thanks be to God!
Have a wonderful day today.
Love San 🤗