Thursday, October 16, 2014

There is A Reason That God Is Giving You Dreams!




I was raised to believe that God does not speak through dreams.  I'm so blessed that I know differently today. For those of you who believe that God does speak through dreams, please take a moment and recall the life of Joseph. 

Joseph was given some really awesome dreams as a young man.  But, when he told his brothers about his dreams they got really upset!   He told them about dreaming of bundles of wheat, the sun, the moon and 11 stars bowing before him (take a moment and read Genesis 37:5-10).  Even his father, Jacob, rebuked him.  No one liked the idea of Joseph being positioned above them.  I would have probably been upset also if I were one of Joseph's family! But later his father reconsidered the entire matter. 

I believe that when God speaks to us through dreams we need to  both "consider the matter," and at times even "ponder" them.   I have had some really interesting dreams... but imagine having dreams like Joseph's!  In Psalm 105:19b it says that "...the word of the Lord tried him" until Joseph's dreams actually came to pass.  I believe that many of our dreams are "trying us" just as they did Joseph. 

Having God-given Dreams

Our God given dreams will be tested and tried, just as Joseph's did him.  Yet, if God gave you a dream then know He will bring it to pass!  The word "tried" is a Hebrew word that has a very interesting meaning.  Some of the words used to define being "tried" are " purged," "cast." "refine," "(make)pure," and "purge away."  When observing the full translation as to how dreams might "try" us we can easily conclude by this definition that it is similar to a goldsmith purifying metals and refining them with intense heat.  In other words, Joseph's dreams purified his heart and motives and he was being refined by the hand of God until his time came to fulfill his dreams.

When I think about God's timing the story of Joseph encourages me.  How?  Well, I'll just bet that you have some dreams also that have not come to pass.  Maybe, like myself, you have tucked away deep in your heart several promises God has spoken through dreams.  Don't be discouraged!  Know that God is refining you and preparing you for a "suddenly!"  Yes, suddenlies do happen.  Just like Joseph- in prison one day and in the palace the next- your dreams will come to pass!

God's Intentions Through Dreams

There are various reasons why God gives us dreams.   In the above paragraphs you read about how the timing of the fulfillment of a dream is meant to purify us and prepare us.  Another very important reason that God gives us dreams is to reveal the condition of our own hearts. If you recall, Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that God was giving him dreams to reveal the king's pride and to save his soul from the pit. (Read Job 33:14-18).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's Time to Know the Truth About Spiritual Warfare




There is much written about spiritual warfare.  However some are myths and some are spiritual truths.  In order to walk in complete victory we must examine these, spiritually discern them and go to the Word of God for the fullness of revelation. 

There Really IS A Devil!

Before we go further in this quick journey let me assure you that there really is a devil, and he is the reason we have so much spiritual warfare.I have written over ten books that directly name the enemy, the enemy's manifestations and his plans to kill steal and destroy.  However, I do, in no way, look for a demon behind every bush!  Again, let me assure you that the devil is real.  Though he is not simply a biblical type of poetic image- as some believe. 

Satan (known as the devil)  has limited power.  He does  not know everything you are thinking and he cannot do anything he desires.  He cannot read your mind- only God knows your thoughts. ( See Ezekiel 11:5 NASB).  He does not have the same powers and attributes as our God.  I am amazed at how many Christians believe that the enemy is all-knowing and all-powerful.  Believers, that is simply not true!  Actually we give the enemy way too much credit!  In fact, real spiritual warfare is keeping our mind on Christ and what He has accomplished at the cross. More on that in a bit.

Yes, the enemy can make subtle suggestions to our minds and invade our thought patterns with his destructive lies- but he is not all knowing. He is not a mind reader- no way!  Our God is omniscient and all knowing- Satan certainly is not.Think about this for a moment.  If the devil knew that Jesus would gain such a victory at the Cross he would not have schemed to put him there!  (See 1 Corinthians 2:8). 

As I stated earlier, Satan is not all-powerful either. If he were, he would never allow you to receive Jesus as your personal Savior!    But Satan  is your adversary, a liar, a thief and he wishes to devour you.  (See 1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44).    Neither is our enemy omnipresent- meaning that he is everywhere all the time! Only God is omnipresent.  Satan does, however, have many different demons who attack us.  It may seem as if Satan himself were reaping havoc at one particular time but more likely, it was one of his demons.  Satan cannot be everywhere all of the time- but God can!  We need to quit giving Satan so much power- reel in our thoughts and remember how big our God is! 

Satan Once  Had a Measure of Power

Satan was stripped of his power at the Cross.  Colossians 2:15 reminds each of us that demonic principalities and powers were destroyed when Jesus was crucified at Calvary! Yes!  Jesus destroyed Satan's power.  Satan can only walk about "like" a roaring lion...he can roar but not with the authority that Jesus, the Lion of Judah has!

Whenever you approach spiritual warfare, you must remember these specific truths.  We must all enter into a battle with our enemy knowing that the battle has been won by Christ at the Cross.  If we do not do this, we are approaching a battle in our own strength. We have no power to defeat the enemy  except by the power of the Cross.  If we will remember this main point- we will take the first step into experiencing victory!  The victory is ours because of the shed Blood of Jesus.  Jesus has given us the victory!

The Devil is a Liar
 This is another spiritual truth- the devil is a liar.  He would have you believe you don't already have the victory.  Dear one, the enemy wants to wear you out.  How can he do this?  By causing you to believe that you don't have what you already have!  Ephesians 1:3 reminds us that we have already been blessed ..." with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."    This means Christ paid the price already (shed His Blood at Calvary) for you to be blessed!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Find Out if Your are Being Vexed by the Enemy!


Vexation.  What is it?  How do I know that I am experiencing it?  These are questions that need answers.   I have been studying this subject for several years, and in fact, I have written about vexation in one of my latest books,  The Jezebel Yoke.   In this blog I will get straight to the point concerning the meaning of vexation and the evil demonic powers behind it. If you have been experiencing any of this it is highly possible that you have been vexed by the enemy:

  • Feeling like you're at the "end of your rope!"
  • Inability to concentrate and confused
  • Feeling intense pressure
  • Feeling as if you are under some type of "witchcraft" assignment
  • Targeted by the enemy
  • Struggling with manipulation and control
  • Feeling oppressed
  • Feeling cramped, (as if you are closed off from destiny), limited and cut-off
  • Feeling bound up and unable to break free
  • Loss of vision
  • Battling a death structure
  • Unable to get past your past
If you are experiencing any of this keep reading!  The Lord wants you to possess your Promised
Land and experience freedom!


Demonic Possession


Vexation in the New Testament makes reference to demonic "possession."  It is this writers opinion that a Christian cannot be completely "possessed" by the devil. However, I strongly believe that a Christian can need deliverance from a demonic stronghold or influence.   If you recall, Jesus even asked Peter how Satan had found an entrance to his heart.  Yes, even though Peter was a follower of Christ, he was still influenced by a demonic presence. We are in a season where we need to check our hearts and repent if we have opened a door to demonic opposition.  We often open doors through the  eye gate (not being cautious what we allow our natural eyes to behold),  and the ear gate (not being protective of what we listen to). 


Vexation is also linked with territorial spirits of lawlessness because, as I documented in my book, vexation can affect large masses of people.  So mobs of rioting and uprisings are often connected to demonic spirits which cause a vexation in others.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Reason for Dry Seasons



Exhausted, frustrated, disappointed and depressed? I can relate....been there-done that!.  Let me assure you that I have experienced a "dry season"...a season of desolation.  It is no fun.  During my time in the desert (I will use the words desert and dry season interchangeably because, to me, they are the same)  I was convinced that God had deserted me in the desert!  Notice the word "desert" in the word "deserted?"  Of course to believe this was to believe a lie- God NEVER leaves us!  However, when we go through dry season and  we experience drought,, barrenness and yes, , even, famine, we are often vulnerable to the seductive lies of the enemy that say:
  1.  You have done something wrong and God is punishing you by causing you to experience this dry season.
  2. He led you to the desert and now He has deserted you.  You cannot trust Him!
  3. You are in a completely hopeless situation!
  4. Your circumstances will never change!
  5. Shame on you!  You've been in the desert too long!  You should have been out by now!
Believer, when you are in a place of hopelessness every conversation will have a negative conclusion with an exclamation point! In other words, crisis abounds during a dry season.   Let's face it- we've  all experienced a dry season.  But why do they occur?


The Reason For Dry Season


 If you recall, God told Israel that the way He chose to lead them (through the desert) was "...not too difficult" for them (see Deut 30:11).  Yes, dear reader, God chose to lead his children into the desert.  The reason why is this- he was protecting them from their enemies.  Plus, and this is equally as important, He desired to use the desert as a catalyst that would motivate his people to look to Him for all of their needs.  His heart was to win over their hearts. If  you recall, Israel was continually faced with a need for a miracle while in the wilderness.  God desired that they look to Him, in faith, for the solution rather than murmur and complain.  Ouch!  How often have we murmured and complained and all the while God is just waiting for us to pray and ask Him for the solution.  Yet- our mouths abort the blessings!


Believer, a desert experience is not a punishment from God. It's unfortunate that many people have preached this incorrectly.  Let me be blunt; God is not mad at us-He is mad about us! His love for us is never-ending. Ephesians 3:18 encourages us to "...grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." (NIV). 
 Precious believer, I believe that many times  God leads us to a desert experience  to draw us unto Himself.  A desert experience is just another way to explain a dry season.  In the natural we experience four seasons-spring, summer, fall and winter.  I love the spring whenever the trees begin to bud, flowers bloom and hummingbirds buzz around North-Central Texas (where I live!).  Summer in Texas is very hot.  Many times we experience drought because of lack of rain.  I suppose that would be a dry season- when there is no rain! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Are You Worn Out? Find Out Some Reasons Why!


Believer, I recently had an alarming dream about the Antichrist spirit.  In the dream there was an assignment against all believers, especially against the five fold ministry. The dream alarmed my spirit and the need to alert others that this spirit has evil intents to weaken us and even attack our strengths. (More on that in a bit).  In this blog I will briefly share how the Antichrist attacks  us and our minds.  However,  please be on the look-out for a future article on internet for more information on my dream. I will attempt to alert you concerning any upcoming articles in which I more fully expose my dream.

 Believer, let me first say this- don't allow an Antichrist spirit to cause you to fear.  Since I wrote my recent book,  Conquering the Antichrist Spirit, Discerning and Defeating the Seducer that Binds Believers Today  (you may click on the book tab to hear more and order through our book store) I was alarmingly surprised as to how little people really understood this evil spirit.  In fact, even more were afraid to discuss it as if it were a type of  end-time mystical demon with unlimited powers.   It's so true..many believers feel threatened by this spirit- but we shouldn't! Why not?  Because the Word states that we have the mind of Christ.  Read on- you're about to be empowered with revelation!

Are You Worn-Out?

God chose the prophet Daniel to reveal the hidden mysteries of the courts of heaven.  In Daniel 7:9 it reveals how Daniel watched thrones put in place and how the Ancient of Days- God- set down to judge.  Daniel watched as the Almighty judge of the universe took His seated position to judge the evil influence upon the earth- the Antichrist influence- Satan himself or any type of demonic opposition that set itself in a lofty position to wear out the saints of God.Yes- the enemy targets us to "wear us out. However, God has already judged this evil influence!There is no need to fear.  But we need to know the plan of the enemy so that we can be on guard.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Straight Talk with Dr. Sandie- It's time to Conquer the Enemy That Steals Your Harvest!


Believer- welcome again to my Blog site! 
I feel that I need to get straight to the point because of the seriousness of this message.  So, please allow me just talk to you really straight- The enemy wants to steal your blessings!
 
We are in a "season of seeing," and therefore our eyes are being opened more to the truths of God and hidden mysteries are being revealed.  I have been blogging and writing various articles with fresh revelation needed for present breakthrough.  One of the topics I feel needs to be brought to the forefront concerns the Midianite spirit that steals our harvest.

If you recall, it was the Midianites that continually stole the harvests of the Israelites.  When we study Judges 6 we get an idea of how this evil spirit plots to steal our harvest and breakthroughs also. Please take some time and study this passage.  Sadly, God's people were hiding in caves and other places in complete fear and terror of the Midianites! Are we the same?  By this I mean are we in fear?  Fearing God will not provide or protect us in these oppressive times?
 
Many times our enemy will wait until the time of harvest to implement strategies of devastation and lack.  Just as the Midianite spirit stole from Gideon and his family- the same enemy devises a plan to eat up our assetts, blessings and various breakthroughs.

Maybe you can relate to things like this:
  • Just before you get promotions they get stolen from you. 
  • Every summer there is not enough money to take a vacation as a family- even though you saved for the trip.
  • Every year your money is spent for things unexpected and you experience lack.
  • Every Christmas there is trauma, sickness or lack of needed finances to enjoy the holiday.
  • Every time of harvest gets interrupted with tragedy and loss.

Monday, April 28, 2014

5 Steps to Conquer Fear


Fear.  Ugh!  Are you like me- So weary of how it attempts to take over?  Think about it a minute-  if given place, it will consume our  thoughts and emotions.  It has taken quite a bit of discipline for me  to tame it-yet, it is similar to a bad penny as it keeps showing up! Over the years I have  learned several ways to keep fear at  halt! - meaning keeping it from a complete take-over.

What do I mean by take over?  Well, all of us have (at times) wavering faith. Many times it first appears with a fearful thought.   At least, that has been my observation and personal experience. I have heard it said for years that fear is the opposite of faith.  I've come to believe differently and have concluded that  unbelief is the opposite of faith.  We will discuss unbelief in a later post.  as it deserves more individual attention.  (So, stay with me and watch for my blogs- I intend to expose the stronghold of unbelief soon!)  For now, precious believer, let's remain focused on steps to conquer fear.

The Opposite of Fear
A quick dictionary search states that some of the antonyms of fear are: assurance, boldness, self confidence, courage,  fortitude and (of course!) fearlessness.   I believe it is safe to say that when fear is present, we lack each of these.  I know, for myself, whenever I am fearful I lack courage to move forward.  I am the most fearful whenever I am moving into the "unknown."  Maybe you can relate.